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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Vol. 90, No. 21
B eta Theta Pi undergoes reorganization JCU Greek Life supports chapter as membership is reduced Joe Ginley
Beta Theta Pi is one of the most well-respected fraternities in the United States. The Eta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi at John Carroll University is similarly one of the most esteemed organizations on campus. However, recent developments have threatened the chapter’s reputation of excellence, forcing the fraternity’s advisers to take action. On Sunday, March 30, the Eta Epsilon Chapter was placed on “Under Reorganization” status with the national arm of Beta Theta Pi, the General Fraternity. The decision came as a shock to the JCU community. Officially founded in 2010, the Eta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi has earned several awards from the General Fraternity. Its members recorded an overall 3.18 GPA in the fall semester which ranked first out of the four fraternities at JCU. The 51–member chapter has also become known for its involvement in philanthropic causes, specifically involving autism in the community. The general perception on campus is that one big incident caused the reorganization. This is not true. Instead, the decision to reorganize the chapter was brought about by repeated, small-scale occurrences within the fraternity. “Reorganizations happen for very different reasons,” Assistant Director of Student Activities, Holly Mittelmeier said. “Usually, it’s not for one specific reason, but several that add up over time. In this case, those reasons were concerning academics, member apathy, less priority on service and accountability overall.” According to Mittelmeier, who works directly with all the fraternities and sororities at JCU, the Eta Epsilon Chapter received a first warning in January. The situation was not remedied and incidents continued to occur.
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The Eta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi was placed on probation in February. No major changes were affected, so the chapter was placed under reorganization on March 30. “The chapter has had several chances to self-govern and resolve the situation on its own,” Mittelmeier said. “They haven’t done what they needed to do. “One of their taglines – Men of Principle – means that members have to hold each other accountable, be there for each other and make tough decisions to self-govern. That wasn’t done,” she said. In a press release sent to The Carroll News on Sunday, April 6 by Beta Theta Pi District Chief Joe Chinnici via email, it said, “Recent risk management incidents and lack of peer accountability has demonstrated that the members of the Eta Epsilon chapter have struggled to live these values and that is cause for concern.” For members of the chapter, the immediate implications of the reorganization are significant. All members of the chapter had to reapply for membership. On Tuesday evening, via email, each member was informed individually whether or not he would be allowed back into the fraternity. Those not allowed back into the chapter are given “early alumni status.” The former members are no longer a part of the Eta Epsilon Chapter, and cannot wear the letters of the fraternity while at JCU, but still receive the benefits of an alumnus after they graduate. Chinnici declined to reveal to The Carroll News how many members will not be returning to the chapter. One of the next steps in the reorganization process is the election of a new executive board. The date of the election has not been announced. “While under reorganization, chapter members will need to rededicate themselves to the values of Beta Theta Pi,” Chinnici’s press release stated.
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JCU-EMS voices concerns to university leadership Mary Frances McGowan Campus Editor
The alarm clock blares in a piercing cry: the clock face displays the time “2 a.m.” in bold, red characters. Although the groggy EMS worker takes pride in waking up to help others, they can’t help but think of the challenges they’ll face in the ensuing hour. Due to lack of funding, the number of first responders on the JCU EMS staff has plummeted, making it increasingly necessary for the one responder to do the work of many. Although their training is equal to that of an ambulance worker, they feel undervalued in the work that they do, making many question whether or not to drop the volunteer work that both exhausts them and gives them purpose. As a member of JCU EMS, these worries and more are becoming a growing problem. On Tuesday, April 1, JCU EMS chief junior Megan Boyk voiced her concerns about the lack of support her organization receives from administration and the deficient communication that transpires between JCU EMS and the office of Residence Life. The most prevalent and overarching problem that JCU EMS faces is the limited funding that they receive contrasted to the price of running a productive service to the John Carroll community. To become a member of JCU EMS, new members pay up to $1,000 for training while the maximum amount of reimbursement provided by the school is around 50 percent. Although JCU EMS first responders are volunteers, the possibility of paying up to $500 dollars is a deterrent for students that need a paid job to pay for their college education. Due to the fact that JCU EMS is not given the funding to reimburse the training fee for new members, many first-responders are forced to leave the department to take paid jobs. With the decrease in staff members, the work of
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Former department chief Chris Yurkosko (senior) and shift officer Megan Mulligan (junior) and responder Shelby Griffith (junior) perform mass casualty training.
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Campus Briefs One-time service opportunity There is a CSSA-sponsored service opportunity on Friday April 11. Students will serve dinner at 2100 Lakeside Men’s Homeless Shelter. Students will prepare and serve dinner as well as interact with men experiencing homelessness. Transportation will be provided by the University and will leave at 4:30 p.m. The event itself will take place from 5 - 7 p.m. To sign up, go to go.jcu.edu/onetimeservice.
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A four-on-four soccer tournament will be held Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. Join Students for Social Justice, Student Union and Panhellenic Council on the Hamlin Quad for the John Carroll World Cup. Registration is $20 per team. All proceeds go to Hekima Place, an orphanage in Nairobi.
Late Night presents: Crocker Park This Friday, April 11, Late Night will offer a trip to Crocker Park in Westlake. Students will meet in the Lombardo Student Center Atrium, and departure will be at 6:15 p.m. Sign up to dine in one of three restaurants: Brio, Aladdin’s or B Spot. Students can also see a movie, partake in a special shopping trip at J.Crew or browse Barnes & Noble. A $10 deposit to the Office of Student Activities is required to participate.
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2014 Distinguished Faculty Award recipient announced Haley Kocisko The Carroll News
“I think that anyone who wants a job like this After a missed phone call and an email telling her should not lose money by participating,” Boyk that the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J. wanted to talk, Jacsaid. “At this point, we don’t have the funding queline Schmidt, Tim Russert Department of Comto support that policy, and that’s one area the munication and Theatre Arts professor and interim administration could help us with. Being able director of the Entrepreneurship Minor Program, to fully refund our responders would help us received the news that she will receive John Carroll recruit more new members and retain those University’s 2014 Distinguished Faculty Award. already in the department.” This award is given to one faculty member Boyk said that if JCU adopted a policy to each year who “has demonstrated excellence in completely reimburse for the training fee of the classroom and made a significant and balanced JCU EMS, the retention rate would be much contribution to scholarship, service and the spirit of higher. Boyk also suggested that having more Jesuit education.” members would make it more possible for JCU Schmidt has been a professor at JCU for 41 years. EMS to have a full-shift schedule of 5 p.m. to 9 She received her undergraduate degree at Macalester a.m. to guarantee that the most severe of calls College in St. Paul, Minn. and received her master’s are handled, as they should be. As of now, there and doctorate degrees at the University of Iowa. are only eight active department members – a From there, she moved to Colorado and taught shockingly slim number of students responsible Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Schmidt middle school at Divine Redeemer Catholic School for the well-being of an entire campus. “It’s a Jacqueline Schmidt will receive in Colorado Springs. Her husband then accepted a vicious cycle – the smaller our numbers are, the award for 2014. job in Cleveland, which brought Schmidt to JCU. the more people quit taking shifts,” said Boyk. At JCU, Schmidt teaches interpersonal commuAnother issue that Boyk addressed was the nications, organizational communications and interviewing principles. She also teaches the JCU administration’s nonexistent participation capstone course for the entrepreneurship minor with assistant visiting professor of entreprein JCU EMS’ fall mass casualty training. In neurship and marketing, Thomas Bonda, as well as accounting and finance for entrepreneurs. these programs, JCU EMS simulates how to “I love the student interaction,” said Schmidt. “I learn a lot from my students from the respond in case of a real disaster. Although the questions they ask and the kinds of issues they bring up in class. In the Entrepreneurship John Carroll administration was encouraged Program, I learn from the kinds of projects my students develop and the creativity they show.” to attend the training, none have attended the Schmidt also addressed her fondness for the University. training so far, according to Boyk. “What I like most about John Carroll is the community of students, colleagues, staff and “I’d love to see the administration be more alumni,” she said. “I think that this is a place that really encourages people and empowers involved in the process. It is important that them. The people here are very caring people and very dedicated, which inspires me.” our university leadership understands how our According to freshman Ciara Crossey, “Dr. Schmidt is passionate about her job and works disaster response works,” said Boyk. “We can diligently to engage and interest her students. I am thankful I was able to take one of her never predict if or when a mass casualty disas- classes this year.” ter might happen, but the best way to handle a Freshman Olivia Criss, a student in the entrepreneurship program, said, “What makes the critical incident is preparation, and it’s important entrepreneurship program such a success is Dr. Schmidt’s willingness to stop whatever she that our school’s leadership is involved in that is doing in order to help her students. When my mom went to Carroll, she raved about how process.” great of a professor Dr. Schmidt was, and now I feel very lucky to have her, too.” The second most prevalent issue that JCU Junior Rachel Distler took both communications and entrepreneurship classes taught by EMS has faced is a lack of awareness on the Schmidt. part of the student population on how to properly “Dr. Schmidt is the kind of professor and advisor that puts all of who she is into her work utilize the services that JCU EMS provides. Be- and her students. She is constantly working on new research and when she isn’t, she is thinkcause students often do not have the opportunity ing up new questions to test,” Distler said. “She also makes herself available for her students to come in contact with JCU EMS until it is too and advisee’s non-stop. She is a fun-loving person who loves to talk to you. Throughout my late, students at large are unaware of the services time at JCU, Dr. Schmidt has been a huge support for me. She not only supported me through that JCU EMS provides. academics, but other aspects of my life, as well. I cannot think of a faculty member that better According to Boyk and other EMS first deserves the award.” responders, the easiest way to alleviate this Lu Johnson, administrative assistant of the Tim Russert Department of Communication and problem is to work directly with the resident Theatre Arts, said, “Dr. Schmidt is very helpful. She is always upbeat and has a positive attitude. assistants. She’s outgoing and happy. Dr. Schmidt always has a smile on her face, and we all love her.” “We used to do practice calls together during When Schmidt heard she had won the award, she was both surprised and happy by the RA training in order to teach everyone to support news. Schmidt said, “I realize the people who have won [the award] before me, and I know each other on real calls and clarify the roles of them and respect them. I am humbled to be a part of that group. It is very nice to be included the personnel on scene. For some reason, this in such an outstanding group of people.” isn’t happening anymore,” Boyk said. “Every Schmidt stressed how honored and thankful she is to receive this award. single student on John Carroll’s campus should “I know the kinds of things the committee is looking for in the award [winner], and it is know what to do and who to call if they’re in an very nice to think that the committee and the people who wrote for me all felt that I [should] emergency situation, and that simply is not the receive this award,” said Schmidt. “It means a lot to me – it really does.” case right now.” Aside from resident assistant emergency training, Boyk suggests that informational programs on residence floors would From FRATERNITY, p.1 be beneficial in increasing the awareness of the Another consequence of the reorganization is that Beta Theta Pi will not participate in Greek student body. Despite the struggles EMS faces, the passion Week at JCU, which will take place from April 22-27. Several members of the Eta Epsilon Chapter of Beta Theta Pi declined to comment on the that those involved feel for the work that they do is unwavering. “My colleagues are truly men grounds that chapter law prohibits comment on such ongoing matters. While the chapter is currently in a state of flux, the reorganization may be beneficial for and women for others, and it’s inspiring to work the chapter in the long run. with them every week,” Boyk said. “They can come out stronger, but in order for that to happen, reorganization needs to take Ultimately, the most important focus on place,” Mittelmeier said. “It’s a hard time for the chapter, but you need to do what’s best for JCU EMS areas of concern is making sure that the people they serve, the student body, is the men, and this is it. This will be a good thing for the chapter.” As Mittelmeier pointed out, this type of situation happens frequently on college campuses aware of how to use EMS services. If you or someone you know is injured, severely sick or all across the country. Beta Theta Pi chapters at the University of California, Irvine and the might need hospitalization, call JCU EMS at Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) are also under reorganization. “It’s one of the hard lessons you learn in college,” Mittelmeier said. “When you make (216)-397-1234. Editor’s Note: Administration was contacted mistakes, ignore them and show a lack of accountability, sometimes you have to face severe but was unable to address issues presented in consequences. And, some members of this chapter must do that.” Correction: The article entitled “‘Autism Speaks U’ brings awareness to campus” incorrectly stated the international “Light It Up Blue” celebration occurred on Wednesday, March 26. The celebration actually occurred on Wednesday, April 2.
Campus Police Log March 31, 2014
Student reported a stolen parking permit at 3:55 p.m. April 5, 2014
Underage person became sick due to alcohol consumption and was transported to South Pointe Hospital by University Heights Fire Department’s EMS. These incidents are taken from the files of Campus Police Department, located in the lower level of the Lombardo Student Center. For more information, contact x1615.
JCU fraternity experiences structural changes
UHPD Crime Blotter
March 24, 2014 Basement alarm went off at residence on Tullamore Road at 1 p.m. A rear window was broken and about $200 worth of property was missing. The missing property was later found in the back of the lot. March 30, 2014 UHPD received a report that a vehicle had crashed into a tree on Silsby Road at 2:36 a.m. The police charged a male resident with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Incidents taken from the University Heights police blotter at Cleveland.com.
