The Observer

Breaking up is hard to do

Andrew Schriver, Apply Liberally

November 16, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Dear Red States: Following this election, I’ve noticed that several of you guys are thinking about leaving. Petitions, mostly from the deep south, have popped up on the Internet advocating secession for southern states because of what you see as the “tyranny” of our democratically-elected President....

Have we stopped evolving?

Have we stopped evolving?

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

November 16, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The ability of our mind to explore complex situations and environments keeps me on my toes; it creates a desire to learn more about the ever-expanding world. What if, however, I told you that we as a species have been getting dumber for thousands of years? What if I said that we are going away from...

We did it

We did it

Andrew Schriver, Apply Liberally

November 9, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

For once, I’m left utterly speechless. It’s over; after all, there’s nothing left to harp on or whine about or wax eloquent over. I’m tremendously happy with the results, and while I still am left with a vague feeling of disbelief, I’m still absolutely giddy. So, in lieu of my ranting or any...

Forward to the past

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

November 9, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This is a column I never wanted to write. It was my hope that I could wake up Wednesday morning (after sleeping less than a few hours) excited about the impending Romney presidency. I would sit down to my computer to write a column thanking Americans, applauding the Romney campaign, and encouraging...

Tuam: a traveler’s tale

Rachel Craft, Full Irish Breakfast

November 9, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last weekend I went on homestay, meaning I stayed in the home of Irish people and was treated like part of the family. Which, as it turns out, may entail shepherding, Catholic mass, and being bitten by small children. But that wasn’t my experience – that was someone else in my program. I enjoyed...

The world we need to live in

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

November 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The cover of the Des Moines Register said it all. A little over a week ago, the Des Moines Register, the largest newspaper in the battleground state of Iowa, presented a bold comparison on its front page. Battling headlines read: “Obama Sharpens Criticism” and “Romney Expresses Optimism.” Thre...

Reflections on the real meaning of home

Heather O'Keeffe, What a Girl Wants

November 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On the eve of fall break, I sat in the common room and watched as, one by one, all of my friends headed home. They were so excited and I was happy for themm. –; There are few feelings as special as the feeling you get when you are going home to your parents, your home, and your friends. I was Penn....

Remember your local elections

November 2, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The case for the down-ballot races So much of today’s headline news concerns the federal elections – not only the presidential race, but also the contests for Senate and House seats. And of course those are important. In some ways, however, the races at the lower end of the ballot – your ...

The Strawman in the Arena

Andrew Schriver, Apply Liberally

October 19, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes...

The Breadbasket of Ohio

The Breadbasket of Ohio

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Architecture

October 19, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

One of the main reasons I even came to CWRU was to move somewhere away from home and explore the USA a bit. I wanted a smaller collegiate environment than most state schools tend to offer. However, after coming here, I realized there is another reason I enjoy this campus – the architecture. Some buildings...

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