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Kim: Unpaid internships give unfair advantages

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This summer I had an unpaid internship with a local nonprofit, Lake Erie Ink. I was able to learn many things about the administrative side of nonprofit organizations, as well as specific skills such as making infographics and grant writing. I made friends and useful connections. But not everyone has the opport...

Wilson: Musk is a visionary, albeit a flawed one

Wilson: Musk is a visionary, albeit a flawed one

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Every day, it seems like Elon Musk is in the news again. One day, Tesla’s stock—of which he is the Chief Executive Officer—soars as they meet their expected production targets or SpaceX launches another privately funded rocket into space. The next, Tesla’s stock crashes due to the appare...

Richards: What’s more important, required credit hours or required classes?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This past year’s Commission on the Undergraduate Experience (CUE) report had multiple recommendations for supportive change, specifically in Case Western Reserve University’s academic system. Most notably, the report suggested adopting a “university-wide general education requirement” that e...

Smith: “Indelible in the hippocampus”

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing last Thursday featuring Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh was nothing short of absolutely agonizing. In all honesty, I was skeptical of what more could come from hearing Ford and Kavanaugh speak. It seemed that everyone, including our senators, had alr...

Reyna: The importance of skilled trades

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and getting more students to attend college have been the biggest pushes in education recently.  Former President Barack Obama’s 2009 campaign “Educate to Innovate” was started to improve America’s STEM education as well as to increase particip...

Kerby: Bad faith administration led to TVUC policy

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The administration of Case Western Reserve University is in bad company when it comes to justifications for policy decisions. Especially over the past two years, a new trend in delivering transparent and flimsy reasons for administrative decisions has arisen among higher-education institutions. Now, CWRU has joi...

Smith: The power of social work

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Usually, there is nothing special about a routine doctor’s visit. The experience seems to be designed that way—to be uneventful, take way too long and to steal a rather large chunk of precious Netflix-viewing time. The waiting room magazines are always from five years ago and once you finally find a...

Wilson: Be safe with bikes, avoid a yikes

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everybody gets to class differently. Some walk, others run and some even Uber. And, of course, some people ride their bikes to class. It’s an excellent option, as I ride my bike to class every day. It’s fast, it’s easy and there are bike stands all around campus that promote riding. As many m...

Martz: Why media meant to entertain is not inherently bad

Paulina Martz, Staff Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There is a trend in intellectual circles to think that media which serves to entertain is bad. And by “bad” I mean, not well done, successful or worth watching, seeing and producing. This past Tony Awards season was ridiculed because all four nominees for Best Musical were based on pre-existing ...

Kim: The truth doesn’t matter, the reactions do

Won Hee Kim, Staff Columnist

September 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, recently accused Supreme Court of the United States justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault that happened over 30 years ago. They were teenagers at a party. Kavanaugh tried to force himself on Ford, and F...

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