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Editorial: Something to complain about

November 12, 2010
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

We’ve had our first taste of Cleveland weather this season and suddenly the sounds of students’ complaints are beginning to reach our ears. Maybe we just haven’t been listening too closely yet or the weather really did have something to do with the rate of whining on campus, but either way, complaining...

Freedom of speech is dying – and there’s nothing you can do about it

Freedom of speech is dying – and there’s nothing you can do about it

Steven Schoenwald, Running on Fumes
November 12, 2010
Filed under Columns, Opinion

How important is it to care what other people think? Is honest public discourse what this nation really wants? Do you feel like speaking out against injustice? Or perhaps, do you feel like speaking out against ‘speaking out’? The founding fathers of the United States organized the governing documents...

When it comes to diversity, it’s philosophy – not race – that matters

Tiffany Oliver, Sugar in your gas tank
November 5, 2010
Filed under Columns, Opinion

With the State of the University address recently passed, I noticed a heightened interest in recent weeks to university policies and initiatives. While reading the Case Daily, I noticed the special emphasis given to racial diversity in recent weeks. First, there is the new Social Justice Institute. Then...

Editorial: CWRU keeps calm amidst bizarre midterm elections season

November 5, 2010
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Another midterm elections cycle is (mercifully) over and we can sit back and inspect the damage from the 20/20 vision of hindsight. You can pick your poison when it comes to damage – whether your party lost out, you were sick of being inundated with ads while watching Hulu, or you were having nightmares...

Letter to the Editor: Third party candidates are candidates too

November 5, 2010
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

To the editor: I was disappointed to see that your "Election day survival kit" included descriptions of only the Democrat and Republican candidates in each race. So-called third-party candidates deserve an equal voice. In particular, the Libertarian Party has consistently been one of the most prominent...

Irregular: how I accidentally became part of the ‘new elite’

Gillian Seaman, The Rational Component
November 5, 2010
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Despite the fact that I am an anxiety-ridden caffeine-abusing history major, I consider myself to be a regular person. I do many regular person things. I watch South Park, work a couple minimum wage jobs on campus so I can afford to go here, and do not get enough sleep. I also hate many things which...

Editorial: Three times (not) a charm

October 29, 2010
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

One bank robbery in a single week is frightening. Three in a week is obscene. We’re certainly glad that none were physically injured, but, like so many other students at Case Western Reserve University, we questioned why the banks in University Circle didn’t immediately step up their security...

Democracy: the only class where participation is 100 percent of your grade

Democracy: the only class where participation is 100 percent of your grade

Mike Yavorsky, Restoring Sanity
October 29, 2010
Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Tuesday, some will head to the polls for that American blood sport, national politics. I would like you to go with them. There are two very good reasons to vote this year. The first is that, as hard as it is to believe, midterm elections are even more important than midterm tests. The second is that...

What’s Scarier than Pelosi & a Boehner? Not Much, Actually.

Steven Schoenwald, Running on Fumes
October 29, 2010
Filed under Columns, Opinion

It doesn’t take long for someone to figure out I love summertime. Baseball, beaches, and overall warm weather serves as a reminder of how beautiful the Cleveland area can be. Even going to work seems enjoyable when the sun shines through the windows of an air conditioned shop. Unfortunately, all good...

Get thee to a nunnery!

Gillian Seaman, The Rational Component
October 15, 2010
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Sex. Everyone’s giggles out? Alright. So the topic of today’s column will be, you guessed it, sex. And it is times like these, when I am grateful my grandmother is afraid of the internet and only reads the columns...

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