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Choc it up to the chips: Reimagining chocolate cookie perfection

Tyler Hoffman, The Food Factor
February 17, 2012
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The word “cookie” may be the most complex utterance in the English dictionary. Think about it. To some individuals, the word signifies a four-dollar hunk of Godiva-containing deliciousness courtesy Mrs. Fields. To certain males, cookie defines the ultimate goal of the sexual pursuit. But to me, cookies...

Topping up my adventure!

Topping up my adventure!

Edwin Lo, Rabbiting in London
February 10, 2012
Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s now been a little over a month since I left for my adventure abroad, and I have already learned so much more about this country. It is confirmed: London, and the United Kingdom in general, is entirely different from the States. I’ve started adapting, trying to absorb some of the culture, an...

Amazing maggots: learning to love some digusting things

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science
February 10, 2012
Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you've read my previous articles, you may already know that I thoroughly despise flies. My room back in my home state Michigan is always armed with a flyswatter to take care of these pesky bugs. I remember one day, however, when I discovered not only a few flies, but some maggots lying around as well....

Those Who Forget the Past…

Those Who Forget the Past…

David Hatten, Tip of the Hat
February 10, 2012
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The 2012 Republican primary season has started, and while it’s hard to believe, we’re only a month away from Super Tuesday. Already there’s been contention for the top spot, but with only five states having held their primaries so far, it’s too early to make anything beyond vague guesses about...

Green Roofs at Mandel Center

Brian Weiser, CWRU Green Speaks
February 10, 2012
Filed under Columns, Opinion

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations was constructed with some “green” technology – literally. The roof has a partial cover of plants that make it appear green from space. Green is also the focus of the Tinkham Veale University Center, which is scheduled to break ground this semester an...

Getting the Facts Straight: Newt Gingrich

Getting the Facts Straight: Newt Gingrich

Zachry Floro, Wag of the Finger
February 3, 2012
Filed under Columns, Opinion

It’s that time again: the time when we are bombarded by the same negative quality of a political figure over and over again. I have grown accustomed to this type of political bashing over several years of actively following elections, but this year it has been done in a way that surprised even me. Newt Gingrich ...

DC versus Marvel: movies and comic books

DC versus Marvel: movies and comic books

Eileen Sabrina Herman, Pop Culture Affair
February 3, 2012
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Popular culture is a subjective thing, and changes depending on who you talk to.  Recently (within the last year) the big thing in Cleveland has been the Avengers movie that has had parts filmed in the city, with regular citizens getting to be a part of Marvel-movie history.  In Pittsburgh, Pa., Bat...

“But words can never hurt me?” Think again.

“But words can never hurt me?” Think again.

Amanda Brown, Real World Issues
February 3, 2012
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Recently I started reading for pleasure (I’m a senior, I get to do that). The book that first caught my attention was one that I’d had on my bookshelf for a while. It’s called “Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When You Have to.” I was skeptical because it’s...

The State of the Union Address: Hope for a Better Future

The State of the Union Address: Hope for a Better Future

David Hatten, Tip of the Hat
January 27, 2012
Filed under Columns, Opinion

On Tuesday, Jan. 24, President Obama gave his State of the Union address to the American people. As is typical of President Obama, it was a well-delivered speech with some powerful imagery. That’s not to say it was perfect. There were many good ideas but there were far more easy sound bites. While...

Recycling @ CWRU

Brian Weiser, CWRU Green Speaks
January 27, 2012
Filed under Columns, Opinion

Beginning this semester, Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is moving one step forward on the path to the president’s goal of making CWRU carbon-neutral by 2050 through the Climate Action Plan. The university recently hired a recycling manager, Erin Kollar, whose role is to coordinate the recycling...

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