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Rising star closes their doors on Little Italy

Rising star closes their doors on Little Italy

Veronica Madell, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

Coffee is addictive and so are coffee shops. At hearing the news of Rising Star Coffee Roasters, a coffee shop located in Little Italy, moving to a new location in Cleveland Heights, students were upset and heartbroken. All were left asking the question: why? As hard as it is for students to accept, t...

Japanese rapper Ryo Muranaka leaves everything to come to Cleveland

Japanese rapper Ryo Muranaka leaves everything to come to Cleveland

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

November 8, 2019

On June 22, Ryo Muranaka took a leap of faith. He sold all of his earthly belongings and booked a one-way ticket from Haneda Airport in Tokyo to Cleveland, Ohio with only his music, some luggage and a dream. His dream was to meet the legendary Cleveland rap group, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. He spent t...

Advancing voter restrictions in the great Midwestern swing state

Sydney Negron, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

On Tuesday, millions of Ohioans went to the polls to participate in the 2019 general election. This year, voters are being impacted by the culmination of over a decade of laws passed to restrict voting, and these same policies will continue to influence how the state decides in the highly consequential ele...

David Henry Hwang on the intersection of art and identity

David Henry Hwang on the intersection of art and identity

Surita Basu, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2019

David Henry Hwang is a playwright, screenwriter, television writer and librettist. His works include plays like “M. Butterfly,” “Chinglish,” “Yellow Face” and “FOB.” His newest stage work, “Soft Power,” first premiered in 2018. Hwang came to speak at Case Western Reserve University...

Golden Gate survivor Kevin Hines sparks a dialogue about mental illness

Golden Gate survivor Kevin Hines sparks a dialogue about mental illness

Surita Basu, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2019

This article contains descriptions of attempted suicide that could be offensive or disturbing to some readers.    “Of the thousands that have died of the Golden Gate Bridge, I am of the one percent who have survived.” These are the words of Kevin Hines, a mental health advocate, a...

Dead Clevelanders you should know, but probably don’t

Nathan Lesch, Director of Print

November 1, 2019

In honor of one of Halloween’s original traditions, remembering and honoring the dead, let’s look at a few of Cleveland’s lesser-known, but still prominent. residents. Joe Shuster & Jerry Siegel Although not born in Cleveland, Joe Shuster moved to the city when he was a young boy. In Cle...

Halloween’s 2,000-year-old history

Nathan Lesch, Director of Print

November 1, 2019

Halloween is characterized by dressing in costume, eating copious amounts of candy and watching scary movies. However, Halloween’s history is believed to stretch back 2,000 years and includes a variety of pagan and Christian influences. Many historians believe the precursor to modern-day Halloween wa...

SAGES faculty and Sigma Tau Delta help incarcerated people gain access to books

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

November 1, 2019

Many Case Western Reserve University students forget their old books, leaving them to languish away in a closet or on their parents’ bookshelf. With the internet, it’s easy to forget that books can function as gateways to other worlds beyond the walls of your room. SAGES faculty, with the help of...

Revisiting the deadly Lackawanna Limited train crash

Halle Rose, Contributing Reporter

November 1, 2019

The morning of Aug. 30, 1943, started like any other. Five hundred passengers boarded the Lackawanna Limited passenger train in Hoboken, New Jersey and departed on time, at 9:20 a.m., en route to Buffalo, NY. At 2:50 p.m., the train left Binghamton, NY, 30 minutes behind schedule but quickly making up ...

Case Salsa club holds a successful dance class

Cecelia Zielke, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2019

Were you at Starbucks at around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3? Glancing outside, did you suddenly feel as if you were in a scene from “Step Up Revolution”? It was likely that you were witnessing a portion of the Case Western Reserve University Salsa Club undergoing their first practice of the y...

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