The Observer

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...

Carpe college: Taking advantage of the collegiate experience

Carpe college: Taking advantage of the collegiate experience

Heather O'Keeffe, What a Girl Wants

October 12, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When opportunity knocks, open the door and welcome it into your life with open arms. Become best friends with it and cherish it as much as you possibly can, because opportunity is beautiful and something you should never let pass you by. There is a consensus amongst society that college is the one...

Panda peanut butter, depressing downpours, and beautiful Burren

Panda peanut butter, depressing downpours, and beautiful Burren

Rachel Craft, Full Irish Breakfast

October 12, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I first arrived in Ireland back in August, my program orientation taught me about the U-shaped curve of culture shock. It starts with the honeymoon phase, where everything is blissful and exciting, then, after a while, the homesickness sets in and things become difficult and frustrating, and eventually,...

Mitt Romney: an American man

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

October 12, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Despite the sun shining and nary a cloud in the sky, it was still cold Tuesday as I stepped onto a small private runway in North Central Ohio. It all became very worthwhile, though, because five minutes later a plane, emblazoned with a red, white, and blue “R”, landed not 100 yards from me. For...

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