The Observer

A window into a KSL shuttle driver

Veronica Madell, Staff Reporter

January 23, 2020

When there are no students riding the KSL Express late at night, Frank Middlebrook cranks up the jazz on his radio and drives the route himself. Born and raised in Cleveland, this city is home to many memories for Middlebrook. He passes the Wade Park Lagoon, the small scenic center of University Cir...

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...

Paris transit strike forces Professor Toman’s study-abroad course to adapt

RATP Bus 21 Passes in Front of Palais de Justice de Paris. The lack of trains from the strike has left Parisian busses crowded and running off schedule as the system grapples with the longest metro strike in french history.

Henry Bendon, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

In 20 years of teaching courses in Paris, Ruth Mulhauser Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Cheryl Toman never faced a transit strike like the one currently crippling the French capital. Toman has been taking students to the City of Lights for years, and this p...

CWRU students assemble to demand climate action

Yvonne Pan, A&E Editor

January 17, 2020

Coinciding with Jane Fonda’s New York Times opinion piece “We Have to Live Like We’re in a Climate Emergency. Because We Are.,” published on Dec. 5, 2019, was the Sunrise Movement’s Dec. 6 climate strike, occurring in four cities in Ohio alone, as well as in Sweden and South Africa. Abo...

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 ...

CWRU students travel to Israel and Palestine over winter break

Anna Giubileo, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

Over winter break, a delegation of students visited Israel to learn more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict directly from those who are most affected by it.  The program, Fact Finders, was hosted by Cleveland Hillel. According to their promotional materials, the trip is “an educational and eye-...

Greek Life struggles to reach a new generation of college students

Greek Life struggles to reach a new generation of college students

Veronica Madell, Staff Reporter

January 17, 2020

On Saturday, Jan. 18, around three hundred Case Western Reserve University students will wait for the doors to each of CWRU’s sorority’s room to open so they can be ushered into Greek life. With 36 percent of female students on campus participating in Greek life, the next two weekends of formal rec...

Tibetan monks come to CWRU

A monk uses a chak-pur, a traditional metal funnel, to pour grains of sand needed to construct the mandala.

Surita Basu, Staff Reporter

December 6, 2019

The Mystical Arts of Tibet tour featuring the Tibetan Buddhist monks of Drepung Loseling Monastery visited Case Western Reserve University from Monday, Nov. 18 through Friday, Nov. 22. The tour is designed to emulate spiritual festivals celebrated by monasteries in Tibet, where people from surrounding v...

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...

Case Amateur Radio Club partners with Department of Civil Engineering to prepare for disaster

Civil engineering students survey the University Farm to help Case Amateur Radio Club find the best place for antennae to catch and receive raddion transmissions.

Chris Heermann, Photo Editor

December 6, 2019

Every June, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) sponsors Field Day, a nationwide amateur radio event that simulates a disaster event where electronic communications are disabled. In this scenario, nearly every service we use in our daily life is affected. Hundreds of thousands of texts and calls fa...

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