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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...

Ltte: Why student course evaluations may actually be a disservice to students

Maurice Adams, Professor Emeritus in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

November 1, 2019

In the early 20th century, when relatively few individuals went to college, student course evaluations served as prudent pedagogy. In modern times, however, they have evolved in a fashion that is surely not sound pedagogy. As student activism and tuition costs have substantially and continuously increased,...

Ltte: Questioning the reality around tenure

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics

April 15, 2019

On Wednesday, April 17 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall, “Members of the CWRU Emeriti Academy who have been engaged in the Think Big strategic planning process will lead a discussion on The Future of Tenure: Rationale and Reality.” So reads the official announcement of an ope...

Ltte: Responding to Reif

Shmuel Berman

March 1, 2019

Last Friday, The Observer ran an opinion column that was mainly a defense of statements made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mn.) which extended to a disappointingly one-sided analysis of the complex Middle East conflict. This column came after a week and a half of back-and-forth controversy over Omar's stateme...

Ltte: Aisha’s Law could save lives

Leo Thurman, Student

February 15, 2019

Last week, Ohio House Rep. Janine Boyd announced that she intends to draft legislation to help prevent domestic violence. The law is named for the late Aisha Fraser, a Shaker Heights teacher who was violently stabbed to death, presumably by her ex-husband, Lance Mason. Mason is a former Ohio state re...

LTTE: Airing concerns about the Thinkers

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Professor

January 25, 2019

The Provost’s Think Big strategic planning process will include Thinkers, people of our university whose answers to questions received the best evaluations by university leadership, faculty, administrative and students, and were then balanced for diversity before being selected. I’m excited to hear...

Letter to the editor: CWRU needs to emphasize moral education

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Beamer-Schneider Professor in Ethics & Associate Professor of Philosophy

November 30, 2018

The event convened by President Barbara Snyder on Tuesday, Nov. 27 to discuss Nazism and white supremacy's traces on campus was helpful, especially Director of the LGBT Center Liz Roccoforte's suggestion for developing a ready task force to address hate slurs on campus. One thing was missing, though: the importanc...

Letter to the Editor: Why impeachment is meaningless

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

September 7, 2018

Last week, we saw two different articles in The Observer discussing recent developments in the President Donald Trump-Russia collusion investigations and their implications for President Trump’s potential impeachment. It is a conversation I have seen in many political circles. For that very reason, ...

In response to “USG needs to allow a conversation on the occupation of Palestine”

Paul Rutecki

April 13, 2018

Editor’s Note: Paul Rutecki is a former columnist for The Observer. To the editor, Last week, Timothy O’Shea expressed his view that the University should “fully divest its assets from companies that directly or indirectly fund the occupation of Palestine…”.  This cause is part of a ...

Questioning if CWRU is hypocritical about ethics

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer

April 13, 2018

To the editor, The short answer is, "No."  But we should be careful. Case Western Reserve University’s mission is committed to “ethical behavior.”  Ethics is a main area of CWRU’s Strategic Plan, and it has accepted the money of numerous donors—the Inamori Foundation and the Kent Smith ...

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