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Editorial: Keen and green or in between?

February 24, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

With Recyclemania looming on the horizon – and Case Western Reserve University’s embarrassing past performances still fresh in our memory – now is a good time to discuss sustainability. CWRU claims to be at the forefront of “green” initiatives, but do the students, staff, and faculty really...

Atomic Time: How clocks really tick

Aditya Rengaswamy, Weird Science

February 24, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I hate waking up for 8:30 a.m. classes to the insistent beeping of my alarm. But this morning, my alarm clock piqued my curiosity. I thought to myself, who exactly sets the times that we follow? Who makes up the scale and accuracy of these things? I did some research into this and found some interesting...

Brake this break

Brian Weiser, CWRU Green Speaks

February 24, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

As we prepare to go home (or on vacation) for the upcoming spring break and look forward to the well-deserved time off, we should keep in mind the environmental impact of our trip – whether it’s just a couple stops down Euclid or halfway around the world. Here are a few things I will be doing this...

An open letter to TLC – Please stop

An open letter to TLC – Please stop

Amanda Brown, Real World Issues

February 17, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Dear Producers of TLC, Please stop. This is starting to get ridiculous. Do you not remember that you are supposed to be “The Learning Channel?” I am guessing you don’t, considering the things you’ve been trying to pass off as “television.” I have already raised my objections to “Toddle...

Higher taxes are not the answer, Mr. President

Zachry Floro, Wag of the Finger

February 17, 2012


Filed under Columns, Opinion

President Obama unveiled his budget for 2013 on Monday, and his message was clear: higher taxes on the rich – nearly 1.5 trillion dollars higher. Obama says he hopes this plan will ultimately lead to deficit reductions over the next 10 years, but increasing taxes is not a long-term solution to our...

Editorial: Parking problems highlight student attitude

February 17, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Parking sucks. At least, that’s what most students who have a car on campus seem to think. Long-term permits are expensive, short-term spots are hard to find, and the chances of being ticketed seem unusually high. No one likes to pay for parking, and these parking issues are inevitable in just about an...

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...

Editorial: Campus TV problems extend into Super Bowl

February 10, 2012


Filed under Editorial, Opinion

Many students living on campus were peeved to see the Super Bowl cut out more than once last weekend. What was especially frustrating for these viewers was that this has been an ongoing problem since the campus television service transitioned to digital last fall. After more than a semester, it does...

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....

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