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Students sound-off on new Tinkham Veale University Center >>brianSHERMAN campus.eventsREPORTER<<
The patch of land behind Thwing Center has seemingly changed overnight from a grassy plot to a building foundation to a building framework. The new Tinkham Veale University Center is well on its way to becoming a part of the campus. On Jan. 29, a group of Case Western Reserve University students met with consultants from Unique Venues to discuss ideas about the center. Some students
“It would have been nicer if we
were more involved. Right now, the building is already planned.” -Gabriella Chandra, president of class of ‘14, COC
who were involved in the meeting had hoped it would have occurred earlier in the planning and building process. “It would have been nicer if we were more involved,” said Gabriella Chandra, president of the class of 2014 in the Class Officer Collective. “Right now, the building is already planned.” However, other students agreed that this meeting stimulated a necessary discussion about the future of this new building on campus. “The focus of this meeting was to talk about building operations and usage, not design, and I was happy that students had an opportunity to comment on these important
mary-kate macedonia / observer Recent construction on the new Tinkham Veale University Center has taken shape with the first above-ground support beams now in place. issues,” said Randall Toy, president of the Graduate Student Senate. CWRU administration aims for the new center to be a building for both students and the greater campus and local communities. Opening the building to the community will help to alleviate some concerns about how the building will be paid for, particularly because no student organization will be charged room fees, with the possible exception of
the new center’s ballroom. “As a graduate student, I was happy to hear that student fees would not be used to fund the University Center,” said Toy. “A system which would charge room usage fees may deter graduate students and small student groups from holding events in the university center.” “The university center should be a place where students want to
meet, spend time, and hold events. I hope that administrative barriers and fees will not prevent this from happening.” In addition to offering students and community members spaces to gather, the building is to feature a significant amount of new technology. “They really put an emphasis on
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CWRU cracks Peace Corps’ top 20 list of volunteer-producing universities >>brydenSPEVAK contributingREPORTER<<
In the middle of the night of Oct. 14, 1960, soon-to-be-President John F. Kennedy stepped up to the podium at the University of Michigan student union. He was visibly worn from a long day on the campaign trail. Tensions, as expected, were high. Yet to everyone’s surprise, instead of shamelessly pleading for votes, Kennedy posed a question to his young, 10,000-strong student audience. “How many of you who are going to be doctors are willing to spend your days in Ghana?” he asked. “Technicians or engineers, how many of you are willing to work in the Foreign Service and spend your lives traveling around the world?” The challenge, relatively unheard of until then, prompted the signing of Executive Order 10924, and, subsequently, the
Changes on horizon for second-year housing
birth of the Peace Corps. Fifty-three years later, we have been transported back to the era of that speech. Case Western Reserve University graduates are still asking themselves these same Kennedyesque questions as they make the decision to use their premedicine training, science or humanities degrees for worldlier, slightly off-the-beaten-path purposes. This year is the third in a row that CWRU has been listed on the Peace Corps’s annual list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities. With 15 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs), CWRU placed 18th on that list. Oberlin College and Conservatory, Kenyon College, and Denison University are the only Ohio schools that outrank us at number 4, 7, and 8, respectively.
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As the time to select next year’s living spaces slowly approaches, students are pondering the question: where will I live next year? In order to help ease the stress of the housing process, the Residence Hall Association (RHA) recently put on two occupancy discussion events for students. On Jan. 30 and Jan. 31, students and administrators gathered in the Wade Pioneer Room and Rough Rider Room respectively to discuss on-campus living options. Director of housing Alma Sealine and assistant director for campus living Loretta Sexton represented the Office of Housing and Residence Life. As shown in the “Where Will You Live in 2013-2014” housing options newsletter, several housing options have changed for the upcoming year. Incoming first year students, who are required to live on-campus, will live in Smith, Taft, Tyler, Norton, Raymond, Sherman, Cutler, the first four floors of Clarke Tower, Hitchcock, Pierce, and Storrs. Rising second-year students, who also have to live on campus, have the options of Glaser, Kush, Michelson, Alumni, Howe, Staley, Tippit, the top six floors of Clarke Tower, and House 1 of the Village at 115. However, in order to live in House 1, rising sophomores must fill out an application for and be accepted into the Explore, Engage, and Envision program. This new program will help students “gain leadership skills and make the most of the CWRU experience” according to the newsletter. More information is expected to be available soon. The application to get into House 1 will entail a minimum GPA, no judicial standing problems, and an application with a short essay. The application will go live this week and applicants will know whether they were accepted or denied before the lottery for other sophomore housing begins. Even though graduate stu-
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courtesy united states peace corps CWRU and Weatherhead alumnus Charity McDonald, 25, served as a business adviser in the Peace Corps in Tonga following her graduation in 2010.
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Outside the Circle News >>sarahGROFT national.newsREPORTER<<
ODOT worker praised as hero Thursday, Jan. 31, saw Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) Highway Technician, George Seambos, receive praise for going above and beyond to protect the citizens of Ohio. At 2:30 a.m. on Jan. 26, Seambos was patrolling the streets of U.S. Route 23 for snow and ice. While he was driving, he saw headlights coming towards him in a one-way lane. Seambos put on his flashers to warn the other cars around him, and he placed his snow plow in a position that would not allow the driver to pass through. Seambos then called 911 and followed the driver un-
til police could arrive. The driver was then charged with operation of a vehicle while under the influence. ODOT Director, Jerry Wray, said, “Every day, ODOT employees do amazing things, but what George did for everyone on the road that night is beyond amazing. We will never know if his actions avoided a tragedy on Ohio’s roads that night, but what we do know is George had the courage to do something you don’t see outlined in any policy manual. He used his gut instincts and quite possibly saved human lives as a result.”
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South Korea sends satellite into orbit
courtesy googlemaps Google recently unveiled a new set of maps as a part of its popular online Google Maps application, which included photographs of North Korea.
Google Maps releases map of North Korea On Tuesday, Jan. 29, Google Maps unveiled its map of North Korea. According to Google, the map of the secretive police state was completed with assistance from “a community of citizen cartographers.” Pyongyang, the state capitol, can be seen on the map along with its many landmarks, schools, hotels, and hospitals. Google Maps users can zoom in and even view four possible gulag sites, labor camps that operated in the Stalin era. There are still many empty areas on the map, but far more detail in the area was introduced this past week. Curtis Melvin, creator of the most definitive public online map, spoke about the importance of Google Maps creating an opportunity for casual viewers to become interested in what North Korea was doing. “North Korea is a serious policy, humanitarian, and security challenge,” said Melvin, “and the more information we have, the better.” The sudden availability of the map came
about following Defense Commission meeting last week that increased tension between North Korea and the United States. The map was launched three weeks after Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, visited Pyongyang. While on his trip, Schmidt encouraged North Korean officials to allow more North Koreans to use the Internet. Google, however, says that the map launch does not have anything to do with Schmidt’s trip. The “citizen cartographers” contributed to the map by using a crowdsourcing tool called Map Maker. Google is not releasing the names of these contributors. Some public satellite images were also used. In regards to the map posting, an e-mail from Schmidt said, “…there was little public information, and the crowdsourcing is from people from North Korea who are elsewhere. It sheds a bit more light on what is happening in this remote country.”
intended orbit. Today, we took a leap forward toward becoming a power in space technology. This is a success for all the people.” KSLV-1 is powered by a liquid-fueled, first-booster stage from Khrunichev, a company in Russia. However, the rest of the satellite, including the solid-fueled second stage, was built by scientists in South Korea. The second stage of the vehicle carries a small “Naro” Science and Technology Satellite-2C, which was built by the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. KSLV-1’s job over the next year is to gather data on space radiation. Naro is not South Korea’s first satellite in orbit, but its other five were launched on foreign rockets. According to The New York Times, by 2021, South Korea hopes to launch a “completely indigenous three-stage, liquid-fueled rocket capable of carrying a 1.5-ton payload into orbit.”
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FDA approves new genetic drug The Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.) approved a new antisense drug called Kynamro on Jan. 29. Kynamro, invented by Isis Pharmaceuticals, was designed to treat a rare inherited medical disorder called homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia that causes high levels of cholesterol and heart attacks at an early age. The drug works by shutting off specific genes that have been found to cause the disease. Its specific function is to inhibit the action of apolopoprotein B, a gene that assists in the formation of particles that carry cholesterol in the blood. However, Kynamro is not expected to sell well because it has displayed some concerning side effects, such as possible liver damage, flu-like symptoms, and injection-site reactions, and there are only a few hundred people in the United States who have this genetic disorder. Since its founding in 1989, Isis Pharmaceuticals has had one other antisense drug approved in 1998, which treated an infec-
South Korea watched their first satellite launch into orbit this past Wednesday, Jan. 30. With this launch, which occurred only seven weeks after North Korea successfully launched a satellite, South Korea was able to join its neighbors as a space technology contender. The KSLV-1, or Korea Space Launch Vehcile-1, was built with assistance from Russian technology, and weighed a massive 140 tons, standing 108 feet tall. The satellite was launched from the new Naro Space Center in Goheung, South Korea. Wednesday’s launch was the third attempt to get KSLV-1 into orbit. The first two attempts, one in 2009 and the other in 2010, ended in failures. Lee Ju-ho, the government’s minister of education, science, and technology announced during a nationally televised news conference that, “after analyzing the data, we determined that our satellite entered its
tion that was associated with AIDS. However, that drug did not sell well and its success in silencing its affected gene was not proven. Stanley Crooke, founder and chief executive of Isis Pharmaceuticals, said that the long wait associated with drugs like Kynamro is not uncommon for new technologies. “I told people it would be at least 20 years and $2 billion before we knew if the technology would work,” said Crooke, “We think it’s a seminal day for the technology and the company.” Isis is also currently working on drugs to treat high triglycerides, spinal muscular atrophy, and scarring from surgery. Even if the drug does not end up making a large profit, its approval by the F.D.A. is a large leap for the field of antisense, or gene silencing. Arthur M. Krieg, chief executive of RaNA Therapeutics, said, “What many people have been waiting for is validation where someone actually makes a profit and where patients actually benefit.”
