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Editorial: Once again, this is not normal

Editorial Board

November 16, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The role of the news media is rarely agreed upon. For many, it’s purely a source of information or even entertainment. For others, it can serve as a watchdog against the government. In the United States, we tend to take it as a little of all three. As much as we love to remain in-the-loop regarding...

Editorial: Focus on alert times not reactionary measures

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

November 9, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The Case Western Reserve University community was taken aback this past weekend when a third-year student was shot outside Phi Delta Theta in an attempted carjacking. Unfortunately, the campus is not inexperienced with incidents of similar magnitude. We are all too familiar with reports of muggings...

Editorial: A false notion of diversity

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

November 2, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

One of the first programs any Case Western Reserve University student is exposed to is “Diversity 360,” a brief training during Orientation Week that attempts to educate first-year students on the cultural nuances of their new community. It makes sense to cover this topic during the early period o...

Editorial: The danger of false equivalencies

Editorial: The danger of false equivalencies

Jackson Rudoff, Opinions Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Top Stories

On Monday, a number of news organizations reported that somebody had left a pipe bomb outside the home of George Soros, a notable left-wing philanthropist. Over the next few days, numerous other left-wing figureheads would receive similar packages, all playing into a Unabomber-esque picture of political violence. ...

Editor’s Note: How not to get student feedback

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In 2012, Case Western Reserve University set out to conceive a five-year strategic plan for the school. It would guide the institution from 2013 to 2018. The finalized plan, titled “Think Beyond the Possible” and available online, focused on a mission of “[improving] and [enriching] people’s live...

Editorial: Kavanaugh, a board divided

Editorial Board

October 5, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

For weeks, Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing has dominated the news. During the process, Christine Blasey Ford came forward with an accusation of sexual assault that occurred while the two were in high school. It immediately shifted the tone of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s ...

Editorial: Rankings reveal a failure to aid

Editorial Board

September 28, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Just over two weeks ago, every student at Case Western Reserve University received an email announcing that the new U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 Best Colleges list had been released. Most of the message’s emphasis was placed on a single fact: CWRU had fallen five places to No. 42. While this re...

EDITORIAL: Tink decision shows lack of communication

Editorial Board

September 14, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

One of the best parts of campus life is the seemingly endless opportunities for either free food or cheap baked goods. But over the past few weeks, the buzz around campus has been that Bon Appetit Management Company barred this key pastime in the Tinkham Veale University Center. This inaccurate no...

Editorial: Understanding our media

Editorial Board

September 7, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In the modern political landscape, it is easy to view most things with a little underlying skepticism. When the 2016 election made the term “fake news” a part of everyday jargon, it entirely transformed how all of us approach information, especially when it comes to news media. While recent po...

Editorial: Hearing, not listening

Editorial: Hearing, not listening

Editorial Board

April 20, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Top Stories

In early 2018, a public school district in Minnesota banned the books “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” from their English curriculum. Students persistently complained that the books’ racial themes and use of certain words made them uncomfortable, so the supe...

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