Op/Ed

The sheer present

Like any other student, I have struggled with balance. I used to be completely consumed by the next homework assignment, being late for work, making it to practice on time and hanging out with friends, that I often neglected what lied before my very eyes – the present.
 
Recently, a friend asked me a…

Cup of Joe: Rooting guide for the Super Bowl

Sunday marks the 49th Super Bowl in NFL history. For the 49th consecutive year, Cleveland fans will watch as two teams other than the Browns play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
 
While the Browns won’t be playing, the Super Bowl is still a must-watch event for football fans and entertainment enthusiasts. After all, Katy…

Breaking up with Roger Goodell

 
What I’m about to say may surprise you, given my love for sports and the fact that it’s only three days until Super Bowl Sunday.
 
I’m sick of the NFL. The end of the 2014 season could not come soon enough for the league.
 
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to…

Higl's Squiggles: Bash my city no longer

Want to make my blood boil and see the veins pop out of my head? Throw a Cleveland joke at me.  Go on. I dare you.
 
If you’re so bold as to enter this dangerous territory, prepare yourself for some serious Higl Squiggle sass.
 
As a born and bred Clevelander, I’ve heard all…

Higl's Squiggles: Dinner convo face off: Kardashians vs. Obama

Hello, and welcome to another round of Higl’s Squiggles’ game, “picture this.”
Today, we take you to a suburban house with a white picket fence, lush green yard and a family of four. It’s 5:30 p.m., and the mom, dad and two kids are seated at the dinner table, ready to engage in an intellectual…

It’s all about me

“Your 20s are your selfish years.”
I see articles shared on Facebook and Twitter nearly every day. And, far too many of them contain this statement.
I’d like to know why being self-centered is constantly applauded and encouraged. On the other hand, while we rarely see articles about the importance of being caring and self-sacrificing.…

Columns: An eye on the future

Welcome to the future.
2015 has arrived. As predicted by Back to the Future II, we enjoy a mostly comfortable existence in an age of amazing technology. We’re still waiting on flying cars and a Cubs’ World Series victory, but for the most part we have it made.
Looking into the future is intriguing. Will…

Goodness Gracious: Culture, culture, culture

 
Prepare yourself to hear this question more than you’d like over the next couple of weeks: “What’d you do over winter break?”
 
If you’re thinking of asking me that question and expecting me to say something cool like I went back to Europe, don’t. Because I didn’t.
 
I read books and watched…

Cup of Joe: You say you want a revolution?

Now is a critical time for our nation.
 
We are racially divided. Our trust in public officials, such as police officers, has waned. We no longer have faith in our government at the national level.
 
As the time comes to look back on 2014, this has been an eye-opening year for America. We…

Higl's Squiggles: The war on student loan debt

I’m currently on the search for a box. You know, to live in after graduation. It’s rent-free. My biggest fear at the moment is that it won’t be waterproof. I have to plan ahead with this crazy Cleveland weather and all.
 
I’m also going to have to make friends with someone with a microwave…

Truth or truth

I have failed. Yes, finally, Matt ‘Father Time,’ ‘Reebs,’ ‘#1 JCU Thighs’ Hribar has finally not been able to conquer a personal objective. For those who placed bets on my life goals, feel free to exchange your gold coins now. For those who didn’t place money down but yet are aghast with pain from hearing…

The Johnson Journal: Made in America

 
For attentive fans of rap and hip-hop, this past week offered some unexpected and cryptic excitement.
 
One of rap’s most prolific artists took to social media to air out his dirty laundry. Rapper Lil Wayne of Cash Money Records fired off a string of tweets aimed at his record label. Lil Wayne’s tweets…

Goodness Gracious: Look up, look down, look all around

“This media we call social is anything but, when it’s our computers that we open and our doors that we shut.”
 
This is one of the opening lines in the viral YouTube video by Gary Turk called “Look Up.” In its essence, this video is an emotionally moving, poetic commentary on our generation’s attachment…

Cup of Joe: Give a little bit

One week separates us from  one of the best American holidays (Thanksgiving) and one of the worst (Black Friday).
 
A common complaint is that the Christmas season seems to start earlier every year. Holiday music creeps onto the radio by the end of October and the adsbegin before the first snowfall. The “most wonderful…

The Johnson Journal: Truth or fiction

 
 
I’ll incriminate myself right now and say that, to at least some extent, I believe in such a thing as objective truth. To some, this view’s validity might sound laughably self-evident.
 
However, if there’s anything my philosophy courses have taught me, it’s not to assume.
 
The question of truth is a tricky…

Higl's Squiggles: “A big fat bank account and a slim body”

 
“Dear Santa,
 
This year, please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix those two up like you did last year. Thanks.”
 
That’s my Christmas wish. Hold on – just kidding.
 
Before you rip apart this paper piece by piece in utter horror at the…

Letter to the Editor 11/20/2014

 
Written on behalf of the Student Union Programming Board
 
The Student Union Programming Board wants to thank The Carroll News for the article in last week’s issue regarding the new structure of the executive board, including the stipend. We believe that the change is necessary to address the programming needs of the John…

Art of the sciences

 
 
People have hinted to me that I’m not the greatest mathematician.
 
I’m guilty as charged if we’re talking strictly about algebra and numbers. Most times, I defend myself against these attacks by claiming I enjoy writing and can’t understand the first thing about numbers. I’d defer to the whole “left brain” and…

Higl's Squiggles: So what are you going to do with your life?

 
Dear youngsters,
 
Don’t grow up. Don’t be a senior. Don’t do it. Please. I beg of you.
 
Find the nearest time machine, fountain of eternal youth or some magical Harry Potter knick-knack, and find some way to ensure you don’t get the dreaded, “Senior, it’s time to declare your graduation,” email. (This…

Goodness Gracious: I’m gonna pop some tags

 
 
I’ve only got $20 in my pocket.
 
Literally. I’ve got a $20 bill in my pocket because unfortunately the rest of my cash, along with my laptop, was stolen last week. (If the thief is reading this, I hate you.)
 
Needless to say, I’ve had some pretty bad luck this semester.…

Cup of Joe: JCU who?

 
The Browns aren’t the only Cleveland team enjoying success.
 
John Carroll University’s fall sports teams are in the midst of a truly memorable fall season.
 
The football team plays Mount Union on Saturday, the men’s soccer squad won the regular season Ohio Athletic Conference Championship and the volleyball team came within three…

Cup of Joe: The end is nigh

 
I am ready to add a new T-shirt to my collection.
 
“I survived Ebola 2014” will fit nicely in my wardrobe next to shirts such as “I survived swine flu” and “I survived Y2K.”
 
Every time I turn around, someone is trying to predict what the cause of my death will be.…

Goodness Gracious: Sleepy in Seattle

 
Imagine a perfect world.
 
“Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Imagine all the people, living life in peace…(ooh, ooh, ooohhh).” Thanks, John Lennon.
 
Now, imagine that there’s no such thing as sleep. Not that you couldn’t sleep, but that you didn’t need to – that you never felt tired…

Higl's Squiggles: Save an imagination- Buy a Barbie

 
Let me take you back to the days of little Alexandra Higl – the certified doll hoarder. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I can assure you I wasn’t even close to the people featured on the A&E documentary series, “Hoarders.”
 
However, in the ‘90s, my room was a straight up…

The Johnson Journal: Kintsukuroi

Mass production has taken a hard stance against individuality. In fact, it might be hard for most in our generation to recollect or identify with the importance of uniqueness. If something breaks, you replace it with something new. It’s that simple.
Whether liberal or conservative, everybody can shed a collective tear on the lost tradition…