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The Student Voice of John Carroll University Since 1925

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Vol. 90, No. 15

Fundraising events gone dry Student organizations prohibited from fundraising at venues that serve alcohol Karly Kovac

Assistant Campus Editor

On Feb. 4, all John Carroll University student organization presidents and advisors were notified that organizational fundraisers are no longer allowed at venues where the majority of the revenue for the business comes from alcohol sales, but social events with alcohol will still be permitted. The decision was made by the Office of Student Activities during the fall 2013 semester, and was created with the intent to put it into effect in the spring of 2014. One of the banned venues is Jake’s Speakeasy, located inside of Pizzazz On the Circle. In the past, JCU Veterans Club, Relay for Life, sorority and fraternity fundraisers and various other organizations have held fundraisers at Jake’s. According to the notification sent to the student organizations, the change was made “to reduce risk for students and better align our practices with our [JCU’s] values.” Lisa Ramsey, director of student activities, was one of the key contributors to the policy change. “The reasoning behind it was really just because we just feel that having fundraising for – let’s say the Gathering Place – if there’s a fundraiser where the proceeds are gathered from alcohol consumption, we just feel like that doesn’t really align with the values of John Carroll,” said Ramsey. “We don’t want groups to raise money off the backs of alcohol sales.” JCU has been a supporter to and landlord of Pizzazz for the past 20 years. Mark Forristell, a manager at Pizzazz, was made aware of the change in policy by a student passing through the restaurant in early February. Later, he was notified by the Office of Student Activities. “We try to work with John Carroll, so we have a really good rapport with them. We don’t want to hurt that at all,” Forristell said. “We wish that we could still set up and provide a venue for JCU organizations to do those events. Some of them had over a hundred people come to them, and it’s a part of John Carroll. It’s unfortunate that it has to be like this.” Junior Lambda Chi Alpha member Sam Braun felt the policy was unnecessary as long as the school’s procedures and national fraternity guidelines for planning events and fundraising were followed. “We’ve donated in the past to Women United, and this year we are donating to Feeding America, which is our national philanthropy,” said Braun. “I think that we usually raise a lot of money for that, so I don’t see where the issue is if we want to donate it to a national philanthropy. For the past two years, for the Mardi Gras event, we followed all of the procedures.

We’ve had a couple of police officers there; we’ve never had an incident. We do sober monitors and I think almost every person in our organization stays sober for the event.” In the past, similar to social events, fundraising events with alcohol were permitted, but the organization had to fill out a social event planning form. Part of the protocol for an event under JCU is that it must have security, wristbands for underage attendants and an advisor present. “Since we’ve had Megan Dzurec’s position [coordinator of health education and promotion], we have constantly been looking at the impact of alcohol on our campus, looking at our policies and protocols,” said Ramsey. “We are constantly looking to see what makes sense, what doesn’t make sense and how can we tweak things to make them better align with our goals and values at John Carroll and with risk management and healthy mechanisms.” While the policy prevents student fundraisers at venues which make most of their profits from alcohol sales, the JCU Cleveland Alumni Chapter has their next event set to be held at the

Please see FUNDRAISING, p. 2

Jake’s Speakeasy is one of the popular venues for student organization fundraising events.

Students fight for a living wage for JCU employees Ryllie Danylko Managing Editor

Students are seeking to hold John Carroll University to its Jesuit values in regard to fair wages and treatment for all its employees. The recently initiated Jesuit Just Employment movement is led by seniors Devan Gisoni and Leo Orlando, both of whom were inspired by similar movements at other Jesuit universities. The movement aims to instate a Jesuit Just Employment Policy at JCU that requires the University to pay its employees a living wage and ensure fair treatment. Twenty-one out of the 28 Jesuit universities in the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities have just employment policies, and JCU is one of the seven that doesn’t. Russell Lum, resident minister intern, said the goal of the initiative is “that direct employees and contract employees are making a Cleveland living wage, which means that they don’t have to be in poverty while they work full-time, because no one should.”


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A living wage is defined as a wage that is high enough to maintain a normal standard of living. Each city has its own living wage based on varying costs of living. Gisoni sparked the movement at JCU, but the Jesuit Just Employment Project is rooted at Georgetown University, which enacted the first Jesuit Just Employment Policy in 2005. The Kalmanovitz Initiative at Georgetown convened a network of Jesuit universities to draft a set of principles and policies for the movement, which the JCU group is using as a model for its potential policy. Last summer, Gisoni attended the Ignatian Solidarity Network leadership summit at JCU, where guest speaker Nick Wertsch, program coordinator at the Kalmanovitz Initiative, introduced her to the movement and inspired her to start the discussion at JCU. Wertsch also reached out to Lum, who came to JCU in August and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University – a Jesuit university in Los Angeles.

Please see LIVING WAGE, p. 2

Inside this issue: Men’s lacrosse set to make varsity debut in JCU athletics, p. 8

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Tuition set to increase by $1,270 next year Laura Bednar Staff Reporter

Beginning in the fall of the 2014-2015 academic year, there will be an increase in tuition for all full-time students. A year’s tuition will increase by 3.8 percent or $1,270 next semester. This brings tuition to a grand total of $34,600 in 2014-15. The Board of Directors approved the tuition increase at its meeting on Dec. 4, 2013. There are 40 members of the Board of Directors consisting of successful leaders of businesses and nonprofits as well as eight Jesuits, including the president of John Carroll University, the Rev. Robert Niehoff, S.J., and one archbishop. Thirty out of 31 of the non-clerical members are JCU alumni. Students have varying reactions to the new rise in tuition. Junior Michael Younes said, “My parents pay for my tuition, but knowing what they pay, it doesn’t compute that the tuition should go up that much in one year. I will live off campus next year, which alleviates some of the cost, but I think the raise makes it harder to do something extra like study abroad.” JCU is a tuition-dependent institution, meaning that it cannot rely on money from other sources to fund operations. All money used to finance operations comes from tuition and room and board fees. One of the reasons for the increase is the cost of health care for JCU faculty and staff, which has risen 25 percent over the last two years. “We do not cut corners in this institution such as increasing class size to have

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Campus Briefs Second annual Danie’s Day to be celebrated on Feb. 22 If you have a friend or family member with Downs Syndrome, invite this individual and their caretaker (if need be) to Danie’s Day! This event is sponsored by Students for Social Justice and Sigma Phi Epsilon in partnership with Northeast Ohio’s The Upside of Down’s. Volunteers should be in the LSC Conference Room no later than 9:50 a.m. and participants to the Rec Desk by 11 a.m.

IdeaLab contest open to all undergraduate students Calling all budding entrepreneurs: The ideaLab contest, which is sponsored by JCU and the Entrepreneurship and Education Consortium, is looking for your talent. The contest is held in three separate sections, starting with the ideaLab workshop on Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. in the O’Dea Room in the Lombardo Student Center. Here, you can test your ideas and three-minute “elevator pitch” with no-risk constructive critique. The next step of the contest will be submitting your application by Friday, Feb. 28 to Jackie Schmidt at schmidt@ Finalists will be notified by Wednesday, March 5, by the Muldoon Center on the third floor of the Boler School of Business. The winning idea from JCU will win a prize of $1,000 and go on to compete at Ashland University for $5,000 on April 3.

Ohio Rep. Fedor to speak on human trafficking

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JCU welcomes Ohio Representative Teresa Fedor to speak on the topic of human trafficking on Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jardine Room. Representative Fedor has a strong background in the topic of human trafficking, and has been working tirelessly to bring awareness to the issue in the state of Ohio. Her advocacy has helped the “End Demand Act” to be approved in the Ohio House.

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The CN talks with 2010 ‘Meet the Press’ fellow Joe Toohey Interview conducted by Campus Editor Jackie Mitchell

The Carroll News: What were you involved in during your time at John Carroll University? Joe Toohey: I was a communication major, political science minor and I worked for The Carroll News. I was the assistant world news editor. And I had internships. I interned at Channel 3 in Cleveland, I interned with Live Nation and then a publicity group called The Owens Group. I did work for Columbia Pictures there. The CN: How did you react when you found out that you received the “Meet the Press” fellowship? Toohey: Excitement. When [then-executive producer] Betsy Fischer called me, I think it was the day before graduation, and I remember getting really excited and not being able to get my words out on the phone. I was just like, “Oh my god, thank you so much. I won’t let you down. Oh my god. Thank you.” So yeah, it was pure excitement. I called my family right away and it was awesome. It was like a dream come true because I had been working towards it since [JCU] announced it my junior year, so for two years by then. The CN: What was your first day like at “Meet the Press?” Photo from Twitter Toohey received the “Meet the Press” Toohey: Oh man, my first day. It was like a combination of both excitement, being exfellowship in 2010. tremely nerve-wracking and also comfortable at the same time. It’s kind of like the first day of school or any type of first day where you don’t really know what to expect. You walk in really wanting to impress people but also really humbled and honored. What I was struck by was just how nice and inclusive and welcoming everyone was on the staff there and at NBC in general. They all recognize you’re the [Tim Russert] fellow, and you’re new at this and you’re here to learn. Everyone had a door open. It was surreal almost, because you’re going up the elevator next to Chris Matthews or David Gregory and you have to pinch yourself, like, oh my god, this is actually real and where I work now for the next nine months. The CN: What is your most memorable moment during your time at “Meet the Press?” Toohey: One that comes to mind was the day we did a joint interview with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. That was a pre-taped interview on a Saturday, and I was the greeter. So I was out there with all the diplomatic security people and these 20 SUVs pulled up together, and then all these guys with guns and sunglasses and suits got out, and then out popped Hillary Clinton and Robert Gates. And I got to walk them in, so that was one of the most surreal moments. It was crazy. So I would say that, and also working on a presidential debate. We partnered with Facebook in January 2012. Going up to New York to work out of “30 Rock” for that and being part of that whole experience covering the election for “Meet the Press” was really memorable and exciting. The CN: What are you up to now? Toohey: I am still with “Meet the Press.” I’m a producer at the show now. So I’ve had a couple of different jobs since I’ve been there, and now I’m a producer and I focus primarily on digital [content]. So all of our new ventures into the digital world, whether it’s our Flipboard magazine or a new interview series we’re doing on Twitter called Tweet the Press or a video series we’re about to be launching that is still yet to be named. “Meet the Press” is one day a week on television, but we’d like to be seven days a week online. And that’s what I’m tasked with helping to get done. For the full interview, please go to

New organization focuses on fair wages for profs

Alumni events still serve alcohol for participants’ consumption From FUNDRAISING, p.1


the Granite City Food & Brewery at Legacy Village on Feb. 25. JCU alumni events are held at several different locations, including on the JCU campus. At JCU alumni events, which are free, a donation table is always set up for potential donations by past JCU grads. At many of the alumni events, a cash bar has been available to attendants. While the two John Carroll entities are completely separate, Ramsey said that there was an inconsistency. “It’s strange, isn’t it? It’s a bit like mixed messages,” Ramsey said. “To be honest, there are a lot of schools of thought in terms of messages about alcohol at John Carroll. Students can see that and say, ‘What’s the difference?’ and I think that’s a great point.” Anne Hribar, a JCU alumna who has attended alumni events in the past, also remarked on the opposing policies of two types of JCU-sponsored fundraisers. “I don’t know that it is necessarily fair, but how I define fair to my kids is that fair doesn’t necessarily mean fair for everybody,” said Hribar. “I think it’s more relative to the person than to the age. Having said that, I think that regardless of your age, people who are going to overindulge, are going to overindulge.” “Maybe with John Carroll, they are trying to figure out the best way to implement their policies,” said Forristell. “Maybe this is just a start, maybe it will get amended and maybe this won’t be permanent. If the student body starts to complain enough, hopefully it does change.” Ramsey said that while the policy may limit the venue, it also opens the door to new and different types of fundraising sites. “We just want groups to be a little more creative and thoughtful with fundraiser events,” said Ramsey. “There’s so many other things that they can do that would be beneficial for the community and them, than just deferring to ‘Let’s just go to Jake’s.’”

Campus Safety Log

February 4, 2014 A monetary theft occurred in an office in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology at 3:44 p.m. February 8, 2014 A fire alarm was pulled in the basement of Millor Hall at 11:19 p.m. These incidents are taken from the files of Campus Safety Services, located in the lower level of the Lombardo Student Center. For more information, contact x1615.

