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Issue 89


New walls fix campus diversity problems: Civil engineering professors and students collaborate to meet new federal “wall” requirements set by Trump for universities

Justo Karell Both Case Western Reserve University’s endowment and its minority population will climb record heights this upcoming semester. While the former cannot be reported, students will be able to—and likely have to—climb at least 20 feet to get to campus, due to Donald Trump’s new immigration policy. In an […]


Trump “just kidding” about wall, independent run, entire campaign

Tejas Joshi HANAHAN, S.C. — A revealing statement released Thursday by Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, has clarified many of the candidate’s recent comments. Strikingly, he revealed that he was “just kidding” about a possible independent run for president, his role in the birther movement and about the existence […]


CWRU security crime blotter

Steve Kerby Contraband lab help On Feb. 29, security officers raided an unexplored lower floor of Nord, breaking up a shadowy association of white undergraduates creating illicit pamphlets instructing students on how to complete first-year lab sections. Officer Willy B. Laite criticized the students, saying “We have eliminated this instrument […]


Cleveland Pizza Hut ends delivery; ruins dreams

Anger McDanger Let me tell you a story: Once upon a time, there was a young college student by the name of Anger McDanger (no relation). On a dark and stormy night, Anger McDanger wanted only one thing—Pizza Hut. After visiting the chain’s beautifully designed new website (kudos to whoever […]

A look inside the Microsoft Hololens

Isidora Radovanovic The Microsoft Hololens brings high-definition holograms to life right in front of your eyes. Unlike virtual reality headsets, such as the Oculus Rift, which ignore the real world, the Microsoft Hololens projects life-size, interactive holograms onto your surroundings. You can walk across Mars’ surface, poke holographic sheep and […]


“Newspaper? More like Snoozepaper”

Jessica Chalas If you walk into Leutner Commons, you’ll see on the right-hand side a little black newspaper stand, replenished daily with your favorite local and national newspapers. Of course, my mention of it is quite probably the first time you’ve ever heard of this, a prop you casually overlook […]


Editor’s note

Anne Nickoloff Editor-in-Chief I’ve been a member of both The Observer and The Athenian for four years, and it’s been an interesting combination. Sometimes it’s hard to juggle my current positions as the editor-in-chief of The Athenian and the director of print for The Observer. One publication is satire, and […]

New Donor Initiative to Include Student Input

Paul Palumbo Have you ever wanted to be immortalized as part of Case Western Reserve University, but didn’t have enough money to help fund another student center? Well good news! CWRU is launching a new initiative to make donating to the school an easier and more impactful process. Through this […]


Game review: New “Pacman”

Daniel Mottern NAMCO Entertainment is finally back on people’s minds with their new game. It’s been described by critics as a “retro-style PAC-MAN remake… straying away from modern deviations, and going back to its roots.” I have been fortunate enough to get a sneak preview of this game, and I […]


Yik Yak: Exposed

Gnanasamdam Every Yik Yak has a story behind it. The Athenian went behind the scenes to investigate these stories. [HARLD]: You have a package. From across the room, I could see her. Her hair gleaming from the illumination of the white lights above, and I could feel the excitement tingling […]


Climate Change: Earth Unfiltered – A conversation with our planet

Letty Dornfeld Scientists have proven that the Earth’s climates are changing more rapidly than ever before. The planet’s average surface temperature rose by 0.6 degrees Celsius over the past century, which is double the amount it had risen since the end of the last Ice Age. In response to these […]


Administration’s open forums discuss administrative necessities

Caleb Diaz In an attempt to model the transparency of a certain Clinton, the administration at Case Western Reserve University hosts many open forums for students. As of late, these forums discussed tuition raises. In an effort to promote dialogue and the sharing of ideas, the administration encouraged students to […]


The Athenian buys The Observer

Marissa Neel CLEVELAND, OH- In an unexpected turn of events, Case Western Reserve University’s humor magazine, The Athenian, has officially purchased The Observer, CWRU’s newspaper. This seemingly recent development has left some dumbfounded and others simply questioning “why?”  One well-publicized theory was that this purchase was likely due to The […]


Review: The Athenian Update

Michael R. Codega We at the Athenian know that humor is hard; that’s why we don’t hold it against our sister production, the Athenian Update, for being funnier than us.  That said, if you’d like a good chuckle, and want the chance of laughter delivered in smaller, digestible bites than […]


CWRU Celebrates Earth Day with Consumerism Festival

Sabanrab Bocaj This weekend we celebrate the 46th-annual Earth Day, a now globally honored tradition. With continually increasing concerns about climate change, it is important to remember how far we have come.   Until 1970, when the original Earth Day was declared, most municipalities in the United States lacked sufficient […]