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Taekman: The price tag for Trump’s pride

Sarah Taekman, Staff Columnist

February 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Jan. 25 marked the end of the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history, at 35 days. The cause? President Donald Trump refused to approve government funding until Congress agreed to the funding of his famed U.S.-Mexico border wall, priced at $5.7 billion. The present agreement for keeping the gov...

Kerby: It’s time for a change in style

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

February 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In publishing houses and newspapers, or any organization with significant written output, the “Style Guide” is the foundation of editing. Armed with a style guide, editors have clear-cut guidance on spelling, punctuation and organizational issues. Through the hard work of an editorial staff, the...

Mistry: Does CWRU need a neuroscience major?

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

February 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Since arriving at Case Western Reserve University, I’ve been interested in neuroscience. However, unlike many of its peer institutions, CWRU lacks an undergraduate neuroscience major, leaving myself and others wishing to study neuroscience in a bit of a pickle. Most of us choose to split our time between ...

Smith: Is another government shutdown on the horizon?

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

February 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

So, our “non-essential” federal workers get the chance to go back to work for three weeks. There will be back pay, of course, and, for 21 days, the nation can collectively savor the relief from what seemed to be an unending stare-down in Washington. Everything’s good, right? Sure, this relie...

McPheeters: CWRU needs to improve restroom inclusivity

McPheeters: CWRU needs to improve restroom inclusivity

Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As far as college campuses go, Case Western Reserve University seems to be one of the more LGBT-friendly campuses in the country. However, there is always room to grow and improve, and CWRU would do well to improve restroom inclusivity across campus. I recently talked to a friend who identifies as non-binary about...

Pan: Think beyond the bottle

Yvonne Pan, Arts & Entertainment Editor

February 1, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Drip drop. You hear the familiar patter of the world’s most precious resource dripping out of the tap as you wait impatiently for your reusable water bottle to fill up. Tap water is a resource we often take for granted, sometimes opting for its pricier, less sustainable and less regulated c...

EDITORIAL: CMA makes major expansion to Open Access media

EDITORIAL: CMA makes major expansion to Open Access media

Editorial Board

January 25, 2019


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Top Stories

For a small student paper like The Observer, there are some hurdles we encounter that larger, professionalized publications do not. Often times, getting the perfect photo to complement an article is one of those challenges. While we’ve built up a nice stock library for articles related to Case Western...

Mistry: Why we still cannot wait

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last weekend we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and even though I was unable to attend the convocation that bears his name, I tried to take some time to reflect on King’s legacy and how we collectively discuss the work that remains. In 1964, a year after the March on Washington for Jobs and Freed...

Pietrow: Turning it off and on again doesn’t work

David Pietrow, Staff Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you have been following the news, you know that our government has been shut down yet again. It almost happens like clockwork now, and each president has had their own reason for initiating  a shutdown. Former president Barack Obama shutdown the government for 16 days to negotiate legislation on ...

Du: Thoughts regarding the China-US trade war

Erya Du, Columnist

January 25, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The China-U.S. trade war came to a temporary stop in December. At the G20 summit on Dec. 1, 2018, the leaders of the two countries, Xi Jinping and Donald Trump, reached a consensus. They agreed to a 90-day negotiation period and will suspend new trade measures for the duration of the agreement. ...

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