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Saulsman: Awareness of social norms gives you a sense of will

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last Thursday, Alan Grigsby’s Introduction to Sociology class performed a sociological demonstration called “The Doing Nothing Activity.” In this activity, students, myself included, were asked to demonstrate social deviance in the Tinkham Veale University Center cafeteria during prime lunch hours. In...

Pinal-Alfaro: The US needs to start caring about Puerto Rico

Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

More than five weeks after Hurricane Maria battered Puerto Rico, conditions on the island have improved marginally. As of Oct. 25, 2017, the official death toll stands at 51, though the number of casualties is believed to be much higher due to unaccounted deaths that have yet to be processed by the government....

Kim: Don’t be afraid of the RTA

Kim: Don’t be afraid of the RTA

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The RTA (Regional Transit Authority) pass for students costs $25 and lasts for the entire semester, allowing students to ride both the rails and the buses. Fare for an average adult rider is $2.50. In other words, a student should ride the RTA at least 10 times per semester to make full use of the little...

Etokebe: Not a “piece of cake” decision

Koko Etokebe, Guest Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Oct. 2, 2017, the Supreme Court began its 2017-2018 term. To a class of Georgetown University law students, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg commented, “There is only one prediction that is entirely safe about the upcoming term, and that is it will be momentous.” During this term, the Court will address...

Editorial: We discuss campus Wi-Fi

November 10, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

There’s no doubt about it: Our campus has a major Wi-Fi problem. But thanks to University Technology, the Wi-Fi troubles may be coming to an end. [U]Tech upgraded the CaseWireless system on Nov. 1. It’s still too early to tell if the changes were effective, but hopefully the upgrade will give...

Cannon: Speaking about addiction without stigma

Cannon: Speaking about addiction without stigma

Christopher Alan Cannon, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

When you come from a family that has been dramatically affected by addiction, you have two choices: You passionately abstain from drug use, or you find yourself trekking the same self-destructive path. We need to start speaking constructively about addiction without demonizing addicts. My mother...

Kerby: The American malady

Steve Kerby, Guest Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The United States has lost America. Our aim no longer points towards that American ideal, hinted at by slaveholding founders and expanded by each generation since, that all men are created equal, endowed at their creation with certain unalienable rights. We no longer look to first principles to guide ou...

Wood: The writing on the museum walls

Wood: The writing on the museum walls

Morgan Wood, Columnist

November 2, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There is little more jarring than an art history major openly admitting to contempt for texts included in museum exhibitions. Curatorial text is everything you want in a good source; it is brief, specific and scholarly. Recently my contemporary art history class took a field trip to the Tokyo Photogr...

The future of Cleveland lies in our vote

Ashley Chan, Sierra Lipscomb, and Austin Stroud

November 2, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Editor’s Note: The Observer only prints opinion pieces written by one author. An exception was made for this piece. If you haven’t already guessed from the litany of lawn signs and barrage of mail advertisements, there will be a general election on Nov. 7. The offices up for this election are th...

Stewart: A black veteran’s daughter’s opinion on kneeling for the anthem

Yannique Stewart, Guest columnist

November 2, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

While reading a recent column by Paul Rutecki titled “Kneeling for the national anthem is disrespectful” I tried to keep an open mind. Unfortunately I found that it deeply upset me, not due to our differing opinions, but because I felt the logic was flawed. First, I’d like to point out that the anal...

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