Op/Ed

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…

The Gebhardt Collection: A call for broader political conversation

    As I was in the newsroom this week, I looked over what the Campus section had written, as usual, and I saw the article that talked about the on-campus lecture called “Sovereign Masculinity: The War on Terror, Mass Shootings, and the Trump Campaign.”   Now, if you read my column on a somewhat…

Importance of being informed

    I’ve always been a bit addicted to the news. I’ve been watching Meet the Press for as long as I can remember, and early Sunday mornings as a small child were always spent sitting on my dad’s lap reading the newspaper with him and stealing sips of his bitter black coffee.   I…

Madeline's Montage: Long live the weekend

  There’s something special about 68 degrees.   Looking back, I’m sure we can all remember a time or two when we argued about the “perfect temperature.” Throughout my grade school years, I proposed arguments against the chilly winter and boiling summer months. The perfect temperature in my book was always 68 degrees, because at…

McGowan's Manifesto: The politics of prayer

As the sun sifted through the church’s stained glass window, the rays refused to comfort my shoulders with warmth.   It was reconciliation day at school, and as I shifted in my chair as the priest looked upon me with disappointed eyes, all I could was cry.   Between tears, I attempted to explain the…

OurView: Snapshots on the wall

    Lately, I have been thinking about my life. What I want to do when I graduate college, where I would like to end up and who I would like to have with me through it all. Time after time, I feel as if I have been bombarded with questions of intrigue, only to…

OurView: Don’t be a doofus

Monday morning, I was discussing with my runner friend and teammate, Patrick, the weekend in the professional running world. Last weekend was the U.S. marathon Olympic trials, in which the top 3 runners from each male and female fields qualify to compete at the Olympic games this summer. There has been some controversy in the…

McGowan's Manifesto: What RBG and Scalia can teach us

  In all my years spent as a self-proclaimed political nerd, I have never understood people’s frustration and annoyance with presidential campaigns. That is, of course, until now.   In the midst of choosing the woman or man who will run our country, we have reduced a process that used to be among the noblest…

The Gebhardt Collection: Passport Problems

    In the United States, we hear all the time about the millions and millions who risk everything to try and become Americans. Immigration and border control have been hot-button political issues for years.   The topic of migrant control has introduced talks of walls, mass deportations  and recently, outright banishments of certain groups.…

SCOTUS Stalemate

  Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was found dead on Feb. 13, reportedly from natural causes, which has sent us into a bit of frenzied political turmoil.   Now, before I launch into what I have to say, I want to venture off a bit. While, as a Democrat, I tended to disagree with Scalia’s…

Madeline's Montage: You can’t do it all

    Deadline is no joke.   I am an editorial intern for Cleveland Magazine in Playhouse Square,and in the last two weeks, I have spent hours calling and interviewing people,checking facts and, sometimes, twiddling my thumbs in anticipation for the story that would hit my desk next.   This opportunity has been one of…

OurView: Here’s to the next 20 years

    Last week, I turned 20. I know in the grand scheme of things, 20 years isn’t exactly a huge deal. But it got me thinking and, like the Jesuits say, reflecting, a lot about how far I have come with my life.   Five-year-old Carly loved to draw and listen to music. If…

Can I please be 22?

    Twenty-two is the hardest age I’ve experienced so far in my “adult life.”   I’m a strong believer that 13 years of age is by far the cruddiest age that exists in adolescence. The combination of middle school drama, puberty and coming into oneself is absolutely chaotic. Seventeen is pretty awful too. You’re…

McGowan's Manifesto: We are all American

In the outskirts of Chicago, a young father takes his children to the playground. Like any proud dad, his grin overtakes his kind face as he watches his children collapse in laughter.   When the sun wanes in the overcast sky, his smile is replaced with an all-too-familiar nervousness. As a Muslim man, this is…

The Gebhardt Collection: Go to stuff

One of the best lessons that my dad ever taught me (and believe me, there have been a lot of them) is that one of the most valuable habits that you can ever adopt is, simply, “going to stuff.”   I don’t mean it in its most literal sense, like showing up to class or…

In praise of Barbie

Mattel, the company responsible for the production of the Barbie toy line, recently released new designs for the dolls. In what is largely being considered the biggest change to the dolls in 57 years, Barbie will now come in seven different skin colors and, in what’s really making headlines, three different body types—tall, petite and…

Madeline's Montage: Dear freshman(self)

After a series of unfortunate events and an immense amount of emotional thoughts, I finally found myself settled on my couch with a steady heartbeat of 62 beats per minute (thanks Fitbit),wondering what to write for this week’s column. I soon received a text from someone very close to my heart that read, “Just graduate…

OurView: An open letter to my ex-sport

The perfectly groomed green grass stretches out far and wide. Chalky white lines hold a barrier to the field, confining play after play. A goal kick soars through the air, untouched by all players, only to be thrown back into the chaotic play that the final score will depend upon. Soccer, the beautiful game, here…