Op/Ed

So long, and thanks for all the fish

  I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been contemplating what I would write in this final column since I was put on staff as a freshman. Four years of consideration has gone into these words, yet there’s still so much beyond this column that I want to say.   Over time, I’ve noticed…

The Gebhardt Collection: Podcasts make perfect

Like many students at John Carroll (and in just about every university nationwide), I love learning foreign languages.   I mean I love it fiercely. I can’t get enough. I have minors in Spanish and French, and this year, I started taking classes in Arabic. If I could, I would study every language that the…

The woman I want to be

    I am not the woman that you can see in old movies from the 50s and 60s. I am also not the woman that the feminist in me says I should strive to be. Let me explain.   I will never be a housewife. When I picture my life in 10 or 15 years,…

OurView: Orthodoxy in the east

    Friends, Roman Catholics, countrymen, lend me your eyes! Pope Francis has stirred up many around the world with his comments on different subjects. People have been quick to claim that Pope Francis has liberalized the Catholic Church and, in their eyes, softened the austere and non-inclusive stances of the Church.   This isn’t…

McGowan's Manifesto: I willed it thus

There are seldom pet-peeves that are more pronounced in my life than people who don’t honor their past.   I’m a bit of Nietzsche fan (please don’t stop reading), and in his work, he talks a lot about your past being a constant part of your present. Although I am probably murdering this interpretation because…

Officials charged in water crisis

    Two state officials and a local official have been brought up on charges in the face of the water crisis in Flint, Mich., according to CNN. Water treatment plant employee Mike Glasgow and Michigan Department of Enviromental Quality workers, Stephen Busch and Mike Prysby, could all face prison time if they are convicted of…

Your vote is your voice

  As a country, the United States is fundamentally about freedom – freedom to speak our minds, freedom from tyrannical rule, and even the freedom to choose our own leaders. In the 2014 midterm election, voter turnout was 36.4%. That was the worst turnout in the U.S. since World War II. This begs the question:…

The Gebhardt Collection: To condemn a comic

  Most are familiar with the rudimentary characteristics of any legitimate, liberal democracy—freedom of the press, freedom of speech, freedom of religion (or the freedom from religion, if you’re French), etc. Those qualities are what make a liberal regime and are basic human rights that governments in North America and Europe believe ought to be…

How C.C. Sees It: A kid at heart

  Hi there. My name is Carly, and on the outside, I look like any other 20-year-old basic white girl. I go to school at a university, drink way too many chai tea lattes and am a little bit more than slightly obsessed with my favorite red lipstick.   However, on the inside, I would…

OurView: Defense of the republic

  When I was younger, my first exposure to politics was hearing news about President George W. Bush’s election and the controversy surrounding the Electoral College. At the time, I did not understand the nature or purpose of the Electoral College. If we live in a democracy, why don’t we just directly elect the President?…

McGowan's Manifesto: Dear scared white student

  Dear scared white student: Let me introduce myself. My name is Mary Frances McGowan, and I, like the students who you so callously called murderers, thieves and encouraged to “go back over the wall,” hail from an immigrant background.   I know that it is hard to comprehend, scared white student. My complexion, with…

Columns: Katelyn signing off

  Here we are, readers. The final Katelyn’s Candor column. The end of the road.   Well, kind of. I’ll be continuing my political rantings on a Medium page, so look that up. In addition, all of the graduating seniors have farewell columns in the final issue of the year, so you’ve got that to…

McGowan's Manifesto: Yes, it’s another Manresa column

  There are rare moments in one’s life when you are so filled with love that all other elements seem to repel from your being.   Monday is generally not a friend of mine. Especially a day like the one we all shared this week, with dark, perilous storm clouds swelling in the sky. On…

OurView: Let’s get serious

    I originally did not want to write about sports having a larger impact on society. I wanted to write about something different, but I just could not bring myself to it.   Call it a flaw as a sports journalist or call it whatever you want, but at the end of the day…

The Gebhardt Collection: A worthy wall

  I do not typically jump on the bandwagon of any collegiate social statements or protests, much less at a smaller, generally harmonious campuses like John Carroll’s. While some movements are commendable (such as those that have helped been social levelers in racial matters), some, like Oxford’s “Rhodes Must Fall” campaign, I find hackneyed— just…

OurView: For the love of the game

As editor of the World News section and a Political Science major, most of my days are full of bad news. Currently, Donald Trump is leading in the polls, a report shows that there is corruption of massive proportions on the global scale, and not a day goes by where I don’t hear about a…

McGowan's Manifesto: Rejoice and love yourself today

In high school, my day would begin a little something like this.   Lady Gaga blared from my alarm clock at  6 a.m., and all at once, insecurity wrapped around my ankles like serpents. Grabbing a bundled up uniform kilt in the corner of my room, I would begin to formulate a highly detailed plan…

Madeline's Montage: Forever an STP Tiger

I begged my parents to send me to public school for years–they never budged.   I’m from a moderately small city in Michigan, and my high school was surrounded by dominating public schools, all of which offered more classes, more sports teams and more clubs.   For a long time, I was completely consumed by…

The Gebhardt Collection: Why so quiet?

  A decades old, bloody conflict flared up this week for the first time in several years. It is one so contentious that it has displaced over one million people since the 1990s, killed thousands more and involves key Central Asian and Middle Eastern powers that influence American foreign policy—and probably 90 percent of us…

Media Mayhem

Another day, another column decrying, another political trend of which I’ve grown tired.   This time, it’s the public insisting that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders does not receive a fair amount of media coverage as compared to the other candidates. Sanders himself has criticized the media for failing to adequately cover his campaign.  …

The Gebhardt Collection: I’ve got spirit

  Everybody has their own method of finding cheap airline flights (if such a thing even exists).   Mine is going onto Kayak.com, entering my departure city and destination, the dates of my travel and hoping that I can get lucky and stumble upon some hidden bargain—it’s a hit or miss strategy, and one that…

Planned priorities

  Several weeks ago, Ohio Governor and Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich signed a bill stripping Planned Parenthood and other abortion facilities in the state of $1.3 million. He signed this despite a majority of Ohioans opposing this action, according to a poll by the Hart Research Associates.   I own up to being staunchly…

McGowan's Manifesto: Make America respectful again

  I couldn’t think of a better way to spend an afternoon than celebrating the gift of democracy at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.   I know it probably sounds dorky, but there are few things I love more than the act of voting; there is something almost spiritual about it. Because I’m a…

Madeline's Montage: Manic at the museum

    I once did the Bernie with my two brothers in the middle of the Natural History Museum in New York City.   There’s something about running through a sea of people, knowing that the odds you ever see them again are slim to none, and it doesn’t matter how foolish you are–usually.  …

OurView: An Open Letter: Thank You

    I hope you are having the best of days, I truly mean it. Taking every moment for what its fully worth is hard sometimes–we generally tend to overlook the tiny things in life that matter. However, for once I stopped rushing through the days and took a moment to really take in what…