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Editor’s note: The importance of telling stories

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

April 19, 2019


Filed under Editor's Note, Opinion

During an interview for an engineering internship, I was asked if writing was my true passion. I’d been talking about my time at The Observer as a writer and an editor, trying to differentiate myself from other potential candidates. I thought my best course of action would be to assure the intervie...

Mistry: What does it mean to be brown at CWRU?

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Last week, I opened the links to see all of the letters of intent for the Spring 2019 Undergraduate Student Government (USG) elections, and I couldn’t help but notice the sizeable number of brown people who are running. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “under-represented minority,” or URM,...

Editorial: Referendum strikes out

April 19, 2019


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Student government elections are unfortunately often overlooked on this campus. This year though, a referendum may potentially nudge us out of this pattern. In addition to the usual positional elections, we are now able to vote on a measure affecting how funding from the Student Activity Fee is distrib...

Reif: Gov. DeWine, you are pro-death

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

My mentor throughout high school had a friend—a nurse anesthetist in Florida—who was a traditional conservative Republican. He is a Catholic, was an Air Commando in Vietnam and a former San Antonio police officer. Yet on one of the most controversial issues, he crosses the aisle to the other side. ...

Ltte: Questioning the reality around tenure

Jeremy Bendik-Keymer, Elmer G. Beamer-Hubert H. Schneider Professor in Ethics

April 15, 2019


Filed under Letters to the Editor, Opinion

On Wednesday, April 17 from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. in the Toepfer Room of Adelbert Hall, “Members of the CWRU Emeriti Academy who have been engaged in the Think Big strategic planning process will lead a discussion on The Future of Tenure: Rationale and Reality.” So reads the official announcement of an ope...

McPheeters: Don’t chalk Spitball

Mary McPheeters, Copy Editor

April 12, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s been awhile since Spitball has been chalked. That changed last week, when someone, or multiple people, drew a squirrel on Spitball and wrote “This is OUR campus.” and “Hey, whatcha doin’ under here? Wanna cuddle?” on it. It is precisely the noticeable lack of chalking recently that ma...

Kim: Striking a balance as a student leader

Kim: Striking a balance as a student leader

Won Hee Kim, Copy Editor

April 12, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

One of the hardest parts of having a leadership role in a campus organization is time management. As the spring semester winds down, many clubs have started the process of electing and training new officers, transitioning power to other, usually younger, members. As someone with senior status and experien...

Kerby: Cap and gown, nickel and dimed

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 12, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As the academic year comes to a close, the eyes of the campus turn to commencement. Being a fourth-year student, if all goes well I will stride purposefully across the commencement stage and then stride purposefully off this campus. But before any Spartan can burst out of the gate toward the expa...

APUSH-ing people out of history

Viral Mistry, Staff Columnist

April 12, 2019


Filed under Columns, Opinion

In my time at Case Western Reserve University, I’ve often received a diverse range of responses to any mention of the humanities classes I’ve been fortunate enough to take. The most common response, of course, has been “Oh, is that a SAGES?” I hear it less often now, as a fourth-year student, but I still ...

Editorial: Keep the RTA pass, no matter the cost

Editorial Board

April 12, 2019


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

For years, Case Western Reserve University students have never had to ask how much a Regional Transit Authority (RTA) pass costs. We’ve known that, as part of our Cleveland cultural enrichment, we are given one each semester for the flat price of $25. Needless to say, this is an absolute bargain, gi...

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