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Hatcher: The one where she got sentimental

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Columnist

April 24, 2020

As I sit here trying to figure out what to write, I find myself coming up empty each time. One month from now, I was supposed to walk across the stage of the Veale Convocation Center, shake hands with President Snyder, show off my best pageant wave and walk to the crowd as the senior class celebrated ...

Reyna: Reflecting on quarantine

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

April 21, 2020

I never thought in my life that I would be in this situation. I left my dorm the Friday before spring break, packing what I thought was necessary for a week at home: some clothes, my laptop and a folder containing some of the homework that I was planning on doing during break. I’m now approaching...

Editorial: This pandemic could bring us a different, more sustainable future—if we fight for it

Editorial Board

April 21, 2020

In the last four weeks alone, there have been 22 million unemployment claims. While the registered unemployment rate for March was 4.4 percent, economists believe this statistic is widely understated, given that it did not account for the last week in March, when unemployment really spiked. Economists inste...

Panaro: The failure of political spin and President Trump’s mishandling of COVID-19

Kevin Panaro, Staff Columnist

April 20, 2020

In many ways, the current COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing political crisis clash heavily with the ethos on which President Donald Trump predicates his entire political philosophy. Trump has thus far treated every major crisis of his campaign and presidency as an image problem that can be solved with the rig...

Horwitz: Cowardice or moral bankruptcy?

Avi Horwitz, Staff Columnist

April 20, 2020

In spring 2014, Undergraduate Student Government (USG), presented Resolution 23-08 which called on “the president and board of trustees of Case Western Reserve University to divest the university’s endowment from publicly traded fossil fuel companies.” Simply put, USG requested the administratio...

Editorial: What does it mean to be essential?

Editorial Board

April 16, 2020

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, most states have issued stay-at-home orders and closed down all non-essential businesses in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. Yet, it seems that we need to ask what an “essential” business really is, and how essential the workers of these businesses...

Macias: Lost at sea with immediate assistance available…in 6-8 hours

Macias: Lost at sea with immediate assistance available…in 6-8 hours

Hannah Macias, Contributing Columnist

April 16, 2020

I have been looking forward to going abroad since I was in high school; although, I didn’t think the majority of that time would be spent sitting at home, barely allowed to go outside. I began my spring semester in the Netherlands, attending Maastricht University’s Psychology and Neuroscience pro...

Hatcher: America’s biggest viral challenger—Coronavirus or Trump?

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Columnist

April 16, 2020

Every day in quarantine starts out the same. I wake up around 7:30 a.m. and lay in bed to contemplate what tasks may or may not get done that day. I reach over to my desk, grab my phone and open up Apple News and Twitter to see what mess the United States has gotten itself into. The usual pops up on my 5...

Cuenca and Pinal-Alfaro: Opt-in is a cop-out

Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro and Jasmine Cuenca

April 14, 2020

My three siblings and I study around our kitchen table, failing to block out our parents' whispers from the adjacent room about paying bills. My mother works long shifts at the grocery store to make up for the lost income after my father was furloughed last month. The fear of either of them contracting...

LTTE: Universal Pass/No Credit is not inclusive

Anthony Biscardo, Hersh Bhatt, and Steven O’Neill

April 14, 2020

The fact that Universal Pass/No Credit attempts to address off-campus disparity is a noble idea. However, such a policy does not account for the diversity in opinion of the greater student body and is, therefore, intrinsically exclusive. By comparison, an Opt-In Pass/No Pass policy empowers students w...

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