“We have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost,” p. 13
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The Student Voice of John Carroll University Since 1925
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Vol. 90, No. 19
Student Union votes against SAF The Chief budget for the first time in history Wahoo debate: Is the Tribe’s mascot offensive? Ryllie Danylko Managing Editor
For the first time in Student Union history, SU senators voted against the proposed Student Activities Fee budget for the fiscal year 2015 at the SU meeting on Tuesday, March 25. The budget, heavily discussed and debated at both Tuesday’s meeting and the meeting the week before, was voted down in a 10-9 ruling. Since the recommendation was denied, the Student Activities Fee Allocation Committee will meet on Thursday, March 27 to reevaluate the budget, and it will be put to a vote at the meeting on Tuesday, April 1. SAFAC is made up of three students and three faculty members, co-chaired by junior Vice President for Business Affairs Elliott Schermerhorn and Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs Mary Ann Hanicak. The committee determines the annual allocation of the SAF budget of approximately $1.1 million, made up of the $400 factored into each student’s tuition. Schermerhorn said he doesn’t foresee any major changes resulting from Thursday’s meeting. “It could stay the same, in which case we just need to find a better way to present it, or it could change, and it would be a very slight changes,” Schermerhorn said. “It would be more so focused on Legion of Student Organizations and Student Union.”
Please see BUDGET, p. 3
Emily Mitchell Staff Reporter
The pie chart above presents SAFAC’s proposed breakdown of the JCU allocation of funds according to the budget they presented to Student Union at their meeting on Tuesday, March 18. Student Union voted against the proposed budget, which will require the SAFAC committee to review the budget and present it again next week.
JCU students dance for a cure
Carroll CAN brings a dance-a-thon to campus to raise money to cure cancer Laura Bednar Staff Reporter
Carroll Cancer Advocacy Network is an on-campus cancer awareness group that was founded by senior Stephanie Fair and John Carroll University alumna Maura Jochum who serves as the, advisor to the group. The group officially became recognized as a student organization on campus in the fall of 2013. Fair, who serves as president of the organization, had been working on the idea of the organization since last year. The group’s three main goals are to fundraise for cancer research, create awareness of all types of cancer and to help the community that is specifically affected by cancer. These goals are supported by their motto: “Raise Awareness, Raise Funds, and Lend a Hand.” This Saturday, March 29, Carroll CAN will be having a dance-a-thon which is open to all faculty, staff and students. The Streak-A-Thon: Dance Away Cancer event will take place in the DeCarlo Varsity Center from 6 p.m. to midnight. Registration takes place online at www.jcu.edu/carrollCAN. The registration cost is $10 per person, or $15 with a T-shirt. Registration also takes place at the door on the day of the event and the money is directly used as a donation. Proceeds of the event are split up into three categories that align with the group’s motto – Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Action Network and The Gathering Place. Lend a Hand committee chair of the Carroll CAN group Kaelyn Gates, who also serves as The Carroll News’ business manager, explained the idea of the dance-a-thon. “The dance-a-thon was popular at other schools such as Penn State. It was a new and exciting idea that had never been done at John Carroll before,” said Gates. Different student organizations on campus will be involved by sponsoring raffle baskets to be raffled off at the event. There will be representatives from various student groups present to sell tickets for the raffle baskets.
Please see DANCE, p. 2
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World News Diversions Editorial Op/Ed Classifieds
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Inside this issue: Disney announces purchase of YouTube channel manager Maker Studios, p. 11
With Opening Day fast approaching in Cleveland, the city is ablaze with posters of manager Terry Francona smiling down upon his beloved fans, banners of Nick Swisher sharing his electric grin and advertisements sporting the shy and humble Yan Gomes. While not as prominent as in previous decades, Chief Wahoo also still adorns several artifacts in downtown Cleveland. His wide grin can be spotted in the city’s most popular bars and restaurants, while Indians fans sport jackets often have his face stitched on the sleeve, keeping them warm from Cleveland’s bitter winter winds. On Wednesday, March 19, Sundance, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, visited John Carroll University and outlined a history of Chief Wahoo for faculty and students. He has been the director of the Cleveland American Indian Movement since 2007, and he spearheaded the movement to change the Oberlin Public School System team and logo from the Indians to the Phoenix. Sundance’s presentation explained why Native Americans from Northeast Ohio feel offended by Cleveland’s beloved mascot. He compared this symbol to the swastika symbol heralded during Hitler’s regime as a dictator in Nazi Germany. “In American history, an Indian head is a symbol of a genocide,” Sundance said. Sundance has been leading protests of the name “Cleveland Indians” and the team’s mascot since 2007. Protests are held both on Opening Day and about twice a month at Progressive Field. “As far as Wahoo goes, we strongly believe, the Cleveland AIM, that changing Wahoo is not enough. You have to change the team name as well as the logo,” said Sundance. Sundance has reached out to both Indians owner Larry Dolan and Progressive Insurance, the official sponsor of the Cleveland Indians. Sundance challenges Progressive’s support of the Indians, saying, “White supremacy is not ‘progressive.’” He contested that Native Americans face enough suffering in society without the tormenting
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JCU Student Union joins National Jesuit Government Organization
Campus Briefs 24-hour adoration in St. Francis Chapel
This Friday, March 28, Alpha Omega will be hosting a 24-hour adoration starting after a 12:05 p.m. Mass in St. Francis Chapel presided by Rev. Stayer. Adoration will conclude at noon on Saturday, March 29, with a benediction by Rev. Suszynski, a graduate student at JCU and local priest. One hour slots are available, but worshippers are not limited to just one hour. Contact Mark Smithhisler at msmithhisler@ jcu.edu with any questions.
Jesuit Day of Service this Saturday, March 29 The 2014 Day of Service will be held on Saturday, March 29. Inspired by JCU’s Jesuit tradition, the event unites 10 different Northeast Ohio institutions to serve neighborhood organizations in the Cleveland area. JCU is looking for volunteers at 16 different sites throughout the Cleveland area. There is a wide variety of activities that volunteers can partake in, including yard work, painting, cleaning garages and working with citizens directly.
Annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet on April 2
The Oxfam Hunger Banquet, sponsored by the first-year class of Arrupe Scholars, will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the LSC Conference Room with registration beginning at 5 p.m. This event strives to promote awareness and education on the global hunger and food disparities. The first 100 participants will receive a free T-shirt.
Mary Frances McGowan Assistant Campus Editor
To the satisfaction of student government leaders at John Carroll University, the student government leaders on our campus, in collaboration with 28 other Jesuit colleges and universities, have joined the National Jesuit Student Government Association. At its meeting on Tuesday, March 25, JCU’s Student Union ratified the constitution to make its involvement with NJSGA official. Before the passage, seven of the eight Jesuit institutions had officially joined the association. The National Jesuit Student Government Association is a national association that aims to advocate on behalf of students. Unlike SU, which speaks for our campus alone, the NJSGA is dedicated to representing the community of Jesuit students across the country. In its efforts to advocate for Jesuit students, the NJGSA focuses on the “enhancement of educational, social and cultural environments on college campuses and across the country.” NJSGA operates similarly to Congress. If SU votes favorably to implement the NJSGA, JCU will grant one representative to speak on behalf of the student population at the annual meeting as a voting member. At these yearly meetings, each school will be able to give updates on their particular campuses as well as collaborate on pressing matters that affect the collegiate Jesuit community as a whole. According to SU president Tim Ficke, if JCU becomes a part of the NJGSA, either the SU president or another member of the executive board will represent the University. Due to the fact that the issues that arise on each campus are unique, the NJGSA provides a “formalized mechanism” for students to voice their concerns and use the resource
pool of other universities to accomplish their goals. When a Jesuit college or university decides to join the NJGSA, as JCU has done, it is saying that it agrees with the constitution and will adopt it in its own existing constitution. Ficke said he thinks that joining the NJGSA is an extremely positive step for the advancement of JCU’s campus, although it is still yet to be determined how involved the University will be. “Involvement with the NJGSA will be a great think tank for ideas,” Ficke said. “Because our involvement is so new, our involvement at first will be slow because we are unsure of where we want it to go. In the future, I think that our involvement will grow.” Ficke said that along with being an excellent way to generate ideas, involvement with NJGSA will be a way to gauge the effectiveness of policy decisions made at SU. “When there’s a policy change, we would be able to compare it to other Jesuit universities,” said Ficke. Although the ratification was passed, some senators voiced concerns about joining NJGSA. Senior Senator Emily Stolfer voiced her concern with an overexertion of power of the NJGSA in regards to the decisions made on their behalf, and thought that the implementation of the association could lead to “peer pressure” on behalf the national body of colleges and universities. However, Ficke said that JCU’s involvement with the NJGSA can be as involved or distanced as the students choose to be. Until JCU SU begins to become involved with the association regularly, it is difficult to predict what the future holds.
John Carroll University presents Green Streak Week 2014 Monday, March 31: Make a Change Monday Open mic with the Recycling Committee, the Environmental Issues Group and Student Union Programming Board. To sign up or perform, or if you have questions/concerns, please contact Nicolle at email@example.com. 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Underground
Thursday, April 3: Theater Thursday Screening of “The Lorax” with popcorn and snacks provided by the Recycling Committee, Environmental Issues Group and the Carroll Cinema Society. 6:30 p.m. in the LSC Conference Room
Tuesday, April 1: Take a Tour Tuesday Take an exclusive tour of Murphy Hall. The tour is open to a limited amount of students. To sign up, come to the Environmental Issues Group and Recycling Committee’s table during Make a Change Monday. 4 p.m. in Murphy Hall
Friday, April 4: Field Trip Friday Bike trip around Shaker Lakes Trails and a trip to Ben and Jerry’s to learn about sustainable business practices. Bikes will be provided by JCU’s bike sharing co-op program. To sign up, email Andras at firstname.lastname@example.org. 4 to 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2: Wise Up Wednesday Join the Environmental Issues Group and the Recycling Committee to learn about sustainable organizations on campus and throughout Ohio. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the LSC Atrium
Saturday, April 5: Shoreline Saturday Join the Environmental Issues Group and the Recycling Committee for a beach clean-up. Tests of the water and air quality will be conducted and transportation and snacks will be provided. To sign up, email Andras at email@example.com. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Carroll CAN creates new fundraiser to benefit cancer research From DANCE, p.1
The baskets will include items such as gift cards to local restaurants and other places near JCU. The dance is not a competition, but merely for fun. Those who stay the full six hours will receive extra entries for the raffle prizes. This is not the first fundraiser this group has organized. They sponsored a Casual for Cancer dress down event for faculty and staff where the proceeds went to The Gathering Place. They sold pinnies for the Susan G. Komen cancer awareness themed JCU basketball game. They also worked with Greek Life groups Kappa Delta and Lambda Chi Alpha in a program called “Give a Heart, Take a Heart” where the money was used to send chemotherapy care packages to hospitals and the Taussig Cancer Institute. One-hundred packages were sent to hospitals and 50 were sent to the Taussig Institute.
Campus Safety Log March 18, 2014
A female student reported being menaced by a non-student, off-campus co-worker at the JCU RecPlex at 12:15 p.m. March 18, 2014
A noise complaint stated that male students were making rude comments and using a siren noise from a bullhorn outside Sutowski Hall at 3:06 a.m.
These incidents are taken from the files of Campus Safety Services, located in the lower level of the Lombardo Student Center. For more information, contact x1615.
UHPD Crime Blotter
March 10, 2014 A resident reported unauthorized use of his credit card number to purchase $337 worth of Toys “R” Us merchandise at a Cincinnati store location at 6:38 p.m. March 14, 2014 A patrolman in the 13900 block of Cedar stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation, who was belligerent at 6:15 p.m.
Incidents taken from the University Heights police blotter at Cleveland.com.
