Taking a Break at Thwing Study Over


Helen Han, second-year chemistry and anthropology major, shares
a bowl  of gelato from La Gelateria with Sean Hobson, a senior. 
The two were taking a study break Sunday night at the Thwing
Study Over.

Studying for nearly seven hours in the library, Vivian Huynh, a third-year student, needed to stretch and work out the muscle kinks.  Meanwhile Renae Brown was under pressure to finish a paper for professor John Ruhl’s SAGES seminar.

Both undergraduates found food and fun when they joined hundreds of others from the university Sunday night for the traditional Thwing Study Over from 8 p.m. to midnight to unwind those tense nerves.

The popular finals break, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, was chaired by student Ryan Shoup and coordinated by staff members Joe Gutowski and Colleen Barker-Williamson.  Alpha Phi Omega volunteered as staff to dish up the donated food from local vendors.  Campus organizations hosted events such as spin art T-shirts, a photo booth, theater and games.

Senior Sean Hobson has been coming for four years now.  “It’s not just about food, but getting together with friends,” he said as he and Helen Han shared a couple of scoops of gelato. Read more.

Campus News

Time is short–Kelvin Smith Library's new café needs a name, and you're invited to submit suggestions. One of the new KSL Initiatives, the new café will generate new energy and convenience for Case individuals who'd like to spend time with the U.S. and world newspapers and a cup of coffee, or meet in a casual setting. Send in your suggestion by 5 p.m. Wednesday and you might see your name “up in lights” and win a special prize. Read more, and enter more than once, but enter soon. Enter the survey online.

For Faculty and Staff

The final 2011 Benelect Open Enrollment confirmation statements will be available online through the PeopleSoft HCM system beginning today. To access your 2011 Benelect Open Enrollment confirmation statement, log onto the open enrollment system in HCM.  A link to “Print Open Enrollment Confirmation Form” will be on the bottom right of the screen.  Please contact Benefits Administration or call 368.6781 by Dec. 15 if any errors on the form are discovered that need to be corrected.

For Students

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences is hosting an information session 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Mandel School, 11235 Bellflower Road.  The community is invited to learn about a social work degree from one of the highest-ranked graduate social work programs in the nation. The session will focus on the master’s program, field education and financial aid. To register, contact the Admissions Office at 368.2280. For details, go to the school’s website.

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All university-operated undergraduate housing, other than The Village at 115, the Property Management Apartments, Tippit House and Staley Houses (upper class students only), will close at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. At that time, the doors will be secured and everyone must be out of the buildings. First-year and second-year students must vacate their residence hall rooms within 24 hours of their last exam. The buildings will reopen at 9 a.m. Jan. 6.

The university will offer winter break housing on campus for residents whose buildings are closing for winter break. Space will be available in Cutler House for current students on a first-come, first serve basis. Please complete the Guest Housing application, which can be found online.


In cooperation with the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Astronomical Society and with the support of the Arthur S. Holden Sr. Endowment, the Department of Astronomy is presenting the 2010-11 Frontiers of Astronomy Lecture Series. Stacy S. McGaugh, University of Maryland, will  present The Driving Role of Gravity in Cosmology at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Natural History Museum. Renowned astronomers from across the country will give free lectures at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in this series. More information on the series is available online.

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The Department of Urology is hosting a research retreat on the Urological Complications of Obesity and Diabetes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in Wolstein 1403. Please join our multidisciplinary team of investigators and surgeon-scientists with a common interest in complications of obesity and diabetes. Discussions will include presentations of ongoing translational and clinical studies and future funding opportunities.  If you are interested in presenting your work or attending the retreat, please contact: Kerry O. Grimberg, PhD, or call 216.844.5434.


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.

Et al.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler, professor of law, on Nov. 4 served as a discussant on a panel on Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law & the Search for Objectivity by Douglas Kysar of Yale Law School, sponsored by the American Constitution Society in Washington, D.C. On Nov. 9, professor Adler spoke on The Folly of EPA Over-Regulation, at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. The event was co-sponsored by the UMKC student chapter of the Federalist Society and the Urban Lawyer in Kansas City, Mo. On Nov. 11, Adler spoke on Conservation without Regulation: A Free Market Approach to Environmental Protection before the student chapter of the Federalist Society at the Nova Southeastern School of Law in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. On Nov. 18, Adler participated in a panel discussion on The Judicial Vacancy Crisis with Judge Karen Nelson Moore of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and Judge Dan Polster of the Northern District of Ohio, sponsored by the Federal Bar Association’s northern Ohio chapter.

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Michael Benza

Michael Benza, professor of law, gave a presentation at the Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers’ annual Death Penalty Seminar. His presentation was on Winning Issues: Updates from the Sixth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dec. 6, 2010

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In the News

Justice Sotomayor Recusal Likely as Supreme Court Weighs Greenhouse Gas 'Nuisance' Case

NYTimes.com, Dec. 3, 2010
Jonathan Adler, a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, commented on the likelihood that Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor would recuse herself if the court takes up  American Electric Power v. Connecticut. “I find it inconceivable Justice Sotomayor would not be expected to recuse,” Adler said.

For Experts, a Delicate Dance

CWSJ.com, Dec. 6, 2010
Doctors who are hired as consultants for investors must walk a fine line to avoid providing insider information. “I’m very aware that some of the things I may be privy to are sensitive,” said Mark A. Smith, a professor of pathology at Case Western Reserve University. “I will only discuss things that are public—whether it is data from my lab or data from other people’s labs.”

Texting a health, sex risk for teens

OCRegister.com, Dec. 6, 2010
Orange County Register columnist Elizabeth Esther cites a Case Western Reserve University study linking high volume texting among teenagers with risky health behaviors. “The problem doesn't seem to be texting itself, per se, but underlying issues like impulsivity that are exacerbated by unmonitored technology use. All of which makes me ask: Where are these kids’ parents?”

Higher Ed News

Graduation Rates Fall at One-Third of 4-Year Colleges

Chronicle of Higher Ed, Dec. 5, 2010
A Chronicle of Higher Education analysis of nearly 1,400 four-year institutions shows that one-third reported lower graduation rates for the six-year period ending in 2008 than for the one ending in 2003. One factor is students who take longer than six years to earn a degree aren’t counted in the graduation rate.