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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...

Appealing to the Parliament of Fools

Appealing to the Parliament of Fools

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

September 14, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The conventional wisdom of politics is that to win votes of the masses – to stand a chance of winning – a candidate has to take his or her Ivy League-educated message down to the level of the average person. According to the 2010 census, the average American adult has at least some amount of college...

Editor’s note: the art of not forgetting

Tyler Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

September 14, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

This past Tuesday began like any other day. I awoke at 8 a.m., finished some lingering reading, grabbed my morning coffee at the SAGES Café, and proceeded to my first class. It wasn’t until I sat down and turned on my iPad that one single number grabbed my attention: 11. The tightening of my stomach...

I Am The 9%, and So Are You

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

September 7, 2012


Filed under Opinion

I have always found the human body to be a fascinating thing. The number of intricate parts and abilities that we have as people continues to amaze scientists. We, as humans, are only beginning to understand our DNA and how we thrive as a species on this earth. There is one weird truth that emerges as...

We Built It – With Your Money

We Built It – With Your Money

Andrew Schriver, Apply Liberally

September 7, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Yes, it’s true, Barack Obama did say the following words at a campaign stop in Roanoke, Virginia: “If you've got a business — you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.” And my colleague who writes in this space when I don’t, Andrew Breland, is correct when he says that President...

Editor’s note: working through the growing pains

Tyler Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Asking a resident on the north side of campus what distinguishes this year from last year often reveals the same answer: the number of people. No matter where you turn, the record freshman class size seems to dominate, if not overwhelm, the North Residential Village and many large lecture-oriented classes. Students...

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