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Toledo: Communication is key to navigating roommate relationships

Katharine Toledo, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Even as many of us enter our second years, getting along with your roommates can still be a challenge. But from my time on campus, I’ve found some of the surefire routes for having a smooth living experience. Rule number one is communication. To me, the biggest reason people have roommate p...

Faccenda: Put the brakes on backseat driving

Alexandra Faccenda, Director of Web & Multimedia

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Driving a car with a dual brake set is an unnerving experience. You’re in the driver’s seat, with hands placed on the wheel and feet poised on the pedals. You’re cruising along, just letting the car coast, when suddenly an overbearing figure in the passenger seat slams down on his own special b...

Kerby: Why not a flu shot?

Kerby: Why not a flu shot?

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Hey, you. Yeah, you. Go get your flu shot. It’s free, quick, painless and totally safe. What a mundane, simple suggestion. Don’t we have more important things to worry about? The Observer is otherwise filled with seriously important reporting on our campus and community, and opinion pieces ca...

Yakumithis: Sleep is for the weak

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Method actors do some crazy stuff to land roles. Christian Bale lost 62 pounds for his part in “The Machinist,” maintaining a diet of coffee and apples for months on end. Leonardo DiCaprio once slept inside a horse carcass while filming “The Revenant.” This week, I’ve gotten a maximum of three ...

Kim: The power in walking away

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Nov. 3, the transgender community of Cleveland gathered together for a rally by the Free Stamp downtown in response to President Donald Trump’s leaked memo on the definition of gender. I learned about the Rally Against Erasure of the Trans+ Community from the Feminist Collective at CWRU group chat, ...

Editor’s Note: First aid is a must for CWRU students

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This past weekend, the Case Western Reserve University community experienced an event many feared, but few thought possible: the shooting of an undergraduate student. Thankfully, the student survived the gunshot wound to the stomach after treatment at University Hospitals and remains there in a regular ...

Pietrow: It was a close one for America’s future

Pietrow: It was a close one for America’s future

David Pietrow, Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everybody knows that this year’s midterm elections were critical to the nation’s future, mostly because both the Senate and the House were highly contested. The elections determined our representatives in the House, Senate and other offices, such as the state governors. The media frequently specul...

McPheeters: Body modification positivity only, please

Mary McPheeters, Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m tired of people commenting on others’ body modifications. When I say “body modification,” I mean all types. Not just tattoos and piercings but also cosmetic surgery and any other way you can modify your body. Generally, the idea of getting breast implants after breast cancer or facial recons...

Zhu: Sacrificing personal identity for the sake of filial piety

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

With the holidays coming up fast, suddenly more and more questions arise regarding identity and how to define that outside of the home. One of the most significant is how to bridge the LGBT identity and the Asian-American culture when going home this season. Most identity crises in Asian-American house...

Taekman: A shout amidst a quiet return

Sarah Taekman, Staff Columnist

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I was in my senior year of high school, a Holocaust survivor came into our classroom and told us about her experience. She didn’t look her 90 plus years: she walked unassisted, her hair was white but well-kept and she still had a sharp tongue. She had aged wonderfully, especially considering s...

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