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SLJC Spotlight on…Case Lunabotics Club >>jennaMILLEMACI senior.newsREPORTER<<
dreamed of.” The Case Lunabotics Club was one of four selected “rookie” teams this year out When Amogha Srirangarajan landed of 50 total, including 30 national teams on the Case Western Reserve University and 20 international teams for the fourth campus in the fall of 2011, he didn’t waste annual lunabotics mining competition. any time with his head in the clouds. The The purpose of NASA’s lunabotics mintriple major in mechanical, aerospace, ing competition is to build a lunabot, also and computer engineering officially es- known as a lunar mining rover that can tablished the Case Lunabotics Club in the mine for lunar regolith, or moon dust. The spring of 2012 and is leading CWRU into lunar regolith contains rich exotic materiNASA’s international collegiate compe- als, one of which being helium-3. Accordtition to build lunabots that mine exotic ing to Srirangarajan, helium-3 happens to minerals from the moon. be one of the most efficient fusion fuels, “Freshman year, when I got to and it doesn’t produce any radioactive [CWRU], I wanted to do something that waste. not most freshman undergrads would do,” “There are so many things on the moon, Srirangarajan said. “I was looking into and [the findings] sparked a global effort different clubs on campus and didn’t find to go back to the moon,” he said. “Part any [for me], and professors had research of NASA’s mission was to go back to the projects I did work moon to mine these on… but nothing minerals.” gave me the spacey Instead of callgot the objective [for the club] from feel for it,” he said. NASA lunabotics. The challenge was ing upon graduS r i r a n g a r a j a n amazing. It was something that none of us ates to conduct had been building had any experience with ... I was in a lot of research, NASA robots since middle competitions back home, but still—it was opened up the flood school, but he had beyond what I had ever dreamed of.” gates to national never come across -Amogha Srirangarajan, founder of Case and international an opportunity like Lunabotics Club universities to crethe one that NASA ate teams and see began presenting to which team could colleges all over the world in 2010 with produce the most practical lunabot in a the lunabotics mining competition. competition. “Ever since, [the lunabots] “I got the objective [for the club] from are getting bigger and more intelligent,” NASA lunabotics,” he said. “The chal- Srirangarajan said. lenge was amazing. It was something that “The competition has reached a level none of us had any experience with… I where the robots are autonomously makwas in a lot of competitions back home, ing decisions and mapping the entire but still—it was beyond what I had ever arena, going over obstacles, traversing
around craters and boulders, going to the The club meets as a general body once mining side, excavating the lunar regolith, per week, but when they’re not sitting going back, and dumping it into the hop- down and having a discussion, over half of per.” the members are dedicating at least eight The Case Lunabotics Club took one hours per week in laboratories across the year to learn and prepare before they were Case Quad and THINKbox to build one accepted into the competition. Their first large-scale lunabot for the competition joint event between the Case Lunabotics and a smaller one for the small-scale tests. Club and the Case The club plans Rocket Club, of which on taking 12 to ot a lot of things that you learn in Srirangarajan is also 16 team members president, helped them classes you get to actually put into reality… and one advisor prepare for the chal- but [Case Lunabotics Club] allows you to do to the Kennedy that... You have computer science, chemical Space Center vislenge ahead. “We launched a engineering, physics, math—the entire itor complex in capsule to 110,000 stem—science and technology, engineering, Florida for their feet,” he said. “There and mathematics fields, all of the things first trip to NAare a lot of constraints you have learned, and it is working. It’s a SA’s Lunabotics that we have to simu- pretty good personal reward.” Mining Compe-Amogha Srirangarajan, founder of Case tition from May late on earth, and the Lunabotics Club 20 to May 24 this best thing we could do is put it in a capyear. sule and send it to “There are space.” The clubs shot up the capsule near only two requirements for the team. One, Cuyahoga Falls in the spring of 2012, you need to have passion for robotics and right after they officially formed as a club, space exploration. And, two, you need to and the capsule drifted all the way to PA. have a lot of time,” he said. “Or, you need “We got amazing data which the rocket to make time.” team later used for their rockets, and the “Not a lot of things that you learn in lunabotics team used the electronics sus- classes [are you able to] actually put into tainability data for our project,” Sriranga- reality… but [Case Lunabotics Club] alrajan said. lows you to do that... You have computer The Case Lunabotics Club consists of science, chemical engineering, physics, 20 members total, most of which are male math… and it is working,” he said. “It’s a engineers. However, Srirangarajan notes pretty good personal reward.” that the club also has computer science “SLJC Spotlight on…” is a partnermajors programming the autonomy of the ship between The Observer and the Sturobot, and they once had an art major de- dent Leadership Journey Council to recsigning tee shirts, banners, and giving the ognize student groups at Case Western robot some aesthetic appeal. Reserve University.
mary-kate macedonia / observer Recently, students were invited to meet with CWRU administrators to discuss the Tinkham Veale University Center. from VEALE | 1 the new technology in the university center,” said Chandra. “They mentioned features like new projectors, screens, and bigger ad boards. I hope this large amount of technology will help to keep the building alive.” While new technology is a boon to the new university center, there is always a concern of security, both for the students and for the technology within the building. “I hope they will be able to balance their security, to make the building safe but accessible,” said Chandra. Students may also find they have several other reasons to go to the Tinkham Veale University Center. The building will house several student-group offices, provide jobs for student workers, and offer new dining options, in addition to a bar. “I think that this will help to make the university center unique if they can engage with all programs,” said Paul Mannix, founder of CWRU Capital. “They really hope to make this a university hub.”
One concern students voiced at the meeting pertained to the future of Thwing Center. However, the university plans to utilize Thwing in conjunction with the new center. “Thwing has a lot of useful student meeting spaces and can serve as an alternative place for students to hold events,” said Toy. “Students can continue to use Thwing, even with the presence of the university center.” In the end, the students who went to the meeting agreed they were looking forward to seeing what would come of the new university center. “I think it has potential if they use their resources correctly,” said Chandra. “From what I have seen, the building has a great modern look and appears to be very welcoming. I definitely would check it out,” said Toy. “The building has a lot of potential. It depends a lot on how it will be run, if students will be maintained as a priority, and what events and programming will be held there. I would like to see students [be] the top priority in the planning and usage of the building.”
from HOUSING | 1 dents serve as Graduate Resident Mentors (GRMs) in Houses 2 through 7, the second-year students in House 1 will have undergraduate Resident Assistants (RAs). In regards to sophomore living, since Staley and Tippit are usually upperclassmen housing, they will be more expensive than the other options and House 1 will be the most expensive option. Clarke tower will be cheaper than all other options. Upper-class students, if they choose to live on-campus, will be able to live in the Village at 115 in Houses 2 through 7, a selection of apartments from the North Property Management Apartments, or a selection of apartments from the South Property Management Apartments/Houses. In order to determine the housing options needed, the Office of Housing and Residence Life staff has been working since September and looked at ten years’ worth of occupancy data in order to determine, among other statistics, how many first year students will continue onto their second year and how many upperclassmen take advantage of on-campus housing. The goal for the incoming freshmen class is to have between 1200 and 1250 students. If the actual class size is larger, then housing options may be modified. Any student who wants to live on-campus will be accommodated. However, certain students may be displaced to a different living area than they originally planned depending on the space the incoming first year class occupies. “Our goal is to never displace students if we don’t have to,” said Sealine. As the large class of 2016 continues in their college careers, the Office of Housing and Residence Life said they will do their best to accommodate everyone interested in living on campus. President Snyder is supportive of a residential campus.
arianna wage / observer CWRU recently announced that housing options for second-year students would drastically change, allowing students to now reside in not only Clarke Tower and South Side, but also in House 1 of the Village at 115.
Relay For Life celebrates research theme at annual event >>staffREPORTS
This year, Relay For Life is celebrating a new theme, which emphasizes the annual events’ focus on programs that help support cancer research. The new theme of research is designed to bring together something that is highly ingrained in Case Western Reserve University daily life. The idea to make research the theme of Relay For Life this year came from cancer research being conducted on campus. Currently, much of the research done on cancer at CWRU is paid for by the American Cancer Society, which gets money from Relay For Life events held across the company. Also unique this year will be Relay For Life’s pushing of individuals to become “champions” and recruit those between the ages 30 and 65 to be a part of a nationwide cancer prevention research study. CWRU will act as an enrollment site for the longitudinal study aimed at gathering more information about how to prevent cancer. Relay For Life will kick off this year’s efforts next Friday, Feb. 15., during Community Hour between 12:30 p.m. and arianna wage / observer 2 p.m. at its Power of Purple Alpha Phi Omega was one of many groups who helped walk for a cure during last year’s Relay For Life event. event in Thwing Atrium. Fitting in with the theme, research- orary co-chair this year, and one of the 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the annual Fac- and a raffle for a Nook donated by Iners funded by the American Cancer So- ACS funded researchers, will give the ulty vs. Students Basketball Game will formation Technology Services. Later in ciety, the organization for which Relay keynote address. Free food will be pro- take place in Veale. Besides the game, the night, the Jolly Scholar is hosting a the matchup will also feature free pizza Relay For Life themed night, in which For Life raises money, will be on hand vided. Power of Purple festivities will ex- donated by the Provost’s Office, a male the proceeds raised will go to Relay For at the event to present information about their projects. Dr. Mary Step, the hon- tend into that evening as well. From cheerleading contest during halftime, Life.
