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Observer Your money

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How student groups are spending it Jehovah’s Witnesses come to Case On the corner of Euclid and Adelbert, on an otherwise unimportant Thursday afternoon in September, two strangers stand on a little patch of sidewalk in front of Severance Hall, bringing with them a display full of fliers with titles like “The Truth About Halloween” and “What Does the Bible Really Teach?” It is the perfect day to be outside— a light breeze ruffling through the trees, sun-

shine pouring lazily down onto the street, a hint of fall in the still-warm air— and the sidewalk next to Euclid is as busy as ever: masses of students gathering near the crosswalk every few minutes, waiting for a light to turn red so they can get to their next class. Most have noticed the stand— it’s seen in the laser-like determination and focus with which students are ignoring it. They walk or bike past the two volunteers a little more quickly than usual, avoiding eye contact. Though the two aren’t approaching anyone, it seems that the nature of the

display alone is enough to create a sense of guardedness among passersby. It’s enough to make that little patch of sidewalk near Severance Hall invisible. The two volunteers, and their stand, are part of a larger global initiative by Jehovah’s Witnesses, a Christian group that has over 15 million members worldwide. “Public Witnessing” is an initiative that originated in New York in 2011. Adapted by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Cleveland this past September, the goal of these displays is similar to that of the Witnesses’ more tra-

ditional door-to-door evangelism: to “acquaint people with the Bible’s message” and “provide access to free Bible literature and education.” The Witnesses don’t hand out any fliers; they aren’t aggressive about advocating their faith. They’re simply present, stationing themselves in public places that get a lot of pedestrian traffic, available for questions. The literature provided is literature they study themselves, every week,





pg. 5 Supreme court justice visits CWRU

pg. 9 Hauntings at CMA

pg. 13 Strategic plan: Beneficial?

pg. 18 Volleyball heads to UAA

Jasmine Gallup Staff Reporter

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Student Executive Council

Springfest $18,200: 2.5%

Thwing Study Over $14,269: 1.96%

RHA Non-financial member

Senior Week $34,580: 4.75%

Fall Semester 2013 Class Officer Collective $51,620: 7.1% COC creates the experiences specific to each class year, as well as traditions like Halloween at Home and parts of the orientation experience. COC’s mission statement emphasizes the importance of each class’s “unique identity” and each student’s “unique experience” at CWRU.

University Media Board Undergraduate Student Programming Government Board $250,784: 33.1% $134,438: 18.5% $186,587: 25.6% The University Program Board organizes campus events for undergraduate students ranging from concerts like Passion Pit and Spot Night to free food during Thwing Tuesdays. Serving as a bit of a catch-all of programming, UPB also organizes trips during Fall Break and discounted tickets and transportation to various events around Cleveland.

Media Board is the collective made up of the various media publications on campus, like The Observer, WRUW radio and Film Society. It manages funding for these and other student-run publications and forms of expression.

USG is the body of student-elected representatives who communicate with campus administration and faculty about important issues to the undergraduate student community. USG also provides funding to student groups and events throughout the year.

Interfraternity Congress & Panhellenic Council $47,522: 6.5% The Interfraternity Congress is the student-run governing body of all of the fraternities on the Case campus. IFC’s executive board includes a president and an IFC representative from each of the chapters on campus. Panhel is composed of all the sorority women on campus. This community is governed by the Panhellenic Council, which is a body made up of representatives from all the sororities on campus as well as the Panhellenic Council Executive Board. Both have separate votes on the SEC, but often budget together.

The Student Activity Fee: A primer Arielle Soffer Staff Reporter Every year, each student pays a Student Activity Fee (SAF) totaling about 0.08 percent their semester tuition, working out to be around $140. The Student Executive Council (SEC) is charged by the university to allocate these funds to the boards and bodies it houses: University Program Board (UPB), Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Media Board, Class Officer Collective (COC) and Greek Life —

which includes Interfraternity Congress and Panhellenic Council. Residence Hall Association (RHA) sits on the SEC as well and acts as a voting member in non-financial decisions, but is funded through housing fees, not the SAF. Off-the-top allocations are first given to three event organizers under the SEC: Senior Week, Springfest and Thwing Study Over. The rest of the money is then split between the aforementioned five organizations. Chaired by Katie Kleinberg, the Executive President of RHA, and Tyler Hoff-

To determine how much money for each group was spent on programming (external), and therefore would benefit the average student, the percentage of SAF funds each group spends on internal costs was calculated. Any expenditure not directly attached to hosting an event open to the entire campus community was categorized as in internal cost. Bringing in outside revenue compenstated for internal spending, so that total was subtracted from internal expenditures. The equation used is presented below.






USG COC External External Internal Internal

Percent of internal spending = (dollar amount of internal spending - revenue) / SAF allocation USG and COC are both estimates from the Fall 2013 Semester budgets. IFC/Panhel was estimated from actual totals from the 2013 Spring budget. Two figures are presented, since Greek Week, a $17,000 item, is ambiguous in if it should be counted as an internal or external expenditure (See “Estimates indicate less than half of SAF funded Greek life programming open to entire campus community,” pg 3.) Media Board (next page) budgets on a yearly basis, so figures were estimated from the 2013-2014 budget. UPB’s budget was unavailable.

based on their projected budgets and money rolled over each semester. For the 2013 Spring semester, a total of $660,000 was disbursed to the members of the SEC. The allocation percentages were as follows: UPB– 36.43 percent, USG– 28.24 percent, Media Board– 20.34 percent, Greek Life– 7.19 percent, COC– 7.81 percent, Senior Week– 4.75 percent, Springfest– 2.5 percent and Thwing Study Over– 1.96 percent. This current semester, a total of $728,000 was disbursed between these members.


