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Carpe college: Taking advantage of the collegiate experience

Carpe college: Taking advantage of the collegiate experience

Heather O'Keeffe, What a Girl Wants

October 11, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When opportunity knocks, open the door and welcome it into your life with open arms. Become best friends with it and cherish it as much as you possibly can, because opportunity is beautiful and something you should never let pass you by. There is a consensus amongst society that college is the one...

Giving the hard copy a hard time

Giving the hard copy a hard time

Tyler Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

October 11, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Let’s face it: Case Western Reserve University is not a cheap school to attend. From housing and meal plans to tuition and parking fees, the cost of attending this school can be daunting. While many bills can be put off until the middle of the semester, one expenditure strikes students right at the...

Panda peanut butter, depressing downpours, and beautiful Burren

Panda peanut butter, depressing downpours, and beautiful Burren

Rachel Craft, Full Irish Breakfast

October 11, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I first arrived in Ireland back in August, my program orientation taught me about the U-shaped curve of culture shock. It starts with the honeymoon phase, where everything is blissful and exciting, then, after a while, the homesickness sets in and things become difficult and frustrating, and eventually,...

Mitt Romney: an American man

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

October 11, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Despite the sun shining and nary a cloud in the sky, it was still cold Tuesday as I stepped onto a small private runway in North Central Ohio. It all became very worthwhile, though, because five minutes later a plane, emblazoned with a red, white, and blue “R”, landed not 100 yards from me. For...

Why women need to vote

Andrew Schriver, Apply Liberally

October 4, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the same vein as Andrew Breland’s space last week, instead of my usual column, I would like to present a letter from Natalie Portman on behalf of the Obama campaign. Ms. Portman’s letter serves as an excellent reminder of the advances both women and students have made in the last four years, as...

Biodegradable circuits

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

October 4, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As an individual who has befriended many avid gamers, I’ve always found the virtual worlds that can be explored fascinating. I don’t partake in too much gaming, but I certainly understand what captivates people in this medium. It allows people to take on the persona of a hero and face his or her...

Does history matter?

Tyler Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

October 4, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

As any first year student can attest, the life of a freshman temporarily revolves around the first year seminar, which is a required component of the SAGES curriculum. Each of these seminars attempts to attract students with interesting course descriptions and catchy titles; mine asked if history mattered. The...

Uptown connects with CWRU

Lisa Viers, Opinion Editor

September 27, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

All week, the Case Western Reserve University campus has been celebrating Homecoming, and this weekend is bringing alumni as well as families of present students to Cleveland. But right down the street from our campus celebrations, there is even more to explore. On Thursday, the Blue Block Party offered...

Brawn over beauty

Brawn over beauty

Heather O'Keeffe, What a Girl Wants

September 27, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

After the longest final in over 20 years, on Sept. 9 Serena Williams won her 15th major tennis open. However, most people probably didn’t see this, since a meager 3.4 percent of American households tuned in to watch the final of the Women’s U.S. Open tennis tournament. The Williams v. Victoria...

“Hiya, Case. How’s the craic?”

Rachel Craft, Full Irish Breakfast

September 27, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

That’s the Irish way of saying “What’s up?” “Craic” (pronounced “crack”) means fun, “grand” means fine, and “deadly” means awesome. So a really great time might be described as “deadly craic.” And no, hard drugs are not common in this country. I’ve spent the past month...

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