Op/Ed

McGowan's Manifesto: To the woman meditating in church

 
Over Easter break, I had an intense moment of clarity. Admittedly, Easter has always been my least favorite holiday. The foundations of celebration is an overwhelmingly beautiful reminder of the hope that religion can provide to people. However, in my humble opinion, the holiday in its present form, at least how I’ve experienced it,…

Don’t forget to be awesome

 
I have always been a big fan of learning. Now, on one hand, I am well aware of the nerdiness of that statement. In fact, some of you might not even believe me. I think it comes from the fact that I love to read, but I think more of it comes from the…

Madeline's Montage: Goodbye, Johnny & co.

 
My mother has always said I was a “hello” girl. Goodbyes have never really been my thing, but then again, are they really anyone’s?
 
Lately I’ve been overcome with acute nostalgia toward the last three years. I’ve been reliving memories, recalling the moments that have meant most to me and preparing myself for…

The Gebhardt Collection: A real Corker

There has been much ado about the efforts of President Obama to reach a so-called “nuclear deal” with Iran. Throughout the meetings, phone calls and negotiations that have, thus far, proven to be little more than mere empty talk between the two states, strong feelings on either side of the political spectrum have caused an…

Cloning Conundrum

 
On Saturday night, I hunkered down in a recliner in my living room with a bowl of Cheetos in order to watch the third season premiere of “Orphan Black.” For those of you who have not seen it, the show originally started with the character of Sarah Manning witnessing the suicide of a woman…

McGowan's Manifesto: An ode to Joe

 
Bear with me as I profess a very heavy statement, that I must tell you I mean with all sincerity: this past weekend I experienced one of the rare moments in my time on earth when I felt the absolute weight of what it means to have life.
 
Over the course of 48…

The Gebhardt Collection: A call for informational reform

 
This weekend, I had the pleasure of going to Washington, D.C. with John Carroll’s Model Arab League to compete in the 2015 National Competition against a myriad of the best universities that the United States has to offer.
 
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the interworkings of the Model Arab League…

Madeline's Montage: Freaking about fracking

 
Take a moment and imagine that you’re standing at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. You look up and feel so unbelievably small as clouds drift over, covering the summit. After a moment, you glance up at the mountain and find that a planet has made its home right next…

Wake me when it’s 2017

 
I’ve grown up fostering a tremendous love of American party politics. My parents, being the avid Meet the Press viewers that they were during the Russert era, more or less ensured this.
 
During the Obama-McCain race, I was the only person in my eighth grade class with any understanding of what was going…

OurView: Evolving with a self stone

The concept of Evolution stems from Darwin, who, after researching various animals on archipelagos west of South America, discovered that animals adapt themselves to their habitats.
 
A bird species that eats large berries and nuts will slowly change its structure to better imbibe on its food while a worm-eating bird species beak will naturally…

The Johnson Journal: End of an age

 
One day, I woke up and I was 22. It’s as if I went to sleep at 15 years old, or it might’ve been at 12, and I’ve just now awoken from my long, disorienting slumber.
 
Life moves at a rapid, yet repetitive pace. There are only flashes and few instances where I…

Goodness Gracious: This I believe

In 1951, famed journalist Edward R. Murrow began hosting a radically new radio program called “This I Believe.” This program featured numerous social figures, including Helen Keller, Harry Truman, Jackie Robinson and Eleanor Roosevelt, who wrote and read aloud essays about their personal beliefs. These beliefs ranged from the future of humanity, to the virtue…

Higl's Squiggles: Nearing the finish line

Well, friends, it’s the end of an era. This is the last Higl’s Squiggles you’ll ever have the honor of reading. (Not to worry, though. I’ll write my final ‘thank you’ column in the senior edition in late April. That’ll be a tearjerker.)
 
Ah yes, they’ve finally done it. They’ve finally kicked me out.…

Cup of Joe: You say goodbye, I say hello

My mom once told me, “Every time one door closes, another opens.” Her words apply perfectly in this column.
 
It’s time to say goodbye to my column, “Cup of Joe,” which I’ve written for nearly two and a half years. It’s also time to welcome new opportunities with open arms.
 
Following three years…

Ferguson rallies lead to the shooting of two police officers

 
Conflict has once again erupted in Ferguson, Missouri, as two police officers were shot during a protest rally on Thursday, March 12.
 
According to The New York Times, the shooting happened just after midnight on Thursday morning.
 
Authorities have since charged 20-year-old Jeffrey Williams with first-degree assault.
 
Williams shot and wounded…

OurView: Pale yellow and navy blue

 
The world is full of labels. Now, this isn’t some preachy “don’t put me in a box for I am an individual!” type of statement. But rather, just a simple observation.
 
I have been called a woman, daughter, sister (and sister-in-law), friend, peer, tall, nice, pretty, independent, annoying, overly-chatty, intense and weird. Some…

The Johnson Journal: Going viral

 
Each day, the human brain processes more information and executes more orders than any modern computer during the same amount of time. For all of the technological advances societies have made in recent years, the human body contains the most complex iteration of a “computer” in the world. And while this fact might sound…

Higl's Squiggles: Thank you, John Carroll

 
In just two months time, I will no longer walk along the Quad, avoiding eye contact with the voracious squirrels that lurk the campus. I will no longer be able to drop into some of my greatest mentors’ offices and shoot the breeze whenever I please. I will no longer have the pleasure of…

Goodness Gracious: Dress to Impress

 
 
Thinking back to almost four years ago, I can remember how ecstatic I was to leave high school and come to John Carroll. The taste of freedom was in the air, and of all the liberties I was finally going to experience, the most important one was no more dress codes.
 
Since…

Cup of Joe: A kind word and a smile

 
Wisdom comes from many sources.
 
Professors, professionals and pariahs can all offer pieces of knowledge. You never know what you can learn from another person.
 
I once picked up a nugget of wisdom from a man I don’t always agree with, but deeply respect. He said: “Be nice to the little people.…

Alumni Corner: Alumni Corner: March 19, 2015

Written by Kyle Reynolds ’99, president-elect of the National Alumni Board
 
Getting old stinks. There’s really no way around it. I hurt when I wake up in the morning, and it’s not caused by a late night on Lee Road. I think that I have permanent damage in my feet from stepping on my…

OurView: Creative Catholicism

Dominic Gideon is a freshman at Borromeo Seminary and takes classes at John Carroll along with  30 other seminarians. Gideon plans on majoring in English, aspires to be a published writer. 
 
Last Thursday, as John Carroll University students were reveling like giddy grade schoolers for the first of their back-to-back snow days, I was…

Letter to the Editor: Letter to the Editor (2/26/15)

Due to the sensitive subject matter, the author’s name will remain private.
 
I was thrilled when I could finally cross off the item that was highest on my John Carroll bucket list: “Become a JCU orientation leader.” It proved to be an incredibly exciting and rewarding experience overall, but the most meaningful part of…

Higl's Squiggles: Think before you stereotype

To all you movers and shakers out there, listen to my plea. Join me and break gender stereotypes in the world.
Before you throw your hands up in frustration, roll your eyes at another allegedly crazy feminist column and say gender equality does exist, take a deep breath, a step back and hear me out.…

Cup of Joe: Is it spring yet?

ason is almost here.
I’ve endured enough snow. I’ve shivered through cold walks to Dolan. I’ve enjoyed the three “snow days” in the past month, but a man can only sit inside and stare outside for so long.
In just five days, in a place far, far away, baseball will commence.
The Indians begin their…