Internal versus external: Are student groups serving you? How the figures were calculated

man, the Executive Chair of University Media Board and Executive Editor of The Observer, the SEC meets bimonthly. To determine what percentage of the SAF is allocated to each organization, the SEC reviews the income and expenses for previous semesters, and projects budgets compiled by the members. Media Board budgets for the full year. After those initial meetings, the allocations are finalized by the chairs. Boards and bodies that are members of the SEC have the ability to petition for a higher percentage of SAF money

External Spending External


Internal Spending Internal


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IFC/ Panhel External External


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Estimates indicate significant portion of SAF funded Greek life programming not open to entire campus community Arielle Soffer Staff Reporter Analysis of last year’s Interfraternity and Panhellenic Council budget showed that either 42 percent or 83 percent of Greek Life’s budget supported by SAF funds was spent on internal or Greek only costs. All students pay into the SAF, but a large portion of CWRU is Greek: around 38 percent, according to IFC representatives. The rationale between the two largely different estimates was the ambiguity of how Greek Week, a $17,000 expense, should be classified. While many of Greek Week’s events can be attended by the entire campus community, only Greek members compete. The first percentage was calculated with the idea that Greek Week should be considered as an “external programming” expense since anyone can attend, and the second, counted it as an internal cost due to fact that the events mostly benefit only the Greek community. For the rest of the budget, anything not directly spent on programming open to the entire campus community was counted as an internal expense. Greek Life dedicates a certain percentage of SAF inflow to one of several categories: Council Programs, Chapter Support, Campus Support, and Greek

Week. Chapter Support allocations are distributed among the different fraternities and sororities for events which they organize. Specific totals for internal versus external expenditures were available for the Council Programs, Campus Support, and Greek Week, but not for Chapter Support. Chapter Support is doled out to the individual sororities and fraternities for programming events. Therefore, Chapter Support internal versus external expenditure was calculated by extrapolating data from the budget for Fall 2013. Representatives from Greek Life calculated that $3,159 was set aside this fall for events open to the entirety of the campus community and that $7,557 was marked for events only open to a specific fraternity or sorority. That works out to 71 percent of SAF money spent on closed events. As mentioned before, these were characterized as internal expenses. This percentage was multiplied by the Chapter Support allocated in the Spring 2013 semester, to obtain the estimate of the internal versus external expenditure for that portion of the budget in the Spring 2013 Semester. Money brought in from outside revenue, such as chapter dues “offset” internal spending, and was subtracted from the total. – additional reporting by Mike McKenna, News Editor

USG tweaks rolling funding, student group budgets Jonah Roth Staff Reporter What do the Quidditch team, Model United Nations and Dhamakapella have in common? They’re all student organizations funded by the Undergraduate Student Government. The majority of USG’s $186,587 cut of the Student Activities Fee (plus money rolled over from last year) goes toward funding hundreds of student groups, with $175,000 allotted for mass funding this semester, an additional $15,000 set aside for additional “rolling funding” as needs present themselves over the coming months and another $15,000 for events co-sponsored by USG. The rolling funding is getting a lot of attention this year as Vice President of Finance Justin Beckman works to update the system to reflect the way student money is spent. “Two weeks after an event has occurred, any money that was unspent— or if the event was cancelled— that money would be recycled back into the rolling funding pool.” Using this new system of dynamic rolling funding, Beckman plans to keep as much money as possible available to student groups that need it. This change comes partly in response to the fact that the amount of money for student organizations rolled over from last year is significantly lower than expected— about $6,600 instead of the projected $93,000. “When my predecessor made that prediction, quite frankly, that money was in our accounts,” Beckman said. “Based on spending trends, [$93,000] was what it looked like it was going to end up as… It was very surprising that we had that influx of spending in the

last couple months.” However, Beckman said, the decreased rollover just means that clubs are using the resources available to them. “I don’t view it as an extremely negative thing,” he said. “Students spent the money that we allocated to them. That’s a good thing.” The group in charge of allocating all these funds is also brand new. As older finance committee members graduated or moved up the ranks in USG, much of the financial work was temporarily shifted to the executive board for the beginning of the year until a new finance committee could be elected. “I’m really proud of how they’ve taken up their positions [and] learned quickly,” Beckman said. The finance committee’s main goal for the coming year is to increase transparency and accessibility. “We have a ton of external spreadsheets… a spreadsheet for every organization that completed a mass funding form,” Beckman said. “I’d really love to create something that consolidates that information, and presents it in a nice way so that we could make that available publicly.” The consolidated records should also make it easier for students outside of USG to see where their money is going; the current published budget lists the entire $175,000 as “Mass Funding.” Ultimately, Beckman says his goal is to “demonstrate that [USG is] an accessible resource to student organizations.” By reexamining rolling funding and creating more detailed budgets, USG hopes to make it easier for student organizations to get the funding they need, and for students to see where that funding is going. “No one should be unhappy because of USG finance,” Beckman said.

External Spending

MediaInternal Spending Board 30.74% 69.26%

Athenian: 51.76% CRR: 17.01% Discussions: 40.65% Film Society: 19.96%

External Spending External Internal Spending Internal

Ignite: 15.34% Observer: 17.96% Retrospect: 29.21% WRUW: 44.76%

See infographic on page 2 for explanation on how figures were totalled. Event costs for all organizations, publication costs for print media, film rights for Film Society, distribution and the movie channel for Ignite and broadcasting costs for WRUW were counted as external expenditures. Equipment was counted towards internal costs, a major expenditure of several of the organizations including WRUW.

