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Editorial: Class time slot changes are sensible

Editorial: Class time slot changes are sensible

February 12, 2016

Academics are a timeless enterprise and that’s no less true for Case Western Reserve University. That’s why the recent changes to future course time slots (the specific blocks of time courses are permitted to take place) gave us the jolt only alarm clocks do. The key change is a 15-minute break...

Rasberry: What makes a “good” feminist?

Kate Rasberry

February 5, 2016

“Feminists.” When you hear the word, most people think of a set few types of people. Some recall a woman who insists upon women’s rights without appearing particularly supportive of her views in her own practice. Some think of boyfriends who have been “whipped” into participating in their girlfriends’...

Lehrer: Ensure that Martin Luther King, Jr.’s vision, legacy endure

Josh Lehrer

January 22, 2016

Our country has a race problem; that is ever so clear in these tumultuous times. But what can we do to influence meaningful change? That is much harder to answer. In the spirit of celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his accomplishments, it is important to realize how relevant...

Miles: Calm heads make diplomacy work towards peace

Danny Miles

January 22, 2016

In 2015 the United States and other nations struck a nuclear deal with Iran. The deal was one of the most discussed political events of the year: Some view it as a major achievement of diplomacy in our modern age of bombs and threats by others as a submission to the demands of aggressive Iranian leaders. The...

Activist Angela Y. Davis speaks against state violence

Activist Angela Y. Davis speaks against state violence

Anastazia Vanisko, Copy Editor

November 20, 2015

When Angela Y. Davis addressed the Case Western Reserve Community at the Church of the Covenant on Nov. 13, she spoke starkly about the struggles facing black people in the United States. “Over the last year or so, we have been very much opened on a persistent assault on black lives, from racial p...

Rebel Diaz performance concludes Think Tank

Rebel Diaz performance concludes Think Tank

Makela Hayford, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2015

The Think Tank ended with a performance-talk from Rebel Diaz, a hip hop group with roots in Chicago, Chile and the South Bronx, NY. The music performance consisted of both visual and auditory components and layered relevant historical sound bytes underneath the live vocals of Rebel Diaz. Each musical per...

“Finding the Gold Within,” film, screened in Strosacker

“Finding the Gold Within,” film, screened in Strosacker

Makela Hayford, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2015

The Social Justice Institute Think Tank commenced Thursday, Nov. 12, as about 100 people gathered in Strosacker Auditorium to watch Karina Epperlein’s feature-length documentary, “Finding the Gold Within.” CWRU Film Society and the Social Justice Institute transformed the large lecture hall to an in...

Plenary discussions aimed to educate for struggle

Plenary discussions aimed to educate for struggle

Makela Hayford, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2015

On Saturday the conference hosted three plenary sessions in Ford Auditorium focused on empathy, social justice and social transformation. Each session had a facilitator and several presenters who first spoke individually and engaged the audience’s questions collaboratively. The first session explored empathy and raise...

October at its finest: World Series baseball is underway

Billy Heyen, Staff Reporter

October 27, 2015

Every baseball fan anticipates the end of October starting with the pictures of their favorite team working out in Florida and Arizona in March, all the way on to the falling of the leaves that signifies the Fall Classic is near. The Major League Baseball season will be reaching its climax and concl...

Editorial: Easy changes can prevent another UPB ticket selling fiasco

October 1, 2015

On Thursday, Sept. 24th, Case Western Reserve University students lined up in the Tinkham Veale University Center, all hoping to purchase a coveted ticket to University Program Board’s (UPB) fall break trip to Montreal. The line started to form, somewhat officially, from 7 p.m.-7:30 p.m. However...

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