The Observer

Bridging the great divide

Tyler Hoffman, Executive Editor

September 6, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The synthetic divide that distinguishes the North and South Residential Villages, the Mather Quad and Case Quad, “soft science” and “hard science” is daunting. Euclid Avenue does more than divide the campus into separate halves; it drives the wedge that separates Case and Western Reserve in the...

What your tour guides don’t tell you about Case Western

Andrew Breland

September 6, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

A couple of years ago, a professor told me that newly hired faculty at Case Western Reserve University are told “You can assign lots of work and reading. Students here don’t do anything but study. They use all their time to study and read for class.” Sadly, this image is not nearly that of the...

Letter to the Editor

Sara Tillie

September 6, 2013


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

I found last week’s fashion rant, “Redefining the Spartan Look,” both rude and completely unnecessary. After reading it, I was disappointed that The Observer wasted an entire page on an article that contributed so little. Fashion can be an excellent outlet to express oneself and sometimes an awesome...

Nothing in life is free, even during orientation

Stephen Kolison

September 6, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was never one to object to anything free. Since my arrival to Case Western Reserve University, the school has been making it rain free things. I have more buttons, lanyards, bags, pens, t-shirts, milkshake coupons and staplers than Leonardo DiCaprio has Oscars. During orientation my orientation leader...

Growing pains: Is a housing crisis looming?

Growing pains: Is a housing crisis looming?

The Observer

August 30, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion, Top Stories

The number of students in incoming classes has significantly increased in the past two years, and if Case Western Reserve University keeps its current national ranking or moves up a notch or two, it should be safe to assume that there is no going back to class sizes similar to those of current junior...

Building up our rankings, resting on our laurels

Tyler Hoffman, Executive Editor

August 30, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The first week of classes brought with it an accolade a day for Case Western Reserve University, allowing the school to cross several items off of its bucket list. Get recognized as one of the Top-25 LGBT Friendly Colleges and Universities? Check. Enter “Washington Monthly’s” top 5 list of schools...

What do you have in common with Ariel Castro?

Ellen Kubit, Staff Columnist

August 30, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last May, three high-profile Cleveland kidnapping cases fiercely resurfaced. Michelle Knight, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, announced missing between 2002 and 2004, were found as prisoners in the home of Ariel Castro. Their rescue story—a combination of relentless courage from Amanda Berry and an...

Redefining the Spartan look

Theresa Smetona, Staff columnist

August 30, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It is an undeniable fact that during the first week of classes, our campus is significantly more attractive than at any other time of year. Granted, this may have something to do with the fact that summer tans are still lingering, students still have time to shower and the effects of those late-night...

While you were gone…

While you were gone…

Tyler Hoffman, Executive Editor

August 23, 2013


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

This past week has been full of introductions for first-year students. These incoming freshmen are experiencing new people and new places for the first time; however, there is one important fact no one has bothered to tell them: they are not the only ones going through orientation. Significant, transformative...

Don’t get sCWRUd: A first-year guide to textbooks

Don’t get sCWRUd: A first-year guide to textbooks

Greg Bokar, Director of Business and Marketing

August 12, 2013


Filed under Opinion, Top Stories

With move-in just days away for many first-year Case Western Reserve University students, it is crunch time for thinking about getting together the final needs for campus living and learning. With the shuffle comes the notorious and expensive grind to seek out those “required” textbooks. Q: Do I really...

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