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Editor’s Note: How not to get student feedback

Eddie Kerekes, Executive Editor

October 26, 2018


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

In 2012, Case Western Reserve University set out to conceive a five-year strategic plan for the school. It would guide the institution from 2013 to 2018. The finalized plan, titled “Think Beyond the Possible” and available online, focused on a mission of “[improving] and [enriching] people’s live...

Venom’s critical failure from an expectation of hypermasculinity

Caroline Zhu, Staff Reporter

October 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

After seeing “Venom” and recommending it to everyone I know, the question I get back the most often is: “then why do the critics hate it?” It’s a good question, and the gap between audience rave reviews and critics’ disapprovals lies in Eddie Brock’s characterization. For those who have yet to hit the theaters, ...

Wilson: Misinformation cannot be a partisan issue

Peter Wilson, Staff Columnist

October 26, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Social media is one of the most important aspects of today’s society. It brings people from all around the world together and keeps people connected in ways that would never have been thought of 100 years ago. However, it has also become one of the biggest detriments to national sovereignty, especi...

Smith: In response to a rather difficult Saturday

Josiah Smith, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you’re like me, last Saturday was rather difficult. In all honesty, I did not want Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the slightest. The whole situation was handled extremely poorly at the hands of the people whom we offer our most sacred trust and the reliance of our well-being. It would be ...

Yakumithis: Can one have too many celebrity crushes?

Yakumithis: Can one have too many celebrity crushes?

Sophia Yakumithis, News Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Celebrity crushes have always been a favorite subject of mine. When I was 12 years old, I launched a wildly successful One Direction blog. Between its photo content and self-published fanfiction, I drew in over 1,000 Tumblr followers within a few months. My blog was cathartic in the sense that my buddin...

Coleman: Choices Fair proves not to be a cure-all for indecision

Kehley Coleman, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As you’re probably aware, especially if you’re a first- or second-year student who is still undecided, the annual Choices Fair took place this past Friday, Oct. 5 at the Veale Convocation, Recreation and Athletic Center. Tables staffed by professors and students representing various majors, minors, program...

Reif: Rapid transit: one ride toward saving our world

Jordan Reif, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Trump administration’s very own 500-page environmental impact study determined that climate change, while still a “Chinese hoax,” will lead to a 4 C (7 F) global temperature increase within this century. Climate scientist James Hansen warns that warming to this degree will result in a permane...

Editorial: Slowly changing toxic masculinity on campus

Jackson Rudoff, Opinion Editor

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s often difficult for media members to resist latching onto ambiguous buzzwords, especially when they suit the context of a major news story. So when Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing suddenly became a debate over the reporting of sexual assault, female-male power dynamics and excessive alcohol ...

Kerby: A follow-up on an administrative failing

Stephen Kerby, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I was joking in my last article when I suggested that the administration should ban all non-Bon Appetit food from campus buildings for health reasons. Surely, I reassured myself, no one would get any bright ideas from my essay filled with righteous, if harmless, indignation.  Alas, I was wrong. I enter...

Toledo: The dangers of specialization

Katharine Toledo, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What do you want to be when you grow up? The very first time I was asked this question seriously was when I was in seventh grade. I was a gawky, braces wearing, acne riddled pre-teen who barely knew what I wanted for dinner, let alone to what I would dedicate the next 50 or more years of my life. ...

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