Campus 3 ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ screening sparks mental health discussion www.jcunews.com
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April 10, 2014
JCU joins National Alliance on Mental Illness in reducing mental illness stigma Jackie Mitchell Senior Reporter
As part of the annual Celebration of Scholarship event, John Carroll University’s psychology department hosted a screening of David O. Russell’s Academy Awardwinning 2012 film, “Silver Linings Playbook” on Monday, April 7. JCU co-hosted the event with the Greater Cleveland chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Striking a balance between comedy and drama, the film centers around a protagonist struggling with bipolar disorder, searching for the silver linings in life after an eight-month stint in a psychiatric hospital. The event, which also hosted speakers from NAMI, was geared towards reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses. This was the first event ever hosted by NAMI’s new program, the Mental Illness-No Discrimination Movement (MIND), an anti-discrimination campaign. Informational pamphlets and packets about mental health issues were distributed to those who attended. “I think it’s really important to weave things into the fabric of the University on this issue,” said JCU psychology professor Tracy Masterson. NAMI member Justin Nogle gave a witness before the film screening about living with bipolar disorder. “Imagine you’re on a raft,” Nogle told the audience. “Not even a raft. You’re on a chunk of wood in the deepest, darkest, blackest ocean. Black sky. No stars. When you’re not on the top, you start to fall, and you’re sinking, sinking, sinking. At some point, you wish that a shark would just take you away, but you just keep sinking further and further. And it’s like this vertical rip tide, and then after a while you just start to not care. You’re just drifting away. You almost lose emotions completely. It’s not like a down-in-the-dumps day when you did poorly on a test; it’s despairing. On the contrary, your mania is this supersonic, out-of-this-world high.” Noble said it took him a long time to overcome the label and stigma of bipolar disorder before he could reach acceptance, and he still hesitates to open up to others about his illness. Following the film screening, Masterson initiated a dialogue with the audience about the movie and the issues it presented. “I thought, honestly, that the movie was life-changing,” said junior Olivia Armand, who attended the event. “That’s an extreme word, but it’s really important, not just with bipolar disorder, but for anyone who has had any kind of disorder, to be open about it, because that reduces the stigma. There’s nothing worse than having to hide who you are.” Senior William Lubahn said he appreciated that the event used a popular, mainstream movie to spark conversation about real-life issues. “Kids our age are so influenced by the media that they’re going to pay more attention to a movie than maybe a documentary, so the fact they brought in a movie like this that had so many real aspects to it, it’s a really good way to get to kids our age and to help them understand,” Lubahn said. “And, it’s an enjoyable movie to watch, too, so you’re enjoying and learning at the same time.” According to Masterson, about one-fourth to one-third of people will be directly affected by mental illness at some point in their lives, and many mental health issues arise during adolescence and early adulthood, continuing into college. “You’re under a lot of stress, you’re away from home and there’s a lot of adjustment,” she said. Masterson said she hopes students gained the courage to talk about mental health after attending the event. “I think there’s something about it where some people think it’s some kind of weakness or something that they Photo by Thuy Le wish they had better control over,” Masterson said. “I Steven Kyman, a student at Cleveland State who organized the event, and Katie Dillon, Children & Youth think it’s also really hard to go and walk through the Outreach Coordinator/Media Specialist at NAMI Ohio in Columbus both spoke at the event. doors of the [University] counseling center and get help.”
Global Perspectives class works to raise awareness Laura Bednar
Assistant Campus Editor
One out of five child mortalities are due to water related illness. This is just one of the astounding facts about water that the Contemporary Catholic Theology: Global Perspectives class is trying to bring to the attention of the John Carroll University campus. The class is centered on studying different religions and cultures as well as injustices in other countries. One of the main issues the class identified was ecology and how water was not available to everyone because it was either nonexistent or in acute supply. Doris Donnelly, religious studies professor, teaches the class and spearheaded the project. “The class responded to the issue with much enthusiasm,” said Donnelly. “It was heartening as a teacher to see them so zealous about correcting the injustice.” The students are working together as a part of their grade
in the course to raise money to buy water filters for the Philippines. They chose to donate to the Philippines through an organization called Wine to Water. The nonprofit organization uses money raised to buy water filters to place in villages in the Philippines. Water filters are $65 and hold 250 gallons of water. Wine to Water also has a policy that for every one gift of a water filter that someone gives, a generous donor matches that donation. The class is working with the JCU club men’s volleyball team to fundraise. To raise money, blue bracelets will be sold during the last two weeks of April in the Lombardo Student Center Atrium and outside of Einstein’s Bagels in the Administration Building. Bracelets are two dollars and have the words: “water is a human right” on one side and the Twitter name, “#JCUwaterproject” on the other. They plan to approach every member of the faculty and pitch the project by using water bottles filled with dirty water as a visual. Students will also sell the bracelets outside of school to friends, family and outside companies. One student involved with the project pitched the idea
to his division of 400 people at Sherwin-Williams, where he works part-time. Sophomore Hannah Balogh was also able to obtain a donor who bought the first 500 bracelets. The class is broken up into four committees where students were placed according to interest: fundraising, education, advocacy and water challenge. A student in the class, sophomore Jacqueline Sosnowski, said, “I walked into this class not knowing any of my classmates, but now we have become close by being passionate about the same thing.” Their goal is to raise $1,200, which comes to about 18 filters. They hope that as the success of the program builds at John Carroll, they will be able to implement this project in all 28 Jesuit universities in the U.S. If the program succeeds, they plan to eventually bring it to Pope Francis’ attention. And if approved, the students in the Contemporary Catholic Theology: Global Perspectives class will be able to say that the program started at John Carroll. For more information on the project or to donate to the cause, visit their website at jcuwaterproject.weebly.com.
Campus Calendar : April 10 - April 16
10 Thursday 11 Friday 12 Saturday 13 Sunday 14 Monday 15 Tuesday 16 Wednesday SUPB’s Thursday Night Live in the LSC Atrium at 9 p.m.
SUPB Bingo in LSC Conference Room at 9 p.m.
“The Art of Being Your “Get Movin’ with Guy” Mass at The Lady SELF” in the Jardine Chapel (Saint Francis in the Murphy Room Room at 10 p.m. Chapel) at 12:05 p.m. from 4-5 p.m.
Easter Break begins after Free chair massage in the Learning Commons last class. on the first floor of Grasselli Library from 3-5 p.m.
Life & Entertainment
April 10, 2014
I’ve been chopped
Katherine Oltmanns Life & Entertainment Editor When I wrote my column last week, I mentioned how happy I was I wouldn’t have to depend on the caf for food once I live off campus next year. This idea by itself could bring any college kid to tears. Tears of joy. No more drinks that have unidentifiable floating objects. No more food that takes its problems out on my digestive system. No more sorrow. I get my own kitchen next year. My own clean plates and fresh food bought by my roommates and myself. But that means I have to cook. Not to be so hard on myself, but anyone who knows me will agree that the fact that I have to cook to sustain myself means it’s probably not looking too good for me. What can I say – I’ve been blessed with a dad who is an awesome cook. Dinner was always the highlight of my day growing up. And my dad repeatedly offered to teach me the recipes he knew. Let’s pause. It would have been such a quaint picture, a father showing his only daughter how to cook for both herself and her future family, all while they share laughs and create inside jokes they will remember for years to come. Well, fortunately enough, I have plenty of inside jokes with my dad and we’ve had a ton of Kodak moments that would destroy any competition in a “How Suburban Are You?” contest. Press play. I never took my dad up on that offer to learn how to cook. Sure, I stirred some stuff in a pot once or twice and I taste-tested for several Thanksgivings. It’s all in a day’s work, really. But now I’m a goner. I don’t know anything about food except that I like to eat it. Normally, I would just let my roommates do the cooking. I would clean up and do all the dirty work nobody else wants to do. Just don’t make me cook, girls, for your sake and for mine. But unfortunately, we’re trying this thing called “taking turns.” So we’re back to me cooking. The silver lining in this situation is that my house for next year is right by the fire department. The irony is killing me. Last summer, all I ever did in my spare time was watch “Chopped” on the Food Network. With each episode that aired, I grew increasingly critical of food at restaurants. Needless to say, I don’t watch it while I’m at school. Imagine if I were a contestant on “Chopped.” The pattern of contestants would be people who only know what quinoa is from watching the show. It’s only fair to level the playing field. I probably wouldn’t even make it past the first round. You know how people who claim they can’t cook always say, “I can make cereal”? First of all, find a new joke, this one’s getting old. Second, those people aren’t the real deal. If you can fix yourself a decent bowl of cereal, you’re in the clear. I can’t even trust myself to do this every time I want some Reese’s Puffs. I put too much milk in every time and the cereal is almost always way past the point of acceptable sogginess. Those who can make a bowl of cereal properly, but claim they can’t, maneuver around a kitchen are posers. Leave the art of over-pouring milk to the professionals. I can just see it now – the “Chopped” host who always wears Reebok’s with his suits would lift the silver platter cover to reveal my soggy/burnt/ improperly seared something-or-other. He would then say, “Chef Katie, you’ve been chopped.” Most contestants walk away saying, “thank you for this opportunity” or something like that. I’d probably just say, “good call.” At this point, I’m just going to have to rely on basic cookbooks when it’s my turn to cook next year. I’ll just be sure to read the directions first. Contact Katherine Oltmanns at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Cloud Nothings releases 4th studio album Local band kicks off international tour Madeline Smanik Campus Editor
“Cleveland rocks” has represented itself in a number of notable entertainers, including acts such as Nine Inch Nails and Kid Cudi. They join the company of many other artists who also hail from the city of rock ‘n’ roll. One of these performers is musician Dylan Baldi, a native Clevelander whose band Cloud Nothings has just kicked off an international tour. Baldi founded the alternative rock band several years ago after a short time in college. “I went to Case Western Reserve University for about a month, and I hated it so much that I decided to start a band,” said Baldi. Baldi, singer and guitarist, is joined by fellow band members Jayson Gerycz (drummer) and TJ Duke (bassist) on the band’s newest album, “Here and Nowhere Else.” “It’s kind of a progression from the last one, in a way,” said Baldi about the new album. “The first two records were all just me recording by myself, so they’re massively different from any of the newer stuff we’ve been doing.” Formerly a solo project, Cloud Nothings has evolved to include Baldi’s bandmates. “I write the song, then I take it to the band and we kind of work it out to the point where it becomes kind of different from the original song,” Baldi said. “It’s a collaborative process in that way.” “Here and Nowhere Else” was released on Tuesday, April 1, just four days before the beginning of the band’s 2014 tour. “We’re touring for pretty much the whole year,” said Baldi. Cloud Nothings’ tour started in Buffalo, N.Y.
on Friday, April 4 and will continue around the world to Europe, Australia and Japan, among other places. “[We’ve got] A lot of stuff to do,” said Baldi. “A lot of long flights.” The tour is scheduled to wrap up in London on Aug. 16, 2014. When asked about recording versus performing live, Baldi said, “I don’t like being in the same place for more than a couple weeks at a time.” “I prefer playing,” added Baldi. In 2012, Cloud Nothings performed as the musical guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. “It was crazy, so weird. That’s just such a funny thing to be doing,” said Baldi. “I looked to my left, and I was like, ‘Okay, that’s Questlove, a bit of The Roots. All right, cool.’ I looked to my right and it was Jimmy Fallon sitting with Queen Latifah,” he said. “And I look forward and there’s a camera and that’s like a million people or whatever, that’s cool too. Everywhere I looked, it was just like ‘wow,’” he said. “It was so much fun.” Baldi also commented on the illegal downloading of his music. “I don’t mind,” said Baldi. “I kind of prefer that, honestly, because you get it for free, then if you like it, you just go to the show. “And the show is the most exciting part anyway. I like seeing music live.” Cloud Nothings’ international tour is set to include a show in Ohio. The band will perform at Mahall’s 20 Lanes in Lakewood on Friday, May 9. For more information, visit cloudnothings. com or facebook.com/cloudnothings.
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From left to right: drummer Jayson Gerycz, bassist TJ Duke and guitarist Dylan Baldi.
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5 Life & Entertainment The Story Lives On: Harry Potter Spinoff in the Works
The Carroll News
April 10, 2014
Morgan Osheka Staff Reporter
J.K. Rowling, esteemed author of the popular “Harry Potter” series, has signed on to create a new film trilogy based on the famous “wizarding world.” Published in 2001, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a 54-page Hogwarts textbooks coming to life, will be the foundation of the upcoming trilogy. However, in no way are these films meant to be a prequel or a sequel to the beloved “Harry Potter” films. Back in September, Rowling explained, “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the “Harry Potter” books or seen the films.” “Fantastic Beasts” tells the adventures of Newt Scamander, a magizoologist studying the wonders of the wizarding world. The story is set in New York, 70 years before Harry Potter makes his entrance. Rowling will write for the films while teaming up with Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. productions. CEO Kevin Tsujihara, who was able to persuade Rowling to transform the book into three mega movies, plans to bring a new energy to these films. In an interview with The New York Times, Rowling stated that everything happened rather quickly. “When I say [Tsujihara] made ‘Fantastic Beasts’ happen, it isn’t public relations - speak but the literal truth,” said Rowling. “We had one dinner, a follow-up telephone call and then I got out the rough draft and started rewriting.” Later, Rowling admitted that she completed a draft of the script in a matter of 12 days. Although it was announced back in September that the book would be made into a film, the plan to expand it into a trilogy was announced on Saturday, March 29. The first film will be produced by David Heyman, who helped produce all eight of the “Harry Potter” films. Another familiar face may also make her way into the series. Emma Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” films, has expressed interest in making an appearance in the trilogy. In comparison, “Fantastic Beasts” is expected to be just as successful as “The Hobbit” trilogy. To take things one step further, Warner Bros. intends to create a video game for the trilogy, as well as other consumer products. The trilogy will be incorporated in to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks at Universal Studios. In reaction to Warner Bros.’ latest announcement, freshman Molly Hill commented as a fan of Rowling’s work. “The fact that Rowling is getting involved in the film industry once again is extremely promising, considering she created the entire Harry Potter universe herself,” said Hill. “If anyone is going to be able to make a successful spinoff film trilogy, she’s obviously the one to do it. And I think she’ll do it well. As a huge fan of the original books and films, I am looking forward to it and I think that this could be a really excellent franchise.”