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from PEACE CORPS | 1 Since the Peace Corps’s inception, CWRU has produced 168 of the organization’s more than 210,000 volunteers. Taking into account the university’s small population and mostly sciencecentered curricula, this is no small feat. Carrie Hessler-Radelet, acting director of the Peace Corps, attributes CWRU’s
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who want to make a difference in this world and have a good sense of humor.” - Carrie Hessler-Radelet, acting director of the Peace Corps
top-ranking status to its student body of “creative and collaborative thinkers” who “return from service as visionary entrepreneurs.” The Peace Corps seems to fit well with CWRU students futureand career-oriented mindsets. According to Hessler-Radelet, “It’s a great way to launch a career or energize a second part of your life.” “The Peace Corps appeals to people who want to make a difference in this world and have a good sense of humor,” explained Hessler-Radelet. Recent graduate Jack Cheng describes his developing role as a PCV in his personal blog. “As volunteers, we are not here simply to give answers and solutions,” he wrote. “Instead, we provide questions and guide members of the organization to their own solutions or teach members skills that they can apply to their work in their organization. This ensures that the change or solution will be more likely implemented and sustainable.” Another May 2010 graduate, Saeed Rahman, earned his degree in chemistry and biochemistry and is currently working to promote sustainable health-related
projects in Cambodia. In a statement, he described his CWRU-related motivation for continuing service. “CWRU helped prepare me for international service through its own dedication to creating service opportunities for its students,” he said. “I was involved in Habitat for Humanity and Engineers Without Borders when I was at school there, which helped assure me that I wanted to continue serving after graduation.” Like Rahman, current students are still putting themselves out there and getting seriously involved in service. Through resources such as the Center for Civic Engagement and Learning and Greek organizations with service requirements, students are discovering endless opportunities to help others, and realizing they enjoy it. CWRU upperclassmen hoping to join the prestigious ranks of the PCVs can attend the next Peace Corps Information Session, to be held Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Sears 354. Led by Cleveland-based
“As volunteers, we are not here simply
to give answers and solutions. Instead, we provide questions and guide members of the organization to their own solutions or teach members skills that they can apply to their work in their organization. This ensures that the change or solution will be more likely implemented and sustainable. - Jack Cheng, recent graduate
recruiter and returned Kenya volunteer Annabel Khouri, the session will give interested students the chance to demystify some of the more illusive aspects of service. In his blog, Cheng expressed a sentiment that most CWRU students have yet to experience. He wrote, “I’ve grown to like taking things slow.”
USG Brief >>nooraSOMERSALO student.affairsREPORTER<<
xiaoyu li /observer Undergraduate Student Government (USG) speaker Matt McKee asks for nominations for the open representative positions at the meeting last Tuesday in Adelbert Hall.
courtesy cleveland.com At the end of January, a severe fire left the popular west Cleveland food and trade venue, the West Side Market, closed until repairs could be completed on the structure.
Overnight fire closes Cleveland’s West Side Market >>alexPARISI senior.newsREPORTER<<
While Case Western Reserve University students have been battling the snowy sidewalks of Cornell Rd. and the Neurovirus this past week, Cleveland had been facing battles of a different variety. On Jan. 30, around 2:20 a.m., a fire damaged several stalls in Ohio City’s iconic West Side Market. It may be this historic landmark’s 100th birthday, but the celebration will not begin just yet. Though the fire caused no structural damage, health and quality inspections of vendors’ food and clean up of the smoke damage must be addressed before the market can re-open. Whether it’s on your Cleveland bucket list or you’re already a West Side Marker regular, fear not. Local restaurants, bars, and even Charter One Bank have come to the historic landmark’s aid. Over Super Bowl weekend, The Happy Dog on W. 57th St. and Detroit Ave. pledged to donate a dollar to West Side
Market for every hot dog sold, which raised $1281. Market Garden Brewery & Distillery, the markets’ local neighbor, took a similar pledge. “The fire at the West Side Market has affected the livelihood of so many people. From today until Tuesday, [Feb. 5] $1 of every beer sold will be donated to the Market Vendors Association to help make up for all of their losses,” their Facebook page said. While restaurants coordinated relief efforts, the City of Cleveland issued a press release stating that clean-up would begin Feb. 3. All repairs and clean-up expenses will be paid for by capital funds previously set out to upgrade and improve the iconic building. The donations from Market Garden, The Happy Dog, and Charter One are an added bonus. According to statements issued by the West Side Market, the city’s clean up crew is doing well and its reopening is just around the corner. Any updates on its status will be available via their Facebook page or westsidemarket.org.
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the General Assembly (GA) of Case Western Reserve University’s Undergraduate Student Government convened in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall. With Valentine’s Day approaching, the meeting was themed accordingly. The GA voted on two bills at the meeting. Bill B. 22-14 recognized the Case Toastmasters Club, an organization aiming at helping students improve their public speaking skills. The club received favorable comments among the GA and the bill was subsequently passed with 97 percent affirmation. Bill B. 22-16, a bill to allocate additional funding to campus organizations was then introduced. Out of the $7,464.19 requested, the Finance Committee allocated $4,883.51 in total to 17 different student organizations. The GA passed the bill unanimously. The USG also grew by two members. First-year students Devin Herlihy and Frank Wu were elected representatives for Cutler House and the School of Engineering caucus, respectively. Wu and Herlihy, along with eight other recently-elected members, were sworn in on the spot by president James Hale. In committee reports, the Student Life Committee told the GA about the incorporation of a new medium, YouTube, for
spreading information about the committee and its initiatives on campus. The concept, called CWRUtube, will consist of a series of videos on YouTube where a member of the Student Life Committee updates the community of the goings-on within the committee and the upcoming changes on campus that the committee has completed. The Information Technology (IT) Committee introduced three projects that it is currently working on, among them two new Software Center items: Light Room and Windows 8. There were concerns among the GA about the reliability of the new WEPA printers, to which vice president of IT Andrew Brown responded by encouraging students to contact WEPA helpline or the IT Committee itself to find solutions for any problems with the printers. Brown also confirmed that most of the copiers on campus have been removed along with the old printers and that students in need of copiers have to go to the Kelvin Smith Library to use one. The Finance Committee informed the GA of, and explained the reasoning behind, its decision to deny funding from two student organizations, CWRU Swing and the International Club. The committee also encouraged student organizations to hold elections early in the year in order to make the mass funding and re-recognition periods go more smoothly.
JACKSON/WITTKE Awards Is there a CWRU staff member or faculty member who has taken the time to foster your academic, professional and personal development?
Nominate your undergraduate mentor for the 2013 J. Bruce Jackson, M.D., Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring _________________
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Nominate your favorite undergraduate professor for the 2013 Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
To nominate, go to http://students.case.edu/awards/
Nominations due Monday, March 11, 2013
arts & entertainment 02/08/13
Emmet Gowin: his career and the role of chance >>christopherDWYER artCRITIC<< “There is so much that is important about chance and how it shapes our lives.”Emmet Gowin Chance is not a factor often discussed in modern society. Indeed, many of us prefer thinking that our lives are the result of our calculated actions or those of people who care about us. Gowin went in the opposite direction last Saturday in his lecture at the Cleveland Museum of Art and, like Harvey Dent in “The Dark Knight,” claimed chance as a major factor in his life. Contrary to viewing chance as a fair element in a cruel world like Dent, Gowin sees it as a blessing for himself and his work in a world ripe with potential. In short, this article will supplement my previous review on the Museum’s exhibit “American Vesuvius: The Aftermath of Mount St. Helens by Frank Gohlke and Emmet Gowin” through discussion of this spirited photographer’s background, work at Mount St. Helens, and present work, which are all, in their way, a matter of happenstance. Growing up in Virginia with a Methodist minister father interested in scriptural law and a mother “interested in the human spirit,” Gowin was uncertain about his career. He graduated from high school then attended business school for two years. Finding little direction from those experiences, he attended art school, thinking he would become a painter. However, his photography class engrossed him such that he acquired the conviction that his destiny lay in photography. After art school, his primary interest was in portraiture, including photos of his wife, Edith, as a life-bearing Eve. Another portrait shows family members, with his nephew in the background using a hoe with nothing to cultivate. Gowin intended to
Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery Mount St. Helens, rim, crater, and lava dome. 1982. Frank Gohlke. American. born 1942. Gelatin Silver Print. capture a moment with other family members, but he believes the nephew’s action to be significant in prompting curiosity about that action. In 1973, he became a photography professor at Princeton University and around the same time became interested in
the landscape’s relationship with humans. He subsequently developed an interest in aerial photography around the time Mount St. Helens erupted. As the result of a serendipitous event, Gowin had his chance to document the
eruption. Initially, he asked the Forest Service for permission but was declined because of safety concerns. At one point, frustrated, he traveled to the airport near
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Send in “The Americans”
Watershed Down Tonight.” circulating around the internet shows a Do No remind us how wonderful a concept series >>drewSCHEELER It is easy enough to become an expert in Harm billboard being taken down only two can be if you give your actors interesting film&tvCRITIC<< psychicness. Just reading the Wikipedia syn- days after its premiere. It just isn’t good and characters, wonderful material, and a clever
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to discover you have latent psychic powers? And what if you suddenly gained the power to predict the future? Some people would abuse these powers to win the lottery or control the stock market or learn the release date of The Legend of Korra’s second season. Last week, in this very column, I made two prophecies that have since come true. The first involved the new NBC drama “Do No Harm”, a modern adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson story about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I predicted that this would be a terrible show. Secondly, I foretold of the wonders of FX’s “The Americans”. This makes me two for two and instantly gives me a better prediction record than the combined histories of Nostradamus, Miss Cleo and Wang Chung, who obviously never visited this campus when they promised that “Everybody [will] Have Fun