The Carroll News
March 27, 2014
Woodward and Bernstein say farewell
Speaker brings debate about the Cleveland Indians’ mascot to JCU
From WAHOO, p.1
of Indians fans, as they consistently place at the lowest level of every socioeconomic indicator. “We have the lowest life expectancy, the least education; we are the poorest of people in the land; we have the highest teen suicide rate; we have the highest rate of incarceration; we have the highest rate of violence directed toward us by other ethnicities-300 percent more,” he said. Cleveland fans who still support Chief Wahoo argue that organizations such as Cleveland AIM should focus more on these issues rather than something as trivial as a mascot or logo. “There are so many teams that are historical figures, and I think the Native American is just a historical figure,” said JCU freshman Steven Schmitz. “It’s the same thing with the Knights or Cavaliers.” Another counterargument in favor of Chief Wahoo is that most Native Americans are not offended by the symbol. However, Sundance disagrees with this statement, relating this evidence to a study done in Sports Illustrated several years ago. “[Sports Illustrated] claimed that 75 percent to 80 percent of respondents said they had no problem with Wahoo,
no problem with the Indians team name,” Sundance said. “Now, Sports Illustrated has been criticized for that. They went to talk to people who don’t live under the symbol. They didn’t come talk to us in Cleveland. They went out to some reservation out west. They have not disclosed their survey methods nor what questions were asked, so that survey is invalid.” “I’m 25 percent Native American, and I’m not offended,” freshman Kyle Curtis said. Regardless, Sundance speaks for the entirety of Cleveland AIM, saying, “We feel, the people who live here in Cleveland who are Native people, we find it offensive. We don’t need anybody else’s support.” “I think not nearly enough people showed up,” said freshman Sarah Maroun, who attended Sundance’s on-campus talk. “Honestly, if I had it my way, this would have been a mandatory panel.” Sundance concluded his talk by saying, “If you are a Native person, please rally around anything that is considered to be self-identification. If you are not, please rally around anything that seems to be self-identification. What we don’t want is for our colonizers to put one over on us.”
The Cleveland Indians, who play at Progressive Field, pictured above, are under fire from the Cleveland American Indian Movement for theie use of the Chief Wahoo logo.
SAFAC must present budget again at next Student Union meeting From BUDGET, p.1
According to the recommendation proposed at the meeting, SAFAC met over the course of the spring 2014 semester to review the Fiscal Year 2015 allocations, and determined the most responsible way to allocate the funds across the 20 organizations the SAF covers. The ultimate decision about the budget, however, is up to Vice President for Student Affairs Mark McCarthy, who was also present at Tuesday’s meeting. One of the mostly highly discussed aspects of the budget was the fact that some organizations who requested less money for Fiscal Year 2015 ended up being given more money in the proposed budget. The discussion highlighted the Corbo Fitness Room, which was allocated $183,500 although it requested $162,000 – up from $158,000 in Fiscal Year 2014. Hanicak explained that the room is in its worst condition in years, and that the staff often volunteers its time to clean the room to cut costs. Additionally, SAFAC’s evaluations found that the Corbo Room is the most utilized of the 20 organizations that the SAF funds. Hanicak said allocations are based solely on which organizations prove with legitimate evidence that their group benefits the entire student body. SAFAC instated a more detailed evaluation process for how funds were used three years ago to ensure proper allocation. She said programs that get more money are the ones that are “proving beyond a shadow of a doubt how impactful their programs are.” “We go based on the facts and the evidence that we’re given, and we cannot in good conscience make other decisions,” said Hanicak. SU is one of the organizations that was granted less than they requested; $40,000 as opposed to the requested $50,000 (which was a cutback from the $56,000 it got in FY 14). SU President Tim Ficke explained why SU requested less this year: “We haven’t been using it all. We want to be cognizant of other allocations who need it more than us.” SUPB also got a budget cut in the recommendation, a move which was not well-received by some. It recently took on responsibility for funding Residence Life Cinema – which has a $13,700 price tag – but was slashed $7,000 in the proposed budget. Despite the disagreements about the allocations, all parties agree that the discussion is necessary to ensure the best use of funds. “The sole purpose of the fee is to directly give back to the students, so you should feel confident when you pay your SAF it will be used in the best way possible,” said Ficke. Sophomore Cole Hassay, vice president for student organizations, said, “When you have that much money at stake, there’s going to be varying opinions on the matter.” Hassay is in charge of Student Organization Budget Board, which gives money to student organizations that request it. Student Organization Budget Board asked for a $55,000 allocation for FY 15, but the proposed budget gave it the same $50,000 it received this year. Hanicak named SUPB, SU and SOBB as the three organizations that have room for improvement in how they use their money and submit evaluations to SAFAC. “But I think there are some really easy solutions to how that can happen,” she said.
Abigail Rings Campus Editor
Jackie Mitchell Campus Editor
We knew this day was going to come. The day when the great Woodward (Jackie) and Bernstein (Abby) of The Carroll News would be sitting next to each other working on the campus section for the last time. We have learned a lot in the past year. How to work together, how to find stories, how to put together pages, how to help writers and how to work with the rest of the staff to make a paper we can all be proud of each week. We have valued the time we have spent with such a talented staff of writers and editors, and we will never forget working under amazing leadership like that of Dan Cooney and Brian Bayer and now Zach Mentz and Ryllie Danylko. We have the utmost respect and admiration for these fearless leaders and are thankful for their wisdom, kindness, humor and friendship. This newspaper has been a success because of the nurturing and welcoming environment that has always been the tradition of The Carroll News. We can remember coming in inexperienced and scared, not really sure how to respond to the loud and insane place that was the newsroom. But it wasn’t long before we felt welcomed by the likes of former campus editor Spencer German and the rest of the staff. The wonderful thing about the newsroom was that no matter how stressful your day had been or what was going on in your life, there was always someone to say something kind or an Elmo interpretation by Nick Sciarappa to make you smile. We were allowed to grow here – from writers who were sometimes too scared to walk up to random people and ask for a quote, to editors who decided that it was time to tackle the big issues no one wanted to talk about. We changed quite a bit, and that was because of the incredibly good fortune of working under people who genuinely cared about the newspaper and the people who worked here. We couldn’t have done any of it without the inextinguishable passion of our two powerhouse assistant editors: Karly Kovac and Mary Frances McGowan. If we are Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, then they are the dream team of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie. Being a campus editor is an unpredictable job (to put it mildly), and we were thrown countless curveballs. But the one thing we could always rely on was Karly and Mary Frances bringing life and laughter into the newsroom without fail every week. Their cheerful determination to work tirelessly to make the paper the best it can possibly be is unmatched. The newsroom simply will not be the same without Karly running in emergency coffee from her dorm at 2 a.m. or dancing around with the editors when deadline night gets the best of them. Losing her as an editor and writer will reverberate throughout the paper. As for Mary Frances, here’s hoping you can finally get your own theme song to play whenever you enter the newsroom next year. You deserve it, girl. It is with heavy hearts that we leave the newspaper. We have learned so much from working on these pages, even when it was 4 a.m., we couldn’t find a source and it looked like it would be another Wednesday walking around like zombies, almost falling asleep in our Magazine Writing class. And in the end, we wouldn’t change that all-too-familiar feeling of sleep deprivation mixed with overconsumption of Guys Pizza and the indescribable joy of seeing our hard work in print for the first time each Thursday for the world. Contact Abigail Rings and Jackie Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Campus Calendar : March 27 - April 2
Free and confidential STD/HIV testing at the Student Health Center from 1 to 3 p.m.
Kindergarten Night in the LSC Atrium from 9 to 11 p.m.
Carroll CAN Dance- Mass in St. Francis a-Thon in the DeCarlo Chapel at 6 p.m. and Varsity Center from 6 10 p.m. p.m. to midnight
Speaker on DNA Exoneration and Wrongful Convictions in Dolan A202-203 at 7:30 p.m.
Free chair massage in the Free chair massage in the Learning Commons, LSC Atrium from 8 to 10 p.m. 1st floor Grasselli Library, and near the Den from 3 to 5 p.m.
March 27, 2014
The Carroll News
Presenting the 2014 Beaudry Award Finalists The Beaudry Award is the only student award given at Commencement. The award is based on the candidates’ excellence in all of the following areas: leadership activities, commitment to Christian values, academic achievement and service to the University and/or civic community. Graduating seniors will be able to vote Monday, March 31 and Tuesday, April 1 at the JCU Grad Fair in the LSC Conference Room from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Compiled by Abigail Rings, Campus Editor
Majors: Political Science and Communication
Majors: English, Creative Writing
Involvement: Arrupe Scholar, Chi Omega recruitment chair, treasurer and fundraising chair for Public Relations Student Society of America, events and marketing coordinator for Students for Social Justice, Alpha Sigma Nu member, Pi Sigma Alpha member and Lambda Pi Eta member
Involvement: Arrupe Scholar, resident assistant, vice president and president of Alpha Omega, consultant in JCU’s Writing Center, participant in eight retreats, Alpha Sigma Nu member, Sigma Tau Delta member, member of the JCU Honors Program and 2013 Porter Scholarship recipient
Service: Student coordinator and tutor for We the People program, Fatima food drive, Danie’s Day, Aids Awareness week, Carroll Ballers, philanthropy work through Chi Omega specifically with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cleveland Neighborhood Project leader and recipient of Campion Award for Service in 2013
Service: Ohio Fair Trade Expo, Footprints for Fatima, Oxfam Hunger Banquet, participant in Louisville, Ecuador and Uganda immersion trips, Boys Hope Girls Hope and recipient of the Campion Award for Service in 2012
Major: Literature Minor: Professional Writing
Major: Business Logistics and Marketing
Involvement: President of Christian Life Communities, Campus Ministry Community Day leader, Immersion Student Coordinator, Manresa 25 team member, cantor at mass, Sigma Tau Delta member, consultant for the Writing Center and editor for The Carroll Review Involvement: Participant in May 2013 Jamaica immersion trip, student coordinator for 2014 Louisville immersion trip, Intergenerational choir member with Alzheimer’s patients, participant in Cleveland Neighborhood Project, Labre participant and Through the Eyes of a Child participant
Rachael Greuber Majors: Sociology and Criminology Minor: Forensic Behavioral Science Involvement: Created STAND, organizer of “One Million Bones” project to raise awareness about genocide, group leader of Sociology Student Association, member of cross country team, participant in John Glenn School of Public Affairs program designed to address underrepresented women in politics, Christian Life Community leader, member of Alpha Kappa Delta Service: We the People, co-organizer of Take Back the Night, El Salvador immersion trip participant, Students Today Leaders Forever service trip participant, Jesuit Day of Service participant, Footprints for Fatima participant and Through the Eyes of a Child participant
Involvement: Logistics intern at Great Lakes Cold Storage, vice president and president of Labre Project, student liaison and service participant for the Center for Service and Social Action, French Club public relations officer and Student Union Programming Board’s off-campus events coordinator Involvement: Labre participant, Boler Community Day, Jesuit Day of Service, Through the Eyes of a Child, Cleveland Neighborhood Project, immersion participant in Chicago, Joplin, Immokalee and organizer of week-long service trip to Oklahoma City
Ty McTigue Major: Business Management Minor: Leadership Involvement: Senior orientation leader, campus tour guide, member of Sigma Phi Epsilon, vice president of recruitment for Interfraternity Council, website coordinator for Institute of Catholic Studies and Office for University Mission and Identity, 2013 Homecoming King, member of Order of Omega and member of the professional marketing team at GE Lighting’s global headquarters
Service: Labre and Danie’s Day participant, We the People student coordinator, Center for Service and Social Action liaison, Jesuit Day of Service leader, assistant for CSSA pre-service workshops and inaugural recipient of CSSA Student Staff Award
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March 27, 2014
Honesty is the best policy. Wait, is my nose growing?
Alexandra Higl Arts & Life Editor Hey there, ladies and gentlemen, it’s time to play everyone’s favorite game, “name that movie.” (Cue cheesy game show music). I’ll give you a quote and you tell me what movie it’s from. Okay, start the clock. Girl to another girl’s face: “Omigosh I love your skirt, where’d you get it?” Girl behind girl’s back: “That is the ugliest effing skirt I have ever seen.” Pause. Same girl to girl she just confessed to: “Omigosh I love your bracelet, where’d you get it?” No, it’s not everyday life – try again (Wait, you may have a point there…) If you guessed “Mean Girls,” congratulations – you’ve won an old salad from Guy’s Pizza that’s been carefully preserved in The Carroll News’ fridge for the past two months. Kudos to you, friend. But in all seriousness, let’s bring it in. This 30-second segment in “Mean Girls” is laughable, yes. Yet, when you get down to it, it’s relatable. We see this every day. Here comes the awkward laughs and the uncomfortable squirming. We’ve all been guilty of it. We say things to people to save face. We’re fake. We’re not honest. We’re just living one big fat lie. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve seen more and more of this. And it makes me want to crawl in a box and snap at young children saying the world just isn’t fair (Okay, that may be a bit dramatic). So why can’t we just be honest with each other? If one of our friends thinks she’s the next Carrie Underwood, but she sounds like a whale passing a kidney stone when she opens her mouth, why do we tell her, “Omigosh, your voice is, like, so good.” Honesty hurts sometimes. We like it when our egos are stroked. It keeps the peace. Yet, what are friendships if they’re built on lies? You stroke my ego with a bunch of empty words, I’ll stroke yours, and then we’ll gossip about it behind each others backs. Omigosh, we’re so totally besties! I’ve unfortunately always said what’s on my mind 95 percent (You’ll know when the five percent happens). Whenever I lie, I choke up and start nervous twitching. It’s a thrill to watch. I blame it on my strict Catholic upbringing and those gosh darn nuns in grade school who would bend down two inches away from your face to make you confess your deepest, darkest secrets until you cracked. Sometimes, I just blurt the truth out there. And, hey, I see why people opt out of this. People aren’t necessarily fond of being told that their excrements indeed stink. Yet, it’s a fact of life we’re going to have to face eventually. So, I propose an airing of grievances a Festivus for the restof-us style (I can’t wait for Feats of Strength). Let’s go around and tell people exactly what we think of them. Starting with, “Ew, I hate your top.” Then a chorus of, “Your breath stinks.” And finally, the finale of, “Despite what everyone tells you when you desperately ask if those jeans make you look fat, yes, those jeans indeed make you look fat.” Okay, honesty may not always be the best policy. We have to have some sort of a censor or else chaos could ensue at any given moment and the world could go up in flames while girls are strangling each other and bashing one another on the head with high heels (I swear those things could double as weapons). Yet, here are the rules (in my humble opinion) we should abide by: If someone asks you something, be up-front. Don’t sugarcoat it. Avoid talking behind someone’s back, unless you have said or will say the exact same thing to their face. If you don’t like someone, don’t be “fake nice” to them. Be cordial. Be professional. But, don’t talk like a chipmunk on helium and smile until your face is ready to shatter because you’re handing them nothing but doggie doodoo coated with a sugary sweetness. Behind the sugary sweetness is nothing but rubbish. They can see right through it. And, most importantly, as my momma says, if you don’t have anything nice to say that isn’t honest, don’t say it at all. Simple as that. Contact Alexandra Higl at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sunshine and melting snow are not the only signs that spring is on its way. Warmer weather brings with it a variety of activities to welcome in the season. If you’re looking for a good way to celebrate the end of winter, take advantage of the numerous ways Cleveland embraces spring.
