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Zhu: Dissolve Disney, find new artistic voices

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

January 23, 2020

Two months after the release of Disney’s new streaming service Disney+, it seems more evident than ever that The Walt Disney Company is not what it used to be. As a studio, Disney seems to be relying more and more upon revitalizations of its classic tales, which have been released to mixed reviews....

Panaro: Cleveland’s winter wonderland also brings SAD

Kevin Panaro, Contributing Columnist

January 23, 2020

In many ways, the term “spring semester” is a misnomer. As some students return from a warm and restful break, they are thrust into the brutal Cleveland winter. With global warming, these extreme weather patterns have only worsened: snowfall is heavier, ice is slicker and the air is colder. As the s...

Horwitz: Plutocrats protect their own

Avi Horwitz, Contributing Columnist

January 23, 2020

On Dec. 18, 2019, the United States House of Representatives impeached a president for only the third time in our country’s history. The articles of impeachment detail President Donald Trump’s abuse of power and obstruction of Congress as the justification for sending him to face trial in the Senate...

College coffee craft: Ranking the best and worst coffee brewing methods for a college dorm

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

January 17, 2020

During this first week of classes, after a nice and long break, you may have found yourself struggling to stay awake. In your struggle, you may have reached for a cup of coffee to help caffeinate your consciousness. However, you may not be all that eager to spend two, three, four or even five dollar...

Kuntzman: Establishing an anti-stress culture requires an all semester long effort

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2020

On Dec. 13, 2019, a beautiful, fluffy Samoyed dog sat on the floor of Clark 206. A small group of Case Western Reserve University students sat nearby, some running their hands across her soft coat, others waiting for her to come closer. Not normally a campus denizen, she was brought to see students dur...

Zhu: Cancelled culture is moral absolutism, and it’s unsustainable

Zhu: Cancelled culture is moral absolutism, and it’s unsustainable

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2020

Although social media has introduced us to instant connection and a global community, it has also created a stage upon which everyone is a public figure and subject to a growing “cancel culture.” The term refers to “cancelling” public figures, or publicly denouncing them for their negative actions...

Richards: Questioning the placement of new waste and recycling bins

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2020

If you’ve attended the first few classes of the semester this past week at Case Western Reserve University—which you hopefully have—you’ve probably noticed a handful of the 1,200 new trash and recycling combination bins placed throughout the campus’s academic and residential buildings. If y...

Kim: Into the Observer’s process

Won Hee Kim, Director of Print

December 6, 2019

Unless I wait 50 years for the 100th anniversary, this will likely be my last article for The Observer. I’ve been privileged to be a part of this publication for over two years now as a writer, copy editor and director of print—but because of my position on the editorial board, people have come to me w...

Horwitz: This is an emergency

Horwitz: This is an emergency

Avi Horwitz, Contributing Columnist

December 6, 2019

In his 2016 work “Who Rules the World?” Noam Chomsky theorizes that, “As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.” After ...

Reyna: Mental health tips for finals

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

December 6, 2019

It’s that time of the year again: finals. It’s time for students to push through multiple exams—for the unfortunate ones on the same day—after suffering, for many, through days, if not weeks, of procrastination. For first-year students, some of you don’t know what to expect and will dedicat...

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