opsis of one X-Men comic should be enough to give anyone a thorough understanding of their powers, responsibilities, and limitations. Looking at the cast of “Do No Harm” suggests great things: the actors who brought Connie Rubirosa, Clair Huxtable and Neil Schweiber to life are all cast on the same show? Harm stars Steven Pasquale, phoning in a dual role as Dr. Jason Cole who we are informed is a brilliant neurosurgeon. But then every night at 8:25 he transforms into the manic Ian Price and singlehandedly sets the American portrayal of mental illness on television back twenty years. It almost appears as if Pasquale is challenging himself to create two equally grating characters. Admittedly, the cast is not being given any interesting material to work with. But, worst of all, my psychic musings warned me about this show and I decided to watch the pilot anyway against my own advice. One photo
America knows this. The whole Jekyll story trope has been done better in other media. But proving people wrong is a wonderful thing and this is why we have the same stories adapted time and time again. Just last week my weightlifting instructor thought that I could do a pushup. But then I did, and several at that. A normal person would probably attribute this to my months of training in the athletics. But I didn’t because of the same new telekinetic powers that made that all of those containers spill out when I opened the refrigerator door last night to grab some olives. My psychic powers tell me that an adaptation of this tangent would probably cause less Harm to the careers of the producers associated with that bland drama. Stop remaking the same franchises if your characters aren’t top notch and you can’t bring anything new to a tired plot idea. But then we have “The Americans” to
hook to work with. The title Americans of FX’s most recent drama are actually a pair of KGB agents, planted so far deep in suburbia that they still don’t know about each other’s life back in the USSR. And they’ve now had two children, including a son who is prone to spouting anti-Communist rhetoric back at his parents, and a daughter who is testing the waters with the wrong crowd. Stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell –as seen on Brothers and Sisters and Felicity, respectively –both do a very good job at suggesting that being married is a lot like being a spy: there’s a certain level of trust that you need when facing the uncertainties of life and you need to cover the back of your partner. In the opening hour, there is an especially powerful scene where Rhys talks of defecting to
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UPB events: fun and afforable >>anneNICKOLOFF free food and crafts. These two events do not require tickets, musicREPORTER<< Hugely popular on campus, Case Western Reserve’s University Progam Board (UPB) gives students offers that are both a good bargain and a great time. Remember the UPB-hosted B.o.B. concert at Veale early last semester? Well, this semester we have a spring comedian to look forward to whose identity is being released later today on UPB’s Twitter and Facebook pages. However, UPB does not just put on one huge event every semester, even if those events are what come most easily to mind. “We choose our events on a combination of things,” said UPB president Julia Pitts. “We look back on past events and evaluate how successful or unsuccessful they have been, and if we believe that they are worth repeating, our committees work to make them an even better version of the event.” Two events that prove their successes in the student body almost every week are Thwing Tuesdays and Spot Nights. Every Tuesday at noon, UPB gives away free craft items and food from local businesses. The following day’s ‘Spot Night’ welcomes student-chosen, local bands to perform on The Spot’s small stage, often accompanied with
but some ticketed events occur regularly as well. Restaurant Hops have proven their popularity with each outing. In the past, students have been able to go to different culturally themed food places like Saigon, which specializes in Vietnamese foods or the Spanish restaurant, Mallorca. Restaurant Hops provide students with an opportunity to get out of CWRU’s campus dining facilities without having to pay the full price a fancy restaurant would normally demand. Leutner’s great and all, but even it can’t beat fancy Vietnamese cuisine. “Essentially, we just try our best to evaluate what we think the campus will love and then bring it to them,” said UPB President Julia Pitts. UPB is certainly doing a good job of pleasing the campus community; just this past Tuesday, Blue Man Group tickets sold out within an hour of being put on sale. Even waitlisted tickets filled up immediately. “Our ticketed events are very popular. They usually sell out within minutes, if not seconds, of going on sale,” said Pitts. Also sold out was the Brandywine “Midnight Madness” ski trip, which lucky ticket-holding students will be attending later today from 8 pm to 2 am. This col-
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Drake - “Started from the Bottom” It’s the new Drake song! It’s pretty much classic Drake (“started from the bottom / now my whole team here”). It’s not produced by Drake’s usual producer 40, and it’s not Drake’s best rapping or the best beat he’s ever rapped over. But it’s Drake, and I’ve got a soft spot for him. Le1f - “Coins” The single from the New York rapper’s debut mixtape Fly Zone. “Coins” has a ridiculously awesome beat and Le1f is a supremely bizarre rapper. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Mikal Cronin - “Shout It Out” The brand new single from Mikal Cronin, San Francisco garage / punk lege-student centered event goes on every weekend at the ski resort, but with provided transportation required of all students, it saves gas money and makes it much safer. What really stands out about these two events is that, while being rather largescale, both cost less than 20 dollars to students who purchased tickets through UPB. “Our co-chairs are excellent at working
/ indie rock musician. A frequent Ty Segall collaborator, “Shout It Out” is much less heavy than I expected; it’s a three minute, light hearted, indie rock jam. Local Natives - “Wooly Mammoth” Local Natives broke out a little bit with their 2010 debut Gorilla Manor. They returned on January 29th with their second album Hummingbird, and “Wooly Mammoth” is one of my favorite songs off of it. Fela Kuti - “Water No Get Enemy” Not exactly new (or even close to it) but you can’t get much better than Fela Kuti. “Water No Get Enemy” is ten minutes of Afrobeat awesomeness. with group sales agents, as well as directly with suppliers,” said Pitt. “Because UPB typically brings a group of 30-40 people to events, most venues are very willing to work with us.” UPB’s reputation on and off campus seems to be generally positive, always giving students a fun night out and local venues a boost in business.
A light in the closet? >> evan WILSON | FAIRLY UNBALANCED Both internationally and on the home front, LGBT rights issues have recently been making it into headlines—at least when there is time between a tragic shooting and 2016 election speculation. But amidst progress in many nations, there is some surprising regression occurring around the world. Let’s start off with the good news from last year. In May, President Obama announced his support for marriage equality and was followed by a cohort of celebrities, from Jay-Z to Ryan Seacrest. The most recent election featured plenty of milestones. Four more states passed legislation legalizing same-sex marriage, bringing the total to nine. The first openly bisexual U.S. Representative was voted in, along with three other gay Reps, giving us a record six LGBT members of the House. Additionally, Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin won a U.S. Senate seat, becoming the first openly gay Senator. Later in November of last year, the American Psychiatric Association updated the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders to remove gender identity disorder from the list of mental illnesses. And to cap off a year of civil rights progress, the Supreme Court will hear cases on not just one LGBT rights case, but two. In December, they announced that they would rule on the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents same-sex couples from being recognized at a federal level, as well as California’s Proposition 8, which famously amended the state constitution to only recognize marriage between a man and a woman. Despite a few hiccups, such as North Carolina’s ban on same-sex marriage and civil unions, 2012 was a banner year for the LGBT cause, domestically. 2013 looks to follow in its footsteps as the President boldly called for equality in his inaugural address. Later that month, the Boy Scouts of America revealed that they would reconsider their ban on gay scouts, an announcement that was followed by an outpouring of support. Most recently, on February 6, the Pentagon announced that it would begin to extend benefits to same-sex partners of members of the armed forces. With the Supreme Court set to hear the aforementioned cases in late March, it appears that marriage equality may not be too far away. However, despite the tide of positive change happening in the United States, the struggle for international LGBT rights has taken some blows recently. Late last year, Nigeria went ahead with an anti-gay bill that puts in place a 14year prison sentence for anyone convicted of homosexuality as well as a ten year sentence for anyone that aids a
same-sex union. Despite British threats to deny aid to countries that persecuted LGBT persons, the bill enjoyed popular support and passed without much opposition. In Russia, more and more regions of the country are enacting bans on “propaganda of homosexualism,” including Moscow’s ban of gay pride parades for the next century. France has also experienced several large anti-gay marriage protests while their contentious gay marriage bill slowly moves through parliament. The state Oaxaca in southern Mexico passed a law that banned gay marriage on the grounds that marriage was meant to perpetuate the species, but fortunately the Mexican Supreme Court struck down the law in December, which gay rights activists hope will pave the way for nationwide recognition. Following the good news from Mexico, Britain has announced recently that their gay marriage bill passed through the House of Commons with overwhelming support and should be signed into law hopefully sometime during the summer, according the Prime Minister David Cameron. In case it hasn’t been overwhelmingly obvious, I am staunchly in support for LGBT equality. It has nothing to do with the fact that I have plenty of LGBT friends or that I think that gay and lesbian couples have earned the right to marry. My beliefs come from the fact that I believe in equal rights. I don’t understand how purported libertarians in the GOP, such as fatherson duo Ron and Rand Paul, can object to gay marriage without immediately being crushed under the weight of their hypocrisy. By now, I thought we had established that you couldn’t deny rights to certain citizens that you extend to others based on arbitrary criteria. LGBT couples are American citizens and their sexual orientation should have nothing to do with the rights and privileges they have. I don’t care if you object to the idea of gay people on moral or religious grounds. I don’t care if you don’t like LGBT people just because you think it’s icky. You have a freedom of speech and the freedom of religion to hold those views, but you cannot infringe upon the rights of another citizen based purely on personal opinion. So here’s to progress and the hope that some day soon, the pursuit of happiness will be accessible to every single American.
