The Observer

The art of quitting

Andrew Breland

December 6, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Earlier this week, David Brooks, the New York Times columnist who had been on book leave for three months, returned with much fanfare to the opinion pages of one of the nation’s most prestigious newspapers. Brooks, whose commentary normally focuses on politics, morality, and the humanities, asked...

Make the most of your time in college

Jacob Martin

December 6, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I got home last Sunday evening from work around 6:30 p.m. intent on watching a movie. I rationalized that I was trying to milk the last ounce of relaxation out of Thanksgiving break when I was really putting off writing papers and doing reading—procrastination at its finest. So I decided to watch...

Seen at KSL…

Theresa Smetona

December 6, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

With the semester coming to a close, deadlines drawing near and finals rapidly approaching, an increase in traffic at Kelvin Smith Library is to be expected. Garbage cans will overflow, printers will stop functioning (although that is hardly an irregular occurrence) and toilet paper will be conspicuously...

The spontaneity that is college

Kushagra Gupta

December 6, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Spontaneous. That’s the one word I could use to describe the onset of pain I found myself on that one Wednesday morning. It was 8:30 a.m., and I had an hour before my first class but instead of getting ready, I went to my laptop. I clicked my way through the University Health Services appointment pages...

Thinking beyond the possible?

Heather O'Keeffe

December 6, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Unless you are a completely unaware individual who spends 100 percent of free time with their noses crammed in textbooks, you probably know that Case Western Reserve University’s motto is “Think beyond the possible.” According to a quaint video on CWRU’s homepage, this means “asking new questions”...

Was that only a few months ago?

Stephen Kolison

December 6, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Between my “I still need a map to find Veale” and “I love Fribley” stage of the semester, I arrived at this school with so much ambition that I was borderline naïve. In my heart of hearts, I knew that I was going to buckle down. In no way was I going to procrastinate, I was not going to even...

On the importance of holding onto our communal values

November 22, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I have been carrying this 5.5 x 8.5-inch yellow paper with me everywhere I’ve gone since mid-September. I look at it almost every day and read the five affirmations that constitute the values of the Share the Vision program. Many of you may have never heard of Share the Vision or only know it because...

The American Holocaust: a different perspective

Kyle Patterson

November 22, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to visit the Shawnee caverns in Bellefontaine, Ohio. A group of Cleveland Institute of Art students and friends were going down for the weekend as volunteers to help fix up the grounds, primarily prepping for the winter. I drove down on Saturday to join them, getting...

What we all need to learn about our surroundings

Abby Armato

November 22, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

My initial response is to fill this with apologies and excuses for writing what I did—of course the stereotypes of East Cleveland are wrong. The Observer’s columnists, as students who reflect the campus perspective, should be more conscious of their power to either reinforce or ignore, in attempts...

Education 101: Argument in the university

Andrew Breland

November 22, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.” One might assume that the above quote came from a philosopher, essayist or other nominally unemployed person trying to make a point. At the very least, no one would believe that...

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