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Reyna: Primaries are important too

Reyna: Primaries are important too

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

February 6, 2020

Primary season is upon us. We’ve begun the process of deciding who will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for the President of the United States. It is always our civic duty to exercise our right to vote, but primary elections typically experience lower voter turnout than general elections. A signi...

Editorial: Our responsibility as a private university is to promote public education

Editorial Board

February 6, 2020

Betsy DeVos had no experience in education prior to becoming President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education. In fact, she and her children only attended private schools. DeVos’ experience explains her objectives to change the American education system to favor private and charter institutions, espec...

“I Survived Sorority Recruitment”

Anonymous

January 30, 2020

The start of the spring semester at Case Western Reserve University ushers in the exciting, yet daunting, period of sorority recruitment. Two weekends of introductory conversations about our hometowns, what we like to do with our friends, the inclement weather outside and the expected inquisitivenes...

Editorial: The broader context of immigration and accountability

Editorial: The broader context of immigration and accountability

Editorial Board

January 30, 2020

America’s immigration history is cloudy at best. Especially for a country which purports the American dream, our history, and present, is crowed with xenophobic immigration policies, imperialist initiatives and racist internment camps.  While some leaders do better than others in authentically advoca...

Kuntzman: Greta Thunberg’s influence is powerful and different from executive leaders

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

January 30, 2020

Greta Thunberg, a 17-year-old environmental activist from Sweden and TIME Magazine’s person of the year, has become an international icon. Last week, political journalist Tom Rogan published an article that criticized the media’s tendency to “inflate” Greta Thunberg’s importance, claiming that she i...

Zhu: What do we see in the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic?

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

January 30, 2020

During an ongoing crisis, it is difficult to judge the efficacy of a proposed solution. China currently faces the unexpectedly rapid spread of a deadly strain of coronavirus in Wuhan, and its subsequent spread to other provinces, and, soon, other countries. Everyone has questions, and although the vir...

Editorial: Reproductive rights are human rights

Editorial: Reproductive rights are human rights

Editorial Board

January 23, 2020

Norma McCorvey was born to two Jehovah’s Witnesses in a suburb west of Houston in 1947. She quickly learned that she did not subscribe to the same beliefs as her parents and, as a result, ended up in a correctional facility. After repeatedly seeing her mother drunk with other men, McCorvey promised he...

Zhu: Dissolve Disney, find new artistic voices

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

January 23, 2020

Two months after the release of Disney’s new streaming service Disney+, it seems more evident than ever that The Walt Disney Company is not what it used to be. As a studio, Disney seems to be relying more and more upon revitalizations of its classic tales, which have been released to mixed reviews....

Panaro: Cleveland’s winter wonderland also brings SAD

Kevin Panaro, Contributing Columnist

January 23, 2020

In many ways, the term “spring semester” is a misnomer. As some students return from a warm and restful break, they are thrust into the brutal Cleveland winter. With global warming, these extreme weather patterns have only worsened: snowfall is heavier, ice is slicker and the air is colder. As the s...

Editor’s Note: Mr. Rogers and the virtue of wasting time

Editor’s Note: Mr. Rogers and the virtue of wasting time

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

January 23, 2020

Mr. Rogers has enjoyed a cultural resurgence in recent years. Tom Hanks’ turn at donning the red sweater and giving life to the children’s show host’s “Land of Make Believe” earned him an Oscar nomination. Rogers has the reputation of a secular saint, the rare star who is exactly as he appea...

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