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Cleveland to loosen penalties for marijuana possession

Cleveland to loosen penalties for marijuana possession

Nathan Lesch, Director of Print

January 30, 2020

On Monday, Jan. 27, Cleveland’s City Council voted to halt the prosecution of minor misdemeanor and misdemeanor marijuana possession, meaning that marijuana possession of up to 200 grams (approximately 7 ounces) will no longer carry any fines or jail time. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson is expected...

UDC creates a free lending library for computers and calculators

UDC creates a free lending library for computers and calculators

Anna Giubileo, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2020

The Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative (UDC) has created a free lending library where students can borrow computers and calculators. The project was spearheaded this year by Fatima Rahman, a third-year international studies major and the UDC’s Vice President of Campus Initiatives.  She understan...

Politics you should care about

Politics you should care about

Jackson Rudoff, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2020

What a time it is to be American.  For only the third time in United States history the president has been impeached. Now, we’re caught in the midst of an impeachment trial like no other, with heated procedural arguments dominating National Public Radio’s (NPR) soundbites. Debates over precedent hav...

Megxit, the history and rationale for the Royal Family’s decision

Megxit, the history and rationale for the Royal Family’s decision

Christopher Markham, Copy Editor

January 23, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from the British Royal Family, dubbed “Megxit” by the media, shocked the British people. On Jan. 8, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex posted on Instagram that they would “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family.”  However, ...

A window into a KSL shuttle driver

Veronica Madell, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2020

When there are no students riding the KSL Express late at night, Frank Middlebrook cranks up the jazz on his radio and drives the route himself. Born and raised in Cleveland, this city is home to many memories for Middlebrook. He passes the Wade Park Lagoon, the small scenic center of University Cir...

Cleveland library workers to strike if talks continue to break down

Cleveland library workers to strike if talks continue to break down

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

January 23, 2020

Library workers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 sent the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) an intent to strike notice after months of negotiation led to a standstill. The strike will begin on Feb. 4 if a new three-year agreement is not reached on Jan. 23. (This artic...

Paris transit strike forces Professor Toman’s study-abroad course to adapt

Paris transit strike forces Professor Toman’s study-abroad course to adapt

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

In 20 years of teaching courses in Paris, Ruth Mulhauser Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Cheryl Toman never faced a transit strike like the one currently crippling the French capital. Toman has been taking students to the City of Lights for years, and this p...

CWRU students assemble to demand climate action

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

January 17, 2020

Coinciding with Jane Fonda’s New York Times opinion piece “We Have to Live Like We’re in a Climate Emergency. Because We Are.,” published on Dec. 5, 2019, was the Sunrise Movement’s Dec. 6 climate strike, occurring in four cities in Ohio alone, as well as in Sweden and South Africa. Abo...

The effects of a particularly bad flu season ripple across Northeast Ohio

Collin Wong, Web Editor

January 17, 2020

As the number of flu cases in Cuyahoga County continues to increase, healthcare resources across Northeast Ohio are becoming strained. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the flu in Ohio is “widespread.” In Cuyahoga County, there were 135 flu hospitalizations during the week of ...

CWRU students travel to Israel and Palestine over winter break

Anna Giubileo, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

Over winter break, a delegation of students visited Israel to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict directly from those who are most affected by it.  The program, Fact Finders, was hosted by Cleveland Hillel. According to their promotional materials, the trip is “an educational and eye-...

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