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In response to a skit by the Phi Delta Theta fraternity in the Greek Week Variety Show

April 14, 2016

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to The Observer on Tuesday, April 12 at 1:38 p.m. and was made publicly available the same day. Those authors requested that students email to sign it. At the time The Observer received it, the letter contained 154 signatures. A ma...

Oldham and Belli: In response to the Latinx open letter

Will Oldham and Gina Belli

April 14, 2016

Editor’s Note: The following letter was sent to the Greek community on Tuesday, April 12, at 6:40 p.m. The Observer received it on the same day. To the Case Western Reserve University community, Our names are Will Oldham and Gina Belli, and we are the presidents of CWRU’s Interfraternity Congress (IFC)...

Hodowanec: Use Greek rollover to create memorial

Andrew Hodowanec

April 8, 2016

To the editor, In response to last week’s article “Greek rollover seeks project with student life impact” detailing approximately $66,000 in rollover money earmarked for student improvements and held by Greek Life, I would like to take another look at an idea proposed by several students and li...

Hirshon: KSL is looking forward to growth

Arnold Hirshon

April 1, 2016

I would like to extend my thanks to Austin Stroud for his article in last week’s issue of The Observer, “KSL, campus need smarter study spaces.” Feedback such as his is essential as we constantly strive to be responsive to student needs. First, we at Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) were very glad...

Robinson and Dupuis: We expect improved transparency, communication

The University Housing budget for 2016 made available by the Residence Hall Association.

Victoria Robinson & Andrew Dupuis

April 1, 2016

To the editor, As the Executive President and President-elect of the Residence Hall Association (RHA), we are writing this letter on behalf of our organization and the residents we represent. Earlier this semester, the university announced plans to again raise the room rates for the 2016-2017...

Ryave: An open letter to Demetri Martin

Daniel Ryave

April 1, 2016

Dear Demetri Martin, I want to start by thanking you for performing at Case Western Reserve University. You told so many hilarious jokes and undoubtedly made the night special for many people in attendance. However I feel it would be irresponsible to not address a joke you made at the expense of a...

Kerby: In response to “Please stop talking”

Steve Kerby

April 1, 2016

Taylor Moran's opinion piece on offensive words and privilege raises several interesting points, which I agree with for the most part. There is one section, though, that surprised me to no end. About halfway through her essay, Moran comments, "The only one who is allowed to decide what offends me is...

Uncomplicating student group funding

Andrew Hodowanec

March 25, 2016

To the editor, I would like to thank The Observer for your continuing coverage of the Student Executive Council (SEC) reform process and for offering feedback on the draft proposal presented at the March 3rd meeting in your editorial, “Let’s not further complicate student group funding.” I believe your suggestions alongside...

Stone: Identifying as trans, performing the role, are different situations

Jillian Stone

February 26, 2016

I am writing in response to the article, “Student performers shine at Drag Ball.” I have attended CWRU Drag Ball three years in a row, once as an audience member and twice now as a competitor. To say Drag Ball seeks to break transgender stereotypes is a problematic statement. While some drag...

Gurian: An open letter to our Greek men

James Gurian

February 19, 2016

Recently, at Beta Theta Pi’s national president’s training, one chapter president suggested to the room that “it’s easy to say, like, at least we don’t pee on our pledges.” I struggled to keep a straight face, but the thinking he so eloquently described is pervasive here at Case Western Reserve...

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