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Biodegradable circuits

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

October 5, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As an individual who has befriended many avid gamers, I’ve always found the virtual worlds that can be explored fascinating. I don’t partake in too much gaming, but I certainly understand what captivates people in this medium. It allows people to take on the persona of a hero and face his or her...

Does history matter?

Tyler Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

October 5, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

As any first year student can attest, the life of a freshman temporarily revolves around the first year seminar, which is a required component of the SAGES curriculum. Each of these seminars attempts to attract students with interesting course descriptions and catchy titles; mine asked if history mattered. The...

Uptown connects with CWRU

Lisa Viers, Opinion Editor

September 28, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

All week, the Case Western Reserve University campus has been celebrating Homecoming, and this weekend is bringing alumni as well as families of present students to Cleveland. But right down the street from our campus celebrations, there is even more to explore. On Thursday, the Blue Block Party offered...

Brawn over beauty

Brawn over beauty

Heather O'Keeffe, What a Girl Wants

September 28, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

After the longest final in over 20 years, on Sept. 9 Serena Williams won her 15th major tennis open. However, most people probably didn’t see this, since a meager 3.4 percent of American households tuned in to watch the final of the Women’s U.S. Open tennis tournament. The Williams v. Victoria...

“Hiya, Case. How’s the craic?”

Rachel Craft, Full Irish Breakfast

September 28, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

That’s the Irish way of saying “What’s up?” “Craic” (pronounced “crack”) means fun, “grand” means fine, and “deadly” means awesome. So a really great time might be described as “deadly craic.” And no, hard drugs are not common in this country. I’ve spent the past month...

Republican commentary on Obama’s Ohio visits

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

September 28, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In lieu of my column this week, I have decided to print a letter that I have signed as the Romney for President Chair at Case Western Reserve University. I am joined in signing by nine other Campus Chairs around the state. This letter is being published in The Columbus Dispatch, Cleveland Plain Dealer, ...

Founder’s Note

Paul E. Kerson, Founder, The Observer

September 28, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last week, members of The Observer staff received a special email from one of our papers’ founders, Paul E. Kerson, J.D.  Kerson was the last Sports Editor of the Reserve Tribune in 1968-1969, and helped merge with the student publication at Case Tech to form The Observer as the two universities beca...

The Myth of the Welfare State(s)

The Myth of the Welfare State(s)

Andrew Schriver, Apply Liberally

September 21, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As you probably have heard by now, Mitt Romney got into a bit of trouble over the weekend when video emerged of him disparaging 47 percent of the country at a $50,000-a-plate fundraiser in Boca Raton, Fla. Mr. Romney castigated these people for not paying federal income tax and for being dependent on...

Indian temple welcomes all faiths

Indian temple welcomes all faiths

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Architecture

September 21, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The weird and the fascinating features of our world expand into so many fields around us. Science is but one subject that celebrates its oddities; architecture is yet another. Today's journey will take us to a warm nation on the other side of the globe, famous for its beautiful Taj Mahal and revolutionary...

Editor’s Note: yanking our chain

Lisa Viers, Opinion Editor

September 21, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Upon returning to campus this semester, constituents of Case Western Reserve University noticed a new addition to the main academic quad. White stripes along the borders of the sidewalks created a lane specifically for bicycle riders to travel to and from classes without interfering with pedestrians on...

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