Gisoni and Lum connected, and Gisoni brought the idea to Students for Social Justice, which recommended that she should start a worker’s rights committee through SSJ. After her petition was approved, a group convened to focus solely on the just employment policy. The initiative aims to implement fair employment policies for all JCU employees, but focuses specifically on GCA Services Group, the University’s contracted cleaning company, and Aramark, JCU’s contracted food services company. While a significant part of the policy focuses on fair wages for employees, Gisoni said improving treatment of employees is an equally important goal. Gisoni spoke to some of the daytime GCA employees, who have regular interaction with students while cleaning residence halls and other campus buildings. “Some of them said that when they were cleaning the dorms, [they were] not being acknowledged by the students. Everyone deserves to be acknowledged,” Gisoni said. GCA employees also told her that some students are blatantly disrespectful and often make rude comments while employees are cleaning bathrooms or hallways. Orlando said he talked to some of the nighttime GCA staff, who said they enjoyed working for JCU and that students and faculty were friendly, but some expressed concerns about being understaffed. “There are some people who are cleaning entire buildings by themselves,” said Orlando. “And cleaning an entire classroom by yourself times 60 is a ton of work. So that is an issue – doing a lot of work and then not being paid according to how much work you’re doing.” Gisoni said she has been invited to make a proposal to the University Budget Committee to increase wages. She hopes the policy would increase wages each year in incremental amounts. Gisoni and Orlando stressed the importance of just employment at JCU because of its Jesuit value of social justice. “I’ve been told by so many people from John Carroll and had so many conversations about why it’s important everyone is treated fairly at the very least,” Orlando said. “I never would have thought that’s not happening behind the scenes.” According to Gisoni, many people at the University have been receptive to the movement, but anything dealing with money is never an easy fix. Lum said that even though a just employment policy seems like it should be an obvious move for the University, student voices are the only way to push the policy into action. “The existing campuses that have full-fledged just employment policies like Georgetown or like Loyola New Orleans, it didn’t spring from their board of directors,” Lum said. “Their board of directors looked at it and approved it and fell in line with it because there was demand, because there was pressure.” Right now, the group has less than 10 active members, and Lum said that in order to create a loud enough voice for the movement at JCU, they’re going to need some more students. “I think it will probably be shown that the reality is more students are needed to speak with a loud enough voice to be heard by the administration and by the board of directors,” Lum said. The group’s next meeting is on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 6:15 p.m. in room 48 of the Administration Building.

UHPD Crime Blotter

January 27, 2014 Macy’s security reported a shoplifting shortly before 5 p.m. The extent of the shoplifting resulted in $353 in stolen items. January 30, 2014 Macy’s police held a shoplifter at 9:28 p.m. for a theft of $195 worth of stolen merchandise. Incidents taken from the University Heights police blotter at

Campus 3 Speaker redefines ‘following’ the Catholic church

The Carroll News

Feb. 13, 2014

Nicholas Sciarappa Diversions Editor

Catholic theologian and University of Dayton professor Vincent Miller visited the Donahue Auditorium in the Dolan Center for Science and Technology on Tuesday, Feb. 11 to pose two questions: Does new media technology help you be in communication with others, and does it form you? He confessed that he did not know the answer to the questions, saying that though he has lived only a small part of his life in the new communication era, he was not raised in it. However, Miller had some insights into what media means and how the Church wants to utilize it. “The new media is a media revolution, but know that we have been through them before,” said Miller. Miller cited Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians, written in the first century. “This was the new media of the time,” Miller said. “This was technology from the start of Christianity.” Other examples of ancient media, including stained-glass windows depicting stories of Christian faith in the 1100s and the production of affordable copies of the Bible during the Reformation, all caused major shifts in the understanding of Christianity. Miller claimed that the technology of the times dictate new media of communication through Christianity’s history. Miller addressed the question of how media operate in the Church today, saying it depends on what is meant by the word “media.” Miller made a distinction between media as a tool with which people can communicate and overcome distance, and media as a place in which we dwell. “Media is plural for the word medium,” he explained.

Miller claimed that media in the sense of digital communication had limits, and that digital communication operated in a low risk, high-intensity basis. These characteristics came with both positive and negative repercussions based on how tools of communications were utilized. The very basis of Christianity depends on the second of Miller’s two distinctions of media: media in which people dwell. “The church is founded on the most fundamental level on the communication of love between the Trinitarian persons in God,” said Miller. “God in God’s self is in constant communication.” Miller said that since humans are made in the image and likeness of God, they are meant to be in “flesh and blood” contact with others. “We only find our true personhood in communication with others,” he said. According to Miller, Pope Francis models effective communication that emphasizes the importance of essential interpersonal communication through electronic media. Showing pictures of Francis engaging the poor and disfigured in a physical, interpersonal way, Miller emphasized that Francis was stressing the importance of meeting people in a flesh and blood way, rather than just using technology solely as a tool for communicating a message over distance. With the background of Christian communication established, Miller posed the questions a second time, saying that the new generation needs to figure out the answers. He said that Christians must ask themselves how media, as a tool with limitations, affect us, and how we can affect the media. The night ended with students talking about how they wanted to use media in the future.

“I think it really impersonalizes people,” said freshman Connor Lynch. “If you don’t like somebody, you can click someone out of your life. It conditions us for real life. Indifference carries over.” “I didn’t even have an email before John Carroll,” said sophomore Kevin Kussmaul. “I think a lot of people are too attached to it. They try to live vicariously through it. I’ve seen my friends do that, and it’s not necessary.” When asked why he was interested in new media in relationship to Christianity, Miller said, “In the contemporary world, if you want to think about Christianity and culture, you have to look at the material communication structures to engage the culture.” Miller said he hopes that the college generation will feel the same way.

Photo by Thuy Le/ JCU CO330

Vincent J. Miller spoke on “Friends, Followers, and Papal Selfies: the Church and the New Media.”

Students want to know where the extra revenue from the tuition hike goes

From TUITION, p.1

endowment is made up mostly of money given as gifts from donors. The donors do not have to pay up front and will pledge to give a gift, but may not actually give the amount until a later date. Most of the endowment goes towards financial aid, with the second biggest recipient being support of faculty research associated with their positions. “I think the raise in tuition is ridiculous,” said freshman Allie Eden. “My mom called me with the news and she was very upset.” “I hope that the money is used to benefit the school,” said freshman Carly Greenway. Over 95 percent of JCU students receive some sort of financial aid. Scholarships awarded will ultimately increase to keep up with the rise in tuition. Historically, the earliest record available stated that tuition has increased every year since 1981. These increases have ranged from 2.8 percent in 2009-10 to 14.7 percent in 1990-91. The increase reflects the economic state during that time period. The average increase has declined from 7.5 percent to 4.0 percent over the years. “I do not like that colleges are becoming more expensive, but I suppose that JCU is just following suit,” said junior Sara Delavega. JCU is currently ranked number 10 in a list of Ohio Private Institutions as the school with the highest tuition.

have big lecture halls or increasing the number of part-time teachers in order to save money,” said Richard Mausser, vice president of finance. The increase was also passed to maintain technological currency, such as updates for Blackboard, continuation of Wi-Fi on campus, building maintenance and to compensate for the increase in the cost of heating buildings during the extremely cold weather. “We already give so much money to Carroll, if there has to be an increase, I would like to know where the money is going,” said senior Sarah Alessi. Over 60 percent of the school’s budget goes towards employee fringe benefits and wages, which include medical insurance, employment taxes and retirement for faculty and staff. Other major expenses include the principal and interest paid on loans used to build campus facilities. Grounds maintenance, library collection materials, information technology and the food service contract are also a large part of the budget. “I would like to know if we will see the change that this tuition is providing. Is the price increase equal to the ratio of inflation?” said senior Cesar Sepulveda. The Forever Carroll Campaign, whose goal is to ensure the long-term life of JCU by funding scholarships, faculty support and other program centered areas, is run mostly on endowed gifts. The value of JCU’s endowment after years of building it up is now $180 million. The

JCU’s Advancement Division brings home awards Alyssa Brown The Carroll News

This past January, John Carroll University’s Advancement Division received awards for its work in integrated marketing communications and the Alumni Relations team. Awards were given to the department in its entirety by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). The Integrated Marketing Communications department received award in four categories.s The Forever Carroll Campaign video won a gold medal in the “Best Video Features” category. John Carroll Magazine took a silver medal for “Best Alumni/Institution Magazines.” For the creation of the Human Rights Film Festival poster, JCU’s team won a silver medal in the “Excellence in Design, Posters”


category. Lastly, an honorable mention was given to the Forever Carroll Campaign in the “Best Graphic Identity/Logo” category. To add to these awards given by CASE, the Alumni Relations team received an honorable mention in the “Best Volunteer Engagement Program” category for its work with the Alumni Chapter Program. Doreen Riley, vice president for University advancement, is proud of the accomplishments made by the Advancement Division. “John Carroll has never won this many awards,” Riley said. “It’s exciting, not that we just won awards, but so many awards.” According to Riley, the University Advancement Division’s primary focus lies in JCU’s external relationships. “We’re all about relationships, reputation and resources. We package it, message it and market it,” Riley said.

In addition to the department awards, individual awards were given by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) to John Walsh, the University editor and director of publications. These awards were given to two articles written by Walsh, “A code of ethics – facing dilemmas and making the right choices” and “Print … sick but not dying”. These articles were published in John Carroll Magazine. Walsh submitted these pieces to SPJ on his own and is happy to be doing the work he does. “My favorite part is producing a product,” Walsh said. “You’re writing, you’re thinking about things and how to depict them, so my favorite part is seeing finished products.” Strong publications and marketing products are important at JCU. “It’s a reflection of the University in this

role that this magazine goes out to alums, as well as prospective students, so it’s nice to have that recognition because it reflects well on the University as well as any recognition I gain personally,” Walsh said. Riley said that these awards are important in particular because the judges are considered peers, and are integrated marketing professionals themselves. “I know how good the team is, but it’s so great that someone outside the university in the same profession is recognizing the work they’ve done,” Riley said. The department in its entirety has reason to be proud of these awards. Riley said, “To be singled out as one of the best of the best makes you feel good because you know you’re doing good work, but to be recognized by your peers for doing good work is really special.”

Campus Calendar : Feb. 13 - Feb. 19


SUPB Pottery Night in the LSC Atrium at 9 p.m.





Happy Valentine’s Day! SUP-Bingo in the Celebrate Fair Trade LSC Conference Friday from Room at 9 p.m. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Administration Building.







Mass in the St. Francis Screening of PBS’ “The Free chair massages Chapel at 6 and 10 p.m. Learning” in the Jardine in front of St. Francis Room at 3:30 p.m. Chapel from 3:30 to 5 p.m



Free chair massages in front of St. Francis Chapel from 8 to 10 p.m

Arts & Life Student “cooks up” e vent Brite Winter Festival heats up Cleveland weather with music and art


Feb. 13, 2014

The Carroll News

Katherine Oltmanns Staff Reporter

On Saturday, Feb. 8, small groups of John Carroll students braved the Cleveland winter weather to the Dolan Center for Science & Technology for senior Kasey Foley’s senior capstone project for the Leadership Scholars Program, “Dorm Room Chef.” The event was sponsored by Late Night at Carroll and Peer Health Advocates. Foley described the event as the documentation aspect of her legacy project for the program, while she spent the fall 2013 semester planning for it. She came up with the idea with the help of graduate assistant Maura Jochum at “Late Night at Carroll.” “We got the idea of Dorm Room Chef because she said Iron Chef [events] worked well around here,” said Foley. Photo by Katherine Oltmanns Dorm Room Chef was a smoothie comSenior Kasey Foley organized the “Dorm petition comprised of three teams. Some of the competitors were Leadership Scholars, Room Chef” event as part of her capstone while others were students who reached out project. “A lot of other [events] don’t have food wanting to participate. Students who attended the event sampled like this. This is a lot healthier. I actually each smoothie and rated them based on enjoy these foods,” said Marugg. Foley’s overall goal was to show it’s poscreativity and taste. They exchanged their ratings for raffle tickets to win an array sible to eat healthy in a dorm, although she of prizes, including blenders, yoga mats, knows it can be difficult. “I’m an athlete and a biology major … I Whole Foods gift cards and a Valentine’s Day basket. The documentary “Super Size know what I should be [eating] but it’s hard Me” was shown in the Donahue Auditorium to do,” she said. Foley went to the campus nutritionist for a list of healthier foods, and after the raffle. There was a pizza-making station as well she provided the list for everyone at “Dorm as vegetables, peanut butter and bananas. Room Chef.” “It was a 10 p.m. event at Dolan and it Pamphlets courtesy of the health center were was snowing, but the number of people who also available for students. Sophomore Nate Marugg commented on ended up volunteering and supporting me, the change of pace compared to other Late I was blown away by that. I felt really supported,” said Foley. Night events.

