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Music to start the year off right

A new year brings on a new beginning. With 2013 off to such a fresh start, many artists have discussed new music they are working on. In addition, notable talent we have not heard from in a while are making a comeback. This year is going to bring back a lot of musical personalities who…

2013: New year, new you

Almost every single list of New Year’s resolutions includes something along these lines: “Get in shape.” Easier said than done. WebMD.com listed the “Top 6 Exercise Excuses and How to Beat Them.” 1.  “I don’t have time.” On a college campus, this is most likely the biggest excuse. We have classes, jobs, friends and then…

Blizzard Bash 2012 comes in storming

On Sunday, Nov. 17, The Brothers Lounge hosted WJCU-FM’s annual Blizzard Bash fundraiser and concert event. The music provided for the evening included The Commonwealth, Lowly, The Tree Ghost and Oldboy. The Commonwealth was the first band on for the night, charged with the job of getting the crowd hyped. They produce a pretty eerie…

The Carroll News talks ‘mindfulness’ with Rep. Tim Ryan

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, from Ohio’s 17th District, stopped at John Carroll University on Wednesday, Nov. 7 to discuss his new book, “A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance and Recapture the American Spirit.” The Carroll News sat down with him for an interview after his talk to…

Women’s soccer: Roller-coaster ride ends in defeat for Blue Streaks

Although rarely the favorite, the underdog spirit of this Blue Streaks team showed all season, as they fought through injury and adversity and played their way all the way to the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship, where they eventually fell to Ohio Northern University, 2-0. Although they did not finish the season as OAC champions, the…

Taylor Swift’s new album pleases die-hard fans

Taylor Swift’s two-year awaited album “Red” came out last week.  Most people fall into two categories when it comes to Swift’s music: either they break the CD case within the first five minutes of having it because they are so excited to have the new CD, or people think she is overrated and her music…

Inspection records address students’ claims of food contamination

In response to student outcry after the Aramark story that ran two issues ago, The Carroll News requested health inspection reports for John Carroll University Dining and Schott Dining Hall from the past year. Two standard inspection reports dated April 17, 2012 and Sept. 26, 2012, detailing five total health code violations seen upon routine…

Homecoming gets wild in more ways than one: students witness capybaras birth during dance

Needless to say, the 2012 John Carroll University Homecoming dance got a little “wild.” In addition to its venue at the Rainforest in the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and a few hundred rambunctious college students, this year’s dance provided attendees with a glimpse into the uncertainty that accompanies the world’s natural environments. Shortly after the first…

JCU volleyball captures 3-2 decision over Oberlin

[By Beckie Reid] Having only won a total of nine games last year, the John Carroll women’s volleyball team overcame their slump by turning it into double digits of victories, with a handful of games left to play. The team is on a four-game winning streak, with Oberlin as their latest victim, which has not…

Sound the alarms: students frustrated by frequent evacuations

Many John Carroll dorm-dwellers are now asking themselves if they can recall the days when they would awake from a night’s sleep well-rested. Since the beginning of the year, students have been losing sleep due to the fire alarms spontaneously going off throughout the night and into the early morning. Students living in residence halls…

‘Trouble with the Curve’ falls short of hype

“Trouble with the Curve” should’ve been a fantastic film containing long-awaited acting from Clint Eastwood. Instead, we get a semi-decent film, riddled with several minor errors. The film centers on Gus Lobel (Eastwood), a baseball scout with failing eyesight. Gus’ daughter, played by the witty Amy Adams, decides to intervene and help him on his…

The last straw for the Quad: summer wear means fall work needed

On their daily trek to class, students may have noticed some maintenance being done on the main Quad, which is currently blanketed in large quantities of straw. The facilities department and maintenance staff is reseeding some areas of grass on the quad that were damaged over the summer. Heavy traffic across the grass during Commencement…