Does anything say “spring” quite like flowers in bloom? Admire all the beauty this season has to offer at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. As part of University Circle, the gardens provide an oasis of flowers, trees and plants in the middle of the city. Location: 11030 East Blvd, Cleveland
Cheer on the Tribe as they kick off their 2014 season at Progressive Field. Even though Opening Day is sold out, there are still plenty of opportunities to see Cleveland’s baseball team in action throughout the rest of the season. Location: 2401 Ontario St, Cleveland
Enjoy the local gem of Ohio’s very own “Emerald Necklace.” Spend the day biking or exploring the 155 acres of the reservation, or take part in an organized activity such as an evening hike or an afternoon of chalk drawing on the sidewalks. Location: 26899 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst
Whether you prefer to watch meerkats scurry around the African Elephant Crossing or the giraffes meander in their African Savanna home, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo provides a variety of exhibits to enjoy. Don’t forget that the zoo offers free admission for Cuyahoga County residents on Mondays. Location: 3900 Wildlife Way, Cleveland
Be a tourist in your own city, or at least the city you live in during the academic year. Take a tour on a trolley and see the city come to life as it welcomes the warmer weather. Tours are offered Fridays and Saturdays through April 30th, and seven days a week throughout the summer. Location: Trolleys leave from the Powerhouse at Nautica, 1231 Main Ave, Cleveland
-Compiled by Katie Oltmanns and Madeline Smanik
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The Carroll News
March 27, 2014
WJCU Hungarian radio show celebrates 30 years of community programming Alexandra Higl Arts & Life Editor
It’s Sunday afternoon. The clock strikes 2 p.m., and five radio show hosts with passions for Hungarian culture, language, community events, literature and music take the air. For the next three hours, listeners will hear nothing but the Hungarian language across the WJCU 88.7 FM radio waves. And, that’s the way it’s been for the last 30 years. Listeners around the United States hailing from New York, California and many other states, and in countries across the globe such as Hungary and Transylvania, stream the program online, allowing the tones of traditional and modern Hungarian composers to fill their homes. They gather around and listen to current host Istvan Hargitai read Hungarian poems and literary works. They take note of the Hungarian events in the Cleveland area where they can come together as a community that are promoted by the hosts. Although this source of programming for Hungarian-Americans in the Cleveland area has grown and evolved through the years, it all started with one man. In 1984, JCU student Andras Toth wanted to fill a void in the local Hungarian community. In the 1980s, Toth’s neighbor, Frank Szappanos, broadcasted a well-known and beloved Hungarian program every Sunday that featured both gypsy and contemporary music. However, the program ceased to exist in 1984. Toth decided to use his resources at WJCU FM to give back to the Hungarian community and provide it with a way to preserve its culture. According to Hargitai, “The Hungarian broadcast was the first nationality radio show broadcasting from the tower at JCU. Soon thereafter, other nationality programs came into existence as the opportunity presented itself.” Since its start in 1984, the radio show has seen a succession of hosts throughout the years.
As the hosts have come and gone, the show has changed, evolved and been tailored to fit the needs of its target audience – the local Hungarian community. “Our mission is to bring [the Hungarian community] together so they know about each other and their activities,” said Hargitai. “This is the force we want to be in the Cleveland area.” And, as the years have gone by, the number of listeners the show reaches has grown. Co-host and technical producer Zsolt Molnar, who first came to the show in 2012, values the chance to give back to the local Hungarian community. “I’ve gained a lot from them, and this show is my way of thanking them,” he said. The hosts also noted that the main intention of the show is to preserve the Hungarian culture, language, music and overall identity in the United States. “I’ve lived in the U.S. since I was 12, so the radio show is a good way to keep up my language skills,” said Hargitai. “Also, it’s about sharing the culture with the younger generation, my son’s generation and my grandchildren’s generation. “ Hargitai added that, “Sometimes, if you have mixed marriages, it’s difficult to keep up the language and have the child be bilingual or trilingual. My motivation is to be able to instill a bit of Hungarian identity on top of the American identity, which is already there. There’s not conflict. It’s just a different dimension. It’s a plus.” The Hungarian radio show at WJCU FM paved the way for a diversity of ethnic programming that still is thriving today, according to General Manager Krieger. Every Sunday, WJCU FM features back-to-back radio shows that feature countries across the globe. The Sunday community ethnic programs include everything from a Lithuanian show to an Armenian show – and much more. “Ethnic programming has been a staple of WJCU for decades, and there’s a demand for it. As a noncommercial radio station, we
Behind the scenes of Streaks in Key Morgan Osheka Rachel Vadaj The Carroll News
Streaks in Key has set the tone for a cappella music-making at John Carroll University. Becoming the first student-run, co-ed a cappella group sets Streaks in Key apart from the familiar Rhapsody Blue and Sweet Carrollines. Yet it has been a while since the JCU community has seen Streaks in Key, which debuted back on Oct. 24, 2013 at SUPB’s A Cappella Night and also performing at the Sweet Carrollines’ biannual concert on Dec. 5, 2013. However, Streaks in Key will make another appearance on Monday, March 31 at 8 p.m. in the Underground for Open Mic Night. Streaks in Key have previously sung “One Voice,” “Brave” and “Royals” – selections from a diverse range of music genres featuring pop, R&B and spiritual tunes. Sophomore Duncan Peters, president of Streaks in Key, spoke about the foundation and ambition of Streaks in Key in terms of reaching out to the campus community. “Streaks in Key is a co-ed a cappella group that is striving to make a difference at John Carroll University by trying to change the way people see music” said Peters. Streaks in Key was originally created by former president and current senior Katie Heegan in the fall of 2012. “We wanted to start something new, something different,” said Heegan. “We created a mix of Sweet Carollines and Rhapsody Blue. We welcome all types of singers from all different backgrounds. Currently, we have 17 members. About a third of the group has had previous training and experience in theater. Many, including myself, have been involved in church choirs, too. My favorite part of Streaks in Key is that we all have different personalities and have something unique to bring to the table. It’s not just about the music. It’s a new community.” Junior Rachel Distler, president of Sweet Carrollines, gave her opinion on Streaks in Key, saying, “It is great to see music and fine arts spread over JCU’s campus. There are already a wide variety of singing groups, but there will always be room for more. Streaks in Key is very new to campus, so it is going to take them a while to grow, but a co-ed group can really go far.” “I’ve been singing since my sophomore year of high school, but Streaks in Key helped me to open up and sing the way that I want to,” said Peters. “It’s a way of life. This group has helped me to be a better singer and to find a sense of community while connecting with people of all different levels. We are not exactly all experienced, but when we come together, it’s like no other.”
JCU alum Adras Toth (above) first started the Hungarian radio show at WJCU FM in 1984. don’t sell advertising time,” said Krieger. “The Bencsik, professor of Nordonia school system fact of the matter is that broadcasters are given and member of American Hungarian Educaaccess to the airwaves and granted that license tors Association Endre Szentkiralyi, Chairwith the explicit expectation that they will serve person of the JCU Department of Classical the community of license as a public trustee. and Modern Languages and Cultures Martha For WJCU in particular, one of our missions Pereszlenyi-Pinter, Krieger and Hargitai. is to do just that. We look for segments of the Performances from the Hungarian Scout community that are underserved by commercial Folk Dance Ensemble, a well-known group broadcasters. And, there are virtually little or of Hungarian Scout youth, will follow the no commercial broadcasting carriers for these speakers. ethnic communities within the Cleveland area.” The radio show will also feature a special On Saturday, March 29, the Hungarian radio programming during its normally scheduled show – Bocskai Radio the Voice of Cleveland time for the Hungarian audience. The 30th Hungarians – is celebrating 30 years of Hun- anniversary show will feature old recordings, garian community programming. past broadcasts and a walk down memory The Tim Russert Department of Com- lane. munication & Theatre Arts, the Classical and At the end of the day, the celebration on Modern Languages and Cultures Department, March 29 is the Bocskai Radio’s way of thankWJCU FM and Bocskai Radio will be hosting ing WJCU FM. “Not only do we want the other community an event to celebrate this milestone in the D.J. Lombardo Student Center Atrium from 11 a.m. radio stations and programs to see how strong to 2 p.m. the following day, Sunday, March 30. we are, but we want this day to be one where The event will feature guest speakers, we thank the teachers and students of the including Deputy Consul General of the Con- University for giving us a home for the past sulate General of Hungary in New York Zita 30 years,” said Molnar.
New ‘Star Wars’ movie set to take the screen Abrial Neely Staff Reporter
Star Wars fanatics rejoiced as J.J. Abrams publicly announced his upcoming film, “Star Wars: Episode VII,” the first of a planned trilogy. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan teamed up to write the screenplay for the much anticipated new film. Disney and Lucasfilm made an official announcement on Tuesday, M a r c h 18 that the new Star Wars movie will begin filming in May at London’s Pinewood Studios. “Episode VII” is meant to be a continuation of the original saga by George Lucas. In a statement made to the Los Angeles Times, Disney said the film is set to take place 30 years after “Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi,” which coincidentally came out 30 years ago. I n a n i n t e rview, Disney said the film will star three new, young leads; however, some familiar faces will also accompany them. The original Star Wars actors, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fischer and
Mark Hamill, have all been rumored to have parts in the upcoming “Episode.” Many reports say that this Star Wars film is set to have a star-studded cast, amidst rumors that Jesse Plemons of “Breaking Bad,” Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and Michael B. Jordan have been considered for roles. As of now, five young men are in a fight for the lead role as a young Jedi apprentice in the popular movie franchise. Two of the actors being considered are African-American, causing some debate about the race of the character. Abrams stated his desire for a diverse cast and is currently deciding with filmmakers whether to cast a nonwhite actor in the role. Only one role has been cast for certain. Disney Chief Robert Iger confirmed in the Los Angeles Times that R2-D2, from previous Star Wars films, will be returning to the screen. “Star Wars: Episode VII” is set to open in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015. Editor’s Note: Information in this article was taken from USA Today and the Los Angeles geekalerts.com Times.
