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Campus security guard pleads guilty to grand theft, awaits sentencing

Contractor stole $13,000 worth of electronic equipment




an Diego is a hub of biotechnology and wireless communication, and there was an opportunity to have an influential role in this market, given the critical mass of medical device companies in Southern California.” -Professor Mehran Mehregany, director of Case School of Engineering in San Diego arianna wage / observer Demeterious Cathey, a former contract security guard in the Wolstein Research Building, has pled guilty to one count of grand theft, in addition to one count of aggravated theft and three counts of petty theft.

Case Western ranked 24 in Lumosity’s smartest college list >>tanviPARMAR special.assignmentsREPORTER<<

Case Western Reserve University was recently ranked number 24 in Lumosity’s “Smartest Colleges in America.” Lumosity is a San Francisco based company that creates brain-training exercises. “Case Western’s ranking just proves that this college is one the best in providing top-notch education and resources to its students,” said freshman Shriya Shah in response to the news. “We are also a very diverse and integrated campus, and most people I know here are extremely focused, and are willing to challenge themselves and allow for academic and personal growth throughout their four years.” For this particular list, the company asked a candidate sample of 89,699 users who were students between the ages 17 and 25 from colleges all

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Case Western Reserve University, which has been a permanent feature in Cleveland, has now expanded across the country. This past fall, the university officially launched a new master’s program in wireless health in San Diego, following the launch of its related graduate certificate in the fall of 2011. The program is a joint initiative of the electrical and biomedical engineering departments, with physical classrooms that accompany the capacity for online classes. Students in the program are able to access the utilities and assets of CWRU all while residing in the city that is the center of the wireless health universe. The development of this new Master’s Program has been in the works for the past several years. The Case School of Engineering has been searching for ways to

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welve laptops, three cameras, and two iPods: these are the items a contract security guard stole from the Iris S. and Bert L. Wolstein Research Building during his brief employment at Case Western Reserve University. Demeterious Cathey, 21, worked at the university for less than two months and stole the items between Aug. 3 and Sept. 6, according to CWRU chief of police and director of security Arthur Hardee. Cathey was arrested on Sept. 6. “The [police] department’s detective was able to [link Cathey] to the thefts by reviewing the... camera system and checking for building access to monitor who was inside the building on the dates of the thefts,” he explained. The university owned ten of the laptop computers and the three cameras, Hardee said. The remaining computers and the two iPods were the property of faculty members. CWRU Police and Security Services estimates that Cathey stole $13,000 worth of electronic equipment prior to his arrest. Because the amount exceeded $5000, the state of Ohio was able to charge Cathey with one count of grand theft, in addition to one count of aggravated theft and three counts of petty theft.

CWRU expands into San Diego

around the United States to participate in the test study. The company made sure to conduct the study in a way that limits the analysis to the student population of the universities. Those conducting the study also made sure to remove the small number of users who were already taking part in universitybased clinical studies to further level the field. Experimenters looked at the user scores for a game in each of the five Lumosity Brain Areas, which are speed, attention, flexibility, memory, and problem solving. Lumosity only included the students who played at least one game in each area and had provided their date of birth and gender. After the scores were normalized, the company used inverse percentile rank normalization tables for each game that it had previously collected in its


further advance its graduate programs and draw greater national recognition. After extensive research and assessment headed by Professor Mehran Mehregany, CWRU was able to secure its wireless health program in San Diego. Mehregany is the director of the Case School of Engineering in San Diego. “I studied the technology markets in Austin, Dallas, Phoenix, and ultimately decided on San Diego,” said Mehregany. “San Diego is a hub of biotechnology and wireless communication, and there was an opportunity to have an influential role in this market, given the critical mass of medical device companies in Southern California.” After identifying San Diego as the target market, Mehregany moved there in 2007 in order to

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index anqui li / observer CWRU was recently ranked one of the smartest universities in the country by Lumosity, a computer programming company that tested over 60,000 students from 411 different universities.

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Outside the Circle News >>sarahGROFT national.newsREPORTER<<

courtesy Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (pictured above) is beginning an Ohio Unsolved Homicide Initiative to work towards solving some of Ohio’s most gruesome unsolved crimes.

courtesy St. Jude Medical, Inc.’s (headquarters pictured above) value has dropped over 12 percent after a federal report contained concerns over the safety of one of its heart devices.

St. Jude Medical, Inc. faces scrutiny St. Jude Medical, Inc. has been under close observation after it released a federal report with the name of a heart device component blacked out. Since the report’s release, the value of St. Jude has decreased by 12 percent, over $1 million. The device component in question is an electrical wire that connects an implanted defibrillator to a patient’s heart. Officials from St. Jude assured the public that the wire, known as the Durata, is safe for use. However, some still question that claim. The federal report involved a Food and Drug Administration inspection of a plant that makes the Durata. It was released in October through the Securities and Exchange Commission. Typically, those who make the devices are usually given the FDA’s reports unaltered, because they may hold criticisms of a company’s production procedures. However, when the SEC received the report from St. Jude, approximately 20 references to the Durata were blocked out. FDA inspectors also found problems with the company’s testing and oversight of

the Durata. A former device-maker called Guidant was also under scrutiny, back in 2005. Its executives did not tell its doctors that one of the defibrillators it produced could possibly short-circuit in cases in which patients might need a life-saving electric shock. St. Jude CEO Daniel Starks assured the public that that it had hidden nothing about the Durata or the Riata, another heart wire that stopped production in 2010. He said, “We’ve been more transparent than others,” in regards to Medtronic, one of its competitors. Earlier in the year, Starks attempted to have an article that criticized the Riata removed from a medical journal, but was unsuccessful. These criticisms are not unfounded, however. The Riata began failing prematurely, causing over 128,000 patients to require potentially life-threatening procedures to remove them. St. Jude executives blame the Riata’s failure on its insulation, which is different from that of the Durata. The more than 278,000 people who have received this electrical wire will soon find out.

Educator caught in a cheating ring A Memphis man is being investigated for running a cheating ring in three Southern states. Clarence Mumford, Sr., aged 58, has been indicted on 49 counts that include mail, wire, and Social Security fraud, as well as identity theft. Mumford was previously an assistant principal and guidance counselor in the Memphis area. Mumford helped produce fake government identification for teachers and prospective teachers who wanted to pass standardized certification exams in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee. His fees ranged from $1500 to $3000. The tests themselves, known as the Praxis exams, are taken by those who want to get a teaching license or credentials in a specific subject. According to the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the Praxis exams are required in 37 states in order to obtain teaching certification. Mumford had allegedly been running the cheating ring from 1995 to 2010. He retired after 23 years with Memphis City Schools. Court documents said that Mumford asked teachers to be proxy test-takers. His explanation was that other people needed help with the tests and without help, they would lose their jobs. Thirteen other individuals were indicted along with Mumford, including his son,

Clarence Mumford, Jr. and Cedrick Wilson, who used to be a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 2009, Wilson paid Mumford to find individuals to take physical education exams. Wilson found employment with Memphis City Schools as a substitute teacher and volunteer football coach until October of this year, when the scam was exposed. Since October, four people have come forward, admitting that Mumford paid them hundreds of dollars to take Praxis tests with false identification. Suspicion began in June 2009, when John Bowen, a substitute teacher in Memphis, was caught taking a morning test under a man’s name and an afternoon test under a woman’s name. From there, the ETS discovered many more cases like this one, causing the organization to cancel the fraudulent scores. The results of this investigation were eventually given to the United States attorney’s office in Memphis, who was surprised to hear of the cheating ring. “These are pretty basic tests,” said Sarah Almy, the director of teacher quality at the Education Trust. She continued, saying, “The fact that there were folks who felt like they needed to bring somebody else in in order to meet a very basic level of content knowledge is disturbing.”

