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Stone: Identifying as trans, performing the role, are different situations

Jillian Stone
February 26, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

I am writing in response to the article, “Student performers shine at Drag Ball.” I have attended CWRU Drag Ball three years in a row, once as an audience member and twice now as a competitor. To say Drag Ball seeks to break transgender stereotypes is a problematic statement. While some drag...

Gurian: An open letter to our Greek men

James Gurian
February 19, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Recently, at Beta Theta Pi’s national president’s training, one chapter president suggested to the room that “it’s easy to say, like, at least we don’t pee on our pledges.” I struggled to keep a straight face, but the thinking he so eloquently described is pervasive here at Case Western Reserve...

Stark: Undergraduate and graduate student and the USG were informed, involved in development of tobacco policy

Lou Stark
January 15, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

To the editor, I was disappointed to see the front-page story in the Dec. 4 issue of The Observer claiming a lack of student input on a proposal to make the campus tobacco-free. I rarely respond to articles in the student newspaper, but when facts are ignored and an article is misleading, it is necessary...

Murcia: The Observer’s semester grade is a C-

December 16, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Editor’s Note: The Observer is a member of the University Media Board (UMB) and funded by the UMB’s allocated portion of the Student Activities Fee and further through advertisements from local vendors. It bears no relation to the Undergraduate Student Government. The Observer does not conduct any acti...

Kim: Smoking ban is unconstitutional

Jonathan Kim
December 9, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

On Nov. 23, the CWRU Faculty Senate ruled to ban all tobacco products on campus. Anyone who briefly looks over the June 2015 Faculty Handbook, the guide for University Faculty as defined in the “Constitution of the University Faculty,” will realize that the CWRU Faculty Senate ruled outside its co...

Horton: Open Letter in Support of USG’s Resolution R. 25-04

Ray Horton
December 9, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

On May 6, while I was serving as vice president of the Graduate Student Senate, Professor Elizabeth Click explained the tobacco-free campus initiative. This was the second time she presented the policy to GSS, and it was clear that the committee had failed to seriously address concerns our assembly had...

Mohanarangan: Hate, fear are pitfalls in war of ideology

Karthik Mohanarangan
December 4, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

Editor's Note: Daesh is another name for the terrorist group also known as ISIS or ISIL. The terrorist group prefers to not be called by this name. To the editor, Over break, I came to some realizations about Daesh [the terrorist organization responsible for the Paris attacks]. One of Daesh’...

Fatoki: CWRU’s need for a token diversity activist

Jordan Fatoki
December 4, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

To the editor, I am writing to call attention to the tokenism that has surrounded Case Western Reserve University’s recent campus diversity efforts. As we saw last year, during the #webelonghere movement, one minority student stood in the forefront of issues regarding a security officer’s offensive...

Adler: For tobacco-free policy, don’t include campus ban on electronic cigarettes

Jonathan Adler
November 20, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

To the editor, On Monday, the Faculty Senate is scheduled to consider a proposal to make the university a “tobacco-free” campus. While much of the proposal is eminently reasonable, the policy as drafted has a major problem, one that could actually undermine the university’s stated goals of reducing...

Murphy: CWRU needs suicide crisis chat line

Kaitlin Murphy
November 13, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

To the editor, I’m writing to respond to your article, “Suicide prevention grant shines light on campus mental health,” Nov. 6, 2015. Suicide prevention requires much more than funding; it requires training. Case Western Reserve University was incredibly fortunate to receive the SAMHSA grant....

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