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Zhu: Who still uses Asian-American slurs?

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

March 1, 2019

A self titled “speaking artist,” Alex Luu is a slam poet from Southern California who speaks out about his experience as an Asian-American. Most recently, he made an appearance at the Taiwanese American Student Association’s Plum Blossom Banquet last weekend. Halfway through Luu’s evocative set o...

Mistry: Being realistic, demanding the impossible

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

March 1, 2019

I am an incredibly opinionated and passionate individual. There's a reason I write these columns, and my friends and loved ones just expect me to have a complicated and specific take for just about anything. One thing I’ve noticed recently, however, is how cynical and hopeless some of my friends are...

Mistry: Advocate with, not for

Mistry: Advocate with, not for

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

February 22, 2019

When you are involved in social justice advocacy work, you often don’t get to choose your allies. The work is exhausting, and you welcome any support you can get. In my experience, I’ve often encountered well-intentioned people trying to make a difference in this world. But many seem more interest...

Wilson: Finding inspiration on a field-focused campus

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

February 22, 2019

There are many wonderful aspects of this campus. The academics are strong, the professors are acclaimed and there is a history of discovery and excellence. These all contribute to strong student development, both for those students studying STEM and those studying the humanities and arts. Students t...

Reif: Injustice in Palestine is injustice for all

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

February 22, 2019

On Feb. 10, Ilhan Omar, a Democratic freshman representative from Minnesota and notably the first Somali-American in Congress, responded to a tweet asking her who she thought was paying American politicians to be pro-Israel. Her response was “AIPAC,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Th...

Kim: The Commuter Lounge is no longer exclusive

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

February 22, 2019

The graduate students are taking over the Commuter Lounge. This may be an overly dramatic way to put it, but since Feb. 11, the graduate students have gained access to the safe haven of Case Western Reserve University commuter students. The lounge is nestled in one of the basements of the Thwing Cent...

Smith: Trump’s emergency is another misguided negotiation

Smith: Trump’s emergency is another misguided negotiation

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

February 22, 2019

I believe that the best quality a president can have is an aptness for negotiation. Rarely in life, especially in politics, do we achieve our goals to the fullest extent. No matter how much one believes their solution will remedy a problem, it is important to know that our perspective is impossibly ...

Du: The problem with information pursuit

Erya Du, Staff Columnist

February 22, 2019

In the information age, we all have the habit of checking our phones and seeing what is happening in the world wherever we are. News inevitably floods into our lives, just like how the snow from Monday’s storm flooded into my eyes. Back when information was not so easily accessible, the news was...

Reyna: Democrats face an oversaturated 2020 primary

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

February 15, 2019

Whether we like it or not, the 2020 presidential campaign race has started. The Democratic party is desperate to win back the Oval Office, and I am in favor of their efforts. Personally, I believe President Donald Trump hasn’t done a great job, only causing greater divisiveness in our country and generally ac...

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