Editor’s Note Talk is cheap and the library is poor When you walk into Kelvin Smith Library, the most visible component of Case Western Reserve University’s library system, everything may seem first-rate on the surface. Free color printing is available, a hot cup of coffee is only a step away, and more modern, cubicle-style seating fills spaces long occupied by tall wooden furniture. Visitors will also find the Freedman Center and its offering of creative media services and resources, as well as study rooms for group gatherings and work sessions. Then there are the backstage attributes that often go unseen, such as KSL’s new personal librarian program for first-year students. All of these commendable improvements are relatively new to CWRU, with the majority coming to fruition in the past three years. However, one major problem remains: by the skin of its teeth, our library has barely enough money to pay its bills. Despite the reality that the cost of acquiring print and electronic materials is increasing at a rate of six to nine percent per year, the budget for CWRU’s library system increases, on average, two percent from year to year. In 2011, the library spent approximately $15.5 million, yet their budget for 2012 was only $13,000 higher. The culminating effect of these insufficient budget increases is a library that is barely able to maintain its current trajectory, let alone add to their collection. In fact, the library had to cancel $550,000 worth of serials in 2011, which included the cancellation of journals and other databases. This could be problematic for the student or faculty member conducting research, since their home university may not be able to provide them with needed research materials at no added cost to them. This is not a new problem, however, and it is not to be attributed to the staff of CWRU’s library system. According to the Association of Research Libraries “Investment Index Score,” CWRU has experienced a general decrease in the ranking of our library since 2003, falling from number 90 in that year to number 103 out of 115 institutions in 2011. The university is currently in the midst of its strategic planning process, with staff, faculty, administrators, and a handful of students meeting regularly to discuss the direction in which the university should proceed for the foreseeable future. But in discussions dominated by the prospect of a 5,000-strong undergraduate student body, pedagogy needs to take a backseat to common sense. Be it the residence halls or the library, the university’s administrators and funding sources need to invest in the basic elements of a good research and residential institution before focusing on other issues. The Observer will take a closer look at this funding debacle in next week’s edition. In the meantime, if CWRU’s administration needs any instructions on how to improve a library, I do have a good book in mind. But chances are they’ll have to go to Carnegie Mellon University to find it. Tyler Hoffman –EXECUTIVE EDITOR Want to connect with the editor? Follow him on Twitter @tylerehoffman or drop him a line at email@example.com.
Evan Wilson is a junior studying Cognitive Science and Biology. For him, politics is akin to watching a car crash: you know something awful is about to happen, but you can’t really do much now, so you might as well enjoy the show.
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A voice for equality >> ellen KUBIT | THE “F” WORD: FEMINISM Rape is wrong. This statement is always a fact. Almost six months ago, a 16-year old Jane Doe from West Virginia became the victim of terrible crime. Two 16-year old members the high school football team in Steubenville, Ohio— a small-town located about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh—were arrested and charged for raping her and urinating on her while she was unconscious. Some reports indicate she was unconscious because of too much alcohol, but others claim she was drugged. The victim was unaware of what occurred that night but learned over the next couple of days through social media. Posts, photos, and videos on Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube revealed the horrific events. Once word spread through the town and national media of this case, the alleged rapists have received support and defense from their coach and several members of the town. Others have not understood how anyone could defend anything that happened on that night. Between calling themselves the “Rape Crew” to stating “some people deserved to be peed on” to claiming “I have no sympathy for whores”, those involved clearly displayed disgusting behavior. Some still say she is lying. For several months after this explosion of wrongdoing occurred, some police officials and other influential town members have done their best to keep the incident away from anyone’s attention. Many people blamed the girl or have encouraged her to drop the
charges. But many, many more people all around the world stand behind the Jane Doe in this warped mess of terrorism, sexism, and corruption. Last Saturday, I attended the final protest of Steubenville’s Rape Crew in front of their courthouse. Though less populated and significantly colder than the first two, everyone still proudly held their signs and spoke words of encouragement for Jane Doe and other sexual assault victims. Two posters read: “I love Steubenville, I just hate rapists” and “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere”. Besides the fact that my blood always boils after hearing stories of sexual violence, this one takes me back to those awful high school years filled of small-town scandals that end well for the bad guys. How can there be teenagers who participate in such disgraceful behavior such as this? Where were everyone’s morals while the two boys carried her limp body across town? Why is she just one example of the millions who have been victimized by the despicable acts of rapists? I must note that this case still awaits trial, and therefore everything has not been proven. I strongly encourage everyone to learn more about this case than what I provide here. However, since this is an Opinion Column, I make it very clear that I stand with Jane Doe. Regardless of the given circumstances, Steubenville is still home to many virtuous men, women, teenagers, and children who by no means should be connected to the disgusting actions of these “alleged” savages. The rest of the football players shouldn’t share the same shame as
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Letter to the Editor When The Pretenders sang “My City Was Gone” in 1982, they proclaimed “My city had been pulled down / Reduced to parking spaces.” The world has changed in the thirty years since this song was written; Akron, and Cleveland, have since torn down historic structures for Hoffman’s favorite development, the parking lot. The lot at Euclid and Ford was never “our parking lot.” That site once housed a collection of street-fronting historic buildings. Torn down in the 1980s, these historic structures were deemed unimportant, and parking for suburbanites unwilling to walk was deemed essential. Additionally, a suburban-style strip mall, the Triangle, was built. This shortsited development seemed to think urban areas deserved suburban blandness. Uptown, then, is not encroaching on precious parking, it is a reclamation of Cleveland’s urban heritage. Land is valuable in urban areas, which is why parking costs money. The land has a potential to be something with a far greater return on investment, which is what Uptown is. Would Hoffman prefer an urban asphalt desert? Yes, that parking lot was sacrificed,
but it’s for something far more worthwhile than your sedan. It’s for economic development, a restoration of our urban fabric, and more shops and services for University Circle residents and workers. Additionally, two lots remain in the area, one behind Uptown, and the other behind the Triangle apartments. The garages coming in the Intesa development by Coral Co. are, by the way, adjacent to even more parking garages already extant. If Hoffman does find a bit of walking to his detriment, and is not handicapped, perhaps the editor would be better served to pay the necessary dues to store his car on valuable urban land. Or, park in the garage directly adjacent to Ford and the FSM Memorial Building. Parking lots are places to store cars temporarily, and if long-term parking is required, it costs money. Urban-centric buildings with street-level retail, like Uptown, benefit us all, not just those that drive. Uptown is more than a cup of coffee and a lost parking space, it is an urban renaissance. Zak Khan Undergraduate Student
their uncivilized teammates. Those who planned, executed, conspired, and hid the actions are the ones deserving of condemnation. The rage this case creates should not blind us but empower us. Sexual abuse and violence (should) have nothing to do with partisanship. Preventing your mother, sister, daughter, girlfriend, or even your brother from experiencing one of the most inhumane acts of terror is something we all need to strive to reach. We need a culture that strongly despises rapists, encourages its victims to speak out, and respects them for doing so. Dwelling on the miniscule chance that the victim lied about the attack should never dictate the discourse of this subject. That
hypothetical is far from the reality. Here is the reality, according to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, 80% of rape victims are under 30, someone is sexually assaulted in the U.S. every 2 minutes, 54% of sexual assaults are not reported to police, and 97% of rapists never spend a day in jail. This is about right versus wrong. This is about justice. This is about human decency. Ellen is a Political Science and English major. She intends to change the world for the better. If that doesn’t work, then she wants to travel the globe visiting castles.
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Gamification: marketing miracle or harmful exploitation? >>owenBELL spread of disease, the Stockholm County of people have done. Donated blood has grams like this, it is almost unquestiongames&techREPORTER<< AIDS Prevention gamified the problem. saved countless lives, and hospitals are able that this could boost donations… Gamification is a word that has been getting a lot of media coverage lately. As companies look for new ways to draw customers and keep them, the idea of keeping their loyalty with a game is very appealing. The basic idea of gamification is to take something otherwise not associated with games and give it game-like elements. This usually ends up being a way for people to collect points and compete. You see it being used all over. Reddit’s famous karma system is really just points that the users can collect and use to rank themselves. Fitocracy lets users set exercise goals and earn points. Companies even use it to try and improve employee performance by offering points based on how well people do their jobs. Due to its success in the business world, gamification has started to be applied to issues of social good as well. Stockholm, Sweden has one of the highest rates of unprotected sex between young adults in the world. In an attempt to curb the problem and prevent the
They created an app called Condom08 distributed by a QR code on packets of condoms. Users could track various bits of data about their sex lives such as their frequency, intensity, loudness and duration. They could then post this data and compare it on the internet against their friends or that of similar strangers. The experiment was a huge success. By the end of the summer, 39% of young people in Stockholm said that they felt more positive about using a condom than before. This exceeded the project’s goals by 98%. While it is great that Stockholm saw a massively greater change than they had hoped for, when gamification starts to be applied to social issues, I start to get a bit worried. When we need to do things that help society as a whole, we should do them because of we have a charitable spirit. We help the community prosper because the community helped us. What does it say when we require gamification to encourage us to help other people? Giving blood is something that a lot
always in need of more. To help encourage donors, blood banks and donation centers allow donors to collect points, which can be redeemed for rewards. Currently, many of these programs are so low profile that the majority of people do not know that they even exist and have never collected the prizes they are eligible for. With the success of gamification, people have argued that organizations like the American Red Cross should advertise these systems front and center. Not only that, but they should also add some competition elements too, so you can see which of your friends are donating the most often. Based on the previous success of pro-
But should it actually be done? Giving blood is something that we should want to do. We should want to help those less fortunate than ourselves. What does it say about us if we need games to make us do charity? Unlike businesses, which try to use gamification to get more commitment out of customers that would not do so otherwise, charity is something that we, as members of our community, are expected to perform freely. Gamifying charitable work is an admission that people don’t want to give their money and time to those more in need. Rather, gamification seems to be there almost to trick people into doing what they already should be.
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the way the mutually-assured destruction and ideological differences that drive “The Americans” will entertain. So often, we see stories about characters that need to make Faustian bargains in their pursuit of their life’s ambition, sacrificing their morality or sanity or ego control or some combination of these traits in the process. We know that the United States doesn’t collapse to the KGB at the end of the 1980s. Spoiler alert: my psychic powers, assisted by Wikipedia, are telling me that we won the Cold War. But if The Americans continue to present interesting characters that stay relevant with today’s viewers, while folding in clips of Reagan speaking about the Communist threat, it doesn’t take a psychic to see it succeeding. All I had to do was put my professional and journalistic reputation on the line in predicting that NBC was going to put out another mediocre show. And that a basic cable drama about Reagan-era KGB agents was going to be awesome. I have come to the conclusion that I am an awesome psychic. And it’s okay if you can’t accept that. But, I hereby retire using my gift for something as lowly as predicting what will happen on TV. Besides, I lost a ton of money on the Super Bowl. May the ghost of Art Modell haunt my dreams.