Skate Dance Dream performs at local ice arena

The Gilmour Academy Ice Arena in Gates Mills is welcoming back the group Skate Dance Dream group on Sept. 15. This is the third Ohio performance combining figure skating and dancing off of the ice. Parker Pennington, the producer of the show, wants to inspire dancers and figure skaters with confidence and opportunities. “Our mission…

‘The Place Beyond the Pines’: a searingly powerful drama

The right thing: that elusive concept that drives so many to compromise their values and make life-shattering choices. “The Place Beyond the Pines” is a film that studies that concept and its consequences. Director/writer Derek Cianfrance seamlessly creates an experience which is not merely an important drama, but a spellbinding piece of art. This is…

Columns: A portrait of the author as a young man

I feel as though I should introduce myself. My name is Nicholas Sciarappa, and I am so very good looking. I play the drums for Carly Rae Jepson, I am a world renowned calligraphy artist and I’m Bobby Flay’s sous chef at his world famous Las Vegas restaurant, Mesa Grill. I have voted for every…

John Carroll’s own performing at Carroll Fest

While most of the bands and other acts performing at the first annual Carroll Fest have been on the radar for some time now, there is one particular group that deserves some more recognition – We Don’t Do Math. But who exactly is We Don’t Do Math? The Carroll News was able to talk with…

Republican Convention makes its mark

For the Republican party, August centered on only one political event: the Republican National Convention. Scheduled to feature several events on Monday, including a speech by Ann Romney, the convention had to be postponed due to tumultuous weather brought on by Hurricane Isaac. To the great disappointment of the Latino voting base, very little attention…

University Heights cracks down on texting and driving

John Carroll students now have even more of a reason to be cautious with their cell phone use while driving. University Heights City Council recently passed a law that bans texting while driving for all motorists and forbids drivers under age 18 from using any kind of electronic wireless device. The two ordinances are identical…

A New Party

Well, here it was, the moment many of us had been waiting for. There were threats of hurricane, potential protests by opposing ideologies, along with other tiny, yet crucial issues. Yet the Republican National Convention went on as planned with millions of Americans watching. To many, the three days in Tampa appeared to be nothing…

Violations aplenty in first weekend back on campus

Since returning to campus two weeks ago, many rumors have been circulating about crime during the first weekend and policy violations that took place in the residence halls, particularly Murphy Hall. While Murphy is notoriously the “party dorm,” there seem to be more rumors about the first weekend than usual. Senior Emmett Morton, a resident…

Karzai calls attack that killed 16 ‘act of terror’

Sixteen Afghan civilians were allegedly killed last week by United States Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Although some witness accounts say there were multiple U.S. soldiers involved, NATO maintains that this was the act of one rogue soldier. Witnesses told The Associated Press that they awoke to the sound of gunfire in their neighborhood. Haji Samad,…

Nick's Knack: Nice guy syndrome

If you don’t know how you got home from the last party you went to, chances are it was a nice guy who helped you stumble down the sidewalk and took measures to prevent you from drowning in your own vomit while you slept. Though nice guys are everywhere, few people understand their way of…

Swimming and diving teams defeat Baldwin-Wallace on Senior Day

Senior Day is a special occasion for any participating athlete, let alone the senior athletes competing on that particular day. This past Saturday, Jan. 28, both the John Carroll University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams competed in their last regular season meet of the 2011-12 season. Playing host to the rival Baldwin-Wallace Yellow…

Students vote in favor of apathy

Last Wednesday and Thursday JCU held Student Union executive board elections. All but two positions were uncontested and a mere 897 students voted. The fact that the majority of the elected positions were uncontested shows a lack of commitment and interest in working toward making the University a better place. Since less than a third…

High unemployment rates still remain in West and South

The nation’s unemployment problems just won’t seem to go away. In a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on regional and state employment, 26 states and Washington, D.C., reported increases in unemployment, while only 12 reported unemployment decreases from July to August. The national unemployment rate remained the same at 9.1 percent from…