CWRU Students Take on Major Broadway Hit

Rent logoPutting on one of the biggest Broadway shows of all time is a major undertaking for any theater troupe. Now, consider that the show in question, Rent, is being run completely by students from all majors who—in addition to running lines, staging scenes and building sets—have to keep up with classes, homework and other extra-curriculars, and you begin to see how massive a task it really is. But members of Case Footlighters aren’t complaining about the late-night rehearsals; instead, they’re focused on polishing the show to present the best product possible to the public. Rent will be performed April 7-9 at 8 p.m. and April 9 at 11:59 p.m. in Thwing Ballroom.

The show, directed by senior biology major Josh Lostroh, is a Tony Award-winning rock opera that tells the story of a group of struggling young artists and musicians in New York’s Lower East Side. And while it opened on Broadway 15 years ago, it remains a favorite among people of all ages—which is exactly why Lostroh and the Footlighters selected it. “It’s everyone’s favorite show for a number of reasons,” Lostroh said. Read more about the work put into the production and how to buy tickets.

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Poet Jerome Rothenberg to Read at CWRU

Jerome Rothenberg
Jerome Rothenberg

Poet and editor Jerome Rothenberg, co-founder of the Deep Image poetry movement of the early 1960s, will read from his works and others during the program, “Toward a Global Poetry: A Reading and Discussion.” The free, public event, sponsored by the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, takes place at 6 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Clark Hall 309. 

Rothenberg and poet Robert Kelly spearheaded the Deep Image movement. The new genre of poetry, inspired by works by Frederico Garcia Lorca, was heroic in nature and style.

Rothenberg, now an emeritus professor of visual arts and literature, will discuss changes in poetry and expand the discussion into the global realm with thoughts about the international nature of modern and postmodern poetry. Read more.

Campus News

Mark A. Smith
Mark A. Smith

The Faculty Parents of Young Children group at Case Western Reserve has created a fund to assist the family of Professor Mark A. Smith, who was struck and killed by a car in December. Professor Smith’s widow, Gemma Casadesus, is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurosciences; the family also has two young sons. Monies raised will be used to provide housecleaning help for a year and, if dollars remain, occasional child care coverage. Any and all donation amounts will be deeply appreciated. Donations can be made at any Key Bank branch or mailed to the address below. Checks should be made out to “The Smith Family Fund.” Contact Eileen Anderson-Fye with questions.

Key Bank, Shoppes of Solon
28200 Miles Road, Suite A
Solon, OH 44139

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Case Cycling ClubThe Case Cycling Club will hold its Campus Bike Tune-up April 5-6 on the Quad from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The club’s mechanics can fix flat tires, repair brakes and get almost anything back on the road. Drop off your bike and pick it up after class. Fees range from $5 to $15, depending on the amount of work needed. Find more information here.

For Faculty and Staff

Relay for LifeThe Relay for Life Staff and Faculty Team will host a Dress Down Day fundraiser on Wednesday, April 6. Staff and faculty members can donate $5 for the privilege of “dressing down” (wearing jeans or other casual attire) tomorrow. This event will raise money for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer and promote CWRU staff and faculty’s commitment to this cause. To participate, make a secure donation online to the Relay for Life Faculty and Staff Team or drop off your $5 donation (please bring exact change) at one of the “Dress Down Day” locations: the Student Activities & Leadership Office in Thwing Center, the Student Affairs Office in Adelbert Hall 110 or the Department of Human Resources in Crawford Hall 304. Donations will be collected until today. Those who do not want to participate in Dress Down Day but want to join the team are welcome.

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Individuals interested in losing weight and learning how to maintain a healthy lifestyle should consider joining the university’s Weight Watchers at Work group. The group meets weekly in the Spartan Room on the third floor of Thwing Center at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesdays. An open house introducing the next 12-week series will be held during the meeting on April 6. If you have questions or would like more information, email

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The Writing Resource Center is offering a brief faculty survey to help understand the ways students use the center and to improve its services. Faculty members are strongly encouraged to participate. The survey should take no more than five minutes. Take it online.

For Students

The Student Leadership Journey Council will host an interactive “Stress and Relaxation” workshop Thursday, April 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Guilford Lounge. This workshop, presented by Assistant Director for Student Outreach Jennifer Voros, will show how to make the most of your day through relaxation tips and techniques, just in time for finals.

