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Kuntzman: What to learn from CWRU and Cleveland Clinic’s failure to enforce safety protocol

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

October 9, 2020

On Oct. 2, President Donald Trump announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 and that he and the first lady, Melania Trump, would begin their “quarantine and recovery process immediately.” Trump’s announcement came three days after the first presidential debate, held in Cleveland, where neithe...

Kuntzman: Trump’s human rights record should discredit him from a Nobel Peace Prize

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

September 18, 2020

On Sept. 10, CBS News reported that President Donald Trump was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. His nomination came from Norwegian lawmaker, Christian Tybring-Gjedde, who claims that the president’s work in the Middle East is worthy of such international recognition. The Trump administration has ma...

Kuntzman: Suspend and ban students who fail to comply with social distancing guidelines

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

September 4, 2020

As the fall semester started last week, Case Western Reserve University reported that 10 students tested positive for COVID-19. Given the number of tests conducted and the size of the student population, CWRU’s number of confirmed cases is fairly low. However, over 60 students have been placed in qu...

Kuntzman: CWRU and Cleveland Clinic should not host an in-person presidential debate

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

August 20, 2020

On July 27, before even releasing the plans for students returning to campus in the fall, Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic(CC) announced that they would be co-hosting the first presidential debate of the 2020 election cycle. While debates are an important part of the electoral...

Kuntzman: Stop making masks political

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

July 11, 2020

When American Multi-Cinema (AMC) theaters first announced its guidelines for reopening, the company stated that it “strongly encouraged” guests to wear a mask when they were not eating or drinking, but they did not go as far as to mandate that customers to do so (unless it is otherwise required by the...

Kuntzman: Greta Thunberg’s influence is powerful and different from executive leaders

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

January 30, 2020

Greta Thunberg, a 17-year-old environmental activist from Sweden and TIME Magazine’s person of the year, has become an international icon. Last week, political journalist Tom Rogan published an article that criticized the media’s tendency to “inflate” Greta Thunberg’s importance, claiming that she i...

Kuntzman: Establishing an anti-stress culture requires an all semester long effort

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2020

On Dec. 13, 2019, a beautiful, fluffy Samoyed dog sat on the floor of Clark 206. A small group of Case Western Reserve University students sat nearby, some running their hands across her soft coat, others waiting for her to come closer. Not normally a campus denizen, she was brought to see students dur...

Kuntzman: Greek life recruitment should be a spring activity

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

November 22, 2019

For many college campuses across the United States, fall is the time when students interested in Greek life have the opportunity to get involved. Whether it’s through rushing, a more formal recruitment process or some other system used by the Greek chapters on campus, students may not be able to joi...

Kuntzman: Length of Thanksgiving break leaves students on campus

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

November 8, 2019

For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a time spent with family. For college students living far from home, Thanksgiving break might be the first time they see their families since the beginning of the school year. Thanksgiving breaks are a standard part of most academic calendars, but their durations ...

Kuntzman: Reevaluating how we fight climate change

Caroline Kuntzman, Staff Columnist

October 25, 2019

In the wake of global climate protests and Greta Thunberg’s speech at the United Nations, recent approaches to climate change advocacy seem to be shifting toward advocating for aggressive governmental action instead of individual accountability. With scientists suggesting that carbon emissions will need...

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