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Recap: Recyclemania

Brian Weiser, CWRU Green Speaks

April 13, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

With Recyclemania coming to a close at the end of March, I thought now would be a good time to go over the events and results of this year’s competition and how it compared to last year’s. The Department of Sustainability, Facilities Services, and the Student Sustainability Council (SSC) each...

Beyond the culinary experience

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

April 6, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Food in general is one of the best aspects of living. From rich spices to savory sweets, my mouth waters just thinking about my favorite foods. I’ve always wanted to learn more about the foods I eat, and about other bizarre aspects of nutrition. After browsing the web, I found some interesting tidbits. Duck...

Preparing for the storm

Preparing for the storm

Amanda Brown, Real World Issues

April 6, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Greetings fellow humans (and soon-to-be zombies)! It is that time again. If your Nerf guns have a layer of dust, shake it off, because Wednesday is the start of another exciting round of Case’s Humans vs. Zombies. As always, competition is sure to be fierce, because zombies are incredibly hungry. And...

The next bubble: Student loan reform

David Hatten, Tip of the Hat

March 30, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

“Too big to fail” is a phrase that was used to both condemn and defend banking institutions during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. It’s a phrase that’s being used to describe a growing debt bubble that involves almost every person reading this. That bubble is the student...

Unraveling the traveling, abroad

Unraveling the traveling, abroad

Edwin Lo, Rabbiting in London

March 30, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I spent the greater part of the last two weeks traveling: beginning March 9, I spent three days in Amsterdam, two in Paris, and three each in Rome, Florence, and Venice. There’s really no way to do the experience justice in writing, but I will try. Amsterdam is a city of heritage and exploration. It has a ...

When “Reality” TV becomes reality

When “Reality” TV becomes reality

Amanda Brown, Real World Issues

March 23, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I have spent a lot of time discussing my issues with the various reality television shows that networks pander to a ever-eager viewers hungry for evidence that their lives are not awful. For most of us, that world is only part of our television screens. But what happens when “reality” becomes reality?...

Exploring the Andes

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

March 23, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I've had the good fortune to travel to countries all over the world, and one of my favorite places to visit are the mountainous and forest regions near Titayen, Haiti. The country has a rich ecosystem and a diverse array of animal and plant species. Yet, when I reflect on my journey through the area, I ...

Obamacare: showing its true colors

Zachry Floro, Wag of the Finger

March 23, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

At the beginning of President Obama’s term, he and a Democrat-dominated Congress, pushed through a bill that has colloquially become known as Obamacare. I have never been a fan of the bill, for multiple reasons. But last week the Congressional Budget Office announced a new cost projection for the bill....

Why birth control matters: the GOP’s war on women

Why birth control matters: the GOP’s war on women

Andrew Shriver, The Red Liberal

March 9, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you follow the news at all, you’ll know that a political battle has been raging over the Obama administration’s recent mandate that employers offering health insurance provide coverage for birth control. Much can be written about the legality of the mandate, and the “religious freedom” angle,...

We are Aquaman

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

March 9, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I will be the first to admit that my swimming skills are mediocre at best. I am certainly no Aquaman; I'm lucky to swim half a mile in the ocean. The only thing I like about beach vacations are the warm Jacuzzis. Yet, when I look at other mammals, I notice humans’ swimming skills are amongst the best....

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