Springfest looking for a larger crowd this year, requesting additional funding Arielle Soffer Staff Reporter Springfest, which is considered a “body” member of the SEC, was allocated an amount of $18,200 of SAF funds. There was no money rolled over to this year. As a result of increasing class sizes, those in charge of Springfest are expecting a higher student attendance over previous years. In the past, Springfest was allocated

a lower budget percentage, so with the anticipated increase in student turnout, body representatives are requesting a reinstated budget percentage which was given in the past. The Springfest budget is heavily dependent on its co-sponsorship from UPB. Last year, UPB gave a sponsorship amount of $10,000 to Springfest; however in the past $25,000 was given, so the hope is to reinstate the higher sponsorship amount.

University Programming Board refocusing Spot Night budget towards featuring more prominent artists Arielle Soffer Staff Reporter This past semester, University Programming Board was allocated a total of $250,784 in SAF funds, and had an actual rollover of $36,000. UPB has readjusted the way it spends its money by aiming to open every Spot Night on Thursdays with a student group. This way, UPB can put the majority of its

budgeted money towards a more prominent, and thus more expensive, artist. UPB projects its budget per event by proposing an amount to its performers based on a fixed stage price, the amount of people it expects will attend and other miscellaneous expenses, in the hopes the performer or their agent will accept the proposed price. Student attendance of Spot Night has risen significantly already this year, according to UBP representatives.

Class Officer Collective focuses on class programming over traditions Jonah Roth Staff Reporter If you’re a student at CWRU, odds are you’ve experienced an event sponsored by the Class Officer Collective. As class sizes increase by the hundreds and classes plan for more and bigger events, COC is refocusing to give as much of its attention— and money— to the individual classes as it can. “The freshman and sophomore classes are much larger than the junior or senior classes,” said Amanda Herring, COC executive treasurer. “When juniors or seniors put on events, they’re not necessarily going to get the same kind of turnout that the freshmen and sophomores will get.” The larger turnout for events has necessitated a more variable budget per class based

on number of students. “What sets us apart from other SEC organizations is the fact that we are class-centered,” Herring said. Over the past year, COC has reworked its budget to direct more of its funding toward the individual classes. “The classes are getting bigger budgets so that they can do more events and… do more awesome things with the [student activities fee] fund.” Aside from class events, COC sponsors annual CWRU traditions, such as Homecoming, Halloween at Home and orientation activities, and hopes to be a cosponsor for other student group activities. “We really enjoy doing cosponsorships,” Herring said. “It can be really awesome when it falls under our mission statement, but we don’t really have a formal process that has stuck— one of my big goals this year is to formalize that process.”






Spotlight on Research

Second-year’s project hopes to set international quality standards for photovoltaic connectors Kushagra Gupta Contributing Reporter While much of the research done on campus will make differences in the real world, one student is working on a project that could have international repercussions. Olga Eliseeva, a second year student, is working on a research project that will hopefully result in the creation of international quality standards for photovoltaic (PV) connectors. PV connectors are the pieces of equipment that connect solar panels to a grid. Over the summer, she started small by concentrating on the wire itself. She would spend from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. working in a lab, operating machines that create an accelerated environment. There were different types of exposures, such as UV rays, heat, water and salt. Each type of environment was constructed by a specially built machine, such as a QUVb for UV rays, or Q-fogs for salt. After Eliseeva completes the work on the wire, she’s planning on moving onto

stage two of her project, which involves exposing the connectors attached to the wire to environmental simulations. “[We plan to look] at how the voltage actually changes. How much resistance it gains overtime,” Eliseeva said. What she is specifically looking at is the insulation in the wires and how the elements affect them. For now, however, she’s been reading large amounts of literature on the topic. “I’m taking my spectra and translating it into something numerical, something that can be calculated, something that can be worked with,” Eliseeva said. “Right now, we have pictures, and we need the numbers out of [the pictures].” In order to do this, she has to use analytical computer programs, and has to become familiar with some computer programming. Additionally, to promote the idea of creating an international standard, she plans to send samples around the world, in order to see if the idea could gain momentum. She’s been meeting with Underwriter Laboratories (UL), which sets the standards

for electronic equipment in America. If UL were to approve her standards, they would be sent to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE). IEEE contains the board of directors and would decide whether to adopt her proposed standards for the entire globe. She plans to do a presentation for Intersections, a symposium where students present their research, in the winter. While the project won’t be finished anytime soon, she has planned out the last step. “Step three would be taking the wires [and] the connectors and attaching them to an actual solar cell and putting them out in the real world. So putting an actual load [and] an actual resistance and seeing what happens,” Eliseeva noted. She emigrated from Russia when she was five with nothing but her mother, her brother and a bag of clothing. The move was big for her, especially due to the fact that she didn’t know English at the time. The reason she came to Case Western Reserve University was because of her interactions with the people on campus when she visited. She was presenting

research that she had been doing since her junior year in high school and was having trouble finding her way around. She said, “Officer Mark found me frantic, freaking out. I had no idea where I was going and he directed me to where I needed to go and gave me a giant highfive. The support that he gave me, it helped a lot.” She’s attempting a B.A. in Material Sciences and Engineering, focusing in biology, and planning to get a masters degree within four years. When she’s not doing work for classes, she’s busy as vice president of the Case Ballroom Dance Society and of the Undergraduate Materials Society. Additionally, she’s a member of Sigma Psi and Gamma Sigma Alpha. In the future, however, she plans to move toward a biological focus. Eliseeva is especially interested in nanoparticles that would be used for medical treatments. For now, she hopes her project pans out and that she’s able to propose standards for PV connectors that would one day be used worldwide.