March 27, 2014
Cup of Joe
JCU sweeps Mount Union on Monday after multiple delays Jacob Hirschmann Assistant Sports Editor
Joe Ginley Sports Editor
Opening Day At long last, baseball season has arrived. I’ve been waiting all winter. As Roger Hornsby said, “People ask me what I do in the winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.” Now that winter has passed, one of my favorite days of the year is almost here: Opening Day. The Cleveland Indians’ home opener falls on April 4, just eight days away from the publication of today’s paper and four days after the Tribe’s official opener against the Oakland Athletics on March 31. Ever since I was little, I’ve loved Opening Day. I would rush home from school to catch the 3:05 first pitch and celebrate the official beginning of spring. The last two years, I’ve attended the Tribe’s home opener. My first was quite an experience. I’ll never forget it. My friend Kevin and I bought tickets at the last minute, just a week before the game, so the only ones we could get were standing room only. We arrived plenty early so we could stake out a spot on the Toyota Home Run Porch. We managed to grab a place along the rail with a perfect view of the field. The game itself was uneventful until the ninth inning. The Tribe held a 4-1 lead heading into the top of the ninth before former Indians closer Chris Perez proceeded to blow the save. The game then trudged forward in extra innings, as neither team managed any offense until Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia clobbered a three-run home run over our heads in the 16th. The Indians couldn’t counter, and the game ended. Turns out, of 1,360 Opening Day games between 1901 and 2012, this one was the longest. At least we got our money’s worth. Kevin and I went again last year, and it was just as fun, despite an 11-6 loss to the New York Yankees. Tickets are going to be expensive this year, but I can’t imagine not going after these past two incredible openers. I’m not sure how the Indians will do this season; I’m not great at predictions. Heck, I picked Creighton to reach the Final Four. But I do know this: I can’t wait for Opening Day. I hope you’re just as excited. It’s going to be a fun year. Even if you’re not a big baseball fan, try it out on Opening Day. I promise you won’t be disappointed. As a wise man once said, “A bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day just about anywhere else.” Follow @JoeGinley on Twitter or email him at email@example.com
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Heading into this weekend’s doubleheader with the University of Mount Union, John Carroll University’s baseball team had not found their stride quite yet. With a sub-.500 record entering their first Ohio Athletic Conference games, the Blue Streaks were looking to use these games against the Purple Raiders to kick start the rest of their season. After two days of delays and a change of venue, JCU and Mount Union finally kicked off the weekend series on Monday, March 24 at Muskingum University, due to the poor conditions of both schools’ baseball diamonds. In game one of the doubleheader, the Blue Streaks were able to get back to .500 on the season behind big innings in the fifth and eighth, scoring four runs in each and eventually coming out on top, 9-5. Sophomore Aaron Lapaglia started and pitched a complete game for JCU, allowing seven hits and four earned runs along with six strikeouts, earning his third win of the season for the Blue Streaks. “It feels good (to start the season off strong). I’m just here to help the team win, and anytime I can accomplish that, it’s a good thing,” said Lapaglia. After Mount Union kicked off the scoring in the top of the second with a run of their own, JCU im-
mediately answered when senior Chet Lauer knocked in fellow senior Jimmy Spagna to knot the game at one. Both teams were held scoreless for the third and fourth innings, but in the fifth, the Blue Streaks exploded for four runs behind an RBI-single off the bat of sophomore Rob Cifelli and three unearned runs. That big inning stretched the lead to 5-1 for JCU, but the Purple Raiders were not going away quietly. After pouring in one run in the top of the sixth and three in the top of the seventh, Mouth Union had tied the game back up at five runs apiece. But the Blue Streaks responded to the Purple Raiders’ comeback with another four-run inning in the eighth and ended up winning game one of the double header, 9-5. Game two resulted in another clutch victory for JCU as they squeaked out a 2-1 victory behind some clutch pitching from the arms of sophomore Brandon Maddern and senior Kevin Rosinski. The only two runs of the game for the Blue Streaks came in the first inning as Lauer continued his impressive day at the plate when he knocked in Cifelli and junior Bobby Sabatino to give a JCU a 2-0 cushion right off the bat. Mount Union had few opportunities throughout the game, but were finally able to capitalize on one of those few opportunities in the fifth inning when Ricky Olasz hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Justin Jakubik
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Senior Chet Lauer steps to the plate right before knocking in an RBI single in the second inning against Mount Union. and cut the JCU lead in half. The rest of the game was dominated by JCU pitching as Maddern continued through eight full innings, allowing only four hits and one earned run. For the ninth, Rosinski came out to try to record the save and, while getting it done, the event was not without fireworks. With one out and a runner on second base, Rosinski allowed a line-shot to center field. Cifelli came up gunning and hit Lauer in the perfect position to apply the tag, getting the Mount Union runner right before he crossed home plate. That turned out to be the final scare for the Blue Streaks as Ros-
inski recorded the final out without a problem. JCU escaped this raindelayed doubleheader with two conference victories over a top OAC team, and an over .500 record for the first time this season. “Mount Union is the defending champs in the OAC. To compete and take two from them is a good start to league play,” said head coach Marc Thibeault. He continued, “But it’s over, and now we need to shift the focus to our next opponent.” The Blue Streaks hope to continue their OAC success this coming Saturday, March 29 in another conference doubleheader against Wilmington College in Wilmington, Ohio.
Blue Streaks split trio of weekend twinbills, sit at 7-7 overall Ashley Bastock Staff Reporter
The John Carroll University softball squad had a long weekend with a lot of short turnarounds, as the team faced Ohio Wesleyan University, Muskingum University and Thomas More College in a trio of doubleheaders. “I think we overall played very well this weekend,” senior Sam Becker said. “We just seemed to have one inning each loss that put us in the hole. “The teams we played were all very good hitting teams and I am very proud of how hard we played against them.” JCU won the first game against OWU on Friday, March 21 behind the phenomenal pitching of junior Rachel Byrnes, who gave up zero hits in the final four innings of play. JCU’s lone run came courtesy of senior Sam Becker, whose RBI single scored fellow senior Colleen Brady in the top of the fifth, good enough for the 1-0 win. In the second game, the roles were reversed as JCU was held to four hits. OWU recorded three runs off of five hits and never looked back after the bottom of the first. The Blue Streaks then faced Muskingum on Saturday, March 22 in New Concord, Ohio to open up Ohio Athletic Conference play. The Blue Streaks split with the Fighting Muskies in exciting fashion. The first game went to Muskingum after two back-to-back home
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Junior Ashlee Unrue hit 3-for-4 with 3 RBIs and a home run in JCU’s second game against Muskingum on Saturday.
runs in the bottom of the seventh, giving Muskingum a 2-1 win over JCU. Becker had recorded a home run of her own for the Blue Streaks earlier in the game in the top of the fifth. Although the Blue Streaks out-hit the Muskies 7-6, it would not be enough as they struggled to get into a rhythm offensively. In the second game, however, JCU found its groove. The Blue Streaks squeaked by Muskingum with a 9-8 win courtesy of the offensive onslaught.
Brady and junior Ashlee Unrue led the JCU scoring in the third inning, which led to a 5-2 lead for the Blue Streaks. Senior Beckie Reid added to the lead in the fourth inning with her two-out single that scored both senior Lia Locey and freshman Carly Simecek. Muskingum fought back, scoring six runs in the next three innings to tie the game at eight, once again bringing the game down to the wire. Unrue came up big for JCU in the seventh inning, as her infield
single began a rally. She then went on to steal second and third. Unrue was brought home by senior Morgan Robinson’s single, sealing the game. Unrue recorded three hits and four RBIs in the second game. The third straight split of the weekend came in Crestview Hills, Ky. at Thomas More. Both games were characterized by the first inning of play. In the first game, it was all JCU. Robinson recorded an RBI, followed by Brady’s clutch basesclearing double. The Blue Streaks never looked back from their 4-0 lead. Despite Thomas More’s three runs in the bottom of the third, Locey and Reid came up big for JCU with an RBI double and single, respectively. Robinson led with three hits. Byrnes also improved to 5-3 on the season. The next game in the doubleheader, however, swung quickly in Thomas More’s favor as the Saints recorded a whopping seven runs in the first inning. Reid’s single, combined with Thomas More errors, would make it a 7-3 game in the top of the second. It would not be enough, however, as the Saints continued with the powerful bats in the third and fourth innings, sealing a 12-4 win. After the six-game weekend, the Blue Streaks sit at 7-7 on the season. “I am extremely excited at the improvements we are making as a team at the plate from the beginning of the season to now,” Becker said.
The Carroll News
March 27, 2014
Defense shuts down Transylvania, guides JCU to 6-4 road win Joe Ginley Sports Editor
Can anything stop the John Carroll Univery men’s lacrosse squad? Bad weather, little experience and tough competition hasn’t phased head coach Brian Small’s squad. The Blue Streaks proved that lengthy road trips don’t scare them, either. JCU journeyed over five hours to Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky. and defeated the Pioneers, 6-4, on Saturday, March 22. Defense proved to be critical for the Blue and Gold, as the Pioneers did not muster a goal until late in the second quarter. Meanwhile, the JCU offense went to work. Freshman Dominic Starvaggi opened the scoring just 1:52 into the contest with his fourth goal of the season. The midfielder struck again with 7:38 left in the first period for his fifth of the year. Freshman Michael Roth kept the good times rolling early in the second quarter. The attacker found the back of the net to make the score 3-0, JCU.
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The JCU defense was relentless during Saturday’s 6-4 victory over Transylvania. The Pioneers didn’t score until late in the the second quarter.
The Pioneers got on the board at the 6:23 mark of the second period, as Clark Watts narrowed the deficit to two. The score remained 3-1 in favor of JCU until Roth posted his second tally of the contest just two and a half minutes into the third quarter. Starvaggi was credited with an assist
on the goal. Freshman phenom Stephen “Beef” Leous then added two to his goal total this season, increasing the count to an Ohio Athletic Conference-best 23 goals. Leous’ goals came within two minutes of each other midway through the third period.
Roth, the reigning Ohio Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, notched an assist on each goal. Transylvania responded 30 seconds after Leous’ second goal, as Sam Browning narrowed the JCU lead to 6-2 with 6:35 left in the third. The Blue Streaks defense remained stout until late in the contest, when Zack Riggs broke through with 6:55 to play in the fourth quarter. Transylvania’s Ben Erwin also scored with one second remaining in the game, but by that point, the game was decided. When the dust settled, freshman JCU goalkeeper Brian Bedell emerged with a season and program-high 14 saves. Bedell also added six groundballs. “A win on an overnight trip is huge because it shows you that your guys are focused and know what the task at hand is,” said Small after the victory. Editor’s Note: JCU hosted Franciscan University on Wednesday, March 26. For stats and a recap of the game, check out jcusports.com.
Mollison leads JCU to 9-0 sweep of Muskingum Blue Streaks cruise to 9-0 win over Muskingum Joe Ginley Sports Editor
Following a sizeable 8-1 loss to Oberlin College on March 15, the John Carroll University men’s tennis squad needed a boost, especially heading into a grueling Ohio Athletic Conference schedule. JCU got just that this past weekend. The Blue Streaks dominated Muskingum University in a clean 9-0 sweep on Saturday, March 22 at Oakwood Country Club in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. The win was JCU’s first since the team came back from Florida, and gives the Blue Streaks a 4-5 overall record this spring. “It’s great to get a good start,” assistant coach Leslie Curtis said. “The guys have been working hard and keep improving. It was great to see them working hard for every point out there.” Former OAC Player of the Week freshman Jad Abdul-Aad started off singles play with a 6-2, 6-2 match win over his foe from
Muskingum, Cody Engstrom. Senior Sean Graham kept the momentum going with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Grant Joy. Freshman Kyle Mollison then emerged unscathed against Muskingum’s Ben Windland, 6-0, 6-0. Freshman Nick Siciliano then took down Gene Montgomery, 6-0, 6-1, to increase JCU’s lead to 4-0. Sophomore Alex Mihas captured a 6-1, 6-1 win over Mitch Hazzard and senior Eric Grimaldi took down Jonah Neff, 6-0, 6-0 to round out a 6-0 rout for the Blue Streaks in singles play. Doubles play was just as one-sided as the singles competition. Graham and Mollison vanquished Engstrom and Joy in the first match, 8-0. Abdul-Aal and Siciliano kept JCU rolling with an 8-1 triumph over Montgomery and Windham. Mihas and Grimaldi then completed the sweep for the Blue Streaks with an 8-2 win over Parker Abraham and Brandon Ortiz.
Andrew Orie Staff Reporter
The John Carroll University women’s tennis team caught fire on Saturday, March 22 as the Blue Streaks dominated Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. The victory was especially impressive since the Blue Streaks earned the shutout with a 9-0 finish. In singles competition, sophomore Catherine Engel started the day off strong with a 6-0, 6-0 clean sweep of Lindsay Mullen. “We came together as a team and got the job done,” Engel said. “The fact that we won every single match makes me proud.” Freshman Katherine Devine followed up with a win, with 6-1 and 6-0 victories. Sophomore Anna Stein was up next. She excelled against Rebecca Keeley, taking both matches with scores of 6-1 and 6-4. At the back end of the singles competition, junior Tracy Gibson captured a pair of 6-0 victories en route to a match win. Freshman Josephine Miller came up next with two 6-2 wins to earn the match victory.
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Sophomore Anna Stein won each of her matches against Muskingum.
Last but certainly not least, junior Katelyn Hill finished off the day strong with two 6-0 victories in order to claim the match win. The doubles competition did not slow JCU’s fast start, as the Blue Streaks captured all three victories. Devine and Engel were up first and cruised to an 8-0 win. Stein and Gibson then kept up the streak, with an 8-0 victory. In the third spot, Hill and Miller rounded out the day with one more victory, by a score of 8-1.
