Op/Ed

OurView: Ballin’ with the mission in mind

  The majority of John Carroll University students have never been in jail. However, when the doors of the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Detention Center (CCJDC) slam shut behind a courageous, strong willed and faith filled group of John Carroll University students this week, that assumption will have been completely forgotten.   Michael Gong and Ned…

Madeline's Montage: I’ll be home soon, Mom!

  The weeks after Thanksgiving leading up to Christmas break are probably the worst school days of the entire year.   In a matter of three weeks, students must complete all final assignments and finish up with final exams.   For me, that means turning in four research papers, a final project and reading discussions…

Making time

  German supermarket Edeka released a Christmas commercial last week, and it went viral after being posted online. If you have not seen it as of yet, I recommend you go watch it, but I’ll give you the short version.   The ad opens with an elderly man listening to a voicemail from his adult…

McGowan's Manifesto: The war on X-mas is over (if you want it)

  As warm lights adorn quaint town squares and the soft blanket of snow lays gently on the ground, it’s difficult not to get into a holiday state of mind.  As much as I would love to maintain the cynical journalist stereotype, I am not afraid to admit that I love this time of  year…

The Gebhardt Collection: Think FAST

  Okay, as far as news in politics goes, the passing of the new highway-funding bill definitely isn’t the sexiest topic—particularly when you think of all else that is going on, like the presidential race, the shooting in California, and the new Greek budget and the Lake Chad suicide bombings.   Nonetheless, the highway-funding bill…

Madeline's Montage: A letter to the M28 family

  Put 40 acquaintances and strangers on a farm in rural Pennsylvania for 48 hours and what do you get? A Christian rock band, “Ride that Pony” and a burning sense of what it means to be a family.   Over the weekend, I took part in Manresa 28, a spiritual retreat focusing on the…

McGowan's Manifesto: Aging is a peculiar thing

  While I was still enjoying my youth, I would watch my mother apply her crimson lipstick and long for her cool, collected wisdom. In my naivete, I saw adulthood as a fast world with boundless freedom, where you didn’t cry when you fell down anymore and where you had all of the answers. As…

To write love on our campus

  Last week, the John Carroll University chapter of To Write Love on Her Arms produced a startling display, where 1,100 white flags were placed on the Main quad to represent the 1,100 college students who commit suicide on average every year.   We tend to contemplate a number such as 1,100 and think it…

OurView: Lets talk about sports

  There is nothing more profound in life than when a single event captures the attention of the entire world. What happened in France over the weekend and the protests at the University of Missouri made time stand still, forcing the world to hopelessly stand by and watch while acts of terror and racism took…

The Gebhardt Collection: Sin City sets the standard

  Right now, in American politics, there is a fair amount of xenophobic rhetoric being tossed around by a couple of major political figures. There is talk of mass deportations and of walls and of stricter immigration policies—all of which is enough to make one believe that the United States is in some sort of…

OurView: When life hits you hard

Much like a Frisbee flying haphazardly across the quad, adulthood can hit you when you least expect it. One day you are going about your life as a 20-year-old, laughing a stupid crude puns, wearing novelty T-shirts, not able to shake the feeling of that last year as a teenager from your attitude. Life seems…

Madeline's Montage: Refusing to forget

I found a piece of paper in a box of homeless things from my childhood. My friend and I talked briefly about it, but it’s been dauntingly hanging over my head all week.   It had been an assignment from kindergarten or sooner. The front read “Holy” and the inside said, “I see God…” I…

Does this offend you?

‘Tis the season to be jolly.   Or not.   Time Magazine reported this week that some Christians are speaking out against Starbucks’ holiday cup this year. The token red cup, which usually includes some sort of holiday symbol such as snowflakes, reindeer, ornaments and so on, is now void of these designs and instead…

Noelle's Corner: An open letter to my mom

Dear Mom,   One day, I looked in the mirror, curious of why I am the person I am today. I thought about my personality and my mannerisms, realizing they are so similar to yours.   I looked at the way I dress and my facial structure that uncannily resembles so much of you. Slowly…

The Gebhardt Collection: A historic shift in Myanmar

Dominating the international news headlines this week are the parliamentary elections in Myanmar (also called Burma). Though the vote counting procedure is just finishing up, the opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), is claiming that they have secured a majority in the national parliament, signaling a historic shift in Burmese politics.   Now,…

McGowan's Manifesto: Check your privillege at the door

  It was once said by  Desmond Tutu,  “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Since the racially charged brutality that took place last year in Ferguson, Miss. was brought to light,  I have been awakened to an understanding of our deeply racist American history and…

Madeline's Montage: Risky business

“Ladies and gentlemen, we’ve lost her.”   These are the words an English professor said aloud when I sat down in class sleepily smiling after going back and forth from Columbus three times in five days.   He did not say it due to my former absences, though. He said this out of shear excitement…

McGowan's Manifesto: Why fair trade matters

    Imagine with me for a second that you are someone entirely different from yourself. Shed your western socialization and envision that you were not born into the community that you were, but instead in a poverty-stricken pocket of the Dominican Republic.   In order to survive, you work impossibly long hours in a…

Validation for Clinton

  I’m sure most of you don’t consider watching an unnecessary and lengthy congressional hearing your idea of a good time. Sadly, I do, as I tuned in to watch parts of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s testimony on Oct. 22, which pertained to the 2012 Benghazi attacks.   For those unfamiliar with what happened…

The Gebhardt Collection: Worth the written talent

  Small, liberal arts colleges take pride in the well roundedness of their academic curriculum. Regardless of their fields of study, all students are required to take a myriad of humanities courses, from the social sciences to theology, that train them to read critically and write cohesively.   John Carroll is no exception. We go…

OurView: How to overcome social anxiety

  Believing in ourselves is not easy when we face constant uphill battles and outside forces that tell us we are not good enough. In fact, it is quite hard to build yourself up again when constantly looking back at the obstacles you have faced in our lives that have left us flawed and scarred.…

The Gebhardt Collection: Trauma in Turkey

If you follow international news, you have no doubt seen a great deal of coverage surrounding the suicide bombings in Ankara, Turkey that happened last Saturday.   For those that haven’t read or heard anything about the terrorist attack, 95 Turks were killed (and nearly another 250 were injured, according to USA Today) during a…

Religious Misconceptions

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”   For those of you who are unaware, that is the clause in the First Amendment that clearly gives American citizens the right to choose their religion and practice it freely. It is one of the five elements of…

OurView: The Francis Effect

  It was about three weeks ago that I went with a group of John Carroll and Canisius students to go see Pope Francis in Philadelphia while he was visiting for the Meeting of Families, and I’m still on a “Pope high.”   We went down to Philly on Saturday and left Sunday. On Saturday…

McGowan's Manifesto: Woes of the Female Intern

  It was the first press conference of the summer. A month prior to this date, I started my journey as a congressional press intern, and every day following, I repeatedly pinched myself to make sure that I wasn’t dreaming. I had fantasized about being part of the wheel of public service for as long…