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The true leader of the Avengers rises MOVIE REVIEW “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”
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The Captain now has a movie to match his leadership. The newest Avengers’ movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” conveys a strong story and features political commentary on liberty throughout the movie. The movie focuses on the external and internal conflict that Captain America and Rogers go through after the events of “The Avengers.” Two years after the climcatic battle in “The Avengers”, our hero goes to work for the Strategic
Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division, commonly known as S.H.I.E.L.D. He finds fellow agent Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johanson – the Black Widow – downloading enemy data during a rescue mission. Then, Rogers’ supervisor, Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, is attacked by a group led by the Winter Soldier, the Soviet assassin and title villain of the movie. The duo of Rogers and Romanoff eventually have to recruit former paratrooper Sam Wilson – also known as The Falcon. While there are many reasons to praise this movie, the story is the best of them. The movie has many turning points that transform the movie from a superhero film to a conspiracy thrill ride. The Winter Soldier’s mysterious presence always looms over Captain America and Black Widow as they try to make sense of the conspiracy against them. Of all the characters in Marvel’s cinematic universe, the Winter Soldier does the best of living out Teddy Roosevelt’s famous quote: “Speak softly, and carry a big stick.” He is at the center of absolutely amazing fight scenes, all of which look extremely real because they don’t need computer-generated imagery.
If you’re from Cleveland, or just explore the city on a regular basis, you might recognize some of the locations in the movie. The scene where Fury is attacked begins by the Cleveland Public Library and ends on Superior Avenue for the Winter Soldier’s entrance. Later on, the West Shoreway pops up in one of the most important fight scenes. The Cleveland Museum of Art also gets a lot of screen time. All of these scenes make for great settings, and will hopefully reappear in future Marvel films. Along with the setting, the costumes were very realistic. The costumes from older Marvel flicks, like Nick Fury’s outfit, fit the characters very well. The new costumes are just as cool. The Falcon sports a cool costume, although it doesn’t resemble the costume from the comics. The Falcon’s costume was probably the best thing about the character. Although he looked pretty cool, he didn’t have as big a role as expected. No matter what will be said about how strong the story or characters are in this movie, the most interesting aspect of it is the reinforcement of Captain America’s role as the most political hero in the world. Throughout the movie, the Captain pushes
the ideals that he stands for; the ideals America was built on. No matter how many enemies he fights that stand for opposing ideals, Captain America always stays true to his country and what it stands for. Captain America opened this past weekend, and is the second to last Avengers related movie. The last movie “Age of Ultron”comes out on May 1, 2015.
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Chris Evans (above) as Captain America is the main focus in the film “The Winter Soldier.”
April 10, 2014
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Different generations strike common ground through the magic of music Alexandra Higl Editor in Chief
Two seemingly different generations come together each Monday evening on John Carroll University’s campus through the power of music: adults with Alzheimer’s disease who are often branded with a negative stigma clouded with misunderstanding; millennials who are perceived as self-centered and egotistical. Each week, JCU students and community people with early stages of the disease and their families file into the choir room for music, laughter, camaraderie and friendship. These 26 different people, hailing from a variety of backgrounds, share one common bond – their love of music. In the hopes of combating misunderstandings of early-stage Alzheimer’s, Penny Harris, chair of the Sociology and Criminology Department and director of the aging studies program, and Cynthia Caporella, director of liturgical music and musical arts, teamed up last year. Together, they formed the first intergenerational choir for college students, people with early-stage Alzheimer’s and families at John Carroll. This marks the second year of the choir’s existence. Harris created the choir as part of a research project to help fight Alzheimer’s stigma and conquer the stereotypes that come with the diagnosis. “When a person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, that is how they are defined,” said Harris. “Many don’t see the person behind it – just the disease. With the diagnosis comes many misunderstandings and confusions.” Harris first got the idea to form the choir when one of her past students from an aging studies class worked in marketing and advertising for a film called “Young at Heart.” This documentary followed an older singing group, showing how music helped them deal with the aging process in an enjoyable way.This concept sparked an idea. Harris began the research project to form an intergenerational choir in 2012 by enlisting Caporella’s support, approaching the Cleveland
Area Alzheimer’s Association with the idea and getting the research approved by the JCU Institutional Review Board for the protection of human subjects. From there, the recruitment process began. Word of mouth spread, and students from John Carroll not only had to complete a vocal audition with Caporella, but were also screened by Harris for the research component. The group rehearsed for eight weeks, and then showcased their talents in April at the 23rd Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Educational Event in the Donahue Auditorium. “We had a standing ovation,” said Caporella. “No one left, after the last song, and they asked for an encore.” “Almost everyone was in tears,” added Harris. According to Harris, last year’s results were remarkable. “The changes we saw in the students during the eight-week rehearsal period were astounding,” said Harris. “They started calling the community members with Alzheimer’s their friends. They came earlier, stayed later and insisted they wanted a cast party after the performance.” The results of last year’s studies that were documented by Harris will be published in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias. As a result of the positive feedback the group received, Harris and Caporella reinstated the choir for a second year. Although the mission of the choir has stayed the same, slight changes have occurred. “I think the community jelled a little quicker this year,” said Caporella. “My guess is because we had some returnees. Last year, relationships remained more unchangeable because each community member was assigned to a student ‘singing buddy.’ “This year, we’re kind of mixing it up a bit – and, it seems to be working. Now the students are able to form relationships with more people, as well as help out musically.” Junior Megan Boyk, a member of the choir for two years, is grateful for the opportunity to form relationships with the other members through the power of music.
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Sophomore Abbey Vogel (far left) interacts with choir members while junior Sarah Ruppert (right) prepares for rehearsal. “My favorite thing about the choir is just spending time with the people there,” said Boyk. “It’s been really interesting to hear the stories of the people with Alzheimer’s and their families. You can tell they really cherish the time they spend with each other, and with us. Seeing how much they appreciate the little things in life has made me reevaluate how I think about my own life.” Although Boyk has grown to love the intergenerational choir, she was initially anxious and unsure about what the experience would bring. “At first, it was really different hanging out with people who are my grandparents’ age,” said Boyk. “I think I was a little apprehensive about spending time with people whose life experiences are so different from my own. But like I said, we’ve truly gotten to know each other and become good friends. “The people with Alzheimer’s and their relatives are very warm, welcoming and fun to be around, so they made that particular challenge easy to overcome.” Both Harris and Caporella noted that the misunderstandings the students initially had seemed
to fall by the wayside as rehearsals progressed. Not only does the choir allow students to lessen the stigma and misunderstandings that encompass Alzheimer’s disease, but it gives community members a safe space to practice what they love. “Music really is the vehicle we use to bring people together,” said Caporella. “Additionally, some of the caregivers view [the choir] as a place where they don’t have as much responsibility as they would back home. It gives them a break. “It also lessens their social isolation,” added Harris. In the end, Harris and Caporella said that the camaraderie and relationships that have evolved since the choir was started is evident in their rehearsals. “It’s ultimately about a community that has been molded together with kindness, giving and caring.” Editor’s Note: The intergenerational choir will perform at the 24th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Educational Event on Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Donahue Auditorium of the Dolan Center for Science and Technology.
March of Dimes launches JCU awareness, walk begins A Dance Ensemble party never kil ed nobody Katherine Oltmanns
Life & Entertainment Editor
March of Dimes is continuing to let its presence known at John Carroll University with flyers posted all around campus. This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting full-term, healthy pregnancies. It is also dedicated to providing both support and information to those who need it, such as families, or simply people who want to know more about the organization and healthy pregnancies. One of the main informational pieces March of Dimes advocates is instruction on prevention. The three main areas of concern in unhealthy pregnancies are drugs, alcohol and smoking while carrying. Not only does March of Dimes warn against drug abuse or recreational use of drugs of any kind, but they also discuss how crucial it is to consult a doctor before taking any prescription medication while pregnant. Failing to do so may cause the infant to be addicted as well as suffer from symptoms of withdrawal once they are born. Alcohol-use while pregnant is another danger the organization warns against. Not only can the child be born with birth defects, but also the chances of a miscarriage are higher. The same applies to smoking in terms of birth defects and a difficult infancy for the child involved. Similarly, being around secondhand smoke while pregnant can cause
slow growth for the child. March of Dimes believes that prevention awareness is essential to sustain a healthy pregnancy. In order to provide information such as this on an international basis, it must first raise money. What better way to contribute than to march with March of Dimes, right here in Cleveland? March of Dimes believes it is just as important to make students more aware as it is families and adults. One way for students to get involved is to atte this year’s March for Babies at University Circle. The march takes place on Sunday, April 27 at 10 a.m. Not only does the march provide a sense of togetherness and teamwork, but according to its website, the March for Babies is the best way to help fundraise and show support for families and infants in need. National sponsors include Macy’s, Kmart and Famous Footwear, while some local sponsors are University Hospitals MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, MetroHealth and WKYC. JCU graduate student Istvan Baricz, a representative from March of Dimes, has created a Facebook page for JCU students to communicate about the march and inquire about the organization. For more information on the march or the Facebook page, contact Baricz at ibaricz15@ jcu.edu or visit marchofdimes.org.
Rachel Vadaj Staff Reporter
What do 26 dancers plus seven months of preparation equal? Eighteen dance performances for one showcase brought to you by the John Carroll University Dance Ensemble. The Dance Ensemble’s Annual Spring Showcase hits Kulas Auditorium on Friday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Admission is free. This year’s president of Dance Ensemble, Katherine Ramicone, talked about what audience members can expect. “The Dance Ensemble is a student-run organization that incorporates all different kinds of dance into our showcase at the end of the year,” said Ramicone. “We work on different dances all year and the choreography is made up by the members.” The styles of choreography include, but are not limited to, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, modern, ballet and Broadway. Along with dance numbers from groups, there are also solos and duets included in the 18-performance lineup. There will be an abundance of costume changes to suit all of the different dance styles and songs as well. The year-long effort will come to a close with the finale number that is sure to get the audience on their feet, because “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody,” as the flyers around campus proudly promotes.
This anthem also happens to be the final song, which is the theme of the showcase. Other hit songs that the group will dance to this weekend include “Pop,” “We Found Love” and according to officer of public relations sophomore Christina Iafelice, “some wicked hip-hop mashups.” “The audience can expect to see different styles of ballet with different kinds of music and a lot of very talented dancers,” said Ramicone. “I just love the girls [and guy] we have in our ensemble. “We love dancing and what we can bring [to the ensemble]. “It’s taught me a lot and everyone has been extremely supportive. “It’s been so much fun to be a part of.” Iafelice shared the same sentiment. “We have all worked very hard for this performance and are very excited to showcase our talents this Friday,” said Iafelice. Dance Ensemble member sophomore Alexa King is also looking forward to performing. “It is amazing to see the talented dancers of John Carroll show off their skills in many different styles of dance,” said King. King is excited about the show and the reinforcement she knows she will see from the JCU community “I also love all the support that our friends and families give by coming to the show,” she added.
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JCU splits weekend series despite weather delay Joe McCarthy
Jacob Hirschmann Sports Editor
Aaron Harrison is the real deal. And despite falling just short of a national title, the University of Kentucky is the real deal. As a die-hard University of Michgan fan and known hater of the one-and-done freshmen, it kills me to say it, but these Wildcats have stolen my heart. I’ve never seen a run like this before. And, with five freshmen, it shocks me even as I write this. As for Harrison, how did he seemingly become the most clutch player of all-time so fast? Coming into this season, Harrison and his twin brother, Andrew, were predicted to be sure-fire stars for one season at Kentucky. Then head to the NBA and they would dominate, too. But, as the Wildcats got deeper and deeper into the season, the Harrisons weren’t playing up to their expectations. All of this culminated in Kentucky, a team with aspirations of potentially going undefeated, earning just a lowly No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and placement into the toughest region in the bracket. And then, the Wildcats turned it on. Specifically, Aaron. While his stats from the season and the tournament look nearly identical in every category, one stat jumps off the page. If you watched any of Kentucky games, you know what stat that is: three-point shooting. While Harrison shot just 36 percent behind the arc during the season, he has absolutely gone off during March Madness, shooting an incredible 56 percent from downtown, draining 14-of-25 shots. Three of those shots have been far more important than the rest. In Kentucky’s three games against Louisville, Michigan and Wisconsin, Aaron hit deep, contested three-pointers with less than a minute left to seal the win for the Wildcats. The first shot against Louisville was unexpected and clutch. The second shot against my Michigan Wolverines was even more unexpected, even more clutch and heartbreaking. The third shot against Wisconsin was cold-blooded. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I’d never seen anything like it. Three straight games, three straight daggers. If he misses any one of those threes, Kentucky either goes to overtime, or is out of the tournament all together. But he didn’t miss. Not even once. Because of just how much each Aaron Harrison shot meant to Kentucky, nobody has meant more to his team this March than Aaron has to Kentucky. Harrison is the MVP of this tournament. I don’t think you could convince me any other way. Follow @JacobHirschmann on Twitter or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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A storm forced the John Carroll University baseball team to travel to Ohio Northern University for a doubleheader on Sunday, April 6. The Blue Streaks split with the Polar Bears, grabbing the first game, 6-2, and dropping the second contest, 3-1. Pitching was the cornerstone for the Blue Streaks in the first game. Sophomore Aaron Lapaglia faced 35 hitters, striking out 12 in a complete game effort. Only allowing eight hits and two earned runs, the right-hander grabbed his fifth win of the year to improve to 5-1 on the season. Behind the complete game from Lapaglia, the JCU offense clicked
early. Leading off the second inning, senior Jimmy Spagna hit a home run over the right field wall. The first baseman went 3-5 in game one and 4-8 on the afternoon, after grabbing two RBIs at the clean-up spot. A strong offensive performance, along with the solid defensive play behind Lapaglia were the keys to the Blue Streaks win in game one. At the end of the day, JCU’s offence produced six runs off 15 hits. Sophomore Tyler Gentile and junior Mark Huddle produced three doubles between them, adding to the four extra-base hits for the Blue and Gold. JCU went on to win the first game of the doubleheader, 6-1. The second game featured sophomore pitchers in JCU’s Brandon
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Sophomore Aaron Lapaglia earned his team-leading fifth win of the year on Sunday with a complete-game shutout.
