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Styles’ historical moment and flack that followed

Cover Look:
Styles wears a Gucci jacket and dress. Photographed by Tyler Mitchell, Vogue, December 2020
November 20, 2020

Harry Styles made history as the first man photographed solo for the cover of American Vogue in the upcoming December issue. The British pop singer was styled by Camilla Nickerson and photographed by Tyler...

Who is Harry Gauzman?: An investigative report

While Gauzman never attended John Carroll, his name lives on in writing, solidifying his JCU legacy. 
(Photo by Yusuf Evli on Unsplash)
“Most universities have traditions that carry on and are passed down. Some live on forever and some fade away with the times, like Gauzman."
November 18, 2020

Harry Gauzman is a name surrounded by mystery in the JCU community. He was known as a popular writer for The Carroll News, but no one on campus at the time and no dust-covered records can place Gauzman...

96% of JCU employees’ major political donations were made to Democratic causes

The donations made to Republican campaigns or organizations by those who listed their employment as John Carroll University totaled only 80, while donations to Democratic organizations or campaigns totaled approximately 1,593.
November 12, 2020

506 out of 527 donations from those who listed their employer as John Carroll University were made to Democratic causes in this calendar year. The donations to Democratic organizations or campaigns totaled...

Boston might have just had its first snow but rising temperatures remain a threat to communities

Boston hit record of more than 4 inches of snow on Oct 30 this year.
November 12, 2020

Boston might have had its first snow in October, but residents shouldn’t get used to it, as climate change is causing rising temperatures around the planet. Experts say heat has been a critical danger...

A Biden Administration must not continue Democrats’ tendency to take black voters for granted

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Wilmington, Del.
November 10, 2020

“Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection,” Martin Luther King Jr. wrote to describe white moderates in his “Letter From a Birmingham Jail.” Many members of the African...

Study abroad office grapples with changing restrictions, pandemic

Lisa Fortin, a study abroad ambassador for Mercer’s study abroad office, poses for a picture under the “Study Abroad” sign in Ryals Hall in February.
November 10, 2020

During the spring semester, 25 Mercer students were studying abroad in countries near and far when the reality of COVID-19 set in.  As the pandemic sent schools into virtual learning and Mercer’s...

The financial cost of COVID-19: How Mercer is navigating a financially uncertain world

Signage in the Connell Student Center informs patrons about university safety measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
November 10, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown a cloud of financial doubt over many colleges and universities across the United States — and Mercer University is no exception. When colleges and universities...

Inside San Quentin’s COVID-19 outbreak

San Quentin Prison, in San Quentin, Calif., is shown Dec. 7, 2013.
November 9, 2020

The family of one of the at least 27 inmates and employees at San Quentin State Prison who have died from COVID-19 have filed a wrongful death claim against California's correctional system. A deeper look...

First-time voters at Cal U and surrounding region discuss motivations for casting ballots in 2020 election

Andie Grossman fills out her ballot before delivering it to a San Francisco Department of Elections voting center in San Francisco, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.
November 6, 2020

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, millions of Americans across the country will vote in the 2020 presidential election. Among them will be a new generation of voters who are exercising their right to vote for the first...

PODCAST: Marketing expert predicts that the future of higher-ed is not a 4-year degree

Patrick Ward, director of marketing at Rootstrap, says that the EdTech industry is forcing traditional private institutions to change their model of education to compete with cost-effective, accelerated programs.
Private institutions might have a hard time adapting.
November 5, 2020

This story was originally published on The Carroll News on October 25, 2020.

Intramural referees tackle their jobs amid COVID-19

A group of referees speaks with the two teams participating in the Women's Flag Football championship game Oct. 22.
November 5, 2020

While the safety of athletes is on everyone’s mind during the COVID-19 pandemic, the officials are often forgotten. Referees and umpires have to take the field along with student-athletes — many of...

Diversity Council Seeks to Reshape Culture at Southern Lehigh

Diversity club holds a meeting to plan Advisory activities focused on discussing matters of diversity and inclusion within the school.
November 5, 2020

For most people, discussions on the matters of diversity, race, and inclusivity are often precarious and uncomfortable. At Southern Lehigh High School, the students of the newly established Diversity Council...

