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Taylor: Street-level constitutional experts

Taru Taylor, Guest Columnist

December 1, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Slave patrols prevented slave revolts, captured runaway slaves and kept watch on “free” Blacks. They policed the South. In many jurisdictions, notably Charleston, South Carolina, slave patrols morphed into the official police force. Slave patrols went obsolete after the Civil War. So why does...

The future of Cleveland lies in our vote

Ashley Chan, Sierra Lipscomb, and Austin Stroud

November 2, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Editor’s Note: The Observer only prints opinion pieces written by one author. An exception was made for this piece. If you haven’t already guessed from the litany of lawn signs and barrage of mail advertisements, there will be a general election on Nov. 7. The offices up for this election are th...

Stewart: A black veteran’s daughter’s opinion on kneeling for the anthem

Yannique Stewart, Guest columnist

November 2, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

While reading a recent column by Paul Rutecki titled “Kneeling for the national anthem is disrespectful” I tried to keep an open mind. Unfortunately I found that it deeply upset me, not due to our differing opinions, but because I felt the logic was flawed. First, I’d like to point out that the anal...

Stebbins: What we can all learn from Sukkot

Jonathan Stebbins, Guest Columnist

October 6, 2017

Filed under Columns, Opinion

Oftentimes, it seems that we’re afraid to care. We feel a strange self-consciousness when we are excited about something no one else is, as if we are leaping and laughing for a silent audience. Sometimes, we question our motives when faced with indifference. Other times, we try to push our excitement o...

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...

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