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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...

Cai: Personalize your study experience

Yingying Cai, Columnist

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I was talking to a fourth-year student this semester, I learned that her friend was just four credits short for graduation, which really put him in a difficult situation. The best solution that instantly popped into my mind was doing an independent study. Not only because that was a practical way...

Yakumithis: The case for coffee

Yakumithis: The case for coffee

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last week, I had a really bad paper cut. I noticed something really disturbing about my blood, which prompted me to take a trip to the hospital. Instead of red globs, this weird, viscus brown substance was oozing out of the wound on my finger. Then, in a moment of profound actualization, the doctor...

Kim: Marching madness: The people behind political protests

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What do you do when the people in power refuse to listen to you? Yelling loudly will not help if they are willfully ignoring you, and repeating your message will just annoy them. Albert Einstein is often credited for saying that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a...

Cannon: We must denounce all forms of gun violence

Cannon: We must denounce all forms of gun violence

Christopher Alan Cannon, Columnist

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, I've seen students throughout the United States mobilize to confront the issues of gun control and gun violence. I'm proud to see the youth engaging in politics, but I can't help but to feel shaded: Why has so little been...

Editorial: We support USG’s gender-neutral bathrooms resolution

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s past time for improvement of transgender rights on our campus. But we’re hopeful because Undergraduate Student Government (USG) has passed a resolution to set up gender-neutral bathrooms in all campus facilities. The resolution, aimed at the university, was initially authored as a counter...

Nunnery: A retreat from CWRU

Anthony Nunnery, Columnist

March 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

From March 23 to March 25, an event called PossePlus Retreat is being held by Case Western Reserve University’s first group of Posse Scholars. The Posse Foundation is an organization centered around identifying, recruiting and training student leaders to form multicultural teams, called "Posses," of...

Applauding Snapchat’s customer service

Applauding Snapchat’s customer service

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Mother Teresa is employed by Snapchat. That’s a joke, but it’s true that Snapchat has fostered a civil, meaningful friendship between my long-term ex and me. While this may sound extremely superficial and millenial, our friendship is pretty much bound by Snapchat’s "streak" feature. The thing...

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