The voice that travels across the Pacific

Philippine President Duterte's signing of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 causes controversy from human rights activists.
November 5, 2020

For Filipino-Americans and Filipino immigrants in the United States, October marks the celebration for Filipino American History Month. With this year’s theme being "The History of Filipino American...

Tygarjas Twyrls Bigstyck seeks to make big impact in Pacifica election

Tygarjas Bigstyck has lived in Pacifica his entire life and is now seeking a run for one of five city council seats.
November 5, 2020

In the fall of 2017, Tygarjas Twyrls Bigstyck was exasperated as he listened closely to a city council meeting that was taking place in his lifelong home of Pacifica, California. As the beach town’s...

NJCU Is Not As Diverse As It May Seem

Graphic 2: The race demographics of full-time faculty at NJCU. Adapted from data from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
October 30, 2020

Flags from around the world line the interior of NJCU’s student union building, but while the university celebrates diversity, more than half of all its professors are white. NJCU is recognized as...

DJ Henry’s friends and former assistant coach share the impact he had on them

DJ Henry's friends and former assistant coach shared their experiences with Henry and the impact he had on their lives.
October 29, 2020

By this year, most Pace students have become familiar with this name, if they were not already. They have heard his story. How he was a football player here at Pace. How he went to Finnegan’s Bar with...

How these queer professors support their LGBTQIA+ students

Mercer history faculty Dr. Abagail Dowling poses for a portrait near Willingham Hall. Photo by Mary Helene Hall
October 29, 2020

Being a queer student is certainly not easy for everyone, especially at a university in a state where gay marriage was not recognized until the U.S. Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges in 2015. A little...

RHA Works to Commission Mural in DJ Henry’s Honor

In honor of the tenth anniversary of DJ Henry's death, RHA is working to commission a mural in his honor on the side of Ianinello Field House. Once completed, this is what it would look like.
October 27, 2020

In honor of the tenth anniversary of Danroy “DJ” Henry’s death, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) is working to commission a mural in Henry’s honor on the side of Ianniello Field House. According...

First-time student voters consider critical issues in 2020 presidential election

Friends play a card game in the freshman dorm Legacy Hall.
October 23, 2020

Nearly a third of Georgia voters who will vote in the 2020 general election are under 35 years old, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. That’s a growth rate of 68% for the age group since...

University’s draft strategic plan says restructuring is due to “falling behind”

John Carroll University's draft financial plan says restructuring is due to financial hardship.
And other universities are feeling it too.
October 22, 2020

John Carroll University’s draft strategic plan cites financial hardship as a reason for academic restructuring. In an introduction to the plan, University President Michael Johnson writes, “We have...

85 faculty members face layoffs for unclear reasons: APSCUF

Aerial shot of the Cal U clock tower and Old Main
To become more financially stable, the school system looks to let go of hundreds of teachers by the end of the year
October 19, 2020

While faculty are working hard to help students learn virtually, at the same time many are worried over the constant threat of their jobs. This past June, around 85 Cal U faculty were projected to lose...

A man’s journey through words: Cal U senior publishes debut poetry book

"Pulp" is currently available for purchase on Amazon.
October 14, 2020

Bryce Frye, senior student at California University of Pennsylvania, self publishes his first poetry book on Amazon and donates the proceeds to a nonprofit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms, even...

John Carroll makes ‘necessary’ cuts, faculty demand transparency

John Carroll's Administration building, where many senior staff members work daily, including the president.
October 9, 2020

“The worrisome thing is that had we not learned by rumor … we may never have known about [the Art History Department being dissolved] until it was already done,” said Philosophy professor Patrick...

Charvis Harrell seizes Black autonomy amidst America’s white gaze

Charvis Harrell's art went on display at the McEachern Art Center on Aug 29.
October 2, 2020

Charvis Harrell has been showcasing the disparaging impact of negative Black stereotypes at his art exhibit, “Cartoon Violence: Elegy and Testimony,” at the McEachern Art Center since Aug. 29. Harrell...

‘Blowing out a flame’: the danger of burnout on college campuses

Mercer students study in Tarver Library’s 24 hour study floor.
September 30, 2020

Burnout. We've all been there. Students are well accustomed to the “rise and grind” culture of college, but the need for some individuals to reach perfection or continue working through sustained stress...