Inside the Box Score
April 6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ONU 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 JCU 0 1 1 1 3 0 0 0 0
R H E 2 8 2 6 15 1
April 6: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ONU 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 JCU 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
R H E 3 11 0 1 4 2
W: Lapaglia (5-1)
L: Maier (2-2)
W: Glischinski (5-1)
L: Maddern (4-2)
Maddern and ONU’s Ben Glischinski. In seven innings of work, Glischinski threw a two-hit game, only allowing one earned run. Facing 26 JCU batters, the left-hander struck out five. Maddern dropped to 4-2 on the season, allowing nine hits and three earned runs in six innings of work. Facing 27 ONU batters, the sophomore struck out 11. JCU’s defense helped Maddern out of a few jams, but two JCU errors against sparked ONU’s rallies. After ONU junior Dan Belliveau singled to center in the fourth inning, senior Daniel Rodriguez reached base on a single of his own. Rodriguez advanced to second and Belliveau scored from first after the first of two JCU errors occurred. The JCU offense totaled only four hits in the second game of the doubleheader. The only score came off junior Bobby Sabatino’s RBI that scored sophomore Robby Cifelli from third. JCU split with the doubleheader
with Ohio Northern, losing the second game, 3-1. “I thought we competed all day on the mound and in the field,” said head coach Marc Thibeault. “Our offense struggled to find a rhythm to put together the big inning, but that is credit to the pitching we faced.” The Blue Streaks are now 12-7 on the year and 5-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference. With a handful of OAC games left to play, JCU is sitting pretty in the conference right now. Currently tied for first place with Heidelberg University, the Blue Streaks will look to build on the momentum they have ridden in the past coupled of weeks and head into the thick of AUC play with a target on their backs. Editor’s Note: The Blue Streaks faced off with Baldwin Wallace University for a double header at Schweickert Field on Wednesday, April 9, head to jcusports.com for a box score and full game recap.
Blue Streaks hang 20 runs on Polar Bears in sweep Ashley Bastock Staff Reporter
Anyone who has followed John Carroll University softball this season knows that the Blue Streaks often have had issues in their double headers, generally splitting with their opponents. That was not the case on Saturday, April 6, as everything clicked for the Blue Streaks in a sweep of Ohio Northern University. Despite the cold weather, JCU racked up 20 runs, including four home runs, in the sweep. Head coach Nicole Loudin was pleased with the team’s progress. “We have been talking about being consistent and playing to our potential all season, today they did just that,” she said. The first game ended by the runrule, as JCU beat the Polar Bears,
9-1, in just five innings. JCU exploded to a 6-0 lead in the first inning. Freshman Carly Simecek lead the way with a two -run homer to center field that gave the Blue Streaks a 3-0 edge. Sophomore Alyssa Coleman provided a strong performance, recording a double with two outs in the second inning. Senior Morgan Robinson’s single in the fifth inning, which scored junior Ashlee Unrue, would be the last run scored in the game. Junior Rachel Byrnes was credited with the win, while allowing zero runs in three innings. Junior Gina Tosti allowed only one run in the fourth inning. ONU did not back down, however, as Adriana Sikora drilled a home run to center field to start off the second game. Simecek blasted a two-run hom-
Inside the Box Score Apr. 5: ONU JCU
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Apr. 5: ONU JCU
1 1 3
2 0 1
3 0 1
4 0 1
5 0 3
5 0 1
6 0 2
R H E 1 8 3 9 14 0
W: Byrnes (7-6) L: Burden (3-6) HR: Simecek (2)
2 0 4
3 5 0
4 0 1
7 0 X
R H E 6 12 3 11 13 1
W: Byrnes (8-6) L: Ordean (8-7) HR: Simecek 2 (4), Becker (4)
Editor’s Note: JCU played a doubleheader with the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets on Wednesday, April 9. For a full recap and box scores from the action, go to jcusports.com.
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Freshman Carly Simecek did her part, belting three home runs in the weekend sweep over Mount Union. er over the right field wall in the bottom of the first. The Blue Streaks took the 3-1 lead and never looked back. Coleman later brought home both Robinson and Simecek on a double to give the Blue Streaks a 7-1 lead in the bottom of the second. ONU crawled back in the third inning, and after a series of RBI singles, were just one run behind JCU, 7-6. This lead was not comfortable enough for Simecek and senior Samantha Becker. Simecek recorded her third and final home run on the day with a bomb to left field in the fourth inning. In the bottom of the fifth, Becker sent one over the center field wall to give the Blue Streaks the 9-6 lead.
ONU would not score for the rest of the day, and JCU would come out on top, 11-6, after a series of ONU errors in the sixth inning. Simecek said this was the game she finally hit her groove thanks to a simple adjustment. “It took me a little time to adjust, but today I let loose,” she said. “Our turning point was definitely when we lost both games to Wilmington.” Loudin attributed the sweep to an all-around team effort. “When everyone is positive and working together toward a common goal, no one person has to step up,” said Loudin. The Blue Streaks now sit at 10-10 on the season, and 4-4 in the Ohio Athletic Conference heading into the second half of the season.
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April 10, 2014
Blue Streaks up their 9-1 record as they enter OAC play Haley Turner Staff Reporter
In its first year as an official varsity sport, it’s safe to say the John Carroll University men’s lacrosse team has become a force to be reckoned with. The Blue Streaks headed north to Beloit, Wis. this past weekend to face Beloit College. The game ended in a 9-3 victory for JCU, making the long journey well worth it. “Playing together and as a team has been the key to our success,” said head coach Brian Small. “Guys put aside individualism for the better of the team.” The Blue Streaks started the first period off strong, leading 2-0 nearly right from the start against Beloit with goals by senior Brian Jaszka and freshman Daniel Kincaid. After a goal by Beloit’s Matt Kelly in the second period, freshman Keegan Flinter fired back and scored, which put the Blue Streaks ahead by 4-1 heading into the second half. The men commenced a strong second half by sweeping the third quarter with four goals. Flinter scored again at the beginning of the third period. Two minutes later, freshman Declan O’Grady scored a goal of his own.
Not long after, Kincaid and O’Grady followed with subsequent goals as well. Heading into the fourth period, JCU was comfortably up by six goals, but they didn’t stop there. Freshman Stephen “Beef” Leous scored with an assist by Flinter at 10:32. Although the Buccaneers scored minutes later, the Blue Streaks retaliated once again with their final goal of the game-this time by Kincaid, giving him a hat trick. With only 33 seconds left, Beloit College scored; however, victory already belonged to JCU by that point. Freshman goalkeeper Brian Bedell made eight saves while only allowing three goals. Freshman Kyle Patterson proved to be a vital component of the team as well, winning seven out of the 11 total face offs. Overall, the Blue Streaks outshot the Buccaneers by a total of 36-20. This was the final nonconference match for the Blue and Gold. Leous feels optimistic about the team’s inaugural conference play coming up. “I think our team is in a really good position going into OAC opener on April 9,” said Leous.
“Going against Otterbein is going to be tough,” added Leous. “But we have a great coach and a strong firstyear program, and I think we have a lot more to prove.” The team certainly has worked hard in their first official season. With a huge amount of young talent, the Blue Streaks have a bright future ahead.
Photo Courtesy of JCU Sports Information “I think in OAC Freshman Daniel Kincaid returned from injury to net a play our team will be hat trick in JCU’s 9-3 win over Beloit College. great, our team has lacrosse varsity programs, the road is something that no other team in the OAC has and that is playing not going to be easy. Yet, that still hasn’t for an inaugural team, as well as a lot of stopped the team from buying into the skill behind the hands of all of our coaches belief that this conference is their to lose. “I believe that we can win the league, and players,” said O’Grady. “That gives us motivation to make the school proud but we have to continue to work hard and to make history as an inaugural team during practices and as a cohesive unit. We also have to keep improving each and making a run at an OAC title.” While the OAC is small in terms of every day,” said Small.
Women’s Track and Field
Men’s Track and Field
JCU makes mark at two invitationals over weekend Blue Streaks turn in impressive performance at Oberlin Haley Turner Staff Reporter
Heading into its third week of outdoor competition, the John Carroll University men’s track and field team split up this weekend. The majority of athletes competed Saturday at the Bob Kahn Invitational, hosted by Oberlin College. Sophomore Rondel Armour won the long jump with a distance of 5.94 meters. Also faring well in the field events were JCU’s throwers, junior Rocky Mitolo and senior Anthony Chizmadia. Mitolo won the shot put (14.58 m) with Chizmadia taking second (14.20 m). In the 800-meter heat, sophomore Dan Loya clocked in at 1:59.10, which landed him fourth place overall. Junior Nick Williams had an impressive second-place finish in the 110 meter hurdles. Williams crossed the finish line at 15.22. Junior Hayes Chrispin fared well in the 400 hurdles alongside Williams. The two were neck and neck the whole race and
Men’s Track and Field
Rondel Armour sophomore The sophomore racked up three top-three finishes over the weekend, earning first place in the long jump by clearing 5.94 meters, grabbing a second in the 4x100 relay with a time of 44.16 and finishing in third in the 200-meter dash at 22.98.
ended up second (57.34) and third (57.36), respectively. The men’s relays competed extremely well on Saturday with the 4x100 team of Williams, Armour, plus freshmen Jonathan Radney and Avery McLean placing second (44.16). Winning the 4x400 meter relay was JCU’s quartet of sophomores– Mike Hydzik, Will Cameron, Loya and Amour. On Sunday, April 6, several athletes traveled to Alliance, Ohio to partake in the John Homon Invitational held at the University of Mount Union. The high point was junior pole vaulter Alex Hamidzadeh placing second in the pole vault with a height of 4.58 meters. “As a team, we feel confident that we’re where we need to be,” Hayes said. “Everyone is in the right state of mind and we’re hoping for some great personal records as we move closer to the conference championship.”
Andrew Orie Staff Reporter
The John Carroll University women’s track and field team participated in the nonscored Bob Kahn Invitational at Oberlin College last weekend. Even without the official scoring, the Blue Streaks still posted several impressive performances. The weather was expected to be a big factor throughout the day, but clear skies turned out to be the theme for the meet. “We thought it would be a miserably cold day but it turned out to be beautiful,” said sophomore Madeline Sweeney. “The good weather brought great times,” JCU capitalized on the great weather, starting with the 4x400 relay, where four runners– freshman Alyssa Biedron, junior Haley Turner and seniors Gabriella Kreuz and Nicki Bohrer, combined to win and post a time of 4:03.82. Bohrer followed up that win with a victory
in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:20.14. Kreuz also had a strong overall performance on the day, earning third in 1,500-meter run. Members of the 4x400 team were not the only Blue Streaks to have good days on the track, though. Junior Megan Martinko was runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles and also took third in the 100-meter hurdles. Sweeney contributed with two top- five finishes, taking home fifth in 400-meter hurdles and third in the high jump. Freshman Joy Nyaanga helped finish off the track portion of the day with two sixth place finishes in the 100-meter and the 200-meter. Sophomore Karissa Manko then showed off her versatility, coming seventh in the 400, sixth in the triple jump and eighth in the long jump. She was aided by freshman Maria Mangione, who finished third in the hammer, sixth in the shot and seventh in the discus.
Streaks of the Week
Softball Carly Simecek freshman Simecek did her part in the 20-run outburst on Saturday by having a career-best series over the weekend. She smashed three home runs for the Blue Streaks and finished with six RBIs to lead JCU to a series sweep of over Ohio Northern.
Lacrosse Declan O’Grady freshman
O’Grady brought his goal total on the season up to 25 in just 10 games by scoring twice in the third quarter in the Blue Streaks 9-3 win over Beloit College on Saturday. O’Grady will look to keep up the scoring as OAC play starts up.
