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Reif: Healthcare: We do not get what we pay for

Reif: Healthcare: We do not get what we pay for

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

The U.S. has some of the best health care specialists in the world and has undoubtedly made remarkable advances in treating chronic diseases. The 21st century has ushered in the use of stem cells to replace or repair damaged organs, developed highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) to treat AIDS a...

Wilson: The results are in: polling is good

Wilson: The results are in: polling is good

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In the later months of 2016, one thing seemed certain. Almost every poll released after August gave Hillary Clinton a big lead over her opponent, President Donald Trump. People were so sure of the polls that many news outlets gave the election to Clinton before election day was over. Well, the ele...

McPheeters: Why this Clevelander chose CWRU

Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

April 5, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As someone from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, I often get asked why I chose to go to a school so close to home. Generally, it’s something along the lines of “that would be too close for me” or “why would you want to stay in Cleveland?” When I was a senior in high school, I got into every school I ap...

Kerby: Spitball belongs to the students

Kerby: Spitball belongs to the students

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Years ago, there was a beacon of spontaneity smack in the center of the Case Quad: Spitball. The iconic metal monolith in the center of the Case Quad creates some strange gravity around which our studies orbit. While I admire it for the art itself, I also marvelled at what the campus added. Spit...

Mistry: Remembering our radical roots

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s that time of year again. Thousands of prospective students are visiting Case Western Reserve University with their families, deciding whether or not they will commit to being a part of the CWRU Class of 2023, which doesn’t sound like a real year to me, but maybe I’m just a crotchety old fou...

Zhu: Vulgar humor opens conversation on privilege

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Amid her relatable quips about the state of Cleveland’s streets and being a woman today, Michelle Wolf’s campus appearance last Friday focused on the importance of privilege in modern society. Planted in fun hypotheticals about the historical women’s rights movement, her words helped open conversat...

Mistry: Maybe the grind should stop

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

One of my closest friends from high school maintains that every time I talk to him, I’m doing something new, whether it be an academic or an extracurricular pursuit. Every time he comments on it, I promise him this is the last new thing I’m going to do. You can imagine what the next call after tha...

Toledo: Stop institutionalizing ableism

Toledo: Stop institutionalizing ableism

Katharine Toledo, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

There’s this simulation called the Spoon Theory Demonstration. It’s used to help people who aren’t disabled to better understand that tasks that may seem simple to them are significantly more difficult to those of us with chronic illnesses and other disabilities. You’re given 20 spoons at...

Reyna: A Texan’s first winter

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

All my life, I loved the hot weather and despised the cold. One hundred degrees was nothing to me; just a normal summer day back home, perfect for me to go out with family and occasionally go to the beach, which was only an hour and a half drive away. If it got down to the 90s, that was amazing, and ...

Kim: No shame in taking Pass/No Pass courses

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

March 29, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

My fingers trembled as I typed in the request. I double-checked my grammar. I changed a few words, moved the mouse over and hit submit. You can’t take back the request, the system warns me. Don’t worry SIS, I know. The deadline to request to change a class to pass/no pass (P/NP) grading is today, ...

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