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Martz: When everything becomes relatable

Paulina Martz, Columnist

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Speaking as someone whose widely-accepted catchphrase is “relatable content only”—so widely accepted, in fact, that one of my friends made me a custom keychain with that phrase—I consider myself a major player in the internet-born phenomenon of “relating” to everything and anything. An...

McCall: John Bolton is a threat to our national security

Thomas McCall, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

John Bolton should not be our next national security advisor. He’s a threat to our national security. Here's why. First of all: Former President George W. Bush appointed Bolton to be United States Ambassador to the United Nations back in 2005. However, Vice President Joe Biden (then the top Democratic...

Nunnery: Thoughts on hope, hate and race

Nunnery: Thoughts on hope, hate and race

Anthony Nunnery, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

For three days and two nights, the Posse Foundation took Case Western Reserve University students, faculty and staff out of the campus bubble to address problems present in our country that stop the world from being as accepting, safe and forward-thinking as we perceive it to be. The “Hope, Hate and...

Mukhi: When the campus becomes zombieland

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This semester, I decided to play Humans vs Zombies through the CWRU Big Games Club. The game is, as described by the game’s site, hvz.case.edu, “an intense, 10 day long, game of tag played everywhere on campus.” For “humans,” the goal is not to get tagged and turned into a zombie. For “zombie...

Smith: Questioning what it means to be “black enough”

Josiah Smith, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There are few things more unsettling than being told that you are not a member of your own race. It makes you question your identity, your upbringing and most importantly, your pride in being who you are. It would be embarrassing for me to say how many times I, as well as many of my friends of color,...

O’Shea: USG needs to allow a conversation on the occupation of Palestine

Timothy O’Shea, Guest Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Our campus has recently seen the discussion of Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Resolution 27-04, a call on the University to fully divest its assets from companies that directly or indirectly fund the Israeli occupation of Palestine, which is viewed as illegal by many countries. Currently, however,...

Yakumithis: A thorough review of college rejection letters

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Appearance, aroma, sensations, aftertaste: the stages of wine tasting. I treated college applications as one would treat wine. First, the “appearance,” the campus; then the “aroma,” the vibes of the students; “sensations,” if I was feeling it and finally, “aftertaste,” whether or not...

Richards: Unexpected roommates: winter housing for ants and cockroaches

Jason Richards, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The day I moved in, I saw the biggest ant I’ve seen in my entire life. I mean, it was huge–a carpenter ant–with little pincers to dig through woodwork and build nests. It was, at most, a harmless creature. I thought nothing of it and squashed it with a tissue and went on unpacking my things. Little...

Saulsman: Confidence is key, have it or learn to have it

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Throughout our many, many years of schooling, we have learned about the mighty mitochondria, the Pythagorean theorem and the development of the many nations of the world. We are tested on these subjects and given an explicit score to show our level of competence. This obsession over competence undermines...

McCall: Toxic masculinity and mass shootings

Thomas McCall, Columnist

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The students who marched in the March For Our Lives this past Saturday have taken the issue of gun control into their own hands—not that they had much of a choice. Their politicians are deaf to the cacophony of cries for gun reform. I've written previously about my stance on guns: We should outlaw...

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