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Cai: A lesson from my roommate’s religion

Yingying Cai, Columnist

September 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Six a.m. Sunday, I woke up for some reason. “Morning, roomie,” said my roommate, standing before her mirror, all tidy and dressed up. It was more refreshing than coffee to see my roommate, who usually wears Case Western Reserve University sweatshirts and flip-flops, in an ironed blouse and flats. ...

Saulsman: Looking through your peers: an epidemic

Courtney Saulsman, Columnist

September 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

You’re crossing the street on Euclid Avenue, speed-walking up the Binary Walkway. You might have headphones in, your friends might be talking your ear off, or you may just be walking silently, enjoying the serenity of white noise as you bustle your way to class. Whatever you are doing, do you notice with w...

Lowe: What I love about the city of champions

Nick Lowe, Columnist

September 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you mention Cleveland in front of a person who’s never been here, the only thing about nine out of 10 people are going to know about the city is that the river that runs through it caught fire once. In my experience, people usually base the rest of their idea of the city on that one event. Every t...

Kim: Out of context is out of mind

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

September 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Amazon reviews may leave you with the impression that Hillary Clinton’s new book, “What Happened”, is either the worst book ever written or the greatest. It was neither; I thought the book, while sometimes bitter in tone, was still an interesting insight into her mind and an illuminating explan...

Editorial: COC election jokes went too far

September 22, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Recently, Class Officer Collective presidential candidate Connor Zhu posted on several CWRU Facebook pages, including a meme group, about his suspicions that the COC elections had been hacked. (Check out our news story covering the allegations and their aftermath). Some students’ reactions to the ha...

Editorial: Changes to Commuter Lounge first step in inclusivity

September 15, 2017


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

It might be a relatively small, hidden space, but the recently renovated Commuter Lounge is a big deal for many students. The lounge was refurbished with new armchairs and ottomans and is located in the west basement of Thwing Center. Its other amenities include two study rooms, a kitchenette, a ...

Taekman: Hurricane Irma: meme with caution

Sarah Taekman, Columnist

September 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

There’s something ironic in the president claiming global warming is a hoax, and for the planet to simultaneously set itself on fire and start pumping out hurricane after hurricane. You’ve heard about Hurricane Irma. Its reputation precedes its reach, spurring on waves of frantic news stories and soci...

Etokebe: CWRU’s posting policy: The chill pill to freedom of expression

Koko Etokebe, Guest Columnist

September 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

According to Yale University political science lecturer Jim Sleeper, undergraduate universities are “civil societies on training wheels” within the “guardrails and guidance that are set by deans and faculty.” It is at universities that students start defining their beliefs and exposing themselves...

Eckert: Save the planet: every action counts

Brian Eckert, Columnist

September 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s no longer a question of whether or not the climate has been affected by humans, with the primary causes of this change being our excessive pollution and abuse of the environment. The recent natural disasters are just a taste of what is to come in the next few decades if we don’t change something....

Avolio: Disaster coverage ignores the West Coast

Madison Avolio, News Designer

September 15, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Tuesday, Sept. 5 I opened my social media accounts to see that fires were blazing near my hometown in southwest Washington. Fire has been burning about 60 miles away from my home and ash is raining down even on my front porch. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest for almost 19 of my nearly 20 years of ...

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