Catalyst: Students for Social Justice is sponsoring the Better World Books Drive through the end of the semester. The drive will benefit the National Center for Family Literacy, an organization that seeks to increase literacy in high poverty areas. The campus community is invited to donate books. Drop boxes are located in Thwing Center, Nord Hall, Guilford House, Mather House and Mather Memorial. For more details, send e-mail to

Hillel is sponsoring a clothing drive to benefit the Redeemer Crisis Center, located on Cleveland's West Side. Gently used clothing is being collected through today, December 13, at drop boxes located at Wade Commons, Thwing Center and Fribley Commons.

The Weatherhead Tax Assistance Program prepares taxes free of charge for low-income workers throughout Cleveland. Last year, program volunteers provided tax services to more than 2,700 customers who received more than $3 million in refunds. More volunteers are needed -- faculty, staff and students -- to help the program expand. A daylong training session including a refresher course for returning volunteers will take place in January. For details, send e-mail to Michelle Huang at or refer to


Experts urge moderation at the holiday buffet table

The Plain Dealer, December 13, 2006

The calorie gantlet stretches before us -- weeks of festive parties, buffets, neighborhood get-togethers, Christmas cookie exchanges and office potlucks, ending with a Super Bowl snackathon. "I always tell clients that they can eat anything they want. They just can't eat everything they want," says Mary Beth Kavanagh, an instructor in Case Western Reserve University's Department of Nutrition.

Crypto-Jews of the Southwest: Fact or fiction?

The Albuquerque Tribune, December 13, 2006

Modern scholars have found a few communities of so-called "crypto-Jews" that survived in both Iberia and the New World for centuries, hiding their true religious identity from their neighbors and the Catholic church. Folklorist Judith Neulander was fascinated by stories like those of Sanchez and Loya when she first came to New Mexico in the summer of 1992. "All of it just doesn't really hold up when you examine it carefully," said Neulander, who is now codirector of the Jewish Studies Program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

Election by the numbers: GOP loses state, keeps House seats

The Cincinnati Post, December 11, 2006

Ohio voters shifted to the Democratic Party in 2006, but Republicans will continue to represent most of the state in Congress. Experts say a Republican-run process of redrawing congressional districts early in the decade allowed the GOP to hold onto 11 of 18 seats on Election Day, even though Democrats won about 53 percent of the congressional votes statewide. Last month was the first time this decade that Democrats captured more total votes than Republicans. Democrats' collecting more votes but fewer seats, something called a seat-vote gap, is one way of establishing biased redistricting, said Justin Buchler, a professor of political science at Case Western Reserve University. But he takes the relatively unpopular position within academia that the redistricting process doesn't get enough credit for having its own checks and balances.

Northeast Ohio economic forecaster predicts slowdown in 2007

WKSU 89.9 FM, December 8, 2006

Public radio station WKSU 89.9 FM features the annual David A. Bowers Economic Forecast with Sam Thomas, senior lecturer in banking and finance at the Weatherhead School of Management. Listen to his predictions and other insights for 2007 at

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Weighing the costs in public vs. private colleges

The New York Times, December 13, 2006

As parents and students cope with the ever-rising cost of higher education, many debate whether attending private institutions -- which charge far more than public universities -- is worth the expense. Is the quality of the education better? Will students have more access to their professors? Will those professors be more distinguished? Do students make important contacts that pay off later in life? Are any such advantages worth going deeply into debt?

From bad to worse

Inside Higher Ed, December 13, 2006

The 2007 federal budget was never destined to be a great one for higher education, given the strict spending limits imposed by Congress and the government's generally penurious financial climate. But the outlook took a fairly drastic turn for the worse late Monday, when Democratic leaders announced that they would essentially punt on the 2007 budget process that the Republican-led 109th Congress had begun, opting instead for a yearlong "continuing resolution" that will for the vast majority of federal programs adopt the spending levels set in the 2006 budget.

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The Adelbert Hall Holiday Open House will take place from 3:30-5:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 19, in Adelbert Hall. Faculty and staff are welcome to join colleagues for fellowship and refreshments. Interim President Gregory L. Eastwood, M.D., and Provost John L. Anderson will host this gathering.

The Astronomy Colloquium Series presents Mario Livio, an internationally known astrophysicist from the Space Telescope Science Institute, who will discuss "Astrophysical Jets" at 3:30 p.m., December 14, at Sears Building, Room 552. Details:

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Victims of identity theft may lose job opportunities, be refused loans for education, housing, or cars, and even get arrested for crimes they didn't commit. Learn to reduce your risks and protect your privacy and mandatory steps to take should you become a victim. "Identity Theft" is the next Financial Wellness Seminar set for noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, December 14, in the SAGES Seminar Room in Crawford Hall. To register, e-mail to

Update on Plan B Statements: The annual Plan B (retirement plan) statements will be mailed and due to be available for participants by Friday, December 15. Please review your statements thoroughly and contact the human resources department/Benefits Administration at 368-6781 for questions regarding this benefit.

Faculty, instructors, and others are invited to reserve the SAGES Seminar Room in Crawford Hall for group study sessions any time between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on "Study Late, Drink Cheap" nights, December 13 and 18. E-mail Rebecca Kaaikaula at to inquire about availability.

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During finals week, the Case Academic Integrity Board offers the following study tip: Be aware of your surroundings during tests. Don't put yourself in a situation where an academic integrity issue might arise.

Remember spending Saturday mornings as a kid sprawled out in front of the TV, watching cartoons for hours and consuming massive amounts of sugar? Come relive that glory at "Late Night Breakfast - Saturday Morning Cartoons," from 9:30-11 p.m. Thursday, December 14, in Leutner and Fribley dining commons. Tons of food, fun, contests and prizes. All students are invited to attend, regardless of participation in a meal plan.

Undergraduate students interested in working as a resident assistant for the spring 2007 semester have until Friday, December 15, to submit an application to the Office of Housing, Residence Life & Greek Life. Remuneration includes single room, stipend, microfridge use, and Strosacker movie passes. Refer to for more information and an online application. For specific questions, send e-mail to or call 368-3403.

Need a study break? Head to SAGES Cafe in Crawford Hall for "Study Late, Drink Cheap" during finals week. The cafe will be open until 2 a.m. on Wednesday, December 13, and Monday, December 18. The cafe will offer quiet areas for study, lively areas for study breaks, and drink and food specials all night. Valid Case ID required for admittance after 9 p.m.

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Crystal Hester has joined the university community as a library assistant at Kelvin Smith Library.

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Liz Olson, the Graduate Student Senate's representative to the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students (NAGPS) has been elected to president and CEO of NAGPS. Elections took place at a recent national conference.