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College coffee craft: Ranking the best and worst coffee brewing methods for a college dorm

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

January 17, 2020

During this first week of classes, after a nice and long break, you may have found yourself struggling to stay awake. In your struggle, you may have reached for a cup of coffee to help caffeinate your consciousness. However, you may not be all that eager to spend two, three, four or even five dollar...

Kuntzman: Establishing an anti-stress culture requires an all semester long effort

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2020

On Dec. 13, 2019, a beautiful, fluffy Samoyed dog sat on the floor of Clark 206. A small group of Case Western Reserve University students sat nearby, some running their hands across her soft coat, others waiting for her to come closer. Not normally a campus denizen, she was brought to see students dur...

Zhu: Cancelled culture is moral absolutism, and it’s unsustainable

Zhu: Cancelled culture is moral absolutism, and it’s unsustainable

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2020

Although social media has introduced us to instant connection and a global community, it has also created a stage upon which everyone is a public figure and subject to a growing “cancel culture.” The term refers to “cancelling” public figures, or publicly denouncing them for their negative actions...

Richards: Questioning the placement of new waste and recycling bins

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2020

If you’ve attended the first few classes of the semester this past week at Case Western Reserve University—which you hopefully have—you’ve probably noticed a handful of the 1,200 new trash and recycling combination bins placed throughout the campus’s academic and residential buildings. If y...

Kim: Into the Observer’s process

Won Hee Kim, Director of Print

December 6, 2019

Unless I wait 50 years for the 100th anniversary, this will likely be my last article for The Observer. I’ve been privileged to be a part of this publication for over two years now as a writer, copy editor and director of print—but because of my position on the editorial board, people have come to me w...

Horwitz: This is an emergency

Horwitz: This is an emergency

Avi Horwitz, Contributing Columnist

December 6, 2019

In his 2016 work “Who Rules the World?” Noam Chomsky theorizes that, “As long as the general population is passive, apathetic, diverted to consumerism or hatred of the vulnerable, then the powerful can do as they please, and those who survive will be left to contemplate the outcome.” After ...

Reyna: Mental health tips for finals

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

December 6, 2019

It’s that time of the year again: finals. It’s time for students to push through multiple exams—for the unfortunate ones on the same day—after suffering, for many, through days, if not weeks, of procrastination. For first-year students, some of you don’t know what to expect and will dedicat...

Rossy: Instagram’s removal of likes draws attention to engagement and mental health

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

December 6, 2019

If you’ve recently scrolled through your Instagram feed, you may have noticed the app is testing out an update—the elimination of the visible number of likes posts receive. This followed the app’s other recent update—removing its Following Activity feature, where you could see the recent activi...

Kuntzman: Greek life recruitment should be a spring activity

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

November 22, 2019

For many college campuses across the United States, fall is the time when students interested in Greek life have the opportunity to get involved. Whether it’s through rushing, a more formal recruitment process or some other system used by the Greek chapters on campus, students may not be able to joi...

McGinnis: Sexual assault education on campus is lacking

Emerson McGinnis, Contributing Columnist

November 22, 2019

Walking alone at night can be scary, and while Case Western Reserve University is in a city, I’ve found it does a fairly good job of making people feel safe. Most areas are well lit—although there are one or two lights, like the one by the Mather Dance Center, that turn off when you walk by rather ...

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