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Here’s how Cleveland has been combating the opioid epidemic

Here's how Cleveland has been combating the opioid epidemic

Collin Wong, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

The opioid epidemic is continuing to ravage communities around Cleveland. From 2016 to 2017, more than 1,300 opioid overdose deaths occurred in Cuyahoga County. By 2018, opioid-related deaths made up approximately 80 percent of the 560 drug-linked deaths in Cleveland, a disproportionately high amount....

CWRU Rocket team launches into the sky

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Matt Hooke, Executive Editor

November 22, 2019

On Thursday, Nov. 19, a blue timer counted down in the Case Rocket Team (CRT) headquarters in think[box]. It marked the one day, 15 hours and six minutes left until the next rocket launch for the team. This launch was an important one for the group, as it offered many new members an opportunity to l...

Panaro: Down but not out

Bernie Sanders remains a strong candidate in the presidental race, despite negative media coverage.

Kevin Panaro, Contributing Columnist

November 22, 2019

Despite Bernie Sanders’ prevalence in the 2016 election, many established news sources and politicians have discounted his contention for the 2020 Democratic Primary, citing his democratic socialist platform as the disqualifying factor. They have seemingly replaced him with Elizabeth Warren, D-M.A., ...

A fistful of Imperial credits, “The Mandalorian” and Disney+

Shreyas Banerjee, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

TV has changed. Every week, it seems a new streaming service is launching, with traditional media companies like CBS, NBC or WarnerMedia launching their own with CBS All Access, Peacock and HBO Max, respectively, and tech companies like Apple getting into the content business with Apple TV+. Having one c...

Wrestling faces early tests

The Spartan wrestlers began their season with two tough matches against JCU and CSU.

Andrew Ford, Staff Reporter

November 22, 2019

The mats have been rolled out for another season of Spartan wrestling as Head Coach Danny Song leads the Case Western Reserve University wrestling squad into the 2019-2020 campaign.  “We want to win every time out, and equally as important, we want to continue our development as tough, smart wres...

“Parasite” becomes 2019’s top grossing foreign film in the US

“Parasite,” directed by Bong Joon-Ho, offers an anaylsis of class structures, critquing how the relationship between the upper and lower classes is parasitic. Courtesy of Wikipedia

Aura Rossy, Copy Editor

November 22, 2019

What begins as an ideal, impromptu opportunity to make a living for a teenage boy in South Korea evolves into a chaotic battle for two families, who represent the social class struggles within the country. Standing out in the box office, “Parasite” has become the highest-grossing foreign language film of the ye...

Drake booed off stage at Camp Flog

Drake booed off stage at Camp Flog

Chris Heermann, Photo Editor

November 15, 2019

By now, you’ve likely seen the headlines, which at first glance appear to be common clickbait. I, for one, just scrolled past when I first saw headlines like, “Drake gets booed off stage at Tyler, the Creator’s festival” or “Fiasco at Camp Flog” on the top of my Snapchat Discover page. ...

McGinnis: How capitalism has failed us

McGinnis: How capitalism has failed us

Emerson McGinnis, Contributing Columnist

November 15, 2019

While the U.S. has the highest gross domestic product of any nation, in 2017, 78 percent of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck. Six in 10 Americans did not have enough capital to survive without a job for three months. Of course, not every American lives that way. A small portion of Americans qu...

Decrease in poster printing options harms students

Decrease in poster printing options harms students

Surita Basu, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2019

As gray winter days start to set in, there is always one reliable source of color on campus: posters hang everywhere, from the freshman dorms to the railings of Nord Hall. The posters advertise the myriad of campus organizations and events, to catch the attention of otherwise busy students.  Unfortunate...

Zhu: Why I feel awkward when you speak Chinese to me

Zhu: Why I feel awkward when you speak Chinese to me

Caroline Zhu, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2019

For years, I’ve admitted I’m uncomfortable when foreigners try to speak Chinese to me. Even though I don’t take offense at it, something about these interactions feels hollow and awkward. I know that I’m not the only one to feel it, but voicing these discomforts is often met with confusion and...

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