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Housing: Mere ideas aren’t enough

The Observer

September 27, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the first editorial of the semester, we argued that in light of the expanding class sizes, something substantial should be done about the student housing situation now so that we will not find ourselves knees deep in a housing crisis in the next few years. As was reported in an issue of The Observer...

Intelligence: theories, routines and other concerns

Abby Armato

September 27, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I sit in Cognitive Science 101 and focus on not crying. Not because of a grade-determining test or the possessed stuffed squirrel our professor uses to draw our attention back to her. No. I am fighting back tears because she has just taught us about three different cognitive scientists’ approaches...

Classroom behaviors to avoid

Theresa Smetona

September 27, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Attending class can often be a grueling ordeal. No matter how interesting a topic or engaging a professor, there always seems to be one or two students whose antics never fail to disrupt the clatss. Below are some behaviors, ranging from slightly annoying to incredibly disgusting, which are commonly...

The counterculture of living simply

Heather O'Keeffe

September 27, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Sometimes someone says something and it sticks with you. Their words delve deep into your mind, entangling themselves in your conscience. Two weeks ago I saw Yvon Chouinard accept the Inamori ethics prize. His acceptance speech was so powerful that every day for the past 14 days, Chouinard’s message...

The beauty of Bon Appetit

Ashley Yarus, Keeping Perspective

September 27, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m not being sarcastic when I say I love Bon Appétit’s food. Really folks, I’m not kidding. I enjoy their food, I agree with their business practices, and I appreciate the lovely people who work at Fribley and Leutner. I know it’s not a popular notion, but I love our food services here at...

Making a difference

Tejas Joshi

September 27, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“Show me something fun to do in Cleveland,” offered the emcee of the improv show. In response, one troupe member jokingly threw her hands up, shook her head and stepped to the back of the stage, while a separate pair of students acted out a phone theft. Now, the group was a comedy troupe and the...

Help Me, I Can’t Breathe

Andrew Breland

September 20, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

So I will come out and admit it. I love coffee. I think in stating that, I join a large club consisting of most of the undergraduate population at the country’s universities, as well as most business professionals, etc. And the best place to satisfy an otherwise addictive craving is none other than...

Freshmen: fifth-year high school seniors

Stephen Kolison

September 20, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Freshmen can easily become the butt of jokes by any upperclassman. If we were to step back and just pick one aspect of our behavior, you could make a video called “Sh!t Freshmen Say.” Oh wait, there are already 19 of those on YouTube. As a freshman, I can also see why we can become the source of...

The “Pretty Rock Project” turns ugly

Maia Delegal

September 20, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Yamil Piedra (Spanish for “pretty rock”), an actor in the film“When Justin Meets Kelly,” in TV series like “Graceland” and an occasional co-star on programs like “TOSH.0,” created a self-titled one man comedy show featured during new student orientation this year. Throngs of socially...

On dialogue, community, and why they matter

Jacob Martin

September 20, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’ve spent a lot of my time fostering rewarding relationships with many of my professors in my years at Case Western Reserve University. Probably the greatest benefit of that is the ability to speak candidly and informally with them. I can remember one conversation in which I was asked what a college...

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