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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...

Richards: Student services cri(SIS)

Jason Richards, Columnist

February 9, 2018

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

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

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...

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