Editorial

What a drag

Last Thursday, John Carroll University hosted a drag show on campus. A large portion of the student body turned out for the event, the majority of which was in support of the event. One student, however, openly protested outside of the Dolan Center for Science & Technology, where the event was held. The protest was…

The government shutdown and you

On Tuesday at midnight, the United States government officially shut down. Our government has not done that since 1995, when the Capitol shuttered its doors for 21 days. Two days ago, all the national parks closed, the Mars Rover stopped roving, the “panda cam” was switched off, some 800,000 government employees found themselves without work…

Does the punishment fit the crime?

An expensive new policy was implemented by Residence Life this year. The Professional Staff of the Residence Life Office has decided that students are now going to be charged $5 every time they lock themselves out of their dorm rooms and have to get an RA to let them in. If the fine is not…

Care to share but beware

With the start of the new school year, John Carroll University is implementing a new CarShare program. Enterprise and the National Car Rental Services, in conjunction with the sustainability committee, have begun a service that will allow students to rent cars through John Carroll. There are two cars available in the Belvoir lot and, at…

A flood of freshmen

This year’s freshman class is the largest it has been in 10 years, with approximately 800 new students joining the John Carroll University community. Of these 800 students, 677 are living on campus, and with the renovation of Murphy Hall, living spaces are limited. Over 200 students are living in triple rooms. In prior years,…

The event ends, but the fight continues

2013 marks the last year that the Relay for Life event will be held on the John Carroll University campus. The event has taken place annually in the spring since 2007, when graduates Joel Mullner and Pat Kelly first organized it on campus, garnering much more of a turnout than initially imagined. In 2007, 65…

Zero degrees of separation

John Carroll University recently announced that beginning next year, it will be offering the Pre-MBA Scholars program to high school seniors. The program will grant dual admission to the University’s undergraduate and Fifth Year Master of Business Administration programs at the beginning of a student’s undergraduate career. Scholars will be allowed to pursue the degree…

Mirror, mirror

Dove has gained recognition over the past few years for their campaign to embrace the natural beauty of women. Recently, it began advertising a commercial titled “Real Beauty Sketches,” which has since gained a great deal of attention from the media and the public in general. The commercial features an FBI-trained forensic artist and several…

Dark side of the moon

The Panhellenic Council at John Carroll University recently announced that the Gamma Phi Beta sorority will no longer be allowed to participate in upcoming Greek Week 2013 due to an incident that occurred during their formal at The House of Blues in Cleveland on Saturday, April 6. The Gamma Phi Beta International Headquarters also issued…

Rosebuds of hope

Last weekend, numerous student organizations at John Carroll University teamed up with The Upside of Downs organization to participate in Danie’s Day, an event centered on engaging with children who have Down’s Syndrome. Over 20 children attended the festivities last Saturday, which included dancing, bowling, painting and playing cornhole. The event, formerly called Project H.O.P.E.,…

@JCUpositivity

With the increase in popularity of the social media site Twitter over the past few years, anonymous parody accounts have been created. Recently, accounts with the parody theme of John Carroll have begun to pop up. These accounts have various themes ranging from anonymous campus crushes, compliments or hook-up sightings. While many of these accounts…

Plain Dealing with the problem

Starting this summer, Advance Publications, the company that owns The Plain Dealer, will be laying off a large number of employees as well as reducing the number of home delivery days from seven to three. Instead of reducing the number of home delivery days, The Plain Dealer should instead cut back on the number of…

The core of our being

An open forum held last week prompted faculty members to discuss several potential changes to the core curriculum. The proposed revisions include reducing the number of credit hours required to graduate, eliminating First Year Seminar, reducing the number of required philosophy courses and introducing linked courses. These proposals were prompted by a survey of the…

Habemus papam

Last Wednesday, the conclave of cardinals made a swift decision regarding a replacement for Pope Benedict XVI, choosing Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Bergoglio is the first Jesuit and first South American to be elected pope. The newly elected pontiff chose the name Pope Francis, in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi and his devotion to…

Waist not- JCU takes on health issues

This week, John Carroll teamed up with the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders to promote “Eating Disorder Awareness Week,” kicking off with an event held Monday evening. During the event, they showed a documentary highlighting the life and anxieties of a 12-year-old model. It also presented other themes, including the dangers of certain beauty products…

Blue Streaks take a stand for women

Last week, the John Carroll community witnessed two flash mobs on campus intended to rally students to take a stand for victims of domestic violence. The flash mobs were organized by the program One Billion Rising, a movement directed by activist Eve Ensler. The flash mobs were, in fact, an international movement, and John Carroll…

The sky’s not the limit

John Carroll tuition rates are going up again for the 2013-2014 academic year. Not counting room and board or additional student fees, the tuition for a full-time undergraduate student is now $32,130. Next year, this will increase 3.9 percent to reach $33,330. With the addition of Student Activity, technology and health and wellness fees, the…

Wrangling for residence halls

This week, the Office of Residence Life announced the changes that will be made to the housing options for next year. Housing agreements will be available online starting the week of Feb. 25 and are to be completed by March 1. The completion of the housing application by current sophomores and juniors does not guarantee…

Petition on a mission

Recently, a petition began circulating moving to extend the appointment of visiting professors in the English department, Robert “Bo” Smith and Thomas Roche. Students who had positive experiences with the professors started the petition. Smith and Roche began teaching at JCU in the fall of 2011 through the Gerard Manley Hopkins Professorship in British Literature.…

Commitment to service

Recently, John Carroll students have been starting and participating in projects which benefit both the John Carroll and Cleveland communities. One of the programs allows students to contribute their unwanted, gently used clothes to the Clothes Closet, an on-campus store for used clothing. Students have the option of exchanging a donated item for another in…

There must be some Blue Streaks in the atmosphere

It’s no small secret that Cleveland’s temperatures have taken a plummet lately. Students expect to have a nice, warm room to retreat to in such frigid weather, but this has not been the case for those living in the residence halls. Since the beginning of the semester, proper heating has been an issue in nearly…

Satisfaction: questionable

During the open forum at the inaugural Student Union Senate meeting of this semester, one of the first topics discussed was dissatisfaction amongst students about dining services at JCU. Students complained of unclean beverage machines and long food lines. Others hoped that the dining hall hours would be extended to accomodate those with busy schedules.…

Come back, students!

This year’s freshman class enrollment reached the lowest that it has been in three years, decreasing by 10 percent from the past 10 years’ average. This is a statewide occurrence, due to a decrease in public high school graduates in Ohio. Despite the decrease in graduates, incoming classes are expected to be more racially diverse.…

Beyond the comfort zone

New Year’s resolutions Ń they’ve crossed everyone’s mind at some point this past month. I’m definitely a loyal participant in drawing up a list of resolutions on the last day of December, and mine are usually something along the lines of drinking more milk, hitting the gym everyday, not procrastinating, being nice to my sisters,…

D(RA)ma

Employees from the Office of Residence Life, who preferred  to remain anonymous, confirmed Res Life’s decision to decrease the compensation package for RAs, beginning next academic year. According to the JCU website, RAs currently receive full room and board, a stipend of roughly $30 every two weeks, a 10 percent discount at the JCU Bookstore…