Talent shines at JCU Abrial Neely Staff Reporter

On Friday, Feb. 7, the Beta Theta Pi fraternity presented the annual event “Carroll’s Got Talent” to the JCU community. The event was held at 7 p.m. in the Kulas Auditorium, tickets were $5, and all of the proceeds benefited the Milestones Autism Organization based in Cleveland. The organization’s mission is to educate the community about the stigma surrounding Autism. The emcee for the night, freshman Andrew Getz, provided comic relief and held the audience’s attention. In between acts, audience members were called to the stage to participate in “Minute to Win It” games. This year’s “Carroll’s Got Talent” featured some familiar faces at JCU. Associate Professor of Economics Andrew Welki, Business Communications Professor Ann Lee and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Boler School of Business Tom Bonda made up the judging panel for the evening. Acts of the night ranged from ukulele-playing to Irish dancing. But, in the end, there could only be one winner. Junior Christian Cronauer won first place by wowing the audience with his musical abilities and singing voice. “I was just happy to be in the show and help the Betas with the Milestones project,” said Cronauer. “Carroll does have a lot talent.” Many people made the event possible, including junior Student Union president Tim Ficke, who is a member of Beta Theta Pi. “We have been working on this project since October,” said Ficke. “We all got together and stepped up our game a lot this year. We more than doubled our fundraising goals. Last year we raised about $800 and this year we have over $2,000. We’ve been doing this for six years now, and each year we get better and better.” In the end, Ficke stressed the true mission of the event. “I was happy with the turnout. We raised a lot of money for our philanthropy, so that’s what is really important,” Ficke said.

For a snack, a meal or even just a hot beverage, the festival will provide food vendors such as Phoenix Coffee, Chipotle and Fired While the harsh conditions of the cold and Up Taco Truck. blustery polar vortex have kept many people Brite Winter Festival was co-founded indoors, the upcoming Brite Winter Festival is by two alumni of Case Western Reserve ready to revel in that very weather. University, Emily Hornack and Jimmy HarThis Saturday, Feb. 15, Cleveland will host ris, both of whom are still involved with the its fifth annual Brite Winter Festival, an out- event today. Hornack serves as Chair of the door celebration of art and music. The festival Board and Acting Executive Director while is free and will take place in the Ohio City Harris is Vice President of the Board. HowMarket District from 4-11 p.m. ever, they are the not According to the festival’s the only members of official website, “We decided the Brite Winter Festhat Cleveland really needed to tival team who have embrace winter and have fun ties to colleges in the with it.” Cleveland area. ProThroughout the afternoon gram and Marketing and evening, the festival will Director Thomas Fox feature bands performing on is a graduate of John various stages throughout the Carroll University. Ohio City Market District. The Two members of the lineup includes The Lighthouse Brite team are also part and the Whaler, Air Traffic ConPhoto from of the faculty at The troller and COIN. Local artists Brite Winter Festival will take Cleveland Institute such as Captain Kidd, Herzog, place on Saturday, Feb. 15. of Art, which will Texas Plant and Dolfish are also be participating in scheduled to perform. the festival. Aside from music, there will be various Other Cleveland institutions will be taking other performers, including fire twirlers. Ac- part in the festival as well. The Cleveland tivities for attendees include games such as Museum of Art will contribute artists and the foosball and skeeball as well as a photo booth. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is providing a Attendees are encouraged to bring a lamp photography activity. or lantern to add to the festival’s Great Wall According to, “This is of Light. Any lights contributed during the Cleveland, and we’re going to play outside.” festival will be used for the wall at Brite Winter Editor’s Note: To view the complete Festivals in the future. entertainment lineup visit

Madeline Smanik Asst. Arts & Life Editor

The interview corner: Local band Purveyors of Fiction

The Carroll News sat down with Andrew Minor from the local band “Purveyors of Fiction” for an exclusive interview. Here’s what he had to say:

The Carroll News: What are all the names of your band members, and what do you play? Andrew Minor: Nick Pecone is on bass and vocals, Luke Heberle plays the drums and myself on guitar. The CN: How can a reader get your music? AM: We have it on, or if you’d like a hard copy, email for contact information.

The CN: What music do you have and what you are working on? AM: We have an EP called “Invisible Ink” and we’re working on another right now as we speak.

Cleveland band “Purveyors of Fiction” Photo from performs on stage.

The CN: Tell me about your bandmates. AM: Luke is one of the coolest guys I’ve ever met, and the guy is just on another planet. He’s probably the quietest person I know but he’s also one of the most genuine. Nick is the polar opposite; he’s a frontman with an in-your-face sense of humor and a really rad dude to be around. We are all so different but find a common ground with our music, and the result is something we are all really proud of. The CN: Any funny stories? AM: Nick almost passed out from dehydration during one of our songs on our very first show as a band. We poured some water on his head and now he’s all better. Also one time or another Luke has forgotten his cymbals, snare drum and/or bass drum to practice, so we have had plenty of practices without a full drumset. Also, when we went into record for our EP “Invisible Ink,” my guitar broke a string, and I had to retune another guitar because I had forgotten my strings. The CN: What else have you worked on in the past? AM: This is my real first project that has ever gotten out of the “jamming in the basement” phase. I’ve played with a whole bunch of people but there was never enough dedication. The CN: How big are you trying to make this band? AM: As big as we can be while staying true to ourselves and our commitments. The CN: Are you going to try to get your music on WJCU? AM: Of course, if they’ll play it. The CN: When is your next show? AM: March 1 at the Agora Ballroom for “The Approach and the Execution’s” CD release show. The CN: What are some of your influences? AM: Queens of the Stone Age, the Misfits, Nick Cave and Tom Waits.

–Interview by Alexis McNichol

The Carroll News

Higl’s Squiggles:

Boys have cooties

Arts & Life


Feb. 13, 2014

From the heart: DIY Valentine’s Day gifts

Alexandra Higl Arts & Life Editor

I’ve always been a strong supporter of the “boys have cooties” movement. Perhaps this was because I was burned at a young age. In fact, you could argue I’ve never been the same since. I remember it as if it were yesterday – back in my preschool glory days at the tender age of four. It was recess time, and I was just doing my thing – being the adorable sassy brunette fashionista that I was – when out of nowhere, a curly redhead boy popped out from under the big slide. He and his posse of boys approached me. He told me that he liked me, and then asked if I wanted to get married. It all happened so quickly. I was advised from my group of girls that I had to say yes because he was the most popular boy in class. Next thing I know, I was wearing a Vera Wang Bridal meets Kate Spade wedding outfit courtesy of the “dress up chest” in the classroom. I rocked the hot pink long skirt, and the white veil and shawl. It was quite progressive. And the groom? He wore an oversized grey suit. Don’t believe me? I have a picture to prove it. Supposedly the preschool teachers thought we were just so darn cute. But alas, our love was not meant to be. The next day, my husband approached me at the same place he proposed. This time, the news hit me like a fatal blow. He decided he wanted to marry the cute little blonde with the pigtails. We then got a divorce. Perhaps this is why I’ve been a tad skittish with boys. I’ve always had the problem of running away. And when I say “running away,” I don’t mean figuratively. I actually mean that I physically run away. Exhibit A: When I was around eight or so, my best guy friend came over for a swim at our pool. We were playing house, and he tried to kiss me. He halfway succeeded, and I ran away, locked myself in my room, cried and said I never wanted to see him again. I also continuously washed the spot where he kissed me in desperation to cleanse myself from his germs. Rumor has it I made him cry. Exhibit B: In fourth grade, the boy that every girl drooled over in class professed his love to me at recess (that must be the trendy place for young love). I was so shocked that I dropped my jump rope, began to slowly back away, and then ran inside and back to my classroom – not saying a word. Exhibit C: In seventh grade, I was asked to our first big school dance. This time, I actually slammed the door in the poor kid’s face and then ran away. As I’ve grown older and matured, I’ve learned to run away a bit more inconspicuously. For example, one time a guy asked me to hang out, and I pretended I didn’t hear him and then said I had to go to the bathroom. Classy – am I right? In all seriousness, as girls grow older, we still have the “boys have cooties” mindset. So we blast female empowerment songs (also known as every Beyoncé ballad ever written) and go all “I’m a strong independent woman who doesn’t need a man.” Do I see a ladies’ wine and chocolate night in the near future? Maybe this is because we were all burned by a redhead at the age of four. Or maybe this is because we’re afraid of the risk. It is much easier to run away than to feel like your entire world is shattered around you and you’re just left to pick up the pieces. Why risk it? Why put yourself out there? Can’t we all just admit the fact that boys have cooties and move on with our life? The male species is the root of all problems: Menstruation, Menopause, etc. They can be a huge pain in the derrière (and, I’m sure guys say the same thing about us ladies). So let’s just move on without them. However, too bad life is better lived happy than bitter. True, there are still a ton of creatures in the male species that have cooties. Arguably, they all do. However, it’s our job to assess which boys have less cooties than the others. We then take the risk, make some memories and if we’re, burned there’s always plenty of chocolate, wine and Beyoncé empowerment songs to keep us afloat. Contact Alexandra Higl at

Brooke Hollowell Staff Reporter

Is there any holiday that causes more stress than Valentine’s Day? The pressure to come up with a decadent and romantic gift is expensive, especially for college students. Instead of overpriced flowers, candy and an hour-long wait for an expensive meal, here are a few ideas to make your Valentine’s Day special without breaking the bank.

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Sports Dominant women’s basketball beats Capital, remains atop OAC


Feb. 13, 2014

The Carroll News

Dale Armbruster

Assistant Sports Editor

With the first conference title in program history in their sights, every remaining game for the John Carroll University women’s basketball team is vital. On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Blue Streaks struck a blow against Capital University, a major Ohio Athletic Conference rival. Senior Missy Spahar scored 18 points and racked up 12 rebounds as the Blue Streaks prevailed over the Capital Crusaders, 80-64, in Bexley, Ohio. The win was the third consecutive for JCU (17-2, 11-2 OAC) against Capital (13-7, 10-4 OAC) in the renewed rivalry, and just the 10th for the Blue Streaks in the

series’ history. The two teams entered the game battling for control of the OAC. As one of three teams within shouting distance of the Blue Streaks, the Crusaders’ atmosphere was intense in the Capital Center. The Blue Streaks roared out to a 20-7 lead to start the first half. After a JCU timeout at the 9:13 mark, the Crusaders regrouped. Capital finished off the half on a 14-6 run, hitting four straight shots to cut the lead to just four, 30-26, at intermission. JCU once again took its opponent by storm out of the break, putting together a 16-6 stretch that took the air out of the Crusaders. Junior Emily Taylor dropped five points and three assists in the first

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few minutes, pacing a Blue Streaks attack that took a 14-point lead with 14:10 remaining. Taylor would finish with 12 points and four assists. Freshman Katlyn Spahar had a strong afternoon as well, ending the day with 12 points and contributing three assists of her own. The leading scorer for the Crusaders was freshman Simonne Gage, who scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Capital cut the lead to just seven with 11:41 left, off five straight points by junior Jamie Caton. The forward had seven points, but she and her teammates were unable to stop Missy Spahar in the post. The second-leading scorer in all of Division III was active in the paint, getting to the free throw line six times and hitting all of them. A physical Blue Streaks offensive attack then knocked the Crusaders out, ripping off a final 18-7 run that put the game out of reach. Gage and fellow freshman Kristen Thompson both fouled out late, stunting any chance Capital had to come back. The rivalry reared its head late in the game, as Gage was assessed a foul, then she and Taylor were called

JCU Sports Information

Junior Meghan Weber had a banner day for the Blue Streaks on Saturday, recording 10 points and six rebounds in an 80-64 victory over Capital. for technical fouls after the play. The Blue Streaks finished shooting only 43.1 percent from the floor, but dominated on defense, keeping Capital to 31.7 percent on 20-of-63 shooting. JCU got back on track on the boards, outrebounding the Crusaders, 46-37. The win puts the Blue Streaks in the driver’s seat going forward

in the OAC. Editor’s Note: Wednesday’s game against Baldwin Wallace University at the Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center was pivotal for the Blue Streaks. Check to see how they did on Wednesday and where they stand in the quest for the first championship in program history.

