The Observer

The only lesson that matters

Andrew Breland

April 24, 2015

College faculty have a reputation for being liberal. This is a reputation that, in many ways, they earn, and in some ways, seek out. However, it is also true that most colleges keep around one or two faculty members to provide the other side. In an oft-quoted column from 2003, The New York Times columnist David...

Hart Crane and his promise of imagination

Jacob Martin

April 24, 2015

A path once weaved through the Freiberger Field where the iridescent window walls of the Tinkham Veale University Center now stand. I walked that way to class often as a freshman in 2010, relishing the simple pleasures of novelty, the pseudo-autonomy in the face of other pathways to the main quad and...

What we lack

Andrew Breland and Jacob Martin

April 17, 2015

In March, University of Oklahoma President David Boren summarily expelled two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for a racist chant. Similarly, last month, Bucknell University President John Bravman expelled three students for allegedly making racist comments during a radio broadcast. At the...

On friendship and love

Jacob Martin

April 10, 2015

There will come a time when someone you truly love will simply not be in your life like they once were. They will remain in your life but only at a distance. All humans will experience this at some point and come to know or reject the idiom, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder.” This happens...

Administrators: fix Clark Hall and give KSL money

Jacob Martin

April 3, 2015

The end of this semester marks a roughly three-year stretch of Clark Hall’s status as “under construction.” I still don’t understand why there is green scaffolding obscuring the entrances around Clark Hall, but I have a few ideas. First, administrators (and all those who are in charge of...

In response to “How do I adult” and “When we’re too afraid to fight back”

Jacob Martin

March 27, 2015

To the editor, Last week in “How do I adult? Case Western Reserve University doesn’t teach life skills,” Zak Khan wrote, “Despite all of my schooling, I never learned how to function … No programs exist at CWRU to educate us on basic life skills.” They go on, “The truth is most CW...

Greek Life: The monster under the bed

Jacob Martin

March 20, 2015

In the Feb. 13 issue of this paper, Director of Greek Life Mark Starr was reported as saying that it was The Office of Greek Life’s goal to see 51 percent of campus going Greek. The reporter continued jokingly, “It may not be long before we see that goal escalating to world domination, seeing as the 2013...

‘Rape culture’ or just ‘culture’ part II

Jacob Martin

January 30, 2015

On Dec. 7, 2014, Slate published an article entitled “The College Rape Overcorrection,” by Emily Yoffe. Its abstract read, “Sexual assault on campus is a serious problem. But efforts to protect women from a putative epidemic of violence have led to misguided policies that infringe on the civil...

‘Rape culture’ or just ‘culture’?

Jacob Martin

January 23, 2015

I spent most of my freshman year partying. (I leave it to the reader to discern the meaning of the term partying.) I distinctly remember finishing classes at 4:50 pm on Friday and proceeding directly to Storrs to drop my backpack off. I would meet two good friends at Leutner before we convened at their...

Life and college: dancing with ourselves

Jacob Martin

December 5, 2014

As finals encroach, the true colors of each class year always shine through. Freshmen still feel the novelty of college life, and their naïveté breezes pungently through the air. When they go home, it will be nothing more than a nice reprieve from what they think is a lot of work. Homesickness will...

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