Everything You Need To Know About CWRU

August 17, 2015

Starting college can be stressful; with a new environment and new people to meet, it can be tough to navigate. To help you get the lay of the land here at CWRU, The Observer has created a guide to everything that you need to know to make the most of your time here.

Browse around to read some of our content covering everything from campus secrets to sports to, everyone’s favorite, food.

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Safe Ride

Safe Ride shuttles transport students across campus late at night. David Allen, one of the drivers, tells us the secrets of his work.


CWRU prides itself on its sustainability, but there is always more to be done. The Department of Sustainability hopes to recycle 50 percent of the university’s trash within the next five years.

Gender Inclusive Housing

Gender inclusive housing options will be available for the first time in the 2015-2016 school year.

Security Alerts

Here’s what’s up with those security alerts you get.

The Newton Tree

One of the trees on CWRU’s main quad is a descendant of the tree that inspired Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity.

Poo at CWRU

One intrepid student created an app that crowdsources rankings of CWRU’s bathrooms.

CWRU’s Sculptures

We have the stories behind CWRU’s sculptures.

Humans vs. Zombies

Humans vs. Zombies takes over the CWRU campus twice a year.

Campus letters stolen, peed on

A stunning controversy that rocked CWRU campus last year
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New Residence Hall

Curious about what’s going on with the upperclassmen living in hotels? Here is the story on the new residence hall, and why it’s not done yet.


Think[box] is CWRU’s makerspace, where you can tinker and create whatever project you have in your head. While the current think[box] is in Olin, construction on a new, bigger think[box] is currently underway.

Maltz Performing Arts Center

CWRU’s new performing arts center will include a concert, recital hall and rehearsal area, set to be completed in September.

Kelvin Smith Library

CWRU’s library is looking to make some serious upgrades in the next year.

Collaborative Medical Campus

The CWRU medical school is working on a new campus in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic.
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Dining Hall Wars

We solved the age-old CWRU debate: which dining hall is better?

Meal Swipes

We break down where your meal swipe money actually goes.

Dietary Restrictions in CWRU’s Dining Halls

For students with dietary restrictions, the dining halls can be difficult to navigate. Check out your options here.


Tapingo is a mobile app that allows you to order food from local restaurants. The app is also expanding to include other goods, as well as tickets for student groups.

Crop Kitchen

Crop Kitchen provides global comfort food within walking distance.

Happy Dog

Happy Dog is a University Circle delight.

Rising Star Coffee

Little Italy’s Rising Star Coffee is a great place to get your caffeine fix.

Michelson and Morley

Michelson and Morley is conveniently located in the Tinkham Veale University Center.

Luna Bakery & Café

Luna Bakery offers a great selection of desserts, including ice cream from Sweetie Fry.

Dynomite Burgers

Dynomite Burgers on Euclid is just a short walk from North Side.


Southside’s Nighttown is a jazz club that also offers a delicious brunch.

Coquette Patisserie

Coquette Patisserie offers French pastries close to home.

Indian Flame

Indian Flame is located on Euclid, just a short walk from the freshman dorms.


Located downtown, Hodge’s is just a short ride on the Healthline or RTA away.


Toast provides zesty food in an easily accessible by Red Line.

Great Lakes Brewing Company

Ohio City’s Great Lakes Brewing Company is a Cleveland staple.


Downtown’s Noodlecat offers a varied take on classic Asian comfort food.
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Semester Grades

We grade CWRU’s housing, student leadership, businesses and more on how well they did in the spring of 2015.

Student Group Funding

Here’s the deal with the Student Executive Council, which funds all of the umbrella organizations on campus.


Campus transportation still has some room for improvement.

Undergraduate Student Government

USG offers many benefits to student groups, including the new Sparta Resource Center.

Sexual Misconduct

Although Greek Life has instituted seminars to help prevent sexual misconduct on campus, more than a Greek-only solution is needed.

School Spirit

CWRU students have pride in their school, but they don’t seem to have spirit.
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Top 10: CWRU 2014 Fall Sports

Here are all of the top moments from CWRU’s sports last fall.

Top 10: CWRU 2014-15 Winter Sports

Here are the top ten moments from CWRU’s winter sports.


The Spartan baseball team ended their season in May– here’s how they did.

Track and Field

Here’s how the track and field teams did last season.


The men’s and women’s tennis teams competed in the UAA Championships last semester.


Check out how the Spartan softball team did in their last game game of the season.


CWRU also offers a variety of intramural sports, as well as club sports.

Swimming and Diving

Four of CWRU’s best swimmers and divers talk about their journey to the NCAA Championships.


The Spartan wrestlers had a strong season last year.


Spartan football will kick off again in the fall. Here’s how their last season ended.

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