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

Bon Appétit's Plum Market Kitchen will be entering the space vacated by Constantino's Market when it closed in April.

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 Market forced a love-hate relationship with students on campus. Being the only grocery...

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 to stay home, save those that are nursing majors, transfer students or  orientation leaders for th...

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 and Case Western Reserve University’s diverse student and faculty population, we could be one of ...

Richards: Why I can’t get any work done at home

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

April 6, 2020

While we are all enjoying the company of our families, pets and own rooms at home, this transition to remote learning has introduced a slew of distractions that most Case Western Reserve University students never imagined. Whether you’re now doing more than just your own dishes and laundry as chore...

Richards: Club sports should count toward physical education credits

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

February 6, 2020

As I start my sixth semester here at Case Western Reserve University, the dreaded physical education (PE) requirement is looming upon me. Two semesters worth of physical education classes are required for all bachelor’s degrees here, and, when you realize you only have three semesters left, this can ...

Richards: Questioning the placement of new waste and recycling bins

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

January 17, 2020

If you’ve attended the first few classes of the semester this past week at Case Western Reserve University—which you hopefully have—you’ve probably noticed a handful of the 1,200 new trash and recycling combination bins placed throughout the campus’s academic and residential buildings. If y...

Richards: Be your own student ambassador

Jason Richards, Staff Columnist

November 15, 2019

Often times throughout your life, you may find your voice squashed in the expansive structure of an organization or large group. Whether it be your academic, personal or professional life, your contributions may go unnoticed or your opinions swept under the rug. Sometimes you make it through half the battl...

Richards: Weeping wepas

The wepa print kiosk in Kelvin Smith Library, like many others, frequently experiences malfunctions.

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

The area office in Wade Commons is overfilled with packages, causing problems for many students.

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...

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