Katelyn’s Candor

Columns: Katelyn signing off

  Here we are, readers. The final Katelyn’s Candor column. The end of the road.   Well, kind of. I’ll be continuing my political rantings on a Medium page, so look that up. In addition, all of the graduating seniors have farewell columns in the final issue of the year, so you’ve got that to…

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.  …

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Enough’s enough

  After I woke up on Sunday morning, I made the colossal mistake of checking Facebook before leaving my bed or drinking even a drop of coffee.   As I scrolled through my newsfeed, my eyes wandered onto a post that read: “Killers don’t need guns to kill people. Timothy McVeigh used fertilizer. 9-11 terrorists…

Learning to let go

It’s funny, just how much things change in the course of a few years.   When I was in middle school, my older sister told me that most friends we make in this life are temporary in some sense.   Whether they last a few days, a few months or a few years, most people…

But first, let me take a selfie

Those of us who are part of Generation Y are often berated for our dependence on the Internet for basically everything we do.   It is said we don’t know how to open a book or dial a phone number. Apparently, we are so addicted to Facebook and Twitter, we aren’t able to function without…

Show some compassion

Every now and then, I joke around about worrying about the state of society, usually in response to some idiotic clickbait article circulating on social media or a ridiculous story from a classmate.   However, I am genuinely concerned about things right now, but not for the usual reasons you may have grown accustomed to…

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…

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…

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…

Protecting diversity

  Three Muslim students were killed on Tuesday, Feb. 10 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina when a resident of their apartment building gunned them down, reportedly angry about a parking dispute.   The aggressor, 46-year-old Craig Stephen Hicks, has stated he was angry because the three students were parking on his side of the building,…

Everyday Beauty

As much as I enjoy my job at The Carroll News, being the World News Editor does come with its drawbacks. The most prevalent of these is that it can be highly depressing at times.   On a weekly basis, it is my responsibility to determine which articles will be printed in this section. That…

Stop the Stigma

Last week, it was reported that texts dating back to 1300 BCE showed evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder.   Researchers at Anglia Ruskin University made this discovery while translating ancient Mesopotamian texts, according to the BBC. Previously, the first historical mentions of PTSD were accredited to the Greek historian Herodotus, who lived in the 400s…

Warning: Dystopia approaches

My favorite genre in literature and film used to be dystopian fiction.   I have read George Orwell’s “1984” countless times and every time was mystified by the concept that our government was slowly turning into the ominous Big Brother.   I have always been fascinated with the allegory presented in Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New…

Girl power, activate!

    I grew up in a world without gender roles.   As a child, I was never told that there were things I could not do because I was a female.   I was not told that I had to keep my clothes neat at recess, or that I could not play tag or…

Life of a worrywart: a memoir

    Hello, my name is Katelyn DeBaun, and I am addicted to worrying.   (Hi, Katelyn.)   This comes from your faithful World News Editor who believes we still do not need to worry so much about Ebola hitting the United States in the same way the bubonic plague hit Europe. Even with the…