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DC versus Marvel: movies and comic books

DC versus Marvel: movies and comic books

Eileen Sabrina Herman, Pop Culture Affair

February 3, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Popular culture is a subjective thing, and changes depending on who you talk to.  Recently (within the last year) the big thing in Cleveland has been the Avengers movie that has had parts filmed in the city, with regular citizens getting to be a part of Marvel-movie history.  In Pittsburgh, Pa., Bat...

“But words can never hurt me?” Think again.

“But words can never hurt me?” Think again.

Amanda Brown, Real World Issues

February 3, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Recently I started reading for pleasure (I’m a senior, I get to do that). The book that first caught my attention was one that I’d had on my bookshelf for a while. It’s called “Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have to.” I was skeptical because it’s...

The State of the Union Address: Hope for a Better Future

The State of the Union Address: Hope for a Better Future

David Hatten, Tip of the Hat

January 27, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, President Obama gave his State of the Union address to the American people. As is typical of President Obama, it was a well-delivered speech with some powerful imagery. That’s not to say it was perfect. There were many good ideas but there were far more easy sound bites. While...

Recycling @ CWRU

Brian Weiser, CWRU Green Speaks

January 27, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Beginning this semester, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is moving one step forward on the path to the president’s goal of making CWRU carbon-neutral by 2050 through the Climate Action Plan. The university recently hired a recycling manager, Erin Kollar, whose role is to coordinate the recycling...

Learning the Queen’s English: A stranger in a strange land

Learning the Queen’s English: A stranger in a strange land

Edwin Lo, Rabbiting in London

January 27, 2012


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Studying abroad is a significant commitment, one that I assume is frequently underestimated by the thousands of students who go every year. I certainly didn't expect the many issues that I would eventually run into, mostly too late. A reasonable thing to do before going anywhere for an extended stay is...

Spiders: the ultimate material synthesizers

Spiders: the ultimate material synthesizers

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

January 27, 2012


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I have never been a fan of spiders or insects – anything small that crawls is something I aim to avoid. However, I recently learned something interesting about spiders that I caught on the web (pun definitely intended). These creepy creatures could provide humanity with the the ultimate macromolecular...

Cleveland provides refugees, volunteers opportunities with Refugee Response program

Cleveland provides refugees, volunteers opportunities with Refugee Response program

Steven Schoenwald, Running on Fumes

December 3, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the spirit of Case Greek Life’s recent annual Saturday of Service program, I thought that I might focus my column this week on philanthropy and service. Case Western Reserve University students are always finding new ways to volunteer their time and help out the community, but I recently came across...

There’s no ‘I’ in team – but there is in ‘Republican’

Mike Yavorsky, Restoring Sanity

December 3, 2010


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As I struggled with a paper this week, I found myself thinking back to a remark repeated by one of my professors – that the US had lost the ability to deal with new challenges. This was a comment on our domestic political situation, but I heard it in the context of American foreign policy, and now...

Whores no more: the case for legalizing prostitution

Tiffany Oliver, Sugar in your gas tank

November 19, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

One social issue that receives little attention in American politics is that of prostitution. In a country that openly accepts pornography, an industry where performers are paid to have sex, it surprises me that we have yet to, at the very least, decriminalized prostitution. Is prostitution morally questionabl...

Leading by examples: bullying starts – and ends – with parents

Leading by examples: bullying starts – and ends – with parents

Gillian Seaman, The Rational Component

November 19, 2010


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The suburb I was forced to inhabit for the majority of my formative years is its own particular brand of tarmac wasteland socially-conservative hell. You know that person who wears the polo with the popped collar, belongs to a Yacht club and embraces social Darwinism while living off of his trust fund?...

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