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Richards: Be your own student ambassador

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2019

Often times throughout your life, you may find your voice squashed in the expansive structure of an organization or large group. Whether it be your academic, personal or professional life, your contributions may go unnoticed or your opinions swept under the rug. Sometimes you make it through half the battl...

Editorial: The questions we must ask about club sports initiatives

Editorial Board

November 15, 2019

The Club Sports referendum has recently resurfaced after failing last spring. In April, undergraduate students voted to decide whether club sports should join the Student Presidents’ Roundtable. Had the referendum been supported, an Intercollegiate Club Athletics Board would have been established, fu...

McGinnis: How capitalism has failed us

McGinnis: How capitalism has failed us

Emerson McGinnis, Contributing Columnist

November 15, 2019

While the U.S. has the highest gross domestic product of any nation, in 2017, 78 percent of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck. Six in 10 Americans did not have enough capital to survive without a job for three months. Of course, not every American lives that way. A small portion of Americans qu...

Zhu: Why I feel awkward when you speak Chinese to me

Zhu: Why I feel awkward when you speak Chinese to me

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2019

For years, I’ve admitted I’m uncomfortable when foreigners try to speak Chinese to me. Even though I don’t take offense at it, something about these interactions feels hollow and awkward. I know that I’m not the only one to feel it, but voicing these discomforts is often met with confusion and...

Rossy: #TeamTrees takes on climate change using social media

Rossy: #TeamTrees takes on climate change using social media

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

November 15, 2019

With the copious amounts of social media campaigns and influencers hounding on the issue of climate change, you might begin to ask yourself—just how much of an impact can one more initiative have, and are we really taking action or are we just spewing words into the invisible universe created by techn...

Review: uISA’s Diwali Dinner is a monument to one-dimensional ethnic campus events

Review: uISA’s Diwali Dinner is a monument to one-dimensional ethnic campus events

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

Before arriving at the Thwing ballroom for the undergraduate Indian Student Association (uISA)’s “Diwali Dinner,” I had high expectations. With uISA being one of the largest cultural clubs, and clubs period, on campus, they had a reputation for fun events filled with flavor and culture. In ...

McGinnis: How capitalism has failed us

Emerson McGinnis, Contributing Columnist

November 15, 2019

While the U.S. has the highest gross domestic product of any nation, in 2017, 78 percent of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck. Six in 10 Americans did not have enough capital to survive without a job for three months. Of course, not every American lives that way. A small portion of Americans qu...

Zhu: Why I feel awkward when you speak Chinese to me

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2019

For years, I’ve admitted I’m uncomfortable when foreigners try to speak Chinese to me. Even though I don’t take offense at it, something about these interactions feels hollow and awkward. I know that I’m not the only one to feel it, but voicing these discomforts is often met with confusion and...

LTTE: A token of whose esteem? Or a token of my extreme?

LTTE: A token of whose esteem? Or a token of my extreme?

Deepak Sarma, Professor of Religious Studies at CWRU

November 8, 2019

A family friend whose child is considering applying to Case Western Reserve University was surprised to see my picture in the “Think Humanities” brochure handed out by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to anxious parents and prospective students. I obtained a copy last week and was concurre...

Editorial: Save the vote

Editorial Board

November 8, 2019

This week celebrated one of the pillars of our democracy. Ohio joined nearly every other state on Tuesday for general elections. According to political philosopher Hannah Arendt, neither a state nor a people can be free without fair and accessible elections, for it is the use of this franchise that ...

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