DeWine asks for help in unsolved homicides Mike DeWine, Ohio Attorney General, has kick-started an Ohio Unsolved Homicides Initiative, hoping to end Ohio’s history of unsolved homicides. Two homicides he hopes to solve are those of Jennifer Burgette and Curtis Francis, who were killed in Pike County on Dec. 9, 2006. “This is a case where we are certain someone knows exactly who killed these two people,” DeWine stated. “Anyone with information should come forward and help authorities take this killer off the streets.” Burgette and Francis were engaged and shared a home at 124 Hopper Road in Piketon. The couple was shot while sleeping. “Our detectives worked on this case until they exhausted every single lead, and now

BCI agents are looking at the investigation with a fresh set of eyes,” said Richard Henderson, Pike County Sheriff, about the Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s (BCI) involvement with the case. “This case has been open long enough,” continued Henderson. “We need to get this solved and help give the families some closure.” Experts believe that multiple people saw the murders and that the killer most likely knew the couple. The gunman is also suspected to have committed at least one other homicide. If anyone has any information about the murders of Jennifer Burgette and Curtis Francis, contact the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Former Palestine leader exhumed Yasser Arafat, a well-known Palestinian leader, acquired an illness in October 2004 following an Israeli army siege that trapped him in a compound for over two years. When he became sick, he was flown out of the compound by helicopter, which traveled to a French military hospital. He died two weeks later of an unknown cause. Hospital records state that Arafat’s cause of death was a stroke, caused by a bleeding disorder exacerbated by an injection. The injection was not identified in the report, and although the hospital did test for poisons, none were found. In July 2012, Arafat’s widow, Suha, asked for an exhumation of his body, based on the possibility that he had been poisoned with polonium, a radioactive element. Following the request for exhumation, Suha released Arafat’s medical records, the clothing he had worn when

he was ill, his toothbrush, and his favorite headdress. These items were all taken to a forensic laboratory in Europe for testing. The University of Lausanne’s Institute of Radiation Physics in Switzerland did much of the testing. There, doctors discovered abnormally high levels of polonium 210, which is highly toxic, on many of Arafat’s personal items. Following this discovery, Suha requested that a murder investigation be opened, which required his exhumation. The French, Swiss, and Russian specialists who are working on the project hope to have results within three months. Samples were taken from his remains on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and the tomb has now been resealed. Dr. Abdullah Bashir, one of Arafat’s personal physicians, commented, “This was a painful day. We have the right to ask questions. We will continue to seek the truth.”

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By the Numbers: Smartest Colleges

from RANKINGS | 1 database. The researchers claim to have controlled the effects of gender, linear and quadratic effects of age, and the interactions of gender and age variables by adjusting the linear regression models. From this, they predicted the normalized score for each brain area that was tested. The sum of all these scores, from all five areas, was then renormalized to create a Grand Index score. From this index, Lumosity ranked institutions all around the country. The list included all the colleges in which at least 50 students completed the games and provided their demographic data. The top five universities were the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Stanford University, Northwestern University, and Yale University. As a reference, MIT had a median Grand Index of 113.8, while Harvard came in second with an index of 113.31. With an impressive rank of 24, Case Western ranked higher than Boston College, Boston University, Brown University, University of Rochester, Princeton University, Rice University, and Johns Hopkins University. Sophomore Avik Banerjee said, “This ranking shows that people at Case Western are dedicated and devoted to learning.” Lumosity has raised $70 million in funding, which they use to compile the world’s largest database of human cognitive performance over the past five years. Its study and subsequent rankings are definitely a good sign for CWRU. Freshman Bart Ziganti added, “I think it is great Case is ranked so high and its students are recognized for the intellectuals they are. We aren’t Ivy League students, yet this school continually impresses on a national stage.”


Lumosity conducted a study, testing the speed, attention, flexibility, memory, and problem solving abilities of students from universities across the country


CWRU’s rank compared to other universities





the median Grand Index score of students from Harvard

users partcipated in the study

the median Grand Index score of students from MIT

the median age of the users in the sudy Source: Lumosity

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Top 30 Smartest Colleges 1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2. Harvard University 3. Stanford University 4. Northwestern University 5. Yale University 6. Washington University in St. Louis 7. Dartmouth College 8. Wellesley College 9. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 10. Duke University

11. College of William and Mary 12. University of Pennsylvania 13. University of Portland 14. University of California — Berkeley 15. Vanderbilt University 16. University of Chicago 17. Carnegie Mellon University 18. Macalester College 19. Worcester Polytechnic Institute 20. University of California — Los Angeles

21. Emory University 22. Lafayette College 23. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 24. Case Western Reserve University 25. Boston College 26. Boston University 27. University of the Pacific 28. Vassar College 29. Hamilton College 30. Brown University Source: Lumosity

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The general assembly of Case Western Reserve University’s Undergraduate Student Government convened in the Toepfer Room in Adelbert Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The meeting started with a presentation. This time, the Academic Integrity Board introduced its new executive board members to the GA. The presentation also clarified the AIB’s purpose and policies. The GA then voted on the approval of the new AIB members; “yes” votes won with 91 percent affirmation. There were no nominations for representatives for the Nursing, Weatherhead, and First-Year Commuter caucuses. The single nominee for representative for the Engineering caucus was absent, and thus the election was postponed. Vice president of finance Colin Williams introduced the final version of mass funding for the spring of 2013. This semester, 135 student organizations were granted mass funding, totaling $168,981.47, not including the changes the GA made later at the meeting. The allocated sum was $18,981.47 more than the $150,000 the Finance Committee originally estimated to allocate, and it was

44.72 percent of the $377,840.91 initially requested by student organizations. The GA then proceeded to hear appeals from seven student organizations concerning mass funding. Appealing to the GA was the last chance for student organizations to get the full funding they originally requested after first appealing directly to the Finance Committee. After hearing from all seven organizations as well as the members of the Finance Committee, the GA decided to comply with the Finance Committee’s decisions in four cases. The funding for the other three organizations was slightly altered after discussion among the GA. The purposes of the events for which the student groups requested funding and the inclusion of the whole student body at the events were a significant cause of debate. The GA was divided when it came to deciding on the appeals – all decisions were passed or rejected only with a slight majority of votes. Bill B. 22-13, the bill to provide mass funding for student organizations for spring 2013, was then passed with 100 percent affirmation. In committee reports, the GA was updated on the progress of initiatives concerning cutlery dispensers at Bag-It as well as the new Print2Here printers.

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from SECURITY | 1 As stated in the case summary, made available by the Cuyahoga County Clerk of Courts, a grand jury indicted Cathey on Oct. 1. Cathey was incarcerated until his arraignment on Oct. 16, at which time he posted the court’s defined bail of $10,000. He pled guilty to the charges on Nov. 15 and will face sentencing on Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at the Justice Center downtown. News of Cathey’s arrest gained very little media attention and was inaccurately reported in Cleveland by WEWS TV, which is the city’s local ABC affiliate and commonly known as News Channel 5. The online report, published Oct. 2, falsely indicated Cathey was arrested on Aug. 6, rather than Sept. 6. Additionally, the article’s headline courtesy cuyahoga county board of refers to Cathey as a “Case Western Recorrections serve University security guard,” rather than as contract security guard employed by Ohio Security Services (OSS). The Demeterious Cathey passed a official CWRU logo was chosen to em- background check before stealing an estimated $13,000 worth bellish the posting. As a contractor, Cathey did not work di- of electronic equipment from the rectly for the university, although OSS per- Wolstein Research Building. sonnel are highly integrated with CWRU Police and Protective Services. Accord- to protect their property.” The site of the thefts, the Wolstein ing to Hardee, OSS employees provide security for the campus parking facilities, Research Building, is one of the primary supplemental security in certain university experimentation facilities for the CWRU buildings, and staff the Safe Ride Program. Health Sciences Campus and University “OSS...officers are non-sworn, thus Hospitals Case Medical Center; thus the they have no arrest authority,” he said. opportunity for sensitive data entering the “Their authority is limited to basic security wrong hands remained, especially since functions only, [and all] security staffing is not all computers were recovered. “None of these [computers] had sensicentrally managed under the Office of Fative data,” said Thomas Siu, chief inforcility Security and/or CWRU PD.” Hardee went on to note that, despite this mation security officer at CWRU when incident, OSS’s performance over the long asked if vulnerable information was comterm has been good, and they execute the promised. “But this whole experience told criminal background checks required in us something interesting…it told us what happens [after the] machines are taken.” Ohio for all contract security employees. Upon stealing the computers, Cathey “As frustrating as it is to acknowledge, wiped the hard drives no amount of screening or before reinstalling technology can guarantee WRU Police and Security the Windows operatagainst criminal behavior,” ing system and selling Dick Jamieson, vice presi- Services estimates that Cathey them the following day, dent for campus services, stole $13,000 worth of electronic Siu said. said. “In the end, personal equipment prior to his arrest. In addition to revealwill and conscience often Because the amount exceeded can be the deciding fac- $5000, the state of Ohio was able ing how criminals may handle stolen computtor in whether an offense to charge Cathey with one count of grand theft, in addition to one ers, Siu noted this incitakes place.” dent reemphasizes the When asked why con- count of aggravated theft and importance of securing tract security is needed at three counts of petty theft. data before an unfortua university with its own police force, Hardee said contract security nate event occurs. According to Siu, university faculty and is an effective way to stretch budget restaff are required to use the enterprise versources while expanding coverage. “It is a common practice, both in the pri- sion of Identity Finder, a software client vate sector and [in higher education],” he that searches and removes (as instructed) said. “CWRU has had contracted security critical identifying information, such as coverage for at least the past 25 years...and social security numbers, credit cards, bank no incidents of this nature have occurred accounts, and passwords. despite tens of thousands of service hours The software is available at softwarebeing delivered.”, and should be run three Inquiries directed to OSS’ corporate times a year: once each semester and once headquarters were not answered by the during the summer. A version of the softtime this article went to print. ware for students is also available. Following Cathey’s guilty plea, the Siu additionally recommends LoJack school is now directing its efforts to mea- for Laptops by Absolute Software, which suring the crimes’ toll, while working to CWRU offers at a 58 percent discount. The prevent future occurrences. software can locate a computer in the event “[W]e are being even more vigilant in of theft, while the accompanying theft reour oversight of contract security staff, covery service makes retrieval of the maand have asked our contractor to do the chine even more likely. same,” Jamieson said. “In addition, we “When [preventative] steps are takencourage members of the campus com- en, then a stolen computer is not a crimunity to take all reasonable precautions sis,” he said.


