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Coleman: Finals season: difficult but survivable

Kehley Coleman, Staff Columnist

December 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Alright, there’s just no getting around it: this is a stressful time of year. We’ve officially made it to finals season. I’ve been dreading this period between Thanksgiving and winter break since the semester started, and for good reason. The past few days have been extremely stressful. Betw...

Kerby: The next battle in the war on Christmas

Kerby: The next battle in the war on Christmas

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

December 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Happy holidays. This is my favorite time of year. Sure, I’m terrible at getting meaningful presents for others, and I’m downright bashful when presented with any present larger than a sock. Sure, the weather tends to be uncomfortable and cold. Still, the gingerbread cookies, long nights, vacation fro...

Wilson: Mario Kart is Nintendo’s masterpiece

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

December 7, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Many people have tried. Many more have failed. But the ultimate test of skills between friends is the infamous Mario Kart for the Wii. No other game allows players of all backgrounds to come together with little prior knowledge and compete on equal footing with only a few test runs. The multitude ...

Wilson: It’s time for Zuckerberg to step down

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

November 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It would not be surprising if you are one of Facebook’s 2.2 billion users. It would be surprising if you have no experience with the social media giant. As many know, and as was depicted in the movie “The Social Network,” Mark Zuckerberg came up with the idea for Facebook with his college ro...

Kerby: Turning the other cheek

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

November 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Is “turning the other cheek” not the first guidance provided by a loving parent to their bullied child? When I was young, my parents instructed to just ignore bullies. “Bullies and other low-brows thrive on visceral reactions from their victims,” they said. Knee-jerk shouts and shoves tell a bully tha...

Richards: Is campus carry viable at CWRU?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

November 30, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Saturday, Nov. 3, a shooting took place on the south side of Case Western Reserve University’s campus on Murray Hill Road, next door to Cleveland’s Little Italy Historic District. Per CWRU police updates and messages, one undergraduate student was shot in the torso following an attempted armed ca...

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....

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