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An out of this world building

An out of this world building

Aditya Rengaswamy

March 22, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Strange Architecture In the world of architecture, you never really know where the next strange marvel is about to pop up. Yet it is rarely a mystery who builds these sorts of structures: wealthy corporations, people, or banks. Today our journey takes us to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Among the bustling...

The epidemic of housing drama

Heather O’Keeffe

March 1, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What a girl wants It’s that time of year. No not midterms or the eve of spring break. Nope, it’s housing time. Housing, oh housing, how you plague me. About two months ago, choosing where to live next year was exciting: whom do I want to live with? Where do I want to live? And how much mon...

Double talk over nukes

Ashley Yarus

March 1, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Keeping Secret After eight months of silence, it’s time to start it all over again. Iran’s nuclear program is once more under pressure from leading powers and we are, yet again, among the countries being rather hypocritical. In Kazakhstan, six world powers are meeting to discuss the state of...

Tycoon’s tragic life: a boon for CWRU

CWRU House Mafia

March 1, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

From the Mafia Did you know that much of the CWRU campus was built thanks to the gifts of the Stone family? While the story of Amasa Stone is rather gloomy, the Stone family has given us some of our most beautiful and cherished buildings. Some recognition is due. Amasa Stone Chapel is a landma...

Provost presents on CWRU strategic initiatives for 2013-2014

CWRU House Mafia

February 22, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

From the Mafia On Feb. 15, provost and executive vice president W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III spoke about upcoming strategic initiatives to an audience of approximately 50. Less than half of those in attendance were undergraduate students despite the event being billed as a chance to “hear and be h...

The amazing mole rat

The amazing mole rat

Aditya Rengaswamy

February 22, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Weird Science Nature tends to favor species that can adapt to their surroundings the best. Humans, for instance, have been effectively adapting to almost every crevice of our planet. This species-specific evolution of sorts occasionally yields some extremely interesting behavior. Let’s take a m...

Contentious words and a plan

Contentious words and a plan

Andrew Breland

February 15, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Elephant in the Room The best State of the Union Addresses attempt to reinvigorate a tired base with a new agenda. On Tuesday, President Obama failed to reinvigorate and proposed little more than the same progressive agenda he has championed for the last four years. Embracing traditional Amer...

The meat of the issue

The meat of the issue

Ashley Yarus

February 15, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Keeping Perspective As you drive by a fast food joint, there’s a quite distinctive aroma that permeates the air. Can you smell it? It’s that savory sweet scent of cooking beef that welcomes you into a land of burgers, fries, and chicken tenders. Ruled by the omnipotent Burger King, this is a sa...

Why the Tinkham Veale University Center isn’t a new student center

Why the Tinkham Veale University Center isn’t a new student center

CWRU House Mafia

February 15, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

From the Mafia CWRU is about to get an iconic new building that is intended to transform both the built environment and the culture of campus. But students and administrators have been using different language to talk about the new building, and as the opening date gets closer, the expectations of b...

Olympics, wrestling, and the International Olympic Committee

Olympics, wrestling, and the International Olympic Committee

Heather O’Keeffe

February 15, 2013


Filed under Columns, Opinion

What a Girl Wants Faster, Stronger, Higher: that’s the motto of the Olympic Games; a motto that has dictated games past and present. The Olympics are so much more than Michael Phelps and Gabby Douglas: the Olympics are about bringing nations and athletes together to celebrate and unite the world. ...

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