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The amazing mole rat

The amazing mole rat

Aditya Rengaswamy

February 22, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Weird Science Nature tends to favor species that can adapt to their surroundings the best. Humans, for instance, have been effectively adapting to almost every crevice of our planet. This species-specific evolution of sorts occasionally yields some extremely interesting behavior. Let’s take a m...

Contentious words and a plan

Contentious words and a plan

Andrew Breland

February 15, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Elephant in the Room The best State of the Union Addresses attempt to reinvigorate a tired base with a new agenda. On Tuesday, President Obama failed to reinvigorate and proposed little more than the same progressive agenda he has championed for the last four years. Embracing traditional Amer...

Editor’s Note: The house of the rising second-year

Tyler Hoffman, Executive Editor

February 15, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The Village at 115 has long been marketed by Case Western Reserve University to incoming students as the light at the end of the tunnel, the reward for surviving two years in the outdated and unattractive housing reserved for underclassmen. But as the Office of Housing and Residence Life recently...

The meat of the issue

The meat of the issue

Ashley Yarus

February 15, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Keeping Perspective As you drive by a fast food joint, there’s a quite distinctive aroma that permeates the air. Can you smell it? It’s that savory sweet scent of cooking beef that welcomes you into a land of burgers, fries, and chicken tenders. Ruled by the omnipotent Burger King, this is a sa...

Why the Tinkham Veale University Center isn’t a new student center

Why the Tinkham Veale University Center isn’t a new student center

CWRU House Mafia

February 15, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

From the Mafia CWRU is about to get an iconic new building that is intended to transform both the built environment and the culture of campus. But students and administrators have been using different language to talk about the new building, and as the opening date gets closer, the expectations of b...

Olympics, wrestling, and the International Olympic Committee

Olympics, wrestling, and the International Olympic Committee

Heather O’Keeffe

February 15, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What a Girl Wants Faster, Stronger, Higher: that’s the motto of the Olympic Games; a motto that has dictated games past and present. The Olympics are so much more than Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas: the Olympics are about bringing nations and athletes together to celebrate and unite the world. ...

Talk is cheap and the library is poor

Talk is cheap and the library is poor

Tyler Hoffman, Executive Editor

February 8, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

When you walk into Kelvin Smith Library, the most visible component of Case Western Reserve University’s library system, everything may seem first-rate on the surface. Free color printing is available, a hot cup of coffee is only a step away, and more modern, cubicle-style seating fills spaces long...

A light in the closet?

Evan Wilson

February 8, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Fairly Unbalanced Both internationally and on the home front, LGBT rights issues have recently been making it into headlines—at least when there is time between a tragic shooting and 2016 election speculation. But amidst progress in many nations, there is some surprising regression occurring around...

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...

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