Like Blueberries and Fresh Fruit? Cast Your Vote for CWRU in Communities Take Root

Stephanie Liscio
This empty field can be turned into a blueberry patch
with your vote, according to Horticulturalist Christopher
Bond and University Farm Director Ana Locci. Photo
by Susan Griffith.

How many blueberries are on a bush? You can find out by voting in the 2011 Communities Take Root competition, sponsored by Edy’s Fruit Bars. More importantly, your vote could help Case Western Reserve University’s Farm Food Program plant an orchard of blueberry bushes at its Hunting Valley farms, which, in turn, could supply the berries to the Bon Appétit kitchens on campus.

In order for the orchard to become a reality, the university must be among the top 20 vote-getting organizations (of the 120 invited to compete) in the online contest, open April 15-Aug. 31.

Your vote counts, but only once a day during the competition. Read more about the contest and the work being done on the farms.

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Spartan Hall of Fame: Mike Karchut

Mike Karchut
Mike Karchut

The Spartan Hall of Fame will induct seven new members at its Hall of Fame Banquet and Fundraiser April 30. Over the next few days, The Daily will provide a look at the inductees’ accomplishments.

Mike Karchut (CIT ’66, LAW ’74) was one of the most outstanding Olympic weightlifters in the United States in the 1960s and ’70s. While a student, he was the 1963 Teenage National Champion at 148.75 lbs., the 1965 Junior National Champion at 165.5 lbs., and the 1966 YMCA National Champion at 165.5 lbs.

Following graduation, he competed in 21 consecutive senior national championships with eight first-place finishes and four second-place showings. Karchut also was a member of the 1972 and 1980 United States Olympic teams in addition to the 1971 Pan American team. From 1968 to 1978, Karchut set nine American records and competed with five world championship teams.

For more information on the banquet, go online. To purchase tickets, email Karen Krakowiak or call her at 216.368.2420.

Campus News

low-carbon dietToday is Bon Appétit Management Company’s fourth annual Low Carbon Diet Day, where the university community is invited to learn about low-impact eating. Students can enjoy low-carbon meals at lunch today at Fribley Dining and Leutner Commons; all others can check it out at BRB Café and Tomlinson Marketplace. To learn more about climate-friendly eating, check out the Low Carbon Diet Calculator.

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There’s a new space in Kelvin Smith Library for anyone who needs a quiet space to study or work: the Special Collections Reading Room, located on the second floor. This space provides another option for you to get some work done during the week, as a busy semester peaks along with the personal need for some quiet time.  Read more about room policy and hours for this newest open space at your library, on the KSL NewsBlog.

For Faculty and Staff


The Employee Wellness Program offers a free Yoga Muscle course tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. at 121 Fitness Center. No experience is required, and all levels are welcome. Register online.


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Retirement plan participants can learn more about the upcoming Vanguard investment fund lineup changes by joining a webinar today from noon to 1 p.m. (register here). Vanguard representatives also will be on campus leading additional information meetings on Tuesday, April 26 (no registration required).

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This month’s Women Inspiring Lunchtime Discussions (WILD) Wednesday session, sponsored by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, will cover “Gardening in a Nutshell.” The event, held April 20 from noon to 1 p.m. on the quad at Nord Hall, will discuss the basics of gardening, tips for success and how to grow your own garden. The rain site will be Tomlinson Hall.

For Students

On Sunday, April 17, the African American Society will host the Rep Your Org Basketball Game, where one person from a campus organization represents his/her group on a team. Individuals who don’t play are encouraged to support other organizations. Tickets are $1 and concessions will be available. For more information, contact Brittany Radford. To register, go online.

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The Tau Beta Pi Bookswap Dollar Sale, to be held April 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Nord Hall 310, will feature more than 1,000 books available for $1. The sale will feature general interest books as well as older editions of textbooks that are ideal for personal reference. Cash, check and Case Cash will be accepted. Find more information online.

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CWRU Senior WeekThe Victory Lap: CWRU Senior Week 2011 will be May 5-12. Visit the Facebook page for information about the week and to check out all of the events, valued at about $300. Early bird ticket sales ($110) are available at Questions? Email the committee at

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The Graduate Professional Council will host a Japan Relief Fundraiser tonight at Jolly Scholar from 5 p.m. to close. All are invited, and there will be a graduate student happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m. A $5 donation gets individuals half off their appetizer; a $10 donation gets them half off their food bill; and Jolly Scholar will make a donation for every drink purchase.


