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Opioids: The silent crisis during a global pandemic

Collin Wong, Web Editor

April 24, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic approaches its peak, Ohioans suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD) face a crisis of their own. Allegra Schorr, president of the Coalition of Medication-Assisted Treatment Providers and Advocates of New York State, says that the opioid epidemic and COVID-19 pandemic have “c...

Celebrate Earth Day #50 with these environmentally-oriented organizations

Celebrate Earth Day #50 with these environmentally-oriented organizations

Yvonne Pan and Jordan Reif

April 21, 2020

Alongside the civil rights, anti-war, women’s rights and gay rights movements flooding streets throughout the 1960s was the environmental movement. In 1962, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” started raising environmental awareness in over 24 countries by clearly explaining the link between pol...

Ohio students are stepping up in the face of dwindling supplies

Collin Wong, Web Editor

April 6, 2020

Amidst falling medical supply levels and rising concerns, college and medical students around Northeast Ohio are helping fight COVID-19. Those on the frontline of the pandemic are beginning to feel the effects of a nationwide personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage. With the coronavirus’ peak st...

The results of the 2020 Census will impact CWRU and Northeastern Ohio

The 2020 census will have ramifications across Ohio

Surita Basu, News Editor

February 13, 2020

Next month, the 2020 Census will be sent out across the entire U.S. For Northeastern Ohio, this meant weeks of organization and preparation, with the U.S. Census Bureau opening regional offices in both Cleveland and Akron.  The census decides where and how taxpayer dollars will be distributed for ...

CWRU alumnus helps student-refugees resettle in Cleveland

CWRU alumnus helps student-refugees resettle in Cleveland

Collin Wong, Web Editor

January 30, 2020

In 2018, 70.8 million refugees fled their homes. Law Kwah, a Burmese refugee who now resides in Ohio, did the same three decades ago.   He was born in 1973 in the “black zone” of the Karen State, where the world’s longest civil war broke out in 1948. He grew up in a war zone, where conflict ...

Politics you should care about

The New York Times endorsed Senators Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar for the Democratic nomination. Many were confused by the endorsement.

Jackson Rudoff, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2020

What a time it is to be American.  For only the third time in United States history the president has been impeached. Now, we’re caught in the midst of an impeachment trial like no other, with heated procedural arguments dominating National Public Radio’s (NPR) soundbites. Debates over precedent hav...

Megxit, the history and rationale for the Royal Family’s decision

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to step away from the British Royal Family. To achieve independence the duo will repay the government around $3 million in taxpayer funds used to renovate their home.

Christopher Markham, Copy Editor

January 23, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step back from the British Royal Family, dubbed “Megxit” by the media, shocked the British people. On Jan. 8, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex posted on Instagram that they would “step back as ‘senior’ members of the Royal Family.”  However, ...

Cleveland library workers to strike if talks continue to break down

After months of negotiations, Cleveland Library workers will go on strike on Feb. 4 if an agreement is not made.

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

January 23, 2020

Library workers with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 sent the Cleveland Public Library (CPL) an intent to strike notice after months of negotiation led to a standstill. The strike will begin on Feb. 4 if a new three-year agreement is not reached on Jan. 23. (This artic...

The effects of a particularly bad flu season ripple across Northeast Ohio

Collin Wong, Web Editor

January 17, 2020

As the number of flu cases in Cuyahoga County continues to increase, healthcare resources across Northeast Ohio are becoming strained. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the flu in Ohio is “widespread.” In Cuyahoga County, there were 135 flu hospitalizations during the week of ...

Here’s why opioid addiction treatment in Cleveland is hard to access

Collin Wong, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2019

An estimated two million Americans continue to suffer from opioid abuse, but only 2.7 percent of all the country’s treatment centers offer the gold-standard for opioid misuse treatment: methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone. A piece written by German Lopez for Vox reports that many addicts cannot...

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