Men’s basketball tops Capital despite foul trouble, now 4th in OAC compared to JCU’s 28 over the course of the game. The Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center Fortunately for the Blue Streaks, hosted a foul frenzy on Saturday, Capital had an abysmal night shootFeb. 8, and John Carroll University ing from the line, knocking down was the beneficiary. Despite giving only 60 percent of their attempts. Capital University a round-trip pass Free throws have been the thorn in to the charity stripe for the night, JCU’s side all season, but the Blue JCU’s lockdown defense allowed Streaks stepped up and knocked the host Blue Streaks to hold on for down 75 percent of their attempts. a tight 85-80 win over the Crusaders. This advantage made all the difThe Crusaders marched their ference, especially in a close contest way to the free throw line 40 times that came down to the final minutes. The Blue Streaks continued using their home court advantage as they have done all season early on, jumping out to a 10-5 lead after a pair of 3-pointers from sophomore Danny Wallack and junior David Hendrickson at the 16:36 mark. Capital, however, had sharp shooters of its own, fighting its way back throughout the first half. JCU Sports Information Using a wealth of shots Freshman Doug Caputo rejects a from the charity stripe, CapiCapital shot during Saturday’s 85- tal climbed within six points 80 win over the Crusaders. of the lead with 8:47 to go

Dave Schillero Staff Reporter

Cup of Joe

Joe Ginley Sports Editor

Where do the inept Cavs go from here?

What else could go wrong for the Cleveland Cavaliers? 2013 No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett has been a big bust. Head coach Mike Brown has lost control of his team. The Andrew Bynum signing was a disaster. Luol Deng is looking like

a short-term rental. Dion Waiters is causing dissension in the Cavs’ locker room, as Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal has reported. Even Kyrie Irving is unhappy in Cleveland, according to ESPN’s Chad Ford. I didn’t even mention the Cavs’ 119-108 loss to an eight-man Los Angeles Lakers roster on Feb. 5. Without Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, the Lakers ran out of players and still managed to beat the Cavs. Cavs general manager Chris Grant is out and Brown is on the hot seat. It’s safe to say that the rebuilding effort since LeBron James left has been close to a total failure. But despite all of the Cavaliers’ shortcomings, they have not yet

in the first half as Jared Cashen knocked in a pair to make the score 26-20. Cashen finished the game with 10 points for the Crusaders off the bench. Although JCU entered halftime with a comfortable 49-37 lead, the Crusaders’ free throw shots allowed them to slowly climb back within range of the Blue Streaks. Capital’s Curt Geise led the charge, knocking down a 3-pointer at 11:39 to make it 63-58. Geise continued to score clutch points for the Crusaders in the second half and finished 8-for-8 at the free throw line with a gamehigh 19 points. To make the matter worse, JCU junior Jake Hollinger fouled out with 4:08 left in the second half. With Capital breathing down JCU’s neck, the Crusaders clawed back to within three, 78-75. It was the play of JCU’s underclassmen that made the difference in the closing minutes. Sophomore Simon Kucharewicz and freshman David Linane teamed up for a Kucharewicz layup at 3:13 to extend the lead 80-76.

From there on out, the Blue Streaks were all about defense. Freshman Doug Caputo, who owned the boards for most of the night, showed up in the biggest way possible with huge blocked shots down the stretch and a trip to the free throw line that closed the game. “We played full court defense really well, making Capital turn the ball over a lot and causing a few five second calls on inbounds plays,” Caputo said. “We have great team chemistry and we know how each other play by now, so our offense just comes with the flow now.” Geise put JCU on the brink with

a late layup, but a pair of Caputo free throws with 37 seconds left to play gave the Blue Streaks a decisive lead. Caputo finished the game with seven points, three blocks and a team-high eight rebounds. “We compete a lot in practice against each other and I feel that we tend to carry that out onto the floor a lot, even though the refs did not help us much,” said Caputo. “I feel that we have a lot of upside as a team. We all play well together and get along well. If we just keeping working our hardest and play as we are capable, this team can accomplish a lot.”

reached rock bottom. The rest of the season will likely be filled with more depressing losses, a continuing lack of effort and thoughts of the 2014 NBA Draft. There is no easy fix for the Cavs. Nothing less than a total rebuild will end their woes. If I were Cavs interim general manager David Griffin, here are the steps I would take to rebuild this team. 1. Fire Mike Brown – First of all, Brown has to go at the end of the season. He’s a great guy, but not the right coach for the Cavaliers. Brown has lost control of this team. Team sources talked about a lack of accountability and Brown has repeatedly complained about a lack of effort, as’s Terry Pluto has pointed out.

There’s a reason the Lakers fired him just five games into the 2012-13 season. He can’t control a locker room. 2. Done with Dion – Waiters has to be traded. The second-year shooting guard is doing more harm than good. Waiters is averaging 14.2 points per game, but he’s been tossed out of practice, failed to get along with Kyrie and refused to take responsibility for his actions. The Cavs should swap him for draft picks. 3. So long, Luol – I credit Grant for acquiring Deng, but the veteran small forward needs to be traded. There’s no way he will re-sign with Cleveland at the end of the season, as has reported. The Cavs might as well get something in return for him.

4. Build through the draft – The best way to build is through the draft. The Cavs have some pieces in place from previous drafts. Kyrie is, at worst, an above average point guard. Tristan Thompson is a great rebounder. Bennett might even figure it out with proper coaching. The 2014 NBA Draft is loaded with stud prospects. As Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated affirmed, this is one of the best draft classes in years. The Cavs can put a solid foundation in place if they load up on draft picks this year. So brace yourselves, Cavs fans, rock bottom is still coming. But at least the Cavs will get a good draft pick. Follow @JoeGinley on Twitter or email him at

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Sports 7 Women’s indoor track & field squad JCU’s men take third at Bob Shannon divides and conquers; Three records set Invitational; Honkala competes in Boston

The Carroll News

Andrew Orie Staff Reporter

Women’s Track & Field The John Carroll University’s women’s track and field team split up for a pair of meets over the weekend. Several members of the squad traveled to Boston for the prestigious David Hemery Valentine Invitational, while the majority of the team headed to Denison University in Granville, Ohio for the Bob Shannon Invitational, where the Blue Streaks finished in third place. The highlight of the weekend was written in Boston, as JCU’s contingent set three school records. Senior Gabriella Kreuz was involved in all three record-setting performances. She started off on Friday, Feb. 7 by breaking the 800-meter school record, finishing at 2:15.3. And Kreuz didn’t stop there. The threetime Ohio Athletic Conference Indoor Track & Field Athlete of the Week combined with senior N i c k i B o h r e r, freshman Joy Nyaanga and junior Haley Turner in the 4x400 relay, breaking a JCU JCU Sports Information record in 4:03.97. Senior Nicki Bohrer T h e n B o h r e r, ran well at the David Kreuz,and NyaanHemery Valentine ga teamed up with Invitational on freshman Becky Saturday in Boston. Rohwer to break

the JCU record of the weekend with a 12:17.37 time in distance medley relay on Saturday. “We stepped up to the big stage and proved ourselves,” Kreuz said. “We still have work to do, but I’m proud of our girls for acting like we beJCU Sports Information longed and us- Senior Caroline ing the opportuKapela led the Blue nity to not only Streaks at Saturday’s hit our goals, but set the bar Bob Shannon even higher for Invitational, finishing what we want to second in the mile. achieve moving forward.” At the Bob Shannon Invitational, JCU, the defending Ohio Athletic Conference champions, came out with a tremendous showing, even without some of their top runners. JCU captured third in the meet, only seven points off first place. In the 3K, junior Jenny Vrobel took third and senior Alyssa Singer took fourth. Up next in the mile run, three JCU runners had strong performances. Senior Caroline Kapela took home second, senior Anna Busta notched fourth and junior Emily Mapes earned fifth. Junior Danielle Sample had a stellar day, too, capturing third in the 400m and fourth in the triple jump. Junior Megan Martinko tabbed third in the 60-meter hurdles, sophomore Emily Jenkins captured fourth in the 60-meter and sophomore Hanna Sterle finished in fourth in the 5K, capping off the remarkable weekend for the JCU runners.

Joe McCarthy Staff Reporter

Men’s Track & Field Traveling to Denison University for the Bob Shannon Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 8, the John Carroll University men’s track and field team finished first in a field of eight. Ending the day with 144 points, the Blue Streaks beat out Carnegie Mellon University (125 points) and Ohio Wesleyan University (112) to claim the top spot. The 4x400 relay team made up of sophomores Will Cameron, Michael Hydzik and Dan Loya, plus junior Nick D’Amico, clocked in at 3:27.96 to finish first in the event. The relay team received a crucial 10-point swing that helped JCU build a 19-point gap over CMU. Juniors Alex Hamidzadeh and Nick Williams added to JCU’s point total. Hamidzadeh cleared 4.45 meters on the pole vault, while Williams took the top spot in the 60-meter hurdles. Crossing the line at a time of 8.48, the junior added the third title for JCU, supplying 10 points to the 144 overall score for the team. The quartet of graduate student Will Rial, senior Chuck Mulé, sophomore Andrew Synder and freshman David Cremi locked up the top six in the 3K event. Leading the way was Mulé (second, 8:52.55) and Rial (third,

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Junior Alex Hamidzadeh won the pole vault on Saturday.

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8:57.07). “[We] take pride in the talent and depth we have,” Mulé said. “It was awesome Saturday to lock up the win by scoring five out of the eight places and 22 points in the 3K.” In the 800-meter run, four Blue Streaks took the second through fifth spots. Cameron crossed the line second with a time of 1:59.30. Loya JCU Sports Information (2:01.41), freshman Sophomore Eric Hansen (2:01.59) Will Cameron and Hydzik (2:02.18) performed well at followed close behind. the Bob Shannon D’Amico finished Invitational. runner-up in the 400-meter (51.61) and was also part of the first place 4x200-meter relay team. Hydzik, sophomore Rondel Armour and freshman Jonthan Radney (1:34.63) combined with D’Amico in the event. Junior Rocky Mitolo chipped in with a pair of top-four finishes of his own in the shot put and weight throw. Mitolo finished third in shot put at a distance of 15.08-meters and fourth in weight throw with a toss of 15.81-meters. Along with a team win in the Bob Shannon Invitational, junior John Honkala competed in Boston at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational. Running the mile at the prestigious event, the junior finished with a time of 4:24.58 and finished 166th in a field of 301. “Competing in Boston was an incredible running experience,” Honkala said. “The race was one of the toughest races I have ever been a part of and being unable to run on a banked track was also what made the experience so great.”

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Streaks of the Week

Men’s Basketball

Danny Wallack sophomore The second-year guard aided the Blue Streaks en route to an 85-80 home win over Capital on Saturday. Wallack drained 5-of-8 shots from the field, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc, for a team-high 14 points.

Men’s Basketball

David Linane freshman

The energetic point guard sparked a JCU victory over the Crusaders in front of a packed crowd at the DeCarlo Center on Saturday. Linane contributed 13 points, a team-high six assists, plus a pair of rebounds and steals.

Women’s Basketball

Women’s Track & Field

Men’s Track & Field

Beth Switzler junior

Gabriella Kreuz senior

Nick D’Amico junior

Kreuz receives this honor for the third consecutive week because she has been unbeatable as of late. At the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, Kreuz set three school records, one individual mark and two as part of a relay team.

The veteran helped the Blue and Gold earn first place at the Bob Shannon Invitational on Saturday. D’Amico posted a pair of runner-up finishes in the 400m and 4x200 relay, and was part of the winning 4x400 relay squad.

The forward provided a big performance on Saturday to help JCU beat Capital on the road. While Missy Spahar attracted the majority of the attention, Switzler found room to work with down low, posting 16 points and nine rebounds.


The Carroll News


Feb. 13, 2014

Lacrosse 101: What to know before the first JCU men’s game The Teams

Defensive Area

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– Ten players on field per team. – Three attackmen, three midfielders, three defensemen and one goalie. – Four of a team’s 10 players (including the goalie) must be on the defensive side of field at all times. Three players must be on the offensive side of field, while the midfielders can go anywhere. – A maximum of four “long poles” can be on the field at any time: three defenders and one long-stick midfielder. – For the opening faceoff, one midfielder takes the faceoff while the other two midfielders start at wing area then crash the center when the whistle is blown. – Defenders and attackmen must stay in defensive areas until possession is maintained by either team on the opening faceoff.