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Essential Apps for iOS >>sheehanHANNAN arts&entertainmentEDITOR<< and something less than functional. A For a large group of students, the iPhone and iPad have replaced the laptop as a primary computing device. As such, using your iOS device for work and play has become even more important. These apps will help you work hard, play hard, and perhaps the finest of what the App Store has to offer. Though it may seem exceedingly obvious, the iOS version of the Gmail app is by far the most usable mail client currently offered on the App Store. This is undoubtedly due to the acquisition of Sparrow, a startup that offered truly revolutionary ways of interacting with email, perhaps the most antiquated form of digital communication. The newest version of the app, released in December of last year, completely transformed the previously decrepit app. Now, it far outpaces the Appledesigned Mail app. Perhaps most importantly, it supports multiple logins so you can be logged into both your CWRU and personal email accounts at the same time. Like the Gmail app, the Google Drive app may seem painfully self-explanatory. Nonetheless, it offers features far beyond anything in its class and is an absolute necessity for a student on the go. After rebranding Google Docs to Google Drive last year, Google has vastly improved on their documents formula. Gone are the obnoxious menus from previous versions and the painfully slow editing. The lines are cleaner, and accessing documents is much more functional. Editing too has been streamlined, with a minimized toolbar and easier-to-use controls. Though it’s still restricted to text documents and spreadsheets, Google Drive is the perfect tool to keep all your syllabi and notes in one easily-accessible place. Twitter is a dangerous animal. So too is using the native Twitter app. Despite numerous improvements, it’s still clunky
quality replacement is Tweetbot. Though it does cost a pretty penny (at least in terms of app store purchases), it’s well worth the $3. It is largely gesture-based, which is infinitely less distracting to use while ambling down icy sidewalks in the Cleveland winter. Though it’s less customizable than Tweetdeck (which features multiple feeds), Tweetbot is also much more stable than its aging cousin. An in-line Vine and Flickr viewer were also added in a recent update, along with the ability to open links in Chrome for iOS. As far as the dying breed of third-party Twitter clients goes, Tweetbot is by far the best. Changing gears, at least from the aforementioned productivity and sociallycentered apps, is Jackthreads. A wholly owned brand of Thrillist, the man-centered entertainment company, Jackthreads is a “members-only” discount men’s clothing store. Prices are ridiculously cheap, as brands attempt to liquidate excess stock through the Jackthreads app and online store. Sales aren’t very long, but the prices are excellent, the fashion current, and the interface simple to use. In short, it’s everything a man who likes to look good and save money could ask for. Lastly, we return to the sphere of social networks with Pheed. An alternative social network that blossomed following the unveiling of Instagram’s seemingly maniacal new terms of service, Pheed seeks to go towards territory that Instagram discourages. It has proven a ready outlet for photographers and artistically-prone individuals, as users maintain absolute rights to their content. Additionally, channels can be rated by age-appropriateness, in direct opposition to Instagram’s obscenity-restricted system. Though it won’t be replacing Instagram anytime soon, Pheed offers a more open version of essentially the same service in a package that is simply cooler.
the United States and releasing the Americanturned agent that’s been tied up in their trunk for the last week. I can think of only a handful of shows brave enough to end this standoff as it plays out. And unlike Homeland, as phenomenal as that series is, this show has children that actually serve a purpose and can act. That is especially impressive. “The Americans” reminds me most of a couple of storied British franchises. The period setting and stunning actions scenes could have been plucked out of the Timothy Dalton era of James Bond films. It’s before cell phones and before internet so every decision looks to be incredibly low tech by today’s standards. But that’s a good thing: these action sequences rely on techniques and skills that aren’t overexposed to today’s audiences. Discovering a well-crafted car chase without neon lighting or machine gun fire is a delight. Perhaps “The Americans” owes more than a passing nod to “Downton Abbey”, of all series, in its willingness to embrace a period setting and demonstrate that our basic humanity hasn’t really changed. The petty arguments and class differences seen on “Downton” are similarly compelling to today’s viewers in
from GOWIN | 8 change or vanish. Combined with the use Mount St. Helens to find a pilot—and did. The pilot called the Forest Service and mentioned Gowin as a researcher documenting the eruption’s aftermath, and thus, Gowin started his work. It seems that for Gowin, to paraphrase, the mountain stood out on a spiritual level as not human, but still beautiful and organic as it opened like a flower each day in between freezing and thawing. Frank Gohlke’s photo, “Mount St. Helens, rim, crater, and lava dome” (1982) demonstrates this sentiment. One can see the patterns on the rock face which, depending on the time of day,
of aerial photography, the odds the rock would appear the same twice are minimal. Hence, these photos are a matter of chance. After retiring from Princeton in 2010, nature continues to hold Gowin’s attention via projects, including photos of patterned, virus-infected leaves and the flight paths of moths, inspired by biologists he befriended in Ecuador. In the case of the latter, he hopes to compile photos of 2,500 species of moths, 25 from each documented region, in a book. I anticipate the results and hope we may emulate Gowin’s zeal for life by, as the Roman poet Horace urges, seizing the day.
Pedestrian Verse by Frightened Rabbit
>>jasonWALSH rection, they will always be compared to musicCRITIC<< their earlier work.
Release Date: February 5th, 2013 Rating: 3.5 / 5
Frightened Rabbit is cursed. They were cursed by releasing too good of an album too early in their career. Like Nas (Illmatic), The Strokes (Is This It), or Wolf Parade (Apologies to The Queen Mary), they released a record only one or two albums into their career that was nearly universally lauded upon release, and if it wasn’t declared an instant classic it has since become a cult classic. This “curse” is obviously a double-edged sword. Who wouldn’t want to release a cult classic masterpiece? The trouble is that it comes with the pressure of always trying to live up to your past. No matter how much a band with this curse might want to evolve, change their sound, or go in a different di-
As fans, it is obviously unfair for us to expect a band to be able to produce not just one, but multiple masterpieces. At the same time, it’s completely natural to hope for more of the same from a band that you know is capable of making music that defines or changes your life. In Frightened Rabbit’s case, the album in question is The Midnight Organ Fight. This second album, released in 2008, is possibly, if not probably, the greatest breakup album ever. It’s a brutal, bitter record with the visceral urgency of a fresh wound. It’s a painfully candid reflection on lead singer/songwriter Scott Hutchison’s newlyended relationship (he allegedly couldn’t listen to the album for a month after finishing it). The pain and self-deprecation are filtered through impressive songwriting, Hutchi-
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son’s Scottish brogue, and several layers of folk rock guitars and catchy melodies. Five years and two albums later, Pedestrian Verse finds Frightened Rabbit working in a lot of the same modes. It is a continuation of their trademark sound, both musically and lyrically. All the hallmarks of the Frightened Rabbit sound are on Pedestrian Verse. Songs start off softly and slowly with Hutchison singing over simple guitar lines, sometimes in his falsetto. Tight percussion with a lot of drum rolls builds energy towards catchy choruses with lilting vocals and wordless background vocals. Jangling guitars repeatedly, insistently strum single chords while Hutchison sounds like he’s straining to get out what he has to say. Lyrically, Pedestrian Verse is only a slight development for Hutchison. Midnight Organ Fight was an unequivocally depressed album. One of the last lyrics is, “I think I’ll save suicide for another day,” and that’s about as optimistic as it got. Pedestrian Verse still traffics in self-deprecation and self-loathing, but Hutchison has become self-aware and at least a little skeptical of himself. His lyrics are full of contradictions that show he wants to advance, but he’s either become comfortable or thinks he can’t advance. On the opening track “Acts of Man” Hutchison calls himself a “knight in shitty armor” and says he’s “just like the rest of them / sorry, selfish, trying to improve.” In “Holy,” he plays with a repeated line,
switching blame around. He says, “You’re acting all holy / but you’re just full of holes,” and then later sings, “Don’t need to be told / I know I’m full of holes.” But apparently that’s not a bad thing because he then he sings, “I know I’ll never be holy / thank God I’m full of holes.” “Dead Now” finds Hutchison complaining that “this is not how health should feel” and delivers one of the albums best couplets: “I put my heart where my mouth is / now I can’t calm it down again.” Elsewhere, Hutchison sings about being “a slipped disc in the spine of the community” and shows some self-awareness with “I’m dying to tell you that I’m dying.” Despite all of this, he sings, “If happiness won’t live with me I think I can live with that.” On the final track, “The Oil Slick,” Hutchison breaks the fourth wall and shows some awareness of Frightened Rabbit’s perpetual depression. He cautions that “only an idiot would swim through the shit I write,” but “how can I talk of light and warmth? / I’ve got a voice like a gutter in a toxic swarm.” Even if he wanted to write an album of upbeat love songs, it wouldn’t fit with Frightened Rabbit’s aesthetic. This puts Pedestrian Verse in an awkward situation. It treads a lot of the same ground as Midnight Organ Fight without coming close to recapturing the energy and urgency of that album. The flip side is that Frightened Rabbit know exactly how to make great anthemic, melodic folk rock and they’ve continued to do it on this album.
