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Zhu: KonMari isn’t minimalism and for good reason

Zhu: KonMari isn’t minimalism and for good reason

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

February 15, 2019

Following the release of her Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” Japanese organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo made a sudden return to pop culture. But the response to her show and her philosophy reflects a distinctly Western take on Eastern cultures and minimalism. While Kondo...

Mistry: Love is revolutionary

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

February 15, 2019

Most of my single friends think Valentine’s Day is a joke. A shallow holiday exploited by corporations to convince us that love conveniently means buying the products they make. Meanwhile, my friends in relationships think Valentine’s Day is just stressful. “What do I get?”; “Where should we go to ...

Kim: Cory in the house

Kim: Cory in the house

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

February 8, 2019

When I saw that Democratic Sen. Cory Booker announced his intention to run for the presidency in 2020, I was excited. It’s not because he grew up in Harrington Park, New Jersey, only miles away from where I went to high school. It’s only partially because I want the glorious pun that comes from th...

Kerby: Art for the ages

Steve Kerby, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019

Recently, I’ve been preoccupied with the subject of art. Most people, whether they know it or not, create art in some form, and even though it’s unrelated to my professional goals, I’m neck-deep in creation. I write, practice karate, try to create theater and strum the string bass. In the mid...

Mistry: On the evolution of politicians

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

February 8, 2019

Do you want to know how I’m certain we are living in a perpetual nightmare? Like clockwork, as soon as the 2018 midterm election season ended, the coverage of the 2020 presidential election began. Suddenly, every movement by major politicians is a code to be cracked by the mainstream media. Ap...

Du: Quickly losing youth

Du: Quickly losing youth

Erya Du, Staff Columnist

February 8, 2019

Just as math instructor Chris Butler predicted during our first math class this semester, the weather in Cleveland was terrific until we came back. These days are just so cold that I have to drag my Canada Goose coat out every day so that I don’t get too chilly. However, the jacket only covers my upper...

Reif: Our return to 1939

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

February 8, 2019

“First, they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a Communist Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out, because I was not a trade unionist…” By 1939, Adolf Hitler had successfully come to power in Germany, circulating radical Aryan propag...

Richards: Did someone say lake effect?

Richards: Did someone say lake effect?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

February 8, 2019

It was mid-afternoon on Monday, Feb. 4 when a rainbow sprouted out from the east side of Case Western Reserve University as a cool mist brought down near-60 degree beautiful weather to a comfortable breeze. Just four days prior, campus was shut down among minus 30 degree wind chills and Antarctic l...

Taekman: The price tag for Trump’s pride

Sarah Taekman, Staff Columnist

February 1, 2019

Jan. 25 marked the end of the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history, at 35 days. The cause? President Donald Trump refused to approve government funding until Congress agreed to the funding of his famed U.S.-Mexico border wall, priced at $5.7 billion. The present agreement for keeping the gov...

Kerby: It’s time for a change in style

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

February 1, 2019

In publishing houses and newspapers, or any organization with significant written output, the “Style Guide” is the foundation of editing. Armed with a style guide, editors have clear-cut guidance on spelling, punctuation and organizational issues. Through the hard work of an editorial staff, the...

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