Due to the holiday, the Case Club at Severance Hall is closed July 3 and July 4. Effective July 5 there will be a price increase at the Case Club. A soup, salad bar and dessert special will now cost $9.95, while soup, salad bar, hot buffet, and dessert will cost $11.95.

This is the final week for the School of Law Annual Fund. The fiscal year ends June 30. Gifts can be made online at, or by contacting, director of regional development and annual giving.

Case Printing Services will be closed June 29 and June 30 for year-end inventory. For emergencies please call 368-2550.


"What a friend we have in Kal-El"

Akron Beacon Journal, June 28, 2006

With strength beyond comprehension, speed beyond recognition and morals that are usually beyond reproach, comic book superheroes have often been called modern society's version of the mythological gods. But with the release of Superman Returns this week, it's clear that at least one has evolved into more of a Christ-like figure than a representative of those ancient societies that honored gods based on their respective powers. Given all of the superhuman qualities various tinkerers gave him over the years, it was inevitable, said Dr. Brad Ricca, an English lecturer at Case Western Reserve University who is working on a book related to Superman's Cleveland roots.

"Superman's real identity: America's everyman"

Christian Science Monitor, June 27, 2006

"He's very American," says Brad Ricca, lecturer at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio. From the creation of our country, Mr. Ricca explains, the US has had a healthy tradition of looking to men who embody the nation, people like Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln. These figures have personified all that's good and patriotic about America. Of course, Superman is fiction, but, adds Ricca, "those men have been fictionalized, too."

"The bottom line on innovation and education"

The Plain Dealer, Tuesday, June 27, 2006

What makes incomes grow? A new study featured in the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland's 2005 annual report sheds some fresh light on this question. Authored by Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland economists Paul Bauer and Mark Schweitzer and Case Western Reserve University professor Scott Shane, the study finds that differences in state income levels can be explained largely by two factors: innovation and education. States that make the most of their knowledge base are the ones that are likely to prosper.

"Hiram, Case Western Sign Graduate Social Work Agreement"

Youngstown Daily Business Journal, June 27, 2006

Hiram College and Case Western Reserve University have entered into an affiliation agreement that allows fourth-year students at the liberal arts college to finish their senior year as a first-year professional student at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in Cleveland.

"Slide Show: Critter Tech"

Business Week, June 27, 2006

How do crickets find their way into hard-to-reach places? Researchers at the Biologically Inspired Robots Lab of Case Western Reserve University created a micro-cricket to emulate the insect's ability to scurry over varied terrain and force its way into nooks, crannies and beyond. Directed by Roger Quinn, the lab received funding from DARPA, the Office of Naval Research, NASA and other organizations to make robotic crickets as well as robotic versions of cockroaches and ants.

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"False Rank"

Inside Higher Ed, June 28, 2006

One of the multitude of grievances regarding the annual U.S. News & World Report rankings of institutions of higher education is that there are ways to cheat -- something that no individual student would be able to do when applying to, say, law school, without facing some mighty consequences. A researcher with the magazine says that officials with Baylor University School of Law have repeatedly submitted misleading answers to the magazine's questions involving LSAT scores and grade-point averages of first-year students. Baylor officials, meanwhile, insist they've done nothing wrong.

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Today's Wednesday Barbecue will feature an Asian-influenced buffet with vegetarian options, picnic tables, and music by Jessica Stewart (piano) at the Crawford Deck between Crawford and Tomlinson Halls from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The price of $7.50 includes food and beverage of the day; 20 oz. bottled beverages are available for purchase for $1. CaseCharge, CaseCash, and cash accepted. In the event of inclement weather, the barbecue and music will move indoors to the Tomlinson Marketplace on the ground floor of Tomlinson Hall. Sponsored by Bon Appetit, the Office of Summer Programs, Campus Services, and Office of Student Activities. For complete menus go to

This evening's Wade Oval Wednesday (WOW!) concert will feature Horns and Things performing from 5:30-7:30 p.m. For more details about WOW! go to

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Accounts Payable (Procurement and Distribution Services) must receive all FY 05-06 invoices dated June 30 or before in their office no later than July 7 at 5 p.m. to be entered and approved in Peoplesoft for FY 05-06. Vendor invoices dated July 1 and after will be paid in FY 06-07. Please contact the Customer Care Team at, or 368-2560 with any questions.

Procurement and Distribution Services would like to remind those departments with blanket Purchase Orders (POs) to review those currently open and evaluate their need for FY 06-07.  If a department needs to cancel an existing blanket PO or regular PO, please send an e-mail to the customer care team for Procurement and Distribution Services (PDS) at In addition, requisitions for new blanket POs for FY 06-07 should be entered into Peoplesoft beginning July 1. Please contact the customer care team at 368-2560 with any questions.

All outstanding travel advances for travel completed for fiscal year 2005-2006 must be cleared by June 30. For additional information contact the travel accounting office at 368-6092.

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The Flora Stone Mather Center for Women is seeking a graduate student to develop and work with undergraduate students in providing health-related programs to student groups. The student will be required to create and lead workshops on women's health matters, such as body image, healthy relationships, alcohol and substance abuse, and other issues. Must be able to work flexible hours, especially evenings and nights. For more details go to

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Megan O'Donnell recently joined the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing as director of marketing. She previously worked in the university's marketing and communications office.

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Senior swimmer Rebecca Davis and junior swimmer John Erickson recently received NCAA Sportsmanship Awards.