Baseball Aaron Lapaglia sophomore The sophomore improved to 5-1 on the season with his complete game win on Sunday against Ohio Northern, as he let up only eight hits and two runs while striking out 12 batters in what was JCU’s eighth straight win.
Women’s Track & Field Nicki Bohrer senior The veteran earned two first place finishes at the Bob Kahn Invitational over the weekend as a part of the 4x400 relay team that finished first with a time of 4:03.82, and bested the field in the 800-meter run, finishing in at 2:20.14.
April 10, 2014
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Blue Streaks squeak out victory JCU narrowly misses historic upset Joe Ginley
Following an 8-1 loss to Oberlin College on March 15, the situation looked bleak for the John Carroll University men’s tennis squad. The team’s veterans sputtered and the young guns couldn’t step up. That changed one week later with a 9-0 win over Muskingum University in the Ohio Athletic Conference opener. The Blue Streaks haven’t looked back since, rolling to a threematch winning streak. The latest was a squeaker, a 5-4 victory over Ohio Northern University on Saturday, April 5. And while senior standouts such as Eric Grimaldi and freshman phenoms such as Jad Abdul-Aal have played the role of hero before, this time it was sophomore Alex Mihas’ time to shine. The match began with doubles play, as senior Sean Graham and freshman Kyle Mollison fell in the opening battle, 8-4. Abdul-Aal and freshman Nick Siciliano won the next doubles matchup, 8-4. Mihas and Grimaldi rounded out doubles play with an identical 8-4 victory. Abdul-Aal took the opening singles match, 6-4, 6-0, but the Polar Bears nabbed the next three to give ONU a 4-3 lead. Grimaldi won his singles dual with his ONU opponent, tying the score at four and placing the burden on Mihas’ shoulders. The sophomore did not disappoint. Mihas overcame ONU’s Sean Prewitt, 6-2, 7-5, to secure the 5-4 match victory. “Alex is growing in confidence every week and this last week he played flawless under pressure,” head coach Shaun Keenan said.
The Blue Streaks advanced to 5-7, (3-0 in OAC play) on the season. JCU’s win halted ONU’s five-match winning streak this season and kept the Blue Streaks’ season goal of winning the OAC within sight. “In all my four years at JCU, the tennis team has never beaten Ohio Northern,” said Grimaldi. “So to get that win this past Saturday in my senior year was a great feeling. “I felt like I played great and I was just glad I could win my singles and doubles matches to help the team get the win. Our goal is to win the conference.” The Blue Streaks will look to continue their run towards an OAC championship when they head to Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on Saturday, April 12 at 1 p.m.
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Senior Eric Grimaldi took home wins in doubles and singles play to take his career win mark up to 50 at JCU.
Jacob Hirschmann Sports Editor
In what was almost a historic day for the John Carroll University women’s tennis team, the Blue Streaks faced off with Ohio Athletic Conference powerhouse Ohio Northern University on Saturday, April 5. The Polar Bears have not lost a regular season conference match in almost four years. It came down to the final two matches of the day for JCU. Needing two wins, the Blue Streaks split, narrowly falling to the Polar Bears, 5-4. “Ohio Northern has won the OAC every year since I’ve been here, so this just shows we are capable of being one of the best teams in our OAC this year,” said junior Tracy Gibson. “I know the team is ready to push themselves even harder after this match.” The sophomore duo of Catherine Engel and Anna Stein won the only doubles match of the day for JCU, as the duo was able to earn an 8-4 victory over ONU’s Christina Corbean and Brittany Toney. Singles matches were much kinder to the Blue Streaks. JCU earned three points from singles matches alone. Freshmen Katherine Devine (6-3, 6-4) and Ivana Didovic (6-1, 3-6, 6-1), as well as Gibson (6-2, 6-2), all gave the Blue Streaks points by way of a winning singles match. At the end of the day, though, the Polar Bears were able to get that final point they needed when JCU freshman Josephine Miller dropped a tightly contested match and ONU escaped another day with the undefeated streak intact. “I was so incredibly proud of our team’s performance,” said Engel. “We fought so hard
and came so close to victory. This loss is only a motivator for the future. We need to put in more work. But if and when we face ONU again, I know we will be ready.” This loss dropped the Blue Streaks to 5-8 on the year, and 1-2 in OAC play. But the team resonated much hope after the strong showing against one of the OAC’s best squads historically. “During my freshman year, we lost 7-2 and last year we lost 9-0 to Ohio Northern. So, just coming that close to a possible victory against our biggest rivals felt great. We were only one match away from beating them.” “Everyone played so well and I couldn’t be more proud of my team,” added Gibson. “This definitely shows how much our team is improving and that we have a lot to look forward to this season.”
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Freshman Ivana Didovic returns a serve in her singles match victory over ONU on Saturday.
Good weather helps the Blue Streaks kick off spring season in Delaware, Ohio Jacob Hirschmann
Sports Editor After its first match was delayed due to detrimental weather, the John Carroll University men’s golf team made its spring debut over the weekend at the Strimer Memorial Invitational at the Oakhaven Golf Course in Delaware, Ohio. The Blue Streaks finished the invitational in 12th place out of 15 teams, with solid performances from all of those who competed – especially since it was their first official match of the year.
JCU was led by senior Alex DiPalma, who finished the 36-hole tournament with a total of 152 strokes, good enough for 20th overall. Following not far behind DiPalma was sophomore Casey Vancil, who shot a 78 on both days, totaling 156 strokes and 36th place. Sophomores Nick Bocci (157, 39th place) and Dominic Patella (167, 72nd), and freshman Mark Chrzanowski (162, 58th) also competed for the Blue Streaks and looked to use this as a stepping stone. “It felt great to finally get our spring season
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underway,” said Bocci. “After being in Florida about a month ago, we’ve been itching to get out there, but the weather just hasn’t been cooperating up here. It was good to get the rust off this weekend. Hopefully we will be in top shape by the time OACs roll around at the end of the month.” The overall winner of the competition was Wittenberg University, which had the top three finishers of the weekend and finished with a team total of 578 strokes, besting the second place team by 21.
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Sophomore Casey Vancil lines up a putt on day one of the Strimer Memorial Invitational.
Better Sunday has JCU golf looking up Jacob Hirschmann Sports Editor
The John Carroll University women’s golf team traveled to the Mohican Hills Golf Course for the Wooster Spring Invitational over the weekend to face off against eight other schools. While the team ended the weekend in ninth place out of nine teams, JCU’s overall score was 11 strokes better on day two of the invitational, showing that the squad is continuing to improve day-by-day as the season progresses. Sophomore Jackie Weisenberger had the strongest weekend of JCU’s golfers, finishing tied for fifth out of all contestants, shooting a 168 over the weekend. Seniors Maggie Hutchinson (211, 47th place) and Katherine Corbitt (233, 55th) and freshman Amelia Roche (225, 53rd) also competed for the Blue Streaks, adding up to a total score of 837 strokes for JCU. While the score may not have been as high as originally hoped, the Blue Streaks are remaining optimistic about the rest of the season. “It’s great to have the weather cooperating. I know with a little work and help from [head
coach] Jeff [Camp], the team can improve scores by many strokes,” said Weisenberger. “I look forward to having many more rounds in the 70’s and being a top competitor.” The Denison University Big Red won the Invitational with two top-three finishers and an overall score of 671 strokes.
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Sophomore Jackie Weisenberger finishes off a putt en route to a teambest fifth place finish on the day.
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Iraq military veteran open fires in Fort Hood military base Ciara Crossey Staff Reporter
For the second time in five years, a gunman entered Fort Hood on April 2, killing three people and injuring 16 others. Army Spc. Ivan Lopez entered an administration building at the Killeen, Texas army base and opened fire. He then proceeded to get into his car and fire from the vehicle before stopping at another administration building and opening fire. According to CNN, one of the buildings Lopez fired upon was the medical brigade, while the other was the transportation battalion. Lopez died at the scene as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while engaging with police. Spokespersons for Fort Hood and officers handling the investigation have stated that Lopez was being treated for depression, anxiety and sleep disorder. Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the commanding general of Fort Hood, stated at the time of the shootings, Lopez was not being treated for PostTraumatic Stress Disorder. However, he was undergoing evaluation for a possible PTSD diagnosis, according to ABC News. Time Magazine reports that Lopez was denied a leave of absence on April 2, which
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Lt. Gen. Mark Milley addresses reporters outside the Fort Hood military base in Texas following a shooting that killed three people and injured 16 on April 2. has been deemed a possible motive for his of these tours included an 11-month stint rampage. However, military officials have as a truck driver in Iraq. Multiple sources reported that Lopez did not suffer any physinot declared this as the motive. Lopez had been stationed at Fort Hood cal injuries while on tour, nor did he see any since February 2014 after being moved from direct combat. Nonetheless, officials who worked with Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Prior to this, Lopez was a member of the National Guard Lopez report he was quoted as saying he sufin Puerto Rico from 1999 until 2010, when fered a traumatic brain injury while on tour. he transferred to the U.S. Army. CNN reports Military officials released statements detailthat Lopez had been on two different tours ing Lopez’s visit to a gun store in Killen, as an infantryman. Milley stated that one Texas. There, he purchased the .45-caliber
semi-automatic pistol used in his rampage. Recently, Lopez utilized social media to rant about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the fear of an insurgent attack in Iraq. A post obtained by CNN from Lopez’s Facebook page displays his growing hatred. “My spiritual peace has just gone. Full of hate. Now I think I’ll be damned,” wrote Lopez. The three men killed in the attack were all U.S. army soldiers. Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Ferguson, Staff Sgt. Carlos Rodriguez and Sgt. Timothy Owens lost their lives at Fort Hood. Ferguson held a door shut in an attempt to impede Lopez’s entrance and is being deemed a hero by his family and several officials at Fort Hood. The attack comes just five years after the tragic 2009 massacre of 13 soldiers at Fort Hood by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was charged with 13 counts of murder, 32 counts of attempted murder and sentenced to death last year. Lopez leaves behind a wife and 3-year-old daughter on the base. A memorial service for the deceased, which President Obama is expected to attend, will be held on April 9 at Fort Hood. Editor’s Note: Information from CNN, ABC News and Time Magazine was used in this report.
Six fatalities reported in northern Chile after 8.2 magnitude earthquake Abrial Neely Staff Reporter
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake destroyed much of the northern coast of Chile on Tuesday, April 1. The size of the earthquake triggered multiple landslides, a power outage in the surrounding areas and a massive tsunami. Only six people have been reported dead, but authorities have not ruled out the possibility that others could have been killed in older structures in remote communities that were not easily or immediately accessible. The U.S. Geological Survey announced that the earthquake, with a depth of 12.5 miles, reportedly struck around 8:46 p.m. local time, 60 miles northwest of Iquique. The earthquake was followed by at least 10 strong aftershocks, including a 6.2 tremor. Shortly after the 6.2 aftershock struck, Chile’s ONEMI emergency office and navy issued a tsunami alert and ordered a precautionary evacuation of low-lying areas for the country’s whole 2,500-mile Pacific coastline. The earliest known activity began with a strong magnitude 6.7 quake on March 16, which caused more than 100,000 people to briefly evacuate low-lying areas. Hundreds of smaller quakes followed in the previous weeks, keeping people on alert as scientists claimed there was no way to tell if the unusual string of tremors was actually serious. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet deployed hundreds of anti-riot police and
soldiers to prevent looting and to round up escaped prisoners. About 300 prisoners were said to have escaped from the northern port city of Iquique in the immediate aftermath. Many roads in northern Chile remained blocked this past week by landslides, causing traffic jams for the people trying to leave the coast. In addition, waves reaching up to 6 ½ feet repeatedly washed over the city. Despite these setbacks, coastal residents remained calm as they moved inland. A tsunami alert was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center for Latin America’s entire Pacific coast. Evacuations were ordered in Peru when the waves two meters above normal forced about 200 people to flee the seaside town of Boca del Rio. However, Col. Enrique Blanco, the regional police chief of Tacna, a Peruvian city of 300,000 near the Chilean border, stated there were no injuries or major damage. “The lights went out briefly, but were reestablished,” Blanco said. The tsunami after Tuesday night’s quake caused the sea to rise eight feet, 2 ½ meters, in Iquique, which was enough to sink and damage many fishing boats. Iquique’s fishermen searched through the wreckage April 2 in an attempt to assess what it will cost to fix all of the damages. The mandatory evacuation on April 2 lasted 10 hours in Iquique and Arica, the cities closest to the epicenter, and kept 900,000 people out of their homes along Chile’s coast. The order to leave was spread through cellphone text messages and
Fishing boats washed ashore following an 8.2 magnitude earthquake which rocked Northern Chile on April 2. There have been six deaths as a result of the earthquake. Twitter, and reinforced by blaring sirens tsunami warning.” in neighborhoods where people regularly “There have been multiple aftershocks practice earthquake drills. and communications have been cut off in Chile’s evacuation order was lifted at many of the affected areas,” Guzman added, around 2 a.m. Thursday. The coast also was “So, people are waiting in the dark hills not evacuated for several hours after Tuesday’s knowing what is to come, and hoping they quake, and for the night in the north, al- will be able to return to their homes safely,” though the tsunami proved small. he added. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center isAccording to experts, Chile is one of the sued several tsunami warnings, but canceled world’s most earthquake-prone countries all of them by early Wednesday. Tsunami due to the Nazca tectonic plate plunging watches that extended as far north as Mex- beneath the South American plate, pushico’s Pacific coast were called off as well. ing the towering Andes Cordillera to much According to Fabrizio Guzman, World higher altitudes. The strongest earthquake Vision International emergency commu- ever recorded–a magnitude 9.5 tremor– nications manager in Chile, “Many people struck Chile in 1960 and killed more than are fearful after experiencing the powerful 5,000 people. earthquake in 2010, so they immediately Editor’s note: Information from CNN and fled for higher ground when they heard the the Huffington Post was used in this report.