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– Sixty minute games, four 15 minute quarters, two timeouts per half. – Faceoffs to start games, halves, quarters and after goals. – If the ball goes out of bounds, the other team gets the ball, unless off of a shot, in which case the player closest to ball is awarded possession. – Substitutions are made on the fly, similar to hockey. – Checking is legal on players as long as the hit is from the front in the torso with both hands on stick. – Penalties are similiar to hockey (slashing, tripping, cross-checking). – Only the goalie can use his hands. – No attacking player can enter the scoring area in front of the goal (crease), but can put their stick in the crease to try for loose ball.


Preview: JCU men’s lacrosse squad ready to show off its skills Jake Hirschmann Staff Reporter

It’s not every day a new sport gets introduced at the collegiate varsity level, but for John Carroll University, that day has arrived. The JCU men’s lacrosse team is ready to play its first game in program history on Saturday, Feb. 15 at Don Shula Stadium against Concordia University Wisconsin. In December 2012, the JCU athletic department hired the man they believed could build this program from scratch and field a team capable of competing with other varsity lacrosse programs throughout the Midwest. That man is Brian Small. A four-year member of the lacrosse team at Ohio Wesleyan University, Small has coached at OWU, Sacred Heart University and Quinnipiac University. Heading into the process, Small knew that building a program from scratch was going to be incredibly difficult. But he was up to the challenge and began recruiting right away to prepare for the six-team Ohio Athletic Conference and tough non-conference schedule. Traversing the Midwest, Maryland and New York, Small searched for players he felt would fit the mold of the team he wanted to build: a squad built on fundamentals and the goal of perfection. Now over a year into his tenure, Small has gathered players from club teams and high

schools alike. All fit his mold and can compete at the highest level right out of the gate. “We’ve found guys who can succeed here academically,” Small said. “They exceeded expectations in the fall, so that’s raised the bar for things I expected from them.” Still, while the players and coaches all believe that this team has the talent to compete right away, they all know they are going up against teams with far more experience than them. In this inaugural season for the Blue Streaks, this JCU squad is composed of 20 freshman and only seven upperclassmen. For this team to be as competitive as hoped, a few things must happen: The Blue and Gold can’t have any fear, they must stay healthy and must continue to develop every day. “We want to compete in every game,” Small said. “Whether we’re playing a ranked team or unranked team, we want to be in the game in the fourth quarter.” Small noted that certain players from this young squad will need to step up in order for the team to complete. At the attack position, Small pointed out freshmen Declan O’Grady, Mike Roth and Stephen Leous as three of the young guns who will come in and contribute right away. With the attack position being made up of strictly freshmen, Small understands that there will be mistakes, but stresses to all his players that

they need to trust in their abilities and learn from their mistakes. “I’m big on attention to detail and selfdiscipline,” Small said. The sole senior on the team, Brian Jazska, will lead the midfielders. Besides Jaszka, the position will be anchored by a freshmen trio of Gary Anile, Keegan Flinter and Dominic Starvaggi, all of whom came from traditional high school lacrosse powerhouses. Defensively, Small stressed the importance of sophomore Jack MacLean. While listed as a defender, MacLean also plays some long-stick middie. He understands the game as well as anybody else on the team and is incredibly vocal, which has resonated well with the rest of the team. “It’s definitely a great experience to be a leader at the ground floor,” MacLean said. “A big part of it is that everybody has to be a leader because everybody is trying to figure it out.” Along with MacLean, Small expects solid defensive play from freshman Tommy Adolf and junior Kevin Werner. Specifically with Werner, Small spoke about how, similar to Jaszka, Werner needs to be a veteran presence. Small noted that Werner’s hard working attitude is a prime example of what he’s looking for. Last, but certainly not least, are the goalkeepers. Both of the team’s goalies, Kyle Lake

and Brian Beddell, are freshmen. Bedell is the son of a former Division I Lacrosse National Championship MVP, and the Blue Streaks hope those winning genes carry over onto the field when Bedell is in net. While the players are what ultimately decide the game’s final outcome, game planning for all scenarios is crucial. “We watch a lot of film,” Small said. “We’re very adaptable. We’re going to make adjustments on a game-by-game basis on what we’ve seen on film.” In just over a year, Small has taken on a highly challenging task in preparing his team for its inaugural lacrosse season at JCU and succeeded. By recruiting players to fit his system, stressing focus and confidence, as well as pounding home commitment to the team, Small has the Blue Streaks feeling confident heading into their first varsity lacrosse game on Saturday against Concordia University Wisconsin. Small hopes that the fans are ready as well. “We gotta make this place some sort of home field advantage,” Small said. “I tell the guys all time, you can’t lose at home ... You gotta protect your house. I think the fans need to just get loud and cheer and get rowdy. Obviously show good sportsmanship and things like that, but get loud as possible and really support these guys because they work hard.”

A New Era: JCU Men’s Lacrosse vs. Concordia Wisconsin Game Information

Saturday, Feb. 15, Noon John Carroll vs. Concordia Wisconsin Don Shula Stadium, University Heights, Ohio

Media Information A live webcast of the game can be found on The John Carroll Sports Information Department will also provide live statistics and Twitter updates (@JCUSports) during the games, as well as a game recap after the action. Game Notes The game is the first regular season matchup for the JCU men’s varsity lacrosse team in program history ... The team is the 22nd varsity sports program added to the athletics department ... Brian Small will step out on the field as the first head coach in team history after 14 months to plan for and develop his team ... JCU will field a very young team, with 20 freshmen making up the bulk of the roster ... Concordia finished last season with a record of 9-7, with a conference record of 6-4 ... The Falcons are entering their third season of varsity lacrosse in program history ... Interim coach Michael Faley takes over the helm for Concordia after spending the last two seasons as graduate assistant. He was named the interim coach in September ... JCU students receive free admission to all home lacrosse games in the 2014 season.

Blue Streaks to Watch in Game No. 1

Midfielder Brian Jaszka, Sr. Buffalo, N.Y.

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The lone senior on the roster, Jaszka will be a critical contributor for JCU this season. Head coach Brian Small handpicked Jaszka, a two-year member of the JCU club team, to lead the squad at the midfielder position through the inaugural season.

Defender Jack MacLean, So. Bloomfield, Mich.

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MacLean will be a team captain and key leader for the Blue Streaks. A sophomore with Division I talent, MacLean flies all over the field and plays with great intensity. He has the smarts to succeed at the college level and communicates well with his teammates.

Goalkeeper Brian Beddell, Fr. Syracuse, N.Y.

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The youngster will compete with fellow freshman Kyle Lake for the starting goalie position this season. Beddell’s father was the Most Valuable Player at the NCAA Division I National Championship, so his genes are impeccable. Beddell also played in high school.



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Russia works to shine in different light for Olympics


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From left, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Russian President Vladimir Putin applaud during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia on Friday, Feb. 7. The Associated Press

A Russia in search of global vindication kicked off the Sochi Olympics looking more like a Russia that likes to party, with a pulse-raising opening ceremony about fun and sports instead of terrorism, gay rights and coddling despots. And that’s just the way Russian President Vladimir Putin wants these Winter Games to be. The world’s premier athletes on ice and snow have more to worry about than geopolitics as they plunge into the biggest challenges of their lives on the mountain slopes of the Caucasus and in the wet-paint-fresh arenas on the shores of the Black Sea. Superlatives abounded and the mood soared as Tchaikovsky met pseudo-lesbian pop duo Tatu and their hit, “Not Gonna Get Us.” Russian TV presenter Yana Churikova shouted: “Welcome to the center of the universe!” Yet no amount of cheering could drown out the real world. Fears of terrorism, which have dogged these games since Putin won them amid controversy seven years ago, were stoked during the ceremony itself. A passenger aboard a flight bound for Istanbul said there was a bomb on board and tried to divert the plane to Sochi. Authorities said the plane landed safely in Turkey, and the suspected hijacker — who did not have a bomb — was subdued. The show opened with an embarrassing hiccup, as one of five snowflakes failed to unfurl as planned into the Olympic rings, forcing organizers to jettison a fireworks display and disrupting one of the most symbolic moments in an opening ceremony. That allowed for an old Soviet tradition of whitewashing problems to resurface, as state-run broadcaster Rossiya 1 substituted a shot during from a rehearsal with the rings unfolding successfully into their live broadcast. Also missing from the show: Putin’s repression of dissent, and inconsistent security measures at the Olympics, which will take place just a few hundred miles (kilometers) away from the sites of a long-running insurgency and routine militant violence. Some world leaders purposely stayed away, but U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and dozens of others were in Sochi for the ceremony. He didn’t mention the very real anger over a Russian law banning gay “propaganda” aimed at minors that is being used to discriminate against gay people. But IOC President Thomas Bach won cheers for addressing it Friday, telling the crowd it’s possible to hold Olympics “with tolerance and without any form of discrimination for whatever reason.” For all the criticism, there was no shortage of pride at the ceremony in what Russia has achieved with these games, after building up an Olympic Park out of swampland. The head of the Sochi organizing committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, captured the mood of many Russians present when he said, “We’re now at the heart of that dream that became reality.” “The games in Sochi are our chance to show the whole world the best of what Russia is proud of,” he said. “Our hospitality, our achievements, our Russia!” The ceremony presented Putin’s version of today’s Russia: a country with a rich and complex history emerging confidently from a rocky two decades and now capable of putting on a major international sports event. Putin himself was front and center, declaring the games open from his box high above the stadium floor. Earlier, he looked down as the real stars of the games — those athletes, dressed in winter wear of so many national colors to ward off the evening chill and a light dusting of man-made snow — walked onto a satellite image of the earth projected on the floor, the map shifting so the athletes appeared to emerge from their own country.

Conflict between the Syrian government and opposition forces continues as the first round of attempted peace talks did not achieve the desired conclusions. The first session of the Geneva II peace talks was the first time the Syrian government and the opposition had met face to face since the outbreak of the conflict three years ago, according to CNN. The talks have not reached any agreements and both resulted in bitter remarks made by both sides. “The negotiations cannot continue while the regime is stepping up its violence against the Syrian people. It is not acceptable that the regime will send its own delegation to talk peace while it is killing our people in Syria,” opposition spokesman Louay Safi stated after meeting with U.N.-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi. The opposition has been demanding a transition government to replace Bashar al-Assad’s current regime, to which Assad’s government has specifically rejected any such solution. The opposition has also requested an end to government air raids of Syrian cities such as Aleppo. The ongoing conflict in Syria is responsible for the deaths of more than 130,000 people, along with millions of Syrian refugees, according to CNN.

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, left, gestures as he arrives with an aide for a press briefing at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Feb. 10. Syrian government and opposition delegates began a fresh round of U.N.-brokered peace talks Monday, but prospects for common ground appeared unlikely as the two sides traded accusations over weekend violence that disrupted food distribution meant to ease the plight of civilians.


At least 40 people this past Sunday, Feb. 9, were killed when Islamic extremist rebels bombarded a Syrian village. Information provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights revealed that this village was populated by Assad’s Alawite minority, where half of the victims were civilians and the remaining were village fighters. A truce has been reached in the rebel-ruled city of Homs to go under a cease-fire for the U.N. to evacuate civilians trapped in the city and deliver necessary supplies. Parts of the city have been under siege since June 2012, CNN reports. U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said in a statement that over 800 people trapped in the city have been given “safe passage” out since Friday, Feb. 7, when the deal was reached. Amos also stated that “The protection of civilians caught up in this horrendous conflict in Syria is the greatest priority for U.N. agencies and humanitarian partners.” On Monday, Feb. 10, the Syrian government and opposition agreed to extend the original truce in Homs by three more days. During the weekend, vehicles from Syria’s Red Crescent and the U.N. were approached by gunfire and explosives as they entered the city. Amos revealed that 11 people were killed as they attempted to carry out the operations. “People seeking refuge and those carrying out humanitarian operations should not be fired on,” she said in a statement. A quarter of a million people in Syria have been cut off from humanitarian aid for months, according to the U.N.’s World Food Program. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons announced that there has been a third shipment of chemical weapons coming out of Syria. “In-country destruction of some chemical materials has taken place alongside the removal of chemical weapons material,” the organization stated. Editor’s Note: Information from The Washington Post and CNN was used in this report.

