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Taylor: Comparing CWRU to a mini-police state

Taru Taylor

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On March 9, Case Western Reserve University police officers stopped Cleveland City Councilman Kevin Conwell as he was walking through campus. Minutes before, a student called dispatch to complain about a Black man on campus mumbling through missing teeth. Conwell supposedly “fit the description.” ...

O’Shea: USG needs to allow a conversation on the occupation of Palestine

Timothy O’Shea, Guest Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Our campus has recently seen the discussion of Undergraduate Student Government (USG) Resolution 27-04, a call on the University to fully divest its assets from companies that directly or indirectly fund the Israeli occupation of Palestine, which is viewed as illegal by many countries. Currently, however,...

Adams: US higher education might be a bubble about to burst

Maurice Adams, Guest Columnist

February 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Is U.S. higher education a bubble about to burst, like the housing bubble burst that triggered the 2007-2008 financial crisis? That strong possibility is now evident. It should seriously concern those choosing a college. One surely does not want their degree from a college that subsequently goes bankrupt...

Adams: Make U.S. engineering education great again

Adams: Make U.S. engineering education great again

Maurice Adams, Guest Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Graduating engineering students obtaining Bachelor of Science degrees now do not enjoy advantages the writer enjoyed when he graduated from a top-rated East Coast engineering school in the early 1960s. The typical engineering B.S. program then required about 150 credit hours of coursework to graduate,...

Taylor: Why I am boycotting my law school graduation ceremony this spring

Taru Taylor, Guest Columnist

February 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

                            Editor’s Note: In 2017, the author contacted administrators who handled the Next Generation leaders photoshoot. The administrators removed his picture fro...

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...

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