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Edmonds: When helping, listen, then speak

McCoy Edmonds, Columnist
March 3, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Confessions are difficult, both for the speaker and the listener. It can be great to get something off their chest but it can be hard as a listener to know how to respond. Confessions can be heavy. They can push one into uncertain territory. The best thing to remember is that listening is key. If yo...

Kerekes: Yes, Virginia, CWRU does have varsity sports

Eddie Kerekes, Sports Editor
March 3, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you were to ask a random Case Western Reserve University student about the school’s athletics programs, they would probably be very confused. “We have varsity sports?” they might ask, giving you the facial expression of anyone trying to take an organic chemistry exam. Yes, CWRU does have v...

Barrett: Peele cleverly engages institutional racism through horror genre

Eva Barrett, Columnist
February 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Jordan Peele’s horror film “Get Out” debuted last night. While Peele has achieved success in the sketch comedy genre through his Comedy Central show “Key and Peele,” this movie looks like a promising crossover. In this horror film, however, the principle horror is racism. Judging by the trail...

Jawhari: Issues exist with modern immigration reform

Sarah Jawhari, Columnist
February 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Unless you are of Native American descent, you are a descendant of someone who did not originally inhabit the area that we now consider to be our nation. It seems this is a difficult truth to accept for conservative Americans touting immigration reform. The entitlement is not surprising, though it is...

Assmus: University Circle, CWRU parking needs to change

Abby Assmus, Columnist
February 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Around campus, there are plenty of garages, lots and metered spaces on streets. Yet, it is still difficult to park when going to class or work on campus because of the high prices for a decent parking spot. Case Western Reserve University shares University Circle with institutions such as the Clevel...

Taekman: Get ready for the housing hassle

Sarah Taekman, Columnist
February 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The initial email was enough to cue a widespread panic among my friends: “Where Will You Live in 2017-18?” It was one of those questions that we knew we’d have to deal with eventually, but we swept under the rug for the time being. Can you blame us? The whole ordeal of roommate-picking is neces...

Rutecki: Don’t judge Sessions so quickly

Paul Rutecki, Columnist
February 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was eating breakfast a week before classes started this semester when I turned on the television to check the news and saw the confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions, then-nominee for Attorney General. I did not know much about Sessions at the time except for reports I heard that he was denied a fe...

Edmonds: Methods to resolve conflict more gracefully

McCoy Edmonds, Columnist
February 24, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

We live in a world of conflict. It’s a challenge in forming organizations and friend groups and when dealing with family. It is a product of confrontation. I think most people would prefer solving things without taking the steps to achieve the resolution or ignoring the conflict, even though this ...

Kolison & Jones: Growing up as a racial minority in an all-white setting

Stephen Kolison and Teresa Jones
February 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

College is where we are supposed to find ourselves. It’s a unique environment where we are encouraged to take risks and try new things to grow as people. We form vibrant communities by joining student groups and forming meaningful relationships. In each of the groups we’ve joined, we found that a...

Wang: UC Berkeley riots threaten free speech

Larry Wang, Columnist
February 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Feb. 1, University of California, Berkeley’s campus was gripped by the throng of chaotic violence.  What started as a peaceful demonstration earlier in the day morphed into something even the campus police were unable to contain as evening fell.  Provocateurs, which the college claim to be from Oa...

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