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Kim: Checking in during shelter in place

Won Hee Kim, Director of Print

April 26, 2019

It’s 1 a.m. on a Friday night, and your phone buzzes. “An emergency has been reported on campus,” says the text. “Shelter in place until further notice.” Then, the notifications pour in over GroupMe and other group chats. “Is everyone alright?” You ignore these notifications and head ove...

Wilson: Policy and documentation must pave the campaign trail

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

It is impossible to deny that there is a large field of Democratic candidates running for president in 2020. Even now, over a year before the election, there are at least 19 major candidates who have announced their candidacy or are expected to announce their candidacy soon. These candidates come fro...

Kerby: To be the rock in rough waters

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2019

The best piece of theater from the past year was a pantomime puppet show I saw at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. The show was “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” and told the tale of a tin soldier’s journey to find his way back home after being lost. It might sound juvenile, but a moral suddenly...

Zhu: Reboot culture limits creativity, stifles new voices

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2019

In the past decade, more and more blockbusters have been either reboots or remakes of old films and franchises. It raises the question of not only why this is happening, but whether or not these films have any value to offer to popular culture beyond pure nostalgia. Although it is difficult to pinpoint when th...

Reyna: Reflecting upon Avicii a year after his death

Christian Reyna, Staff Reporter

April 19, 2019

I was in high school when it happened. I had just eaten lunch and was ready for the second half of my school day. One of my friends in my next class called my name. She said, “Hey, you like Avicii, right?” I said yes. It was then that she told me that he had just died. A million thoughts raced through my head. Ho...

Editor’s note: The importance of telling stories

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

April 19, 2019

During an interview for an engineering internship, I was asked if writing was my true passion. I’d been talking about my time at The Observer as a writer and an editor, trying to differentiate myself from other potential candidates. I thought my best course of action would be to assure the intervie...

Mistry: What does it mean to be brown at CWRU?

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2019

Last week, I opened the links to see all of the letters of intent for the Spring 2019 Undergraduate Student Government (USG) elections, and I couldn’t help but notice the sizeable number of brown people who are running. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “under-represented minority,” or URM,...

Editorial: Referendum strikes out

April 19, 2019

Student government elections are unfortunately often overlooked on this campus. This year though, a referendum may potentially nudge us out of this pattern. In addition to the usual positional elections, we are now able to vote on a measure affecting how funding from the Student Activity Fee is distrib...

Reif: Gov. DeWine, you are pro-death

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2019

My mentor throughout high school had a friend—a nurse anesthetist in Florida—who was a traditional conservative Republican. He is a Catholic, was an Air Commando in Vietnam and a former San Antonio police officer. Yet on one of the most controversial issues, he crosses the aisle to the other side. ...

Ltte: Questioning the reality around tenure

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics

April 15, 2019

On Wednesday, April 17 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall, “Members of the CWRU Emeriti Academy who have been engaged in the Think Big strategic planning process will lead a discussion on The Future of Tenure: Rationale and Reality.” So reads the official announcement of an ope...

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