Voices for Violence event empowers sexual assault victims to share their stories Julia Bianco Staff Reporter In the Kelvin Smith Library Oval, students sit clustered in small groups, holding votive candles. Black wooden silhouettes of survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault are scattered through the area. Everyone is quiet. “Everyone’s story can end up seeming the same, but what happened and how it happened is always different.” Khailing Neoh is speaking for a friend tonight. As president of the Sexual Assault and Violence Educators (SAVE), the Case Western Reserve University sophomore stands before more than a hundred people in the KSL Oval. “I stand here tonight because I don’t want what happened to my friend to happen to anyone,” she says. “I’m here because this story needs to be told.” The second annual Voices Against Violence event, held on Oct. 10, is designed to be a safe place for victims of domestic violence and their friends and family to tell their stories, and to show people what it truly means to be a survivor. “This type of event, hearing these people’s stories, it’s something everyone should experience once,” Neoh said. “You hear about domestic violence, and it’s like car crashes in the movies. It’s horrible, but you think, ‘that’s not real, it’s not going to happen to me.’” Thirty-nine percent of women report that they have experienced domestic violence at some point in their lives. More than 12 million people are victims of domestic violence in the United States each year— about 24 per minute. On the CWRU campus, there were 12 forcible sexual offenses reported in 2012, up from only two in 2011 and three in 2010.

“This type of event, hearing these people’s stories, it’s something everyone should experience once. You hear about domestic violence, and it’s like car crashes in the movies. It’s horrible, but you think, ‘that’s not real, it’s not going to happen to me.’” -Khailing Neoh, president of Sexual Assault and Violence Educators “The only way we can hope to change these numbers is to carry in ourselves the idea that these numbers are not inevitable,” said Alex Leslie, a Prevention Specialist at the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. “Once we carry that hope in us that we do matter, that the way we treat others matters, that’s when we can start to move forward.” Whenever someone finished telling a story, the audience responded with a warm round of applause and some comforting hugs. “Sharing your story is such a big part of being a survivor,” said one speaker. “You don’t know how much you can help those around you.” October is domestic violence awareness month, and SAVE, along with the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, are working hard to encourage victims of violence or assault to get the help they deserve. Resources are available at Campus Security, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women, University Counseling Services and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center.

Harsha Chandupatla/Observer

Crowds of prospective students visit campus for open house The Office of Undergraduate Admission welcomed more than 850 guests on Monday alone this week at the fall open house. Tours remained fairly busy the rest of the week as well. 350 potential students and their families were expected to participate. Pictured above, a tour guide braves the elements with his group.

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Harsha Chandupatla/Observer Members of the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith hand out Biblical literature near the corner of Aldebert and Euclid.

in conjunction with the New World Translation of the Bible. Both the literature in the displays and the New World Translation used by individual congregations are published by the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, an organization founded by Jehovah’s Witnesses and headquartered in New York City. As the days go by, the stand on Euclid Avenue remains— through colder weather, through periods of rain, through lessbeautiful days. It’s an uneasy truce that exists between the students and the Witnesses. Different volunteers come and go: an older African American man, a younger woman with curly hair and a bright smile and a man who looks to be about in his 30s, dressed nicely in a yellow-brown tweed coat and blue button down. When asked, he introduces himself as Nathan. He’s willing to answer any questions, he says, but he has to go in a few minutes. His shift is about to start at Cleveland Clinic. The first “Public Witnessing” stand in Cleveland was set up near the beginning of September, on the southwest quadrant of Public Square, across from the Tower City entrance. Plans for future locations include Payne Avenue in Asia Town, and Lorain Avenue near the Westside Market.

Editor’s choice

Ohio supreme court chief justice visits CWRU Talia Gragg Staff Reporter

Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, Maureen O’Connor, visited Case Western Reserve University on Oct. 11 to discuss her career with aspiring law students. She focused her advice and answers to questions on the “exciting and dynamic” place that practicing law currently has. O’Connor was elected to position of Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in 2011, the first woman to ever hold the position in Ohio. O’Connor told the room that she had gone to women’s schools before attending college, where she held positions of leadership. In law school, nearly half the class was made up of women. A mother of two children, one born while O’Connor was in law school and the other shortly after graduating, she talked about being a single mom while having a successful law career. She said it was “not easy, not at all,” but that her kids had their needs met and turned out well. When asked if she felt discriminated against or held back by being a woman, her answer was, with one exception, no. The one instance of inequality in the workforce happened while she was a court magistrate. Though she did not find this out until later, O’Connor’s male counterpart was being paid a higher salary than herself. Being appointed to the position of court magistrate was O’Connor’s first big promotion. This opportunity allowed her to see the judicial system from inside, where she stayed for several years. She left this job in 1993 to become a common police court judge, before she was appointed county prosecutor. The position of county prosecutor entailed prosecuting criminal cases and acting as the civil lawyer for government entities. O’Connor called this job “exciting and challenging,” and had a high success rate executing it. After her initial appointment, O’Connor ran for and was elected to the position again. When Bob Taft ran for governor in 1998, he asked O’Connor to run on his ticket as Lieutenant Governor. O’Connor said that this was something she had never considered before, but asked herself— why not? O’Connor also became the Ohio Director of the Department of Public Safety, which meant that after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, she was the “go-to person” for the newly formed Department