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Men’s Health Fair provides free health and STI screenings >>brianSHERMAN campus.eventsREPORTER<<

Following a successful event last year, Case Western Reserve University medical student Kyle Scarberry and the Sexual Health Advocacy Group, a group of CWRU medical students, have partnered with University Health Services (UHS) to organize another Men’s Health Fair to be held today at noon until 3 p.m. in the Veale Center gymnasium. The fair is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and includes several different health-related services, including providing free health screenings, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing, and educational resources to CWRU students. According to information provided by the Sexual Health Advocacy Group, the fair has been organized “in an effort to promote men’s health awareness and sexual health awareness on campus.” Men’s health, particularly in men who are teens and young adults, is at high risk. Sexual health alone is a significant issue according to statistics released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which state that individuals ages 13 to 29 comprised “nearly half” of all new STI cases in 2010. Scarberry, who organized the event last year, mentioned that “the United States Preventive Services Task Force advises screening [the young adult male] population, as over half of young men with HIV do not yet know they are infected.” In addition, the CDC estimates that 33.2 percent of men ages 20 to 29 are obese, 11.1 percent of men ages 20 to 34 have high blood pressure, and 9.1 percent of

men ages 18 to 24 are physically inactive. According to information from the Sexual Health Advocacy group, services provided at the fair will include “basic screening for high blood pressure and body fat percentage, as well as confidential testing for STIs, including HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. Informational booths on exercise, nutrition, and safe sex will be present, with free educational materials and condoms.” Several different organizations will be at the fair to provide these services, including Planned Parenthood, the LGBT center, 1-2-1 Fitness, a UHS nutritionist, and the County Health Department. This health fair is an opportunity to provide screenings to campus men who otherwise would not be tested because they may not want the cost of a test to appear on their parents’ insurance or may not be able to see a physician on a regular basis. “This is so those guys can have easy and free access to these services,” Sexual Health Advocacy Group member Chang Lu said. “Our vision is to raise awareness of men’s health,” she explained, “We hope to create more healthy habits and encourage men to educate themselves about their health, be cautious of health risks such as STIs, and get tested more often.” The Sexual Health Advocacy Group has high expectations for this year’s health fair, bolstered by the success of last year’s event. “We’re prepared for a large turnout this year,” said Scarberry, “Last year’s fair provided health services for over 100 men on campus in just three hours, the majority of whom received STI screenings.”

Jeffrey Wolcowitz Dean of Undergraduate Studies invites

All Undergraduate Students to attend a

Study Break with food and beverage

Monday, December 3, 4-5:30pm Hovorka Atrium Study breaks are casual occasions providing an opportunity for students to chat informally with Dean Wolcowitz, guests, and one another. Students should feel free to attend for any period of time during the event.



A Conversation with… Ashley Clifford Johnson >>samLEHNECKER contributingREPORTER<<

Ashley Clifford Johnson joined Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management this past fall as an advisor for management students. Her previous experience in student affairs at other universities brings a new outlook to Weatherhead Undergraduate Student Services with the start of new academic and extracurricular programming for CWRU students. The Observer had the opportunity to sit down with Johnson to discuss her new role at CWRU, as well as her unique perspective in her new role. Sam Lehnecker (SL): What was your role at Oberlin College before you came to CWRU, and how does it apply to what you are currently doing in Weatherhead’s Undergraduate Student Services office? Ashley Clifford Johnson (AJ): At Oberlin, I was a resident director and coordinator of theme housing. I worked in residential education doing programming, advising, crisis response, and supervising resident assistants. In my role now, I also do programming and work one-on-one with students to help them register for classes and help them take advantage of opportunities on campus and in the community. The jobs are really similar in that my job is to connect with students and to help make their college experience really great. In both jobs, I try to increase student engagement and connection to the campus through academics, extracurriculars, and programming. Also, they are both really fun! SL: How is a role in advising different from your previous role in housing?

AJ: Well, I do not get woken up in the middle of the night by fire alarms anymore and do not necessarily serve in a judicial role, but my role now connects me more with academics and faculty. At Oberlin, I focused more on the learning that went on outside of the classroom. SL: What does your role at Weatherhead involve, and what are you most excited about as you move forward? AJ: I do academic advising, student outreach, programming, social media, and web development. I am most excited about getting to know students on a one-on-one basis as an academic adviser. Academic advisers have a great opportunity to support undergraduates as they are making really big decisions about their futures. It is really rewarding to see that growth and development over four years. Because I am brand-new, I am primarily advising brand-new students and will be able to get to know them very well over the next four years. SL: What kind of new programming has recently begun and what can students look forward to? AJ: The biggest, most exciting program that we started this semester is Undergraduate Happy Hour, which I like to call an hour of awesome. It happens every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in our new student center and is a chance for Weatherhead undergraduates to spend an hour relaxing, having fun, and taking a break from classes. At all the Happy Hours, members of the advising staff are there to answer any quick questions that students may have. The program is open to any undergraduate student and the focus is to have fun. In addition, we have started to have

courtesy ashley clifford johnson At the beginning of the semester, Ashley Clifford Johnson joined the staff of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management as an advisor. Johnson will assist in running many of the programs that the school is offering, as well as advising undergraduate management majors. more programs that help students take advantage of different opportunities on campus, like study abroad and educational services for students. Two of these programs have been “Study Abroad for Weatherhead Majors” and “Public Speaking for the Socially Awkward.” Next semester, we are hoping to have more programs to engage undergraduate students, such as a crash course in Microsoft Excel and a trip to an Indians game. SL: You have met with a lot of different individuals across the CWRU campus. What is your goal in meeting with so many different people across the different departments? AJ: I have met with the director of the LGBT center, the associate director for the first-year experience, and staff from Educational Services for Students, among other people, to network with others that provide resources for students. Our job is to

make sure that every student is successful, and it is easier to make students successful when we work together. Meeting so many people different across campus allows me to be better at my job and to better understand the student experience. SL: What is your favorite thing about the Weatherhead School of Management thus far? AJ: The staff, faculty, and students have been so welcoming and supportive. They have made my transition to CWRU really easy. It can be really hard starting at a new job and every person that I have met has made it easy for me to do my job and feel valued. I look forward to continuing to work with everyone moving forward. You can stay connected with Weatherhead Undergraduate Studies on Twitter or in their office on the second floor of the Peter B. Lewis Building.

from SAN DIEGO | 1 explore opportunities and craft a program, with support from the School of Engineering and the university. “Living and working in San Diego, I could identify the ways in which Case’s new program would contribute to the community,” said Mehregany. “I could then develop a program that would blend our interests with those of the San Diego community.” Although finding a wireless health opportunity took six months, fully understanding the technology community in San Diego took two years. With the help of Qualcomm, Inc. and other local companies, CWRU was able to launch a graduate certificate program in wireless health in fall 2011. Qualcomm, a leading company that designs, manufactures, and markets digital wireless telecommunication products and services, gave CWRU an $80,000 grant to develop the curricula and the courses and provided the university with exhibit spaces at conferences as well as rooms for classes. As of now, Mehregany and the Case School of Engineering intend to promote the new Master’s program to students at CWRU and in San Diego, as well as across the nation. In a year or two, the wireless technology program intends to attract students looking to do research in the field while in the capital of the wireless technology world. “We intend to have students in San Diego, enrolled in the program and working on research, all while being online with the main campus,” said Mehregany. The Case School of Engineering continues to gain national recognition while creating new opportunities for students in the hub of this very promising field.

courtesy In technology-rich San Diego, the CWRU biomedical and electrical engineering departments recently launched a master’s program in wireless health. The program is part of The Case School of Engineering’s plan to become more nationally recognized.




