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Smith: Pruning essential for growth

Josiah Smith, Columnist

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last Tuesday, my counselor told me about the brain’s process of making new connections. In short, there is a period where, especially when attempting to learn something new, the mind creates new neural pathways, becoming more malleable so that fresh ideas and concepts are easier to digest. But a...

Taylor: Comparing CWRU to a mini-police state

Taru Taylor

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On March 9, Case Western Reserve University police officers stopped Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell as he was walking through campus. Minutes before, a student called dispatch to complain about a Black man on campus mumbling through missing teeth. Conwell supposedly “fit the description.” ...

Gupta: The times go on for CWRU journalism and for me

Kushagra Gupta, Director of Print

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I will never forget the incredible individuals I’ve met and the amazing conversations I’ve had when reporting. The people I get to talk to are what I will miss the most from my time at The Observer. Since high school, I have always enjoyed writing. I’ve learned here that journalism is a uniqu...

Kim: Keeping updated on crime

Kim: Keeping updated on crime

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Type in "CWRU Alert" in the search bar of your email and you'll find that there were zero security alerts throughout the month of March. It seems strange when you scroll down a bit and compare March’s results to those of previous months. What happened? Has University Circle become safer? Is March ju...

Cannon: Healing and decolonizing through the art of poetry

Cannon: Healing and decolonizing through the art of poetry

Christopher Alan Cannon, Columnist

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Poetry has always played a vital role in my life, shaping the formation of my racial and ethnic identity. My peers often convey diluted and inaccurate visions of what poetry is supposed to be, but poetry is much more than snapping fingers at overpriced coffeehouses and predictable rhyme schemes. P...

Martz: When everything becomes relatable

Paulina Martz, Columnist

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Speaking as someone whose widely-accepted catchphrase is “relatable content only”—so widely accepted, in fact, that one of my friends made me a custom keychain with that phrase—I consider myself a major player in the internet-born phenomenon of “relating” to everything and anything. An...

McCall: John Bolton is a threat to our national security

Thomas McCall, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

John Bolton should not be our next national security advisor. He’s a threat to our national security. Here's why. First of all: Former President George W. Bush appointed Bolton to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations back in 2005. However, Vice President Joe Biden (then the top Democratic...

Nunnery: Thoughts on hope, hate and race

Nunnery: Thoughts on hope, hate and race

Anthony Nunnery, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

For three days and two nights, the Posse Foundation took Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff out of the campus bubble to address problems present in our country that stop the world from being as accepting, safe and forward-thinking as we perceive it to be. The “Hope, Hate and...

Mukhi: When the campus becomes zombieland

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This semester, I decided to play Humans vs Zombies through the CWRU Big Games Club. The game is, as described by the game’s site, hvz.case.edu, “an intense, 10 day long, game of tag played everywhere on campus.” For “humans,” the goal is not to get tagged and turned into a zombie. For “zombie...

Smith: Questioning what it means to be “black enough”

Josiah Smith, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There are few things more unsettling than being told that you are not a member of your own race. It makes you question your identity, your upbringing and most importantly, your pride in being who you are. It would be embarrassing for me to say how many times I, as well as many of my friends of color,...

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