02/08/13 from SWIMMING| 20 Milliken. “For the first time all year, I felt that we finally put a whole meet together and it showed in the results. ONU is a great team and…to make as big of a swing as we did this year is tremendous and something the women should be proud of!” With the Spartans heavily favored in the meet against Baldwin Wallace, a number of underclass got a chance to shine against the Yellow Jackets. Sophomore David Wolfson won the 1,000-yard freestyle with a time of 10 minutes, 34.11 seconds for his first win of the season. A trio of freshman picked up the top three spots in the 200-yard freestyle as rookies Jason Arne, Alec David, and Daniel Sederholm finished ahead of the Yellow Jackets. Arne won with a time of 1:49.08. Sophomores Elliott Kerbel and Eric Haufler also picked up individual blue ribbons. Kerbel won the 50-yard backstroke in 27.37 seconds, while Erid Haufler touched the wall first in the 200-yard individual medley in 1:59.84. Sophomore Caleb Allen won the 100yard freestyle in 50.88 seconds while freshman Aaron Tam won the 500-yard freestyle in 4:49.25. David also won the 50-yard butterfly in 25.20 seconds. Seniors Chris Emr and Kyle Tepe also got in on the fun as the two won both sprint 50’s of the freestyle and
breaststroke, respectively. Emr won with a time of 21.79 while Tepe finished first in 28.83. Freshman Jacob Kasper picked up for Daniel Jacobson who had the week off, winning both diving disciplines. Kasper had 161.65 points on the onemeter springboard and 244.35 points on the three-meter. The men also won the 200-yard medley relay as Eric Haufler, Kerbel, sophomore Andrew Bollinger and Arne teamed up for a time of 1:40.27. Junior captain Maggie Dillione and sophomore Abby Glenn who each had two wins led the women individually. Dillione won both of the 50-yard freestyle and butterfly with a best of 25.37 seconds and 27.54 seconds respectively. Glenn won both distance events for the Spartans, taking home the 500-yard freestyle in 5:33.27 and the 1,000-yard freestyle in 11:22.12. Krysta Payne won the 200-yard individual medley in 2:20.56 while freshman Rebecca Pakradooni won the 100yard freestyle. The women also won the 200-yard freestyle relay as freshman Nicole Thompson, sophomore Sarah Mastrandrea, freshman Rachael Loek, and Pakradooni finished first in 1:44.74. The Spartans will travel to the University of Chicago next week from Feb. 13-16 for the UAA Championship. The men are currently 4-0 in conference dual meets while the women are 0-4.
anqi li / observer The Spartans will travel to the University of Chicago next week from Feb. 13-16 for the UAA Championship. The men are currently 4-0 in conference dual meets while the women are 0-4.
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austin sting / observer Graduate student Dale English led the Spartans with a 2-2 finish in at the Pete Willson Invitational at Wheaton College. He had a pin and a decision.
Wrestlers finish 26th at Wheaton’s Willson Invite >>compiledFROM classes, and all but English were ousted staffREPORTS< on day one in the double-elimination
Led by 2-2 performances from graduate student Dale English and freshman Josh Hall, the Case Western Reserve University wrestling team placed 26th at the annual Pete Willson Invitational, hosted by Wheaton College on Feb. 1-2 at King Arena. The Spartans were represented by one wrestler in nine of the ten weight
format. At 125 pounds, Hall opened with a 6-4 decision versus Robbie Carter before falling via a 10-2 major decision to Sean Ambrocio in round two. In the wrestle back bracket, Hall picked up an 8-3 decision versus Tom Foy, but he was later eliminated, 8-5, by Alfred McKeown. In the heavyweight bracket, English
lost his opening bout on a 4-2 decision but bounced back with a two-minute, 35-second pin of Ryan Cook in the wrestle back bracket to stay alive until Saturday’s round. On day two, English knocked off Will Porter, 3-2, before losing by the same score to Jake Ceslick. The Spartans are off from competition next weekend in preparation for the University Athletic Association Championship Meet on Saturday, Feb. 16, hosted by the University of Chicago.
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Spartans cruising to a comfortable 57-42 win in New York. Evy Iacono had her first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Brooke Orcutt had a career-high 14 points. The Spartans will be led by seniors Iacono and Erica Iafelice, who are at the top of the UAA in scoring and assists, respectively. Iacono is the UAA’s top scorer with 17.4 points per game. She’s third in school history for all-time scoring and is currently on pace for the second highest scoring season in school history. Iacono has been named a four-time UAA Athlete of the Week and was just named to the Academic All-District VII First Team. Iafelice has been key in the Spartans recent success. Second in the UAA and 19th in the nation with 5.3 assists per game, Iafelice is the catalyst for the team’s attack. Iafelice is currently third in program history in career assists with 349 and is just 15 behind assists leader Jeanne Scott. She’s also currently on pace to finish 2.5 assists behind second place Keesha Allen for most assists in a single season. Senior Emily Mueller has also had a stellar season for the Spartans defensively. Mueller is currently first in the UAA in blocks and 37th in all of Division III with 2.3 blocks per game. The Spartans will hit the road next week to take on top seed, No. 20 Emory (18-2, 8-1) on Friday night, Feb. 15, and then fly to Rochester to play the second place Yellowjackets (15-5, 7-2) on Sunday, Feb. 17.
The biggest stat line for the hosts is their ability to shut down opposing offenses inside. Case leads Division III with 6.3 blocks per game, nearly twice the next UAA team. Julien Person and David Thompson are second and third in the UAA in blocked shots with 1.8 and 1.7 per game, respectively. Meanwhile, sophomore Brian Klements is fifth with 0.9 and McLoughlin and Fowler are tied for sixth with 0.8. This should be a tight matchup across the board as the two teams mirror each other incredibly well. CWRU averages slightly more points than New York, 70.6-68.2 per game, but the Violets have allowed fewer overall, 66.3-73.4. The question for the Spartans will be which team will they face on Sunday, the Violets who beat the No. 1 team in the nation by 15 or the team that’s lost five of the past six by an average 13.4 points One area that New York has the slight edge is in rebounding as they have a margin of +1.4 per game while CWRU limps in with a -3.0 figure. However, CWRU has been exceptional on offense with 34.1 rebounds per game, fourth in the UAA, while New York matches that number and position on the defensive side. After this weekend, the Spartans will finish their last road trip of the season when they travel to Emory University (14-5, 6-3) and No. 4 Rochester (19-1, 8-1).
xiaoyi huang / observer The Spartan women will take on UAA bottom dwellers NYU and Brandeis tonight. Tip off will take place at 6 p.m. as the Spartans meet the Violets in a Play4Kay game.
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arianna wage / observer Sophomore Brian Klements will look to keep the momentum going after earning his first career double-double in an 81-73 loss to Chicago.
Around the conference A look at basketball in the UAA MEN’S BASKETBALL Forward Alex Stoyle couldn’t miss as he picked up UAA Athlete of the Week honors as Brandeis University topped Emory University on Friday, Feb. 1, and fell to No. 4 University of Rochester on Sunday, Feb. 3. Stoyle shot 73.7% from the field and averaged a double-double over the weekend with 21.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks. Stoyle and the Judges moved into a third place tie in the UAA with Washington University and Emory at 6-3 in the UAA with the 72-67 win over Emory. Against the Yellowjackets, Stoyle had 15 second-half points, but failed to help the Judges rebound from a 14-point deficit to the then No. 1 Rochester.
No. 4 University of Rochester lost to New York University on Friday, Feb. 14, 65-51, losing its No. 1 spot in the D3hoops.com Top 25 poll. John DiBartolomeo had 12 total points, but the Violets had three players in triple figures as the Yellowjackets lost their first game of the season. Rochester got out to a 6-0 lead early, but a 16-3 run by New York in the first half had the Yellowjackets playing from behind and they were never able to catch back up. Rochester rebounded in the second game of the weekend to top Brandeis 66-59 behind 22 points from DiBartolomeo and 14 from Nate Vernon.
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Freshman Paige Womack continued an impressive debut season as she picked up UAA Athlete of the Week honors. Womack averaged 17.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game this weekend as the University of Chicago split its weekend games. Womack was a rebound shy of a double-double as the Maroons blew by Carnegie Mellon University 76-60 on Sunday. Two days before, Womack had 15 points, but it wasn’t enough as Chicago fell in overtime to Case Western Reserve University on Friday, 76-71.
Washington University women’s basketball team got its revenge after losing its first ever matchup against CWRU last week in Cleveland. The No. 12 Bears fell five spots in the most recent D3hoops.com poll, but bounced back with a pair of dominating wins this past weekend. Washington’s defense smothered the opponents as the Bears allowed 44.5 points a game. The Bears ran way in a 31-point victory over Carnegie Mellon in St. Louis with an 85-54 win. The hosts then cut down the visiting Spartans, allowing just 35 points in a 58-35 win over Case.
Maggie Dillione is a junior on the women’s swimming and diving team. Dillione is from Newtown, PA and is majoring in Biology/ Pre-Med.
Ben Yavitt: Maggie, it’s so great you could join me. Lets start this off as usual. How long have you been a swimmer? Maggie Dillione: 16 years. BY: Straight outta the kiddie pool. Who inspired you to start swimming? MD: My mom, most likely, because she was tired of putting on my floaties every day. BY: At the age of four, you must have had a lot of floaties. Do you have any hobbies or extra curricular activities? MD: Watching cute animal videos and praying that Philadelphia sports get better this year. BY: Stick to watching the cute animals. Who is your favorite athlete? MD: Kyle Tepe, because he knows my best times better than I do. Also, have you seen that beard? BY: I haven’t. I just heard rumors that there was another beard underneath that beard. Do you have any athletic honors? MD: Nancy Gray Rookie of the Year, Team Captain, All-UAA BY: Quite a collection. What about the academic honors? MD: They have those…? BY: Maybe at other schools. I have no idea, I just needed to ask you. It is standard protocol. What is your best swimming memory? MD: The time I got a hug from Emily Wylam after my 100 fly at the Wooster Invite this year. BY: Touching. What about your worst swimming memory? MD: The time I got a hug from Emily Wylam after my 100 fly at the Wooster Invite this year. BY: Ok, now I am confused. Anyways, what is your favorite quote? MD: “Bro, do you even lift?” BY: Ahh that question will define our generation. Good choice. Do you even lift? Actually, let me ask you this: Where do you see yourself in 10 years? MD: Hopefully, I will be getting off to a great start as a doctor in the military. BY: Good luck. What do you think makes swimming stand out from other sports? MD: Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian, and Michael Phelps. According to Dillione, Ryan Lochte is one thing that makes swimming stand out
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BY: OK, nuff said. Would you rather have the strength of 1,000 men, be able to fly, or be invisible? MD: Well, since I already have the strength of 1,000 men, I’d probably go with invisibility. BY: I guess you do lift. If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you and why? MD: Blake Lively, we’re practically identical. Blake Lively is Maggie’s self-described doppelganger
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BY: What is your least favorite thing about swimming? MD: The smell of chlorine that never really goes away. BY: Try using a mixture of warm water and baking soda. It can also effectively clean and shine your hair. If you could be a guy for one day, what would you do? MD: Forget being a guy for a day, I want to be Beyonce. Did you see that halftime show? BY: I didn’t. The power went out at my house. If you could participate in any other sport, which would you pick and why? MD: Probably tug-of-war because it is a demonstration of pure strength. Did you know that it was an Olympic sport in the early 1900s?…Wikipedia it. BY: I had no idea. I will remember it though. It should come in handy when I become a professional game-show contestant. What would we find in your locker right now that might surprise us? MD: You wouldn’t find anything because it’s actually clean…that’s the surprise. BY: I have never gotten that response before. Good job at keeping a clean locker. What is one think that most people don’t know about swimming? MD: If your racing suit takes you less than 15 minutes to put on, it’s a good day. BY: What if it takes less than 15 minutes to take off? Think about that one. Anyways, what goes through your mind during a race? MD: A lot of water. BY: Never thought about it like that. What is the high point of the swimming season? MD: Going to conference and swimming against some of the best Division III swimmers in the nation. BY: I watched UAA Championships last season when we hosted it in Veale. It was pretty amazing. Who is the best athlete you have ever competed with and why? MD: Kevin Kamlowsky. Just ask him, he’s a great swimmer. BY: It is on my to-do list. Any insights on how the season is going so far? MD: The dual meet season went really well and now we’re getting ready for some fast swimming at UAAs. I am excited to see what the team can accomplish! BY: As I always say, good luck! Thanks again, Maggie.
