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Richards: Weeping wepas

Richards: Weeping wepas

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

September 27, 2019

I’m sure you can recall a time you were walking toward Case Quad, ready to print your assignment to turn in next class, only to realize that all of the four printers on the quad were down. Out of paper, out of ink, some sort of paper jam, not feeling like working right now or just plain shut off—al...

Richards: Package pandemonium in the area offices

Richards: Package pandemonium in the area offices

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

September 13, 2019

Package pandemonium.  There is no other way to describe the current situation in the package room at Wade Commons. The moment you step in the door (after waiting in line for 10 minutes to get to the door), you get a first-hand experience of the outdated package system Case Western Reserve Univers...

Richards: A safety reminder for bicyclists and pedestrians alike

August 30, 2019

Every year I’ve written for The Observer, at least one of my articles has been about bikes or biking on campus. Going into my third year at Case Western Reserve University, I figured I might as well make it a tradition. As a biker, I feel it necessary to remind bikers and pedestrians alike about the...

Richards: Is a parking pass worth it?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

March 22, 2019

Parking at Case Western Reserve University is a hefty investment. For my parking pass this semester, I had to pay $281.60 to park in the lot outside my dorm on the south side of campus. And that’s for only one semester. Yes, that adds up to over $560 in parking fees for one academic year, for o...

Richards: Did someone say lake effect?

Richards: Did someone say lake effect?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

February 8, 2019

It was mid-afternoon on Monday, Feb. 4 when a rainbow sprouted out from the east side of Case Western Reserve University as a cool mist brought down near-60 degree beautiful weather to a comfortable breeze. Just four days prior, campus was shut down among minus 30 degree wind chills and Antarctic l...

Richards: Is campus carry viable at CWRU?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

November 30, 2018

On Saturday, Nov. 3, a shooting took place on the south side of Case Western Reserve University’s campus on Murray Hill Road, next door to Cleveland’s Little Italy Historic District. Per CWRU police updates and messages, one undergraduate student was shot in the torso following an attempted armed ca...

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

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

October 5, 2018

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

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

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

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...

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