CWRU Department of Art History and Art granted $500,000 to revise new joint-doctoral program with its neighbor >>jennaMILLEMACI senior.newsREPORTER<<

Last January, a committee of curators and art education professionals from the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) and art historians from Case Western Reserve University convened with ideas about how to make the newly-revised jointdoctoral program in art history and art as relevant as possible to the 21st century. The CWRU Department of Art History and Art is finally launching the new program next fall in conjunction with the CMA with the support of two grants totaling $500,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “The idea of revising the program has been something the department has been talking about for several years,” said Dr. Catherine Scallen, chair of the Department of Art History and Art. The doctoral program in art history and art at CWRU has had an active relationship with the CMA for 45 years; this is the first revision the program has undergone. “The whole point of this new doctoral program is that the teaching and research will be object-focused, so even though we’ll be covering a wide variety of periods and countries, it’s all about working with specific works of art,” Scallen said. Under the new structure, doctoral students will be required to participate in a year-long internship with the CMA, take two years of coursework, and take two new courses – one on materials, methods, and physical examination of artwork taught by a professional conservator, and a collections seminar devoted to planning and researching an exhibition for the CMA. The grant also includes incentives for the CMA curators to teach classes within the program. “We’re always working closely to make that an even more active connection,” Scallen said. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, a major foundation for humanities and educational institutions, awards grants by invitation only.

courtesy After receiving two Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grants, the CWRU Department of Art History and Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art (pictured above) announced that they will be revising their joint-doctoral program. “I think [the foundation] recognized the incredible opportunities with these two major institutions right across the street from each other, and that we can build upon a strong, long-standing relationship and make it even more dynamic,” Scallen said. “This education with objects is seen as increasingly rare in the doctoral programs, and we can provide an educational experience that almost no one else is doing,” she said.

The object-based doctoral education in art history and art focuses on the individual work itself, rather than its ties to broad social movements or the artist’s biography, Scallen explained. “It’s the idea of carrying that idea straight through a doctoral education,” she said. The department hopes that the new students in the revised program will deliver public lectures and play a role in community education as well as act as teaching

assistants at CWRU. “This is an opportunity that we’re very grateful for and very excited about,” she said. “President Barbara Snyder, Dean Cyrus Taylor, and CMA director David Franklin all helped make this possible.” “If we’re going to continue to have a museum where we feature individual works of art, people have to understand how to look at them, understand them, and why they still matter in a world that seems increasingly virtual.”

Orientation details announced for the next academic year >>victoriaROBINSON student.affairsREPORTER<<

austin sting / observer This week, the executive board was announced for the 2013 New Student Orientation. The members are Maryn Cover, Elizabeth Merkel, Aditya Rengaswamy, James Silay, and Eric Vondrak, and they will assist with many of the iconic orientation events.

During the first week of school, freshmen and transfer students go through orientation. Orientation isn’t only checking into the residence halls and touring the campus, though. During this first week, students play games, get to know their classmates, and learn about the various activities and options on the Case Western Reserve University campus. These first-week activities are planned by the Orientation Student Executive Board, with the help of school administrators. Recently, the Office of First-Year Experience and Family Programs named the 2013-2014 school year Orientation Student Executive Board and announced the dates of orientation activities for 2013. Maryn Cover, Elizabeth Merkel, Aditya Rengaswamy, James Silay, and Eric Von-

drak were announced as the new executive board. The executive board officers assist with the “planning and implementation of New Student and Parent Orientation at CWRU,” according to the CWRU website. The board will select, train, and supervise orientation leaders and help to welcome and reach out to new students and their families during orientation activities. Requests for comment by the new executive board received no response. In the fall, International Student Orientation will take place on Aug. 16-17, PreOrientation Adventures will occur Aug. 16-18, Parent Orientation will be Aug. 1819, and new students will have orientation Aug. 18-25. In addition to fall activities, Spring Transfer Orientation will occur Jan. 11 to welcome the various students coming to CWRU’s campus from other schools.

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After the Deluge, We’re Stagnant >> andrew BRELAND | THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM Now that the election is over, Washington has heralded in a new era of bipartisanship, cooperation, and friendliness between members of the two governing parties. Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Barack Obama have been seen golfing together, relishing in the budget deal cut not 24 hours after the election was decided. Republicans and Democrats have joined hands on the House floor to sing “Kumbaya,” evoking strong memories of the good old days when one party controlled all three lawmaking bodies. The U.S. Senate, in a rare example of congeniality, has decided to pass all legislation proposed by the majority party. The U.S. Supreme Court has stated that it refuses to hear any challenges to laws passed during the Obama administration. Except that’s not what happened. Following the election of President Obama, Democrats cheered. Republicans, myself included, returned to the homes we own, businesses we run, and people we care for, to settle in for another four-year ride. Instead of compromise, politicians took an extended break from Washington after the election. The media picked up the 2016 presidential race (President Rubio anyone?). When Washington finally returned to lawmaking, Obama took a very important step towards bipartisanship when he hosted Steven Spielberg, Daniel Day-Lewis, and other members of the “Lincoln” cast for a private screening. In addition to these issues central to U.S. policymaking, politicians have returned to Washington and have begun the search for an illustrious budget deal to avert the “fiscal cliff.” Without action, in less than one month the U.S. economy will implode. Taxes are increased, federal spending is slashed, especially in the military. Millions will lose their jobs as a result. Already since the election, people’s hours have been cut and workers laid off to avoid the “Obamacare tax” threatened for 2014. To avoid this cliff is to avert total disaster. But politicians in Washington

have returned to the old ways of bickering, fighting, and choosing to ignore the other side to get the job done. Hardly the role of a proper statesman. Cracks have begun to show in the party blocs, however. Led by Senator Saxby Chambliss and Representative Peter King, both Republicans, some amount of bipartisanship is appearing. Both Chambliss and King have stated that they are willing to raise taxes and cut spending to avert financial ruin. And that is hardly the end of it. House Republicans unanimously push for simplification of tax loopholes, which would raise revenues. Taxes, as we all know, are the Republican’s sacred cow. So, you would expect Democrats to applaud this and respond with their own concessions. Asking Democrats to concede a little is hardly revolutionary. But again, Democrats are refusing to move. In fact, Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, a Democrat, stated that there is no way Democrats will move to reform entitlements, including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, to aid in avoiding this crisis. A far cry from the “failure to communicate” popularized by Strother Martin, Democrats simply are not listening. Republicans are willing to compromise and are offering to raise taxes to do it. Democrats remain stubborn. A long four years ago, then-Senator Barack Obama claimed that rural voters (one can assume he meant Republicans) “cling to their guns and religion.” Well, now it’s the Democrats clinging to their fiscal insolvency and pigheadedness. Personally, I’d rather be clinging to my guns and religion. Andrew Breland is a sophomore planning to triple major in Political Science, English, and History. At CWRU, Andrew serves as the Vice President of the Case College Republicans and the treasurer for the Case Western Mock Trial Team. After graduation, Andrew plans to attend law school and pursue a career as a civil litigation attorney specializing in Tort defense.

