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Fun with fire alarms

Brian Johnson, Staff Reporter

November 18, 2016

One of the joys of living in a dorm is getting woken up at three in the morning by a blaring fire alarm. There is something magical about trudging down 11 flights of stairs, half asleep, only to hear after 20 minutes of standing outside in the cold that someone forgot to put water in their Easy Mac....

How many humans will survive?

Brian Johnson, Staff Reporter

October 14, 2016

Here at Case Western Reserve University, with fall brings Humans vs. Zombies (HvZ). Loved by some, maligned by others, this campus tradition pits student against student in an epic Nerf-gun-based game of post-apocalyptic tag. While it is not likely for me to participate in events that require running,...

Toying with probability

Brian Johnson, Staff Reporter

September 23, 2016

The other day, I was walking down Euclid and noticed something interesting. While I was waiting for the light to turn I noticed that one of the cars speeding by had the license plate: ‘TOY • 8765’.” Thoroughly amused, I wondered out loud, “What’s the probability of that?” As it turns out, th...

The power of one percent

Brian Johnson, Staff Reporter

September 9, 2016

What can you do with one percent? In most cases the answer is, not too much. For example, one percent more of that The Den by Denny’s Grand Slamwich is only an extra 14 calories or the equivalent of about two gummy bears. One percent of your day is about 14 minutes or about the time it takes to get fro...

Can math help you make friends?

Students are playing volleyball together in last year's student activitiy fair.

Brian Johnson, Staff Reporter

August 19, 2016

Over the next weeks, students from all over the world will descend upon the Case Western Reserve University campus. While we possess diverse worldviews, experiences and cultures, there are a few things that we all have in common. Among them is being a scared first-year student worried about making fr...

Writing final papers with information theory

Brian Johnson, Contributing Reporter

April 22, 2016

If the past is any indication, it's likely that at this time of the semester, many Case Western Reserve University students will find themselves on the third floor of Kevin Smith Library at 2 a.m., rushing to finish final papers that they started only hours before. Suppose one such student, dejected afte...

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