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LTTE: Attn: Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater

July 4, 2020

In response to the Case Western Reserve University Department of Theater’s incredibly disappointing and insufficient statement on diversity and inclusion, we, a coalition of current students and alumni of color with the support of our peers, believe that this department can and must do better. The...

LTTE: There’s a place for tolerance

Tim Sprunt, Student

May 4, 2020

Abortion is perhaps the most contentious issue facing our country today. Despite the social progress that we have made in recent years (and there is still much more to go), the divide between those who are pro-life and those who are pro-choice remains. I do not think it is something that will ever go ...

LTTE: Universal Pass/No Credit is not inclusive

Anthony Biscardo, Hersh Bhatt, and Steven O’Neill

April 14, 2020

The fact that Universal Pass/No Credit attempts to address off-campus disparity is a noble idea. However, such a policy does not account for the diversity in opinion of the greater student body and is, therefore, intrinsically exclusive. By comparison, an Opt-In Pass/No Pass policy empowers students w...

Letter to the Student Body

Student Roundtable

April 14, 2020

To the Case Western Reserve University student body: We are writing this letter at a time of great stress for everyone at Case Western Reserve University, particularly its students. Along with you, we have struggled with the transition to remote learning and everything that entails. Whether it’...

LTTE: A token of whose esteem? Or a token of my extreme?

LTTE: A token of whose esteem? Or a token of my extreme?

Deepak Sarma, Professor of Religious Studies at CWRU

November 8, 2019

A family friend whose child is considering applying to Case Western Reserve University was surprised to see my picture in the “Think Humanities” brochure handed out by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to anxious parents and prospective students. I obtained a copy last week and was concurre...

Ltte: Why student course evaluations may actually be a disservice to students

Maurice Adams, Professor Emeritus in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

November 1, 2019

In the early 20th century, when relatively few individuals went to college, student course evaluations served as prudent pedagogy. In modern times, however, they have evolved in a fashion that is surely not sound pedagogy. As student activism and tuition costs have substantially and continuously increased,...

Ltte: Questioning the reality around tenure

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics

April 15, 2019

On Wednesday, April 17 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall, “Members of the CWRU Emeriti Academy who have been engaged in the Think Big strategic planning process will lead a discussion on The Future of Tenure: Rationale and Reality.” So reads the official announcement of an ope...

Ltte: Responding to Reif

Shmuel Berman

March 1, 2019

Last Friday, The Observer ran an opinion column that was mainly a defense of statements made by Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Mn.) which extended to a disappointingly one-sided analysis of the complex Middle East conflict. This column came after a week and a half of back-and-forth controversy over Omar's stateme...

Ltte: Aisha’s Law could save lives

Leo Thurman, Student

February 15, 2019

Last week, Ohio House Rep. Janine Boyd announced that she intends to draft legislation to help prevent domestic violence. The law is named for the late Aisha Fraser, a Shaker Heights teacher who was violently stabbed to death, presumably by her ex-husband, Lance Mason. Mason is a former Ohio state re...

LTTE: Airing concerns about the Thinkers

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Professor

January 25, 2019

The Provost’s Think Big strategic planning process will include Thinkers, people of our university whose answers to questions received the best evaluations by university leadership, faculty, administrative and students, and were then balanced for diversity before being selected. I’m excited to hear...

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