13 World News Katelyn’s Candor 3 SCOTUS overturns 4 Pistorius to take political donation limit stand in murder trial The Carroll News
April 10, 2014
The Supreme Court of the United States reached a 5-4 decision on Wednesday, April 2 in McCutcheon v. FEC to end limitations on the number of candidates, political party committees and combined donations that individuals can donate during a two-year election cycle. As another election season is about to begin, this decision will increase the number of candidates or political parties donors may contribute to, but not the amount of money they can give to any candidate or political party committee. McCutcheon v. FEC is the most recent case to uplift political donation limits. Alabama businessmen Shaun McCutcheon and the Republican National Committee brought the case to the Supreme Court, in the hopes he could give less money to more candidates, but was stopped by federal regulations. McCutcheon also believes it will encourage ordinary Americans to support campaigns, as more money comes from more individuals. Candidates may still only receive $2,600 from a donor, but the donor may give $2,600 to as many candidates as they wish. Before the ruling, donors were limited to giving a combined $48,600 every two years, or around 18 candidates. Similarly, an individual donation to national political parties is capped at $32,400. State, district and/or local political party committee donations are capped at $10,000. Now, donors may give an unlimited amount to each national, state, district or local political party, instead of being capped at $74,600 every two years. The cap for each donation, however, still exists. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the majority; justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, and Clarence Thomas voted with the majority. According to Roberts, “There is no right in our democracy more basic, than the right to participate in electing our political leaders.” Justice Stephen Breyer wrote the minority opinion, which Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader Ginsburg agreed with. Breyer argued that lifting limitations on spending would cause corruption in elections and encourage candidates to circumvent other donation limitations because donors could again donate huge sums of money. “The anti-corruption interest that drives Congress to regulate campaign contributions is a far broader, more important interest than the plurality acknowledges,” wrote Breyer. Roberts countered this argument in his opinion, by saying that leveling the playing field is not a responsibility for the government. “This court has identified only one legitimate governmental interest for restricting campaign finances: preventing corruption or the appearance of corruption,” Roberts wrote. “No matter how desirable it may seem, it is not an acceptable governmental objective to ‘level the playing field.’” It is expected that this decision will result in the return of donations directly to political parties, instead of outside groups. This decision continues a trend that began with the 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission (FEC) case, which decided that corporate donations in elections could not be limited, as long as the donation is not coordinated with candidates or campaigns. Editor’s Note: Information from The New York Times, Oyez and Politico was used in this report.
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A demonstrator protests outside the Supreme Court building on April 2 following the court’s 5-4 decision to abolish the limit an individual may donate to political candidates.
Katelyn DeBaun World News Editor
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Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius listens to a testimony on March 17. He is accused of murdering his girlfriend on Feb. 14, 2013. Catie Pauley Staff Reporter
￼ Olympic and Paralympic track superstar Oscar Pistorius took the stand as a witness in his own defense on Monday, April 7 in the trial for the murder of Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius shot Steenkamp, his 29-year-old girlfriend, four times in his bathroom on Valentine’s Day last year. Pistorius apologized to Steenkamp’s family while stifling sobs. He described himself as “traumatized,” according to CBS News. “I was simply trying to protect Reeva,” he explained during his testimony. “I can promise that when she went to bed that night she felt loved.” The question is no longer whether or not Pistorius, 27, killed his girlfriend. The question is whether it was a matter of self-defense or intentional murder. Pistorius claims he shot Steenkamp assuming that she was an intruder in his Pretoria, South Africa home. The prosecution in the trial says that Pistorius murdered his girlfriend after a heated argument. Stephen Tuscon, criminal barrister and law professor at Wits University in Johannesburg, South Africa, explained the nature of the trial. “In this case, the criminal conduct, the act itself, is freely admitted. The only issue for the court is his state of mind and the most direct evidence that is his own testimony.” What Pistorius reveals about the circumstances surrounding Steenkamp’s murder will be crucial, as the validity of many of his statements have already been called into question, according to The Telegraph. Pistorius stated that he believed his girlfriend was still in bed when he shot who he believed to be an intruder through the bathroom door. The testimony from a ballistics expert suggests otherwise. Capt. Christian Magena says the bullet that hit Steenkamp’s head was likely to have killed her instantly and hit her last, according to the International Business Times. Pistorius also claimed that he and Steenkamp were in his bedroom by 10 p.m., but evidence from the autopsy performed by pathologist Gert Saayman reveals that Steenkamp most likely had her last meal around 1 a.m., and that her iPhone was used long after when Pistorius stated they went to bed. Witness Michelle Burger, Pistorius’ neighbor, told the court that after she heard Steenkamp yelling, shots were fired. In the previous weeks of the trial, Pistorius cried and even vomited as the details of Steenkamp’s death were illustrated. There is much evidence that does not work in Pistorius’ favor, such as his questionable Internet search history and text messages. A specific text from Steenkamp to Pistorius was read aloud, saying: “I’m scared of u sometimes and how u snap at me.” The defense responded by reading aloud affectionate text messages between the couple. Pistorius testified on day 17 of the trial, providing the first testimony for his defense. If convicted of premeditated murder, he faces 25 years to life in prison. Editor’s Note: Information from The Telegraph, The International Business Times, CBC News and CBS News was used in this report.
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The Titanic leaves its port in Southampton, UK on its maiden voyage, which would be its last. Photo from the Daily Mail
Last week, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) told reporters from CQ Roll Call, “Members of Congress are underpaid,” saying the $174,000 salary does not afford congressmen to live comfortably in Washington, D.C. President Obama implemented a salary freeze for congressmen earning more than $100,000 in 2009 near the end of the Great Recession. At the time, the White House released a statement saying the freeze was implemented to “stretch its budget to get more done for the country.” The statement also said, “families are tightening their belts, and so should Washington.” The pay freeze has been renewed multiple times since 2009. Moran justified his disagreement with the freeze by saying Congress is “the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” Don’t get me wrong; I know living in D.C. is not inexpensive. Upon looking into real estate in the area, I found the average two bedroom apartment to be priced between $3,500 and $5,000 —up to $60,000 each year. Once the price required to maintain housing in their home district is added to that, on top of other expenses, a Congressman’s budget could be quite tight. Well, Rep. Moran, welcome to the lifestyle of the American people. According to the Social Security Administration, the average American made $44,321 in 2012, about 25 percent of Moran’s salary. The average American could not begin to afford a cramped one-bedroom apartment in D.C.—about $2,500 per month—let alone a two-bedroom. Regardless, we can all generally agree members of Congress are not “average people.” We elect them to make decisions regarding the governing of the country. No, they are not an accurate representation of the typical American. However, they are a public servant, meant to perform tasks for the greater good of the country. While governing the U.S. is obviously crucial, there are other professions that serve to benefit the country as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost 780,000 police officers were employed in 2012, and their average salary was nearly $57,000 per year. In the same year, over 300,000 firefighters were employed, not including those working on a volunteer basis, making only $48,270 per year. I’m not going to pose an argument about who works harder, but let me put it this way—police officers and firefighters do a public service and risk their lives far more than members of Congress. My advice to Moran—as well as all congressmen and congresswomen in general—is this: stop looking at your position as a place on “the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world.” That viewpoint is probably one of the many reasons Americans greatly distrust Congress. Look at your job as an opportunity to better the country. If you’d like a pay raise, leave the decision to the American people. If we elected you to represent us, we should probably have a say in your salary. Just don’t be surprised if that fails miserably. According to a Gallup poll taken in March, only 15 percent of Americans approve of Congress. Contact Katelyn DeBaun at email@example.com.
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April 10, 2014
Do you have digital dirt? Katii Sheffield
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Workaholic Tendencies Katii Sheffield
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I have many flaws. I have a lot of pride in the weight room (I’ll never get over the fact that I’ll never be able to overhead press my body weight unless I go on steroids), I procrastinate and whenever I stress out I basically shut down. I have many more—but, my least favorite flaw is that I’m a workaholic. My name is Katii Sheffield, and I’m a workaholic. I have three jobs, but being a server at a family priced restaurant seems to take up most of my time. Ever since I began working at the restaurant my freshman year, a conversation with one of my friends often goes along the lines of: “Hey, do you want to go to (insert something fun here) at 7 p.m. on Friday?” I’ll groan: “No, I have work.” Meanwhile, one of my conversations with one of my managers goes something along the lines of: “Hey, can you pick up Friday at 5 p.m.?” Me: “Yeah, I guess.” Every time I get ready for a shift, I wish I were doing something more fun with my friends. So why do I do this to myself? I take pride in my work; I’ve been fighting for fiscal independence from my parents since I was 16 years old. I loathe having to rely on others for money or being in debt. And now that I live off-campus, I’m fighting even harder to prove than I can be fiscally independent. But that’s not the reason I’m a workaholic. It’s because I like coming out with a wad of cash and a handful of change at the end of my shift. I like seeing the numbers in my bank account rise. I take pride in that growing amount of money I’ve been putting aside for life after graduation. But I also hate that. I’ve become reliant on what I make shift to shift. While most jobs pay every week or two, as a server, I get a paycheck nearly every time I work. Instead of waiting for a paycheck, I can burn money the moment I get off the clock. I’ve become impatient about waiting for my money. I’d rather have a small amount now instead of a large amount in two weeks. What a terrible way to live. No longer do I want to come in for more than I’m scheduled for. No longer do I want to work weekends. I want to break this vicious cycle I’m in. I want to change. But I’ve been saying that for two years. Don’t be like me. Don’t come into work just because your manager calls you; they can call other people. Go out with friends. Don’t live by what is in your pocket by the end of the night, wait for that bi-monthly paycheck. Or else your college memories will soon be filled with spilled coffee and broken plates. That’s not what college is about. Maybe I’ll even listen to me. Contact Katii Sheffield at firstname.lastname@example.org
You may go out on a Friday night with friends, and by early Saturday morning there are already pictures of you on social media with your friends, red solo cups in hand, and any suspicious bottles hidden behind your back. But are those possibly suspicious bottles really hidden? While Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are great ways to keep in contact with old and new friends and acquaintances alike, what impact does it have in the larger world? Social media is the first impression that anyone, particularly employers, may receive of you. Before Facebook really took off, an interview with an employer may have been their first impression of you. Now, they know what you wore to that party or what you posted about before you even have a chance to walk into the interview. Employers are looking. In a highly competitive job market within a 24-hour news cycle, it’s becoming even more imperative that your online presence is reflective of how you want not only peers to perceive you, but potential employers. It’s important to remember that employers can find their way into nearly anything if they searched for it. Luckily, you have power over social media, and can use it to create your own personal brand. The Carroll News had a chance to sit down with senior Chelsea Neubecker, one of John Carroll’s career assistants from the Center for Career Services, to learn more about social media and the impact it has.
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The new Windows 8.1 update for PC has arrived. Those with Windows phones can expect the update sometime between the end of April and early May. Included in the Windows phone update is Cortana— Microsoft’s personal digital assistant, akin to Apple’s Siri. Unlike Siri and Google Now, Cortana can put information from search results into other Apps. The Windows 8 update is also attempting to bridge the gap between desktop and laptop computers with tablets. Microsoft has had a decline in sales since many consumers don’t find Microsoft 8 to be mouse friendly. Photo from the dailygrind.com Windows XP, now considered to be end-of-the-line Mozilla CEO Brandon Eich stepped down amid donation software, will reportedly be dead within the week. controversy.
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Window’s digital assistant will be released by early May.
Hope for the economy and for students? Katii Sheffield
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1) Google yourself – What’s the first thing that comes up in the search engine? In the images? One way to ensure that the first results that an employer sees is to create a LinkedIn profile, said Neubecker. 2) Privacy settings – It’s simple, but make sure that your privacy settings across social media are just for friends. “View your pages as if you’re hiring yourself. With everything on there, you should be willing to show employers,” Neubecker said. 3) Increase your professional persona – Whether it is a LinkedIn account, your own Weebly website or a WordPress blog. All of these are tools that you can use to accentuate your great qualities, but be careful not to let it isolate or detract from your ideal professional persona, warns Neubecker. 4) Be consistent – “What you’re doing at work should be what you’re doing on social media,” says Neubecker. Don’t claim to be doing one thing while at work, and then do the opposite on social media. “We’re hosting a ‘Spring Clean Up Your Digital Dirt’ event to learn more about social media, tips for being professional on it and we’re even taking professional pictures for accounts like LinkedIn,” said Neubecker. “Spring Clean Up Your Digital Dirt” will be held Thursday, April 24 at 7 p.m. in room seminar A, located in the basement of the Grasselli Library by the Den.
Business Basics LinkedIn is a professional social network. After building your professional profile that includes past job experience and skills, you can connect with classmates, employers and colleagues. You can use these connection to discover professional opportunities and business deals—now or in the future. LinkedIn has become important for personal branding in a world full of social media. When Googling your name, your LinkedIn account will show up at the top of the Internet searches, and will certainly be one aspect that a potential employer or a graduate school is looking at when researching you. LinkedIn is a way to promote yourself among professionals–not just with what your resume says, but with your accomplishments as well. You may just find yourself impressing a future connection with your new and improved LinkedIn account.
