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Barrett: The ugly truth about the Electoral College

Eva Barrett, Columnist
December 2
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The past three weeks since the general election have highlighted a few fundamental and ugly truths about American politics. The first of these ugly truths is that the Electoral College is an obsolete, yet perfect institution. The second ugly truth is that politicians on both sides of the aisle have co...

Bennett: Rethinking the term “diversity”

Edward Bennett, Columnist
December 2
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Diversity and the lack thereof have been hotly debated topics on college campuses. It is hard not to hear this buzz word when entering a college campus and seeing the centers and programs dedicated to improving the diversity problem that plagues many colleges across the country. It is also interesting...

Taekman: Choking on Christmas

Sarah Taekman, Columnist
December 2
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ll be honest—when I saw the first Santa Claus adorning a Target shelf before Halloween this year, I was more than a little perplexed. It’s an annual complaint we all have said once or twice: “Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year!” It’s subtle. Santa and snowflakes creep on...

Miles: 1936 and 2016: Not so different after all

Danny Miles, Columnist
December 2
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The 2016 presidential election is behind us, and now that a few weeks have passed, the country will able to reflect and analyze what exactly just happened. If any word can describe this election cycle, it would probably be “chaotic,” and I have a feeling that historians decades from now will still be ...

Nguyen: “Post Trump Protests”

Phuong Nguyen, Columnist
December 2
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Even though the election occurred almost a month ago, it still incites anger, fear and shock from people as if it was yesterday. People not only in America, but around the world, fear what is coming in the next four years and further. I must admit that the scenario of the new president-elect causes...

Patel: Why Thanksgiving has to change

Patel: Why Thanksgiving has to change

Riddhi Patel, Columnist
December 2
Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

December has finally arrived. Students have just spent their Thanksgiving break with their loved ones, enjoying a holiday that is celebrated across the country. Turkey was carved and cranberry sauce was eaten, while discussion of politics were looked down upon. Thanksgiving, however, has hypocritical orig...

Next Steps

Eva Barrett, Columnist
November 18
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Now that we’ve had a week to sort through our myriad of feelings and concerns about the next president of the United States, we find out where we are going next. We have two months until President-elect Donald J. Trump takes his seat in the White House, and in those two months we as citizens and s...

Motivation for advocacy

Abby Assmus, Columnist
November 18
Filed under Columns, Opinion

After the election results came in, many people felt discouraged, angry, hopeless and a multitude of varying emotions at once. It was not simply because their candidate lost, but because their opponent won based on a campaign of hatred and violence. While Hillary Clinton won the popular vote, Donald Tr...

Bennett: Remembering minority safety with an increased police presence

Edward Bennett, Guest Columnist
November 18
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Over the past few weeks, there has been an array of security incidents on or near Case Western Reserve University’s campus. All students know the routine of receiving security alerts when an incident is reported to the police department. The tensions have worsened between people who live in the surround...

Learning to listen after the election

Sarah Taekman, Columnist
November 18
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Here it is: another election rant among millions. I’m sure you’ve already heard every election opinion under the sun in the past weeks. I’ve seen people feel jubilant and feel heartbroken. There have been celebrations and protests aplenty. People have told me that I’m either too worried or...

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