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Reif: Our individualism complex is as toxic as breathing polluted air

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

August 23, 2019

The powerful #MeToo movement, beyond its success in holding influential men accountable, has brought to light the issue of toxic masculinity. That is, the idea that real men are not emotional, rely on violence to solve problems or cannot stay at home to care for children among many other limitations....

Editorial: What need-aware admissions mean for CWRU

Editorial Board

August 23, 2019

Recent college admissions scandals have swept universities and prompted many to open conversations about how selective colleges choose the students that they are admitting. While many colleges boast need-blind admissions, in which a student’s ability to pay for higher education is not taken into acc...

Reyna: Safety for us and future generations

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

August 23, 2019

I was leaving from a public auction when I heard about the shooting in El Paso, Texas. I didn’t know how to react. When I later learned that the gunman was targeting Mexicans, I was petrified. Both of my parents are Mexican immigrants; they moved to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas almost 30 years ago. Thou...

Editor’s Note: Ch-ch-changes

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

August 23, 2019

Orientation Week is simultaneously exciting and terrifying. For many incoming students, you’re living away from home for the first time, surrounded by a bunch of people you’ve never met, in a city you may barely know. Don’t be a jerk to your roommate and take advantage of the opportunity to ex...

Editor’s Note: Writing with passion about our community

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

April 26, 2019

“Do you love music?” asked my first editor Brian Karem after an article on a music festival in Washington, D.C. did not meet his expectations. Karem was the executive editor of The Montgomery County Sentinel, a weekly newspaper in suburban Maryland. After my first-year plans to be a psychologist n...

Mistry: Write your own deliverance

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

This has been a semester full of spicy takes, but let me put to print my hottest take yet: Hamilton is a mediocre musical at best. It’s painfully historically inaccurate and is actually incredibly dangerous in how it melanin-washes figures who should be remembered as slaveholding colonizers, not as...

Kerby: How to Write an Opinion Piece

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

So, you want to write an opinion article? First, get the preliminaries out of the way. Make a new Google Doc, and choose a font. The editors will use an official typesetting program so you might as well use something fun. I’m a Georgia man myself. Put some good music on in the background, unless...

CWRU 2019 Spring Semester Report Card

Editorial Board

April 26, 2019

Security and Communication A- With far greater transparency and significantly shortened response times, security at Case Western Reserve University has taken student feedback to heart this semester. Response times have changed dramatically from the almost hour-long waits students faced in the fall...

Kolison: The inheritance of pain

Stephen Kolison, Staff Columnist

April 26, 2019

Last week I found myself spending a lot of time studying in the medical library. I love how it smells like old books. I love how the reading room and its fireplace make me feel like royalty. But despite my love for the room, I feel uneasy there. Every time I look at the old white men in the paintings...

Kim: Checking in during shelter in place

Won Hee Kim, Director of Print

April 26, 2019

It’s 1 a.m. on a Friday night, and your phone buzzes. “An emergency has been reported on campus,” says the text. “Shelter in place until further notice.” Then, the notifications pour in over GroupMe and other group chats. “Is everyone alright?” You ignore these notifications and head ove...

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