Arianna Wage/Observer Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court Maureen O’Connor speaks in Thwing about the challenges the law field is currently experiencing. She described it as a dynamic time for law. of Homeland Security in Ohio. It was in 2003 that O’Connor was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court, winning every county in the state and creating a female majority on the Court for the first time. When Chief Justice Tom Warren had reached the end of his term limits, O’Connor ran for the position. Unfortunately, Warren died while in office, and O’Connor’s opponent was appointed to his position in the meantime. However, O’Connor did win the election, taking the position that she holds to this day. Despite discouraging changes in the legal world, O’Connor was optimistic about opportunities for future law students. The message she sent is “You’re extremely lucky to be where you are, and to be considering entering the field at this point in history.” She said that it’s a very challenging and dynamic time for the law. O’Connor emphasized a lot of change in the legal world. She said that gone are the days of graduating college, attending law school, passing the bar then joining a big firm and hunkering down for forty years. “And you wouldn’t want that,” she added. Those opportunities exist of course, but are few and far between, and are often given a false image perpetuated by media. There is the excitement, she added, of being a litigant at trial in the heat of battle,

but the image of the court guy simply isn’t true. Only a small percentage of lawyers even enter a courtroom anymore, and many legal services are performed without the attorney ever meeting their client. Part of this comes from the new model of doit-yourself law, aided, of course, by the internet. People see legal services as an a la carte menu, where they can pick and choose what they want a lawyer for and what they are comfortable with doing themselves. Do-it-yourself sites such as Travelocity have their counterpart in the legal world with websites like LegalZoom and Rocket Lawyer that allow people to do this. O’Connor said that changes like these open up opportunities, and those should be taken advantage of. She went on to say that this rate of change is dizzying, but by embracing it and making it your own, you find the niche opportunity. It is undeniable, though, that law school graduates are falling on some hard times. The question was asked if law schools need to adapt, to which O’Connor said yes, and that some are better at it than others. Law schools are moving toward giving more opportunity for practical experience, which O’Connor called a good thing. She then explained that the Supreme Court sets school and bar standards, and then the law schools react to that. A current proposal in Ohio is

that undergraduate and law school will be changed so that students spend three years in each— instead of four years doing undergraduate work. When asked why she attended law school, O’Connor replied, “I started out in pre-med but then chemistry got in the way.” Law wasn’t next on the list either. After obtaining her undergraduate degree she looked into teacher’s college, but decided she didn’t like kids enough for that. She then spent some time traveling, and a year both substitute teaching and waitressing. After that she decided that she would apply to one law school, and pursue a career as a lawyer— and if she didn’t get in, bum around Europe for a while. Of course, she did get in, and never got the chance to wander Europe. “I kind of regret it, but this law school thing has worked out pretty well for me too,” she admitted. When discussing her life and legal career, O’Connor said “I never knew where my path was going to take me.” She never locked into a specific path, and believes that one misses opportunities that way. She said she was “always looking around the corner” and believes in maintaining a sense of curiosity. O’Connor said that the worst thing you can do is get set in a career goal and objectives.




Career center representatives call career fair a “smashing success,” attendence up from last year Mark Patteson Contributing Reporter

Leading up to the University Career Fair, it is not uncommon to hear some of the more pessimistic members of campus grumble that it has insufficient opportunities for them: only engineers benefit, employers don’t want underclassmen, it does not apply to international students. However, statistics from this year indicate otherwise. Drew Poppleton, associate director of employer relations at the Career Center, called the Oct. 3 fair “a smashing success.” A total of 1,399 people, including undergraduates, graduate students and alumni, attended this year’s fair, up from the 1,100 seen last year. Representatives were sent by 135 employers and, despite having roughly the same number of companies as last year, offered more opportunities for internships, jobs and co-ops. Around 91 percent of employers hoped to find full-time job candidates, 45 percent offered co-ops and 62 percent had internship positions available for freshman through doctoral students. Notably, the fair also offered more opportunities for positions outside of Ohio, reflecting the trend that incoming classes increasingly hail from elsewhere. Even international students, who often have greater difficulty finding jobs, saw a significant increase in representation at the career fair, with 44 percent of employers willing to hire.

Many students feel particular concern over a perceived lack of employer interest in College of Arts and Sciences majors. Bill Tomaszewski, a sophomore biomedical engineering major and RA in Michelson House, noted some minor pessimism among his peers and residents. “There was some concern that there would not be sufficient opportunities for some majors, but I still encouraged people to come out,” Tomaszewski said. Despite the worries, he felt that the fair had a nice range of employers from different markets. Poppleton insisted the notion that only engineers could find positions was untrue, showing that nearly a third of employers looked to recruit from the College of Arts and Sciences and Weatherhead School of Management. “It really is a big fair for all majors,” he said. “It is inclusive of all students and alumni.” The Career Center also worried that first year students might avoid the fair, thinking that opportunities only existed for upperclassmen. However, a quarter of employers sought freshmen for internship positions in a wide variety of fields. Even if students failed to secure that ambitious freshman internship, the fair offered ample information about what to strive for when seeking positions. Poppleton emphasized the experiential and informational value of the fair,

Courtesy Drew Poppleton At this semester’s career fair, 1,399 people packed the Veale Center. whether students learn to pick up a new extracurricular or sign up for a spring semester class that employers like to see. “It is not too early to start thinking about these things,” he said. “Students can use that knowledge just to get out there.” David Graybill, a freshman mechanical engineering major, echoed

that sentiment. “As a first year, it was good to go, just to see what it was all about,” he said. “The representatives were talking and engaging and I learned what is good for a resume.” Graybill hopes to take the experience from this year’s fair to return in a stronger position for an internship next year.

