As the spring semester gets under way, President Hundert welcomes everyone back to campus and looks ahead to the coming months in a brief presentation that can be found at The movie is also available for download at

Case’s 1·2·1 Fitness Center is offering flu vaccines today, January 18 from 4-6 p.m., and on January 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please call x1121 or e-mail for appointment times.

Registration is now open for the Fitness/Wellness classes which begin on January 30. Classes in dance aerobics, water aerobics, Hatha Yoga, and Kundalini yoga are available. For information call Mina Moore at x2191. Registration details may be found at

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is closing two bridges along a major thoroughfare to University Circle. The bridge on E. 105th Street, north of Quincy Avenue will close for replacement on January 23. ODOT also reports that the Woodland Avenue bridge between E. 86th and E. 89th Streets is now closed for replacement. Both bridge projects will take approximately nine months to complete.



“A disputed study claims rape is rare in prison” USA Today (by the Associated Press), January 17, 2006

A bitterly disputed, government-sponsored study has concluded that rape and sexual assault behind bars may be rampant in movies and books but are rare in real life. When inmates have sex, it is usually by choice, and often engaged in as a way to win protection or privileges, said Mark Fleisher, a cultural anthropologist who specializes in prisons and crime at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. “Inmates say it may happen, but the conditions under which it happens are rare,” Fleisher said.

“No state fully compliant with child-welfare standards” USA Today, January 18, 2006

All 50 states have failed to comply fully with federal child-welfare standards designed to protect kids from abuse and neglect, according to reviews since 2002 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Not a single state met a particularly important standard, which says children in foster homes should have “permanency and stability in their living situations.” States are now undergoing a second round of reviews. Unless they improve, they face fines. Child-welfare experts see many reasons why children fall through the cracks, with some ending up in a secondary private network. “There’s a lot of blame to go around,” says Victor Groza, an adoption expert and social work professor at Case Western Reserve University.

“Vote Likely Today on City Worker Residency Requirement”, January 18, 2006

Working for the city has its perks, but some argue requiring workers to live in the city limits is unconstitutional. After a vote Wednesday, workers may soon have a choice as to what ZIP code they live in. The state senate has already voted to ban Ohio communities from requiring residency status in order to work for their municipalities. The House will vote on the boundary issue Wednesday. Whether the bill qualifies under that part of the constitution isn’t so clear-cut, which is why the courts likely will decide, said Melvyn Durchslag, law professor at Case Western Reserve University.

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“Think Before You Share: Students’ online socializing can have unexpected consequences” The Chronicle of Higher Education, from the issue dated January 20, 2006 (paid subscription required)

When Pennsylvania State University’s resurgent football team scored a victory last October against its archrival from Ohio State University, throngs of students rushed the field and set off something of a postgame riot. Overwhelmed, campus police had difficulty identifying the perpetrators and made only two arrests on game day. But less than a week after the game, Tyrone Parham, the university's assistant director of police, got an unexpected tip: Several students had posted pictures online of their friends storming the field. Campus police officers logged onto Facebook, the immensely popular social-networking site, and found a student group titled, unsubtly enough, “I Rushed the Field After the OSU Game (And Lived!)”

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The Case Film Society’s 31st Annual Science Fiction Marathon will be held on January 20 and 21. For a $25 admission fee, patrons can see 15 movies, as well as a variety of shorts and trailers. Free parking is available, and food will be available to purchase. More information can be found at or by calling (216) 368-CINE.

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A Fulbright Faculty Workshop takes place January 31 from noon to 2 p.m. at Cleveland State University, University Center, 2121 Euclid Ave., room 364 A&B. Cynthia Crow, senior program officer for the Europe/Eurasia unit at the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), will discuss lecturing and research opportunities in 140 countries, how to prepare the Fulbright application, and more. The cost for non-CSU participants is $10. RSVP by January 24 to Christene Jones at (216) 687-3910.  

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CaseEMS, the university’s student-led EMS squad, provides emergency services for the campus community. The group, which was featured in a Plain Dealer article in December, welcomes new members. For information go to

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Tina Roan, an academic advisor with the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is the new assistant director of the office.

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Robert H. Binstock, professor of aging, health, and society, School of Medicine, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association’s Gerontological Health Section at the APHA annual meeting in December, 2005.

Helen Hobbs, a 1979 alumna of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and professor of internal medicine and molecular genetics at UT Southwestern in Dallas, recently received the American Heart Association’s Clinical Research Prize. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of clinical cardiovascular research.