The Observer

A new football league begins

A new football league begins

Andrew Ford, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2019


Filed under Fall Sports, Football, Sports, Top Stories

The football void of February to August is normally a waiting game for pigskin lovers; while the NFL Draft and free agency are fun, they don’t carry the same joy of actually watching a game. A new professional football league is attempting to fill that hole with a product that will attract NFL f...

“Games of Thrones” in space

“Games of Thrones” in space

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

On Friday, Feb. 8, all three seasons of “The Expanse” appeared on Amazon Prime. “The Expanse” is based on a book series by James S.A. Corey, the pen name for Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who also write for the show. The books and show are set in a future in which a United Nations-governed Earth...

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Poetry for People Who Hate Poetry

Dave Lucas, Poet

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories

It’s happening again. Even as we speak, elsewhere—in a college dorm, maybe, or some recess of the internet—a word is changing. Just as “cool” evolved in African-American jazz circles of the 1930s and 40s, coming to refer to musical temperament instead of temperature, so this word—w...

Wrestling makes history at UAA Championships

Wrestling makes history at UAA Championships

Andrew Ford, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2019


Filed under Sports, Top Stories, Winter Sports, Wrestling

The Case Western Reserve University wrestling team competed on Feb. 9 at home in the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships. En route to a second place finish, the Spartans beat No. 17 New York University, their first team victory ever against a ranked opponent, but fell to No. 24 University o...

Zhu: KonMari isn’t minimalism and for good reason

Zhu: KonMari isn’t minimalism and for good reason

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

February 15, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Following the release of her Netflix show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” Japanese organizing consultant and author Marie Kondo made a sudden return to pop culture. But the response to her show and her philosophy reflects a distinctly Western take on Eastern cultures and minimalism. While Kondo...

Reviewing designs of the new emoji

Reviewing designs of the new emoji

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Tech, Top Stories

In its 12.0 update, the Unicode Consortium introduces 59 distinctive new emoji to mobile users around the world, such as the seeing-eye dog, the blood droplet and the pinching hand emoji.   The Unicode Consortium, the non-profit organization that develops, maintains and promotes software that stand...

Playlist of the Week 2/15/19

Playlist of the Week 2/15/19

Ryan Yoo, Director of Design

February 15, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Playlist of the Week, Top Stories

In celebration of Singles Awareness Day (Feb. 15), we bring you these songs about not being in love from halfway across the world. Enjoy these K-pop hits that will keep you warm in this cold, cold winter. What the Spring, by 10cm In the spring of 2016, the indie duo 10cm announced that they would be ...

Spring career fair features many new employers

Spring career fair features many new employers

Nathan Lesch, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2019


Filed under Events & Talks, News, Top Stories

This Monday students attended the Get Experienced Career Fair. Held annually in the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center, this fair helps kick off the spring recruiting season. This year’s fair featured around 100 employers, a significant increase from the 80 employers that attended last...

Men’s basketball loses heartbreaker at Brandeis

Men’s basketball loses heartbreaker at Brandeis

Sanjay Annigeri, Staff Reporter

February 15, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories, Winter Sports

The Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team played back-to-back road games last weekend, losing to New York University (NYU) 81-71 on Friday, Feb. 8, and losing a nail biter against Brandeis University in overtime 71-66 on Sunday, Feb. 10. Second-year guard Ignas Masiulionis and firs...

Second-year basketball player aims to follow in parents’ footsteps

Second-year basketball player aims to follow in parents’ footsteps

Nicholas Kamlet, Staff Reporter

February 8, 2019


Filed under Basketball, Men's Basketball, Spartan Spotlight, Sports, Top Stories, Winter Sports

Michael Volkening is second-year student and guard on the Case Western Reserve University’s men’s basketball team. He has seen the court in 19 games this year, averaging 7.3 points and 2.1 assists per game. Outside basketball, Volkening has a strong passion for entrepreneurship; thus, he is curr...

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