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Richards: What is REScycle, and why should you contribute?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist April 23, 2021

At the end of each school year, the Case Western Reserve University Office of Energy & Sustainability hosts REScycle, a way for CWRU students to recycle belongings such as clothes, electronics, furniture,...

Richards: A pandemic commencement amidst a promising recovery

Jason Richards, Staff columnist April 9, 2021

Last year, the year of COVID-19, Case Western Reserve University moved commencement to a fully remote format. Graduating students sent in slides that would be presented remotely, with their name, picture...

CWRU has rarely experienced snow days, and the incidence of these across educational levels is likely to continue to decrease with the accessibility of remote learning.

Richards: The tale of snow days

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist March 12, 2021

In our middle and high school days, nothing beat the feeling of going to sleep knowing there was a snowstorm brewing overnight with the chance of school being cancelled the next morning—at least if you...

Richards: The importance of hands-on learning in college

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist February 19, 2021

For most people, college is the last step they take before being thrown into the deep end of reality and entering the workforce in a field of their choice. It’s also a daunting endeavor that nobody tells...

Richards: The campus bubble

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist January 29, 2021

Last semester, Case Western Reserve University kept a less than one percent COVID-19 positivity rate by reducing the campus population, initiating safety measures and routine testing of students and faculty....

A handshake always traditionally defined job interviews. Now, a new future awaits us.

Richards: What happens when the formal handshake no longer exists?

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist November 6, 2020

The job search and interview process, as we know it, has fundamentally changed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the social construct of the handshake has been eliminated for the foreseeable future. What...

Richards: The mystery behind personal accountability and remote learning

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist October 23, 2020

Before this semester, I thought paying attention in class was already hard, as it is. And then, everything went remote. Now, it’s even harder. The thing is, the physical attendance of a classroom...

Bon Appétits Plum Market Kitchen will be entering the space vacated by Constantinos Market when it closed in April.

Richards: Bon Appétit Management Company and Plum Market Kitchen: The crossover we didn’t want

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist September 18, 2020

On May 14, 2012, Constantino’s Market debuted to the University Circle community at Case Western Reserve University. Eight years later, on April 25, 2020, it closed its doors for the last time. Constantino’s...

Richards: The importance of university transparency amidst a pandemic

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist August 27, 2020

It was the week before move-in day at Case Western Reserve University when half of the undergraduate population was told they were no longer eligible for living on-campus. Second and third years were told...

Richards: Improving sanitization practices on campus should be a top priority

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist April 24, 2020

As the end of this most chaotic, unprecedented semester draws closer, we must start to think about the return to normality—or the hope of it—for the upcoming fall semester. Given the spread of COVID-19...

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