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Members of the media march with black tape across their mouths, signifying the silencing of the media, and wear T-shirts showing detained Al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste. A demonstration by Kenyan and Nairobi-based foreign media called for the release of Greste and his colleagues outside the Egyptian embassy in Nairobi, Kenya on Tuesday, Feb. 4 Ciara Crossey The Carroll News

The Al Jazeera network is a Qatari-owned news broadcasting channel based in Doha, Qatar. Recently, the network has been making headlines themselves due to the fact that five of its journalists are being detained in Egypt. These journalists, along with an additional 15 whose names were released on a charge sheet by Egyptian police, are accused of depicting Egypt of “being in a state of civil war” as well as charges of reporting false news, according to the Associated Foreign Press. Sixteen of the 20 charged journalists are Egyptians and four are foreigners. These include Australian Peter Greste, the East African correspondent for Al Jazeera, British journalists Sue Turton and Dominic Kane and Dutch journalist Rena Netjes. Greste, along



with Canadian Egyptian acting bureau chief Mohammed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed, was arrested on Dec. 29, 2013 during a raid of the hotel suites they were occupying. They join another journalist, Egyptian Mohammed Badr, who has been detained since August, despite never being formally charged. Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed are all being charged with reporting false news, using illegal equipment and being members of the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization in the eyes of the Egyptian government, according to CBC News. According to the Associated Foreign Press, if convicted, the foreigners could face up to seven years in prison, while the Egyptians could face up to 15. Netjes was forced to flee Egypt in order to escape arrest, and considers

herself “on run from the Egyptian law,” according to the Associated Press. When news of the detained Al Jazeera correspondents broke, journalists across the globe banded together to show their support. They are campaigning for the release of the correspondents through the use of social media. Reporters in various locations, such as the U.K., Kenya and the United States, are posting pictures of themselves with adhesive tape covering their mouths and holding a sign saying, “#freeAJstaff.” According to The Guardian, the intense protests by journalists all over the world have proven to have some effect. On Feb. 5, it was reported that Peter Greste was moved to a lower security prison and is now being held in the same cell as his colleagues Fahmy and Mohamed. In addition to their social media campaign, more than 50 foreign news correspondents across the globe signed a petition asking for “an end to the arbitrary imprisonment of their Al Jazeera colleagues,” according to The Guardian. Turton, a senior correspondent with Al Jazeera English, said that she and her colleagues at Al Jazeera are very careful about how they practice journalism. According to Turton’s interview with The Guardian, “We are careful at Al Jazeera not to label anyone a terrorist. After all, one man’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter.” She said that journalists, especially those reporting in the Middle East, work their hardest to respect the customs of the countries they report in. Despite the correspondents’ efforts, the Egyptian government still feels offended by the words of the Al Jazeera network, according to the Guardian. Editor’s Note: Information from The Guardian, CBC and the Associated Foreign Press was used in this report.

Unemployment benefits die in Senate Katelyn DeBaun

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Despite the emphasis President Obama placed on unemployment rates during his reelection campaign, as well as his 2014 State of the Union address, the Senate failed to pass a three-month extension of unemployment benefits last week. Fifty-nine senators voted to pass the legislation Feb. 6, one vote away from what was needed to break the filibuster put into place by Senate Republicans. Had it passed, the proposal would have extended benefits for nearly 1.7 million unemployed Americans until March 31, replacing the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program that expired at the end of last year. Many Senate Republicans initially refused to reinstate benefits, stating that its $6.4 billion cost would only add to the nation’s deficit. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) suggested utilizing “pension smoothing,” which not only lets corporations use past interest rates to calculate current pensions, but also prohibits millionaires from receiving unemployment benefits. This method would not only pay for the proposal entirely, but could also potentially reduce the deficit by over $1 billion, according to CBS News. Although five Republican senators voted to approve the proposal, it still fell short in a 59-40 vote. In response, Reid changed his vote from “yea” to “nay”, a tactic that will allow Democrats to bring it up for future votes. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the failure to renew unemployment benefits is unacceptable. “We cannot allow one vote to stand in the way of supporting these Americans as they struggle to find work,” Carney said. “Republicans in Congress need to remove this needless drag on our economy and American families.” Despite the fact that the Senate has debated the proposal for several weeks, its success was


Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), left, the Democratic Policy Committee chairman, and the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., arrive for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 6, where they told Republicans are thwarting Democratic efforts to pass a bill to extend unemployment benefits which expired at the end of last year. The motion failed in the Senate later in the day. greatly impeded as Republicans attempted to ate…to find a solution.” add amendments generally unrelated to unAdditionally, Representative James Lankemployment benefits. When Reid and Senate ford (R-Okla.) commented on the issue sayMinority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ing, “The perception that I get from the Senate could not reach an agreement about which right now is times are tough. We should make amendments could be included, Reid disal- times tougher on our kids to make it easier lowed any changes to the proposal. Doing so on us, and then feel better. I think that’s just caused many Republicans to withdraw their not a philosophy I am willing to support.” support. Additionally, many Republicans beMeanwhile, it seems as if moving a similar lieve that extending benefits past the 26 weeks bill through the House of Representatives will generally offered by the states would deter be problematic, as Speaker John Boehner had some Americans from seeking permanent stated that he would “entertain a bill only if it employment. was paid for and could stimulate job growth,” Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Dan according to the New York Times. While Coats (R-Ind.) had originally supported the Senate Democrats are able to bring up the proposal, but immediately withdrew support proposal in the future, it is unclear if it will after Reid rejected the Republican-desired be addressed anytime soon. amendments. A spokesperson for Portman Editor’s Note: Information from The said that it was disappointing that “Senate New York Times and CBS News was used Democrats didn’t come to the table to negoti- in this report.

Feb. 13, 2014

Firing Lane

Sam Lane

World News Editor

Citizen vain

Last week, New York City mayor Bill DeBlasio announced that he would be the city’s first mayor in over 40 years who would not be involved with the city’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. His reasoning: it was a protest against the city’s decision to not show the gay pride flag during the parade. When I first heard about this, I was a little confused. I wondered if that also meant DeBlasio would not take any part in the Gay Pride Parade because they do not display the Irish flag during it? I saw no mention of that. No, in fact DeBlasio’s answer was based off of what is a growing problem in this country: extreme political correctness. Before I go any further, there are a few things that I must make clear. First off, I must remind everyone that I am 100 percent in favor of legalized gay marriage. Furthermore, I am also strongly opposed to right wing extremism and self-rightousness that negatively affects our nation’s image, such as the criticism of the Coke Super Bowl commercial. There is no doubt that both right and left wing extremism are very dangerous. The mainstream media fortunately points out the former (due to the fact that it makes itself much more visible), but unfortunately tends to overlook the latter. Therefore, I believe that it is my job to call out the radical leftists as well. The fact is, Mr. DeBlasio, I could care less about whether or not you march in the parade. But I do find the logic behind your decision not only bizarre, but also insulting. This statement basically indicates that all Irish-Americans and anyone else who watches the parade are homophobic and that the parade is nothing more than a representation of outdated prejudices. It also implies that those who do choose to take part in it, such as New York’s brave firefighters and police officers, are prejudiced as well. I wonder if the mayor has ever heard the song “Irish Celebration” performed by IrishAmerican Ben Haggerty, better known by his stage name Macklemore. Haggerty is both a self-proclaimed atheist and gay rights supporter, yet proudly celebrates his Irish heritage and St. Patrick’s Day. Aside from this, there are a great number of proud gay people who could care less about the gay pride flag not being flown on March 17. What DeBlasio is trying to do is not particularly activism, but rather the standard leftist self-rightousness. That is where the line is drawn between achieving progress and purely showing off. As a result, this makes DeBlasio no better than any of those bigots whining about our national anthem being sung in Spanish. While it is important to be sensitive to certain matters involving the American people, extreme political correctness is not constructive. It may have good intentions, but it goes against the fundamental human nature, that people do not want someone who acts like they know more telling them what to do. On any issue, right or left, it is what drives away those from the center to different sides. While I may have spent most of this time berating DeBlasio on his arrogance, we can not forget that it is prevalent throughout the country. When we learn to face reality, then we can get back to moving forward as a country for all Americans. Contact Sam Lane at


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Twitter reports slow growth of active users Anthony Ahlegian

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Anthony Ahlegian

Business & Finance Editor

Olympic impact

The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games have brought a lot of attention to Russia, specifically Sochi, over the past week. I recently came across an article in the International Business Times that aimed to forecast and analyze the economic impacts of this year’s Winter Olympics on the surrounding area of Sochi, Russia. The article also stated some interesting historical facts pertaining to the Olympics’ impact on its host cities. The Olympics kicked off in style last Friday with an elaborate opening ceremony. This glorious start to the winter games gave a prelude to the expectation that this year’s winter Olympics would be the most expensive in history, costing in excess of $50 billion. A majority of this cost was borne by 235 projects that were undertaken in preparation for the games. Thirty-seven of these projects pertained to developing the roads in Sochi. Sochi benefits from these renovations with a better environment for commerce and commuting. The athletes’ quarters are supposed to be turned into affordable housing for local residents as well. These impacts on Sochi are especially important due to the nature of Sochi’s emerging economic condition. Areas that have emerging economies tend to spend the most in preparation for the games, and also benefit from its lasting effects. A report by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development states that the huge cost of this year’s games may create a “lasting legacy” for the city of Sochi, and the southern Krasnodar region of Russia. This legacy will be represented by the benefits of improved services that may attract future business. Jobs that are created from hosting the Olympics may last well after the games have ended, improving the business prospects of the population in the region. Now you will be able to watch the rest of this year’s games with a renewed perspective. Follow @AnthonyAhlegian or email him at

Business Basics Collateral Collateral is property or other assets that a borrower offers a lender to secure a loan. Collateral can be seized by the lender to recoup their losses if the borrower stops making the promised upon loan payments. Examples of situations where collateral may be used are when an individual needs a loan to buy a home, a vehicle or business equipment. The risk presents itself to the lender that the borrower could default on their loan, and not be able to make their payments. This could be due to the borrower losing their job, becoming disabled or becoming bankrupt. In the situation where the borrower defaults on their loan, the lender would be able to take the collateral to recoup their losses. The collateral in each of the presented examples would be the items purchased with the loan. – Information compiled by Anthony Ahlegian

Twitter Inc. recently released its first earnings report as a public company. While some of the data was encouraging to Twitter’s revenue generating performance, the data that sits at the core of their business model was disappointing. Two major takeaways from the earnings report were that Twitter’s revenue is increasing, but user growth is slowing down. Twitter is still doubling its revenue each quarter, and has found ways to make more money per user, according to a recent article in The Wall Street Journal regarding Twitter’s earnings release. Twitter has become a nearly required part of advertising campaigns, blanketing the Internet, television and billboards with hashtags for advertisers, according to the WSJ. While Twitter is also laying plans to generate revenue by selling ads on other websites, its core business depends on the scale of its mainstream users. The more active users Twitter has, the bigger its audience will be for advertisers to target. With this in mind, continuous slow user growth may have negative effects on Twitter’s already lofty market value that decreased by nearly a quarter following its recent earnings release. That market value is currently at about $30 billion. Early in 2013, Twitter projected 400

Twitter reported slow user growth in its first earnings report as a public company. million monthly active users by year-end. their advertising services. Twitter’s recent earnings release stated that Twitter CEO Dick Costolo responded to its monthly active users at year-end were 241 analysts last week by stating that Twitter’s million. This was an increase of 30 percent plans for improved functionality can speed year-over-year, but an increase of just nine up user growth, stressing the need to ease the million since the last quarter. Seventy-six sign-up process and get new users “up to speed percent of Twitter’s active users, or 184 mil- very quickly.” He also said several initiatives lion, are using the service from their mobile planned over the next year will change “the devices. slope of the growth curve.” Twitter’s social media counterpart, FaceEditors Note: Do you use Twitter? If you book, has more than half of the U.S. online do, what do you like the most and least about population as active users, representing five the service? If you don’t, why don’t you? times the worldwide users of Twitter, accord- Please e-mail me your response at aahleing to the WSJ. With Twitter lagging behind or tweet it @AnthonyAhleFacebook in number of users, Twitter must gian for a special loyal reader surprise. determine how to increase its account holders Information from The Wall Street Journal to appease investors and advertisers that use was used in this article.

Hot Topics Video camera maker GoPro recently announced plans for an initial public offering, or IPO, of stock. GoPro has built its popularity with its action cams that are small, weatherproof and mountable, offering excellent video quality and battery life. GoPro won’t reveal its financial statements until a later date.

GoPro announced plans for an initial public offering last Friday.

McDonald’s Corp. opened its first restaurant in Vietnam this past Saturday, Feb. 8. McDonald’s is the latest global chain to enter Vietnam, following Yum Brands Inc.’s KFC, Burger King and Starbucks. The menu includes McPork sandwiches, pioneered for the pork-loving country. These sandwiches are priced at $3.10.

