The Observer

Letter to the Editor

Zak Khan

February 8, 2013


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

When The Pretenders sang "My City Was Gone" in 1982, they proclaimed "My city had been pulled down / Reduced to parking spaces." The world has changed in the thirty years since this song was written; Akron, and Cleveland, have since torn down historic structures for Hoffman's favorite development, the...

A voice for equality

A voice for equality

Ellen Kubit

February 8, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The “F” Word: Feminism Rape is wrong. This statement is always a fact. Almost six months ago, a 16-year old Jane Doe from West Virginia became the victim of terrible crime. Two 16-year old members the high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio—a small-town located about 40 miles west of...

Keeping perspective

Ashley Yarus, Keeping Perspective

February 1, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When a student at Carnegie Mellon University committed suicide last month, CMU began a campaign to address the issue of mental health on their campus. Like Case Western Reserve University, CMU has a reputation of rigor. While a hefty work load and commitment to academic studies seems an integral part...

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

Tyler Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

February 1, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

When Joni Mitchell recorded “Big Yellow Taxi” in 1970, she proclaimed “[t]hey paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” The world has certainly changed in the 40 years since the song’s recording, but, by and large, trees were still the first thing to go when the world needed another place to...

Abandon ship – or at least our Constitution

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

February 1, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Constitution, and its imbued authority, has been the centerpiece of American governance and political culture for the totality of what has become the “American epoch.” But recently, actions taken by members of Congress, state and local governments, and the President, himself, have cast into doubt...

Why cry when you can dance?

Heather O'Keeffe, What a Girl Wants

February 1, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Sometimes you just have a really bad day. On these lowest of low occasions, your first and strongest impulse is to release all your emotions, allowing them to pour from your soul, hoping to unburden yourself from sadness. For myself, I feed this impulse by crying – crying vigorously, eyes swelling,...

Editor’s Note: Balancing the scales

Tyler Hoffman, Executive Editor

January 28, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Should faculty member candidates undergo the same background checks required of potential staff in order to be hired at Case Western Reserve University? According to the Faculty Senate Committee on Women and now the Undergraduate Student Government, they should. General Assembly Resolution R. 22-01,...

The sexual adventures of flatworms

Aditya Rengaswamy | Weird Science

January 28, 2013


Filed under Opinion

Thinking about animals and sexuality can bring up quite peculiar facts. Those that study animals realize how bizarre some mating rituals are. Some birds act like home decorators, and use objects of one color to decorate their nests and attract mates. Some animals dance, some animals sing, and Adelie...

Let’s talk gun control; let’s talk mental health

Let’s talk gun control; let’s talk mental health

Evan Wilson | Fairly Unbalanced

January 28, 2013


Filed under Opinion

In the wake of Aurora, Sandy Hook, or any of the 16 mass shootings that occurred in the United States last year, people have finally started talking about gun control seriously. While previously it was one of those issues that politicians avoided because, frankly, talking about it drove more voters...

Joining the One Direction bandwagon

Heather O'Keeffe, What a Girl Wants

January 18, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

One Direction is a craze. Throngs of 14-year-old girls throw themselves at five wonderfully attractive boys. Even though the odds are insane, every teenage girl believes she has a chance with one of them, that she and Zayn/Niall/Louie/Liam/Harry are destined to fall in love. Last year, I hated One...

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