Student parents find relief with free childcare

Parenting students are able to focus on their schoolwork and still spend quality time with their children thanks to the Child Care Means Parents in School grant.
September 29, 2020

For twenty-five-year-old Christina Holstine, remote learning this fall semester means juggling virtual classes for two degrees, chemistry and biology pre-medicine, along with working and raising...

COVID-19 pushes new advancements within the School of Music

Music student Melody Little receives instruction from Piano 1 professor Gail Pollock during the COVID-19 outbreak. Pollock also said that she disinfects the area with Pledge Antibacterial Surface Cleaner between classes.
September 28, 2020

Ever wonder how an in-class mask mandate applies to singers and other musicians within Mercer University’s School of Music? Singers and other musicians are required to wear masks even while singing or...

Great Books program implements three-year diversity plan 

The Great Books program is one of the two general education tracks for students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
September 28, 2020

The new director of the Great Books program, Charlotte Thomas,  is working on a three-year plan to incorporate more works written by female authors and authors of color into the Great Books curriculum. ...

Art History Department to be Eliminated, Tenured Faculty Receive Termination Notices

John Carroll University has planned to eliminate the Art History major among other programs.
September 22, 2020

The Art History Department has been dissolved effective August 31, 2021. Two tenured faculty members in the department, Bo Liu and Gerry Guest, have received termination letters and have been told they...

Whiteness Does Not Make You Superior: A Message to the Brown Community

A photo of the fair & lovely cream, a commonly used skin lightening product within the brown community.
September 18, 2020

The Black Lives Matter movement has me thinking about how I can become a better ally. Within the culture that I come from, there is a world where brown people are constantly obsessing over how light their...

Plogging: the new eco-friendly exercise trend perfect for social distancing 

Daniel Toben poses with trash collected from plogging, an activity that is a combination of jogging and picking up roadside litter.
September 14, 2020

Daniel Toben’s face beams at the camera as he poses with his arms spread in front of filled garbage bags. His Instagram caption reads, “The government said, “while maintaining social distancing,...

Students demonstrate against racism, police brutality in on-campus march

Derrick Buie attends the Equal Justice March and Vigil on Sept. 4 at Mercer University.
September 9, 2020

Approximately 400 Mercer students, faculty and staff marched through campus Sept. 4 protesting racism and police brutality in Mercer’s first Equal Justice March and Vigil. Afterwards, more than 100...

Language barriers limit parents’ ability to assist their children with remote learning

Sixth grade teacher Andrew Vo in his home set up for remote teaching. Vo is a teacher at Aloha Elementary in Lakewood.
September 8, 2020

Many school districts, grappling with challenges from the pandemic, have made the decision to teach through remote learning this year, forcing many parents and guardians to make the best of the situation...

Out-of-state students report mixed feelings about returning to Macon during pandemic

Only about 13% of Mercer undergraduates hail from outside of Georgia.
September 4, 2020

The fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year is rapidly approaching, and Mercer University students are preparing to return to campus. Some students’ trips, however, will be a bit longer than others’. ...

An Unprecedented Fall Brings Many Changes

Classroom located in the School of Business. Photo courtesy of
How Professors Plan to Balance Classes Through Hybrid Learning
September 2, 2020

When the university unlocks its gates in the Fall, many professors will strive to have students in a secured environment with online and HyFlex learning, a model where students can attend class both in-person...

New Food Vendor, New Problems

Anoka-Ramsey community members sitting in the Riverside Cafe on the Coon Rapids campus. Aladdin Food Services supplies the food for this cafe.
Former workers say food service on campus is handled unprofessionally.
May 26, 2020

Note: This story was reported on and written prior to the State of Minnesota's closing of schools due to COVID-19. Former food service workers on the Coon Rapids campus have concerns about the way...

Exploring Deaf culture

Travis Smith, a woodworking major at Cerritos College, cuts planks for a dresser.
May 20, 2020

Travis Smith is going to Cerritos College pursuing his life-long passion as a woodworking major. Surrounded by heavy machinery in the woodshop, he is the only student not wearing protective gear on his...

As coronavirus cases surpass 12,000 in LA County, students navigate racial disparities, information and safety

N95 respirator masks are a popular option for safeguarding against contracting the coronavirus while outside. N95 masks offer more protection than surgical or woven masks. Omar Rashad/The Union
May 4, 2020

With officials confirming thousands of new coronavirus cases in Los Angeles County every week, El Camino College students are navigating disparities and figuring out how to stay safe and informed. “It’s...