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Beta Theta Pi hosts homemade chariot races on engineering quad Ellie Rambo Contributing Reporter

Last Saturday, Case Western Reserve University fraternity Beta Theta Pi hosted the Stephan P. Arnold Chariot Races on the Engineering Quad. When homemade wooden chariots pulled by CWRU students were not racing on the sidewalk, a cappella groups performed for the students sitting in the shade and visiting information tables on the grass. These information tables were part of this year’s updated event, which supported the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland. The chariot races are named in honor of a fraternity brother and CWRU alumnus who died from a diabetes-related heart condition soon after his graduation in 1984. Beta Theta Pi has hosted a philanthropy event in Arnold’s memory for 29 years, but this year the event got an update. “This was a cause-focused event,” said Nicholas DeFelice, Beta Theta Pi’s philanthropy chair. The fraternity used to have a charity walk, but this year decided to host chariot races instead, while also refocusing their event to

support a diabetes charity. According to the Diabetes Partnership of Cleveland, which has served the Cleveland area since 1954, one in two people with diabetes is undiagnosed. Diabetes rates in Cleveland are significantly higher than the national average, as one in eight adults have the disease. The high rates of diabetes in the area make it especially important for people to be aware of their health in general, noted Beta Theta Pi brother Nathan Budge. The updated event was more popular than in recent years. “We would get about 25 students from outside of Beta,” said DeFelice, “and this year we got more than 100.” The chariot races drew a bigger crowd for the fraternity’s message to reach, and DeFelice said that he considered the event a success. Katie McNitt, a sophomore and member of Delta Gamma, also felt that the event was successful. The Delta Gamma chariot team, which pulled a decorated red wagon, placed first in the races. “It’s important to support our community,” she said, “and it was a great time.”

Xiaoyu Li/Observer Teams compete in last Saturday’s Stephan P. Arnold Chariot Races on the Engineering Quad. The Delta Gamma chariot team placed first in the races.




Outside the Circle A look at news outside of Case Western Reserve



Brian Sherman Staff Reporter




1. Brazil seeks to create a more secure email service Following the discovery that Brazil was a target of the National Security Agency (NSA), Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff announced via Twitter her country’s plans to create a more secure email service. The country’s Federal Data Processing System was put in charge of developing the new system. However, it is possible that a new email service will do little to stop potential spies. In order to protect from foreign espionage, the email system must have no contact with services based outside the country.

This is virtually impossible due to the level of international business being done. For example, any email sent to someone using Gmail becomes viewable by the NSA. In 2014, the Brazilian government plans to host an international summit to discuss internet security and possibly to call for the transfer of some power from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers and the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, two USbased organizations, to the United Nations. —Anastazia Vanisko

2. Britain’s prime minister attacks EU regulation Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom hopes to cut the European Union’s (EU) regulation on British business. He stated that the regulations are prohibiting the growth of small businesses and are costly to implement. Reducing regulations could increase businesses’ profits and lower costs, but at the same time it would worsen the conditions for workers. Areas included in the over 30 recommendations on regulation reform were paid maternity leave and

limits on working hours. Trade union leaders responded to these suggestions by saying that reducing regulations would “erode workers’ basic rights.” Cameron’s announcement comes just before a meeting with European Council members, and is an integral part of his campaign to reshape Britain’s position in the EU. This issue also may play an important role in convincing conservative party members not to switch sides before the next election in 2015. —A.V.


3. Some national parks reopen with state funding Even though they still lack national government funding, some national parks managed to reopen with the help of local and state money. Many states chose to let their parks remain closed, but Utah, Arizona, South Dakota, Colorado and New York all reopened at least one park. Though the reopening of a single park costs thousands of dollars, the millions of dollars the tourist attractions bring in every day can make up the difference. Local communities greatly depend on the income

SpartanTHON fundraiser Dancing with the CWRU Stars is back

tourists bring, and every day the national parks are closed means increased risk for these towns. Utah was hit especially hard since national parks are the backbone of many of Southern Utah’s rural economies. Due to cost, the parks have reopened for a limited time only. State officials said it was considered especially important that the parks be open for Columbus Day weekend, and many are open for a 10day period. —A.V.

While Dancing with the Stars may be in its 17th season on ABC, featuring the likes of Bill Nye, Corbin Bleu and Snooki, the faculty and staff of Case Western Reserve University, not to be outdone by these B-list celebrities, are putting their feet to even better use this fall. On Saturday, Nov. 2nd, SpartanTHON will be hosting Dancing with the CWRU Stars in Adelbert Gym from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is put on to raise money to support local children with cancer and their families through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, which directly benefits Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital. Dancing with the CWRU Stars will feature members of the CWRU community paired up with professional dance instructors from the Cleveland area. Various styles of dance will be shown in the event, and while some faculty and staff may be already very talented at dancing, most of them enter

the competition with no previous dance experience and only a tough few weeks of practice. Emceeing this event will be the new vice president of student affairs, Lou Stark. Nancy Dilulio, Senior Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, has been confirmed to be participating in the event, with more participants to be revealed as the event approaches. In addition to the CWRU stars, several performance groups will also be appearing at the event, including Urban Elementz, Ballroom Dance Society and the Spartan Dance Team. Previous Dancing with the CWRU Stars have seen a large crowd of attendees. “Last time, around 300 people showed up,” said Allen Vanmeter, SpartanTHON’s captain of Dancing with the CWRU Stars. “We’re looking to push that again.” SpartanTHON, who will also be running SpartanTHON (formerly Dance Marathon) on Feb. 15 this spring semester, has collectively raised $28,000 in the few years since its inception at CWRU. This year alone, the group has raised $2,000 so far.

