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Smith: The power of social work

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Usually, there is nothing special about a routine doctor’s visit. The experience seems to be designed that way—to be uneventful, take way too long and to steal a rather large chunk of precious Netflix-viewing time. The waiting room magazines are always from five years ago and once you finally find a...

Wilson: Be safe with bikes, avoid a yikes

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everybody gets to class differently. Some walk, others run and some even Uber. And, of course, some people ride their bikes to class. It’s an excellent option, as I ride my bike to class every day. It’s fast, it’s easy and there are bike stands all around campus that promote riding. As many m...

Martz: Why media meant to entertain is not inherently bad

Paulina Martz, Staff Columnist

September 28, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There is a trend in intellectual circles to think that media which serves to entertain is bad. And by “bad” I mean, not well done, successful or worth watching, seeing and producing. This past Tony Awards season was ridiculed because all four nominees for Best Musical were based on pre-existing ...

Kim: The truth doesn’t matter, the reactions do

Won Hee Kim, Staff Columnist

September 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Christine Blasey Ford, a psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California, recently accused Supreme Court of the United States justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault that happened over 30 years ago. They were teenagers at a party. Kavanaugh tried to force himself on Ford, and F...

Coleman: Does bigger mean better with the new iPhone?

Coleman: Does bigger mean better with the new iPhone?

Kehley Coleman, Staff Columnist

September 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Whether you follow all Apple announcements religiously or you simply stumbled into one of the numerous summaries of the event online, you’ve almost certainly heard about Apple’s Special Event that took place on Sept. 12. During the event the company announced the upcoming releases of several new models ...

Sorry for existing: the struggle of being a woman in engineering

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

September 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Now more than ever there seems to be a growing demand for women in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, after several high profile cases drew attention to the largely male-dominated cultures in tech companies. However being a woman in the workforce, particularly in STEM fields, me...

CUE’s final recommendations miss the mark

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

September 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Since its launch in January 2016, the Provost’s Commission on Undergraduate Experience (CUE) has been crafting a list of recommendations for Case Western Reserve University. These recommendations would target all aspects of campus, from curriculum to facilities, with the goal of “[strengthening] ...

Pietrow: How Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment impacts the United States

Pietrow: How Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment impacts the United States

David Pietrow, Staff Columnist

September 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

The Supreme Court of the United States is arguably the most important institution in the country. It dictates the legality of the law itself and represents the highest legal authority in the country. As such, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is an important man. His vote could cause some drastic c...

Kerby: Being fashionably late a major party foul

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

September 21, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A weekend is a precious thing to waste. The average human, if they survive infancy, can expect to see over 3,500 weekends over their lifetime. I have seen about a thousand so far, and I am acutely aware of the relentlessly approaching threat of becoming old and boring. If one is lucky, perhaps two hundred of thos...

Rudoff: Stepping through the language barrier

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

September 14, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s a fair bet that many of the students on this campus took a foreign language in high school. As oft-criticized as the American education system has become, the language education required by many states is a bright spot. Then again, the American language curriculum certainly struggles to maintain...

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