The Observer

Panaro: COVID-19 has underscored deepening socioeconomic divides and celebrity ineptitude

Kevin Panaro, Staff Columnist

April 7, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a lot about America’s tendencies in a crisis, infamous among them, the panic buying of toilet paper. There are, however, more alarming trends. Coronavirus has shown the callous way in which some people regard elderly lives, the disdain for organizations like the Cent...

Rudoff: If we’re going to meet need, we need to meet expectations

Jackson Rudoff, Staff Columnist

April 7, 2020

Like many students at Case Western Reserve University, financial aid was a major component in my college decision. As the son of musicians—the classical kind, not the high-dollar studio-touring kind—I’m not exactly made of money. Selecting what university I would attend always partially hinged ...

Lakhiani: Self-isolation? More like self-improvement

Karuna Lakhiani, Staff Columnist

April 6, 2020

“Are you still watching?” Those words glared at me from my laptop screen; it was 2 a.m., I had no motivation to watch my math lectures and I was binging NCIS, which seemed never-ending. Yes, Netflix, I was still watching, but I didn’t want to. Boredom and lack of incentive had driven me to thi...

Richards: Why I can’t get any work done at home

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

April 6, 2020

While we are all enjoying the company of our families, pets and own rooms at home, this transition to remote learning has introduced a slew of distractions that most Case Western Reserve University students never imagined. Whether you’re now doing more than just your own dishes and laundry as chore...

Kinstler: Life in the Age of COVID-19

Ethan Kinstler, Contributing Columnist

March 30, 2020

With COVID-19 having risen to pandemic levels, it is more important than ever to be informed. First, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) official declaration of a pandemic simply means that efforts to fight COVID-19 are moving from containment to mitigation. Washing your hands, banning crowds, clo...

Reyna: The importance of increasing young voter turnout

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2020

We’re living in interesting and confusing times. Case Western Reserve University switched to online remote classes and students are trying to adjust and combat the current COVID-19 pandemic by limiting face-to-face interactions. While all of the university matters are currently in our minds and the ...

Kuntzman: Schools must remain closed

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2020

On March 22, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine signed a “stay at home” order to go into effect at midnight the following day. It greatly restricted normal daily activities for residents of Ohio, who can now only leave the house to seek medical services, buy essential goods like groceries, take walks and work ...

Horwitz: Time to turn the shock doctrine on its head

Avi Horwitz, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2020

It is hard to believe that just a few weeks ago we were celebrating the end of our midterms and preparing for a well-deserved spring break. In the time since, our normal routines have been abruptly thrown into uncertainty after being uprooted from campus to face remote learning. Some have been left out ...

Hatcher: COVID-19 killed my senior year

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2020

As I sit here trying to find the words to describe what it’s like to see your senior year get ripped away from your hands faster than a limited-edition Popeye’s chicken sandwich, I hate to say that I am still coming up empty. Actually, if I had to put into words what the past 19 days have felt like...

McGinnis: Catching fear

The desolate Plaza Mayor was once bustling with life.

Emerson McGinnis, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2020

At the beginning of 2020, I saw so many memes about a plague happening this year to mirror the various pandemics that occurred in the 20’s of past centuries. I laughed at them and continued scrolling. When COVID-19 first appeared in China, I brushed it off and left for my study abroad program in Madr...

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