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Sleeper: “Free speech” on campus has a hidden agenda.

James Sleeper, Guest Columnist

September 22, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Although I had to cancel my appearance at the Sept. 18 Case Western Reserve University School of Law forum on “Freedom of Expression on Campus,” Koko Etokebe’s column published in the Sept. 15 issue of The Observer quoted me accurately as writing that colleges are “civil societies on training wheels,” with “guardrails and g...

Cerne-Iannone: My study abroad experience in Israel and Palestine

Evan Cerne-Iannone, Guest Columnist

September 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m still asked by friends and family why I agreed to travel to Israel and Palestine. “Isn’t it dangerous and volatile there? Their argument that I risked bodily harm in an area that–according to them–was riddled with hostility and violence, while well-intended, does not necessarily reflect th...

Strengthen your sexual misconduct policies

Emma Bardwell

May 19, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Editor’s Note: Readers should be aware that this letter contains strong language describing a sexual assault and violence. The Observer interviewed Emma Bardwell regarding this column prior to its publishing. Dear Case Western Reserve University, I write to you today to share my story and to ...

Edmonds: Put the Phones Down

McCoy Edmonds, Columnist

February 3, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The other day as I was waiting in the typical long line at Wade Commons office, I reflexively reached for my phone. I stopped, hand midway into my pocket, when I looked up and saw every other person in line with their phone out. I felt something akin to an out-of-body experience looking over the stu...

Qosja: Oscar nominations surpass expectations, more diverse

Kevin Qosja, Columnist

February 3, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s that time of year again. The nominations for the 89th Academy Awards have been released. The general public is disappointed that their favorite mainstream movies did not get any recognition outside of technical categories. Many film lovers roll their eyes at how obvious the Academy of Motion P...

Kolison: The Birds, Bees and Sex Positivity

Stephen Kolison, Columist

October 7, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Whether it’s with a friend, a toy or your right hand, a majority of us have had some form of sex. And after going to SEXPO this past September, I would like to say that Case Western Reserve University students are still really curious about sex. SEXPO did an excellent job of creating a dialogue about sex posi...

Nguyen: On Amy Tan and STEM careers

Phuong Nguyen

October 7, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When I was young, my teachers taught me two rules to survive in school: First, the teachers are always right, and second, if they are wrong, go back to rule one. Teachers are the authority figures that you don’t want to mess with. Growing up with those two rules, I tend to have the habit of agreeing w...

The election is “entertainment”

Sarah Parr, Columnist

October 7, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m not going to try to pretend that I am the most informed person when it comes to politics; I am far from it. I learn new truths and lies everyday. I remember a few months ago when Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump clinched the presidential nominations for the Democratic and Republican parties...

Taleb: This is what we’re like

Nardine Taleb, Opinions Editor

August 20, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

All summer, I have been stressing about the classes, jobs and extracurricular activities I’ve committed myself to this year. I’ve asked myself millions of times, have I taken on too much? And then, just the other day, I encountered my first Case Western Reserve University student of the year since com...

Voicing Your Opinions

Rachael Pollak, Guest Columnist

April 22, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last semester a few students founded “Israel’s CWRU,” a student organization dedicated to educating the Case Western Reserve University community about Israel and the current conflict in the Middle East. The organization was formed in response to what was recognized as a culture of avoidance among...

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