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Taekman: Stop the non-STEM stigma

Sarah Taekman, Staff Writer
March 31, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

There’s solidarity among students as we suffer packed lecture halls. Shared commiseration over tests and homework. Joint joy when we puzzle out a particularly rough topic. But, like most clubs, there’s a “them” and an “us.” Being a STEM major is like being part of the biggest campus-...

Edmonds: The value of poetry to non-poets

McCoy Edmonds, Staff Writer
March 31, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

For a long time, poetry seemed dumb and confusing. Every poem we read in my high school English class had some sort of deeper meaning I missed. But the lack of punctuation and grammar involved in writing poetry drew me towards writing a few stanzas. After a few attempts, I learned that poetry could be ...

Smith: CWRU Students need to explore Cleveland more

Kevin Smith, Opinion Editor
March 31, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

As our strange winter-spring fusion season fades into the humid Cleveland summer, the city begins to ascend to its peak in June. The roller coaster capital of the world, Cedar Point, opens in a little over a month. University Circle brings in the summer with a flurry of events including the Hessler St...

Holmberg: Privatization is one solution to America’s public education deterioration

Kelsey Holmberg, Feature Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Government at the local, state and federal level has focused on improving education in America for over thirty years. Much of the dissatisfaction with the U.S. public school system began with a 1983 report entitled, “A Nation at Risk: The Imperative for Educational Reform.” The report detailed the public ...

Edmonds: How to navigate breakups

McCoy Edmonds, Staff Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

College is one of the best times to form relationships and start dating someone, but for many students this is a relatively new part of their life. Thus, breaking up can be a very difficult experience. Hurt feelings, damaged egos and decimated dreams are but a few of the consequences of choosing to bre...

Rutecki: The peculiar future of American healthcare

Paul Rutecki, Staff Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

One of the biggest promises made by Republican politicians during the 2016 election season was to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly known as “Obamacare.”  Now that Republicans have control of the presidency, House of Representatives and Senate, they have a chance ...

Taekman: History of hatred

Sarah Taekman, Staff Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Spring break brought me to Charleston this year —seafood, history and beaches awaited me as I took the four hour trek from my hometown to the historic city. I had a list of places scoped out, from the historic district to the newer, trendier restaurants. But it only took a half-day of walking aroun...

Miles: Trump’s deflections distract from Russia allegations

Miles: Trump’s deflections distract from Russia allegations

Danny Miles, Staff Writer
March 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the early hours of March 4, President Donald J. Trump shocked the nation with claims that the Obama administration had ordered the wiretapping of Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign, via his customary Twitter storm. These allegations could easily be mistaken for the typical bluster of Pres...

Smith: Improve campus’s shuttle services

Kevin Smith, Opinion Editor
March 3, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Green Link, Blue Link, Blue and Green Lines, Red Line, White Line; if you’re still learning about all of the public transportation available here at Case Western Reserve University, then look no further than the primary colors. Our campus has plenty of public transportation that stops and travels througho...

Brogan: Conceptual Metaphor Theory may apply poetry

John Brogan, Columnist
March 3, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The theory of conceptual metaphors has helped frame much of the way we currently understand linguistic communication, and thus poetry. Conceptual metaphor theory posits that persistent metaphorical mappings in everyday communication may reflect at least some of the ways our brains think about the worl...

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