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Richards: Club sports should count toward physical education credits

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

February 6, 2020

As I start my sixth semester here at Case Western Reserve University, the dreaded physical education (PE) requirement is looming upon me. Two semesters worth of physical education classes are required for all bachelor’s degrees here, and, when you realize you only have three semesters left, this can ...

Zhu: Technology is the answer to the question nobody asked in the Iowa caucuses

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2012 file photo, voters sign in on caucus night at Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa. More than 40 years ago, a scheduling quirk vaulted Iowa to the front of the presidential nominating process, and ever since most White House hopefuls have devoted enormous time and money to a state that otherwise would get little attention.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

February 6, 2020

The Iowa caucuses reflect not only a complicated political season, but also a major issue in the intersection of technology and other fields—what problems does technology solve, and what problems are created for technology to solve?  A few days after the caucuses, at least some of the blame has fa...

Reyna: Primaries are important too

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Peter Buttigieg specks at a Town hall.

Christian Reyna, Staff Columnist

February 6, 2020

Primary season is upon us. We’ve begun the process of deciding who will be the Democratic Party’s nominee for the President of the United States. It is always our civic duty to exercise our right to vote, but primary elections typically experience lower voter turnout than general elections. A signi...

Editorial: Our responsibility as a private university is to promote public education

Editorial Board

February 6, 2020

Betsy DeVos had no experience in education prior to becoming President Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education. In fact, she and her children only attended private schools. DeVos’ experience explains her objectives to change the American education system to favor private and charter institutions, espec...

“I Survived Sorority Recruitment”

Anonymous

January 30, 2020

The start of the spring semester at Case Western Reserve University ushers in the exciting, yet daunting, period of sorority recruitment. Two weekends of introductory conversations about our hometowns, what we like to do with our friends, the inclement weather outside and the expected inquisitivenes...

Editorial: The broader context of immigration and accountability

McKinsey & Company helped reorganize ICE under the Obama administration, which deported a record 2.5 million people. Their proposals to save the agency money led to housing immigrants in jails and other unsafe environments. CWRU partners with McKinsey to host a consulting competition.

Editorial Board

January 30, 2020

America’s immigration history is cloudy at best. Especially for a country which purports the American dream, our history, and present, is crowed with xenophobic immigration policies, imperialist initiatives and racist internment camps.  While some leaders do better than others in authentically advoca...

Kuntzman: Greta Thunberg’s influence is powerful and different from executive leaders

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

January 30, 2020

Greta Thunberg, a 17-year-old environmental activist from Sweden and TIME Magazine’s person of the year, has become an international icon. Last week, political journalist Tom Rogan published an article that criticized the media’s tendency to “inflate” Greta Thunberg’s importance, claiming that she i...

Zhu: What do we see in the Wuhan coronavirus epidemic?

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

January 30, 2020

During an ongoing crisis, it is difficult to judge the efficacy of a proposed solution. China currently faces the unexpectedly rapid spread of a deadly strain of coronavirus in Wuhan, and its subsequent spread to other provinces, and, soon, other countries. Everyone has questions, and although the vir...

Editorial: Reproductive rights are human rights

Jane Roe and her lawyer outside of the Supreme Court.

Editorial Board

January 23, 2020

Norma McCorvey was born to two Jehovah’s Witnesses in a suburb west of Houston in 1947. She quickly learned that she did not subscribe to the same beliefs as her parents and, as a result, ended up in a correctional facility. After repeatedly seeing her mother drunk with other men, McCorvey promised he...

Zhu: Dissolve Disney, find new artistic voices

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

January 23, 2020

Two months after the release of Disney’s new streaming service Disney+, it seems more evident than ever that The Walt Disney Company is not what it used to be. As a studio, Disney seems to be relying more and more upon revitalizations of its classic tales, which have been released to mixed reviews....

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