Undergraduate Students Prepare for Mock Trial Nationals

CWRU mock trial teamIn late March, the CWRU Mock Trial Organization made history by becoming the university's first undergraduate mock trial team to make it to nationals. The team's sixth-place finish at the opening round Ney National tournament in Greenville, S.C., garnered the team a ticket to the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament, to take place in Des Moines April 15-17. The CWRU mock trial team will be one of 48 teams—out of more than 600 across the country—to compete.

To get there, the team, composed of Patrick Clarke, Dave Dirisamer, Theresa Hanna, Stephen Hern, Mira Lendel, Stuart Long, Abi Pink, Logan Stetzer, Steven Urueta, Matthew Vogler and Nadra Williams, finished with a 6-2 record at the Ney National tournament—“commonly considered the hardest qualifying tournament in the nation,” first-year student Long said. Other teams who advanced to the national championship tournament from this qualifying round included Harvard University, University of Georgia and Furman. Read more.

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Celebrate Ancient Roman Poet Vergil as Part of National Poetry Month

stack of booksCase Western Reserve University’s Department of Classics will honor the ancient Roman poet Publius Vergilius Maro, widely known as Vergil, during Vergil Week, to be held April 17-22 to coincide with the American Academy of Poets’ National Poetry Month.

Vergil’s work, including Eclogues, Aeneid and Georgics, became popular right away, said Timothy Wutrich, visiting assistant professor and organizer of Vergil Week. Vergil’s poetry has influenced writers, poets, musicians and artists from all time periods and nations—from Dante, Ariosto and Marlowe to Pietro da Cortona, Milton and T.S. Elliott.

This is the third year the campus has held organized activities to celebrate the poet. Read more about Vergil Week, including a schedule of events.

Campus News

The 2011 Italian Film Festival USA of Cleveland is taking place on campus, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University’s Film Society and Italian program, and sponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago. Films will be shown April 10, 14 and 17 at 7 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium. For more information, visit www.italianfilmfests.org.

For Faculty and Staff

girl with bracesThe Orthodontic Department at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine seeks 250 youths between the ages of 10 and 16 who need braces. The dental school will provide high-quality care by licensed dentists under the supervision of experienced orthodontists. All cases will begin this fall. To schedule a free exam and to learn more about the program and extended payment plans, call 216.368.1259 or email braces2011@case.edu.

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Faculty, program directors and staff are invited to learn more about the GRE revised general test, which will launch later this year. The GRE and TOEFL iBT Seminar will take place April 21 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Nord Hall 310. Topics covered will include the revised test, the TOEFL test difference and new developments, and comparing TOEFL iBT and IELTS test scores. To attend, register online. Contact Susan Benedict with questions.

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The next UCITE session, held April 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Herrick Room of the Allen Building, will cover “Dealing with Critical Incidents.” The roundtable discussion will cover ways to handle critical and other unexpected moments in the classroom. Pizza and sodas will be provided. To RSVP, email ucite@case.edu.

For Students

Stressed studentThe 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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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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Case's ham radio club, W8EDU, will conduct a radio transmitter hunt, or foxhunt, at Squire Valleevue Farm this Sunday. Foxhunting is an amateur radio activity in which participants use directional antennas to find a hidden transmitter. An amateur radio license is not needed to participate. For more information about the foxhunt and ham radio, contact Kristina Collins.

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Habitat for Humanity will host the “Let’s sCWRU” activity on the Kelvin Smith Library Oval today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., teaching anyone how to use a power drill. Tomorrow, the group will be on the oval again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a 2x4 for the next house for people to decorate as part of the “Make Your Mark” event. On Friday, there will be a “Learn to Use Tools” event during community hour, cosponsored by Engineers Without Borders and American Society of Civil Engineers, and they’ll be building three walls. At 8:30 p.m. Friday, there will be an obstacle course in Adelbert Gym, where teams of six compete in Habitat-themed challenges to win a prize. For more information, visit habitat.case.edu or email habitat@case.edu.