Women’s track tops Carnegie Mellon, but Tartan men prove to be too much Mideast No. 2 Carnegie men key in 149-105 win for Battle for the Obelisk >>peterCOOKE sportsEDITOR<
Nine individual wins and a relay title weren’t enough for the Case Western Reserve University track and field teams as they lost the Battle for the Obelisk on Saturday, Feb. 2, to Carnegie Mellon University at the Veale Center. The Spartan women had five individual winners and one first-place relay quartet and were able to beat their counterpart Tartans, 66-61. However, a dominating 88-39 win for the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mideast Region No. 2 Tartan men sent the Obelisk trophy to Pittsburgh for the next year. The Obelisk Trophy is awarded to the winning school in what has become an annual dual meet between the two programs started by former CWRU head coach Steve Rubin. All five individual wins for the Spartan women came from different studentathletes. On the track, junior Gavriella Pora squared off twice with CMU’s top sprinter Jacqueline Guevel. Pora won the 200-meter dash in 27.04 seconds and was runner-up to Guevel in the 55-meter in 7.63. Pora also ran a leg for the winning 4x400-meter relay, as she teamed with se-
anqi li / observer Sophomore Rachel Tan won the high jump at the Battle for the Obelisk with a height of 4 feet 11.75 inches. nior Alyssa Harker and freshmen Juliana Ross and CeCelia Hanline and crossed the finish line in a time of 4:17.91. In the 800-meter run, junior Brooke Simpson paced the field and matched her indoor career-best time of 2:28.98 as the Spartans claimed two of the top three spots. In field events, freshman Christen Saccucci and junior Thenessa Savitsky each won their specialty events for the second-straight week. Saccucci claimed victory in the pole vault by clearing a height of 10 feet, six
and one-quarter inches. Savtisky won the triple jump with a mark of 33’2.” Also joining the winners circle was sophomore Rachel Tan with a high jump of 4’11.75”. The Spartan men were victorious in four individual events for the day, including three in field events. After winning the triple jump in last year’s battle, junior Andrew Barnhart defended his crown with a first-place jump of 40 feet, nine and three-quarter inches. Junior Harry Weintraub posted a winning mark of 54’2.75” toss in the weight
throw competition, and sophomore Mark Kulinski took the pole vault title by clearing a height of 14’7.25.” On the track, senior Chris Kelly highlighted his final Battle for the Obelisk with a victory in the mile run (4:27.25). The Spartans will split squads next weekend with part of the team taking part at the Baldwin Wallace Mid-February Meet in Berea at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. The rest of the squad will compete at the annual All-Ohio Championship in Westerville, Ohio on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 12:00 p.m.
Spartans host UAA No.2 Brandeis, No. 6 New York in last home stand >>peterCOOKE sportsEDITOR<
The Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team will host New York University and Brandeis University this weekend with a chance to jump up the University Athletic Association standings. The men will tipoff the weekend on Friday night, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Horsburgh gymnasium against the Violets. Two days later, on Sunday at noon, they’ll host the second place Judges (15-5, 6-3). The men (9-11, 2-7) currently sit with a one game lead over Carnegie Mellon University in seventh place while the visiting Violets (13-7, 3-6) are just ahead in sixth place. A win over the visitors would give the Spartans at least a share of sixth place depending on the results of Sunday’s game against the Judges. The Violets come to Cleveland off a high and low weekend. New York toppled then No. 1 University of Rochester on Friday, Feb. 1, then the Violets dropped a game to Emory University at home on Sunday, 74-69. Before that, however, the Violets lost four straight. The Violets lead the all-time series against CWRU 30-10 and have won the past four straight. In the two teams’ last meeting, New York pulled away in the second half on the way to a 75-58 victo-
ry in the Jerome S. Coles Center. Dane McLoughin and Austin Fowler each had 11 for the Spartans, but they were outmatched by the Violets’ Carl Yaffe and Devin Karch who tallied 17. The Spartans have a chance to get a game back against a Violets team that has been inconsistent all season. When New York wins, they win big, but when they lose the game all but gets away from them. The Violets have lost five of the past six games and with the closest being five points with an average of 13.4. Even when they played the No. 1 ranked Yellowjackets, the game wasn’t close as New York ran away to the tune of a 14-point win. In order to keep it close, the Spartans will rely on their top scorers, Austin Fowler and Dane McLoughlin. Fowler, a senior forward, is sixth in the UAA in scoring with 15.5 points per game. He’s also an exceptional rebounder with 7.9 rebounds per game, second in the UAA. While Fowler dominates inside, it is 6’6” forward McLoughlin strikes from afar. McLoughlin leads the country in three-point shooting with an astonishing rate of 57.1% from behind the arc. He’s also deadly from inside with a field-goal percentage of 55.2%, fifth in the UAA.
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arianna wage / observer Senior Tim Chung and the Spartan men will look to move into a tie for sixthplace with a win over New York University on Friday night.
Women host NYU on Friday night for Play4Kay Spartans can close on top-three spots with win >>peterCOOKE sportsEDITOR<
With a solid hold on fourth place in the University Athletic Association, the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team will look to play for a good cause this Friday night as New York University comes to town. Tip off will take place at 6 p.m. as the Spartans meet the Violets in a Play4Kay game. As part of Play4Kay night, all proceeds will go to benefit the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association charity of choice, the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. The Spartans will wear signature pink uniforms that were made possible by the generosity of CWRU’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. The Spartans are currently in fourth place in the UAA with a conference record of 5-4, two games out of either two-way ties for second or fifth place. Fortunately for the Spartans, they’ve got two of the UAA’s bottom dwellers this weekend as they take on 1-8 New York University and 2-7 Brandeis University on Sunday. These two games will prove crucial as the season wraps up. Two wins will clinch at least a fourth place finish and set the Spartans up for a pair of important matchups next week as they take on the current first and second place teams, No. 20 Emory University and University of Rochester. If the Spartans win either of those games next week, they’ll have a strong shot for a top-three finish in the UAA. The Spartans have already clinched their fifth winning season in six years.
xaoyi huang / observer The Spartan women will take on NYU and Brandeis this weekend with a chance to move up to third place in the conference. NYU limps into the matchup on a six-game losing streak. The Violets had a loss in overtime last Friday against Rochester, but have had an average margin of loss of 14.5 points during the streak. New York leads the all-
time series 32-7, but Case has won the past five matchups. The two teams have already met once this season with the
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WOMAN’S BASKETBALL CONFERENCE STANDINGS School: Conf. Record Emory 8-1 Washington 7-2 Rochester 7-2 CWRU 5-4
School: CMU Chicago Brandeis New York
Conf. Record 3-6 3-6 2-7 1-8
Swimmers finish season strong with sweep at Baldwin Wallace No. 22 men finish 14-2-1 overall, women improve to 8-9 with wins over Yellow Jackets >>peterCOOKE sportsEDITOR<
anqi li / observer Freshman Elizabeth Landis swims the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard individual medley. Landis finished fourth with a time of 2:33.38.
The Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving teams rounded out their regular-season schedule with a sweep of crosstown rival Baldwin Wallace University last Friday, Feb. 1. The men cruised to a 153-72 victory in the sprintdistance meet that featured 50- and 100-yard events, as opposed to the standard 100and 200-yard distances. The women also topped the Yellow Jackets by a comfortable margin, beating the home team 122-108. The men finished 14-2-1 overall, and were undefeated in
Division III meets. The women improved to 8-9, just under a winning record. The Yellow Jacket men fell to 2-10 while the women dropped to 4-8. The No. 22 men took the warm-up meet before next week’s University Athletic Association Championship to recover from last week’s upset of No. 19 Ohio Northern University. The win avenged last year’s 158-136 loss to the Polar Bears and put the Spartans back in conversation for a top finish at the UAA championship. “Last year’s loss to ONU was tough,” said head coach Doug Milliken. “We took it hard, but we used that as a wake-up call heading into the UAA Champi-
onship. This year, we have to use it as stepping-stone, but we can’t get complacent. If we do that, we won’t be successful.” Last year, the men finished third in the conference championship meet, finishing the season ranked No. 14. They were 43.5 points behind the University of Chicago. The women finished in seventh last year. The women also had an impressive win against the visiting Polar Bears last week as they had a +102 point swing from last year’s 176-126 loss to this year’s 175-123 win. “I think this was a huge win for our women’s team,” said
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