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Richards: The bicycle dilemma on campus

Richards: The bicycle dilemma on campus

Jason Richards, Columnist

September 29, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

You’re biking to class and a student decides to sidestep in front of you. Or perhaps a group of students feel the need to take up the whole sidewalk. This leaves you no choice but to sacrifice your comfort and take the grass detour or squeeze between that pole and the curb. If you’re a biker on ca...

Editorial: Strategic plan can succeed through collaboration

September 29, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The three-year Strategic Plan released by the Division of Student Affairs is certainly not lacking in ambition. The plan, which is much more detailed than its 2014 predecessor, is filled with strategies toward three main outcomes: Unity, Wellness and Preparedness. It sets out to accomplish these goals with a...

Cannon: Growing up in East Cleveland and the perils of gun violence

Christopher Alan Cannon, Columnist

September 29, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was born in East Cleveland. My childhood was pillaged by the systemic extensions of poverty. The project buildings near the corner of East 40th and Woodland Avenue  were not Case Western Reserve University. It was not my teenage home of Chagrin Falls. It was this dichotomous place of magic...

Eckert: The importance of an African American studies minor

Brian Eckert, Columnist

September 29, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Uncategorized

Currently there is no African-American Studies major or minor at Case Western Reserve University, which may be surprising to some. CWRU is what most would consider a top tier university and from my point of view, inclusive and respectful of all races, cultures and ethnicities. There is a petition travell...

Ltte: Help create an African-American studies minor

Andrea Doe

September 29, 2017


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

To the Editor, Something about Case Western Reserve University disturbed me before I decided to attend. During the fall of my senior year of high school, I remember sifting through college admissions packets, weighing which university would best suit my interests. At the time, I was planning to be on the...

Rutecki: Fixing our broken immigration system

Paul Rutecki, Columnist

September 29, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The future of American immigration hinges on our country’s response to two important questions: “Are we a nation of laws?” and “Are we a nation of borders?” I believe our country should cherish both of these things. However, not everyone agrees with me. For example, in a commencement speech las...

Taekman: If at first you don’t succeed

Sarah Taekman, Columnist

September 29, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Aren’t tryouts just the best thing in the world? Doesn’t auditioning for something fill you with sheer, unbridled joy? Do you ever wake up the morning of a trial and think: “Wow. I can’t wait to put myself out there and potentially fail.” Yeah, me neither. The start of every school year brings a wa...

Rudoff: Focus is our key to success

Jackson Rudoff, Columnist

September 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As The Observer recently reported, there has been some controversy with the most recent Class Officer Collective (COC) elections. First-year student Connor Zhu sent an email to President Barbara Snyder and two higher representatives of the COC claiming that the election could have been hacked. He intr...

Kadlec: Food struggles of a student on the go

Hanna Kadlec, Columnist

September 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Case Western Reserve University has been making strides within the past few years to support a healthy college lifestyle, such as the Sustainable Food Initiative and the recent campus-wide ban on smoking. Unfortunately, our dining services still fall short of providing students with a way to determin...

Sleeper: “Free speech” on campus has a hidden agenda.

James Sleeper, Guest Columnist

September 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Although I had to cancel my appearance at the Sept. 18 Case Western Reserve University School of Law forum on “Freedom of Expression on Campus,” Koko Etokebe’s column published in the Sept. 15 issue of The Observer quoted me accurately as writing that colleges are “civil societies on training wheels,” with “guardrails and g...

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