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Kim: Using the summer to get ahead

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

April 27, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As the semester comes to a close, my friends and I have been discussing our summer plans. Several of them plan to stay in Cleveland and take courses over the summer; others have lined up part-time jobs; one is going abroad to work on his senior thesis and everybody is on the hunt for summer internsh...

Kim: Keeping updated on crime

Kim: Keeping updated on crime

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

April 13, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Type in "CWRU Alert" in the search bar of your email and you'll find that there were zero security alerts throughout the month of March. It seems strange when you scroll down a bit and compare March’s results to those of previous months. What happened? Has University Circle become safer? Is March ju...

Kim: Marching madness: The people behind political protests

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

March 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What do you do when the people in power refuse to listen to you? Yelling loudly will not help if they are willfully ignoring you, and repeating your message will just annoy them. Albert Einstein is often credited for saying that “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a...

Kim: Reading into textbook problems: Don’t waste your money

Kim: Reading into textbook problems: Don’t waste your money

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

March 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Case Western Reserve University’s culture seems to accept expensive textbooks as a necessary cost of college. The administration acknowledges it: the 2017-2018 Typical First Year Budget allots $1200 for books alone. The students acknowledge it: We certainly complain about the price a lot. But despite...

Kim: Lessons from performance poetry

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

February 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s Thursday night. A group of forty or so sits in the crooked rows by the stage at Euclid Tavern, with more people milling about and eavesdropping. Among the crowd is the creative writing club of Case Western Reserve University, Writers Writing Words. Its members lounge near the back and make small...

Kim: Bite the bulletin, it’s two minutes to midnight

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

February 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It is 11:58 p.m. and you have to submit an assignment by midnight. Only “you” is the human race, “midnight” is the annihilation of the human race and “assignment” encompasses all the reasonable actions we can do to prevent the apocalypse. Rather than a Humans vs. Zombies mission, this is th...

Kim: A bit(coin) of regulation

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

January 19, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

While the South Korean government has rescinded its proposal of banning cryptocurrency trades, the regulation of online currency such as the bitcoin are still being established globally and may become stricter within the United States as well. Cryptocurrency is digital and decentralized currency, independent...

Kim: Competition and the tiering system

Kim: Competition and the tiering system

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

December 1, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

The administration of club sports is changing nationwide, and Case Western Reserve University is following the trend. In the bowels of monthly club sports meetings, there have been proposals for a tiering system for the 2018-2019 academic year. A tiering system is a way to classify clubs and place...

Kim: Don’t be afraid of the RTA

Kim: Don’t be afraid of the RTA

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

November 10, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The RTA (Regional Transit Authority) pass for students costs $25 and lasts for the entire semester, allowing students to ride both the rails and the buses. Fare for an average adult rider is $2.50. In other words, a student should ride the RTA at least 10 times per semester to make full use of the little...

Kim: Problems with women boycotting Twitter

Won Hee Kim, Columnist

October 27, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Oct. 13, Rose McGowan, actress and feminist activist, inspired a widespread spontaneous 24 hour long boycott of Twitter after the social media service suspended her account. McGowan is a survivor of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein and frequently disparages the patriarchy and rape culture on her Twitter...

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