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Zhu: The commodification of activism by self-interested corporations

Caroline Zhu, Staff Reporter

October 25, 2019

When did corporations start taking stances on cultural and political movements? When it started to seem profitable to do so. Today, we see some companies put forth genuine efforts to give back to communities and to their consumers, while others put forth hollow advertising that supports social movements....

Kuntzman: Reevaluating how we fight climate change

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

October 25, 2019

In the wake of global climate protests and Greta Thunberg’s speech at the United Nations, recent approaches to climate change advocacy seem to be shifting toward advocating for aggressive governmental action instead of individual accountability. With scientists suggesting that carbon emissions will need...

Mathews: The privilege of HvZ

Nailah Mathews, Contributing Columnist

October 11, 2019

Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ) is a Case Western Reserve University tradition. So is being annoyed by the people that play it. Whether the disdain is general anti-cosplay curmudgeonly behavior or actual annoyance at students that seem on God’s chosen mission to make sure the Binary Walkway is a mosh pit at...

Zhu: Why we romanticize the hustle, and why I hate it

Caroline Zhu, Opinion Editor

October 4, 2019

Ever since millennials and more recently Generation Z started growing into maturity, older generations have levelled claim after claim of laziness and entitlement at young adults, while many protest that this generation works just as hard as previous generations did, often for less payoff. Tuition rates ...

Kim: On Starbucks names and microaggressions

Won Hee Kim, Director of Print

October 4, 2019

I started using a Starbucks name in March. My Korean name, Won Hee, was too foreign for the baristas to spell. It held up the line, and there were many grumpy, caffeine-deprived customers behind me. So when the barista asked me to repeat my name for the third time, I told him that he could just wr...

Pietrow: Blind acceptance of mainstream media is dangerous

David Pietrow, Staff Columnist

October 4, 2019

Americans have been desensitized by dishonesty. We appear to be content with settling for what we want to hear rather than what we need to hear. Objectivity has been categorically replaced with “alternative facts,” or ones that we choose to accept rather than ones that exist in reality. In this ...

Reif: What should we make of Trudeau’s indiscretions

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2019

While blackface minstrelsy began in the 1830s, its popularity soared after the Civil War as a means to belittle African-Americans and support white supremacy. It appears little has changed. Last week, Time magazine published an expose on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, showing him in brown...

Richards: Weeping wepas

Richards: Weeping wepas

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2019

I’m sure you can recall a time you were walking toward Case Quad, ready to print your assignment to turn in next class, only to realize that all of the four printers on the quad were down. Out of paper, out of ink, some sort of paper jam, not feeling like working right now or just plain shut off—al...

Wiencek: Time to celebrate Ask a Stupid Question Day

Aimee Wiencek, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2019

Many of us tend to be scared to ask a silly question for fear of looking dumb in front of our peers. We let fear hold us back from seeking knowledge about what might seem like a trivial inquiry, or possibly delving into a thought-provoking question that we mistakenly assume the people around us already kn...

Kuntzman: Quality higher education is more than rankings

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2019

In 2017, Harvard professor Clayton Christensen claimed that half of all American colleges would go bankrupt over the next 10 to 15 years. Whether or not his prediction will come true remains to be seen, but several academic institutions are currently experiencing ill-portending financial issues. Corinthian Co...

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