On the Beat

Look up, look down, look around Every so often you see a news article that catches your eye. One that caught mine recently was “Absorbed smartphone users oblivious to gunman before fatal CA train shooting.” It describes a September incident in which a gunman shot and killed someone on a commuter train and then got off the train and walked home. Later review of video by police shows the suspect brandishing a gun on the train within feet of people who were apparently oblivious to him because they were too absorbed in their mobile devices. This may be an extreme example, but it is symptomatic of something that seems to be happening to our society at large and certainly here at Case Western Reserve University. In my time here, I have seen people using various devices walk in front of traffic when traffic had a green light, trip and fall over minor obstructions on the pavement and come dangerously close to collisions with other pedestrians and sometimes stationary objects (darn those fast moving trees!). Since this is a campus safety column, we will not address larger issues of a society in which everyone is increasingly living in their own electric cocoon, but focus on some more pragmatic issues.

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Pedestrian safety is one— University Circle is a busy place full of cars, ambulances, whizzing bikes and hordes of students moving across campus in herd-like numbers. Keeping one eye on the road (or sidewalk) is a necessity. Officer Mark may brighten your day at the crosswalk, but his primary purpose is to keep you from getting flattened at a busy intersection. Secondly, being too immersed in devices can keep you from noticing your fellow campus community member who may be getting robbed or be in some other type of distress. Or it can make you a target of someone who notices your lack of attention to what is going on around you. Cell phones and other devices can be vital work saving and communications tools, but don’t allow them to eliminate your awareness of the world around you. So put down the devices and smell the roses (or watch the leaves fall) once in a while— you will be the better (and the safer) for it. On the Beat is a weekly safety column written by Sergeant Jeffrey Daberko & Officer Mark (The Crossing Guard) Chavis of CWRU PD. Send feedback to this or other columns at

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What in the world?

10/9— Felony theft— Computer taken from office, Veale Center

4. Dead man walking: court declares living man legally dead

10/10— Petty theft— Cell phone taken from coat pocket, Veale Center

A Hancock County judge has decided that a 1994 ruling which declared an Ohio man legally dead cannot be overturned, even though the man was alive enough to attempt to reverse the ruling in court. The man disappeared in 1986 after losing his job and accumulating a large amount of debt. After failing to reappear, a court declared him legally dead eight years later.

The man returned to Ohio in 2005 only to discover that he was officially dead while attempting to register for a driver’s license. He went to court, but a three year limit on changing death rulings meant that the judge could not overturn the declaration, even though the man stood living and breathing in front of him. —Mark Patteson

5. U.S. Army reveals combat armor project reminiscent of science fiction classics By next year, The U.S Army Research, Development and Engineering Command hopes to create a prototype combat armor suit. Called the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, or TALOS, the armor will host biomedical monitoring devices with self-applying healing foam, a camera system similar to Google Glass, and a “bulletproof exoskeleton made of magnetorheological fluid” that almost instantly solidifies when punctured. Researchers can hardly help comparing

the project to similar advanced armors from science fiction. In an interview with National Public Radio, MIT professor Gareth McKinley noted, “It sounds exactly like Iron Man.” Inspiration comes from other sci-fi sources. The suit could also include a strength boosting hydraulic system like Sigourney Weaver’s from Alien and an onboard computer like the MJOLNIR armor from Halo. —M.P.

10/10— Robbery— Juvenile suspects ask to borrow cell phone and then steal it, outside Kelvin Smith Library 10/11— Petty theft— Unattended cell phone taken, Juniper road basketball court On the Beat can be contacted at

Corrections: CWRU police officer Jeffery Daberko was misidentified in the headline for the article “Campus police chief weighs in on new iPhone fingerprint scanner” in the Oct. 11 issue. He is a sergeant for the police force, not the police chief. In the “By the Numbers: A look at crime on campus” infographic in the Oct. 11 issue, one of the labels should have read “Forcible sex offenses jumped from 2 in 2011 to 12 in 2012.” The years were flipped by mistake in the print edition. The Observer apologizes for the errors.

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An unexpected haunted house, just next door Cleveland Museum of Art employees share spooky stories

Courtesy Although the Cleveland Museum of Art welcomes all during the daytime, ghouls and ghosts get all the attention after hours.

