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Flooding in Central Michigan

Flooding in Central Michigan

Nihal Manjila, Staff Reporter

June 25, 2020

For the past three months, the Case Western Reserve University community has had to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak. For residents of central Michigan, however, the pandemic was not the end of 2020’s troubles. At the end of May, a record-breaking flood hit the cities of Sanford and Midland, causing...

Editorial: We will stand arm in arm until there is justice

Editorial: We will stand arm in arm until there is justice

Editorial Board

June 7, 2020

We live in a country which systematically oppresses minority groups while promoting the interests of the white community. Systemic racism exists in all areas of society, from housing to education, from policing to healthcare. While this discrimination and abuse has existed in America for over 400 years, ...

One shot, one film

One shot, one film

Richard Pannullo, Contributing Reporter

May 15, 2020

Holy mackerel, Slim Shady is right! Cinema is already a ridiculously complex art form, but somehow there are directors insane enough to ask, “what if we did this whole thing in one go?” Like a masterfully crafted album with songs that bridge together seamlessly, one-shot films are compelling u...

Couples in Quarantine

Couples in Quarantine

Chris Markham, Copy Editor

May 13, 2020

Many college couples have been forced to separate far earlier than they anticipated, and may be looking for ways they can still interact and stay connected. This is also true for couples that live in the same town, but are normally long-distance while at college. They may both be back in their homet...

Investigating the “Animal Crossing” series

Investigating the “Animal Crossing” series

Lydia Mandell, Staff Reporter

May 12, 2020

The video game series “Animal Crossing” has been a staple of game developer Nintendo’s image and legacy. This franchise places you, a human villager, in a forest town full of animals. That is, at least, until the most recent game, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” which instead puts you on a des...

“Onward” and the future of the movie industry

“Onward” was released on the Disney+ streaming service one month after being released in theaters

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Columnist

May 1, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has touched every part of American life, from the big, to the seemingly inconsequential, as we all try to maintain social distancing and stay at home. One aspect of the fallout has been the almost complete shutdown of the movie industry, with no films being released in theaters due ...

Celebrate Earth Day #50 with these environmentally-oriented organizations

Celebrate Earth Day #50 with these environmentally-oriented organizations

Yvonne Pan and Jordan Reif

April 21, 2020

Alongside the civil rights, anti-war, women’s rights and gay rights movements flooding streets throughout the 1960s was the environmental movement. In 1962, Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring” started raising environmental awareness in over 24 countries by clearly explaining the link between pol...

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...

All that jazz

Proceeds from the Quintessence Combo concert went to Joyful Noise Neighborhood Music School, a nonprofit that was founded in 2004.

Tobili Hatcher, Staff Reporter

April 7, 2020

It’s hard to imagine what life was like before COVID-19 filled our thoughts every second of everyday. With cases increasing exponentially, shelter-in-place orders going into effect and in-person instruction at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) transitioning to “distance learning” at Zoom University,...

McGinnis: Catching fear

The desolate Plaza Mayor was once bustling with life.

Emerson McGinnis, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2020

At the beginning of 2020, I saw so many memes about a plague happening this year to mirror the various pandemics that occurred in the 20’s of past centuries. I laughed at them and continued scrolling. When COVID-19 first appeared in China, I brushed it off and left for my study abroad program in Madr...

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