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Kerby: Cap and gown, nickel and dimed

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 12, 2019

As the academic year comes to a close, the eyes of the campus turn to commencement. Being a fourth-year student, if all goes well I will stride purposefully across the commencement stage and then stride purposefully off this campus. But before any Spartan can burst out of the gate toward the expa...

APUSH-ing people out of history

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 12, 2019

In my time at Case Western Reserve University, I’ve often received a diverse range of responses to any mention of the humanities classes I’ve been fortunate enough to take. The most common response, of course, has been “Oh, is that a SAGES?” I hear it less often now, as a fourth-year student, but I still ...

Du: Social sciences, humanities courses deserve more credit

Du: Social sciences, humanities courses deserve more credit

Erya Du, Staff Columnist

April 12, 2019

As we approach the end of the semester, stress levels have been turned up to the highest setting. For me, the Java projects have become even more laborious, the economics exams didn’t go as planned and even German has begun to challenge my confidence from time to time. It often happened at night that...

Reif: Healthcare: We do not get what we pay for

Reif: Healthcare: We do not get what we pay for

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019

The U.S. has some of the best health care specialists in the world and has undoubtedly made remarkable advances in treating chronic diseases. The 21st century has ushered in the use of stem cells to replace or repair damaged organs, developed highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat AIDS a...

Wilson: The results are in: polling is good

Wilson: The results are in: polling is good

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019

In the later months of 2016, one thing seemed certain. Almost every poll released after August gave Hillary Clinton a big lead over her opponent, President Donald Trump. People were so sure of the polls that many news outlets gave the election to Clinton before election day was over. Well, the ele...

McPheeters: Why this Clevelander chose CWRU

Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

April 5, 2019

As someone from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, I often get asked why I chose to go to a school so close to home. Generally, it’s something along the lines of “that would be too close for me” or “why would you want to stay in Cleveland?” When I was a senior in high school, I got into every school I ap...

Kerby: Spitball belongs to the students

Kerby: Spitball belongs to the students

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019

Years ago, there was a beacon of spontaneity smack in the center of the Case Quad: Spitball. The iconic metal monolith in the center of the Case Quad creates some strange gravity around which our studies orbit. While I admire it for the art itself, I also marvelled at what the campus added. Spit...

Mistry: Remembering our radical roots

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019

It’s that time of year again. Thousands of prospective students are visiting Case Western Reserve University with their families, deciding whether or not they will commit to being a part of the CWRU Class of 2023, which doesn’t sound like a real year to me, but maybe I’m just a crotchety old fou...

Zhu: Vulgar humor opens conversation on privilege

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019

Amid her relatable quips about the state of Cleveland’s streets and being a woman today, Michelle Wolf’s campus appearance last Friday focused on the importance of privilege in modern society. Planted in fun hypotheticals about the historical women’s rights movement, her words helped open conversat...

Mistry: Maybe the grind should stop

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019

One of my closest friends from high school maintains that every time I talk to him, I’m doing something new, whether it be an academic or an extracurricular pursuit. Every time he comments on it, I promise him this is the last new thing I’m going to do. You can imagine what the next call after tha...

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