Editor’s Note Living on a prayer Each day The Plain Dealer, our city’s only daily newspaper, publishes the obituaries of Greater Cleveland’s deceased. And unless drastic steps are taken soon, it will soon be publishing its own. Advance Publications, The Plain Dealer’s parent company, has already moved several of its other newspapers across the country to new models, which emphasize online content and only publish in print three days a week. Fearing a similar directive from the paper’s owner, members of Local 1 of the Newspaper Guild have purchased advertisements around Cleveland, from billboards to bus placards, to raise awareness about the possible change. The Guild also hopes that community leaders, in addition to readers and advertisers, will attempt to convince Advance that Cleveland both desires and requires a seven-day-a-week newspaper. As reported by WKYC-TV on Nov. 8, the looming threat has the potential to make Cleveland the biggest city in the nation without its own daily newspaper. The report went on to include supportive remarks from former Congressman Dennis Kucinich and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald. “Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, and all of Northeast Ohio deserve a first-rate, seven-day-a-week newspaper the entire community can move to anything less...will send a message [that] our region is [not] economically viable, and that is anything but the truth,” FitzGerald told WKYC-TV. Many comments posted online tell a different story though. Current and former subscribers voicing support for the paper moving to a new model cite reasons ranging from poor delivery service to lackluster reporting. Meanwhile, many expressed that they believe that the city needs a daily newspaper in order to adequately serve senior citizens and people for whom internet access is not readily available. As a collegiate newspaper editor, I feel obliged to support The Plain Dealer remaining a seven-day-a-week publication. However, I also believe that the seemingly large number of constituents who wish to see the paper minimized is quite telling. If The Plain Dealer remains a seven-day-a-week newspaper, I hope the editorial staff, reporters, designers, and photographers, will take a good, hard look at the comments given by their audience, both the positive and the negative. Our communities need great journalism. We need local reporters who care about the people and the issues they’re covering. We need watchdog investigators who can hold local leaders and businesses accountable. Whether this should continue to come in the form of a seven-day-aweek newspaper, time will only tell. I fully believe that some stories are best told when newsprint is left on the readers’ hands. But if my options are between outstanding digital journalism and diluted print reporting, my decision is made and my computer is switched on. Tyler Hoffman – EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Want to connect with the editor? Follow him on Twitter @tylerehoffman or drop him a line at

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Talking the talk: a short vacation in Gaeltacht >> rachel CRAFT | FULL IRISH BREAKFAST Last weekend, my Irish language class took a field trip to the Gaeltacht. It was more like a vacation than a field trip – we spent the weekend there, and we stayed with lovely Irish families who fed us authentic Irish food. A Gaeltacht is a region, usually way out in the boonies, where people speak Irish all the time. A tourist may be surprised to learn that most Irish people don’t actually speak Irish. They all learn it in school but forget it as soon as they grow up and realize how useless it is. Plus, it’s a chore to learn, and I’m not just saying that because I’m an American – any Irish person you meet will tell you the same thing. They love to joke about how ridiculous and miserable it is. So why are the Gaeltachts still around, you might ask? Well, the government gives people money to keep the Irish heritage alive. If you want to build a house out in the country, you can get government funding for it by filling out a form saying your family will speak Irish within the house. And the government has a special task force called the Gaelsquad that will check in on you occasionally to make sure you’re really speaking Irish (I made that last part up. Could you tell?). I learned a lot in the Gaeltacht, such as what to say when someone sneezes: “Dia Linn,” which translates to something like “God be with us.” If he or she sneezes a second time (or especially hard the first time), you say “Dia Linn is Muire,” meaning “God and Mary be with us.” In the event of a third sneeze: “Dia Linn is Muire is Padraig,” calling upon God, Mary, and St. Patrick. I suppose if the person were to continue sneezing, you would be forced to continue down the celestial food

chain – I’m guessing Arthur Guinness would be next in line. I also learned a folktale about why some of the sheep in Ireland have red wool on their backs. According to our tour guide, they’re “killer sheep” – they roam around the countryside murdering innocent travelers, then sling the bodies over their backs and carry them off into the bogs to dispose of. The wool on their backs is stained red from the blood. But what about the blue-backed sheep? Well, the killer sheep are just as easily deceived as the rest of us – they’ve lent money to the leprechauns on more than one occasion and never seen it again. And, little-known fact: lepre-

chauns bleed blue. The Irish have such a whimsical, morbid sense of humor. We spent considerable time in the pub during our weekend in the Gaeltacht, taking in traditional music and dance. Sean-nos, or “old-style,” singing is vastly different from anything I had heard in Ireland. It is generally unaccompanied, and the singer seems to just make up the melody as he or she goes along. That is why they say you either have it or you don’t – naturally, none of the foreign students had it. The sean-nos dancing, which is similar to our tap dance, was a little easier to grasp. Unlike the seannos songs, which tend to be somber and haunting, sean-nos dancing is done to

fast, upbeat tunes like “The Road to Lisdoonvarna” or “I Buried my Wife and Danced on her Grave.” It’s powerful stuff, especially when the dancers start dancing with broomsticks. That’s how you know they mean business. Now that my Gaeltacht vacation is over, I’ve got two weeks of finals coming up – starting with my Irish exam! Rachel Craft is a super senior majoring in materials engineering. Her mundane super power is finding four-leafed clovers.

rachel craft/observer During Rachel Craft’s numerous adventures in Ireland, she often encounters sheep, some of which are deadly.




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arts & entertainment 11/30/12

PTG Presents “Chaika”

A modern adaption of Chekhov’s “Seagull” >>josephVERBOVSZKY theatre&danceREPORTER<< “Sometimes people choose what’s bad for them;” says director Kelly McCready about the characters in Chekhov’s famous play. This seems to be their tragedy. Konstantin loves Nina and hopes to impress his actress mother, Arkadna, with his magnum opus. Nina, however, would sacrifice everything for fame. Arkadna obsesses over her beauty and charm, as it fades inevitably with age. Her lover, Trigorin, is a popular writer, but would rather be fishing. Masha loves Konstantin and has no love for her miserly husband Medvedenko. All of these characters could find happiness if they only acknowledged it staring them in the face. Chekhov’s “Seagull” is usually presented with a great sense of gravity and tragedy, as if one were in mourning. It usually comes across almost like a Greek play, with the characters struggling hopelessly against some monumental fate which plays with them like ants under a magnifying glass. But McCready is taking a different tack. Though these characters are unhappy, they are the cause of that unhappiness. “You have to admit, the irony can actually be quite funny,” she says. Likewise, rather than the traditional opulent sets usually employed to portray the time period, “Chaika” follows a minimalist approach appropriate for the Eldred Blackbox Theater. The characters are clad in formal attire, but other than that, props are scant. “It’s really about the characters and their relationships,” says McCready. At the same time, cast members were asked to pick out a piece of music that matches their character’s personality and are featured during the show. Famous artists like The Pixies or Pink Floyd help put a surreal twist on the production. Audience members should come to the play not expecting to see “The Seagull” but rather “Chaika,” a shorter (75 min, it will really fly by!), but more relatable and modern take on the classic. “‘Chekho v’ in two weeks,” is the catchphrase of the cast who have to work around busy schedules filled with lectures, projects, and exams. Not often has Chekhov’s famous work been done with fewer than ten rehearsals, and the cast and crew are putting in more than overtime to make up for the lost time . It’s impressive to watch the painstaking process of putting this production together. I attended a cue-to-cue rehearsal in which the actors act out iterations of transitions and scenes to get them just right. At the beginning, the actors warmed up, breathing calmly and going through movements which, thanks to the audio track of a thunderstorm, seemed like a rain dance. McCready works with her similarly meticulous crew to perfect each transition and effect to bring the performance to life. As a theatre major with a concentration in acting, McCready takes an individual approach, working personally with the actors to motivate them. “It’s how I want to be directed, so I try to do that with them.” Amnon Carmi plays the lead, Konstantin, in a role full of tragic and ironic angst. Kelsey Petersen describes her character, Nina as “sweet and innocent, but also

self-obsessed and consumed with a burning desire for fame.” Then there is Trigorin, portrayed by Thayer Juergens, who describes his character as “not a bad man” but who nevertheless “destroys Nina because he has nothing better to do.” In one of the most famous scenes, he compares her to a seagull shot by Konstantin. This brings us to the titular character, the seagull, which may represent the hopes of the various characters in the play; but then again, maybe it doesn’t. Theater is, after all, theater. Ars artis gratia.