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Michael Roth freshman
Rachel Byrnes junior
Brandon Maddern sophomore
Gabriella Kreuz senior
Sean Graham senior
The attacker posted a breakout performance on Saturday at Transylvania. Roth tallied two goals and added a pair of assists, leading the Blue and Gold in both categories during JCU’s 6-4 victory over the Pioneers.
JCU’s ace pitcher anchored the Blue Streaks this weekend. The veteran righthander pitched 23 2/3 innings, accruing a 3-1 record and 2.71 ERA. Byrnes also hurled a four-hit shutout in JCU’s 1-0 win over Ohio Wesleyan on Friday.
The southpaw shutdown Mount Union, one of the best offenses in the OAC, on Monday, as Maddern gave up only one run, which was unearned, on seven hits. Maddern’s eightinning gem upped his record to 2-0 on the year.
The veteran helped the Blue Streaks start off the outdoor season on the right foot during the team’s opening meet on Friday and Saturday. Kreuz finished eighth in the 1,500-meter run and 13th in the 800-meter run.
Graham dominated in both singles and doubles play during the Blue and Gold’s 9-0 win over Muskingum on Saturday. Graham won his singles match, 6-1, 6-1, and teamed up with freshman Kyle Mollison to win his doubles match, 8-0.
March 27, 2014
The Carroll News
Spahar becomes second All-American player in program history Honors come on heels of announcement of Spahar as finalist for National Player of the Year Jacob Hirschmann Assistant Sports Editor
Every senior wants to go out with a bang, and Missy Spahar has done exactly that. After the women’s basketball team’s season ended with an NCAA Tournament appearance, Spahar has been racking up awards and accolades left and right. After being named the Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Year, as well as being named First Team All-OAC, Spahar was ecstatic, but the awards did not stop there. On March 17, Spahar received her first national recognition when D3Hoops.com named her to the 2014 All-Great Lakes Region First Team. And still, the accolades for the all-time leading scorer in John Carroll University women’s basketball history kept rolling in. Just three days after being selected to her first national All-American team, Spahar was named one of three finalists for the WCBA National Player of the Year. Her competition stands as senior Lauren Avant from Rhodes College and sophomore Sydney Moss from Thomas More College,
who knocked JCU out of the NCAA Tournament just a couple weeks ago. While the competition is tough, Spahar has just as an impressive resume as anybody in the nation. As her career has come to a close, Spahar finished as the all-time leading scorer (1,901) and rebounder (912) in JCU women’s basketball program history. But in terms of her accomplishments for this past season, Spahar racked up an OAC record 680 points, while averaging an incredible 25.2 ppg, good enough for fourth in the nation. On the glass, she was dominant as well. Averaging 9.2 rpg, Spahar racked up 12 double-doubles over the course of the year. And as pretty as statistics look, what Spahar meant to this team was just as important. Spahar led the Blue Streaks to their first ever OAC regular season title, NCAA Tournament appearance and NCAA Tournament win. “The biggest accomplishment for me had to be the OAC Championship, to be the first team in 44 years to receive a banner is amazing, and being able to actually show the OAC that they cannot look past us was a great feeling,” said Spahar.
All of these accomplishments accumulated in being named to another DIII All-American team by D3Hoops.com. Spahar is JCU’s 19th All-American in all sports, and second in the history of the women’s basketball program. Guard Lee Jennings was named an All-American in 2011, and held the JCU women’s scoring title until Spahar broke it this past season. “What Missy was able to accomplish
consistently throughout the year is incredible,” head women’s basketball coach Kelly Morrone said. “Every opponent’s game plan was focused on her and yet she was still able to come up with production that was among the nation’s best.” “It’s not just how she performed that gave us success, it was her commitment to being a strong leader that propelled us to a championship and the NCAA Tournament.”
Rewriting the record books: A timeline
Nov. 15, 2013: JCU opens 20132014 season with 75-58 win over Grove City College.
Feb. 22, 2014: Blue Streaks clinch first OAC regular season title in program history with an 88-65 win over Marietta College.
Jan. 11, 2014: The Blue Streaks defeat Wilmington College, 72-59, at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center to start 11-0, the best start in program history.
March 5, 2014: JCU takes clean sweep of OAC postseason awards winning the Coach of the Year (Morrone), Player of the Year (M. Spahar) and Freshman of the Year (K. Spahar).
Feb. 19, 2014: JCU beats Otterbein University, 90-78, to clinch a 20-win season for just the third time in program history.
March 7, 2014: Blue Streaks win first ever NCAA Tournament game in first ever NCAA Touranament appearance with 74-62 win over Texas Lutheran University.
Outdoor Track & Field
JCU turns in strong individual performances at 49er Classic Men’s Track & Field
Haley Turner Staff Reporter
The John Carroll University’s men’s track and field team took to sunny Charlotte, N.C. to make its outdoor season debut on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, as JCU competed at the Charlotte 49er Classic. The warm weather spurred on JCU to a solid performance in the unscored meet, as many Blue Streaks posted outstanding performances during the two-day meet. Sophomore Will Cameron ran an incredible time of 1:55.91 in the 800-meter run, placing him 12th overall. Freshman Eric Hansen followed close behind, placing 22nd overall with a time of 1:57.86. Senior Chuck Mulé dropped time in the 5,000 meter-run, winning his heat with a time of 15:03.14 and landing him 20th place overall. Freshman Blake Babcock made his steeple-
chase debut in the 3000 meter race, finishing 13th with a time of 6:53.68. The 4x100 meter relay team, consisting of sophomore Frankie Caponi, junior Nick D’Amico, sophomore Rondell Armour and freshman Jonathan Radley, ended up 14th with a time of 43.74. The 4x400 meter relay, made up of Cameron, D’Amico, sophomore Mike Hydzik and junior Hayes Chrispin, also fared well, finishing 11th with a time of 3:20.31. In the field events, junior Rocky Mitolo finished in the top 15 in all three of his events. He started off by breaking the school record in the hammer throw with a distance of 50.13 meters. In the shot put, Mitolo’s 15.35 meter throw landed him fifth. Senior Anthony Chizmadia also fared well in the event, finishing 11th (14.74 meters). Mitolo was also 14th in the discus with a throw of 44.12 meters. “I’m extremely proud of how we performed,” Cameron said. “It’s not easy to shake off a 10-hour bus ride and race. It looks like we’re improving upon a great indoor season.”
This week in JCU sports Baseball
JCU at Wilmington College Saturday, March 29 1/3:30 p.m., Wilmington, OH
Men’s Track & Field Don Frail Invitational Saturday, March 29 12 p.m., Marietta, OH
Women’s Club Lacrosse JCU vs. Carnegie Mellon Saturday, March 29 12 p.m., Shula Stadium
JCU vs. Wilmington College Saturday, March 29 1/3 p.m., Bracken Field
Women’s Track & Field Don Frail Invitational Saturday, March 29 12 p.m., Marietta, OH
Capital Spring Tournament Saturday, March 29 Westchester Golf Course
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Women’s Track & Field
Joe McCarthy Staff Reporter
Escaping the cold start of spring, the John Carroll University women’s track and field team traveled to Charlotte, N.C. for the 49er Classic on Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22. Showcasing strong distance and relay teams for the Blue and Gold, the team competed against 25 schools, including many Division I programs. “We are all a little sore from the transition from indoor to outdoor,” senior Gabriella Kreuz said of the unscored meet. “But we had a handful of personal bests from our team so that was good.” Heading into the first outdoor meet of the season, the Blue and Gold saw the return of a very important core. Senior Nicki Bohrer had three All-OAC finishes for the outdoor season in her distance
efforts, and junior Megan Martinko had two AllOAC honors during the 2013 season. Kreuz also had a phenomenal indoor track and field season. The core represented JCU strongly in the first outdoor meet of the season. Kreuz grabbed the eighth spot in 1,500-meter run (4:38.10) and junior Jenny Vrobel held seventh in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:54.80) – the only two Blue Streaks to place in the top 10 of an event. Kreuz had a successful outing at the Irwin Belk Track and Field Center in other ways, too. To go along with her 1,500-meter finish, the senior added 13th in the 800-meter run, finishing with an impressive time of 2:16.23. Junior Haley Turner finished 24th (2:18.67) and freshman Becky Rohwer crossed the line 36th at 2:21.06. “It is so much fun to open up outdoor track among Division I competition,” Martinko said. “The meet [was] so exciting, and that environment, plus good competition, brought out some fast times.”
Rough outing for JCU in first match of year Beckie Reid Staff Reporter
Heading into the first match of the 2014 spring season, the John Carroll University women’s golf team traveled to the Mount Union Spring Invitational at Tannenhauf Golf Course in Alliance, Ohio on Saturday, March 22. Alliance had the same tendencies as University Heights: freezing cold weather that makes you layer up in your scarves and mittens. The Blue Streaks kicked off the spring season with an 11th place finish out of 12 teams with a score of 455 strokes. Other Ohio Athletic Conference teams included Muskingum University, who took 483 strokes to complete the course, Heidelberg University finished in 9th place (398), Ohio Northern University (7th, 381), Capital University (6th, 367), Otterbein University (4th, 364), the University of Mount Union placed (3rd, 360), and the overall winner of the meet, Baldwin Wallace University (350). Wooster College was runner up with a close score of 354. Starting the team off strong was sophomore
Jackie Weisenberger, who tied at 33rd with a card of 97. Senior Katherine Corbitt also tied for 57th with a back nine of 54, finishing up with a 112. Senior Maggie Hutchison rounded out the team as she tied for 43rd with a score of 101. The women’s team will travel to the Capital Spring Tournament at the Westchester Golf Course in Winchester, Ohio this coming Saturday and Sunday, March 29-30.
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Senior Katherine Corbitt fights the weather and the course en route to a 112 on the day in Alliance, Ohio.
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March 27, 2014
U.S. sanctions affect Russian businesses Sam Freiberg
Asst. Business & Finance Editor
A political crisis is growing in eastern Europe. Most recently, Crimea, an autonomous region of Ukraine, was officially accepted into the Russian Federation, after a widely contested referendum in which 95.5 percent of the Crimean people voted to secede from Ukraine. Both the United States and the member states of the European Union have protested the secession, questioning Russia’s motives and intentions towards the small peninsula. Allegations of foul play in the Crimean region and Ukraine have been levied against Russia by international organizations and governments alike, and late last week the United States, followed by the member states of the European Union, began the process of declaring sanctions against prominent members of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle and their businesses. According to The Wall Street Journal,
several large Russian businesses have already experienced major disruptions of business. Visa and MasterCard, both American companies, cut off their processing services for customers SMP Bank and Bank Russiya (both controlled by members of Putin’s inner circle), which disabled the debit cards of many Russians. Many American banks, including JP Morgan Chase, publicly stated they would abide by the U.S. sanctions and halt any and all relations with Bank Russiya. U.S. sanctions also affected Gennady Timchenko, the founder and former owner of energy trading giant The Gunvor Group, who was forced to sell out to his entire stake to his former partner in the face of impending sanctions. The Gunvor Group, the fourth largest energy trader in the world, does business with all of the major international energy trading firms, most, if not all, of whom are publicly traded and mainstays of global equity markets. According to Reuters, the list includes Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and Conoco Philips.
According to Heritage Foundation, Russia is one of the largest global economies, with the majority of its economy depending on the export of natural gas and oil, as well as other raw minerals. According to the Wall Street Journal, several prominent American companies depend on Russia for certain raw minerals and as essential markets for their products; the largest American plane manufacturer, Boeing, depends on Russia for titanium to make its planes, while General Electric sells billions of dollars of medical equipment in Russia, and has billions of dollars in various leased assets in the country. It’s not just large American corporations facing potential cuts in revenue and loss of investment. As stated in the Wall Street Journal, the president of Bombadier, Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of trains and planes, said, “We’re trying to see what kind of scenarios there could be.” Editor’s Note: Information from The Wall Street Journal was used in this article.
Hot Topics Forbes’ 2014 Billionaire List has been released, and includes 1,645 billionaires from around the world, creating a net worth of $6.4 trillion – one trillion more than last year. Included on the list is Bill Gates, ranked the world’s richest person; 172 women on the list, more than ever before; and the United States reclaims the spot of the home of the most billionaires with 492 people on the list. The Walt Disney Company said on Monday that it is buying Maker Studios, a YouTube channel operator, for $500 million. Disney hopes to reach younger audiences through YouTube, where Maker Studios has a strong presence with channels like Epic Rap Battles of History. Maker Studios has 55,000 channels on YouTube, 380 million subscribers and 5.5 million views per month.
