Staff Commentary

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…

Dear Unkind Student: In defense of AAA

  Dear Unkind Student,   As a member of the John Carroll University community, I must ask you: What are you doing to fulfill your Jesuit values?   When you cowardly tore down the African American Alliance’s list of events from the humble pins, what were you doing for others? Did you aspire in vain…

Columns: Perry’s halftime performance didn’t make me roar

Overall feeling about Katy Perry’s performance for the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show: It wasn’t fabulous, but it wasn’t atrocious. Having high expectations for her performance, I didn’t think Perry really “wowed” audiences. I was expecting a pretty wild, extravagant Katy Perry show that would leave me saying, “Can we watch that again?” Instead,…

Perspectives from an editor: What is it like to use HealthSpot?

  On Wednesday, Jan. 28, I met with Kevin Darnell, an account executive from HealthSpot, and Jan Krevh, director of the Student Health and Wellness Center, for a demo of the new station. The process was painless, and familiar to anyone who grew up surrounded by technology.   The touchscreen registration was easy to use,…

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…

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.…

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…

Fall Pause

Unlike most of you, I will not be going back home this weekend. For me, home is my parents’ separate houses 30 miles from each other, the two cats that reside in each one and my angst-filled brother in his senior year making the same tough decisions I had to make two years ago. No,…

Life lock

    I love high achievers, ambitious people and those who respect hard work.   My friends who already have jobs and internships lined up for next year – awesome. Crazy kids with the 4.0 GPAs – way to go. The guy who sits next to me in class with the marked up book who…

Staff Commentary: What is sacrifice? (Baby, don’t hurt me)

During my many Friday night adventures with Labre over the summer, I met and conversed with a couple who I’ll call Rose and George.   Rose and George were living in a tent behind an abandoned house in the eastern part of the Cleveland suburbs. They were in better condition than some of the unhoused…

Kindergarten lessons

    Think back through your years in school. Who can you say is your favorite teacher? Now, as good as that teacher may be, does he or she compare to your kindergarten teacher?   Kindergarten is your first real year of school. What you learn there affects how you live the rest of your…

Why are you here?

I don’t mean that to be some deep, philosophical question. I mean, why are you here at John Carroll? We all have our reasons for choosing this school over the others, but why did you choose higher education at all?   In the state of Ohio, high school students can drop out at the age…

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,…

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…

Against the scales

I’m the stereotypical Libra. I’m the biggest socialite since Jay Gatsby. I analyze situations until I have multiple outcomes and I tend to have deep connections with people. Libras tend to be more indecisive than Patrick Star’s food order at the Krusty Krab, and we tend to avoid confrontation.   Two major events in my…