Op/Ed

Senior Column: Tim Johnson

  To be completely honest, I’ve been experiencing serious trouble coming up with any final words to offer at all. Since last spring, I’ve spent considerable idle time thinking about this exact column in this exact issue of the paper. I even started writing a column almost exactly a year ago. But now that I’m…

Senior Column: Haley Turner

  It’s hard to articulate my experience at John Carroll University in a single word or sentence. During my time at Carroll, I have been overwhelmed with feelings of belonging, community, love and happiness; but none of these words do justice to the splendor of being a Blue Streak for the past four years. I…

Senior Column: Grace Kaucic

Here it is. My absolute final column for The Carroll News. That last one was a fake out. This is it.   Like most of my fellow seniors, I’m going to take this final opportunity to express my most sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped get me to this point.   First and foremost,…

Senior Column: Ashley Bastock

  My time at John Carroll University has been somewhat unexpected. I’ve learned more, both in the classroom and outside of it, than I ever could have imagined. I’ve made friends, I’ve lost friends and now I’m about to begin on a completely different journey entirely.   I set a personal goal for myself when…

Senior Column: Alexandra Higl

  I remember my preschool graduation as if it were yesterday: my five-year-old self practically gushing with joy. (Even though it was mandatory to wear all blue. I, of course, was more of a pink girl.)   All I kept thinking was, “I did it. I survived preschool. I’m one step closing to being a…

Madeline's Montage: A stroke of good fortune

  Last Saturday, I was driving to Baldwin Wallace for my final track meet of the year when I came to a four way stop in an area I knew nothing about. As I began to accelerate, the little engine that could, couldn’t. My invincible Ford Taurus broke down; I was alone and stranded.  …

The Gebhardt Collection: The bookstore’s last stand

  On Sunday, Apr. 29, as I was doing my habitual reading of the BBC World News Service webpage, I came across an article/video story titled “Australian pair keep book-making alive”—and it really got me thinking.   The story itself was nothing more than an amusing piece about two elderly Australian women who have taken…

McGowan's Manifesto: Hey, SCOTUS, lets get equal

  If it’s Sunday, it’s “Meet the Press.” Like any good JCU journalism student, I start my Sabbath day with a piping hot cup of coffee and awardwinning political commentary, all the while visualizing my name in the closing credits.   Last Sunday, one of the predominant talking points was the upcoming marriage equality vote…

OurView: Maximize your event planning ability

  My housemates believe that at John Carroll there is “one excellent party to every six parties.” In the last three years, I’ve been to parties that look like a World War I trench; kitchens where confessions and secrets are shared, and saunas (I mean basements) which have been anywhere between wet, sticky and completely…

Communication isn’t lost

  If I had a dollar for every time one of my professors, family members or family friends said this generation is full of completely inept communicators, I wouldn’t be extraordinarily wealthy, but I could buy several packs of peanut butter M&Ms each week.   Seriously, at least two or three times a week, I…

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…