The Observer

Mukhi: When the campus becomes zombieland

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

April 6, 2018

This semester, I decided to play Humans vs Zombies through the CWRU Big Games Club. The game is, as described by the game’s site,, “an intense, 10 day long, game of tag played everywhere on campus.” For “humans,” the goal is not to get tagged and turned into a zombie. For “zombie...

Mukhi: Why I choose to row

Indoor training is important, but it involves less face-to-face interaction with other members of the rowing team.

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

March 2, 2018

Near the beginning of last semester, I was a new student, awed and impressed by the experience of orientation week. Then came the day that the Horsburgh Gym filled for Sports-a-Palooza with all the non-varsity sports clubs and teams Case Western Reserve University has to offer, from frisbee to fencing...

Mukhi: In defense of the Oxford comma

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

February 16, 2018

The Oxford comma isn’t something that I hear discussed a lot without provocation. When it is discussed, however, proponents and opponents defend their position ferociously. People I’ve asked about the Oxford comma say either the sentence looks wrong without it or that it’s useless and pointless. I...

Mukhi: Navigating fraternity rush

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

February 2, 2018

I didn’t plan on rushing for a fraternity when I came to college. However, I attended fraternity rush events during my first semester. The allure of free food was too great, and as I spent time talking to brothers, I found that I was interested in rushing. I remember being overwhelmed with the overlapping...

Mukhi: A Texan in winter

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

January 19, 2018

I’m freezing. It’s not that I’m not wearing jackets and a long-sleeved shirt or that I don’t have a hat and gloves. I’m just not used to winter. I’m from Houston, Texas. We’re on the Gulf of Mexico, in the South, and it’s often decently sunny. The coldest it really gets in Houston is...

Mukhi: Questioning if the First Amendment applies to social media

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

December 8, 2017

On its face, the answer to the question of whether or not you should police social media content from a standpoint of morality or appropriateness is simple: Do it. Users signed the terms and conditions of social media, so why shouldn’t they be bound to a certain level of conduct? If social media wasn’t...

Mukhi: You know what I meme

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

November 17, 2017

If you’re like me, you probably frequent the Facebook group “Case Memes for Academically Challenged [B]eans.” You’ve probably seen posts that reference emails sent about business that directly concerns curriculum, class officer elections and other issues a bit too serious for a meme page. I...

Mukhi: Spending your fall break on campus

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

November 2, 2017

Although many students at Case Western Reserve University went home over fall break, I stayed on campus. It didn’t make sense to travel home, stay there for two days and travel back in a random week in late October. I thought I’d be in for four days of procrastination, laziness and apathy toward anyt...

Mukhi: Visibility for women of color

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

October 6, 2017

Like many of my peers on campus, I love the student-run diversity initiatives at Case Western Reserve University. However, some organizations get more publicity than others. One of the organizations that I hadn’t heard of until now is Voices: A Women of Color Collaborative. Until this year, Voices was run by a student...

Mukhi: An ode to think[box]

Zubair Mukhi, Columnist

September 15, 2017

The corridor connecting this building to Veale Center smells like wood. There’s a pizza vending machine. The outside of the building looks like a layered barcode. There’s only one place on campus with those three characteristics: the Sears think[box]. One of the reasons I decided to attend Case West...

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