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Toledo: Stop institutionalizing ableism

Toledo: Stop institutionalizing ableism

Katharine Toledo, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019

There’s this simulation called the Spoon Theory Demonstration. It’s used to help people who aren’t disabled to better understand that tasks that may seem simple to them are significantly more difficult to those of us with chronic illnesses and other disabilities. You’re given 20 spoons at...

Reyna: A Texan’s first winter

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019

All my life, I loved the hot weather and despised the cold. One hundred degrees was nothing to me; just a normal summer day back home, perfect for me to go out with family and occasionally go to the beach, which was only an hour and a half drive away. If it got down to the 90s, that was amazing, and ...

Kim: No shame in taking Pass/No Pass courses

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

March 29, 2019

My fingers trembled as I typed in the request. I double-checked my grammar. I changed a few words, moved the mouse over and hit submit. You can’t take back the request, the system warns me. Don’t worry SIS, I know. The deadline to request to change a class to pass/no pass (P/NP) grading is today, ...

Coleman: University response to student death was balanced

Kehley Coleman, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019

The death of a student is, of course, never easy for a school to cope with. It is a loss that impacts everyone on campus, whether they personally knew the student or not, and it is often difficult to determine how best to reach out to the community in light of such a tragic event. Nevertheless, in lig...

Reif: What have we become?

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019

What has our country become? Born on the backs of slaves, raised on the sustinence of genocide as the Native population was swept away, blind to Jewish refugees seeking asylum during World War II, deaf to Jim Crow lasting decades beyond its judicial overthrow, insensitive to closing the borders on a...

Kerby: The 17-body problem

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019

As former President Barack Obama finished up his two terms in office, a free-for-all erupted in the Republican Party (GOP) to see who would get the chance to take down Obama’s heir apparent, Hillary Clinton. Seventeen candidates burst onto the stump circuit to plug their visions and rally the GOP base....

Mistry: Islamophobia’s deep roots

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019

I woke up last Friday to learn that on the other side of the world a white supremacist brutally murdered 50 Muslims during a prayer service at two mosques. I felt a lot of emotions as I read what had happened and unsuccessfully tried to comprehend why this depraved individual did what he did. ...

Richards: Is a parking pass worth it?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019

Parking at Case Western Reserve University is a hefty investment. For my parking pass this semester, I had to pay $281.60 to park in the lot outside my dorm on the south side of campus. And that’s for only one semester. Yes, that adds up to over $560 in parking fees for one academic year, for o...

Wilson: Keep the killer nameless

Wilson: Keep the killer nameless

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019

Last week, the world was rocked by the news that two mosques had been attacked by a white nationalist. Mass shootings are, unfortunately, a common problem in America, but this past Friday’s attack occurred in New Zealand. Leaving at least 50 dead, the shooter used an semi-automatic rifle to perpetr...

Kerby: No Irish Need Apply

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

March 1, 2019

Simply Greek, a favorite eatery of Uptown residents and home of the $5 gyro, has a rather remarkable sign on its front door. The notice states in no uncertain terms that Simply Greek will not serve employees of Standard Parking, the behemoth parking authority with a near-monopoly around University Circle. I am ...

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