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Appealing to the Parliament of Fools

Appealing to the Parliament of Fools

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

September 13, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The conventional wisdom of politics is that to win votes of the masses – to stand a chance of winning – a candidate has to take his or her Ivy League-educated message down to the level of the average person. According to the 2010 census, the average American adult has at least some amount of college...

Editor’s note: the art of not forgetting

Tyler Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

September 13, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

This past Tuesday began like any other day. I awoke at 8 a.m., finished some lingering reading, grabbed my morning coffee at the SAGES Café, and proceeded to my first class. It wasn’t until I sat down and turned on my iPad that one single number grabbed my attention: 11. The tightening of my stomach...

I Am The 9%, and So Are You

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

September 7, 2012


Filed under Opinion

I have always found the human body to be a fascinating thing. The number of intricate parts and abilities that we have as people continues to amaze scientists. We, as humans, are only beginning to understand our DNA and how we thrive as a species on this earth. There is one weird truth that emerges as...

We Built It – With Your Money

We Built It – With Your Money

Andrew Schriver, Apply Liberally

September 7, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Yes, it’s true, Barack Obama did say the following words at a campaign stop in Roanoke, Virginia: “If you've got a business — you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen.” And my colleague who writes in this space when I don’t, Andrew Breland, is correct when he says that President...

Editor’s note: working through the growing pains

Tyler Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2012


Filed under Opinion

Asking a resident on the north side of campus what distinguishes this year from last year often reveals the same answer: the number of people. No matter where you turn, the record freshman class size seems to dominate, if not overwhelm, the North Residential Village and many large lecture-oriented classes. Students...

Letter to the Editor

Ellen Kubit, Undergraduate Student

September 7, 2012


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

I have a class with Andrew Breland, writer of "Sticks and stones may break our bones..." Every day, he brings intelligent answers and comments to the class. Since this piece is in the 'Opinion' section, I know Mr. Breland will respect me offering my own. Towards the middle of the third paragraph,...

Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt the liberals

Andrew Breland, The Elephant in the Room

August 31, 2012


Filed under Opinion

We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are not created equal. What a difference that word makes. What an effect a single word can have on the meaning, reception of, and reaction to what someone says or writes. In the midst of the political campaign season, words and their meanings became...

Editor’s Note: look before you leap (or complain)

Tyler Hoffman and Sage Schaff

August 31, 2012


Filed under Opinion

For the second year in a row, Washington Monthly ranked Case Western Reserve University in its national top 10 list of colleges that contribute to the public good. Despite this positive news, the first week of classes was marked by the all too familiar murmur of first-year and returning students doubting...

Editor’s Note: Making the case for new beginnings

Tyler Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief

August 23, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

For college freshmen nationwide, change is in the air. From yearbook messages condemning it to graduation songs heralding it, incoming first-years are force-fed the notion that nothing stays the same for long. Yet luckily for these change-sickened students, modification is not on the docket for Case...

Case Democrats Commentary

Case Democrats Commentary

Ryann Lally

August 23, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Let’s face it; a lot of college students don’t really care about politics. Instead of campaigning for Democratic congressmen, we would much rather spend our time scrolling through Tumblr and Facebook. What we all don’t realize is that those memes we post on our timelines, the feminist Jenna Ma...

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