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President Barack Obama signed two executive actions on Tuesday, April 8 in the campaign for equal pay. Although these executive actions only apply to companies with federal contracts, Obama is encouraging them throughout the country. One, called “Equal Pay Day,” is a push from Obama on receiving equal pay by making it easier to learn what colleagues are earning. The action further prohibits firing or demoting employees who discuss their pay. The second action is an instruction for the secretary of labor to collect data on compensation, including by race and sex. These executive orders follow the March unemployment report that was released on Friday, April 4. Businesses appear to have passed their peak from 2008. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the private sector added 192,000 jobs, dropping unemployment rate to 6.7 percent. Many people remain optimistic about the economy,
citing the return to the previous peak before the recession can now mean that the economy can expand fully. Others are not as confident in the reported numbers. There are still 10.5 million Americans who remain unemployed, as the unemployment rates now do not factor in the population growth, according to CNN. The numbers from recent unemployment rates do not show that while short-term unemployment rates are low, long-term unemployment rates are still high. Furthermore, fewer people are quitting their jobs, which is a sign of a healthy economy, where people feel secure enough to simply quit. While some businesses are at a hiring standstill, Ernest & Young, a major accounting firm, has reported to The New York Times that they are only looking for more growth—particularly from college graduates. College graduates and those with professional degrees give reason for why the unemployment rate for college graduates is standing at 3.4 percent, compared to 6.3 percent for high school graduates. Editor’s Note: Information from CNN and The New York Times was used in this article.
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Business analysis: What exactly is high frequency trading?
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High frequency trading has been the hot topic of the financial news in the last few days. While the outrage over alleged market rigging has been palpable and may be justified, most people, even those on mainstream financial news outlets, seem to lack a fundamental understanding of what high frequency trading is. First off, an understanding of how the stock market really works is necessary to understand high frequency trading, as well understanding some terminology that isn’t commonly used. The stock market is basically a large network of buyers and sellers, set up to facilitate the buying and selling of stocks, or shares, between investors. Stocks are traded on exchanges, like the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Exchanges can be physical places like the NYSE, or electronic venues like the Better Alternative Trading System (BATS) Exchange. A buyer or seller, which could be an individual investor buying ten shares, or a huge institutional investor selling 10,000, puts in an order, which is then filled by someone that wants to buy or sell those shares. If there is not enough demand to fill the buy or sell order, the order can be sent to another exchange to be filled, or the buyer/seller can wait for another investor to fill the order. The price of any given stock is determined by the supply and demand of that stock in the market. Investors rely on market “feeds” that give them the most up-to-date information about the price of any given stock, and the volume at which it is being traded on the exchanges. The market feeds are consolidated, meaning that they take into account all of the trading being done on all of the different exchanges. If you see the price of stock that you’ve invested in plummeting, you can act on that
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Over the past two decades, China has developed into one of the world’s strongest economic powers. Its Gross Domestic Product has increased by over 200 percent over just 13 years. While China has experienced continued success, it’s very possible that the nation could fall into a recession at any time. If history were a predictor, then it would appear that a recession is, in fact, almost inevitable. One of the most significant problems China faces is its increasing amount of debt. According to John Cassidy, a writer for the New Yorker, China’s debt has risen from about 125 percent of its GDP in 2008 to 200 percent in 2013. It is evident that China’s debt is increasing at an alarming rate. Simply put, there has to be a breaking point. While many remain skeptical on this seemingly inevitable recession, it is reasonable to imagine how a Chinese economic collapse could affect the United States and the rest of the world. China is now one of the most significant members, in terms of trade, in today’s global economy. According to Cassidy, China is nowAmerica’s third biggest export market, as well as its largest source of imports. It is also the world’s biggest importer of oil, iron ore, copper and many other commodities. A Chinese economic collapse would not just hurt China; it would devastate the global economy. A major Chinese recession could potentially shut down other economies around the world.
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Ariad Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ARIA) is a global oncology company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of medicines for cancer patients. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Ariad is working on new medicines to advance the treatment of various forms of chronic and acute leukemia, lung cancer and other difficult-to-treat cancers. According to Dow Jones News, Ariad began phase II trial of AP26113, which is a drug that focuses on non-small cell lung cancer. Approximately 224,000 cases of lung cancer will be diagnosed in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society, which will open up a huge target market for Ariad if AP26113 successfully passes the remaining trial phases and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals. The FDA is a department under the U.S. department of Health and Human Services that regulates all prescription and non-prescripion drugs. In other words, before a drug company can sell its product, it must have approval from the FDA. These trials can lead to success just as much as they can lead to failure. Ariad was trading at $20 a share in September until they announced clinical studies in their drug Iclusig would be paused and not resume until further agreements with the FDA. This pause caused a sell-off to as low as $2.50 a share before mildly rebounding to $7.58 as of April 4. According to Investopedia, technical analysis of a stock is considered as the academic study of historical chart patterns and trends of publicly traded stocks. In other words, analysis of a stock’s historical chart is more important than fundamental analysis, which consists of valuation factors like earnings per share or revenue growth.
information, and vice versa. But what if you could get all of the information about every single trade being executed on every single exchange in real time? High frequency trading relies on so-called “proprietary” feeds, which high frequency traders pay huge fees to use. Many industry experts argue that this is an unfair advantage that high frequency traders have over the average investor. Technically, high frequency trading is made up of two parts. The first part is highly complicated, as proprietary algorithms track hundreds of millions of orders in the stock market in real time. Those calculations forecast how investors will act, so that high frequency traders can know when people want to buy or sell, and be in a position to fill those orders and make a profit in the process. The second part is what has led to the current controversy. High frequency traders have been investing in highly sophisticated technology to try and get ahead of trade orders as they travel to the exchanges. Massive investments in fiber optic cable and microwave towers allow them to send orders more quickly than everyone else, and buy the shares in question; only to fill the order they tracked for one cent more. Imagine this: you go to Target to buy 10 packs of Solo cups. They only have one pack, and you complain loudly to your friend who came with you, and tell that friend about your plans to go to the Wal-Mart down the street. Another person, who is very wealthy, hears your conversation, runs to his Ferrari, and drives 120 miles per hour to Wal-Mart. They buy all the Solo cups, and when you get there they offer to sell you the cups for 10 cents more per pack than they bought them for. Some might say thats a predatory action. High frequency trading isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. But is it a fair practice? Editor’s Note: Information from The Economist, Investopedia and Bloomberg.com was used in this commentary
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While it is certainly possible for the world to survive a recession in one nation, it would not be easy. China’s economic might is so significant that a recession could impair the global economy for an extended period of time; a major recession could set back the global economy for years. As a result, it is necessary for the world to maintain a watchful eye on the Chinese economy. While China is the United States’largest economic rival, it appears that it might be in the best interest of the United States to ensure that the Chinese economy remains stable and growing. Editor’s Note: Information from the IMF, the New Yorker and Bloomberg. com was used in this article.
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Ariad’s charts suggest a breakout pattern all the way back to its September highs of $20 per share. Opinions on the accuracy of technical analysis vary on a large scale: it can be argued that it should be taken into consideration along with fundamental analysis and company related events. In conclusion, Ariad Pharmaceuticals and the biotechnology industry as a whole is typically a fast-paced, risky industry that can be exciting to watch, and Ariad should be watched in the months to come. Editor’s Note: Information from Dow Jones News and Investopedia was used in this article.
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One question has dogged many people who closely follow the state of the economy: when will the real recovery begin? While the equity and commodities markets have recovered and even seen growth since the “Great Recession” of 2007-2009, the level of investment in the American economy has remained stagnant. Called capital spending, or capital expenditure, the level of investment by companies in new equipment and buildings is a statistic looked at closely by many economists as an indicator of overall economic growth and the health of the economy. According to Moody’s Investors Service, American corporations were in possession of around $1.64 trillion in cash at the end of fiscal year 2013, even more than the $1.46 trillion they held at the end of fiscal year 2012. Corporations have been sitting on record levels of cash, but have been wary of spending that cash on improvements, purchases of new equipment, or new buildings because of uncertain economic prospects, as well as a hostile and unfavorable political climate. All that’s about to change, according to Economics professor Nicholas Bloom (Stanford University). “Conditions are perfect, so business-investment rates should be at the kind of levels we saw in the mid-2000s,” he said. According to Bloomberg, the economists at Goldman Sachs have forecasted a seven percent growth in capital spending for the fiscal year 2014. Economists at the Swiss investment firm UBS Investment Bank have predicted a 7.5 percent rise, while projecting 15 percent growth in 2015. Any significant growth in capital expenditures will have a ripple effect through the larger economy. Basically, American companies investing here in America create all kinds of new jobs, from construction and manufacturing jobs to retail, maintenance and customer service jobs, as new buildings are finished and new equipment installed. As a result, unemployment will fall. As more people draw steady paychecks, consumer spending will rise. People will buy cars, TVs, new clothes and will finally be able to remodel their kitchen. The process will then repeat itself, as companies flush with cash from growing consumer spending will invest in new buildings and equipment. What companies will benefit? Companies with large-scale construction and engineering businesses like Fluor Corp. and KBR will be contracted to actually design and build new buildings. Likewise, companies like General Electric will be contracted to supply electrical equipment to new buildings and switches to regulate power for new equipment. However, capital spending will not only effect the DOW and S&P 500 companies of Wall Street; the ripples set in motion by investing in America will surely be felt on Main Street as well. In the end, more investment means more jobs, and more jobs means real, stable economic growth, not growth based on the massive gains and wild valuations in the equity markets. Contact Sam at email@example.com
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The national headquarters of Beta Theta Pi fraternity recently mandated a reorganization of John Carroll University’s Eta Epsilon chapter. This past week, all current members were required to reapply for membership, which was to be determined by an advisory board. In addition, the chapter is no longer allowed to participate in the 2014 Greek Week, which takes place annually in late April. These disciplinary actions were taken as a result of a series of repeated, small-scale offenses by chapter members. The details of these offenses have not been disclosed to the public, so it’s difficult to comment on the fairness of these punitive actions. However, students must refrain from spreading rumors about the alleged transgressions before determining their validity. This stands in any similar situation involving any organization on campus, not just with the fraternities and sororities. Students must be considerate of the dignity and privacy of those involved in the situation, and continue to foster a community of respect. Furthermore, the members of the Eta Epsilon chapter must also accept responsibility for their actions and utilize this opportunity to realign themselves with the fraternity’s ideals. The organization was founded on the basis of several values such as integrity, leadership and service. It has worked to maintain its esteemed reputation by enforcing these values with all chapters across the nation. The members of the Eta Epsilon chapter were selected with the expectation that they would continue to strive for the highest standard of excellence. So, a reorganization to achieve those goals is probably healthy for the fraternity. Greek life would be remiss to view this situation from a narrow-minded perspective. Everyone can learn a lesson from this mistake, not just the members of the Eta Epsilon chapter. Mistakes are a part of growth, and members of Greek life can use the example of others to remind themselves of what is expected of them. The goal is to create a positive image for Greek life on campus and this can be achieved collectively by continuing to uphold high standards and supporting each other at all times.