“Chaika” runs for one week only. Show times are Friday, Nov. 30 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1 at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 2nd.

photos courtesy sheehan hannan

(Top Left to Bottom Right) Kelsey Petersen, Thayer Juergens, Hillary Wheelock, and Abbey Fox. Not Pictured: Amnon Carmi.

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Best Albums of 2012 1.


#1 – Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads by Dustin Wong This is the debut solo album from guitar magician Dustin Wong. Former member of art-rock band Ponytail, Wong writes songs for double digit numbers of guitar and nothing else. Dreams is an hour of layered, looped guitar that ebbs, flows, plays off itself, and gets better every time you listen and reveals a new melody you didn’t know was there. Recommended if you like: Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Ponytail.

#2 – Attack on Memory by Cloud Nothings With Attack on Memory, Cloud Nothings’ frontman (and CWRU dropout) Dylan Baldi reinvented his band. With two previous, more power-pop oriented albums released, Baldi turned to darker, more aggressive punk. At just over half an hour, Attack on Memory is a blast of loud guitar and screaming along the lines of “I thought I would be more than this.” Recommended if you like: Yuck, Jay Reatard.


5. #5 – Hair by Ty Segall & White Fence / Slaughterhouse by Ty Segall Band / Twins by Ty Segall Ty Segall released three albums in 2012, all of them excellent and all of them similar enough to group together. They’re different enough, however, that each merits plenty of your listening time. Hair, a collaboration with San Francisco psych-rocker White Fence, is a homage to 60s and 70s psychedelic rock. Slaughterhouse is a much darker record, indebted to acid-rock and 80s hardcore. Twins is more upbeat, closer to pop-punk. While all strongly steeped in the past, Segall adds his unique composition and melodic skills to make all three excellent albums and more than tributes. Recommended if you like: The Stooges, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin.

#6 – Bloom by Beach House Unfortunate recipients of genre labels like chill-wave and dream-pop, Beach House is another band that released its best album to date in 2012. A continuation and refinement of the sound they explored on their previous three albums, Bloom is full of beautiful vocals, melodies, and guitar harmonies. A fantastic album for headphones or napping, and both of those things are a compliment. Recommended if you like: The Antlers, Fleet Foxes, Toro Y Moi.

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Break It Yourself / Hands of Glory by Andrew Bird Django Django by Django Django Give you the Ghost by POLICA Local Business by Titus Andronicus Open Your Heart by The Men Celebration Rock by Japandroids Death Dreams by PS I Love You Vol 1. by Young Man Shrines by Purity Ring Coexist by The xx Visions by Grimes Heaven by The Walkmen With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery by Moonface Mixed Emotions by Tanlines Pink by Four Tet

3. #3 – Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors Dirty Projectors, a stalwart indie/ art/experimental band from Brooklyn, released their seventh album in 2012. More straightforward and accessible than their earlier releases (which included a re-interpretation of a Black Flag album entirely from memory), Swing Lo Magellan is one of their best efforts. Recommended if you like: Animal Collective, Deerhoof, Dan Deacon.

7. #7 – good kid, m.A.A.d city by Kendrick Lamar Kendrick Lamar’s debut studio album, good kid, m.A.A.d city is as a close to an instant hip-hop classic as you can get. A well-executed concept album that tells the story of Lamar’s adolescence, good kid as much a hip-hop masterpiece as you can call something that’s only been out a few months. This album features fantastic rapping, excellent production, and great skits thrown in, just in case you weren’t convinced already. Recommended if you like: A$AP Rocky, Curren$y, Big Sean.

9. #9 – Sweet Heart Sweet Light by Spiritualized Spiritualized, the brainchild of Jason Pierce, has been releasing an album every few years since the early 90s. The 1997 album Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space received universal critical acclaim, topped many year-end lists, and was seen as practically a modern rock opera. Sweet Heart Sweet Light is their first album since then to receive anywhere near the same response, and deservedly so. A worthy follow-up, fifteen years later. Recommended if you like: The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine, The Olivia Tremor Control.

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4. #4 – The Idler Wheel... by Fiona Apple Fiona Apple had a busy year. She was arrested in Texas for possession, had a public feud with police she accused of illegal behavior, canceled a tour to be with her dying dog, and released one of the best albums of the year. Only her fourth album since her debut in 1996, The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do is ten songs of off-kilter piano, Apple’s fantastic voice, and brutally honest lyrics about relationships. Recommended if you like: Cat Power, Regina Spektor, Feist.

8. #8 – Channel Orange by Frank Ocean Obligatory head-nod to the album that is going to be number one, or at least in the top five, on most critics’ and music publications’ year-end list (you read it here first!). The debut album from Odd Future-affiliated R&B singer and producer Frank Ocean is a piece of modern R&B history, equally indebted to Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly, Tyler the Creator, and 8-bit music, and somehow bringing all those influences together perfectly. Recommended if you like: The Weeknd, Kanye West, Drake.


#10 – Put Your Back N 2 It by Perfume Genius Perfume Genius’s first album was full of heartbreakingly sad songs, softly sung over quiet piano chords. Put Your Back N 2 It doesn’t really change the formula, except that Perfume Genius executes even better this time around. Recommended if you like: Antony and the Johnsons, EMA, Bat for Lashes.

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Fashion deals for discerning gift-givers Black Friday and Cyber Monday may be over, but the deals aren’t! Here are a few of my favorite websites for getting the best prices online.

Flash Sales:

Although Gilt Groupe, Hautelook, and Ruelala are my favorite flash sale websites, I recently discovered Ideeli and MyHabit. Overall, flash sales can be great for deals, but the items are never from the current fashion season. Here are a few pros and cons I have found in my experiences with these websites.


nSlightly lower prices than Gilt n$25 credit for referrals

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nHigh profile designers in heavy rotation n$25 credit for referrals


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n They don’t bill until it ships n14-day return policy for store credit


n Limited number of excellent sales n$10 credit for referrals


nOverwhelming number of sales each day


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n Limited number of great sales n$10 credit for referrals


nComplex 30day return policy

Luxury Brands:

To get items earlier than the one or two year delay with flash sales, Last Call by Neiman Marcus and Saks Fashion Fix offer a huge variety of designer pieces on sale straight from these two department store powerhouses. Think Nicole Miller, BCBG Max Azria, Alice + Olivia, Michael Kors, and Badgley Mischka at a dramatic price cut. The selection is enormous and a bit overwhelming, so I try to have something specific in mind before entering these websites.

Promo Codes:



nHigh profile designers n$20 credit for referrals


nItems sell out extremely quickly

Before making any online purchase, I always check, www.,, and for promotion codes that may apply. I can almost always find a free shipping coupon, if not a percentage off my purchase. Sometimes it is worth the wait to keep an eye out for a larger coupon on a high ticket item. I also subscribe to the websites’ email lists, as they often send out a promo code for your first purchase. Luckily, we have more than one CWRU email, so I take advantage for savings and unsubscribe later.

The Nutcracker at Playhouse Theater: A holiday necessity >>anneNICKOLOFF musicREPORTER<< This weekend, the Cleveland Orchestra accompanies the Joffrey Ballet in a magical performance of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker.” This year’s show has been performed only once so far, yesterday, in Cleveland, but four more performances are still lined up for the next couple of days. The performance will swing around tonight and tomorrow at 7 p.m., and tomorrow and Sunday at 2 p.m. Held at State Theatre, “The Nutcracker” is a good excuse to get off of campus and do something a little more traditional to celebrate the holidays. It is a perfect chance to have a nice evening out without travelling far. Near Tower City, the face of State Theatre is brightly lit, with large lightbulbs outlining the iconic sign on the front of the building. Next door is the Ohio Theatre, fashioned in the same way. Both designs are reminiscent of Broadway theatre buildings, making any show feel instantly larger than life. Inside, rich designs pattern the walls, creating a vivid and regal atmosphere composed of silver, gold, navy, and red. Tickets range between $10 and $85, allowing anyone interested an affordable place in the audience. Though price increases with seat quality, the stage is still fairly visible from the cheapest seats in the State Theatre, and easily viewed from some better seats that cost only a little bit more. A good view would help any audience member to truly appreciate this colorful and intense version of “The Nutcracker” when the huge red curtains of State Theatre are pulled open. This timeless tale follows a young girl, Clara, who befriends an animated nutcracker prince. Together, they conquer the Mouse King and travel to the Realm of Sweets where the young child gets to


