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Martz: What you can learn from theater

Paulina Martz, Columnist

February 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I told my friends in high school that I was going to Case Western Reserve University, they were all a little confused. Why did I, a double humanities major, come to a highly ranked STEM school? Well, first, I think we have to examine just why I would even be a theater major to begin with. There...

Adams: US higher education might be a bubble about to burst

Maurice Adams, Guest Columnist

February 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Is U.S. higher education a bubble about to burst, like the housing bubble burst that triggered the 2007-2008 financial crisis? That strong possibility is now evident. It should seriously concern those choosing a college. One surely does not want their degree from a college that subsequently goes bankrupt...

McCall: Abuse victims are not a threat to due process

Thomas McCall, Columnist

February 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the early hours of Feb. 10, President Donald Trump tweeted the following: "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused-life and career are gone. Is there no su...

Cai: Be a friend, not a savior

Cai: Be a friend, not a savior

Yingying Cai, Columnist

February 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I still remember when I first visited the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry's Men's Shelter. The coordinator of volunteers warned me over and over again not to come alone or by public transportation. “Are you sure you are okay working with them, even if they have mental problems, use drugs or have...

Revenge of the Student Information System

Jason Richards, Columnist

February 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you, as a Case Western Reserve University student, were asked which of CWRU’s websites brought the most frustration to your academics on campus, your answer would probably be the Student Information System (SIS). Plain and simple. The current SIS website is as hard to navigate as a paper roadma...

Nunnery: Finding a balance in social life pays off

Anthony Nunnery, Columnist

February 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you take a chance to ask your professors about their college experience, many will tell you that it was the best time of their lives. In most cases, I don’t think the professors accredit this to classes or the hard work put forth to make it through college, because no one is that sadistic. Ex...

Kim: Lessons from performance poetry

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s Thursday night. A group of forty or so sits in the crooked rows by the stage at Euclid Tavern, with more people milling about and eavesdropping. Among the crowd is the creative writing club of Case Western Reserve University, Writers Writing Words. Its members lounge near the back and make small...

Saulsman: Self-reflection may help resolve internal dissonance

Saulsman: Self-reflection may help resolve internal dissonance

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In light of recent personal experiences, I have uncovered the importance of looking inwards. Today’s society makes it easy for us to not pay attention to how we feel, why we act the way we do and what we need to do in order to have our best selves out there. In a time of turmoil, it is easy to blame...

Mukhi: In defense of the Oxford comma

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Oxford comma isn’t something that I hear discussed a lot without provocation. When it is discussed, however, proponents and opponents defend their position ferociously. People I’ve asked about the Oxford comma say either the sentence looks wrong without it or that it’s useless and pointless. I...

Thomas Yatsko did not deserve to die

Thomas Yatsko did not deserve to die

Christopher Alan Cannon, Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Thomas Yatsko, the 21-year-old man who was shot down outside of the Corner Alley just weeks ago, did not deserve to die. Yatsko, known by his family and friends for helping out his neighbors and feeding the homeless, was fatally shot by Sergeant Dean Graziolli of the Cleveland Police Department. Yatsko...

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