Bill Gates remains on top of Forbes’ Billionaire List this year.
The Walt Disney Company hopes to reach younger audiences through YouTube by buying Maker Studios.
7.4 billion to one is the estimated chance of a person having a perfect bracket during NCAA March Madness. It appears as if QuickenLoans and Yahoo, who were sold an insurance policy from Berkshire Hathaway, won’t have to pay anyone out in Warren Buffett’s Billion Dollar Giveaway, africanleadership.co.uk which has already made over $1 Warren Buffett made a smart investment in his bracket challenge. billion through a rise in share price. 53 is the amount of IPOs in the United States that have been released since the start of 2014, including the release of King Digital Entertainment, the owner of Candy Crush. This number is more than double the same period from last year, and could rival last year’s IPO count of 222, which was the highest since 2000.
– Information compiled by Katii Sheffield
One of the few things that has remained constant over my time writing for The Carroll News is my understanding of what my column title, “Full Disclosure,” has represented. I originally titled my column in this fashion because I wanted it to be a source of transparent, unbiased, encompassing and relevant information. The time has come for me to write my last column as editor of a page that I hope has brought to your attention many diverse, and often times conflicting, impacts that business and finance developments have on our daily lives. Even if this is your first time reading this column, I want to leave you with some final insight. Always maintain a healthy level of skepticism. This past week, news has unraveled that a jury found former employees of Bernie L. Madoff guilty of aiding and assisting him in his Ponzi scheme. Madoff was scamming investors since the mid-1980s according to the FBI, taking their money to manage within his private investment firm and instead keeping afloat a fraud supported by lies and fake documents. He has maintained for years since his conviction in 2009 that he was the only one supporting a scam that ultimately cost investors $17 billion. It makes sense that he was lying, as a hoax of such magnitude would not sensibly continue without a team effort. A good example of how skepticism is being utilized in the business and finance world today is recent news that the Securities and Exchange Commission, an agency of the United States federal government that regulates investments, is investigating whether or not banks and companies are hiding fraudulent activities in complicated bond deals, or bets on corporate loans and debts. Whenever you read, listen, learn and communicate with others, I advise you to maintain a filter, to create your own beliefs, your own implications and a genuine understanding. Follow @AnthonyAhlegian or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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King Digital Ent. doubled the revenue of its competitors in 2013.
IPO stands for initial public offering, and it is the first stage in a company’s path towards a public offering. In an initial public offering, shares of a company are made available and sold to public investors for the first time. This marks the transition from the company being privately held to becoming a public company, and utilizing a significant source of capital. By using an initial public offering, a company can begin to return financial investments to early investors, and become publicly traded companies. With high amount of initial public offerings in 2014, many have outperformed analyst expectations. The large boost in initial public offerings last year and into this year can be attributed to the JOBS Act, which allows crowdfunding to raise money. This helps remove obstacles for smaller companies to go public. – Information compiled by Katii Sheffield
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Conflict continues in Crimea following annexation
Ciara Crossey Staff Reporter
After the staggering 95.5 percent vote to leave Ukraine in favor for Russia held on March 16, things seemed to briefly return to normal in Crimea. The barricades were removed, and people began to return to their daily lives. Just two weeks later, however, Russia is making it known to the rest of Ukraine that it is there for the long haul. All of the Ukrainian flags in Crimea have been removed and replaced with Russia’s national flag. In addition, the Russian military has established its presence in Crimea. The Crimean peninsula, located on the southeastern part of Ukraine, voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia after months of intense protesting throughout Ukraine. Most of Crimea speaks Russian and considered themselves more Russian than Ukrainian, further aiding in the Crimeans’ decisions to secede. One of the main reasons behind Crimea’s choice to secede was its lack of a connection with Ukraine, in part due to its geographic location and partly due to its history. After the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union, Crimea became a part Ukraine. According to a report by The New York
Ukrainian sailors leave the Konstantin Olshansky navy ship in the bay of Donuzlav, Crimea, on Monday, March 24, Ukraine’s fledgling government ordered troops to retreat from Crimea on Monday, ending days of wavering as Western leaders tried to present a unified response to Russia’s increasingly firm control of the peninsula. Many Ukrainian citizens fear the possibility that Russia will use the annexation of Crimea to invade more of the country. Times, a Crimean woman summed up the feelings of most of the country perfectly when she said, “We were not asked when we combined with Ukraine. Now, they are asking us. We’re Russian and we want to live in Russia.” Despite having succeeded in gaining control of Crimea, Russia does not seem completely satisfied. Many Ukrainians fear that now, having acquired Crimea fairly easily, Russia will attempt to take over
the entire country of Ukraine. According to a report by FoxNews.com, Russia has already deployed thousands of troops in its regions near the Ukrainian border. Many people now fear that Russia will use the issues in Eastern Ukraine as a reason to cross over into the rest of Ukraine. Soldiers without any identifying insignias on their uniforms, indicating they could be either Russian soldiers or pro-Russia militias, have stationed themselves on
numerous Ukrainian military bases in Crimea, which, due to Ukraine’s refusal to acknowledge the annexation of Crimea, still house Ukrainian troops. According to an article by The Huffington Post, Russia has already begun attempts to take over parts of Ukraine clearly not in Crimea. Just mere days after the vote passed, Russian troops were seen storming into the Ukrainian village of Strilkove, which houses a very important natural gas distribution plant. The military gave up the village but kept the plant, and workers could be seen digging trenches and building barricades to separate the village and the plant. The debate continues about who is responsible for the gas, water and electrical needs of the people of Crimea. Parts of Crimea are experiencing power outages as a result of being attached to power lines in Ukraine, according to an article from Reuters. Russia has not yet released a statement on how it plans to resolve this issue. The only moves made by Ukraine were severe isolation of Moscow and a few meetings with members of the European Union to gain support and advice for the situation. Editor’s Note: Information from The New York Times, The Huffington Post and Fox News was used in this report.
U.S. hits Russia with sanctions following aggression Katelyn DeBaun
Assistant World News Editor
The Russian economy is currently facing harsh consequences as a result of sanctions placed by President Obama after Vladimir Putin formally annexed Ukraine’s Crimean region. To date, 16 Russian government officials and many of Putin’s close associates have been affected by the sanctions, which prohibit travel to the United States and freeze any assets involved with U.S. establishments. As a result, Moscow’s stock indexes opened drastically lower than usual as rating agencies such as S&P and Fitch have threatened to reduce Russia’s credit rating. Visa and MasterCard have ended their associations with Bank Rossiya, as the U.S. Treasury Department called it a “personal bank for senior officials of the Russian Federation.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters at a press conference on March 18 that stricter sanctions may be on the horizon. “You have seen some designations already and there are more to come,” he said. “I wouldn’t, if I were you, invest in Russian equities right now.” Carney also noted the denunciation of Russia’s “illegal” annexation of Crimea, saying it “will never be recognized by the United States,” according to CNN. Although Obama has promised to intensify
the sanctions against Russia if necessary, he has ruled out any military intervention, telling NBC News last week that he hopes to avoid any actions that would “trigger an actual war with Russia.” However, he faces harsh criticism from many countries in the European Union who desire greater action. Some congressional Republicans are also condemning Obama for his unwillingness to further challenge Putin’s authority. “I support the President’s decision to issue sanctions against Russian leaders, but [the sanctions] must be dramatically expanded to exert real pressure,” said House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “It is past time we reassess our entire strategy towards a nation that poses an increasing threat to international peace and security.” Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden visited NATO allies in Eastern Europe last week, promising support against any potential Russian violence similar to what happened in Ukraine. During a press conference, he warned the Russian government that economic consequences will worsen if the country’s violence continues, calling the invasion and annexation of Crimea “a brazen, brazen military incursion … [and] a rushed and illegal referendum … that was, not surprisingly, rejected by virtually the entire world.” Biden also announced that Ukraine is guaranteed one billion dollar loan from the U.S. to help the country prepare for elections and reform.
U.S. President Barack Obama, right, smiles during a bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, left, at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Monday, March 24. Obama is in the Netherlands for the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, which will form the backdrop for an emergency meeting of Group of Seven leaders on Russia’s annexation of Crimea. In response to the U.S. sanctions, the Russian government has placed entry bans against nine U.S. officials including Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. John McCain (RAriz.), as well as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio). A spokesman said that Boehner “is proud to be included on a list of
those willing to stand against Putin’s aggression,” according to Politico. Putin currently remains undaunted by the sanctions, and has yet to formally address them. Editor’s Note: Information from CNN, The New York Times, Politico and the Los Angeles Times was used in this report. Continue to Page 11 to read more about the consequences these sanctions may have on Russian business.
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March 27, 2014
Missing Malaysian flight crashed in Indian Ocean
Ryllie Danylko Managing Editor
The 17-day search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 ended on Monday when Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said the jet crashed in the southern Indian Ocean. Airline officials said all 239 passengers onboard are presumed dead. Groundbreaking satellite-data analysis by Inmarsat, a British satellite company, showed the plane went down in the ocean more than 1,500 miles off the coast of Perth, Australia, but questions about why it flew to such a remote part of the world still remain unanswered. According to Razak, the aircraft’s last known position “is a remote location, far from any possible landing sites.” The flight was headed from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing when it disappeared on March 8. The airline broke the news to family members of passengers gathered at a hotel in Beijing, many of whom broke out in hysterics. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, at least two people were wheeled out on stretchers and taken to the hospital. Many family members are angry about how the Malaysian government and the airline dealt with the tragedy. The airline sent a text messages to relatives saying, “We have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those onboard survived.” Two-thirds of the passengers were Chinese citizens. The Chinese Family Committee released a statement saying, “From March 8 when they announced that MH370 lost contact to today, 18 days have passed during which the Malaysian government and military constantly tried
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All together Relatives of Chinese passengers aboard the Malaysia Airlines MH370 react after being told the latest update in Beijing, China, on Monday, March 24. A new analysis of satellite data indicates the missing Malaysia Airlines plane crashed into a remote corner of the Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday. to delay, deceive the passengers’ families and cheat the whole world. “If the 154 [Chinese] passengers did lose their lives, Malaysia Airlines, the Malaysian government and military are the real executioners who killed them. We the families of those on board submit our strongest protest against them. We will take every possible means to pursue the unforgivable crimes and responsibility of all three,” the statement read. Despite the new information, debris from the plane has yet to be found. Stormy weather, rough waters and the span of time that has passed since the plane’s disappearance all pose challenges to the search, and the weather halted searches on Monday. According to the Australian Maritime Safety authority, teams were to resume the search on Wednesday if weather permitted. A Malaysia Airlines official told the AP
there are no plans to fly families to Perth until wreckage is found. Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the apparent crash, but haven’t ruled out mechanical or electrical failure, hijacking, sabotage, terrorism or mental health issues related to the pilots or passengers. On Monday, Australian and Chinese planes spotted floating objects via satellite, and ships rushed to the location, but it remains uncertain whether the objects were related to the plane. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakal said the investigation will take time and require patience. “Such cases may take up to a year,” Khalid said, “so please don’t jump to conclusions that the police are slow.” Editor’s Note: Information from CNN, The Sydney Morning Herald and The New York Times was used in this report.
Fred Phelps, controversial preacher, dies at 84 Catie Pauley Staff Reporter
Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, died of natural causes last Wednesday, March 19, at age 84. Phelps founded the church known for its anti-gay picketing at military funerals in 1955 in Topeka, Kan. The controversial church, consisting mostly of those related to Phelps either by blood or marriage, has picketed over 53,000 events, according to CNN. It has drawn attention from the protesting at funerals of those such as Frank Sinatra, Sen. Barry Goldwater, countless military funerals, as well as events such as Lady Gaga concerts. The picketers wield signs stating “God Hates F***” and “Thank God for Dead Soldiers.” Phelps has been referred to by countless Americans as “the most hated man in America,” and his church as “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America.” When confronted about it in 2006, Phelps commented: “If I had nobody mad at me, what right would I have to claim that I was preaching the Gospel?” The group began getting widespread attention across the United States in the 1990s when it started relentlessly and ruthlessly protesting homosexuality. “You’re not going to get nowhere with that slop that ‘God loves you.’ That’s a diabolical lie from hell without biblical warrant,” Phelps told
the Religion News Service in 2004. Many have tried to sue Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church for their destructive words and actions, but the church was protected by the First Amendment. The Washington Post noted the case of the funeral of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder. Snyder died while serving in Iraq and the Westboro Baptist Church protested at his funeral. Snyder’s family sued Westboro in federal court for “invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress.” An appellate court later ruled in favor of the church, and the ruling was then upheld by the Supreme Court in 2011. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority: “Given that Westboro’s speech was at a public place on a matter of public concern, that speech is entitled to special protection under the First Amendment. Such speech cannot be restricted simply because it is upsetting or arouses contempt.” Phelps was born in Meridian, Miss. in 1929. He was ordained as a Baptist minister at age 17 and preached on street corners while taking college classes. He married Margie Simms in 1952 and settled in Topeka shortly thereafter. He graduated from Washburn University law school in the early 1960s and began practicing law, surprisingly taking on many civil rights cases. He gave up his license to practice federal law in federal courts in 1989. He ran several unsuccessful campaigns as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and Kansas
governor throughout the 1990s. In 2006, Phelps told CNN about the prospect of protesters at his own funeral, “I’d love it. I’d invite them.” On the contrary, his daughter, Shirley Phelps-Roger, said that Westboro will not hold a funeral for Phelps, stating that “We do not worship the dead.”