Graduating amidst COVID-19: A new outlook on an old tradition

This years commencement ceremony for the class of 2020 will look nothing like this, as cancellations happened due to COVID-19. A video will be uploaded this Saturday however, to recognize the efforts of the graduation class.
April 30, 2020

“Congratulations class of 2020!” These are the words that thousands of graduates across the world strived to hear. Due to COVID-19, like other colleges, Seward County Community College made the decision...

Local businesses see decline in sales following shift to online classes amid COVID-19 pandemic

GiGi's Pizza is located across the street from El Camino College. The popular pizza stop has seen a decline in revenue, as have other businesses in the area, ever since in-person lectures moved online due to coronavirus concerns. Stephanie Choi/The Union
April 30, 2020

Local small businesses surrounding El Camino College have experienced a decline in sales following instructional classes being moved online amid the coronavirus pandemic in Los Angeles County. “Devastating...

SCCC steps up to quarantine families in need

Seward County Community College will be using the 72 open rooms excluding the Student Living Center for families who need to be quarantined. They will only be available for residents of Liberal.
April 29, 2020

Seward County Community College stepped up to serve the Liberal community by providing shelter for those who need to be quarantined after being exposed to those with COVID-19. The Kansas Department of...

Concurrent students struggle with loss from COVID-19

There are 365 concurrent students this semester for SCCC and most of them are dealing with the loss of their senior year. (Eagle icon provided by the USD 210 website)
April 28, 2020

“I had my last day of high school without even knowing,” Jenna Beesley, Hugoton High School and Seward County Community College concurrent student, said. This seemed to be the case for most students...

COVID-19 Testing Site Opens at San Gabriel Valley Airport

April 27, 2020

The city of El Monte opened up a COVID-19 testing facility on Wednesday Apr.15 located at the San Gabriel Valley Airport. Anyone can schedule an appointment online and testing is free. The county of Los...

Industrial Tech helps make National Beef a safer place

Employees at National Beef in Liberal feel safer and more protected now that cubicles of plexi glass have been placed around the plant.
April 24, 2020

As the number of cases rise in Liberal, now up to 195, places of work try to make their environments as safe as they can for employees. National Beef, the largest place of employment for Liberal, was in...

NMSU Greek Life takes precautions against COVID-19

Those living in off-campus fraternity or sorority houses have either been asked to vacate the premise if possible or have been told to leave altogether.
April 22, 2020

New Mexico State University’s Greek Life groups are taking precautions against the spread of COVID-19. Those living in off-campus fraternity or sorority houses have either been asked to vacate the...

Refund for classes handled case-by-case

Hands-on classes became
With moving hands-on labs to simulations, students debate if it's enough or if there should be a refund.
April 22, 2020

A nursing student gets ready for their clinicals and puts on their scrubs, goes to the hospital and spends hours shadowing a nurse and even more hours filling out paperwork. This is what class looked like...

Liberal community comes together to provide masks

Community members help neighbors and friends by sewing masks due to a nationwide shortage. The CDC has recommended that everyone wear masks for the protection of others and your own well being.
April 20, 2020

A shortage of protective masks during the COVID-19 pandemic has inspired citizens of Liberal to come together at a distance to make reusable masks for those on the front lines. The Centers for Disease...

CSUB student residents say goodbye to campus

Entryway of CSUB Housing East on Monday, March 23, 2020 after student residents were asked to go back to their primary residence amid the coronavirus pandemic
April 16, 2020

CSU Bakersfield’s President Lynnette Zelezny sent out an email to all students and faculty on March 12 stating that CSUB, along with the rest of the CSU system, was transitioning to online courses until...

Kansas gets a ‘C’ for social distancing

It's been a month since
Is this part of the state adhering to the stay-at-home order?
April 16, 2020

Going to the store or to a favorite restaurant everyday seems to be in the past with stay-at-home restrictions from the federal and state government. Also, when absolutely necessary, citizens are to keep...

Long distance learning changes lives of students

Destiny Duran, Psychology major, learns from her family’s dinner table. Duran is a sophomore planning to attend University of Kansas in the fall. She said, “Online school makes me think homework is optional.”
April 10, 2020

It’s been three weeks since students received an email announcing that classes were going online as a result of the spread of COVID-19. Initially, this different class style shocked students but after...

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