The fourth annual CollabTech Summit will be held at Case Western Reserve University May 5 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Thwing Center. The theme for this gathering of educators, administrators and community professionals is “Building a Culture of Collaboration through Education and Technology.” The summit will begin with an opening panel on higher education and technology and will feature seminars on 21st century learning strategies, learning in a hyper-connected world and more. The keynote address will be given by Dr. David Weinberger on the topic “Unsettling Knowledge: Knowing in the Networked Age.” Register for the CollabTech Summit online.  For more information, please go to or contact Wendy Shapiro.

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A popular culture panel featuring a science fiction writer, a punk-movie maker, a commentator and a games designer will be held April 22 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Guilford House Parlor. Filmmaker Robert Banks, New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, Cleveland Institute of Art Assistant Professor and game designer Knut Hybinette, and Plain Dealer pop culture, fashion and lifestyle writer Andrea Simakis will discuss attendee questions on popular culture. Anyone is invited to attend the discussion. Students are encouraged to submit their questions for the panelists to Susan Dumbrys; the student with the best question will win the first two books of Williams Chima’s Seven Realms novels.

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Tonight from 6 to 8 p.m., Mistletoe College Council will host a program about Testicular Cancer Awareness at the grills by Clarke Tower. There will be free food and a chance to learn how to give a monthly self-examination.

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Case Concert Choir & University Singers will host their Unity Concert April 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Harkness Chapel. The event, which is free and open to the public, features music from around the world.

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The Case African Students Association will host its 2011 cultural show, “Mission Africa: One Love,” on Saturday, April 16, in Carlton Commons. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and the events of the show, which include African dancing, poetry readings, and a fashion show, will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door on the day of the show ($6 for undergraduate students; $8 for all others). Contact for more information or any questions.

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.

Chad Mullins
Chad Mullins

Over the past two weeks, three Case Western Reserve University athletes have been named University Athletic Association Athletes of the Week. On April 4, the UAA office named senior third baseman Chad Mullins Athlete of the Week, after he posted a batting average of 0.765 with a homerun and 11 RBIs during a 5-0 week for the Spartans.

Jamie Hora
Jamie Hora


The next week, baseball sophomore pitcher Jamie Hora and softball junior designated player/first baseman Lauren Wolz were selected.


Lauren Wolz
Lauren Wolz

Hora earned the award for the second time this season after posting a 2-0 record with a 0.64 ERA during a 3-1 week for the Spartans. Wolz, the first Spartan softball player to earn the award this season, batted .478 with four homeruns and 10 RBI during a 6-0 week for the Spartans.

April 14, 2011

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In the News

Abusive Head Trauma in Infants Doubled During Recession: Study

HealthDay, April 13, 2011
Recession-related stress may have triggered a dramatic increase in non-accidental head injuries among infants, according to a research study led by Mary I. Huang, a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. A total of 43 cases occurred in the 31 months of the recession period, compared to 50 cases during the 72 months of the non-recession period.

Smarter Wheelchairs Follow Your Commands, Unless You Do Something Foolish

Popular Science, April 13, 2011
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are attempting to increase seniors’ mobility by working on a smart wheelchair that allows for joystick and voice commands to guide the wheelchair and also features artificial intelligence that makes sure each command is safe.

Taste of Perú Captures Hearts Through Food, Music, and Profound Mission

La Prensa Toledo, April 12, 2011
Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine students held a benefit for the Lamay Clinic Project on April 9, with more than 150 guests in attendance. This year, more than 74 students and healthcare professionals will spend six weeks providing medical care to remote villages in Peru.

Wally Berry Resigns from Leadership of Viktor Schreckengost Museum Project

The Plain Dealer, April 12, 2011
A Texas- and Cleveland-based entrepreneur resigned as the leader of a museum project devoted to industrial designer Viktor Shreckengost, scheduled to open June 17. Schreckengost is less famous than other mid-century modernist designers, but experts such as Henry Adams, professor of American art, consider him underappreciated—an “American da Vinci,” he said.

Higher Ed News

Yale Student Killed When Lab Machine Snags Hair

Associated Press, April 13, 2011
A Yale University senior majoring in astronomy was killed inside a school lab Tuesday night when her hair was pulled into a piece of machine-shop equipment.