The Observer

Dialogue is the basis for an intellectual community

Jacob Martin

November 4, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A letter to the editor that ran in the Sept. 13 issue of this paper continues to baffle me. A disgruntled undergraduate student, apparently writing on behalf of “many other people” who were “extremely upset” with an editorial that appeared the previous week, asked The Observer “to apologize...

Hard work demands support

Heather O'Keeffe

November 4, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As a tour guide, when I am asked by families what my favorite part of Case Western Reserve University is, without hesitation I reply, “the students.” The 4,386 undergraduate students who live, work and play on this campus make it so amazing. Each individual is immensely motivated and hugely driven,...

Holy Carp!

Ashley Yarus

November 4, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Earlier this week, four grass carp were found in the Sandusky River, right here in Northern Ohio. The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that these carp were bred in the Sandusky River, the first confirmation that a species of Asian carp is now living and breeding in the Great Lakes watershed. Since...

Creating community: throw money at it

Andrew Breland

November 4, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last weekend, as part of Case Western Reserve University’s mock trial team, I had the opportunity to compete against other schools at Eastern Michigan University. In addition to competition, being around other college students provides the valuable opportunity to share experiences, establish contacts...

Intelligence, CWRU Style

Theresa Smetona

November 4, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

B’s are always undeserved, and receiving one is sufficient reason to cry or threaten the professor with retaliatory action. You not only are more knowledgeable than the rest of your classmates, but you probably are better informed than any given professor as well. As an engineering student, you...

Social Justice: Surprise, it’s still a thing

Kyle Patterson

October 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“Social justice” is a term I much prefer to avoid, given its current connotation in today’s society. Give something the label of social justice and it becomes marked as socialist, a modern Robin Hood meant to steal rights from the rich under the guise of benefiting the poor. However, it is the...

Dealing with your ducks

Stephen Kolison

October 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I may not be the authority on what to do when your plans suddenly shift, but I was pre-med for a month; so I know a thing or two about your life getting flipped turned upside down. Let’s be real, the ducks that most students had in a row when they first arrived are now taking a parabolic shape. For...

Why do you attend CWRU?

Jacob Martin

October 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I had the privilege of hearing Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor speak in Thwing on Friday, Oct. 11. Her talk, hosted by the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, was as inspirational as it was original. O’Connor, who is tremendously down-to-earth, spoke of the importance of taking...

A hearty dose of realism

Andrew Breland

October 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This column was written in two separate instances. No, it was not written over the course of a couple days. I am not referring to a first and second draft either. This column was written one night at 11 p.m. and finished the next morning at 4 a.m. If you are not in college, this timing probably seems...

Both fresh people and parents pay the drinking tax

Maia Delegal

October 11, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A trial to determine punishment, probation from student activities, frustration: All brought to you by a trip to the hospital and one unfortunately unforgettable night. A concerning number of freshmen already wear the badge of shame that comes from a drunken escapade gone horribly wrong. Freshmen’s...

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