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Zhu: Education as a zero-sum game hurts collaboration

Caroline Zhu, Staff Reporter

November 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As competition among high school and college age students rises, the negative effects begin to show themselves as students start to enter the workforce. Too many students see education, and later their careers, as zero-sum games, a situation where another person’s success means your own failure. Thi...

Reif: Words do hurt when speech incites violence

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

November 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

President Donald Trump does not need to go to Fifth Avenue to get away with violence; he can, and does, do it straight from his podium. In our country, apparently, power excuses a leader from punishment for violence. Weeks following the horrific terrorist attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsbu...

Smith: Appreciating Armistice Day

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

November 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Too often I am guilty of harboring an overwhelming sense of dread. There are so many things happening in this world that I don’t just casually disagree with, I fundamentally oppose them without any space for mutual acceptance. At times, reading through a bad newscycle leaves me questioning how much ...

Du: Skateboarding changed my life

Erya Du, Staff Columnist

November 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

When my schedule normalized, I started feeling existential about my place on campus. It is a feeling that is hard to describe or explain. It was like walking on a Mobius strip or living on a cloud. Though you are aware of who you are and what you are doing, you cannot figure out where you are going....

Toledo: Communication is key to navigating roommate relationships

Katharine Toledo, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Even as many of us enter our second years, getting along with your roommates can still be a challenge. But from my time on campus, I’ve found some of the surefire routes for having a smooth living experience. Rule number one is communication. To me, the biggest reason people have roommate p...

Faccenda: Put the brakes on backseat driving

Alexandra Faccenda, Director of Web & Multimedia

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Driving a car with a dual brake set is an unnerving experience. You’re in the driver’s seat, with hands placed on the wheel and feet poised on the pedals. You’re cruising along, just letting the car coast, when suddenly an overbearing figure in the passenger seat slams down on his own special b...

Kerby: Why not a flu shot?

Kerby: Why not a flu shot?

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Hey, you. Yeah, you. Go get your flu shot. It’s free, quick, painless and totally safe. What a mundane, simple suggestion. Don’t we have more important things to worry about? The Observer is otherwise filled with seriously important reporting on our campus and community, and opinion pieces ca...

Yakumithis: Sleep is for the weak

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Method actors do some crazy stuff to land roles. Christian Bale lost 62 pounds for his part in “The Machinist,” maintaining a diet of coffee and apples for months on end. Leonardo DiCaprio once slept inside a horse carcass while filming “The Revenant.” This week, I’ve gotten a maximum of three ...

Kim: The power in walking away

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Nov. 3, the transgender community of Cleveland gathered together for a rally by the Free Stamp downtown in response to President Donald Trump’s leaked memo on the definition of gender. I learned about the Rally Against Erasure of the Trans+ Community from the Feminist Collective at CWRU group chat, ...

Editor’s Note: First aid is a must for CWRU students

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

November 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This past weekend, the Case Western Reserve University community experienced an event many feared, but few thought possible: the shooting of an undergraduate student. Thankfully, the student survived the gunshot wound to the stomach after treatment at University Hospitals and remains there in a regular ...

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