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March 27, 1958 Nikita Khrushchev is elected the first Secretary of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union. NY Daily News
Fred Phelps Sr. during a protest. Phelps, the fiery founder of the Westboro Baptist Church, drew international condemnation for outrageous and hate-filled protests that blamed almost everything, including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers, on America’s tolerance for gay people. Phelps died on Wednesday, March 19 at age 84.
I have written about a lot of things during my past two years as World News editor and even before that when I first joined as a staff writer my freshman year. I have had the privilege of covering many important news topics that you do not get to write about on a daily basis. This ranged from earlier in my writing career when I covered the death of Osama bin Laden, to the entire craziness of the 2012 United States presidential election and so on. Believe me, it’s been quite a ride. But this time I find myself wishing to talk about something a little different. If there is one thing I had drilled into my brain over and over again at John Carroll, it has been the Jesuit mission of service and the need to help others. Personally, this did not really begin to flow through my brain until about a year ago, but now I find myself constantly thinking about this. If you are beginning to wonder where I am going with this, I will just let you know that I am not intending on going off to do work in a third world country, at least not right away. But I am talking about how this does relate to the way the world works and what our generation can do about it. I would like to take the time to make a plea to ask my generation and future generations to try to bring back something that I believe much of the world has lost sight of in the last 20 years: the human element. This applies to many areas such as technology, business, law and order, global events and so forth. The way I have been taught and am beginning to see, we, as people, have become increasingly polarized. We would like to instantly shoot down this notion by pointing out that we do not go to war with foreign nations or commit as much violent crime as we used to, and this argument is worth some merit. But then again during this so called enlightened age, we still saw Putin’s Russian army roll through both Georgia and Crimea, so some of the old still exists today. Meanwhile, we see powerful corporations abuse their employees with brutal hours and lower wages. Make no mistake: my political views have not changed overnight. I am still a staunch capitalist who views Marxism as nothing more than a bad acid trip (not that I would know what that is like), who has grown increasingly libertarian on a number of matters over the last nine months. Yes, I want and plan to make a lot of money in whatever I enjoy doing, and everyone who wants to do the same should be allowed to. But what is the point of this if it is not beneficial to others as well as yourself? I will take no pleasure in selling or eliminating jobs of others in my company unless it is absolutely necessary for business, not because it will put a little more change in my pocket. There was a time when many Americans held this view, now it seems to be dwindling. Many of you reading this will probably think I am being naïve or have lost it. The way things stand now, that is probably true. But that is only because we as a people have accepted this as a norm. But if there is one thing history has showed us, it is that norms can be changed. Therefore, I ask all of you to make our generation the one that remembered our fellow human beings. If we can do this, success will still be there for us, only at a much better cost. Contact Sam Lane at email@example.com
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“Putin himself is not talking to the rest of the world, he doesn’t want to listen to the world, he doesn’t want to respond on the arguments to deescalate the situation and stop invasion. We don’t know what Putin has in mind and what will be his decision.”
The John Carroll University Student Union votes on a $1.1 million budget proposal issued by the Student Activity Fee Allocation Committee every year. This year, Student Union senators spent much more time than usual debating the proposed budget. On Tuesday, after two meetings and roughly three hours of debate, the budget proposal came to a vote by the senate. The proposal failed narrowly, with 10 senators voting to strike the bill down and nine voting to pass the recommendation. The main issue over this debate has been the major changes made to the allocation of funds. For example, the Corbo Fitness Center received $183, 500, which was $21,500 more than they requested. On the other hand, Student Union was given $40,000, which was $10,000 less than requested. If SAFAC is adamant about making such changes, they need to be explicit about their reasons for doing so and give examples of initiatives they are trying to address. SAFAC meets with a representative from the organization to discuss financial needs for the coming year. Logically, representatives of the organizations would be best at predicting such needs. Therefore, allocating more or less funds than requested calls for a detailed explanation of the committee’s reasoning. The best step for the committee to take at this point would be to reconsider their initial proposal. If they decide against making changes, they at least should give a breakdown of spending intentions.
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Last Wednesday, March 19, John Carroll University hosted a speaker who discussed the controversy of the Cleveland Indians’ team logo. The logo is the redskinned face of a Native American chief with a wide, manic grin named Chief Wahoo, and is being scrutinized as a form of blatant racism against Native Americans. Considering the amount of outrage over the Washington Redskins’ name and logo, it’s surprising that the Indians’ logo has not received the same attention. It should go without saying that racism of any form must not be tolerated and especially not promoted in a highly publicized manner. The Cleveland Indians’ managing staff needs to take immediate action to remedy this offensive logo and also issue an apology to the Native American community. There is no excuse for allowing offensive stereotypes to be promoted in a professional or private setting. It is appalling that it has been taking so long to replace these logos. There are options for making the logo more appropriate. For example, the Chicago Blackhawks’ logo displays a dignified Native American warrior that gives proper tribute to Native American heritage. It is not simply the portrayal of a Native American that is offensive; it is the stereotypical traits that they are given. Surely, the Cleveland Indians have the resources to develop a new logo and name that is appropriate and non-offensive. There is no reason to wait to make these changes.
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Hit: Five former employees of Bernie Madoff’s securities firm have been found guilty of conspiracies and securities fraud for helping the financier carry out his scam miss:A deadly mudslide in the state of Washington killed at least 14 people and left 108 missing Hit: Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early’s dunk against University of Kentucky on Sunday miss: An English Premier League referee sent the wrong player off the pitch on Saturday during Arsenal’s game against Chelsea Hit: Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize not only for his design of homes, concert halls and museums, but for his work building temporary homes out of cardboard tubes in the wake of natural disasters miss: The Malaysian government confirmed that Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 went down in the Indian Ocean and informed the families of those onboard Hit: A 14-year-old in Texas issued a $10 fine to a cop when she noticed that he was illegally parked in the fire lane of her apartment building miss: A deadly form of Ebola virus has killed 59 people in the West African nation of Guinea Hit/miss: As of Monday, Indiana became the first state to back out of the Common Core, a set of national standards for grade school education Hit: Russia has been ousted from the G-8 summit this upcoming June miss: German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be the only female diplomat present Hit: The Black Keys released “Fever,” the first single off of their upcoming album “Turn Blue”
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March 27, 2014
Mentz’s Minute: This is goodbye
Did you hurt today?
Nicholas Sciarappa Diversions Editor
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 the 20-minute run test, I’ve compiled a few things I’d rather be doing than wheezing around an oval monotonous loop: gargling motor oil, pushing paper clips underneath my fingernails, blowing my nose with sandpaper and listening to DJ Casper’s original funk dance hit, “The Cha Cha Slide” on repeat nonstop for 24 hours are just a few. Luckily the test ended, and the pain was substituted by a rush of relief and a post-run boost in energy, keeping me seemingly chipper and awake for the rest of my school day. I don’t really like pain: physical pain, emotional pain and especially seeing the pain of others. I think I’m not alone in thinking this. Just look at advertising. What does every ad on TV, the radio, YouTube, try to alleviate? The answer is: some kind of pain.
Geico alleviates the pain of not having car insurance by assuring us that 15 minutes could save us 15 percent or more on car insurance. Apply Head On, directly to your forehead to get rid of that nasty head ache pain. Get this or that surgery to inflate or reduce a part of your body in order to get rid of the pain of looking a certain way. Why would you ever deal with pain when there is a substance or drug to fix it, a product to distract it or friends to divert you from it? Our culture of advertisement, music and parenting has a point when they say pain is bad, and the point is this: It doesn’t feel good. It gets in the way. Pain is not easy. But I think my disgruntled drill sergeant gym teacher had a much better point as his screaming accompanied light mucus spraying my ear when he told me, “Pain is good.” In fact, I think pain should happen to every one of us. You know what? Pain is really good. I’m not talking about stubbing your toe, paying $8 for a small beer at the stadium or forgetting to set your DVR to record the last episode of “How I Met Your Mother” pain. I mean getting your heart broken, fighting with a friend or grappling with the death of someone who wasn’t ready to go pain. I promise I’m not a morbid person. But I do think people try their hardest to forget the true and unmistakable fact: Life is hard.
When we forget that life is hard, we act really surprised when a traumatic event reminds us it is. When pain hits us like a bag of bricks left over from the Bohannon Science Center, our minds go into shock, making the little hamster running on the wheel within the confines of our brains collapse and stop breathing its little hamster breaths. We shut down when pain arrives. We look for comfort or distraction at all costs, even if that means resorting to doing something crazy, like drinking a lot or lashing out against others. But rather than do those things, or something worse, why not sit with pain? Embrace it like a choo choo train storming straight at you. Yeah, it’s going to start out terrible (kind of like a first date in the middle of finals week), but on the second date, you’ll know so much more about pain and what it gives to you. Because if there is one thing pain does, it teaches you about yourself. It builds who you are. It helps you teach others. So next time you see some pain coming your way, pain of any degree, sit with it. Contemplate it. Take time to hurt with no distractions. See what it has in store for you. It’s probably the most human thing you’ll do today. Contact Nicholas Sciarappa at firstname.lastname@example.org
What does absterge mean?
“A very tall ostrich”
“To seige a building and take something”
Emily Wach, sophomore
Drew Kostiuk, junior
“Something with aerobics, like a yoga class” Katie Hills, freshman
Absterge: To wipe away; to wipe clean, cleanse
Ryllie Danylko Managing Editor
Think about the things that make you angry. The things that make your blood boil. The things that make you want to fall to your knees, throw your hands up to the heavens and post an angry Twitter rant. Each week, when I think about what to write my column about, I try to come up with a topic that I think might interest the JCU demographic. I can’t count the unfinished columns about social media and relationships and pop culture lying dormant deep in my computer’s folders. But I would usually end up trashing them and find myself writing about any given human
rights issue or other criticism of society. Many weeks, I’d hesitate to submit what I’d written, fearing it would annoy someone, or that I might come off as self-righteous, or that I’d been politically incorrect, or that people wouldn’t be interested in the topic. But ultimately, it is this very fear that then motivated me to submit it. What I’ve learned by writing about risky topics is the utmost importance of standing up for something, regardless of whether anyone is standing with you. I urge everyone to do the same. Standing up for something – for anything – is an empowering feeling that not only informs others, but promotes self-growth as well. I don’t claim to be an authority on feminism, racism, economic inequality or any of the subjects I’ve written about, but I stand by everything I’ve written because it’s what I’m passionate about. Taking a stand on something that affects me directly or indirectly is what makes me feel human. I don’t expect
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Zach Mentz Editor in Chief
Truth be told, I don’t know how to start this column. I’ve written dozens and dozens of columns before, most of which have been about sports. But this column is different, and I know exactly why: it’s the last column I’ll ever write as editor in chief of The Carroll News. I started writing at age 15 after my summer baseball team won the league title. After the win, I went home and wrote a recap of the game full with stats and details. I had never written something just for fun before; I was more used to writing book reports and essays. But for the first time I can remember, I actually enjoyed writing this recap, even if it was horribly written, which it was. I actually think that recap is still in one of the drawers at our computer desk back home in Rochester, N.Y. Entering my sophomore year of high school, I needed to sign up for an elective class. Perhaps remembering the recap I wrote, my Mom encouraged me to sign up for Journalism. At the time, I had no idea what the hell the word “journalism” meant, but I ignored that fact and signed up for the class anyways. I remember my teacher, Mr. Hogan, telling us the first week that we needed to cover our first story. “Cover a story? What the hell does that mean?” Sitting in front of my computer with a blank stare, I immediately wondered what kind of mess I had gotten myself into. Fast-forward two years later to my senior year, and I was the sports editor of my high school paper, The Lampion, and had found a passion for writing. Who knew that Mom’s advice would work out so well? When the time came for college, my school decision came down to a few different deciding factors, but the chance to write for a college newspaper definitely was at the top of that priority list. While still a senior in high school, I visited John Carroll on a few different occasions to see a friend who went here. Before the visits, John Carroll wasn’t even on my radar. After the visits, which consisted of my first experiences with college parties and the college lifestyle, I started to develop an attraction for JCU. After officially visiting, I knew this was the place for me. But what sold me on John Carroll more than anything wasn’t necessarily the
strong academics or the parties on my visits, but rather it was The Carroll News. I knew The Carroll News had a strong reputation and offered the opportunity to get involved immediately. I was sold. When I arrived on campus as a freshman in the fall of 2010, I immediately wanted to get involved. I started out as the beat reporter for the volleyball team, and was then promoted to assistant sports editor and eventually sports editor by the end of my freshman year. One of the highlights of freshman year, and my career with The Carroll News, was the opportunity to interview ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter the day before my 19th birthday on May 2, 2011. Throughout my two years as sports editor, not only did I interview Schefter, but also former Browns QB Colt McCoy, former NFL MVP Rich Gannon (my favorite NFL player ever), Yankees beat writer and JCU alum Erik Boland, basketball author Roland Lazenby and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Crawford – all in that order. I think of those six interviews as my “big six,” in reference to my lucky number. After two years as sports editor, I was elected as editor in chief of The Carroll News on March 14, 2013. Less than a month later on April 11, 2013, I officially took over as EIC of the same newspaper that first sold me on coming to JCU. Now, almost a full year since my first day on the job, my tenure as EIC is over. By the time you read this, I’ll no longer be directly connected to The Carroll News for the first time in my college career. My time with The Carroll News has been an absolute privilege and a dream come true. I didn’t earn a dollar for the hundreds and hundreds of hours I dedicated, but money pales in comparison to the lifetime of fond memories that I’ll always look back on. Thinking back to my first days in Journalism class in high school, I never in a million years could have imagined all of the opportunities, experiences and relationships I’d gain from working for The Carroll News. I really couldn’t be more thankful. With a little over a month left as a college student, I’m going to spend the next few weeks catching up on lost sleep from working numerous deadline nights; I’m going to take time to breathe, smile and fully soak in everything I might have missed while writing columns or editing articles over the years; and mostly I’m just going to enjoy my last days of being a college kid. Contact Zach Mentz at email@example.com
Stand up for something
to start revolutions or overthrow deeply ingrained social norms with my words, but if I can make someone think about something in a new way, or introduce someone to a new idea or perspective on an issue, then I have done my job. Besides, it’s good to stir the pot a little bit. This reminds me of previous CN managing editor Brian Bayer, whose columns – albeit of a higher level of humor and wit than I could ever aspire to – often garnered angry responses from Greek Lifers or otherwise miffed students. While some of these were the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding of satire, some people had legitimate beef with him. But these kinds of reactions are what every writer strives for, because they spark conversation and provoke thought. Sometimes, all it takes is starting a conversation to change someone’s mind. And it’s through conversation that we become aware of what’s going on around us – which more often than not, is more than meets the eye.
