The Observer

Editor’s Note: Learning from the past

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

October 11, 2019

The Observer has been in existence for more than twice my lifetime. Reading alumni letters, I realized the founding of The Observer 50 years ago was not just a creation of a campus newspaper for the fun of it, but an inherently political act. Paul E. Kerson, one of the founders of The Observer, said the go...

Are you racist for playing HvZ? The answer might surprise you!

Nailah Mathews, Contributing Columnist

October 11, 2019

Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ) is a Case Western Reserve University tradition. So is being annoyed by the people that play it. Whether the disdain is general anti-cosplay curmudgeonly behavior or actual annoyance at students that seem on God’s chosen mission to make sure the Binary Walkway is a mosh pit at...

Editorial: USG meal plan initiatives are an admirable first step

Editorial Board

October 11, 2019

As a part of the everyday life of a student, the meal plan and overall dining hall experience often come up in conversation. Usually, the conversation is about the quality of the food, the price per swipe or the lack of chocolate milk that day. University Student Government (USG) tabled in Tinkham Veale U...

Editorial: What Public Safety does for CWRU

Editorial: What Public Safety does for CWRU

Editorial Board

October 4, 2019

Following the release of the 48-page comprehensive 2019 Security and Fire Safety Report, the Public Safety department at CWRU should be commended for its actions to document safety procedures on campus. After two recent fires in Kent Hale Smith and Millis Schmitt, Public Safety combined their Fire Safe...

Zhu: Why we romanticize the hustle, and why I hate it

Caroline Zhu, Opinion Editor

October 4, 2019

Ever since millennials and more recently Generation Z started growing into maturity, older generations have levelled claim after claim of laziness and entitlement at young adults, while many protest that this generation works just as hard as previous generations did, often for less payoff. Tuition rates ...

Kim: On Starbucks names and microaggressions

Won Hee Kim, Director of Print

October 4, 2019

I started using a Starbucks name in March. My Korean name, Won Hee, was too foreign for the baristas to spell. It held up the line, and there were many grumpy, caffeine-deprived customers behind me. So when the barista asked me to repeat my name for the third time, I told him that he could just wr...

Richards: Blind acceptance of mainstream media is dangerous

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

October 4, 2019

Americans have been desensitized by dishonesty. We appear to be content with settling for what we want to hear rather than what we need to hear. Objectivity has been categorically replaced with “alternative facts,” or ones that we choose to accept rather than ones that exist in reality. In this ...

Reif: What should we make of Trudeau’s indiscretions

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2019

While blackface minstrelsy began in the 1830s, its popularity soared after the Civil War as a means to belittle African-Americans and support white supremacy. It appears little has changed. Last week, Time magazine published an expose on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, showing him in brown...

Richards: Weeping wepas

Richards: Weeping wepas

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2019

I’m sure you can recall a time you were walking toward Case Quad, ready to print your assignment to turn in next class, only to realize that all of the four printers on the quad were down. Out of paper, out of ink, some sort of paper jam, not feeling like working right now or just plain shut off—al...

Attention on climate raises important ethical questions about environmental responsibility

Editorial Board

September 27, 2019

In the week following the global climate strike, it must be said that the velocity the environmental movement has gathered cannot fall again while the issue remains so urgent. On campus, the Cleveland Climate Teach-In represented a push to continue the conversation on environmentalism and ethics. ...

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