The Observer

The Student Newspaper of Case Western Reserve University


Editorial: Tradition is key to school spirit

This year's Alumni Weekend, which took place last Thursday through Sunday, is said to be to be the most successful Alumni Weekend ever, though exact attendance numbers were not available at press time. In fact, executive director of alumni relations Dan Clancy said it was probably the best that he had seen in the 18 years that he has been involved with the Alumni Relations office. (0) comments

Courtesy, respect make a difference in everyday life

Certain things annoy me easily. I may be touchy, or just plain grouchy, but I still believe that inconsiderate actions are valid reasons for annoyance. To me, being considerate is about being aware - aware that we share this place with each other. Thus, when people blatantly demonstrate that they're unaware of those around them, I get a bit upset. (0) comments

Asian American Alliance thanks supporters

To the Editor:   On behalf of Case Western Reserve's Asian American Alliance, I would like to extend our gratitude to everyone who attended the Taste of Asia benefit dinner and show on Saturday, Sept. 20. In every aspect, the event was an astounding success; the food was delicious and abundant, and the Japanese drumming group, Icho Daiko, gave an engaging performance. (0) comments

Ultimate club officers deserve recognition

To the Editor: The article about the Ultimate Frisbee club [Oct. 3] was an excellent read and much appreciated. However, several important pieces of information were missing from the article. Although the captains run the team on the field, our officers do nearly all of the day-to-day running of the club, including working with the Athletic Department and securing funding for the club from the school. (0) comments

Putting the $700 billion bailout in perspective

Last week, the United States Congress passed a landmark $700 billion bailout bill in an attempt to save the faltering American economy. But how much is $700 billion anyway, and what does the government plan to do with it? Let's start first by trying to grasp the scale of the numbers. (0) comments

Psychiatric patients complicate issue of autonomy

Of the four central bioethical principles that guide discussions of clinical ethics, the principle of autonomy has seemingly taken central stage (the other principles being justice, nonmaleficence, and beneficence). This has obvious historical underpinnings; it was grounds for the ferocious backlash against the paternalistic, and often murderous, medicine and research of the 20th century. (0) comments

In This Issue


  • Demolition or renovation of Morley building may cost university
  • Have you heard about: Case Dagorhir?
  • Nancy Pelosi visits campus to learn about Great Lakes Institute for Energy Innovation
  • RAD course offers students basic self-defense training
  • Relay for Life hosts kickoff event
  • RTA's Euclid Corridor Project nears completion
  • Student loans: federal vs. private


  • Cross Country: Men join women on top at All-Ohios
  • LBJ would be great TE
  • Men's Soccer: Spartans don't give or get goal in Brandeis tie
  • Solid 28-7 win keeps Spartans undefeated
  • Spartan Notebook
  • Spartan Spotlight: Jeff Brown
  • Volleyball drops two in weekend tri-match
  • Women's Soccer: Nothing appealing about loss to Judges

Fun Page

  • Crossword Answers
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  • Jumble Answers
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  • Sudoku #1 Answers
  • Sudoku Answers #2


  • Country visit results in different view of British
  • Editorial: Sculpture collection needs better presentation
  • Either candidate has chance to win in November election
  • Plug-in hybrids not safest choice for drivers


  • After years under the radar, Brett Dennen releases new album to rave reviews
  • GLTF shines with other half of fall repertory
  • Just in Case: Worried about partying pals
  • Oliver Stone's W. falls short of expectations
  • Sex and Dating: Avoiding awkward hookups
  • The Buzz
  • The Secret Ingredient: The many flavors of pumpkin
  • Worst Case Scenario: Stifling the big-word urge
  • Zombie Survival Guide author charismatically entertains Case Western Reserve students