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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 ...

Panaro: Down but not out

Panaro: Down but not out

Kevin Panaro, Contributing Columnist

November 22, 2019

Despite Bernie Sanders’ prevalence in the 2016 election, many established news sources and politicians have discounted his contention for the 2020 Democratic Primary, citing his democratic socialist platform as the disqualifying factor. They have seemingly replaced him with Elizabeth Warren, D-M.A., ...

Richards: Be your own student ambassador

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2019

Often times throughout your life, you may find your voice squashed in the expansive structure of an organization or large group. Whether it be your academic, personal or professional life, your contributions may go unnoticed or your opinions swept under the rug. Sometimes you make it through half the battl...

McGinnis: How capitalism has failed us

McGinnis: How capitalism has failed us

Emerson McGinnis, Contributing Columnist

November 15, 2019

While the U.S. has the highest gross domestic product of any nation, in 2017, 78 percent of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck. Six in 10 Americans did not have enough capital to survive without a job for three months. Of course, not every American lives that way. A small portion of Americans qu...

Zhu: Why I feel awkward when you speak Chinese to me

Zhu: Why I feel awkward when you speak Chinese to me

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2019

For years, I’ve admitted I’m uncomfortable when foreigners try to speak Chinese to me. Even though I don’t take offense at it, something about these interactions feels hollow and awkward. I know that I’m not the only one to feel it, but voicing these discomforts is often met with confusion and...

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