watch the Sugarplum Fairy’s dances. This lighthearted story is the perfect prelude to Christmas festivities, especially for somewhat younger audiences. Elegant costumes adorn each ballerina, creating a troop of scurrying mice or a flurry of snowflakes that drift across the stage effortlessly. In certain scenes, flakes of imitation snow fall from the ceiling, creating a realistic wintery effect. The nutcracker’s outfit pops from the rest of the stage with a cartoonish-looking face and red top; how a ballet dancer could even dance in such a boisterous costume confounds me. While the dancers leap through the air and swing across the stage in their bright

costumes, the Cleveland Orchestra performs its music with notable precision. These two juxtaposed aspects of “The Nutcracker” both develop a blend of classical regality and childishness. “The Nutcracker” has been around since the late 1800s, but the play was not too popular until the late 1960s. Since then, numerous groups have been dancing at different venues across the world. A 2010 New York Times review of the Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” revealed that this version of the performance, which has been running for over 25 years, has a slightly different take on Tchaikovsky’s original music score. However, the story in the play remains the

same. Other ballet groups, including the famous Great Russian Ballet, tend to romanticize the piece, making the nutcracker prince and Clara fall in love. In my mind, a romantic ballet seems rather typical, but the Joffrey Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” breaks away from that, creating a truly whimsical holiday show that can be enjoyed by anyone. I have seen or heard good reviews, not only from The New York Times, but also high school friends, children and even my parents, who saw the show when they began dating long ago. The show is certainly worth seeing at least once, always delivering what audiences like to see.




First CSCAA poll has men’s swimming and diving 13th in nation >>peterCOOKE sportsEDITOR<<

The first edition of the College Swim Coaches Association of America’s coaches’ poll was released this past Monday, Nov. 28 and the Case Western Reserve University swimming and diving team was ranked No. 13 in Division III. The CSCAA’s rankings are determined by six coaches and rank the top teams in the nation on the basis of head-to-head matchups against other schools, rather than the championship format that the NCAA Championship uses. The men are currently undefeated for the season with an unblemished 9-0-1 dual meet record. The only draw came against No. 3 Kenyon College. The men were ranked as high as No. 12 last year in the national polls. The Spartans are one of five teams on the men’s side of the UAA that are ranked in the top 20. Defending conference champion Emory University is ranked No. 4

while the University of Chicago is No. 6. Carnegie Mellon University, who the Spartans beat in October’s UAA Invitational in Rochester, NY, is ranked No. 8. The University of Rochester rounds out the UAA teams in the top 20 at No. 18. Washington University is unranked, but was one of five teams to also receive votes. The men are also ranked No. 15 by the Pools Top 25 performance index. Sophomore Eric Haufler has paced the Spartans in the sprint events, recording times of 21.30 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle, 47.44 in the 100-yard freestyle, and 1:44.90 in the 200-yard freestyle. His time in the 50-yard freestyle is good enough for 22nd in the nation this year. Freshman Aaron Tam has led the men in the distance events with the team’s top times in the 500-, 1000- and 1650-yard freestyles. His time of 16 minutes, 48.42 seconds in the 1650-yard freestyle is 14th in the nation. Sean Nickley is currently 12th in the

nation on the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 58.65 seconds. He is also 19th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:11.06. All five of the Spartan men’s relays are ranked nationally. The 200-yard freestyle relay is 18th with a time of 1:26.78, the 400yard freestyle relay is 11th with a time of 4:11.43, and the 800-yard freestyle is sixth with a time of 7:10.88. On the other side, the 200-yard medley relay is 15th with a time of1:35.75 and the 400-yard medley relay cracks the top 10 with a time of 3:33.22. On the women’s side, defending conference champion Emory University is ranked No. 1 while the No. 6 Chicago, No. 8 Carnegie Mellon, and No. 9 Washington are all in the top 10. Rochester is one of eight schools that also received votes in the poll. Junior Maggie Dillione is 15th nationally in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 58.30 seconds. She is also 11th in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:09.47. Sara Tillie is 20th in the country in the

200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:11.78. The women are also 21st in the nation in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:40.46. They are 7th in Division III in the 800-yard freestyle relay with a time of 8:04.78. The Spartan women are also 20th in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:07.32. The Spartans will dive back into competition this weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at the annual College of Wooster Invitational at the Timken Natatorium. The men have won the past two meets, including a half-point victory over Edinboro University in 2010 and an 11.5-point victory over Ohio Northern University last year. The women finished sixth in 2010 and tied for fourth last year with Westminster College. The meet follows a championship format with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, and 10 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Finals begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, 6 p.m. on Friday, and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Erb named Academic All-American >>courtesyCASE sportsINFORMATION<<

Case Western Reserve University senior midfielder Eric Erb has been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic AllAmerica Division III Men’s Soccer Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. A third-team selection, Erb is a nutritional biochemistry and chemistry double-major with a 3.96 grade point average. Voted a co-captain for the 2012 season, he is a three-time University Athletic Association All-Academic honoree

and a two-time Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association second-team All-Ohio pick. On the pitch, the two-time All-UAA selection led the team this fall with ten points on four goals and two assists. In 74 career matches, he ranks tied for eighth all-time in program history with 41 points on 15 goals and 11 assists. His 15 tallies also tie for seventh in the program’s record book. In addition to his athletic and academic success, Erb serves as a community service chairperson for the Case Association of Student-Athletes organization on campus.

arianna wage/ observer Senior Eric Erb was named an Academic All-American for his performance on the pitch in the 2012 campaign for the Spartan men. Erb finished tied with a team-high four goals.

The Capital One Academic All-America Teams recognize the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic

and academic standings at his or her current institution and be nominated by his or her sports information director. Since the program’s inception, a total of 78 Case Western Reserve studentathletes have been named Academic AllAmerican. That number includes six in 2011-12 and 19 combined over the past three-plus academic years.



Women drop two in UAA/NCAC Challenge Spartans fall to Kenyon late 55-52, Denison 72-59 >>peterCOOKE sportsEDITOR<<

A late second half run pushed the ladies of Kenyon College past the Case Western Reserve University women’s basketball team in the first game of the University Athletic Association/North Coast Athletic Conference Challenge. Kenyon rallied with 13 straight points to grab a 55-52 comeback victory over the visiting Spartans. In the team’s second matchup of the weekend, the women were outmatched by Denison University who ran away to a 72-59 victory on Sunday. The Big Red improved to 4-1 with the win. After earning a 31-25 halftime lead over the Spartans, the Big Red went on a sixpoint run to increase the lead to 12 and the Spartans never got closer than eight points from the lead. Spartan senior center Emily Mueller led the Spartans against Kenyon with 10 points. Although Mueller was the only Spartan in double figures, sophomore forward Berit Eppard, senior guard Evy Iacono and freshman forward Laura Mummey each finished with eight points. The Spartans opened the game strong, running out to a 16-5 lead early in the first half. Case pushed the lead as high as 14 points when Mummey hit a layup to make the score 22-8. Kenyon pushed back, going on a seven point run before the half. Coming out of the break with a 3323 lead, the Spartans continued to manage gameplay and kept their lead for the majority of the half. Iacono hit a threepoint shot to push the lead back to 10 with just under five and a half minutes to play. Kenyon rallied, as the Spartans’ shots just wouldn’t fall; the hosts scored the final 13 points of the game. The women went 0-for-7 down the stretch including five missed three pointers, including Iacono’s game-tying attempt with four seconds left. The problem down the stretch came from the starters, who shot 30.2 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from three-point range. The bench, however, had an impressive performance, shooting 76.9 percent. Mummey and Erin Reynolds were both perfect from the floor while Orcutt went 3-for-6. The Spartans thrived defensively early, holding the Ladies to 29.8 percent shooting from the field and 29.2 percent from three-point range. Ultimately it was fouls that hurt the Spartans, as they conceded 16 shots from the charity stripe with the Ladies cashing in for 14 points. The Spartans only had three free

