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Issue 24 of The Observer, the weekly student publication of Case Western Reserve University.

Transcript of Volume XLVI, Issue 24 April 3, 2015

  • Observerthe volume xlvi, issue 24

    News A&E Opinion Sports

    friday, 4/3/2015

    pg. 2Flower power means spring

    pg. 14Relax and roll

    at hangout

    pg. 6Speak up on

    what matters

    pg. 19NCAA rocks Cleveland

    Case Western Reserve University

    Meredith Dykehouse/Observer

    Four Spartans swim at NCAA championshipJP. OHaganSports Editor

    Four Spartan swimmers stand on a pool deck in Texas. Junior Aaron Tam rocks out to classic rock and roll. Drew Hamilton shuffles across the floor, dancing and listening to his EMD playlist, Limbo Daddy Yankee like-ly blasting through his headphones. Teammate and senior Eric Haufler listens to rock band Rise Against, while freshman Oliver Hudgins jams to up beat hip hop.

    This is all a part of their pre-race preparation, but these races are dif-ferent: They are the National Colle-giate Athletic Association Division III Swimming Championships. Every-one these is fast, said Hudgins. No-body is slower than you.

    Hudgins, Hamilton, Haufler and Tam were invited to compete in 10 events at the swimming champion-ships, which were swam back on March 18-21 at the Conroe ISD Nata-torium in Shenandoah, Texas.

    Hamilton, who was rookie of the year in the University Athletic Associ-ation (UAA), qualified in the 500-yard freestyle 400 IM and will also swim in the 1,650 freestyle. Hudgins swam in the 200-yard backstroke, his CWRU record-breaking race. Tam swam the 100-yard butterfly and the 200-yard fly. Finally Haufler swam alongside his teammates in the 800-freestyle re-lay, the 200-yard free relay, the 400-yard free, the 800-yard free and final-ly the 400-yard medley relay.

    The team earned All-American Honors for their 800-yard freestyle relay performance, after placing 14th and finishing with a time of 6:45.37.

    We were all like, Damn, this is really fast, said Tam of their first day at the championship races. After that, though, we got used to it.

    The nerves are always there, said Hamilton. Its just like any other race.

    Its really loud above the water, said Tam. When you are in the water, its just you. You kind of let your mind go blank and focus on the goal.

    For me its just tunnel vision, said Haufler. Its just you and your thoughts, and Im telling my arms to pull harder.

    Julia BiancoNews Editor

    It was an outcry heard all over Yik Yak, but not over Leutner Commons. The Vil-lage Starbucks announced the end of their $2 drink program, which ignited social me-dia with student fury, but no one showed up to the Residence Hall Associations (RHA) publicized food forum with Bon Apptit management to discuss the issue in person.

    The $2 drink program allowed students to get any size drink for $2 if they brought a reusable cup. Students could also get hot or iced drip coffee and shaken iced teas for only $1 if they brought a reusable mug. The goal of the program was to reduce plastic and paper cup waste by creating an incen-tive for students to bring reusable mugs.

    On March 31, the $2 program ended. How-ever the $1 program is still intact. Students will also receive a 25-cent discount on drinks when they bring in a reusable mug, which is an additional 15 cents on top of the 10 cents off that Starbucks offers nationwide.

    It was definitely not a knee-jerk decision, said Jim Boland, director of Operations for Bon Apptit, adding that the decision has been in the works for months. Our number one priority on campus is the students, but some-times you have to make tough decisions.

    With rising food costs, offering $2 drinks that would normally cost at least $3 or $4 was no longer cost-effective. However the deci-

    sion also has sustainability implications.The Office of Sustainability thinks

    its a really good thing to incentivize reus-able mugs, said Director of Sustainability Stephanie Corbett. Giving discounts is one way to do that.

    The Office of Sustainability and the Student Sustainability Council (SSC) have been working with Bon Apptit on other sustainability plans on campus, including reducing plastic bag waste at Grab It and Bag It. Although they were not contacted about this decision, Corbett said that the Of-fice of Sustainability plans on doing studies to see if there are any dramatic changes in usage of reusable mugs.

    I was disappointed to hear that the Vil-lage Starbucks is going to stop the $2 drink program, said Grace Cammarn, president of the SSC. It was a forward-thinking way to incentivize using reusable cups, as it taught the students to break the habit of settling for the disposable. I only hope that the customers continue to bring their own thermoses and tumblers if not for the sake of saving money, for the sake of the environment.

