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Reif: What have we become?

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What has our country become? Born on the backs of slaves, raised on the sustinence of genocide as the Native population was swept away, blind to Jewish refugees seeking asylum during World War II, deaf to Jim Crow lasting decades beyond its judicial overthrow, insensitive to closing the borders on a...

Editorial: Wealth’s clear advantages in college admissions

Editorial Board

March 22, 2019


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The immense pressure and anxiety that accompanies applying for college cannot be understated. While the recency of the experience of college admissions varies around campus, all of us can definitely remember the grind of application essays, the scramble for resume fillers and the nausea that decision da...

Kerby: The 17-body problem

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As former President Barack Obama finished up his two terms in office, a free-for-all erupted in the Republican Party (GOP) to see who would get the chance to take down Obama’s heir apparent, Hillary Clinton. Seventeen candidates burst onto the stump circuit to plug their visions and rally the GOP base....

Mistry: Islamophobia’s deep roots

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I woke up last Friday to learn that on the other side of the world a white supremacist brutally murdered 50 Muslims during a prayer service at two mosques. I felt a lot of emotions as I read what had happened and unsuccessfully tried to comprehend why this depraved individual did what he did. ...

Richards: Is a parking pass worth it?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Parking at Case Western Reserve University is a hefty investment. For my parking pass this semester, I had to pay $281.60 to park in the lot outside my dorm on the south side of campus. And that’s for only one semester. Yes, that adds up to over $560 in parking fees for one academic year, for o...

Wilson: Keep the killer nameless

Wilson: Keep the killer nameless

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Last week, the world was rocked by the news that two mosques had been attacked by a white nationalist. Mass shootings are, unfortunately, a common problem in America, but this past Friday’s attack occurred in New Zealand. Leaving at least 50 dead, the shooter used an semi-automatic rifle to perpetr...

Kerby: No Irish Need Apply

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

March 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Simply Greek, a favorite eatery of Uptown residents and home of the $5 gyro, has a rather remarkable sign on its front door. The notice states in no uncertain terms that Simply Greek will not serve employees of Standard Parking, the behemoth parking authority with a near-monopoly around University Circle. I am ...

Ltte: Responding to Reif

Shmuel Berman

March 1, 2019


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Last Friday, The Observer ran an opinion column that was mainly a defense of statements made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mn.) which extended to a disappointingly one-sided analysis of the complex Middle East conflict. This column came after a week and a half of back-and-forth controversy over Omar's stateme...

Zhu: Who still uses Asian-American slurs?

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

March 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A self titled “speaking artist,” Alex Luu is a slam poet from Southern California who speaks out about his experience as an Asian-American. Most recently, he made an appearance at the Taiwanese American Student Association’s Plum Blossom Banquet last weekend. Halfway through Luu’s evocative set o...

Mistry: Being realistic, demanding the impossible

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

March 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I am an incredibly opinionated and passionate individual. There's a reason I write these columns, and my friends and loved ones just expect me to have a complicated and specific take for just about anything. One thing I’ve noticed recently, however, is how cynical and hopeless some of my friends are...

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