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Richards: What’s more important, required credit hours or required classes?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

This past year’s Commission on the Undergraduate Experience (CUE) report had multiple recommendations for supportive change, specifically in Case Western Reserve University’s academic system. Most notably, the report suggested adopting a “university-wide general education requirement” that e...

Richards: Unexpected roommates: winter housing for ants and cockroaches

Jason Richards, Columnist

April 6, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

The day I moved in, I saw the biggest ant I’ve seen in my entire life. I mean, it was huge–a carpenter ant–with little pincers to dig through woodwork and build nests. It was, at most, a harmless creature. I thought nothing of it and squashed it with a tissue and went on unpacking my things. Little...

Richards: The past and the CWRUture

Jason Richards, Columnist

March 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

History is a huge part of Case Western Reserve University. We dedicate a lot (of money, time and effort) to the upkeep of our historical buildings on campus, shown in the recent renovations of Thwing Center last summer and the restoration of the four main buildings on the Mather Quad in 2016. A lot...

Revenge of the Student Information System

Jason Richards, Columnist

February 23, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

If you, as a Case Western Reserve University student, were asked which of CWRU’s websites brought the most frustration to your academics on campus, your answer would probably be the Student Information System (SIS). Plain and simple. The current SIS website is as hard to navigate as a paper roadma...

Richards: Student services cri(SIS)

Jason Richards, Columnist

February 9, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Towards the end of last month, the Case Western Reserve University Division of Student Affairs released an announcement in The Daily that they are “in the later stages of choosing an engagement platform to replace OrgSync.” The OrgSync platform is a service the university has used to coordinate co...

Richards: The real technological revolution

Jason Richards, Columnist

February 2, 2018


Filed under Columns, Opinion

I’m sure you can remember a time when someone told you to put your phone away to pay attention, like that strict high school teacher who thought using a phone in class was on par with texting and driving. Alternatively, it may have been your parents or grandparents, while asking you why you’re always...

Richards: Transportation deprivation

Richards: Transportation deprivation

Jason Richards, Columnist

December 8, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

If you haven’t heard through recent Observer articles, the new transportation app “TransLoc Rider” is available for riders of the Circle Link transportation system here at Case Western Reserve University. It allows users to track shuttles by their GPS location in real-time. As the temperature...

Richards: New package room at Wade Commons poses security questions

Richards: New package room at Wade Commons poses security questions

Jason Richards, Columnists

November 17, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

Case Western Reserve University’s Office of University Housing added a new “electronic package room” in Wade Commons of the North Residential Village that debuted on Nov. 6. According to an email sent out by University Housing, the new package system, supplied by the company Luxer One, “allow[s]...

Richards: Abandoned bicycle f(rust)ration

Richards: Abandoned bicycle f(rust)ration

Jason Richards, Columnist

November 2, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion, Top Stories

The frustration that ensues when putting in all of your effort to wrestle your bike between two others on a bike rack is the bane of owning a bike here at Case Western Reserve University. Besides the adrenaline of almost getting hit by a shuttle on Euclid Avenue, the reason bikers on campus have bikes is ...

Richards: We need to find the pep in our step

Jason Richards, Columnist

October 13, 2017


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Pep rallies, football games, homecoming, prom—there’s definitely a high school experience that left a memory in your mind you wish you could relive. Maybe it was that one night where you got to dress up and release your sub-par dance moves in the gymnasium, or a brisk Friday night football game ...

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