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Avolio: My hidden insight into SAGES

Madison Avolio, News Designer

August 25, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There is a wonderful position in the SAGES office known as Data Entry Assistant. For the past year I have held this very title. This job entails taking all the hand-written surveys that students fill out at the end of each semester evaluating the SAGES program and their professor and typing every sing...

Parr: Theater is not “on demand”

Parr: Theater is not “on demand”

Sarah Parr, Social Media Editor

August 25, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

You don't need me to tell you that some people act like they have never heard of the term "theater etiquette." I've seen and heard some horrific things during live performances, but I want to examine an unfortunate fad that I've noticed increasingly often: leaving when performers come out to take the...

Taekman: Increase your academic enthusiasm

Sarah Taekman, Columnist

August 25, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Ah, summertime.                                                                             Three months of making money, maybe sneaking in some research or a summer class—but mostly just relaxation. No classwork avalanches, no whirlwind of deadlines; you’re ...

Strengthen your sexual misconduct policies

Emma Bardwell

May 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Editor’s Note: Readers should be aware that this letter contains strong language describing a sexual assault and violence. The Observer interviewed Emma Bardwell regarding this column prior to its publishing. Dear Case Western Reserve University, I write to you today to share my story and to ...

Assmus: My love-hate relationship with CWRU

Abby Assmus, Columnist

April 28, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Case Western Reserve University has a more nerdy and academically focused college environment compared to other colleges in the area. This is often praised, as the workload is an accepted part of the culture of CWRU. While commendable, this workaholic culture proves to be incredibly stressful and has...

Avolio: The SAGES domino effect

Madison Avolio, News Designer

April 28, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I woke up early in the morning, around 6:45 a.m., earlier than I would even for classes. I climbed out of bed while rubbing my eyes, being sure not to step on the visiting prospective student asleep on my floor. It’s game time. I scavenged for my computer amongst the scattered papers from last night...

Rutecki: A lesson on the value of political engagement

Paul Rutecki, Columnist

April 28, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

One reason why the college experience has a profound effect on students’ lives is because of their response to newfound independence. Beyond the more obvious freedoms of this independence, such as choosing a bedtime, students’ political views are usually more likely to change in college than later...

Edmonds: How to maintain friendships in the midst of finals

McCoy Edmonds, Columnist

April 28, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Balancing work, sleep and a social life is the classic college life struggle. It can be hard to stay on top of friendships when finals roll in or when schedules don’t match up. Friendships fade, restart, develop and always require some work, but there are ways to stay in touch. First, answer text...

Taekman: An ode to first-year failure

Sarah Taekman, Columnist

April 28, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

People say all sorts of things before beginning college, often that it is supposed to be the best four years of your life. Perhaps you’ll make lifelong friends and gain independence from your overbearing parents. Maybe you’ll really figure out who you are and what you want to do with yourself. T...

Rutecki: Trump’s foreign policy successfully departs from Obama’s

Paul Rutecki, Columnist

April 21, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The United States possesses the world’s most powerful military, and President Donald Trump has shown his willingness to use it when his administration deems it necessary. On April 6, Trump announced that he ordered a targeted military strike on an air base in Syria, from which a chemical attack wa...

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