Campus Debuts Safe Ride Program


Beginning this week, Case Western Reserve University students and employees have another alternative for getting around campus in the evening and late-night hours.

The Department of Police and Security announced the Safe Ride program, which provides transportation around campus, as well as University Circle. Police and security officers will transport students and staff in a specially marked security van from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m. daily.

Sgt. Jeffrey Daberko said the new initiative expands upon the university's ongoing commitment to campus safety. Read more.

Emmett Louis Till Documentary Producer to Headline Friday MLK Convocation


Case Western Reserve University continues its observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with the annual convocation beginning at 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 23, at Amasa Stone Chapel. The keynote speaker is Keith Beauchamp, producer of the documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till. The event is free and open to the public.

Beauchamp, who initially had plans to become a civil rights attorney, instead chose filmmaking to attempt to remedy past and present racial injustices. He spent over 10 years pursuing justice for the late Emmett Till, the story he became familiar with as a young boy.

In 2004, the United States Department of Justice reopened Till's 51-year-old murder case, citing Beauchamp's documentary as both a major factor in their decision and the starting point for their investigation.

Beauchamp continues to pursue socially significant projects designed to educate and entertain. Learn more.

Campus News


A memorial service honoring the life of Professor Robert V. Edwards will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, January 24, at Amasa Stone Chapel. Edwards, professor emeritus of chemical engineering and a member of the Case Western Reserve community for 40 years, died last month. During his career, Edwards provided service to both the Case School of Engineering as a department chair and associate dean, and the university in various administrative roles, including assistant to the president for minority affairs. He was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the highest recognition given by that organization to its members.

For Faculty and Staff

The Case Men's Glee Club (CMGC) will perform Singing Valentines around campus on Friday, February 13. Faculty who would prefer that Singing Valentines not be delivered to their classes are asked to e-mail CMGC's president, Stephen Trompak, at by Saturday, January 31. Please specify the course number, time and location of the class.

For Students


Greek Life announces the new Joe Member Program. Any member of the university's Greek community is invited to register for the program, which is designed to reward participants for their involvement in campus activities. Participants are required to attend eight programs throughout the semester. Go online for more information or to sign up.

Undergraduates who'd like to learn more about a one-year master's degree in a business discipline are invited to a couple of Weatherhead School of Management open houses January 28. Science operations research and supply chain management will be discussed from 4 to 4:45 p.m. at the Peter B. Lewis building, Room 120.  The master's degree in science in finance will be discussed from 5 to 5:45 p.m. at the same location. Both sessions will include pizza and soda. Those who are unable to attend one of these sessions are invited to contact Monica Eastway to schedule an appointment. 


The next Friday Public Affairs Discussion Group will feature the topic "Election Recap: What Happened and Why?" with Karen Beckwith, Flora Stone Mather Professor of Political Science; Justin Buchler, assistant professor of political science; and Andrew Lucker, associate director of the Center for Policy Studies. Discussion begins at 12:30 p.m., Friday, January 23, at the Inamori Center.

Professor James Alexander from the Department of Mathematics presents "The Gibbs Phenomenon With Albert Michelson and Others" from 3 to 4 p.m., Friday, January 23, in Yost Hall, Room 300. Learn more about this and other mathematics events.

The views and opinions of those invited to speak on campus do not necessarily reflect the views of the university administration or any other segment of the university community.

Data Center Renovations

As part of the renovations to the Case Western Reserve data centers, Information Technology Services will be migrating all of the university's servers from the current infrastructure to a new one. The final phases of the data center renovation project involves moving individual data servers, which may result in periodic planned outages for some information technology services. Server and application administrators will alert affected users. 

OneCommunity, Case Western Reserve's Internet service provider, is moving its network equipment as part of the data center project. The move will result in an Internet outage from 3 to 6 a.m., Friday, January 23. All users on campus will be unable to access the Internet, and off-campus users will not be able to use the Internet to access services on campus. E-mail delivery will be delayed due to the outage. Call the Help Desk at 368-HELP for additional information.

Other applications that may be affected by the server moves and planned outages during the next week include:

Friday, January 23:

  • Office of Investment Management / offline
  • LDAP / should remain online
  • Software Center / offline
  • IP Registration / offline
  • ERP Student / should remain online
  • E-mail (Anti-Virus, Anti-Spam) / should remain online
  • DHCP Services / should remain online
  • Oracle Database Services / should remain online

Read more for a complete schedule of planned outages.

January 22, 2009

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Martin Luther King Jr. Activities


The campus community concludes its tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. with several events Friday, January 23: "Obama, Katrina, and the Persistence of Racial Inequality" featuring Boston University Professor Robert Margo from 3 to 4 p.m. at the Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 4; and the MLK Week basketball game featuring the men's and women's teams and the Shaw High School Marching Band on Friday evening. Learn more.

Case in the News

China declares provocative new holiday in Tibet, January 20, 2009
China has declared a new Tibetan holiday, to be called Serfs Emancipation Day, to mark the 50th anniversary of its defeat of a pro-independence uprising. Melvyn Goldstein, professor of anthropology at Case Western Reserve University and author of A History of Modern Tibet, comments.

A pretty picture

Crain's Cleveland Business, January 19, 2009
An analysis by BioEnterprise Corp., a nonprofit that assists health care companies in Northeast Ohio, has identified nearly 50 companies in the medical imaging industry that have a physical presence in the region. Some of the businesses want to be close to institutions such as Case Western Reserve University, which has imaging experts and equipment that companies can access.

The Holdren factor, January 20, 2009
John P. Holdren will become the White House science adviser to President Barack Obama. Jonathan Adler, who directs the Center for Business Law and Regulation at Case Western Reserve University, comments.

Higher Ed News

Presidential race raised student political involvement

USA TODAY, January 21, 2009
The 2008 presidential election helped catapult today's college freshmen to a level of political involvement not seen in decades, a survey released today suggests.

Imagining college without grades

Inside Higher Ed, January 22, 2009
Is it time to move beyond grades? That was the question considered—largely in the affirmative—at a workshop Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.