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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.


Jeanne Theoharis
Jeanne Theoharis

Jeanne Theoharis, professor of political science and endowed chair in women’s studies at Brooklyn College of CUNY, will present “A Life History of Being Rebellious: Rosa Parks and the Black Power Movement.” She will focus on Parks’ political activism after Montgomery, providing a fuller view of Parks’ militancy and the trajectory of the black freedom struggle. Theoharis’ visit is the Annual Guest Lecture for the Postdoctoral Fellowship in African-American Studies. The free, public event will take place April 8 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Mather House. Email Kalli Vimr for more information.

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Rent logoThe Case Footlighters present Jonathan Larson’s award-winning musical Rent, directed by student Joshua Lostroh. Performances are in Thwing Ballroom April 7-9 at 8 p.m. and April 9 at 11:59 p.m. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults, and can be purchased at the door or online at tickets.case.edu. Visit footlighters.case.edu for more information.

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Conor GrennanIn conjunction with Writing Week 2011, the Case College Scholars Program presents “A Talk with Conor Grennan,” author of the bestselling memoir Little Princes. It will be held April 11 at 5 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium with a book signing to follow. For more information on this event or other Writing Week events, go online.

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Quire Cleveland—the region's professional chamber choir directed by Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music Ross W. Duffin—presents “Sing Praises: German Music for Quire,” taking place at 7:30 p.m. on April 13 at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist. This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are required. For more information, contact Greg Heislman, director of music, Cathedral of St. John, at 216.771.6666 or by email.

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The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents Polyglot Follies: Guinevere and Lancelot, a student production in French, German, Italian and Spanish. It will be held April 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Clark Hall 309.

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.

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Independent College Day
CWRU representatives at Independent College Day were (from
left) Jennifer Ruggles, Patrick Crago, Jane Backus, Tyler Petek,
Colin Downey and Kristina Gregory.

Students Jane Backus, Tyler Petek, Colin Downey and Kristina Gregory, along with Jennifer Ruggles, executive director of government relations, and Patrick Crago, professor of biomedical engineering, headed to the statehouse last week for Independent College Day. Students and advisers from Ohio’s private colleges attended, showcasing display tables with community projects, internship offerings and degree programs that set them apart from other campuses. The day is an attempt to drive home the importance of putting student aid needs first in higher education. They also had the opportunity to tour the statehouse, hear an update on the current political atmosphere in the state, attend committee meetings and more.

April 6, 2011

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In the News

Judge Sets Deadlines in Case of Fla. Mom Accused of Killing Her 2 Teens for Talking Back

The Washington Post, April 5, 2011
Florida prosecutors have until August to determine whether they'll seek the death penalty against Julie Schenecker, the mother accused of shooting her two teenage children this year. Phillip J. Resnick, professor of psychiatry, said the known facts don't quite add up. “It is very puzzling. You might expect a parent to lose control and smack the kids, not come up from behind with a gun,” he said.

Around Noon: Huckleberry Finn

WCPN, April 4, 2011
Rhonda Williams, associate professor of history, joined the Around Noon book club to discuss the recent controversial re-release of a censored version of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Supreme Court Denies N.J. Wetlands Petition Over Warrantless Search of Private Property (PDF, p. A9-A10)

Daily Environment, March 22, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court denied a request by a New Jersey couple to overturn a state fine and restoration order for filling wetlands in their backyard because the petition was decided by an intermediate court, not the state supreme court. School of Law professor Jonathan Adler said this reasoning shows that “these four justices indicated that they would be willing to look at this question were it raised in a proper case.”

Higher Ed News

House Republicans Single Out Student Aid for Cuts in Plan to Slash 2012 Spending

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 5, 2011
Yesterday, House Republicans unveiled a budget blueprint for the 2012 fiscal year that singles out Pell Grants and job-training programs as areas that need to be drastically reduced.