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Reif: Rapid transit: one ride toward saving our world

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Trump administration’s very own 500-page environmental impact study determined that climate change, while still a “Chinese hoax,” will lead to a 4 C (7 F) global temperature increase within this century. Climate scientist James Hansen warns that warming to this degree will result in a permane...

Editorial: Slowly changing toxic masculinity on campus

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s often difficult for media members to resist latching onto ambiguous buzzwords, especially when they suit the context of a major news story. So when Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing suddenly became a debate over the reporting of sexual assault, female-male power dynamics and excessive alcohol ...

Kerby: A follow-up on an administrative failing

Stephen Kerby, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was joking in my last article when I suggested that the administration should ban all non-Bon Appetit food from campus buildings for health reasons. Surely, I reassured myself, no one would get any bright ideas from my essay filled with righteous, if harmless, indignation.  Alas, I was wrong. I enter...

Toledo: The dangers of specialization

Katharine Toledo, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What do you want to be when you grow up? The very first time I was asked this question seriously was when I was in seventh grade. I was a gawky, braces wearing, acne riddled pre-teen who barely knew what I wanted for dinner, let alone to what I would dedicate the next 50 or more years of my life. ...

Kim: Unpaid internships give unfair advantages

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This summer I had an unpaid internship with a local nonprofit, Lake Erie Ink. I was able to learn many things about the administrative side of nonprofit organizations, as well as specific skills such as making infographics and grant writing. I made friends and useful connections. But not everyone has the opport...

Wilson: Musk is a visionary, albeit a flawed one

Wilson: Musk is a visionary, albeit a flawed one

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Every day, it seems like Elon Musk is in the news again. One day, Tesla’s stock—of which he is the Chief Executive Officer—soars as they meet their expected production targets or SpaceX launches another privately funded rocket into space. The next, Tesla’s stock crashes due to the appare...

Richards: What’s more important, required credit hours or required classes?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This past year’s Commission on the Undergraduate Experience (CUE) report had multiple recommendations for supportive change, specifically in Case Western Reserve University’s academic system. Most notably, the report suggested adopting a “university-wide general education requirement” that e...

Smith: “Indelible in the hippocampus”

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing last Thursday featuring Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh was nothing short of absolutely agonizing. In all honesty, I was skeptical of what more could come from hearing Ford and Kavanaugh speak. It seemed that everyone, including our senators, had alr...

Reyna: The importance of skilled trades

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and getting more students to attend college have been the biggest pushes in education recently.  Former President Barack Obama’s 2009 campaign “Educate to Innovate” was started to improve America’s STEM education as well as to increase particip...

Kerby: Bad faith administration led to TVUC policy

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The administration of Case Western Reserve University is in bad company when it comes to justifications for policy decisions. Especially over the past two years, a new trend in delivering transparent and flimsy reasons for administrative decisions has arisen among higher-education institutions. Now, CWRU has joi...

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