McDonald’s opened its first location in Vietnam last Saturday.

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This is the amount in thousands of subscribers that Sprint Corp. added in the last three months of 2013. This is a sign that Sprint is beginning to cut back on its subscriber losses. These performance results are encouraging towards Sprint’s desire to acquire the smaller T-Mobile US Inc.

Of the 477,000 new Sprint subscribers in 2013’s final quarter, 466,000 of those subscribers were new tablet customers.

In response to shoppers reaching for bargain brands such as Arm & Hammer, Procter & Gamble Co. has begun to roll out a lower priced Tide detergent called Tide Simply Clean & Fresh. The new brand is 35 percent cheaper than the original Tide detergent. P&G is also raising the prices on its fancier Tide detergent varieties.

– Information compiled by Anthony Ahlegian

P&G is lowering prices on Tide by rolling out a new product.


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Several students at John Carroll University have banded together to develop a policy of “just employment” for all University employees. Twenty-one out of 28 Jesuit universities already have “just employment” policies in place, making John Carroll one of only seven who don’t. It is important for the University to have this policy not only to be on par with other Jesuit universities, but also to show a strong commitment to social justice. Providing all employees with a living wage aligns with Jesuit values and there is every reason that such a policy should be in place. It is troubling that it has taken this long for someone to take action in guaranteeing that all University employees are paid a living wage, which is the hourly wage that an individual must earn to support their family if they are the sole provider and working full time. In Cleveland, it is anywhere from $8 to $28 per hour. It is commendable that these students are taking a stand and fighting for these employees who do so much for John Carroll but have yet to be recognized. They deserve all the support that the University can give them.


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On Feb. 4, all John Carroll University student organization presidents were informed that there would be a change in the rule for fundraising. Student organizations are no longer allowed to have such events at venues that get the majority of their revenue from the sale of alcohol. This measure was taken to prevent fundraising money from being generated by the sale of alcohol. The University should reconsider this mandate and, in the meantime, they should at least make the policy more of a recommendation than a rule. It is understandable that the University does not want the majority of fundraising money to come from the sale of alcohol under the premise that it encourages students to drink more. However, the University is not in charge of the organization for which the money is being raised, so they shouldn’t have a say in how those funds are raised. For example, it would be reasonable if Relay for Life requested that the John Carroll group didn’t hold fundraisers in bars or generate funds from alcohol sales. It is not the place of the University to monitor the drinking habits of every student. If students under 21 are drinking at these fundraisers, then their actions are illegal and they will be held accountable if they are caught. Most restaurants and bars have rules in place and are very cautious about not serving drinks to underage kids or overserving their of-age guests. Student organizations should be allowed to choose how they wish to fundraise as long as they abide by

— Shirley Temple

HIT & miss

Hit: The Winter Olympics miss: Shirley Temple Black, beloved Depression-era child actor turned diplomat, died on Tuesday at the age of 85 Hit/miss: Hit game “Flappy Bird” has been removed from the app store after the creator became too overwhelmed by its inexplicable success miss: Phones with “Flappy Bird” installed on them are listed for sale on eBay for up to $15,000 Hit: Comedian Nathan Fielder opened up “Dumb Starbucks,” a parody store that sells the same drinks as Starbucks with the word “dumb” in front of it Hit/miss: Valentine’s Day miss: A newlywed woman fell 2,000 feet to her death during a BASE jumping accident in Zion National Park Hit: The Indians pitchers and catchers report to spring training this week Hit/miss: U.S. snowboarder Shaun White fell short of a medal in Sochi as he came in fourth in the half-pipe on Tuesday Hit: Erin Hamlin became the first American to win a medal in luge as she took home the bronze miss: Fox announced “The X Factor” will be canceled after just three seasons due to Simon Cowell’s resignation from the show Hit: Canadian researchers denounce online trolls as sadist psychopaths miss: Iranian vessels sail for the American coast to protest the U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf Hit: Women’s ski jumping is allowed as an event in the Winter Olympics for the first time in history

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Feb. 13, 2014


Vee Day every day!

Mary Frances McGowan Asst. Campus Editor

Let me begin by saying Happy Valentine’s Day to all! Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not going to talk about Conversation Hearts, topping off a quart of Ben and Jerry’s alone in my dorm room or how many variations of the color red I can fit on my body in one day. It’s not that I don’t like Valentine’s Day, I love love. But I am left wondering why we reserve all of our love and kindness for one single day out of the year. Why we feign from telling each other how much we love one another until tomorrow, allowing ourselves to perpetuate petty hatred as if it’s a necessary part of life. I think that we can have a Valentine’s Day-esque mindset every day, and what a better chance to start than today? One would think that as we get older, our ability to love each other would improve. I mean really, we’ve all taken disgustingly difficult standardized tests, battled core requirements that made our head spin and have left home to begin our futures. But no matter how much we “grow up,” we still snicker needlessly at lunch tables about our dislike of so-and-so and organize ourselves in groups comparable

to cliques found at recess. Why is it that as our minds get stronger, our hearts get weaker? There was a time in kindergarten that I look back upon as the first time that I understood what it meant to be kind. I went to grade school in an incredibly hilly National Park, which was quite troublesome for my little nervous stomach. On one such ride to school with my mom, I was particularly queasy, and completely lost my cookies all over my Mary Janes (sorry for the visual). It was too late to go home, which meant I would have to do the walk of shame to my cubby until I could grab my extra clothes. My little heart sunk, and I was all too sure that no one would want to play with me that morning, and if the worst case scenario came to being, I would assume some sort of ridiculous nickname like “Betty Barf” that would stick with me until at least fourth grade. I was only six years old and already expected the worst from my peers. As I shuffled into the classroom with my head hung low, I remember peeking up to see my best friend Spencer smiling at me. Without hesitating or commenting on my less than stellar appearance, he said, “Whenever you want, I’m ready to play! I’ve waited for you all morning.” It sounds silly, but whenever I think about how I want the world to be, I think about my interaction with Spencer that day in

kindergarten. And don’t you know it, after all of these years that I’ve given Spencer ample opportunity to make fun of me, he’s remained one of my dearest friends of my life. We don’t have to stand for a world where we kick sand in each other’s face at recess, but one where we all act like my best friends so many years ago. If a kindergartener can figure it out, so can we. Loving should be the most natural thing that we do. So on this Valentine’s Day, make a conscious effort to return to a childlike kindness, even if the action is small. Smile at someone on your way to class, sit with the kid in the caf that seems like they need a friend (unless it’s morning, I’d let that one go), or talk to someone that you’ve never had the courage to. I’m willing to bet being kind might feel pretty good – so much so, you might even want try it more often. It’s not to say that you won’t have some sleep-deprived grumpy mornings; God knows I act more like an angry bear than a human on little sleep. But maybe if we keep a Valentine’s Day state of mind a little every day, we can look back on this conversation with a trivial scoff. Soon we will realize that we’ve wasted so much precious time and energy trying to change things about each other that we can’t change. If we turn that energy into love, who knows what we could do? Happy Valentine’s Day, friends. Contact Mary Frances at


What does roupily mean?

“Someone who is ripply and droopy at the same time” Dan Kampman, junior

“Something people chant while you’re trying to lasso a cow” Claire Whillans, junior

“A striking meadow of wildflowers” Kenny Farona, junior

Roupily: As though affected with roup; hoarsely, huskily


Ryllie Danylko Managing Editor

With the excitement of the Winter Games, the devastating civil war in Syria and the ever-present political drama surrounding health care and immigration reform in the U.S., it can be difficult to keep up with all the news happening in our own nation and world, much less with what’s happening on other planets. Recently, I’ve started to pay closer attention to what NASA has been up to, and you should, too, because there is some important and mind-blowing stuff happening out there. For starters, astronauts have found evidence that there was once flowing water on Mars, and that the planet was likely inhabitable billions of years ago. In fact, there’s


still some water there in the form of ice. This is exciting because if researchers uncover how this is possible, it would deepen our understanding of Mars’ climate and support the possibility that some form of life exists on the planet. NASA recently teamed up with the National Center of Space Studies of France to launch the next Mars mission in 2016. The fact that we’re getting closer to the possibility of discovering life on other planets should give lot of perspective on our place and significance in the universe. In other Martian news, the Mars rover Curiosity captured a photo of Earth from the Red Planet’s surface. The photo of our planet is a hilariously tiny dot 99 million miles away from the rover. Look it up – if that doesn’t make you feel slightly insignificant, I don’t know what will. A couple of planets over, two NASA spacecrafts captured 360-degree views of Saturn’s northern lights. NASA described the view as “a kind of step-by-step choreography detailing how the auroras move, showing the complexity of these auroras and how

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Mentz’s Minute: Welcome to spring training

Zach Mentz Editor in Chief

For the last three-plus months, we’ve all been in the same snowy, frozen boat. More-than-frigid temperatures, chattering teeth, stuffy noses and crunching snow beneath our feet are just some of the things we’re forced to become accustomed to in the winter. We’ve all had to take the time to put on four layers of clothing just to go outside each morning while battling your average winter illness, praying that this is finally the year that winter ends early and spring begins. We all have different ways of dealing with the winter weather. Whether it’s spring break, summer concerts or boating on the lake, we all have something different to look forward to that helps us trudge through winter snow. But there’s one sole thought that gets me through the sun-less days and Antarctic temperatures, and it’s this: Baseball is coming. Anyone that knows me knows about my passion for baseball; I certainly don’t hide it. It’s a game I played from the ages of five through 19, it’s a sport I coached for the last two summers after I was done playing and it’s a passion that even turned into an internship working in professional baseball for the last two summers. In short, there’s nothing I hate more than winter, and there’s nothing I love more than baseball, so you can see why I’m so eager to make the transition to spring. Baseball season concludes at the end of October and begins with spring training in mid-February, making it the shortest offseason of any professional sport, yet that offseason is still far too long for my liking. While I patiently wait for the snow to melt and baseball diamonds to thaw here in Cleveland, MLB pitchers, catchers and players alike have already reported to spring training. In fact, today, Feb. 13, is the official opening for 2014 MLB spring training, though

many players report to camp before today. It’s tough to envision, I know, but all across the southern part of the United States, baseballs are being thrown and bats are being swung. Baseball diamonds are being lined with fresh white chalk and sunflower seeds are being spit across dugouts. It’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it? When I’m walking through six inches of snow in the winter, I just imagine that I’m somewhere warm, like Florida or Arizona (where both spring training leagues are held), standing on a baseball field, wearing my black leather glove with a brand new baseball inside. Maybe that’s crazy, but hey, it’s worked for me. Soon enough, those images of 75-degree weather, blue skies and fresh cut infield grass won’t just be daydreams in my head, but rather an actual reality. One of the true benefits of living in Cleveland is having a MLB team located just 20 minutes downtown at Progressive Field. Starting in early April, you can catch an Indians game in-person almost any night of the week. And after all, everyone knows that there’s no greater atmosphere than the ballpark atmosphere. Besides, who doesn’t love the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, a full bag of peanuts, a cold beverage and nine innings of America’s pastime? While Opening Day isn’t quite upon us yet, make no mistake about it – it’s well on its way. Soon enough, we’ll replace the word “snow” with “sun” in our vocabularies. We’ll say things like, “Want to go to the Indians game tonight?” rather than “Want to shovel the driveway?” With each passing minute, with each passing hour, with each passing day, we’re that much closer to seven months of baseball and warm weather. For those of you like me who just can’t wait for baseball to finally arrive, just take solace in this fact: We’re only 46 days away from Opening Day.

