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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…

Obama stops Keystone XL Pipeline

President Obama halted the building of the Keystone XL Pipeline on Friday, Nov. 6. Formerly issuing a revamped and stringent environmental regulatory policy, Obama continues to challenge large oil companies and other carbon emission contributors.  Now augmenting his plan to lead a global front on lowering carbon emissions, Obama has resolutely batted down efforts to…

Trump was too funny

  Like a lot of Americans, on Saturday night, I tuned in to NBC to watch Saturday Night Live. I have always been a fan of the show and watch when I want to, but I could not miss this past Saturday’s episode. As a fan of comedy and a self-described political junkie, this was…

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…

Ohio says no to Gerrymandering, Monopolies, and Marijuana

  Voters across the state of Ohio voted on three state issues on Election Day, Nov. 3.   According to Cleveland.com, State Issue 1 passed by a margin of 2,025,467 to 808,999, as well as State Issue 2 which passed 1,553,357 to 1,451,520, while State Issue 3 failed 1,094,289 to 1,958,802. Ohio Secretary of State…

New liberal Canadian Prime Minister sworn in

  Justin Trudeau was sworn in Wednesday as Canada’s new Liberal prime minister, and his new cabinet ministers vowed to honor campaign pledges to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.   “Government by Cabinet is back,” Trudeau said, vowing to have an open and transparent government. Power in Harper’s government was…

Russian plane downed over Egypt, possible ISIS ties

  A Russian plane crashed 23 minutes after taking off over Egypt on Oct. 31 on it’s way to St. Petersburg, Russia. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have claimed they were the group behind the crash. According to Reuters, Egyptian investigators say they are “90-percent sure” a bomb was put on the plane…

Paul Ryan elected Speaker of the House

Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)was officially elected the 54th Speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday Oct. 29. At 45 years old, Ryan is the youngest speaker to hold the position since the late 1860s as well as being the first speaker from Wisconsin. Ryan received 236 votes, a majority in the House and more…

China ends its one-child policy; allows two children

  The Chinese Communist Party announced the end of its one-child policy on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. All married Chinese couples are now allowed to have up to two children.   Statistics of the United Nations make it clear why China is changing its policy: China’s population is aging rapidly. China does not have enough…

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…

Ted Strickland runs again; this time, for the Senate

Pledging to fight for working families once again, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland has submitted his bid for the United States Senate. Riding the populism of the far left and incorporating rhetoric to appeal to the working class, Strickland is forcefully engaging in the national liberal fervor for rewriting the rules for prosperity.   Frustrated…

Incumbent Rob Portman defends his Senate seat

  Republican Rob Portman is defending his seat in the 2016 Ohio Senatorial race. He won the 2010 election with 57 percent of the vote, according to The New York Times. Portman served in many different political positions before becoming a U.S. Senator.   He began his congressional career by being elected to the U.S.…

French train hero stabbed outside a bar in California

  U.S airman Spencer Stone, 23, was stabbed in a bar fight in Sacramento, Calif., near 21st and K Streets at Badlands nightclub around 12:45 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015.   Stone is famous for thwarting the terrorist attack on a French train in August with his two friends and is considered an international…

Due to hazing, ATO suspended

A hazing video surfaced on Twitter, featuring Indiana University’s chapter of Alpha Tao Omega, Delta Alpha, on Wednesday, Oct. 8. The controversial 29 second video, featuring an alleged sexual hazing ritual, was leaked by an anonymous user named ATO Video.   The video features an initiated member in his underwear performing oral sex on an…

Barack Obama apologizes for airstrike

President Barack Obama apologized to the head of Doctors Without Borders on  Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 for the airstrike that killed at least 22 people on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015 in Kunduz, Afghanistan. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced, “This morning from the Oval Office, President Obama spoke by telephone with Doctors Without Borders…

McCarthy drops bid for Speaker of the House

The political world thought the Republican Party would have a viable nominee for a new Speaker of the House as of Oct. 8, 2015, but the lead candidate dropped out of the race at the last second. The presumed candidate was House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.). House Republicans met last Thursday in a closed-door…

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…

Russian government sends out airstrikes in Syria

The Russian government sent out airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday, Sept. 30 that have caused many to question the intended target. Though the Russian government insists it is targeting the Islamic State group members with the airstrikes, many believe that the airstrikes were intended to help Russian ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to Politico.…

Shooting in Oregon leaves nine dead and many injured

Christopher Harper-Mercer opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon on Thursday, Oct. 1, killing nine people and severely wounding several others. Harper-Mercer, 26, eventually died in a police shootout.   The chaos began in Room 15 of Snyder Hall, where Lawrence Levine was preparing to teach a writing class at 10 a.m. At…

Oklahoma execution stayed

Richard Glossip, 52, who was sentenced to death for a 1998 murder, is now having his case reviewed by the State of Oklahoma. This occured one day after Pope Francis asked the parole board to stop the execution all together, according to The Washington Post. Glossip’s current date of execution is scheduled for Nov. 6,…

Congress delays a government shutdown

  The sand siphoning through the hourglass is running short for Congress and their efforts to avoid a government shutdown.  Within the coming weeks, Congressional leadership and President  Barack Obama will negotiate and draw up a budget to provide funding for the country’s most essential discretionary programs.   What makes the current budget talks more…

HRC on SNL

    This past week, Saturday Night Live featured Kate McKinnon playing democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton playing a bartender named Val. “Clinton” and Val discussed the candidate’s support of gay marriage and disapproval of the Keystone XL pipeline, mocking how long it took the real-life Clinton to announce her opinion on these…

Arne Duncan steps down

    Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced on Friday, Oct. 2, that he would be stepping down from his position in December. Vice President Joe Biden stated, “Over the past seven years, he has been a dynamic leader who brings unparalleled energy to his work.”   Duncan has a history of angering Democrats by challenging…

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…

Pope Francis speaks to Congress and United Nations

Pope Speaks to Congress   Igniting an avid reception, Pope Francis’ trip to the United States was highlighted by a speech to Congress, which millions watched. The occasion was momentous, as no previous Pope has ever addressed Congress.  Pope Francis’ speech extended to issues that divide Americans, but ultimately accentuated the staggering challenges not only…