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Not my dream
Madeline Smanik Campus Editor
Role models are a tricky subject. Celebrities and public figures dominate our Twitter news feeds and magazine covers. We can find their posters on our dorm room walls and their quotes on our Pinterest inspiration boards. But for some, it goes even further than that. There is a fine line between admiration and idolization, especially when it comes to celebrities. And that’s what scares me. It’s frightening to think how much of someone’s time can be spent thinking about a celebrity. I don’t mean in the sense of having a crush on another person or even head-over-heels love. I’m talking about obsession. These are people, typically teenagers, who zero in on a particular boy band or actress and spend their days reading every interview, listening to every song and watching every episode. It consumes their lives, and it’s all they think about. It’s definitely not anyone’s place to say if this is right or wrong, but it still bothers me. What bothers me the most is how needless it is. Fawning over a celebrity is not the only way we can fill our spare time. The time stolen by obsession can be filled with count-
less other things. Our potential is suffocated when we replace it with something unproductive and possibly destructive. Technology is not exactly helping the situation, either. Smart phones and the Internet create everpresent tools for us to use to seek joy in the newest tweets from our celeb crush. For the first time in history, we have a direct line of instant communication between ourselves and celebrities. We can send a tweet to Justin Timberlake and we know there’s a chance he’ll read it. If it’s clever or attention-grabbing, he might even respond. But is this where we should be looking for happiness? Should we be turning to a person who has never even met us and likely never will? In 2013, Charlie O’Brien wrote an opinion piece for The Huffington Post Blog entitled, “Why ‘Fangirling’ in 2013 Makes Me Sad.” She wrote, “There is going to be a lost generation of teenage girls who missed the best years of their lives because they were too busy concentrating on someone else’s dream.” Her words have stuck with me. The situation she described is exactly what I fear is happening. I’m not going to claim that I have never giggled over a boy band or geeked out over a movie. I’ve seen “the Lord of the Rings” trilogy more times than I can count, and I can dish out Disney trivia at the drop
of a hat. I don’t even think there’s anything bad about having a role model. I admire Grace Kelly for her class, Jane Austen for her wit and Brad Pitt for his philanthropy. They have admirable qualities worthy of acknowledgement, but the notoriety should end there. It seems like the idolization of celebrities is fulfilling some sort of void in us. We seek this kind of gratification in order to fill an internal empty space. Yet, I’d like to think that there are other options. Reading a book for fun, biking with a friend, learning how to play a sport, volunteering at an animal shelter—the possibilities are endless. However, they all involve taking the reins of your own life and pursuing your own goals. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the best way to spend our teenage years and our 20s is to lose ourselves in 24-hour escapism. However, I don’t think the escalating presence of technological innovations has pushed us to that point just yet. We still have opportunities in front of us. There are still books to be written, planets to study, oceans to explore, people to love and ideas to discover. We have all the potential in the world and not a clue what our lives have in store for us. I can only hope that we don’t waste them on someone else’s dream. Contact Madeline Smanik at firstname.lastname@example.org
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As the wise George Bernard Shaw once said, “youth is wasted on the young.” You better believe it is. It’s my birthday month (all gifts and monetary donations can be directed to the newsroom. I enjoy cake, too). And, as the big 21 approaches, I’ve realized that growing up isn’t as fun as they said it would be. Just between you and me, things are going downhill. I’m not as young and spry as I used to be, kiddies. My joints are constantly cracking. Last week, I went to lift my leg up into dancer’s pose (something I used to do on a daily basis when I was a wee bit more flexible), and I thought EMS was going to have to cart me off to the ER. I can’t bounce back as quickly from those all-nighters like I did at the tender age of 18. I’m turning into a cranky old lady. Before you know it, I’m going to be screaming at those young whippersnappers to get off my lawn. During my morning ritual the other day, when I put on my makeup and watch myself transform from “zombie” to “Disney princess,” I pulled out a chunk of gray hair from my luscious locks. I’m not talking about one meager strand. I’m not even talking two. It was an entire clump. I could’ve made a wig for a miniature grandma doll. I can’t even count the number of times I almost vomited this week when I realized the good ol’ senior class is leaving in a month. Forever. Gone. Poof. Someone fetch my inhaler. Then I’m going to be a senior. And then I’m going to have to be a big girl – or a cranky old lady. And now, I’m allegedly the top dog of this publication you’re reading. When the heck did that happen? Wasn’t it always the older people who got this position? Oh, wait… And what about those babies who’ll step foot on campus this fall? I just want to pinch their cheeks. Hold on, that’s weird. I actually thought I hallucinated
Cup of Joe: March Sadness
Want me to let you in on one of the worst kept secrets in sports? NCAA Division I men’s basketball is a joke. Before you start throwing tomatoes at me, hear me out. In terms of postseason play, NCAA Division I men’s basketball is second to none. March Madness is one of the most exciting times of the year, as the tournament draws in all kinds of fans. Predicting who will emerge from the 68-team field as the national champion, and which upsets will occur along the way, is next to impossible. Very few foresaw the University of Connecticut winning the national
championship. But in terms of maintaining the integrity of college athletics, NCAA Division I men’s basketball fails miserably for two reasons. First off, academics barely factor into the equation. Eight teams in the NCAA Tournament had Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores below the NCAA-mandated score of 930, meaning that these eight programs graduate less than 50 percent of their players. APR is the NCAA’s official way of judging a team’s academic standing. UConn was one of the worst last season, recording an APR of just 892. The Huskies sat out last season’s postseason for this very reason. I give UConn some credit. Head coach Kevin Ollie has changed the attitude within the program, and “adamantly” told the AP in October that UConn’s APR score will be a perfect 1,000 for the 2013-14 season. The official results will not be released until May, but UConn appears to making at least some progress. But, let’s discard the thought of APR for a moment. Consider this: UConn, as a
school, has an overall six-year graduation rate of 82 percent, as measured by the National Center for Education Statistics. However, the Huskies as a team have a graduation rate of just eight percent. Eight percent. This is simply unacceptable. The NCAA’s “Who We Are” page on its website states: “We support learning through sports by integrating athletics and higher education to enrich the college experience of student-athletes.” This is a gross overstatement as it pertains to NCAA Division I men’s basketball, where time and time again, the NCAA has pursued money over learning and higher education. While some sanctions have been taken against errant programs, they have been too little and too late. An “athletefirst, student-second” culture has been established, and this will not be easy to change. The second reason for the NCAA’s failure is its “one-and-done” policy. After only one year at the Division I level, men’s basketball stars can bolt to the NBA for a big paycheck. The other major
NCAA sport, football, forces its players to stay in school for at least three years. As a result of this rule, schools become nothing but a turnstile for young players looking for a ticket to the NBA. Many will respond to my argument with a simple phrase used far too often, “Not everyone is meant for college.” Without a doubt, this is true. But riddle me this: How fair is it that athletes with little academic ability receive full rides to attend college, while smarter students are forced to pay their own way and, many times, must take on a mountain of debt to obtain a college degree? Sure, I might be a little jealous. It would be awesome if I was 6 feet 5 inches tall and could shoot three-pointers at will. Regardless of my point of view, it’s obvious that there is a problem here. The scary part is that no solution is in sight. New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants to raise the minimum age in the NBA to 20, in order to force college basketball players to stay in school for another year, but he won’t be able to do so until 2017.
Can I be a kid again? Pretty please? when I saw John Carroll adorned with “Welcome Class of 2018” signs during the new student celebration. 2018? Isn’t the world supposed to be run by robots then? Welcome to my wake up call. My life is flashing right before my eyes before you can say AARP. I rue the day when “5-year-old me” got down on my hands and knees and prayed to go into the grown-up world as soon as possible. (I’m pretty sure the main reason behind this act of desperation was so I could wear high heels in public.) I’ve never been one for change. Actually, change happens to be one of my biggest irrational fears in life. Sure, I enjoy a challenge. Yet, I can’t help but relish in the comfort of stability. Now, as I’ve scheduled my senior year of classes, more and more people are asking the dreaded question, “So, what’s next?” I can’t help but feel a bit on edge. Sometimes, “5-year-old me” just wants to rebel. Here’s what it would look like: “I don’t know what’s next, so stop asking me. I don’t want to grow up. I want my mommy. Just give me my applesauce, mac and cheese and juice box, and let me watch “Aladdin” over and over again in peace as I hug my stuffed monkey.” This, of course, would be accompanied by sobs and high-pitched squeals. But, at the end of the day, you have to pull yourself together. I have no idea what’s going to happen in five years; or next year; or even tomorrow. My life can entirely change for the better – or the worse. That’s the best thing about life – and the worst. It’s unpredictable. It’s exciting. It’s scarier than that part in “Jaws” when you hear the creepy music. Sure, you spill your cookies on the way. But, it’s like all great rides: there are hills, bumps and smooth roads. In the end, all you can do is sit back, relax, take a deep breath and let life take you for the ride. Contact Alexandra Higl at email@example.com
The NCAA doesn’t want to change the current rule. Why would they? Schools save money on scholarships when players leave early for the NBA. NCAA president Mark Emmert has enough to deal with. He has a huge headache on his hands with the unionization case at Northwestern University, especially since the National Labor Relations Board deemed Northwestern’s football players as employees, not amateur athletes. Unionization could eventually kill the NCAA. Heck, I could write an entire column on the idea, but I will refrain for now. So what can be done to fix NCAA Division I men’s basketball? To be honest, I’m not quite sure. I do believe that programs with awful APR scores and worse graduation rates should be sanctioned with greater punishments. Beyond that, I don’t really know. What I do know is this: NCAA Division I men’s basketball is broken, and its future is murky at best.
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Grace Kaucic Editorial & Op/Ed Editor This time of year always has me feeling very philosophical for reasons I can’t yet really identify. Perhaps it’s the seemingly endless number of critical analyses I have to read and write for most of my classes, or the promise of summer and freedom provocatively looming in the near future, or the constant reminder that the clock is ticking away on the remainder of my college career. Or, it could be that I just get in weirdly philosophical moods sometimes because I’m a nerd. Whatever the case, I’ve recently been finding myself critically analyzing a number of societal aspects that I’d never really given much thought to before. Due to my Philosophy of the Body class (which I mentioned a few weeks ago in one of my columns), I’ve had the idea of social constructionism on the brain pretty much 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can’t seem to stop myself from applying it even to the most basic of cultural constructs. One particular construct that I’ve been mentally picking down to the bone is the importance of language in our society – or rather, the immense power of words. I’ve studied the origins of language in multiple classes throughout my high school and college careers, and even still to this day I have not been able to really wrap my mind around the beauty of communication. I’m not just saying this because I’m a Communications major and I want people to think I’m profound; it’s just that I can’t even imagine the complexity of progression from prehistoric primates communicating via grunts to me sitting here writing this column. Seriously, how did that happen? More importantly, when did words begin to hold such weight? That’s not a rhetorical question. I would love for someone to come up to me and explain how we as humans developed a communication system powerful enough to
Sticks and stones completely change each others’ lives. Let me put it in a different perspective. Imagine you are back in middle school as a shy, awkward, pimply preteen with braces. Imagine one of your classmates comes up to you and calls you a “loser” or “freak.” Sadly, this is a much milder version of reality for millions of young kids today. I used the words “loser” and “freak” because I’m not allowed to publish vulgar language, but I’m sure I don’t need to spell out the more common insults for you to know what they are. It amazes me that one fourletter word could change someone’s mood and even self-esteem in the blink of an eye. I’ll save the discussion about the horrors of bullying for another day, but the point I’m trying to make now is that words have transformed into incredibly potent symbols. At some point in our lives, we’ve all childishly told someone that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Technically, this is true. But, it doesn’t take a genius to recognize that a well-timed insult can hurt like a pile of bricks to the face. So, is this saying really true? Words are nothing but symbols used to convey deeper emotions. The word “freak” is not hurtful in itself, but the underlying message of hatred is what really drives the knife in deep. That might not be enough to break your physical bones, but it could certainly crush your mental and emotional bones. Cheesy metaphors aside, it’s mind-blowing to me that communication has evolved in this way. I hate to generalize like this, but society really has constructed this complex system and oftentimes it’s used to inflict some serious damage. Granted, it’s not always used for such negative purposes. I realize this column has a slightly more negative tinge than normal, and I can only chalk this up to having a limited amount of time and number of words to explain my thoughts on this. But, as always, I want to end on a positive note. It’s important to be mindful of the power of words. And, there are plenty of opportunities to use this power to really make a positive impact on the world. Contact Grace Kaucic at email@example.com
Tim Johnson Editorial & Op/Ed Editor I’m a sucker for good theories. Whether they are conspiratorial, philosophical or comical, I find enjoyment in entertaining a novel thought or viewpoint. Recently, a good friend of mine explained a theory to me that I hadn’t heard of yet. The theory is known as the “Law of Attraction.” At the risk of oversimplifying, I’ll do my best to explain. Basically, humans are luck magnets. But before you start imagining yourself as a metaphorical hunk of metal, hear me out. Every thought you have determines how you act. Negativity results in negative behavior and vice versa. I know, it’s weird. But as a result of recent events in my life, I’ve found myself to be less than pleasant in my interactions with others and I can’t shake the feeling that this Law of Attraction is the explanation for my recent rut. My recent bad attitude and demeanor isn’t just bad manners – it’s indicative of a lousy view on life. It’s no secret that people feel overwhelmed when much is expected of them, and I’m no exception to that fact. It’s a natural reaction when faced with a laundry list of expectations and deadlines. But, I’m slowly starting to realize that
feeling overwhelmed doesn’t have to remain the be all and end all. Force yourself to view your struggle with optimism. After all, you can’t grow without struggling against the adversity confronting you. Struggle fuels growth. Meeting your troubles with optimism is difficult. But, your internal joy finds its way to external expression more easily than you might think. Forget the ruse of cordial smiles and polite conversation. If you’re having a bad day, flashing a forced smile is a cheap cover-up for your feelings. To shake off a tough day in the office (or more directly, the classroom), adopt a genuine interest in your own happiness. You have to first make peace with whatever is weighing you down. Accept your current predicament, but also accept that you will make it through. After all, any challenge you’re facing can’t and won’t be permanent. The great American writer Henry David Thoreau once said, “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Thoreau explains all your potential troubles in just a few, well-placed words. Remind yourself of that simple truism when anxiety waxes and optimism wanes. No matter what you’re facing, you’ll make it through. And you know what? In all likelihood, you’ll emerge victorious from whatever battle you’re fight-
ing. So don’t hang your head and don a face of dejection, get back in the ring and keep swinging. When you’ve got a litany of “to-do’s,” treat those tasks as competition and meet it with a smile on your face and an unshakable confidence in your heart. Make no bones about your current circumstances and you’ll have the advantage when you try to surmount them. Let’s face it: progress isn’t easy and, more often than not, isn’t enjoyable either. But I’ll let you in on a secret: living life with a smile on your heart changes the rules of the game. Rather than accepting your station in life as a burden, go the full 12 rounds with the work facing you. Don’t shy away from work because you’re afraid it will be hard or painful. In the end, whether you hide from your work or you rise up to meet it, the task before you won’t change. However, wrestling with your obligations produces more results than wrestling with yourself to find motivation. So now when I think about the Law of Attraction, I tend to believe it. Gear your mind-set in a positive direction, and positivity can’t help but come back to you. Remember that no hardship lasts forever, but the satisfaction of overcoming your circumstances certainly does.
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