The Impact of Politics in and Around the Case Campus

Case Western Students

By Youngmin Park

By Youngmin Park
Unigo Campus Rep at Case

At Case Western Reserve University, politics is on everyone’s mind.  Announcements are made almost daily in lecture halls reminding students to register and vote.  However, there are several specific political issues Case student groups advocate on a regular basis. 

One particularly active group at Case is Case RTL (Right to Life).  According to President Zac Wilkins, Case RTL is a “non-religious, non-partisan Pro-Life advocacy group whose primary goal is the dissemination of information and providing of learning opportunities to the Case campus about issues regarding the abolition of abortion, euthanasia, and capital punishment”.  Every year, Case students will see Case RTL run impressive on-campus projects – most notably the 3600 Project where every spring semester they give out “cakes with 3600 candles to advertise the fact that 3,600 babies are killed per day in the United States alone”.  Case RTL also brings public speakers to campus including members of Cleveland Right to life, doctors from the Cleveland Clinic who give their views on the issue and others.  Case RTL also extends their enthusiasm beyond campus.  “They attend the annual Ohio Right to Life Conference, and have close ties with the director of Cleveland Right to Life.  In addition, the Case chapter regularly travels to Washington, D.C. every January 22nd to protest the Roe v. Wade decision,” said Wilkins.

Political activism has increased dramatically this fall. Political Science Professor Alexander P. Lamis has noticed that more students want to get involved in his Presidential Election class this semester than he has seen in previous semesters.  “I have 47 students this time, indicating strong interest in the election,” said Professor Lamis. He did not say how many students normally attend his class each semester.  According to Lamis, “Ohio is one of a dozen difficult-to-predict battleground states. No Republican has ever been elected president without carrying Ohio”.  Because of this, he is glad to see so many students on-campus engaged in politics even though his interests are strongly focused off-campus.

Case student Andrew Zolyak, a freshman and a member of the Case Democrats, found volunteering his time a great way to participate in the elections.  According to Andrew, “He made announcements in classes about how to register in Ohio and how to vote early.” He thought the experience was “Really cool because [he] met lots of new people”.  When asked what motivated him to volunteer, Andrew said,” I think as many people as possible should be informed about their options.  Voting is an important part of this country and every last vote counts so it is important that everyone stays informed.”

Despite the barrage of mid-terms and never-ending homework, Case students, regardless of whether it’s volunteer work, active protest, or simply signing up for a Presidential Election class, continue to find time to play a politically active role in and out of campus.