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Case Western Reserve University's independent student news source

The Observer

Case Western Reserve University's independent student news source

The Observer

Third-year student Shreyas Banerjee (pictured above) steps into the role of executive editor of The Observer as CWRU goes through uncertain times.

Editor’s Note: Shining a light on all of CWRU’s little worlds

Shreyas Banerjee, Executive Editor January 14, 2022

When I entered Case Western Reserve University in the fall of 2019, I did not expect to join The Observer. Having had very little experience writing and zero exposure to the world of journalism, joining...

Editor’s note: We are all The Observer

Nathan Lesch, Executive Editor October 22, 2021

When I first became The Observer’s executive editor, I was enthralled by our email account—an odd obsession, I know. I enjoyed going through our many, many daily emails and directing...

Editor’s note: Growing, one step at a time

Nathan Lesch, Executive Editor August 20, 2021

I moved into my new apartment last week, a few days before the first students living on-campus were allowed to move in. Since I live near South Residential Village, move-in isn’t as hectic as on Northside,...

To our departing staff: Thank you for everything

Nathan Lesch, Executive Editor May 7, 2021

As this long, tedious school year comes to an end, I would be remiss if I didn’t recognize and thank all The Observer’s staff members who are graduating or otherwise leaving our editorial board. Not...

The Observer’s commitment to justice

Nathan Lesch, Executive Editor February 19, 2021

After hearing that the sickening, oft-criticized name of the Washington NFL franchise, the Redskins, was being changed, I knew the Cleveland’s MLB team’s days as the Indians were numbered. Thank goodness...

Editor’s Note: (Re)introducing The Observer

Nathan Lesch, Executive Editor August 21, 2020

Needless to say, the logistical difficulties and uncertainty facing Case Western Reserve University as a whole due to COVID-19 will also challenge The Observer this coming semester. Half of our staff will...

Editor’s Note: The importance of journalism during protests

Nathan Lesch, Executive Editor June 6, 2020

I had planned to introduce myself—and reintroduce The Observer—to Case Western Reserve University’s community at the onset of the fall semester. While I still intend to do that, I would be remiss...

Editor’s note: Goodbye Observer

Editor’s note: Goodbye Observer

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor April 28, 2020

Across America two months ago, college students jammed the highways returning home as universities shut down from coronavirus. Case Western Reserve University received the news during spring break, while...

Mr. Rogers has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, culminating in Tom Hanks Oscar-nominated performance in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.

Editor’s Note: Mr. Rogers and the virtue of wasting time

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor January 23, 2020

Mr. Rogers has enjoyed a cultural resurgence in recent years. Tom Hanks’ turn at donning the red sweater and giving life to the children’s show host’s “Land of Make Believe” earned him an Oscar...

Editor’s note: Halloween, drag shows and Wilde, freeing costumes

Matt Hooke, Executive Editor November 1, 2019

Halloween costumes originated to help people deal with problems from the other side. In my story on the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and Magick, curator Steven Intermill discussed how the tradition of...

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