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Mather needs a makeover

Mather needs a makeover

Editorial Board

March 24, 2016

When the provost announced that Yost would be toast in a couple years and that a new sciences building would replace it, we had mixed feelings. We are fortunate to be an innovative community constantly building, but we must remember that many small improvements to current structures can easily outweigh...

Editorial: Our take on Thwing’s identity crisis

Editorial: Our take on Thwing’s identity crisis

Editorial Board

February 26, 2016

The construction for the Microsoft HoloLens classroom behind Thwing Center, near the entrance to the Tinkham Veale University Center has been going on for months. Not long ago, the situation was reversed; it was TVUC that was under construction, and we voiced concerns about how space was being used within it...

Editorial: Class time slot changes are sensible

Editorial: Class time slot changes are sensible

February 12, 2016

Academics are a timeless enterprise and that’s no less true for Case Western Reserve University. That’s why the recent changes to future course time slots (the specific blocks of time courses are permitted to take place) gave us the jolt only alarm clocks do. The key change is a 15-minute break...

Editorial: Administrators should provide key information in advance of forums

Editorial Board

February 5, 2016

When we saw President Barbara R. Snyder’s email on Jan. 25 concerning changes to modify the admissions process, we weren’t sure what to expect. A couple paragraphs down, it became clear that this email was sent to promote discussion about the need-aware debate, rather than announce that a decision...

Editorial: Pijan awards meant to build community, now restrictive instead

Observer Staff

January 29, 2016

A lack of inclusivity is something the University frowns upon here on campus. The extracurriculars you take part in or what you do with your free time is not a cause for ostracism at Case Western Reserve University. That’s why the requirements for two of the Dr. Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership...

Editorial: Campus activism can succeed, but must tango with student workloads

Editorial Board

November 20, 2015

In the dusty yearbook archives of the University Media Board office, photos featured 1970s protesters thrusting picket signs into the air. This was a common occurrence in Case Western Reserve University’s history, but not anymore. However on Thursday, Nov. 10, the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative...

Editorial: Caution is key to change in admissions process

Editorial Board

November 13, 2015

The retention rate of Case Western Reserve University leaves much to be desired. Of a class, 64 percent will graduate in four years, 80 percent in six years. Mental health and academic rigor may play a role in exacerbating the situation, but another, tuition, is vital to consider: CWRU currently only...

Editorial: Uptown survival guide

November 6, 2015

To us Case Western Reserve University students, setting up shop near a college seems like a prudent plan for business. One of the main reasons we have this perception is that as students, we know what we like; being successful next to a college seems like it would be easy, but it’s not. Local managers...

Editorial: Issue 3 is nothing but a marijuana monopoly

Observer Staff

October 22, 2015

Case Western Reserve University students will soon have the unique opportunity to decide if they can legally use marijuana while in the State of Ohio. For many this likely means deciding a recreational drug they hope to use once 21 could become available. When CWRU goes to the polls this November...

Editorial: Easy changes can prevent another UPB ticket selling fiasco

October 1, 2015

On Thursday, Sept. 24th, Case Western Reserve University students lined up in the Tinkham Veale University Center, all hoping to purchase a coveted ticket to University Program Board’s (UPB) fall break trip to Montreal. The line started to form, somewhat officially, from 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. However...

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