The Observer

Club Sports tries to re-group after failed referendum

Anna Giubileo, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Last year, students at Case Western Reserve University were asked to vote on whether Club Sports should become a member of the Student Presidents’ Roundtable. After much confusion and miscommunication as to what membership would actually entail and how it would affect other organizations—such as t...

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...

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 ...

Inaugural AI in oncology symposium

Nihal Manjila, Staff Reporter

November 1, 2019

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been increasingly prevalent in a variety of fields, including medicine. Case Western Reserve University is on the forefront of this movement as it held an inaugural Artificial Intelligence in Oncology: Advancements and Policy Symposium event in Tinkham Veale Universi...

Does EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler dream of coal-powered sheep?

Does EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler dream of coal-powered sheep?

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

October 25, 2019

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler walked up to the podium at George Gund Hall to address the inaugural symposium for the Case Western Reserve University Coleman P. Burke Center for Environmental Law on Friday, Oct. 18. His speech was meant to honor the upcoming 50th anni...

“ZOMBIE! Run!”

Anna Giubileo, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2019

Someone yells to a group of students marked with green bandanas around their arms. In the distance a horde of students, this time with the bandanas tied around their heads, runs towards the first group. The area erupts into chaos as the first group—the humans—struggle to find shelter from the zombie...

Cleveland mayor’s plan to plant trees should improve air quality

Nathan Lesch, Director of Print

October 25, 2019

Air pollution has consistently made Cleveland one of the smoggiest cities in the United States, and earned the Cleveland-Akron-Canton area the number nine spot on the American Lung Association’s “State of the Air 2019” rankings of U.S. cities most plagued by year-around particle pollution. Transportat...

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