The Case Western Reserve Police Department is preparing to begin service to the university community in the coming weeks. Planning for the deployment of the new department has continued over the past several months. The planning efforts have included reorganization of the campus security operation, recruitment of a new supervisory staff, training of patrol staff, development of new policies and procedures, and the establishment of new operating protocols with other police agencies. Once full implementation is completed the number of certified police officers providing protection to the campus area will have doubled from the current level provided by University Circle Police Department (UCPD).
Following are some additional details regarding this transition:
• The new campus security organization will include 15 sworn patrol officers, nine mobile security officers, and five sworn supervisory police personnel, bringing the total of sworn staff to over 20. Over 30 fixed-post security officers will continue to provide protection to university buildings and parking structures. The overall security operation will now be called University Police & Security Services, and will operate from the current security facility located at 1725 E. 115th St.
• A new police supervisory/training staff from several local and national agencies has been recruited to join the department. Art Hardee, director of police and security services, will serve as chief of the campus police agency.
• Thirteen of the patrol officer positions were filled from within the department through the promotion of existing security staff members.
• Collaboration is under way with both the Cleveland and University Circle Police Departments on the completion of operating protocols between the Case PD and these agencies.
• The police staff is currently undergoing additional, specialized training on campus prior to their planned deployment in mid-October. All police personnel will be officially sworn in during an October 5 ceremony at Thwing Center.
• University administrators will be attending meetings of the Undergraduate Student Government, Faculty Senate and the Staff Advisory Council over the next few weeks to provide additional information on the police transition process.
The Homecoming Parade Committee invites university community members who own vintage cars and convertibles to display vehicles in the Homecoming Weekend parade from 10-11 a.m. October 14. Following the parade, car participants will be invited to the Tailgate Picnic as special guests of the committee. To learn more or to volunteer a vehicle, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 368-2679.
The Case Cycling Club is hosting a bike tuneup for the campus community from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. September 30 on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval. A full tuneup is $25. For more details, send e-mail to email@example.com.
The Plain Dealer, September 28, 2006 (column by Amos N. Guiora)
In the past month, the Bush administration and Congress have battled over important counterterrorism issues. These issues revolve around two questions: 1) whether classified information is admissible at trial against terrorists and 2) whether evidence obtained during the course of unlawful interrogations may be admitted in court. Although both inquiries are important, they skirt the fundamental issue: What are the limits of interrogation in the aftermath of 9/11? The answer is of absolute importance to those charged with protecting our security -- America's interrogators.
The Plain Dealer, September 28, 2006
A task force at Case Western Reserve University is re-examining the institution's controversial use of the brand-name "Case." Members also will take another look at the logo used on school banners and publications, a design that some say resembles a fat guy carrying a surfboard. The use of Case as a brand name alienated many alumni and hurt donations -- one factor in the March resignation of former President Edward Hundert.
The Plain Dealer, September 28, 2006
The push to get Cuyahoga County residents to vote through absentee ballots is working, with more than 40,000 voters already signed up and officials expecting to top off at about 100,000. Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Director Michael Vu told a City Club of Cleveland audience that he expects more people will vote absentee this November than did for the 2004 presidential election. About 96,000 voted absentee in '04. Vu was one of three panelists invited to speak at the City Club about the problems of the May primary election and plans for the upcoming election. The third panelist was Victoria Lovegren, a Case Western Reserve University mathematics lecturer who started the organization Ohio Vigilance to monitor the actions of the Ohio Board of Elections.
The Plain Dealer, September 27, 2006
Republican Ken Blackwell is running for governor, but he also may loom large in one of the nation's hottest Senate races. Observers, both partisan and not, say that if Blackwell's double-digit deficit in the polls turns into a thrashing on Election Day, it may hurt Republican incumbent Mike DeWine in his bid to fend off Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown. Polls show the Senate race in a dead heat. Political scientist Alexander Lamis is teaching a course in midterm elections at Case Western Reserve University. He believes voters will split tickets and separate their views of federal and state candidates.
Inside Higher Ed, September 28, 2006
Last year, the National Collegiate Athletic Association proudly announced that under its new system of measuring graduation rates, 76 percent of Division I athletes who entered their institutions from 1995 to 1998 received diplomas, compared with the comparable federal rate of 62 percent. On Wednesday, the NCAA had a new reason for optimism -- the graduation rate for Division I athletes is up 1 percentage point over last year's total, and numbers rose slightly for men's basketball and football, which often lag behind in the data.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, September 28, 2006 (subscription required)
Members of Congress have pledged that this is the year they will finally "reform" the practice of "earmarking," the controversial, noncompetitive grants set aside by lawmakers for colleges and other constituents. But judging from the first appropriations bill set to clear Congress this year -- to finance the Defense Department in 2007 -- it's business as usual, at least regarding earmarks for academe. The House of Representatives approved the bill on Tuesday, the Senate is expected to pass it this week, and President Bush is likely to sign it.
Eldred Theater opens its 2006-2007 production season with On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning. Performance dates are September 29, 30, October 5, 6, and 7 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. October 1 and 8. For ticket reservations or information, call the Department of Theater and Dance box office at 368-6262.
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 29 luncheon will feature Alan Weinstein, professor and director of the Law and Public Policy Program at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, discussing eminent domain: "State Legislative Responses to Kelo vs. New London: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly." Bring a lunch; beverages will be provided. For more details, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a list of vendors participating in the Employee Discount Program, go to the human resources Web site at http://www.case.edu/finadmin/humres/benefits/discount.html. Vendors offer discounts on car repairs, dining, entertainment and more.
A free showing of "Requiem for a Dream," which follows four individuals' unique stories demonstrating the destructive effects of drug addiction, will be shown at 7 tonight, September 28, in Strosacker Auditorium. Free beverages and snacks will be provided. After the movie, Bill Hale from University Counseling Service and members of the Peer Helper Network will lead discussions about the issues dealt with in the movie and how they apply to college life. The session is sponsored by the Peer Helper Network, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, and the Office of Greek Life.
Students are invited to attend select Cleveland Orchestra performances for a discounted price through its Campus Club. Students with a valid Case ID can attend select shows at discounted prices of $10 per ticket on Thursdays and Sundays, or $15 per ticket on Fridays and Saturdays. For more details, go to http://www.clevelandorchestra.com/html/attend/Studenttickets.asp.
Students are invited to La Alianza dance social that will take place from 8 to midnight September 30 at The Spot.
Mingfang Tao recently joined the university community as a research associate in the urology department.
Farhad Zeinali recently joined the university community as a senior research associate in the surgery department.
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