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Preventative maintenance needed

In an editorial, the Observer staff asserts that the university maintenance staff does not have the funding or a large enough workforce to deal with winter weather, as evidenced by recent flooding in six campus buildings, poor insulation and heating, and icy bridges and stairways. (0) comments

Village at 115 not equipped for winter temps

A reader writes that the Village at 115 is poorly insulated, cheaply made, and not worth the money it costs to live there. (5) comments

True meaning of grades lost in fight for an A

A reader expresses agreement with last week's editorial, which said that a plus/minus grading system might create more stress and anxiety among the student body. (0) comments

Remember when Obama was inaugurated?

Divya Aggarwal was forced to miss the inauguration of Barack Obama for a math quiz. She suggests ways that the university could have prevented students from having to miss the start of a new chapter in our country's history. (0) comments

Spontaneous European travel results in misadventures

Ruchi Asher, studying abroad in London for the year, made an impulsive trip to the south of Italy and Spain over winter break. Though the journey was not quite the vacation she expected, she deems that it was ultimately a worthwhile experience. (0) comments

Genocide Prevention Task Force guidelines are vague, useless

The newly formed Genocide Prevention Task Force, headed by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, has published a set of guidelines to aid the new administration in developing a genocide prevention policy. In the wake of this historic inauguration, Sultan Ahmed examines this report and its possible utility for the Obama administration. (1) comment

In This Issue


  • Black History Month luncheon
  • Empowered by credit cards
  • Have you heard about: Engineers Without Borders?
  • Integrity Week to kick off
  • Robert Petit lecture elucidates Cambodia's "killing fields"
  • Student State of the University Address looks for improvement
  • Survey results provide new details of SAGES progress
  • Tuition increase scaled back amid tough times


  • A strong finish, finally
  • Browns fans should rethink rivalry
  • Dukes, Gardella place at Wheaton Invitational
  • Hockey: Against Pitt-Greensburg, third period and power play problems
  • Spartan Spotlight: Bryan Erce
  • Swimmers get wins in last meet before conferences
  • Throwback Weekend: Old-school jerseys are a growing trend
  • Track: Case, Mellon go head-to-head in first dual
  • Women's Basketball: Henry's last-second layup lifts Spartans

Fun Page

  • Crossword Answers
  • Jumble Answers
  • Sudoku Answers


  • Editorial: Modest tuition hike shows consideration
  • Engineering solutions to climate change not ideal, but worth studying
  • Letter to the editor: Putting life on hold for inauguration is over the top
  • You don't have to hate Valentine's Day: expand your options


  • Alternative girl band makes its Cleveland debut
  • Case Men's Glee Club sings their hearts out for another year
  • Fantasies come true
  • Film based on self-help book falls flat, despite star-studded cast
  • Listen Up
  • Local band makes name for itself, even across the Atlantic
  • Rocker teaches how to make a band work in new book
  • The Buzz
  • The Secret Ingredient: Popcorn Paradise
  • The Spartan guide to style: Preparing to spring forward
  • The Worst Case Scenario: Saving the economy
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