Op/Ed

The Johnson Journal: Follow in their footsteps

 
Summer’s over. School’s in session. And, as per usual, people have arrived back to God’s Eighth Wonder of the World, JCU, riding high off of their summers of relaxation and restoration.
 
While tanning, taking a dip in a pools, traveling and the like are typical for a summer vacation, mine didn’t fit that…

Let’s learn to love

 
 
 
This week, we come together to “Celebrate the Spirit,” which to me, is all about honoring the community that we have built together as members of John Carroll University.
 
In my small stint on earth so far, I’ve been lucky to witness communities that exemplify what it means to love.
 …

Higl's Squiggles: What do you want to be remembered for?

 
New year, new you – right? Maybe not.
 
Let me tell you, the whole “nervous pit in your stomach feeling that you’re going to spill your cookies the night before classes” still exists senior year. Oh yes, believe me. And, it’s perfectly acceptable to slam a whole pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby…

Goodness Gracious: Sweet discomfort

Well, hey everybody. We’re back and we are ready (kind of) for another year of college. For myself and many others, it has come to our final year, the home stretch. Per usual, I have mixed emotions about this – excitement, sadness, hopefulness and hella anxiety. However, I feel especially different coming into this year.…

Cup of Joe: Is Cleveland close to a championship?

 
Much has changed since I last wrote a column here in May.
 
Johnny Manziel, LeBron James and the Republican National Convention chose Cleveland this summer. Many are saying that Cleveland is in the midst of a resurgence.
 
Cleveland sports teams are the talk of the nation. The Indians are in the wild…

Higl's Squiggles: Please tweet responsibly

To my hip, young, espresso-drinking, social media savvy readers, I pose this question: Have you ever been seized by such unbelievable rage that you just want to scream out your frustrations on the mountaintops? You know what type of rage I’m talking about: the type where you want to go all Incredible Hulk or King…

Columns: Follow in their footsteps

h academic year instills a mix of nostalgia and introspection in students. With enough school days left to count on one hand, students usually turn their collective attention toward reminiscing – and rightfully so.
Each year affords so many things: successes, failures and the countless memories made in the process. Now, engaging in my own…

Columns: Haters gotta stop hating

Well, guys, here we are. Or rather, here I am, rounding out my third year at John Carroll and typing up my last column for the year (not to worry, my fans, I’ll be back next year!). Anyways, to say this year has been a learning experience would be a hefty understatement. If I’m being…

Columns: Halfway through – what to do?

Before I enrolled at John Carroll, every person I talked to about college told me how fast it would come and go.
I didn’t believe them then, but I do now.
As the school year comes to a close, I can’t fathom that my college career is already halfway complete.
I’m not complaining – I’m…

Columns: A year in review

I stepped out of my car on move-in day wearing a peasant blouse and a frown. For those of you who know me, I try not to let my smiles curl downward unless the situation is dire. But, I suppose this day was one of those instances.
I was about to leave the comfort of…

Not my dream

 
Role models are a tricky subject. Celebrities and public figures dominate our Twitter news feeds and magazine covers. We can find their posters on our dorm room walls and their quotes on our Pinterest inspiration boards. But for some, it goes even further than that. There is a fine line between admiration and idolization,…

Higl's Squiggles: Can I be young again? Pretty please?

As the wise George Bernard Shaw once said, “youth is wasted on the young.”
 
You better believe it is.
 
It’s my birthday month (all gifts and monetary donations can be directed to the newsroom. I enjoy cake, too). And, as the big 21 approaches, I’ve realized that growing up isn’t as fun as…

Think happy thoughts

 
I’m a sucker for good theories. Whether they are conspiratorial, philosophical or comical, I find enjoyment in entertaining a novel thought or viewpoint. Recently, a good friend of mine explained a theory to me that I hadn’t heard of yet. The theory is known as the “Law of Attraction.” At the risk of oversimplifying,…

Goodness Gracious: Sticks and stones

This time of year always has me feeling very philosophical for reasons I can’t yet really identify. Perhaps it’s the seemingly endless number of critical analyses I have to read and write for most of my classes, or the promise of summer and freedom provocatively looming in the near future, or the constant reminder that…

Cup of Joe: March sadness

 
Want me to let you in on one of the worst kept secrets in sports?
 
NCAA Division I men’s basketball is a joke.
 
Before you start throwing tomatoes at me, hear me out.
 
In terms of postseason play, NCAA Division I men’s basketball is second to none. March Madness is one…

Higl's Squiggles: When ice cream doesn’t do the job

It gets to a point in life that binge-eating a pint of Ben & Jerry’s Chubby Hubby can only provide so much solace. Sure, the initial experience may be quite heavenly: the sensation of digging your spoon into the sweet and salty good goodness; smacking your lips together in satisfaction after the first few divine…

Columns: The common cold

I was diagnosed with senioritis as a freshman. I’m not quite sure how I contracted the bug, but I wasn’t able to recognize the symptoms inside me until my junior year.
Now, premature as it still is, I’m battling a full-blown infection. The amount of “sick days” I’ve called in to the Office of Productivity…

Goodness Gracious: Wanna fight?

ing seminar that focused on identifying and understanding different leadership styles. Barf, right? I mean, how many of these things are there? At least a thousand – maybe more. I can’t be sure. Anyways, I went into this seminar expecting it to be the same old song and dance that I’ve seen countless times before.…

Columns: Another step in the journey

I never imagined I would be here.
At John Carroll, at The Carroll News, in this column spot.
Growing up, I wanted to be an athlete, railroad engineer, or meteorologist. But as fate would have it, I decided to take up writing, chose JCU and started writing for The Carroll News.
And now, I find…

Columns: A better campus starts with you

Pay close attention to what I’m about to say. Brace yourself, because this might be a shock to your delicate system that never hears this.
You are not that important.
How do I know this? Well, if you’re reading this column, you’re most likely a John Carroll student; which lately seems to make you among…

Did you hurt?

I heard my high school gym teacher screaming in my ear, “Pain is good, Sciarappa!” as I ran (limped) laps around the track. I was making my way through my 20-minute run test, an infamous test taken by everyone at my high school. It was the worst. In order to demonstrate how much I hated…

Goodness Gracious: Senior send-off (try not to throw up from the cheese)

Well, it’s here: the final issue for our seniors on staff.  I’m not one of these seniors, but I have the pleasure of accepting the columns from Ryllie, Zach and Clara and putting them on the page each week. This is the second year that I have had this job, and I have to say…

The Ryllie Factor: Stand up

 
Think about the things that make you angry. The things that make your blood boil. The things that make you want to fall to your knees, throw your hands up to the heavens and post an angry Twitter rant.
 
Each week, when I think about what to write my column about, I try…

Mentz's Minute: This is goodbye

Truth be told, I don’t know how to start this column. I’ve written dozens and dozens of columns before, most of which have been about sports. But this column is different, and I know exactly why: it’s the last column I’ll ever write as editor in chief of The Carroll News.
 
I started writing…

Off the Richter: An ode to parental units

Remember my “Over/Under” column a few weeks ago? There’s one thing that I didn’t put on the list that I should have: Parents. Parents are most definitely underrated.

I didn’t always think so. I remember when I was growing up, I thought that my parents were pretty standard and also a little boring (sorry guys).…