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Editorial: We support USG’s gender-neutral bathrooms resolution

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s past time for improvement of transgender rights on our campus. But we’re hopeful because Undergraduate Student Government (USG) has passed a resolution to set up gender-neutral bathrooms in all campus facilities. The resolution, aimed at the university, was initially authored as a counter...

A challenge to Professor Sarma and to ourselves

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer

March 30, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

What to say of Professor Sarma’s letter? Written by a University of Chicago graduate from roughly the time I was there, it demonstrated the attitude I’d criticized. It threw put-downs in the name of an abusive truth. At the same time, it called for argument. So let’s argue: What kind of school...

Nunnery: A retreat from CWRU

Anthony Nunnery, Columnist

March 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

From March 23 to March 25, an event called PossePlus Retreat is being held by Case Western Reserve University’s first group of Posse Scholars. The Posse Foundation is an organization centered around identifying, recruiting and training student leaders to form multicultural teams, called "Posses," of...

Applauding Snapchat’s customer service

Applauding Snapchat’s customer service

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Mother Teresa is employed by Snapchat. That’s a joke, but it’s true that Snapchat has fostered a civil, meaningful friendship between my long-term ex and me. While this may sound extremely superficial and millenial, our friendship is pretty much bound by Snapchat’s "streak" feature. The thing...

The #MeToo movement is about me and you

The #MeToo movement is about me and you

Josiah Smith, Columnist

March 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Who is affected by the #MeToo movement? It’s not just those who are testosterone-fueled and guided by sexual motives. It’s us. It’s you and me. At times, we lack understanding and refuse empathy. We’re hovering over the glass ceiling and protecting and reinforcing its steel beams. Sexual misconduct...

Richards: The past and the CWRUture

Jason Richards, Columnist

March 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

History is a huge part of Case Western Reserve University. We dedicate a lot (of money, time and effort) to the upkeep of our historical buildings on campus, shown in the recent renovations of Thwing Center last summer and the restoration of the four main buildings on the Mather Quad in 2016. A lot...

Martz: The nostalgia generation

Martz: The nostalgia generation

Paulina Martz, Columnist

March 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

For the kids on the edge of the millennial and Generation Z crossover—that is kids born anywhere from the late 1980s to the first five years of the second millennium—there is no definite line in the sand as to where they belong. For those individuals born in the gray area, however, there is another...

In response to “Why it’s good to be an ‘Ivy League Reject’”

Deepak Sarma

March 23, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

I was disappointed and appalled when I read Dr. Bendik-Keymer’s sycophantic and unprofessional letter to the editor in The Observer. I too have heard students say that they were “Ivy League” rejects, though they say this wryly or with amusement, rather than with chagrin. Alas, the letter’s a...

Editorial: We discuss CWRU police questioning of city councilman

Editorial: We discuss CWRU police questioning of city councilman

March 23, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Top Stories

Over a week ago, city Councilman Kevin Conwell was stopped by Case Western Reserve University police while walking through our campus. Police were responding to a complaint of a man with missing teeth asking students for money and claimed that the black councilman’s clothing matched the descriptio...

Kim: Reading into textbook problems: Don’t waste your money

Kim: Reading into textbook problems: Don’t waste your money

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

March 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Case Western Reserve University’s culture seems to accept expensive textbooks as a necessary cost of college. The administration acknowledges it: the 2017-2018 Typical First Year Budget allots $1200 for books alone. The students acknowledge it: We certainly complain about the price a lot. But despite...

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