The Observer

Lehrer: Acknowledging white privilege, then doing something about it

A bus stop on Euclid Avenue near the Thwing Center.

Josh Lehrer

April 8, 2016

I’ve tried throughout my undergraduate career at Case Western Reserve University to seize upon all the opportunities both the university and Cleveland have to offer. Included in that is learning about white privilege. But important to realizing the nature of white privilege, I feel, is how I can move...

Lehrer: Seeing, then experiencing, misplaced justice

A bench on Euclid Avenue near Thwing Center. Society should support and correct, not shun, as a means of justice.

Josh Lehrer

April 1, 2016

The way the United States’ justice system accomplishes corrections and punishments is a topic that needs discussion on a national scale. But imagine my surprise when I saw the detrimental effects of the current system’s underlying ideology on campus. I’ll get straight to it: I was unjustly...

Bon Appetit: Offer Kosher, Halal catering options

Bon Appetit: Offer Kosher, Halal catering options

Josh Lehrer

March 25, 2016

Overall, I believe that Case Western Reserve University has done a great job in addressing issues that arise on campus and implementing effective policies for improvements to be made. That being said, I am disappointed that Bon Appėtit, the exclusive catering company for CWRU, does not offer Kosher...

Lehrer: A moment to praise CWRU’s president, Barbara Snyder

Under President Barbara R. Snyder, CWRU has seen an increase in admissions applications and progressive projects.

Josh Lehrer

March 18, 2016

Through the title, I’m sure it is clear, you’ll realize that this piece is an offering support to the figurehead here at Case Western Reserve University, President Barbara R. Snyder. Through observations during my undergraduate tenure, and mining through facts and statistics, I’ve noted profound...

Lehrer: On sexual assault on campus

A poster in a bathroom on the first floor of Thwing. Sexual assualt is continuing a problem at CWRU, but many are working programs that hope to reduce the number of assualts and help victims.

Josh Lehrer

February 26, 2016

There are a vast array of problems across American society associated with sexual misconduct and sexual assault; I’m hoping we all are ever so aware of this. In recent years, there has been a national spotlight placed on college campuses. Frankly, there has been a need for this for quite some time....

Lehrer: The scariest, truly dangerous candidate is not Trump

Josh Lehrer

February 5, 2016

Yep, that’s right. It is the guy who took Iowa in stride: Republican junior senator from Texas Ted Cruz. Despite being the favorite, at least for the time being, among the Republican candidates, Ted Cruz still scares me, and should scare you, the most. In case you didn’t know, he appeals most...

Lehrer: A new age of diversity and inclusion at CWRU

Josh Lehrer

January 29, 2016

After many, many years of planning, coordination between various organizations, fundraising and construction, the long-awaited new Cleveland Hillel Foundation building has been opened. Dubbed the Albert and Norma Geller Hillel Student Center, it boasts plenty of space—12,720 square feet to be exact—for...

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...

Lehrer: Congress must stop trying to hurt Americans, but help them

Josh Lehrer

January 15, 2016

In case you didn’t see the news this past week, the Republican-led Congress—that is, both the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives—passed a bill almost exclusively across party lines to defund Planned Parenthood for a year and to repeal most of the components of the Affordable Care...

Lehrer: The Obama era’s reflection on race

Josh Lehrer

December 4, 2015

Let it be clear: racism and its tragic consequences remain pervasive throughout the United States. However, there are legitimate grounds for rejoice as President Barack Obama begins his last year in the Oval Office. Obama is the first black and biracial president in American history. In my last article,...

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