The Observer

Mukhi: When the campus becomes zombieland

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This semester, I decided to play Humans vs Zombies through the CWRU Big Games Club. The game is, as described by the game’s site, hvz.case.edu, “an intense, 10 day long, game of tag played everywhere on campus.” For “humans,” the goal is not to get tagged and turned into a zombie. For “zombie...

Smith: Questioning what it means to be “black enough”

Josiah Smith, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There are few things more unsettling than being told that you are not a member of your own race. It makes you question your identity, your upbringing and most importantly, your pride in being who you are. It would be embarrassing for me to say how many times I, as well as many of my friends of color,...

O’Shea: USG needs to allow a conversation on the occupation of Palestine

Timothy O’Shea, Guest Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Our campus has recently seen the discussion of Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Resolution 27-04, a call on the University to fully divest its assets from companies that directly or indirectly fund the Israeli occupation of Palestine, which is viewed as illegal by many countries. Currently, however,...

Yakumithis: A thorough review of college rejection letters

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Appearance, aroma, sensations, aftertaste: the stages of wine tasting. I treated college applications as one would treat wine. First, the “appearance,” the campus; then the “aroma,” the vibes of the students; “sensations,” if I was feeling it and finally, “aftertaste,” whether or not...

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...

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