The Observer

Horwitz: Nicely worded email, dialogue, no action. Repeat.

Avi Horwitz, Staff Columnist

July 11, 2020

The email announcing Case Western Reserve University’s planned Day of Dialogue on June 10, began by referencing the “Black Lives Matter” mural painted adjacent to the White House on 16th Street in Washington, D.C. As the national uprising against systemic racism and police brutality—in wake ...

Kuntzman: Stop making masks political

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

July 11, 2020

When American Multi-Cinema (AMC) theaters first announced its guidelines for reopening, the company stated that it “strongly encouraged” guests to wear a mask when they were not eating or drinking, but they did not go as far as to mandate that customers to do so (unless it is otherwise required by the...

Lakhiani: How to reconcile sexual assault allegations with the impending election

Karuna Lakhiani, Staff Columnist

May 8, 2020

It’s easy to forget that we are in the midst of a national election cycle during this pandemic. However, it’s still just as important as ever to vote, because we need a change of leadership in the country. The election is going to happen this year, whether it’s in November or if it’s delayed b...

Panaro: There is no back to normal

Kevin Panaro, Staff Columnist

April 30, 2020

For months on end, the coronavirus pandemic has been a string of nonstop bad news. With the continual rise in the number of reported cases and confirmed deaths, and with daily reports about how wildly unprepared the U.S. is to deal with a healthcare crisis of this magnitude, spirits are definitely low. Wha...

Richards: Improving sanitization practices on campus should be a top priority

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

April 24, 2020

As the end of this most chaotic, unprecedented semester draws closer, we must start to think about the return to normality—or the hope of it—for the upcoming fall semester. Given the spread of COVID-19 and Case Western Reserve University’s diverse student and faculty population, we could be one of ...

Martz: Where nostalgia belongs in the context of the pandemic

Paulina Martz, Staff Columnist

April 24, 2020

As this semester comes to an end, I’ve noticed a shift. Of course, being home limits activities and for those of us lucky enough to have some free time amidst this chaos, there has been an upswing in media consumption. But beyond that, there has been an emphasis on things from our childhood. Perhaps it ...

Hatcher: The one where she got sentimental

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Columnist

April 24, 2020

As I sit here trying to figure out what to write, I find myself coming up empty each time. One month from now, I was supposed to walk across the stage of the Veale Convocation Center, shake hands with President Snyder, show off my best pageant wave and walk to the crowd as the senior class celebrated ...

Reyna: Reflecting on quarantine

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

April 21, 2020

I never thought in my life that I would be in this situation. I left my dorm the Friday before spring break, packing what I thought was necessary for a week at home: some clothes, my laptop and a folder containing some of the homework that I was planning on doing during break. I’m now approaching...

Panaro: The failure of political spin and President Trump’s mishandling of COVID-19

Kevin Panaro, Staff Columnist

April 20, 2020

In many ways, the current COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing political crisis clash heavily with the ethos on which President Donald Trump predicates his entire political philosophy. Trump has thus far treated every major crisis of his campaign and presidency as an image problem that can be solved with the rig...

Horwitz: Cowardice or moral bankruptcy?

Avi Horwitz, Staff Columnist

April 20, 2020

In spring 2014, Undergraduate Student Government (USG), presented Resolution 23-08 which called on “the president and board of trustees of Case Western Reserve University to divest the university’s endowment from publicly traded fossil fuel companies.” Simply put, USG requested the administratio...

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