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Editorial: One-dimensional ethnic holidays meant to increase cultural accessibility

Editorial Board

September 13, 2019

The Mid-Autumn Festival marks the night of the brightest full moon of the year, representing a time of harvest and plenty, of spending time with family and loved ones in many Asian cultures. In a 51 percent white campus student body, however, the Mid-Autumn Festival and other ethnic holidays could eas...

Kuntzman: Social media is a breeding ground for fake charities

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

September 13, 2019

Following any natural disaster, social media is often flooded with posts regarding statistics about the damage, news clips featuring the damage and advertisements for ways to help the victims. While the spread of such information can be very beneficial for raising awareness to provide aid to those affecte...

Editor’s Note: My Hispanic heritage

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 13, 2019

My living room has the usual markers of a college hipster crash pad, the alcohol bottles as decorations on the wall, the collection of musky used vinyl records, the stacks of books on the shelves. But my room has one important outlier: On the wall, encased over a Spiderman II poster, is a soccer jersey, ...

Reif: The real cost of two-day shipping

Reif: The real cost of two-day shipping

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

September 13, 2019

With an academic email address, students and faculty across America—Case Western Reserve University included—can get six months of free Amazon Prime and, after that expires, a discount on the membership fee. The membership includes video streaming services, free two-day shipping and other notable deal...

Richards: Package pandemonium in the area offices

Richards: Package pandemonium in the area offices

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

September 13, 2019

Package pandemonium.  There is no other way to describe the current situation in the package room at Wade Commons. The moment you step in the door (after waiting in line for 10 minutes to get to the door), you get a first-hand experience of the outdated package system Case Western Reserve Univers...

Editor’s Note: CWRU professor Michael Clune on a pixelated childhood

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 6, 2019

Everyone can remember the first video game they loved. For me, it was “Spyro the Dragon” for the PS1 when I was around ten-years-old. The three-dimensional graphics and mythology captured my ten-year-old brain. Though I only occasionally play video games now, I still remember how much I enjoyed the...

Editorial: No longer safe

Editorial Board

September 6, 2019

For countless students on campus and across the nation, going to university is not only a time for learning and personal growth, but also a time for seeking new experiences and having fun. Thus, the university’s role is not only to facilitate learning and collaboration, but also to ensure that the stu...

Reyna: Advice for first-year students

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

September 6, 2019

This year, there are 1,360 first-year students representing the Case Western Reserve University Class of 2023. Each new student brings unique experiences, skills, cultures and personalities that help make our university vibrant and welcoming.  By the time this column is published, students will have spent t...

Editorial: University Circle’s branding problem

Editorial Board

August 30, 2019

In recent years, University Circle has lost many of its staple restaurants. From the Happy Dog Euclid Tavern to the Falafel Cafe, many university favorites have closed down. Other notable mentions include Ninja City, Dynomite Burgers, Crop Kitchen, the Accent restaurant, the Corner Alley and most recen...

Pietrow: Taking stances on the top polling Democratic candidates

David Pietrow, Staff Columnist

August 30, 2019

Who will champion the Democratic party for the next presidential election? Well, the answer is unclear. Based on polling numbers alone, former Vice President Joe Biden stands out among the crowd, leading by 13 points over Sen. Bernie Sanders. However, this is not a good metric to determine the future ...

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