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Toledo: Stop institutionalizing ableism

A staircase in Mather House. It's just one of many buildings at CWRU that lack accessibility options for disabled students.

Katharine Toledo, Staff Columnist

March 29, 2019

There’s this simulation called the Spoon Theory Demonstration. It’s used to help people who aren’t disabled to better understand that tasks that may seem simple to them are significantly more difficult to those of us with chronic illnesses and other disabilities. You’re given 20 spoons at...

Toledo: Communication is key to navigating roommate relationships

Katharine Toledo, Staff Reporter

November 16, 2018

Even as many of us enter our second years, getting along with your roommates can still be a challenge. But from my time on campus, I’ve found some of the surefire routes for having a smooth living experience. Rule number one is communication. To me, the biggest reason people have roommate p...

Toledo: The dangers of specialization

Katharine Toledo, Staff Columnist

October 12, 2018

What do you want to be when you grow up? The very first time I was asked this question seriously was when I was in seventh grade. I was a gawky, braces wearing, acne riddled pre-teen who barely knew what I wanted for dinner, let alone to what I would dedicate the next 50 or more years of my life. ...

Toledo: Katie’s declassified Orientation Week survival guide

Toledo: Katie’s declassified Orientation Week survival guide

Katharine Toledo

August 24, 2018

Picture this: you’re standing in the middle of Tinkham Veale University Center, squinting at the tiny map of campus you’re holding in your hand, trying to figure out where you’re going next. Your Case Western Reserve Guides app says the Pre-Med meeting is in Strosacker Auditorium, and your watch tell...

Attendance is mandatory, but so is my socioeconomic status

Katharine Toledo, Columnist

April 27, 2018

When I arrived on campus for the first time last August, I was intrigued and excited by the sheer range of extracurricular opportunities offered to the Case Western Reserve University community. After reading about one particular organization online and meeting representatives at their booth during the secon...

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