The campus community is invited to learn about City Wheels at 11 a.m. today, September 14, at the UCI parking lot at Ford and Euclid Avenues. City Wheels is the first car-sharing service in Ohio with a four-vehicle pilot project: two cars in Oberlin, and two in University Circle. For more information, please go to


UH plan for health set to get discharged

The Plain Dealer, September 14, 2006

QualChoice, the financially struggling health plan owned by University Hospitals, shuts its doors on Dec. 31. Coverage and claim reimbursement will be the responsibility of whichever new carrier 1,000 different companies choose for their employees. For most QualChoice members, the transition will be no big deal, said J.B. Silvers, a professor of health systems management at Case Western Reserve University who used to run QualChoice.

Taking on the world by taking in children

The Plain Dealer, September 14, 2006

It is not a shoe, the bright blue house, and the woman who lives there definitely is not old. And unlike the inept Old Woman of nursery rhyme fame, Joyce Hood knows what to do with kids who flock to her house all summer. Today, about 45 children know where to find a welcoming home in Cleveland's Union-Miles neighborhood. It's a tough neighborhood to grow up in. More than a third of the families live in poverty with the attendant problems of crime, drug trafficking and decrepit houses, said Claudia Coulton, director of the Case Western Reserve University Center on Urban Poverty and Social Change.

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The children left behind

Inside Higher Ed, September 14, 2006

Much has been said and written in recent years about how rising college tuitions and insufficient need-based financial aid are combining to diminish access to higher education for students from low and moderate income backgrounds. Now an independent federal panel has tried to quantify exactly how many students have failed to get a bachelor's degree because of those factors, and the numbers are striking.

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The Case Film Society is showing Oldboy at 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. and midnight on Friday, September 15, and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb at 7 and 9 p.m. on September 16. All showings are in Strosacker Auditorium. Admission is $3.

The Case community is invited to discuss current policy issues during the Friday Public Affairs Lunch, held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each Friday during the fall and spring semesters at the Guilford Lounge, first floor of Guilford House. The September 15 talk will feature Mark Naymik of The Plain Dealer, who will discuss this year's Ohio elections. Bring a brown bag lunch; beverages will be provided. For more details, send an e-mail to

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September 30 is the deadline for submitting tuition waiver applications for fall 2006 semester. All applications must contain a completed Certification for Tuition Waiver form and a copy of the student's official class schedule. Employees taking job-related courses should also include a completed Affidavit of Qualification for Tuition Waiver Tax Exemption form. Each fall semester, applications for dependent children must include a copy of the parents' federal income tax return page listing the child as a dependent or a completed Proof of Dependency form. First-time applications for a spouse/spouse equivalent must include a copy of the marriage certificate or the completed Affidavit of Domestic Partnership/Acknowledgement of Domestic Partnership forms. For complete policy, procedures and forms for tuition waiver and reimbursement benefits, visit the Education Benefit Web page

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Discussions, Case's peer reviewed undergraduate research journal, is looking for students interested in joining the editorial board. Freshmen through seniors in all fields of study are invited to come to the elections meeting at 11:30 a.m. today, September 14, in Nord Hall, Room 213. For more information e-mail or visit the Web site at

Point Blue -- a free dance club -- takes place from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m. tonight, September 14, at the Carlton Commons on the top of the hill on Southside. Case shuttle buses will be available for transportation. Food and drinks will be served. Music provided by DJ Dongo.

The University Program Board Arts & Entertainment committee presents HBO Def Poet Joaquin Zihuatanejo at 8:30 p.m. tonight, September 14, at the Rough Rider Room (Southside of campus). For more details, go to

SOURCE encourages underrepresented minority students in the STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, math) fields to apply for an Ohio Science and Engineering Alliance (OSEA) Academic Year Research Internship. Please complete an application before September 25 on the OSEA Web site at Contact (Nord Hall, 304D) for questions and to pick up a supplemental Case application for the OSEA program.

La Barberia presents the Student Welcome Back Party from 7-11 p.m. tonight, September 14, at Wackadoo's Grub and Brew. Featuring food, drinks, a DJ, and prizes. Student days featuring discount hair cuts at La Barberia are every Monday and Tuesday. To find out more information, stop by the party or call La Barberia Express (University Circle) at 216-421-0560, or La Barberia University Spa (Little Italy) 216-231-7474.

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Christina (Tina) Modica recently joined the university community as a department assistant in the Controller's Office, grants accounting department.

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