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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...

Letter to the editor: CWRU needs to emphasize moral education

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Beamer-Schneider Professor in Ethics & Associate Professor of Philosophy

November 30, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

The event convened by President Barbara Snyder on Tuesday, Nov. 27 to discuss Nazism and white supremacy's traces on campus was helpful, especially Director of the LGBT Center Liz Roccoforte's suggestion for developing a ready task force to address hate slurs on campus. One thing was missing, though: the importanc...

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....

Editorial: Once again, this is not normal

Editorial Board

November 16, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

The role of the news media is rarely agreed upon. For many, it’s purely a source of information or even entertainment. For others, it can serve as a watchdog against the government. In the United States, we tend to take it as a little of all three. As much as we love to remain in-the-loop regarding...

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...

Editor’s Note: It’s time to pay attention to our sports teams

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

November 16, 2018


Filed under Editor's Note

It appears Case Western Reserve University is in the middle of a sports renaissance, yet no one on campus seems to notice. In the last calendar year, four Spartan teams made the NCAA Division III playoffs. During my time here on campus, another team made the playoffs and at least four of the best i...

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