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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...

Bengston: CIM, CWRU harmonize in concerts, clubs

Bengston: CIM, CWRU harmonize in concerts, clubs

Susan Bengtson
April 8, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s easy to blend in on campus. The handful of musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM) walking to class at any given time blend into the crowd of backpack-laden 18-to-20-somethings. Even though I spend most of my time in the CIM building on East Blvd. across from the Cleveland Botanical...

Bianco: USG should clarify election bylaws for one-candidate races

Julia Bianco, Director of Web and Multimedia
April 1, 2016
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The fact that there is only one candidate running for the president and vice president of finance positions for next year’s Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is a problem within itself; even with the most qualified candidates, students should always have multiple options to choose from for their...

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