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Wood: Japan reacts to Donald Trump

Morgan Wood, Columnist

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

American President Donald Trump arrived in Japan last Saturday, Nov. 4. Tokyo was the first stop of a twelve-day Asian tour. He was greeted enthusiastically by the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe. The two played golf, ate hamburgers and even signed hats that said “Donald & Shinzo: Make Alliance...

Rutecki: The crimes of communism

Paul Rutecki, Columnist

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Democratic Party has shifted significantly further left on the political spectrum in recent years. For example, 52 percent of Democrats now support a government-run healthcare system, which is an increase from 2014 and even from the beginning of this year. This ideological transition is also seen...

Richards: New package room at Wade Commons poses security questions

Richards: New package room at Wade Commons poses security questions

Jason Richards, Columnists

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Case Western Reserve University’s Office of University Housing added a new “electronic package room” in Wade Commons of the North Residential Village that debuted on Nov. 6. According to an email sent out by University Housing, the new package system, supplied by the company Luxer One, “allow[s]...

Mukhi: You know what I meme

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you’re like me, you probably frequent the Facebook group “Case Memes for Academically Challenged [B]eans.” You’ve probably seen posts that reference emails sent about business that directly concerns curriculum, class officer elections and other issues a bit too serious for a meme page. I...

Eckert: Greek life in the world

Brian Eckert, Columnist

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Greek Life has a major role on Case Western Reserve University’s campus, as well as on many other campuses across the country and world. In the last year, there have been several deaths from hazing at fraternities which have garnered national attention. The most recent of these include events at Pennsylvania...

Cai: Live in the moment

Yingying Cai, Columnist

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I was applying to colleges, I never understood why “campus environment” was an item for evaluation on almost every college rating website. We go to school to study, not to sightsee, I thought. I held that thought until this autumn, when a shower of golden leaves poured over my head and wa...

Wood: Sushi’s great, but cheese is better

Morgan Wood, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I know I’m in the land of sushi and ramen, but a girl can only go so long without a good cheese sauce. Yes, I know Tokyo is “so international,” and that it has the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants out of any city in the world, but let me tell you about the struggle to find good chees...

Taekman: Why “White Lives Matter” doesn’t matter

Taekman: Why “White Lives Matter” doesn’t matter

Sarah Taekman, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Nothing brings me quite as much joy as watching white nationalist rallies get outnumbered by those in opposition. The secondary Charlottesville rally, the failed protests in Shelbyville, Tennessee—reading the news to hear that the crowds drowned out the hateful rhetoric, that people flooded the...

Saulsman: Awareness of social norms gives you a sense of will

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last Thursday, Alan Grigsby’s Introduction to Sociology class performed a sociological demonstration called “The Doing Nothing Activity.” In this activity, students, myself included, were asked to demonstrate social deviance in the Tinkham Veale University Center cafeteria during prime lunch hours. In...

Pinal-Alfaro: The US needs to start caring about Puerto Rico

Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

More than five weeks after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, conditions on the island have improved marginally. As of Oct. 25, 2017, the official death toll stands at 51, though the number of casualties is believed to be much higher due to unaccounted deaths that have yet to be processed by the government....

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