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Smith: Shutdown woe

Smith: Shutdown woe

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

There’s something seriously awry when around 800,000 people aren’t able to go to work despite their eagerness to do so. It is impossible to frame this occurrence as ethical or even a means to an end. Before delving into why our government has been shut down, we should recognize and agree that ...

Reif: Safe injection sites, syringe exchange programs should be more prominent

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Life expectancy has historically been used as an indicator of a population’s health and development. While the United States has consistently rested in the top quarter of all countries in this regard, our life expectancy has decreased in two of the last three years. The decline from 78.7 years in ...

Kim: Difficulties with winter break housing

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

January 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Securing housing for winter break can be confusing and scary, especially for underclassmen. You live on campus for a large part of the year, creating a home for yourself, and then you’re told to get out without access for about a month. I remember when I was a first-year student and not wanting to go...

Wilson: NASA funding can reignite national pride

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

January 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In 1969, NASA landed the first humans on the Moon. This feat was the culmination of the so-called “Space Race” during the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. Starting in the late 1940s, the Space Race was a major scientific endeavor, and the United States’ success was ...

Zhu: “Subtle Asian traits” brings Asian immigrants together, but questions relationship with current Asian culture

Zhu: “Subtle Asian traits” brings Asian immigrants together, but questions relationship with current Asian culture

Caroline Zhu, Staff Reporter

January 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

With the sudden rise of the “subtle Asian traits” phenomenon, the Asian immigrant community across the world has never felt more united. However, the development of the “subtle Asian” community has also emphasized more than ever the seemingly unbridgeable divide between Asian immigrants and th...

Reyna: The president’s visit to my home

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

January 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Jan. 10, President Donald Trump visited McAllen, Texas, my home. Trump’s visit brought McAllen to the national spotlight again as he made his case for a wall between the border of the United States and Mexico. Accompanied by both Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn, as well as some of his White H...

Mistry: Why I love Subtle Curry Traits

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

January 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last Thanksgiving, I was with my family when one of my cousins showed me a meme on his computer. “It’s from this Facebook meme page called ‘Subtle Curry Traits’, have you heard of it?” I raised an eyebrow in confusion, as he added: “You’ll love it, it’s basically just memes about bein...

Kerby: Zuckerberg needs to see consequences

Steve Kerby, Staff Reporter

January 18, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In 2010, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon suffered a major explosion and began gushing toxic chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico. Government investigations found that neglect, reckless cost-reduction and lack of oversight contributed to the disaster. In the face of economic and ecological devastation, BP ...

Reyna: A late reflection on the Texas Senate race

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

December 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I waited months for Election Day to come. I turned 18 this past February, so this Election Day was going to be the first general election I would be voting in. I was unsure who to vote for or who was even running. However, one man stood out to me and others around Texas and the United States: Con...

Yakumithis: Stop idealizing apathy: Why I am leaving CWRU

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

December 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m out. As in, I’m leaving this place forever. I know you’re probably devastated since my sense of humor seems to resonate in this otherwise apathetic school. But for that reason, I must now leave. Let’s rewind to my senior year of high school. After being rejected from the colleges I hoped to get ...

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