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CWRU aids in opioid crisis, falters when addressing crack cocaine

Kevin Smith, Executive Editor

December 1, 2017


Filed under Opinion

Opioid overdoses have claimed over 50,000 lives in the past year as lawmakers continue to figure out how to battle the medical problem of addiction. President Donald Trump has declared it a “Health Emergency,” with both Republicans and Democrats supporting him. Universities have partnered with healthcare...

President Snyder’s second message hit and miss takeaways from Charlottesville

Kevin Smith, Executive Editor

September 1, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

    On Aug. 28, President Barbara Snyder released a second statement about the Unite the Right rally on the University of Virginia’s campus from Aug. 11 to 12, intended to halt the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee. Her initial comments, released several days after the event, rightfull...

Editor’s Note: Safety in sisterhood

October 14, 2016


Filed under Opinion

This note has no desire to take a stance on Sigma Phi Epsilon’s current situation, as The Observer staff recognizes that some of their sanctions were based on accusations far more serious than underage drinking, and we in no way condone violating the law. Instead, this note aims to comment on how thi...

Editor’s Note: Don’t overdo it

August 20, 2016


Filed under Opinion

We here at The Observer have some advice for first-year students. Between the Student Activities Fair and elections for a whole slew of campus organizations, it is tempting to get involved in a lot of activities on campus. But joining a large amount of organizations your first semester is a recipe for ...

Editor’s Note: What journalism means to me but also CWRU

April 7, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Few fields other than journalism will have you examine law school lawsuits one week and lost weather balloons the next. I’m fortunate to say that I’ve been able to cover both over my time on the staff of The Observer, among other topics. My time at The Observer kicked off almost immediately after...

McKenna: Students were not truly heard during tobacco-free policy debate

Mike McKenna

January 22, 2016


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In a Letter to the Editor last week, Vice President of Student Affairs Lou Stark strongly criticized our coverage of the Faculty Senate’s vote to make the campus tobacco-free. Our front page article from the Dec. 4 issue titled “Faculty Senate approves campus-wide tobacco ban without student input”...

Lessons from behind the desk

Mike McKenna

April 16, 2015


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The end of the year quickly approaches; it might not be the time to be particularly reflective, considering a deluge of projects and finals. However, in taking over the executive editor role (thank you again, staff, for voting for me to hold the honor and especially to Kathleen Wieser, our outgoing executive...

Popping the market disruption bubble

Katie Wieser, Executive Editor

January 16, 2015


Filed under Columns, Opinion

For something that’s meant to inspire exciting ideas and unforeseen productivity, the concept of disruptive innovation seems to have gotten a bit stodgy. For those of you who haven’t taken an entrepreneurship class in the past few years, disruptive innovation is all about making products and organizations...

In honor of service

Katie Wieser, Executive Editor & Publisher

November 7, 2014


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

A little more than ten years ago, I stood in a room with a small crowd of people as all raised our right hand and recited our Oath of Enlistment for the first time. We were all there for different reasons. Some wanted to defend their country, some wanted to see the world, some were just there out of...

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