from football | 15 Teams Player of the Year. Also a firstteam honoree at safety and kick returner as well as a second-team performer as punt returner, Calabrese recorded 53 tackles with a fumble recovery and a team-high-tying eight pass break-ups. Calabrese finishes his career as a threetime All-UAA safety with 159 tackles, seven interceptions, and four fumble recoveries. On special teams, he totaled a school-record 775 punt return yards and 916 kickoff return yards. Joining Watson and Calabrese on the All-UAA First Team Defense is a senior duo of outside linebacker Ryan Ferguson and inside linebacker Wade Self. Ferguson, the league’s top tackler for the second-straight season, earns firstteam honors for the second year in a row. Ferguson finished with 112 tackles, including four for loss, with an interception, a forced fumble, and six pass break-ups. Ferguson also earned UAA

austin sting/ observer Senior guard Evy Iacono finished tied for second on the team in scoring with 12 points in the Spartans 72-59 loss to Denison. Iacono also led the team with a team-high five assists and five rebounds. throws and made just one for the game. Iacono and senior guard Erica Iafelice both had six assists in the loss, while Brooke Orcutt provided four assists in 28 minutes from the bench. Against the Big Red, the Spartans were led by sophomore Erin Reynolds, who hit a career-high 13 points in the women’s 72-59 loss to Denison. Reynolds shot 6-for-10 from the field with a three-pointer. Reynolds was one of three Spartans in double figures as Iacono and Iafelice had 12 points. The Spartans were forced to play from behind in much of the game as the Big Red ran off to a 15-4 lead early in the match. Case was able to cut the lead to as little as six when Reynolds hit a layup to drop the margin to 25-19 with five minutes remaining the first half. Denison responded with key jumpers, increasing the lead back to double digits before an Iacono jumper in the closing moments brought the deficit back to six at halftime. Denison scored the first six points of

the second half and continued to keep the Spartans at bay, as Case never got within seven points of the lead. The Spartans had a tough time defending, as the Big Red shot well from the field, hitting half of their shots from beyond the arc and 47.9 percent of their attempts over all. The Spartans shot 37.5 percent from the field and 28.6 per-

Defensive Player of the Week honors in mid-October and finishes his career with 224 tackles, 11.5 TFL, and two interceptions. Self, a second-team honoree last fall, racked up 84 tackles with six TFL, a forced fumble and a blocked kick. For his career, Self totaled 193 tackles, 11 TFL, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Five Spartans also garnered firstteam All-UAA honors on offense in senior tackle Cullen Dolan, senior center Andrew Berkebile, junior guard Jake Abbott, graduate wide receiver Vinny Bell and sophomore running back Manny Sicre. Dolan started all ten games at right tackle, as did Berkebile at center and Abbott at guard. Dullan and Abbott were second-team honorees last fall, while Berkebile is a first-time honoree. Bell was one of the league’s top receivers over the final three games of the season and finished with 14 receptions

for 260 yards with a pair of scores. A two-time All-American for the Spartan soccer team from 2008-11, Bell was named the UAA Offensive Player of the Week following the season finale in which he caught seven passes for 180 yards and a score. Sicre, last year’s UAA Rookie of the Year, led the team with 725 yards rushing on 191 carries with four TDs. Sicre also hauled in 26 receptions for 325 yards and two TDs. The Spartans also produced two second-team selections on offense and another five on defense. Junior tackle Garrett Hartig and sophomore wide receiver Sean Lapcevic were the offensive picks. The defensive selections comprised of junior safety Jordan Banky, senior tackle Collin Desens, senior cornerback Cary Dieter, senior nose guard Michael Harris and senior inside linebacker Kevin Nossem. Nossem, in his first season as a full-

UAA Men’s Basketball Rochester Washington New York Brandeis Emory Case Western Chicago Carnegie Mellon

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cent from three-point range. The women are currently on a 22-day lay period which features just one game. The women will play at the College of Wooster on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. The Spartans will then have off for finals before picking up a game hosting Washington & Jefferson College on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 6 p.m

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time starter, earned second-team status for the second straight year. He missed the season opener due to injury, but still posted 88 tackles and two forced fumbles. Nossem finishes his career with 163 stops, 9.5 TFL, four forced fumbles, and three interceptions. Honorable mention status went to sophomore quarterback Billy Beecher, senior wide receiver Brian Rice, junior tight-end Drew Volbers, senior corner Brandon Flick and freshman placekicker Won Kun Park. Beecher saw extensive time as the team’s “wildcat” quarterback during the second half of the season. Overall, he rushed for 247 yards with four TDs and threw for 150 yards with a pair of scores. The second-year signal caller rushed for three of his TDs in the season finale. During the past six seasons, Case Western Reserve University football has produced an overall record of 54-10 with four UAA Championships (2007-09, ‘11) and three NCAA Playoff berths (2007-09).


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Spartans top Lords 73-63, improve to 3-1 on Fowler’s 18 points >>peterCOOKE sportsEDITOR<<

Senior forward Austin Fowler scored a team-high 18 points, and the Case Western Reserve University men’s basketball team led for all but the first 4:34 of action in a 73-63 victory at Kenyon College on Sunday evening inside Tomsich Arena. The Spartans won their second straight and improve to 3-1 overall, while the Lords drop to 2-2. Fowler’s 18 points were accompanied by eight rebounds and helped to push him to his team-leading 13.8 points-pergame. In addition, junior center David Thompson was a force in the middle with 12 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Sophomore guard Ken Gibbons also scored in double figures with a career-high 11 points. Kenyon scored the opening two points of the contest, and the game was later tied at 5-5 when Jonathan Amador hit a three-pointer for the Lords at 15:42. The next possession resulted in an offensive board and a Fowler threepointer at 15:26 as the Spartans opened a 14-2 run. Sophomore forward Dane McLoughlin closed the run with a three-pointer that made the score 19-7 with 9:48 left on the first-half clock. Kenyon answered with a quick 10-0 run and pulled within two with a Brian Lebowitz layup at 7:20, but Case was able to regain control with an 8-2 run of its own that culminated in a McLoughlin layup with 2:45 remaining on the clock. The Spartan lead eventually grew to 31-20 at halftime. In the second half, Kenyon opened on a 13-5 spurt and pulled to 36-33 after a three-point play by Ikenna Nwadibia at 15:51. From there, it was all Spartans as a 15-6 run ending with a triple by junior guard Tim Chung made the score

51-39 with 10:24 left to play. The Spartan lead never dipped below six points the rest of the way. For the game, the Lords were led by Nwadibia with a game-high 23 points and 12 rebounds. The men shot 38.8 percent from the floor, going 9 for 23 from beyond the arc for a shooting percentage of 39.1 percent. The Spartans’ defense thrived against the Lords, especially in the backcourt. The Lords shot 37.1 percent from the floor and went 3 for 15 from three-point range. The difficulties for the Spartans came in containing Nwadibia and Lebowitz inside. Nwadibia had a game-high 23 points on 10 for 18 shooting and 12 rebounds while Lebowitz put up 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Spartans are back on the hard court this Saturday, Dec. 1 when they will travel to Oberlin College to take on the Yeomen. The Spartans will also host Allegheny austin sting/ observer College next week on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Senior forward Austin Fowler had a team-high 18 points in the Spartans 73-63 7 p.m. at the Hors- win over the Lords last week. Fowler also grabbed eight rebounds as Case imburgh Gymnasium. proved to 3-1.

21 Spartans named to All-UAA Football team Watson, Calabrese named Players of the Year

austin sting/ observer Senior safety Dan Calabrese was named the UAA Special Teams Player of the Year. He finished the season with a school-record 775 punt return yards and 916 kickoff return yards. >>compiledFROM staffREPORTS<<

Case Western Reserve University senior defensive end Adam Watson and senior safety Dan Calabrese led 21 Spartans named to the 2012 All-University Athlet-

ic Association Football Team announced on Tuesday. Watson becomes the second Spartan in as many years to be named the UAA’s Defensive Player of the Year. In 2011, then-senior defensive tackle Dale English earned the award. A three-time All-UAA

selection for his career, Watson finished the season with 59 tackles and team-highs of ten tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and five blocked kicks. He was also selected as UAA Defensive Player of the Week twice during conference play. For his career, Watson totaled 188 tackles, 33.5 TFL, 22

sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and six blocked kicks. He was a second-team All-UAA selection in 2010 and a first-team honoree in 2011. Calabrese repeats as the UAA Special

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The Observer: Issue 13  

Issue 13 of The Observer, the student newspaper of Case Western Reserve University.