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F a c t o r : Keeping up with the cosmos

scientists can connect an outburst from the sun and its effect on the magnetic environment at Saturn.” Aside from being breathtakingly beautiful, this footage will allow researchers to answer long-standing questions about the atmospheres of giant outer planets like Saturn, including why they are so hot despite being so far from the sun. Just last week, NASA discovered an entirely new galaxy on the far edge of the observable universe using the Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes. The galaxy, dubbed Abell2744_Y1 (a name that really rolls off the tongue) is only 650 million years old – a youngster in cosmological terms – and is 50 times smaller than the Milky Way. What’s noteworthy about this is that, if confirmed, it will be the farthest galaxy observed thus far. The universe is literally expanding right before astronauts’ eyes. On NASA’s agenda this year alone, there are five planned space missions. The first is called the GPM rain-mapping mission, and is a joint project between NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency that will further scientists’ understanding of climate change

and the global water cycle through the observation of near real-time instances of rainfall and snowfall every three hours worldwide. The other four missions are aimed toward aiding climate research in areas like storm-tracking and greenhouse gas. One is even designed to map the planet’s soil moisture so that scientists can better predict agricultural productivity. The work that NASA and international space agencies are doing seeks to gain knowledge that will help everyone, not just science geeks. It’s frustrating to me that some people complain about how much money NASA spends on research and missions, many of which lead to dead ends. Everything we’ve ever been taught about discovery and innovation has shown us that failure is an unavoidable and valuable step toward success. The work that astronauts do on a daily basis to further our understanding of our planet and what exists beyond it seems like a worthwhile investment. While the breadth of our evergrowing universe can be a little intimidating and make you feel very small, it should awaken curi-

osity and admiration for the sheer magnificence of these discoveries. It’s strange to step away from the conflicts and stress of our personal lives and think about phenomena happening in places where there is 38 percent less gravity than on Earth, and in galaxies light years away that didn’t even exist in humans’ minds until scientists reached just a little bit further out into the starry abyss. Imagine how our collective worldview would change if scientists discovered life on other planets or in other galaxies. Next time you update yourself on the latest news, check up on what’s happening out in space. The great thing about space news is it lacks the depressing stories of war, poverty, convoluted politics and injustice that plague Earth-centered news, and often involves pretty lights and alien rumors instead. Editor’s Note: Information from NASA,, Forbes, and Red Orbit was used in this column. Contact Ryllie Danylko at


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Things to do on Valentine’s Day if you’re single 1. Eat your feelings 2. Binge watch Netflix 3. Save money 4. Buy cheap wine 5. Go to dinner alone; make fun of couples 6. Sleep

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Grace Kaucic Editorial & Op/Ed Editor

I like to experiment with the movies available on Netflix. Anyone who has an account or has scrolled through the instant queue before knows as well as I do that there are some pretty messed up movies available, and most times you have to learn the hard way which ones those are (I’ll give you a quick hint, though - avoid “Horsemen” at ALL costs). There was another movie I stumbled across a couple weeks ago that took messed up to a whole new degree. It was a documentary called “Black Fish,” and was by far one of the most emotionally disturbing documentaries I’ve witnessed since I was forced to watch “Food, Inc.” in high school. This documentary has actually been causing quite the stir in media recently, which I didn’t realize until after watching it. I found it so disturbing because it explored the unexposed reality of SeaWorld, a place that has always been like heaven to me. I’ve grown up loving the ocean and all of its animals, especially whales and dolphins. My family and I went to SeaWorld a few times when I was younger, and I was convinced then that my dream job would be becoming a SeaWorld trainer. I was traumatized after watching “Black Fish” because I had never imagined what really goes on behind the scenes at this supposedly “magical” place. If you haven’t seen the documentary, you may have at least heard of the death of Dawn Brancheau, which is what the movie stemmed from. A couple of years ago, this professional trainer at SeaWorld was going about her normal day, doing shows and what not. She had been working at SeaWorld for many years, and many considered her to be one of the best of professional trainers there. One day, she was doing a show with Tilikum, one of the whales known as Shamu, and he suddenly dragged her into the water by her arm and killed her.

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Time to shut it down It was obviously tremendously shocking to witness, and all the public relations representatives could do to save face was chalk it up to just one big freak accident. Most people bought this story, too, until “Black Fish” was released a couple of months ago. The documentary showed that a string of similar accidents had occurred with Tillikum and other whales at SeaWorld as well as other similar venues. Furthermore, it explored how the whales were captured and stored in these places, and how years and years in captivity caused a majority of them to become increasingly aggressive and dangerous. There were so many aspects of this documentary that made me feel sick, most particularly SeaWorld’s disgraceful attempt to cover up a tragedy in order to keep making money. I know the SeaWorld executives are not stupid and have figured out by now that keeping a number of 17-foot whales in a small pen for their entire lives is going to create some problems. In addition, research has suggested that both whales and dolphins are very emotionally developed, possibly even as much as humans. The movie shows the whales becoming visibly distraught as they are separated from their families. The more time they spend isolated in their tiny metal pens, the more depressed and aggressive they become. This really shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, seeing as how these whales are used to having the entire ocean to roam, meet other whales, have families and cute stuff like that. I never thought I would say this, but I hope SeaWorld closes. As much as I love seeing the dolphins and whales do cool tricks and flips and all that, I never would have ever been proSeaWorld if I had known how badly the whales are mistreated and the tragic consequences of keeping these wild animals in captivity. Everyone, give this documentary a watch. It’s heartbreaking but necessary to see. I’m sorry for the SeaWorld fans still out there, but this is just too much. We all know animal cruelty is bad, so why should we continue to let a company make billions Contact Grace Kaucic at

Feb. 13, 2014

Clara Richter Editorial & Op/Ed Editor

Richter, other than being the last name of the man who co-invented the Richter Scale, Conan O’Brien’s wingman and a Nobel Laureate in physics, is also one of the most common surnames in Germany. It means “judge.” Look it up on Wikipedia and it yields over 60 entries (I, unfortunately, am not one of them). While I was studying abroad, I flew through the Frankfurt airport on my way back from Vienna. Upon seeing my boarding pass, the people working for Lufthansa thought that I was German on the basis of my last name. They started speaking to me in German and I didn’t have the heart to tell them that I didn’t understand because, despite the fact that my last name is insanely Deutsch, I only know about five words in German and most of them are dirty (sorry, Mom). I wish I did though. Not that I want to totally blame the Spring Lake Public School System, but they didn’t offer it as an option for a foreign language, so I blame them a little. Instead I took four years of French, which was satisfying, but didn’t stick. My love for German was rekindled when I went to Vienna while I was abroad. I even bought a copy of Goethe’s “The Sorrows of Young Werther” in German and even though I can’t read it, I like to look at it and compare it to my English copy (because these are the things that I do in my spare time). Then I came across an article in The New York Times this fall called

“Schottenfreude,” which is a collection of German composite words that author Ben Schotte (to whom I owe much thanks, as all other German words and definitions in this column have come from him) has put together because he feels that they perfectly describe the human condition. He has compiled enough of them to make a book, which bears the same title. They’re interesting words, not only because of the way that we translate them into English, but also because of their literal translations. A few examples: There’s “fingerspitzentanz,” which refers to the tiny triumphs of nimble-fingered dexterity. The literal translation of the word, however, is “fingertips-dance.” “Fetenlauschangriff” is when one tunes in and out of a number of conversations at a party. The words that it is made up of? “Party,” “eavesdropping” and “attack.” Party-eavesdroppingattack. Sounds a little more sinister than what it actually means. “Plauschplage” (prattle-plague) is the pressure to make bantering small talk with people you interact with every day, and “eisenbahnscheinbewegung” (railway-illusion-motion) is the false sensation of movement when, looking out from a stationary train, you see another train depart. My personal favorite is “leertretung” or void-stepping, which is when one steps heavily down onto a stair that isn’t there. We’ve all done it and we’ve all tried to describe what it is like when you do it, but for some reason we don’t have a word in English for it. These words are a mouthful, and most English speakers probably can’t even hope to pronounce them, let alone work them into everyday conversation.

There is a good chance that a lot of German speakers have never used them in everyday conversation. Just because a word is a compound word does not mean that it is going to be commonly used. But does it take more time to say “herbstlaubtrittvergnuge” or “kicking through piled of autumn leaves”? Mark Twain once said that some German words were “so long they have a perspective.” Sometimes the words that are combined are ones that in English we typically separate, like orange juice (orangensaft). This is because German often doesn’t form an adjective, it forms a noun out of the two original words. We don’t use compound words like this in English, but can you imagine if we did? If we went by this same principle of combining the adjective with the noun we would drink orangejuice and eat bananabread and applepie. I’m a little afraid to try to form any English compounds that are longer than that, since there is a formula for the German compounds that I’m not quite sure I understand. Don’t get me wrong, the English language is great ... actually, it’s not that great. It’s really confusing. It’s not a pure language. It’s a bastard language born of Germanic, Romantic parents. And though we are able to express ourselves fairly clearly in English, it would be so much more useful if we could make use of a word like “Zeigarnikfrustration” when we have “the gnawing sense of incompleteness knowing there is a partially eaten snack lying around.” Because holy cow, that is the perfect way to express that feeling.

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YOURVIEW Letters to the editor Written by Joshua Krach, Class of ‘16

The recent article “No end in sight” in The Carroll News claimed our society was on the verge of dystopia because of the daily gun violence and the lack of support by the American people to pass stricter gun control measures. The article specifically mentioned the shooting at Sandy Hook. In this case, Adam Lanza stole the guns from his mother, who was qualified and had firearms training. No amount of restrictions or regulations, except an outright ban, would have prevented her from purchasing firearms. To see the effectiveness of gun control, one has to look no further than

Chicago, which the FBI said had the most homicides of any city in 2012, despite having a ban on handguns and some of the strictest regulations on carrying. Criminals who don’t care about the laws regarding murder don’t care about laws on gun sales. A congressional research report said that as of 2009 there were about 310 million firearms in the United States. With that increasing, there are more than enough guns already available for criminals to get ahold of. To improve the safety of our society, we need laws that don’t focus on the gun, but on the person responsible

Written by Christopher Kerr, Class of ‘00

Dear Editor, Thank you so much for The Carroll News’ reporting on the current immigration reform debate in the U.S. Congress and the potential standstill in the U.S. House of Representatives. Congress will fail us as a nation if they do not step up and respond to the need for comprehensive immigration reform. Our country needs leaders who can reform our immigration system in ways that value the dignity of all people who make our economy and our communities stronger. This includes persons with and without documentation.

Sadly, the proposal tentatively introduced by U.S. House Republican leaders earlier this month would create a permanent underclass in our society of individuals without the same rights and protections of the majority. Any proposal that lacks an eventual path to citizenship would be a tremendous step backward for the United States. I invite you to join the Ignatian Solidarity Network and our continued call to Congress to pass immigration reform legislation that is humane and includes the following elements: an accessible pathway to citizenship for all 11-plus million

for pulling the trigger. One of the ways this could be done is federalizing gun crimes with strict mandatory sentences for anyone who commits a crime with a gun, or by effective police tactics which have lowered crime in New York City. After a shooting, there is always a push to restrict guns, however these restrictions have been proven ineffective. The strong gun laws in Chicago did nothing to stem the violence. In order to improve our society, we need to strongly punish those responsible for the shootings and deter others from committing crimes in the future. people without documentation, including those who would benefit from the DREAM act; works to maintain family unity in all elements of the immigration system; protects the most vulnerable, especially refugees and asylum seekers; respects the rights of U.S. and immigrant workers; and ensures the human rights of immigrant families are protected as immigration laws are enforced. Your advocacy can help our country become even stronger by recognizing the dignity of all people contributing to our economy and our communities.

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Two rooms for rent. Walk to JCU. Appliances and utilities included with some furniture. $400 per person, per month. Call 440-241-8657.

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Help Wanted Wanted: Tutor for PO 300 Research Methods. $20/hr. Contact: STUDENT JOB OPPORTUNITY: If you are interested in working with a special child, our family has a parttime employment opportunity available. Sarah, our intelligent and engaging fifteen-year-old daughter, has cerebral palsy and is hearing impaired. We are looking for someone who can productively occupy her while mom and dad attend to everyday tasks, as well help her with every day personal care needs. $11 per hour during the first 90 days. Then $20.50 per hour for the first hour worked each day plus $14.50 per hour thereafter. Requirements include: Having transportation. Being available during the school year for at least one day per week between 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Being available for at least five hours over most weekends. Being open to working during next summer for between. For consideration, please contact Ben and Teri Chmielewski at 216-577-0114. Our Shaker Heights home is located near JCU. Website developer needed. Get experience for your resume. Call 440-2418657.

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NEED STUDENTS M,W,F. Up to $100 + PER week. Flexible Schedule. Lighting Innovations LLC distributes health-oriented products. Need students 2-4 hours M-W-F to package/ ship products from the Fairmount Circle Building adjacent to campus. Contact Dr. Carome 216397-4621 or email: The UPS Store, University Heights, help wanted. Seeking reliable, personable, customer oriented student to work part-time (10 to 15 hours per week) and preferably live locally to work summers. Duties include packing, stocking shelves and customer service. Call Gary or Misty at 216-371-9300.

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Feb. 13, 2014  
Feb. 13, 2014  

Vol. 90, No. 15