    Still Corbett acknowledged that the Vil-lage Starbucks offered the most generous mug discount she had ever heard of and that no other college campus that she was aware of gave a discount so steep.

    Bon Apptit and Starbucks have to make business decisions, she said. Theyve been really good partners in other sustainability

    initiatives. While Im personally sad to see the $2 mug discount go, sometimes business decisions are made that take into account not just environmental sustainability, but other sustainability factors as well.

    Boland echoed her sentiments, saying that, while Bon Apptit was happy to offer such a discount to students and to help re-duce waste, it was no longer economically feasible for them to continue.

    However many students were still upset over the decision.

    Personally the price change seems a bit unbelievable because both Starbucks and Bon Apptit are multi-million dollar companies, and yet they find it necessary to demand those with less give them more, said freshman Ra-chel Payne. It was also a Starbucks that was supposed to be there for the students, not nec-essarily to make a profit. The fact that they just changed their mind about wanting to provide a nice service for a reasonable price shows a lack of empathy towards the consumers.

    Boland, along with other Bon Apptit man-agers, attended the monthly RHA food forum on April 1 in Leutner Commons. Although many students had been posting on social media about how angry they were about the removal of the $2 drinks, and RHA had been pushing the forum as an opportunity to ex-press their concerns, no students were present.

    Bon Apptit encouraged students who have feedback on this decision or their other products to contact them via their website.

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    Village Starbucks ends $2 reusable

    mug program; keeps $1 coffees

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    Anne NickoloffArts & Entertainment Editor

    The tulips are rising.Green shoots have popped out of the

    mulch patches in front of the Thwing Cen-ter, and that means one thing: Spring is here. In the next couple of months, flowers will appear all over a once-gray campus, brightening the walkways between classes and the entrances to buildings.

    While the flowers are planted sea-sonally, their timing lines up well with Case Western Reserve Universitys commencement. According to Grounds Supervisor Daryl Costanzo, the flowers help create a first impression for visiting family members in the early weeks of May. However it is usually students who have been attending classes all year who notice flowers the most, especially after months of snow and slush.

    Costanzo doesnt deny the struggle of planting delicate flowers in Clevelands unpredictable weather.

    We live in a rough climate, said Cos-tanzo. Its all risky.

    Despite this the tulips survived the months of record-breaking chill. At the

    end of April, grounds staff will take three weeks to plant large annuals, specially grown in six-inch pots.

    Thats why they look so big, said Costanzo.

    Blooming into a new season

    The soil used to grow the flowers is made mostly out of composted tree branches and leaves collected from cam-pus in the fall. Using these natural materi-als saves CWRU money not only because

    they get free soil out of it, but also because they dont have to pay to dump the natural trash anywhere. What was once trash be-comes CWRUs springtime flowers.

    While many of the brighter plants come in for commencement, other perennials will continue to flourish throughout the summer and into the fall semester.

    With all said, 9,500 flowers are plant-ed each spring, produced by two local growers. They consist of annuals and perennials, along with carefully selected shrubbery.

    Were going for a tiered, layered ef-fect, said Costanzo.

    Costanzos favorite is the SunPatiens flower. Peter Yanosko, who works for grounds maintenance, says his favorite flower is the begonia.

    Yanosko believes that grounds main-tenance gets the most recognition for their yearly flower work, even though the bulk of their job is keeping campus functional and presentable to both stu-dents and visitors.

    [The flowers] get more recognized, Yanosko said. Everything else we do is behind the scenes. People look at color be-fore they look at broken benches.

    Sapna Sundar/ObserverThis set of flower are among the 9,500 flowers which will be planted this spring.

    The secrets of Safe RideAneeka AyyarStaff Reporter

    David Allen runs a computer business and has two sons at Case Western Reserve University. He spends his nights working as a Safe Ride driver, a position which has given him a lot of exposure to the school and its students.

    I really like the intellect of the peo-ple here, said Allen. I learn so much from the thoughtful questions that pas-sengers ask.

    Mike Goliat, Director of Transporta-tion, Facility Security and Access, de-scribes his Safe Ride program as a great service to have at a university.

    Safe Ride serves CWRU, The Cleve-land Institute