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Editorial: We appreciate campus life, opportunities

November 17, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the Editorial Board decided to give thanks and discuss many facets we love about Case Western Reserve University. We usually don’t devote a piece to the holiday, but this calendar year has brought some unique challenges to our campus. Many campus organizations...

Eckert: Greek life in the world

Brian Eckert, Columnist

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Greek Life has a major role on Case Western Reserve University’s campus, as well as on many other campuses across the country and world. In the last year, there have been several deaths from hazing at fraternities which have garnered national attention. The most recent of these include events at Pennsylvania...

Cai: Live in the moment

Yingying Cai, Columnist

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I was applying to colleges, I never understood why “campus environment” was an item for evaluation on almost every college rating website. We go to school to study, not to sightsee, I thought. I held that thought until this autumn, when a shower of golden leaves poured over my head and wa...

Wood: Sushi’s great, but cheese is better

Morgan Wood, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I know I’m in the land of sushi and ramen, but a girl can only go so long without a good cheese sauce. Yes, I know Tokyo is “so international,” and that it has the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants out of any city in the world, but let me tell you about the struggle to find good chees...

Taekman: Why “White Lives Matter” doesn’t matter

Taekman: Why “White Lives Matter” doesn’t matter

Sarah Taekman, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Nothing brings me quite as much joy as watching white nationalist rallies get outnumbered by those in opposition. The secondary Charlottesville rally, the failed protests in Shelbyville, Tennessee—reading the news to hear that the crowds drowned out the hateful rhetoric, that people flooded the...

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...

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