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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...

Letter to the Editor: Noise from Village loudspeakers makes studying difficult for Village residents

October 15, 2010
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

To the editor:   I am writing to express the sum of my frustration with what was originally a minor nuisance over the past two and a half semesters: noise from the Village Field. The continual blaring of loud music over the speakers has become infuriating. After many evenings spent fantasizing...

Sex-ed for the masses

Sex-ed for the masses

Mike Yavorsky, Restoring Sanity
October 15, 2010
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Christine O'Donnell was recently seen in a clip on MSNBC threatening to stop everyone in America from having sex. While I enjoy imagining one of my favorite politicians to date trying to put a stop to sex on a college campus, the more pressing concern is found in the form of sex education. We all know...

Editorial: A teachable moment from unspeakable tragedy

October 15, 2010
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Typically, we like to use this editorial space as a forum to tell the university what we think they should do. As students, it’s pretty easy to recommend policies that we think university offices – often funded by student dollars anyway – should take. It’s a lot more difficult to call out students...

Letter to the Editor: Study abroad experience worthwhile for all students

October 8, 2010
Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

To the editor: I appreciate the editorial written on Oct. 1 about the value of studying abroad and the range of opportunities offered at CWRU. As the director of International Education at MSASS (Mandel School of Applied Social Science) I have witnessed the positive outcomes provided to students who...

To regulate or deregulate – that is the question

Tiffany Oliver, Sugar in your gas tank
October 8, 2010
Filed under Columns, Opinion

I recently finished reading the Sept. 30 issue of Rolling Stone, and was able to force myself to read the feeble attempt at political commentary known as National Affairs. The article was about credit default swaps (CDS) in relation to the potential bankruptcy by oil giant BP. Before discussing solutions...

Editorial: When it comes to school spirit, it’s quality – not quantity – that matters

October 8, 2010
Filed under Editorial, Opinion

When students choose to come to Case Western Reserve University, chances are it’s not for the football games or because you can find cheesy CWRU gear at any Wal-Mart, gas station, or turnpike rest stop. Students come to CWRU for the classes, not for the school spirit. Like anything else at CWRU, it...

My lucky stars: learning gratitude from my teenage sister

My lucky stars: learning gratitude from my teenage sister

Gillian Seaman, The Rational Component
October 8, 2010
Filed under Columns, Opinion

My little sister will be invading my world today for a weekend visit to experience “what college is really like.” I feel this violates some sort of international treaty regarding preserving the sanity of older siblings. I am preparing for her visit by offering sacrifices of burnt Justin Beiber CDs...

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