Many of the things I write about are inspired by things I read, but when I see or experience things like the perils of unpaid internships, excessive Millenial-bashing or (my personal favorite) pervasive sexism, my fingers nearly explode with the need to write about it and urge people to care about it. I realize that not everyone agrees with my opinions on what I write about, but that’s what makes it so important. I’m lucky to have had a medium through which I could express my views about topics that are close to my heart, but I know many don’t have that kind of opportunity. But while a 700-word column in a weekly college newspaper is one of the more ideal outlets (kidding, sort of), there are myriad of other ways to express your views. While Facebook and Twitter can be sources of desperate posts begging for validation and attention, they are also the perfect places to share information about important issues and give your take on them. Anything that sparks
discussion – though hopefully not the passive-aggressive-fights-in-thecomment-section kind – is something worth sharing with both your virtual and your actual friends. The things I have written about are what lights that spark within me that everyone has. So stand up for something, no matter what it is and no matter who else, if anyone, is standing with you. There’s no greater danger to our world than a human race that does not care about its problems and want to solve them. I know it can be tempting to ignore problems that pervade society to the point where they seem inevitable, but that kind of apathy only perpetuates more problems. So follow a news source’s Twitter account. Read books. Care about things. Discuss issues. Most importantly, stand for something, and don’t be afraid to do so. Contact Ryllie Danylko at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Carroll News
March 27, 2014
Off the Richter:
The Op/Ed Top Ten:
An ode to parental units
1. Scar (“The Lion King”) 2. Ursula (“The Little Mermaid”) 3. Count Olaf (“A Series of Unfortunate Events”) 4. Sid (“Toy Story”) 5. Uncle Andrew (“The Magician’s Nephew”)
6. The Horned King (“The Clara Richter Black Cauldron”) Editorial & Op/Ed Editor Remember my “Over/Under” col7. Aunt Sponge and Aunt umn a few weeks ago? There’s one Spiker (“James and the thing that I didn’t put on the list that I Giant Peach”) should have: Parents. Parents are most underrated. 8. Voldemort (“Harry Potter”) definitely I didn’t always think so. I remember 9. The Beast (“The Sandlot”) when I was growing up, I thought that my parents were pretty standard and 10. Jafar (“Aladdin”) —Compiled by the Editorial staff
Senior send-off Goodness (try not to throw up from the Gracious: cheese)
Grace Kaucic Editorial & Op/Ed Editor
Well, it’s here: the final issue for our seniors on staff. I’m not one of these seniors, but I have the pleasure of accepting the columns from Ryllie, Zach and Clara and putting them on the page each week. This is the second year that I have had this job, and I have to say that I feel that same weight of sadness that I felt last year at the thought of our seniors leaving us. I’ve always had a hard time with goodbyes, and this year will be no different. The thing is, when you basically sell your soul to a publication such as this one and spend over 10 hours each week going crazy over perfectionism, you tend to form some pretty strong relationships and unforgettable memories. So, instead of lamenting on how much I will miss them after they leave, I will write a short tribute to our graduating members. There is such a diversity of character among the editors, it really is astounding that no one has contacted us yet about starring in a new sitcom. Each editor brings a unique trait to the table that makes this publication really something to admire, and more importantly has left me with so many lessons on how to move forward in my life as a more well-rounded person. First up, here’s to our editor in chief, Zach Mentz. His ability to maintain a level-headed approach towards pretty much any issue that comes up is really a quality to strive for. Whether it’s been a mid-Sunday afternoon or 3 a.m. on a Tuesday night, I’ve never doubted his ability to keep his cool and find the best possible solution that somehow pleases everyone. The same can be said for Ryllie Danylko, affectionately known as “Mom.” Moreso, I’ve learned a great deal about social and political issues from reading her columns each week. She’s managed to deliver an informative and still entertaining piece on a weekly basis without fail, and her style of writing is always something I keep in mind when writing my own columns. To our diversions editor, Nick Sciarappa, all I can say is that no matter what might have happened during the day or what mood I have been in, he has always been able to make me laugh at almost anything he says. His variety of character voices have
the power to change my mood in the space of two seconds, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every second of having my desk right next to his. When it comes to bringing sass and spunk to the newsroom, business manager Kaelyn Gates takes the cake. Her upbeat attitude has consistently livened the atmosphere and her witty remarks have never failed to disappoint. Furthermore, you can’t hate the person who’s responsible for feeding you every Monday and Tuesday night. Jackie Mitchell is another one of our editors that has continuously been a lively presence among The Carroll News staff. Her humor especially comes out in the later hours, as evidenced by her discovery of the true nature of raisins. It’s not easy to make people laugh after hours of working on pages, so major props to her for that. World news editor Sam Lane also deserves some of the credit for wittiest remarks. In addition to creating a perfect balance in his pages, Sam has mastered the skill of knowing just the right thing to say at just the right time. In regards to assistant sports editor Dale Armbruster, I have to say that I regret not meeting him sooner. Aside from his incredible work ethic, our conversations about the evercharming Babe the pig have made me appreciate just how unique of a personality he has, something that will be especially missed next year. Anthony Ahlegian wins the award for the best focus and determination. He’s undoubtedly been one of the most dedicated editors that this staff has experienced, and his passion for his work has always shined clearly. Finally, I owe a big tribute to my co-editor, Clara Richter. It is because of her that I am able to write a column for this newspaper at all, and I could not possibly thank her enough for taking me under her wing for these past two years and giving me the opportunity to grow and develop my skills. Working alongside her has been nothing short of a pleasure, thanks to her fresh perspective on any kind of issue and ability to speak her mind clearly and unabashedly. I know that this column is without a doubt my cheesiest one to date, and I’m sorry if I made anyone feel sick over all of my sentiments. However, I mean these things from the bottom of my heart, and I want these staff members to finish their time at the newspaper knowing just how much of an impact they’ve had on me. I’ll miss you guys.
Contact Grace Kaucic at email@example.com
also a little boring (sorry guys). Mom, like most moms, was always killing my vibe by trying to get me to eat my vegetables and Dad was cool, but he was mostly good for taking me and my sisters on rides around the golf course on the Cushman and making ice rinks in our backyard. In high school, it was the standard struggle for independence/ mad at the world/ “you don’t understand me!” kind of thing. It wasn’t until I hit the college scene that I realized that my parents are actually pretty cool people. I had always gotten along with my parents, but I had also always taken them for granted or, what’s worse, I would fall into the habit of comparing them to the parents of other people. In reality, Paul and Melissa Richter are two of the best people that I know. If I wasn’t their daughter, I’m pretty convinced that I would still want to hang out with them. It’s not like I’m friends with my parents. I firmly believe that parents shouldn’t try to be friends with their children because the nature of friend relationships is fundamentally different from parent relationships. It’s
complicated, but basically I’m lucky to be their daughter and, if I wasn’t their daughter, I would want to be friends with them. Paul and I are two peas in a pod. I am a spitting image of my mother (with the exception of my hair), but for the most part I act just like my father. We like to browse record shops together and we’ve perfected the art of making cheese. Once, when there were a lot of pinecones in the backyard, he and I created a game where he would flip them to me with his hockey stick and I would take my pitching wedge and chip them into the field next to the house. When I accidentally put buttermilk on my oatmeal, Dad ate it for me because he couldn’t stand to see it go to waste. He faithfully woke me up for 5:30 a.m. swim practice, even when I cruelly told him to “go away.” Every year on his birthday, he bikes a mile for every year he has been alive. He still plays hockey every week and last year he trained for, and ran, a half-marathon, even though he had never been a runner except for a short stint in high school. It’s pretty cliché to say “my mother is the strongest woman I know,” but I’m going to say it anyway because it’s true. Melissa Richter runs our household. She works, cleans, balances the checkbook, makes most financial decisions and still manages to be a gourmet chef. The kitchen is my mother’s stage and she loves to perform. Over the years, she has perfected countless recipes and kept us all well-fed. I blame her for my unapologetic love of good food. She and my father did a mountain bike race on our tandem bike when I was a sophomore
in high school, and last year, while on a bike ride, they ended up in the middle of a Memorial Day Parade. Kids were cheering for them. She is calm and cool under pressure (and during arguments, which drove me nuts as a hotheaded child) and has never been afraid to voice her opinion. Parents aren’t perfect and they aren’t superhuman. Realizing that they aren’t superhuman can be difficult, but once we get over that hurdle and appreciate them as human beings we can fully appreciate all the great things parents do. My parents aren’t just good parents; as people, they are really cool. They have interesting hobbies. They do fun things. I am finally big enough to realize (and admit) that I was not an easy child to raise; I didn’t know how to smile for roughly the first three years of my life and I have always been stubborn and temperamental. Yet, my parents managed to teach me right from wrong, up from down, in from out and took my door off its hinges when I was being a brat because “a door is a privilege.” Additionally, the monetary investment they have made in me is huge, and cannot be overlooked or go unthanked. For much of my life, I was naïve enough to assume that everyone came from a nice home like I did, but of course I eventually grew up and realized that that was not at all true. However, if you’re one of those people who is lucky enough to have awesome, great, or even just good parents, you’re pretty lucky. Thank ‘em. Follow Clara on Twitter at @claraplast
YOURVIEW Letters to the editor Written by Colin Hendrickson, Class of ‘17
I have a few notes to make. These are in response to the editorial article on page 17 of your paper published on February 27th. The article discussed how Aramark/John Carroll Dining Services needs to be doing more for students with celiac disease. I do understand that more can be done in regards to the options that these students have, but the fact that implementation and development may consume large amounts of time. Being an employee of Aramark Food Services and Refreshments, it is important that I make every single one of
my customers happy and exceed their expectations. I do understand that these students with celiac disease have the desire for more options in their meal and I will do what I can. I also read that “dining services says that this is something that they plan on doing in the future.” Do know that they may already be working on this project, as it may be in the planning stages. While this may take time, take note that patience must be practiced while I and my fellow Aramark employees work together on this project.
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