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Panaro: The racism at the heart of the coronavirus crisis

Kevin Panaro, Staff Columnist

February 13, 2020

Rising fears over the coronavirus outbreak in the Hubei province of mainland China have caused increasing worry and panic—not just for China itself, but the many countries that depend on its vast trade network for daily economic activities. The respiratory disease has had far-reaching consequences, ...

Lakhiani: TikTok is more than just an entertainment platform for Gen Z

Lakhiani: TikTok is more than just an entertainment platform for Gen Z

Karuna Lakhiani, Staff Columnist

February 13, 2020

“Hey, yo, something traumatic happened that changed my life check,” *cue sad music*: I downloaded TikTok. The millions of TikTok users probably just understood what I just said, and most likely, you did too. TikTok has become our new social media platform; from doing the “Renegade” to creating ...

Martz: It’s time to think about friendships and how they affect our mental health

Paulina Martz, Staff Columnist

February 13, 2020

Friendships are relationships that often go overlooked when it comes to discussions about health and wellness. This is—in some ways—understandable. We’ve all had bad friends who we simply drifted apart from or stopped interacting with, and we’ve probably also had good friends to which the same ...

Editorial: What about the humanities?

Editorial: What about the humanities?

Editorial Board

February 13, 2020

Career Fair day is easily recognizable—with the swaths of students dressed in jackets, ties and pantsuits. Last Monday, nearly 100 employers set up in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center to meet students interested in their company or industry. While the event helps students networ...

Gollamudi: Presidential website superlatives

Deeksha Gollamudi, Social Media Editor

February 6, 2020

With the commencement of presidential-election fever comes the YouTube ads we inevitably skip and the bubbly TV spots of presidential candidates peddling their policy proposals, with just the right proportion of white people and people of color in the background cheering on each respective candidate. W...

Richards: Club sports should count toward physical education credits

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

February 6, 2020

As I start my sixth semester here at Case Western Reserve University, the dreaded physical education (PE) requirement is looming upon me. Two semesters worth of physical education classes are required for all bachelor’s degrees here, and, when you realize you only have three semesters left, this can ...

Zhu: Technology is the answer to the question nobody asked in the Iowa caucuses

Zhu: Technology is the answer to the question nobody asked in the Iowa caucuses

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

February 6, 2020

The Iowa caucuses reflect not only a complicated political season, but also a major issue in the intersection of technology and other fields—what problems does technology solve, and what problems are created for technology to solve?  A few days after the caucuses, at least some of the blame has fa...

Reyna: Primaries are important too

Reyna: Primaries are important too

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

February 6, 2020

Primary season is upon us. We’ve begun the process of deciding who will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for the President of the United States. It is always our civic duty to exercise our right to vote, but primary elections typically experience lower voter turnout than general elections. A signi...

Editorial: Our responsibility as a private university is to promote public education

Editorial Board

February 6, 2020

Betsy DeVos had no experience in education prior to becoming President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education. In fact, she and her children only attended private schools. DeVos’ experience explains her objectives to change the American education system to favor private and charter institutions, espec...

“I Survived Sorority Recruitment”

Anonymous

January 30, 2020

The start of the spring semester at Case Western Reserve University ushers in the exciting, yet daunting, period of sorority recruitment. Two weekends of introductory conversations about our hometowns, what we like to do with our friends, the inclement weather outside and the expected inquisitivenes...

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