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Kuntzman: Social media is a breeding ground for fake charities

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

September 13, 2019

Following any natural disaster, social media is often flooded with posts regarding statistics about the damage, news clips featuring the damage and advertisements for ways to help the victims. While the spread of such information can be very beneficial for raising awareness to provide aid to those affecte...

Reif: The real cost of two-day shipping

Reif: The real cost of two-day shipping

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

September 13, 2019

With an academic email address, students and faculty across America—Case Western Reserve University included—can get six months of free Amazon Prime and, after that expires, a discount on the membership fee. The membership includes video streaming services, free two-day shipping and other notable deal...

Richards: Package pandemonium in the area offices

Richards: Package pandemonium in the area offices

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

September 13, 2019

Package pandemonium.  There is no other way to describe the current situation in the package room at Wade Commons. The moment you step in the door (after waiting in line for 10 minutes to get to the door), you get a first-hand experience of the outdated package system Case Western Reserve Univers...

Reyna: Advice for first-year students

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

September 6, 2019

This year, there are 1,360 first-year students representing the Case Western Reserve University Class of 2023. Each new student brings unique experiences, skills, cultures and personalities that help make our university vibrant and welcoming.  By the time this column is published, students will have spent t...

Pietrow: Taking stances on the top polling Democratic candidates

David Pietrow, Staff Columnist

August 30, 2019

Who will champion the Democratic party for the next presidential election? Well, the answer is unclear. Based on polling numbers alone, former Vice President Joe Biden stands out among the crowd, leading by 13 points over Sen. Bernie Sanders. However, this is not a good metric to determine the future ...

Richards: A safety reminder for bicyclists and pedestrians alike

August 30, 2019

Every year I’ve written for The Observer, at least one of my articles has been about bikes or biking on campus. Going into my third year at Case Western Reserve University, I figured I might as well make it a tradition. As a biker, I feel it necessary to remind bikers and pedestrians alike about the...

Reif: Our individualism complex is as toxic as breathing polluted air

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

August 23, 2019

The powerful #MeToo movement, beyond its success in holding influential men accountable, has brought to light the issue of toxic masculinity. That is, the idea that real men are not emotional, rely on violence to solve problems or cannot stay at home to care for children among many other limitations....

Reyna: Safety for us and future generations

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

August 23, 2019

I was leaving from a public auction when I heard about the shooting in El Paso, Texas. I didn’t know how to react. When I later learned that the gunman was targeting Mexicans, I was petrified. Both of my parents are Mexican immigrants; they moved to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas almost 30 years ago. Thou...

Mistry: Write your own deliverance

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

This has been a semester full of spicy takes, but let me put to print my hottest take yet: Hamilton is a mediocre musical at best. It’s painfully historically inaccurate and is actually incredibly dangerous in how it melanin-washes figures who should be remembered as slaveholding colonizers, not as...

Kerby: How to Write an Opinion Piece

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

So, you want to write an opinion article? First, get the preliminaries out of the way. Make a new Google Doc, and choose a font. The editors will use an official typesetting program so you might as well use something fun. I’m a Georgia man myself. Put some good music on in the background, unless...

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