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Editorial: Our take on Thwing’s identity crisis

Editorial: Our take on Thwing’s identity crisis

Editorial Board
February 26, 2016
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The construction for the Microsoft HoloLens classroom behind Thwing Center, near the entrance to the Tinkham Veale University Center has been going on for months. Not long ago, the situation was reversed; it was TVUC that was under construction, and we voiced concerns about how space was being used within it...

Editorial: CWRU should pay for security cameras in Strosacker

Editorial: CWRU should pay for security cameras in Strosacker

Editorial Board
February 19, 2016
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The campus buildings on the quads are safe, right? The idea that there is a Case Western Reserve University building that isn’t watched over by CWRU security or the university’s police department seems ridiculous. But, as CWRU Film Society found out on Feb. 4, that is the reality of Strosacker...

Editorial: Administrators should provide key information in advance of forums

Editorial Board
February 5, 2016
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

When we saw President Barbara R. Snyder’s email on Jan. 25 concerning changes to modify the admissions process, we weren’t sure what to expect. A couple paragraphs down, it became clear that this email was sent to promote discussion about the need-aware debate, rather than announce that a decision...

Editorial: Pijan awards meant to build community, now restrictive instead

Observer Staff
January 29, 2016
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

A lack of inclusivity is something the University frowns upon here on campus. The extracurriculars you take part in or what you do with your free time is not a cause for ostracism at Case Western Reserve University. That’s why the requirements for two of the Dr. Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership...

McKenna: Students were not truly heard during tobacco-free policy debate

Mike McKenna
January 22, 2016
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In a Letter to the Editor last week, Vice President of Student Affairs Lou Stark strongly criticized our coverage of the Faculty Senate’s vote to make the campus tobacco-free. Our front page article from the Dec. 4 issue titled “Faculty Senate approves campus-wide tobacco ban without student input”...

Editor’s Note: Tamir Rice case highlights why all elections, even primaries, matter

Mike McKenna
January 15, 2016
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Over the past year, Cleveland as a community has had to come to terms with the shooting of 12-year old Tamir Rice by police officer Timothy Loehmann. Not only has this black child’s death frustrated the city’s populace during a time this country is grappling with race relations and accusations...

Editorial: Semester grades

Observer Staff
December 4, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

On the New Residence Hall (Apartments at 1576): D Office of University Housing, we at The Observer scratch our heads at you. The kitchens of these new apartments don’t have necessary ventilation hoods. They either need to be installed or an equivalent exhaust system has to be implemented. As of Nov. 5, by...

Editorial: Campus activism can succeed, but must tango with student workloads

Editorial Board
November 20, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In the dusty yearbook archives of the University Media Board office, photos featured 1970s protesters thrusting picket signs into the air. This was a common occurrence in Case Western Reserve University’s history, but not anymore. However on Thursday, Nov. 10, the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative...

Editorial: Caution is key to change in admissions process

Editorial Board
November 13, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The retention rate of Case Western Reserve University leaves much to be desired. Of a class, 64 percent will graduate in four years, 80 percent in six years. Mental health and academic rigor may play a role in exacerbating the situation, but another, tuition, is vital to consider: CWRU currently only...

Editorial: Uptown survival guide

November 6, 2015
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

To us Case Western Reserve University students, setting up shop near a college seems like a prudent plan for business. One of the main reasons we have this perception is that as students, we know what we like; being successful next to a college seems like it would be easy, but it’s not. Local managers...

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