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Editorial: What can be said for the weather?

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

February 1, 2019

There are few things as great as class cancellation. The early portion of any spring semester at Case Western Reserve University always tends to be backlogged, as students rush to move in, get their books and supplies and figure out their schedule all in the span of a few days. All of this is accom...

EDITORIAL: CMA makes major expansion to Open Access media

EDITORIAL: CMA makes major expansion to Open Access media

Editorial Board

January 25, 2019

For a small student paper like The Observer, there are some hurdles we encounter that larger, professionalized publications do not. Often times, getting the perfect photo to complement an article is one of those challenges. While we’ve built up a nice stock library for articles related to Case Western...

Editorial: Uptown changes should focus on students

Editorial Board

January 18, 2019

For an urban campus, it is often easy to feel isolated at Case Western Reserve University. By the nature of our neighborhood, situated between East Cleveland, Hough and Cleveland Heights, the campus can appear to be its own little bubble adjacent to the city. The construction of Uptown was meant to help...

Editorial: Semester Grades Fall 2018

Editorial Staff

December 7, 2018

With finals fast approaching, The Observer wanted to wrap up the semester by handing out grades. We reviewing some of our editorials from throughout the semester and compiled our thoughts into these grades. Next semester there will be even more news on campus, and we look forward to both covering and an...

Editorial: The limitations of free speech

Editorial: The limitations of free speech

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

November 30, 2018

It can often be difficult to quantify “violence.” Most often we think of blatant physical incidents, such as the riots in Charlottesville that broke out in response to the “Unite the Right” demonstration put on by white nationalists. We imagine scenes of fist fights, tear gas and police in riot gea...

Editorial: Once again, this is not normal

Editorial Board

November 16, 2018

The role of the news media is rarely agreed upon. For many, it’s purely a source of information or even entertainment. For others, it can serve as a watchdog against the government. In the United States, we tend to take it as a little of all three. As much as we love to remain in-the-loop regarding...

Editorial: Focus on alert times not reactionary measures

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

November 9, 2018

The Case Western Reserve University community was taken aback this past weekend when a third-year student was shot outside Phi Delta Theta in an attempted carjacking. Unfortunately, the campus is not inexperienced with incidents of similar magnitude. We are all too familiar with reports of muggings...

Editorial: A false notion of diversity

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

November 2, 2018

One of the first programs any Case Western Reserve University student is exposed to is “Diversity 360,” a brief training during Orientation Week that attempts to educate first-year students on the cultural nuances of their new community. It makes sense to cover this topic during the early period o...

Editorial: The danger of false equivalencies

Editorial: The danger of false equivalencies

Jackson Rudoff, Opinions Editor

October 26, 2018

On Monday, a number of news organizations reported that somebody had left a pipe bomb outside the home of George Soros, a notable left-wing philanthropist. Over the next few days, numerous other left-wing figureheads would receive similar packages, all playing into a Unabomber-esque picture of political violence. ...

Editor’s Note: How not to get student feedback

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

October 26, 2018

In 2012, Case Western Reserve University set out to conceive a five-year strategic plan for the school. It would guide the institution from 2013 to 2018. The finalized plan, titled “Think Beyond the Possible” and available online, focused on a mission of “[improving] and [enriching] people’s live...

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