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Mizuno: The dangerous implications of transferring presidential power

The current White House inhabitants are rushing to accomplish their full agenda in a matter of months before Biden takes office.
December 4, 2020

President Donald Trump recently stated concern about President-elect Joe Biden taking credit for the creation of the COVID-19 vaccines. While Trump has yet to concede, this statement shows that he is implicitly...

“The Queen’s Gambit” proves the future of movies is TV, and I’m okay with it

Anya Taylor-Joy dominates as Beth Harmon, a fictionalized female version of chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer, in the new series
December 4, 2020

When you think of what differentiates a film from a TV show, the defining aspect of film is usually the singular cohesive story and stylings that TV shows usually lack. There is a limited nature to film,...

Lakhiani: Literature is ignoring BIPOC and the LGBTQIA+ community

It is inexcusable that one of the only BIPOC in the “Throne of Glass” series is tokenized.
November 20, 2020

In English classes throughout high school, my classmates and I mainly read so-called classics centered around white male characters. At the time, I couldn’t figure out why it irked me so much that we...

Unmasked app helps students with their mental health

Unmasked, an app originally launched at Dartmouth, aims to provide a space for students to be vulnerable and to have honest conversations with one another.
November 20, 2020

Mental health issues have always been either under-represented, misunderstood or both. Innovative ways to tackle such issues are therefore always in demand, especially by students at Case Western Reserve...

“2020 (hindsight)”: A virtual play about despair and hope in this year to remember

A play through Zoom? Who’d have thought.
November 20, 2020

This year has been a rough one. While there have been glimmers of hope along the way, it is evident that our lives have changed for the worse over the past year as we have been deprived of some of the...

Sabbasani: Self care now

Prioritizing self care can relieve stress that has been building up and promote greater physical, social and emotional well-being.
November 20, 2020

Prior to the pandemic, individuals were accustomed to day-to-day routines. School, work, social events, family and friends were major components of everyday life. For a century, this was the norm across...

Coronavirus cancels CWRU events again

Dr. Srinivasan leads a cooking class for students celebrating Diwali.
uISA’s Diwali continues in virtual form
November 20, 2020

The United States is currently in the throes of another spike in this seemingly never-ending pandemic, hitting record numbers of daily infections. This has started to have wide ramifications at Case Western...

Bilinovich: How fear produced Trump

Supporters gather for a speech by Donald Trump. These rallies are known to have strong influences on attendees, promoting a variety of opinions—some dangerous, based on unsubstantiated
November 13, 2020

The recent victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the 2020 presidential election has excited millions of Americans. For many, the horror of the past four years is...

Songs of hope after a divided election

Playlist of the Week 11/13/20
November 13, 2020

After last week being one of the most boring weeks I have ever experienced (I’m being sarcastic, if you couldn’t tell), it is time to kick into high gear with some great music. I think most of us have...

Remembering Alex Trebek, the last consistent, comforting voice of TV

With Trebek’s death, the era of unifying cultural figures in America has ended.
November 13, 2020

It’s difficult to explain the role Alex Trebek has had in my life.  I’m a fan of “Jeopardy!,” and have been for as long as I can remember. Every weeknight at 7:30 p.m., I’d sit down with...

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