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Strengthen your sexual misconduct policies

Emma Bardwell
May 19, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Editor’s Note: Readers should be aware that this letter contains strong language describing a sexual assault and violence. The Observer interviewed Emma Bardwell regarding this column prior to its publishing. Dear Case Western Reserve University, I write to you today to share my story and to ...

Assmus: My love-hate relationship with CWRU

Abby Assmus, Columnist
April 28, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Case Western Reserve University has a more nerdy and academically focused college environment compared to other colleges in the area. This is often praised, as the workload is an accepted part of the culture of CWRU. While commendable, this workaholic culture proves to be incredibly stressful and has...

Avolio: The SAGES domino effect

Madison Avolio, News Designer
April 28, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I woke up early in the morning, around 6:45 a.m., earlier than I would even for classes. I climbed out of bed while rubbing my eyes, being sure not to step on the visiting prospective student asleep on my floor. It’s game time. I scavenged for my computer amongst the scattered papers from last night...

Rutecki: A lesson on the value of political engagement

Paul Rutecki, Columnist
April 28, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

One reason why the college experience has a profound effect on students’ lives is because of their response to newfound independence. Beyond the more obvious freedoms of this independence, such as choosing a bedtime, students’ political views are usually more likely to change in college than later...

Edmonds: How to maintain friendships in the midst of finals

McCoy Edmonds, Columnist
April 28, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Balancing work, sleep and a social life is the classic college life struggle. It can be hard to stay on top of friendships when finals roll in or when schedules don’t match up. Friendships fade, restart, develop and always require some work, but there are ways to stay in touch. First, answer text...

Taekman: An ode to first-year failure

Sarah Taekman, Columnist
April 28, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

People say all sorts of things before beginning college, often that it is supposed to be the best four years of your life. Perhaps you’ll make lifelong friends and gain independence from your overbearing parents. Maybe you’ll really figure out who you are and what you want to do with yourself. T...

Rutecki: Trump’s foreign policy successfully departs from Obama’s

Paul Rutecki, Columnist
April 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The United States possesses the world’s most powerful military, and President Donald Trump has shown his willingness to use it when his administration deems it necessary. On April 6, Trump announced that he ordered a targeted military strike on an air base in Syria, from which a chemical attack wa...

Abouelsoud: Humanities are essential to STEM majors

F.E. Abouelsoud, Staff Writer
April 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Case Western Reserve University is known for its completive STEM environment, pumping out engineers, doctors and computer scientists. The running joke is that everyone comes in biomedical engineering (BME) or pre-medicine. However, the humanities and arts tend to be overlooked. As someone who also began their...

Kerekes: Despite victories, Cavaliers’ appear vulnerable

Eddie Kerekes, Sports editor
April 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the waning seconds of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Indiana Pacers’ guard C.J. Miles put up a potential game-winning shot as 20,562 fans held their breath at Quicken Loans Arena. They all exhaled a sigh of relief as the ball hit the rim and bounced toward the sideline. The...

Edmonds: Friends can still be made as an upperclassmen

McCoy Edmonds, Columnist
April 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

After New Student Orientation, making new friends can be daunting, but people are much friendlier than we often realize. Winding up a junior or senior without a solid group of friends isn’t a failure, but an opportunity. It’s hard to know what kind of friend to look for early on but with age and e...

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