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Taekman: Hurricane Irma: meme with caution

Sarah Taekman, Columnist

September 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There’s something ironic in the president claiming global warming is a hoax, and for the planet to simultaneously set itself on fire and start pumping out hurricane after hurricane. You’ve heard about Hurricane Irma. Its reputation precedes its reach, spurring on waves of frantic news stories and soci...

Etokebe: CWRU’s posting policy: The chill pill to freedom of expression

Koko Etokebe, Guest Columnist

September 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

According to Yale University political science lecturer Jim Sleeper, undergraduate universities are “civil societies on training wheels” within the “guardrails and guidance that are set by deans and faculty.” It is at universities that students start defining their beliefs and exposing themselves...

Eckert: Save the planet: every action counts

Brian Eckert, Columnist

September 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s no longer a question of whether or not the climate has been affected by humans, with the primary causes of this change being our excessive pollution and abuse of the environment. The recent natural disasters are just a taste of what is to come in the next few decades if we don’t change something....

Avolio: Disaster coverage ignores the West Coast

Madison Avolio, News Designer

September 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Tuesday, Sept. 5 I opened my social media accounts to see that fires were blazing near my hometown in southwest Washington. Fire has been burning about 60 miles away from my home and ash is raining down even on my front porch. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest for almost 19 of my nearly 20 years of ...

Mukhi: An ode to think[box]

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

September 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The corridor connecting this building to Veale Center smells like wood. There’s a pizza vending machine. The outside of the building looks like a layered barcode. There’s only one place on campus with those three characteristics: the Sears think[box]. One of the reasons I decided to attend Case West...

Salm: Stress relief is imperative in an increasingly competitive society

Maeve Salm, Columnist

September 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Challenges encountered in life are frequently met with the body’s natural fight-or-flight response to unfamiliar or troublesome circumstances—stress. For a few decades, scientists have associated unhealthy amounts of stress with cognitive repercussions and physical dangers, such as cardiovascular disease...

Martz: Choose the right location to maximize study success

Paulina Martz, Columnist

September 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

So you’ve finally stopped procrastinating and you’re ready to actually do some work. The question is, where? There are lots of places to study on Case Western Reserve University’s campus, and there are pros and cons to all of them. Whether you’re one of those adventurous few who can actuall...

Avolio: Syllabus stress shouldn’t sink the first week of classes

Madison Avolio, News Designer

September 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As the days of summer ticked away, I anxiously awaited the posting of syllabi. As a person taking 22 credits, I knew I needed to organize my schedule as quickly as possible before things got really hectic. In the final five days, the syllabi for three of my seven courses had been posted. Now, I was ...

Cerne-Iannone: My study abroad experience in Israel and Palestine

Evan Cerne-Iannone, Guest Columnist

September 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m still asked by friends and family why I agreed to travel to Israel and Palestine. “Isn’t it dangerous and volatile there? Their argument that I risked bodily harm in an area that–according to them–was riddled with hostility and violence, while well-intended, does not necessarily reflect th...

Pinal-Alfaro: Why you need to know about DACA

Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro, Columnist

September 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Over five years after its implementation by former President Barack Obama and after months of speculation, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was officially rescinded by the Trump administration this past Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. Introduced as an executive order in 2012,  ...

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