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Wiencek: Time to celebrate Ask a Stupid Question Day

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2019

Many of us tend to be scared to ask a silly question for fear of looking dumb in front of our peers. We let fear hold us back from seeking knowledge about what might seem like a trivial inquiry, or possibly delving into a thought-provoking question that we mistakenly assume the people around us already kn...

Kuntzman: Quality higher education is more than rankings

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2019

In 2017, Harvard professor Clayton Christensen claimed that half of all American colleges would go bankrupt over the next 10 to 15 years. Whether or not his prediction will come true remains to be seen, but several academic institutions are currently experiencing ill-portending financial issues. Corinthian Co...

Case Western Reserve University’s campus identity question

Editorial Board

September 20, 2019

Stepping onto campus, it’s evident that Case Western Reserve University has an issue with identity. The campus itself is split into the Mather and the engineering Quads, bracketed on either side by the much more modern Peter B. Lewis Building and the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center ...

Letter to the Editor

September 20, 2019

Dear Editor: According to the New York Times, Deborah Ramirez and Max Stier, as well as perhaps some 20 plus others, came forward to describe Kavanaugh sexual acts and peculiarities. None were interviewed by the FBI. Only Christine Ford was allowed to testify at Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmat...

Young: The duology of Catholicism

Emily Young, Development Editor

September 20, 2019

Accusations of sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church are not new. The problem was not committed by a few “lone wolves” or even a recent development in our nation. I remember a few years ago when I first heard of the allegations levied against the Church, of which I was a member of since my bapt...

Sabhnani: Why you should expect more from Leutner

Nivriti Sabhnani, Staff Columnist

September 20, 2019

“Freshman 15.” These are often the two scariest words a first-year student can hear from anyone besides “You’ve failed.” This phenomenon is one that has been popularized throughout universities in the United States as a rite of passage most freshmen go through during their first year. Even a...

Taekman: Crime at CWRU

Sarah Taekman, Staff Reporter

September 20, 2019

Ask any student on campus. I can guarantee that they can name off at least one notable Case Western Reserve University security alert they received in the past.  Ones that come immediately to mind include the robbery of the Huntington Bank in Uptown in broad daylight in Nov. 2016, the head-lamp wearing c...

Editorial: One-dimensional ethnic holidays meant to increase cultural accessibility

Editorial Board

September 13, 2019

The Mid-Autumn Festival marks the night of the brightest full moon of the year, representing a time of harvest and plenty, of spending time with family and loved ones in many Asian cultures. In a 51 percent white campus student body, however, the Mid-Autumn Festival and other ethnic holidays could eas...

Editor’s Note: My Hispanic heritage

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

September 13, 2019

My living room has the usual markers of a college hipster crash pad, the alcohol bottles as decorations on the wall, the collection of musky used vinyl records, the stacks of books on the shelves. But my room has one important outlier: On the wall, encased over a Spiderman II poster, is a soccer jersey, ...

Kuntzman: Social media is a breeding ground for fake charities

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

September 13, 2019

Following any natural disaster, social media is often flooded with posts regarding statistics about the damage, news clips featuring the damage and advertisements for ways to help the victims. While the spread of such information can be very beneficial for raising awareness to provide aid to those affecte...

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