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Doan Brook cleanupGreen Action 2011, led by the Student Sustainability Council, is a week of environmentally focused events, including service opportunities. Individuals interested in helping the local environment and meeting great people should go online to register for an event that will take place April 14-22. Opportunities include cleaning up Doan Brook, planting trees near the new wind turbine and helping with a new garden. Contact Eric Hamilton for more info.

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April 7 is National Alcohol Screening Day. Attend Case Western Reserve University’s alcohol education event and learn how your drinking habits put you and others at risk. Confidential screenings will be held at Fribley Commons, Leutner Commons and Sears Building on April 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call University Counseling Services at 216.368.5872.

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The Interdisciplinary Journal of Global Development (IJGD) is recruiting undergraduate students of all majors to serve on the 2011-2012 Editorial Board. IJGD is a peer-reviewed journal created by current medical students of the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. For more information about the journal or for application materials, contact Rosalyn Gholston. Deadline to apply is April 22.


Mary Roach
Mary Roach

The Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities and Case Western Reserve’s Mars Research Group present “Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void,” a talk by science writer Mary Roach. Her talk, basked on the title of her latest book, will discuss the strange science of space travel and the psychology, technology and politics that go into sending a crew into orbit. The free, public event will take place April 6 at 7 p.m. in Andrew E. Schmitt Lecture Hall.

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Tickets are being sold to the community for Taste of Peru 2011, a benefit for the Lamay Clinic Project, a global mission trip to Peru that is sponsored by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Cleveland Clinic. Tickets for the event, which will be held April 9 at 6 p.m., are $40 and $20 for students.

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Sisters Helping Sisters, a Flora Stone Mather Center for Women student support group that encourages personal empowerment, friendship and success among African-American, Hispanic and African women on campus, will hold a meeting Friday, April 8, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Thwing Center 309. Bring your lunch and meet other sisters across campus. For more information, contact Thea Harrison or the center at 216.368.0985.

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Japan Relief BenefitThe CWRU Japan Relief Benefit Dinner will be Wednesday, April 6, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in Thwing Atrium. Enjoy Japanese and Chinese cuisine, performances by traditional Japanese drummers and dancers from Cleveland, and a poetry reading followed by a moment of silence to honor the victims of Japan. Raffle prizes include an iPod Touch and other great prizes. Tickets will be sold in Nord Hall today for $10 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. All proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross Society.

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.

Justine Jeroski
Justine Jeroski

Three track & field team members were selected as last week’s University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week. Senior Justine Jeroski and juniors Amanda Kline and Matt Jurcak grabbed the honors after a successful weekend trip to the Virginia Military Institute/Washington & Lee Carnival in the team’s outdoor season-opener.

Amanda Kline
Amanda Kline

Jeroski, a distance specialist, defeated 29 competitors to win the 5,000-meter run, finishing the race with a time of 17:25.87.

Kline set a meet record and defeated 16 entries in the shot put with a throw of 41 feet, 5.75 inches. She also defeated 20 competitors in the discus throw with an NCAA provisional qualifying mark of 140-05 and was runner-up in the hammer throw at 151-00.

Matt Jurcak
Matt Jurcak

On the men’s side, Jurcak won the 110-meter hurdles in a meet record time of 15.16 seconds and placed third in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.41.

April 5, 2011

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The Bigger Picture

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In the News

Asians, Hispanics Populate Latest Wave of Northeast Ohio's Newcomers

The Plain Dealer, April 4, 2011
While the latest census showed Cleveland and Cuyahoga County declined in population, the number of Asians in the area increased, particularly in University Circle, where there are a growing number of Asian students, scientists and doctors. At Case Western Reserve University, international students from Asia make up 12 percent of the student body—an increase from 8 percent in 2008.

Business Answers: Recruiting Advisers & Avoiding Scams

MSNBC, April 3, 2011
Michael Goldberg, adjunct professor in the Department of Banking and Finance, appeared on “Your Business” to discuss recruiting advisers for businesses and ways to broker licensing and patent deals without running into scams.

Black-Market Trinkets From Space

The New York Times, April 4, 2011
As more meteorites have been discovered recently, illegal sales of them have boomed—much to the dismay of people who want to study them, such as Ralph P. Harvey, associate professor of planetary materials. “It’s a black market,” he said. “It’s as organized as any drug trade and just as illegal.”

Higher Ed News

Laptop and Battery (Arrest)

Inside Higher Ed, April 4, 2011
An assistant professor at a university in Georgia was arrested on a charge of battery after he shut the laptop of a student who was allegedly surfing the web during class instead of taking notes. The university suspended his teaching duties.