The Observer

Kerby: To be the rock in rough waters

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 19, 2019

The best piece of theater from the past year was a pantomime puppet show I saw at the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago. The show was “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” and told the tale of a tin soldier’s journey to find his way back home after being lost. It might sound juvenile, but a moral suddenly...

Kerby: Cap and gown, nickel and dimed

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 12, 2019

As the academic year comes to a close, the eyes of the campus turn to commencement. Being a fourth-year student, if all goes well I will stride purposefully across the commencement stage and then stride purposefully off this campus. But before any Spartan can burst out of the gate toward the expa...

Kerby: Spitball belongs to the students

Spitball by Tony Smith is a staple of the Case Quad, but it has also ignited a debate over the difference between vandalism and community ownership.

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

April 5, 2019

Years ago, there was a beacon of spontaneity smack in the center of the Case Quad: Spitball. The iconic metal monolith in the center of the Case Quad creates some strange gravity around which our studies orbit. While I admire it for the art itself, I also marvelled at what the campus added. Spit...

Kerby: The 17-body problem

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019

As former President Barack Obama finished up his two terms in office, a free-for-all erupted in the Republican Party (GOP) to see who would get the chance to take down Obama’s heir apparent, Hillary Clinton. Seventeen candidates burst onto the stump circuit to plug their visions and rally the GOP base....

Kerby: No Irish Need Apply

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

March 1, 2019

Simply Greek, a favorite eatery of Uptown residents and home of the $5 gyro, has a rather remarkable sign on its front door. The notice states in no uncertain terms that Simply Greek will not serve employees of Standard Parking, the behemoth parking authority with a near-monopoly around University Circle. I am ...

Kerby: Zuckerberg needs to see consequences

Steve Kerby, Staff Reporter

January 18, 2019

In 2010, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon suffered a major explosion and began gushing toxic chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico. Government investigations found that neglect, reckless cost-reduction and lack of oversight contributed to the disaster. In the face of economic and ecological devastation, BP ...

Kerby: The next battle in the war on Christmas

Kerby: The next battle in the war on Christmas

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

December 7, 2018

Happy holidays. This is my favorite time of year. Sure, I’m terrible at getting meaningful presents for others, and I’m downright bashful when presented with any present larger than a sock. Sure, the weather tends to be uncomfortable and cold. Still, the gingerbread cookies, long nights, vacation fro...

Kerby: Why not a flu shot?

Kerby: Why not a flu shot?

Steve Kerby, Staff Columnist

November 16, 2018

Hey, you. Yeah, you. Go get your flu shot. It’s free, quick, painless and totally safe. What a mundane, simple suggestion. Don’t we have more important things to worry about? The Observer is otherwise filled with seriously important reporting on our campus and community, and opinion pieces ca...

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