Maria Fazal Staff Reporter As residents of University Circle, Case Western Reserve University students have the privilege of living at a walking distance from the distinguished Cleveland Museum of Art. If we’re ever in the mood for an artistic journey covering a beautiful assemblage of art from all periods and places, we know where to go. But did you know the museum has also been home to more chilling experiences? Most of the museum’s otherworldly encounters appear to have taken place in the older 1916 building. Several workmen have reported odd occurrences, such as flashing lights and inexplicable changes in temperature. Things only get stranger from there. Carolyn Ivanye, the museum’s protection services operation manager, has accumulated a number of reports concerning a painting,

“Portrait of Jean-Gabriel du Theil at the Signing of the Treaty of Vienna.” Apparently, the person in the painting has been caught admiring himself on numerous occasions. Ivanye says the wall on which the painting hung also had several issues, such as water leaks and electrical shorts. These problems ceased once the painting was removed and put into storage. Interestingly, Ivanye is not the only one hard at work in the museum. William Mathewson Milliken, one of the museum’s former directors, has been spotted strolling through the museum with a file tucked underneath his arm. Milliken died in 1978. However, perhaps the most widely reported spooky tale is that of the mysterious little boy. Several of the night shift watchmen have described seeing glimpses of a fleeting, childlike shadow. The most vivid account comes from former museum watchman, George Marker.

One night, Marker was on his usual watch when, out of nowhere, he heard a child’s laughter. A bit unnerved, he tried to rationalize the situation and decided to investigate the sound. As he was convincing himself he was simply hearing things, a silhouette in his peripheral grabbed his attention. It was then that Marker realized he wasn’t alone. A small figure stood in a corner, concealed by shadow. Marker was stunned. He instinctively raced away, a scream that had been caught in his throat reverberating throughout the museum. After his decidedly life-changing experience, Marker set out to do some research on the museum’s past. As it turns out, the Cleveland Museum of Art wasn’t originally intended to be a museum. The land on which the museum currently stands was originally donated by Jeptha Wade, who planned for a theology institute

to be built on the plot. Unfortunately, Wade had a falling out with the school, and the land was used for the museum. Additionally, Wade had hoped to establish communication with departed spirits through a couple of professorships in the institute. But why was Wade so interested in contacting the dead? Marker unearthed that a tragic event occurred years before Wade donated the land. Wade had a son, Randal, who was only a child when he passed. The griefstricken Wade had spent years attempting to contact his deceased son. Marker believes this is the young boy he encountered on that fateful night at the museum. It appears the Cleveland Museum of Art is filled with as much mystery as beauty. The expansive collection inspires visitors to keep their eyes peeled, which is good, because they might just get more than they bargained for.

Faith and Freedom through music and movies Anne Nickoloff Staff Reporter The Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Art’s (CIA) Cinematheque and the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) have joined forces to create the massive Faith and Freedom festival to span this upcoming week. According to Mark Williams, the Cleveland Orchestra’s director of artistic planning, this weeklong festival is “very different from what [the Cleveland Orchestra has] traditionally done.” The Cleveland Orchestra will perform six symphonies during the festival; three by Beethoven and three by Shostakovich. Williams worked closely with Franz Welser Möst, the Cleveland Orchestra’s music director, to decide on the week’s schedule. The festival starts on Tuesday and runs through Saturday evening, and begins with a single showing of “A Clockwork Orange” at CIA’s Cinematheque at 7 p.m. John Ewing, who is both the Curator of Film at CMA and Director at CIA’S Cinematheque, believes the movie is an appropriate opening for the week’s theme. “’A Clockwork Orange’ is a perfect addendum to a faith and freedom festival because it not only features Beethoven music

and the Alex character, who is totally smitten with Ludwig Van, but the film itself really deals directly with issues of faith and freedom,” said Ewing. Ewing will provide preshow remarks, and the film will be presented in 35 mm film, its original format. “It’ll have a different look to it,” said Ewing. “If Stanley Kubrick were alive, I think he would have wanted to see it this way.” On Wednesday, “The New Babylon” plays at CMA with a preshow discussion by Ewing and composer Frank J. Oteri at 6:30 p.m. “The New Babylon’s” soundtrack was written by Shostakovich, but in the past it has been difficult to time the movie with its music correctly. However, a disc was custom-made for this event, with a music track that is perfectly timed with the film. Ewing asserts that it will be “the most authentic presentation of ‘New Babylon’ that has ever been seen in Cleveland.” Thursday brings in the first performance by the Cleveland Orchestra with Beethoven’s third symphony and Shostakovich’s sixth symphony. This event will have a preconcert talk with Williams and Möst to discuss the festival itself and music by Beethoven and Shostakovich at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. Beethoven’s fourth symphony and

Shostakovich’s eighth will be performed on Friday, and this performance will be precluded by a preconcert talk with Oteri and Oberlin College Professor Rebecca Mitchell at 7 p.m. Mitchell is a history professor at Oberlin, and will offer insights to the political climate relative to the pieces. The concert that has created the most buzz for the Faith and Freedom festival, however, is Saturday’s performance of Beethoven’s famed fifth symphony, coupled with Shostakovich’s 10th symphony. Williams shared insight about the two pieces. “I think that Beethoven had this great optimism about life, and then Shostakovich and his tenth symphony… there’s no optimism there. “[Beethoven 5] ends in such incredible triumph; in some ways, it’s the kind of ideal of what humanity should be. We’d rise above our problems, and there’s a brighter future ahead,” said Williams. “From what I hear in [Shostakovich 10], for him, things aren’t going to get better.” Preceding the Saturday show is a chamber music performance which will feature shorter pieces by both Beethoven and Shostakovich, in the smaller and more intimate setting of Reinberger Hall. Students may receive discount tickets to

all events. The Cleveland Orchestra offers student tickets for $10, while CIA’s Cinematheque offers tickets for anyone under 25 years old for $6. The price for student tickets at CMA is $7. Also, The Cleveland Orchestra, CIA’s Cinematheque and CMA all offer membership deals or ticket bundles. Williams believes the entire festival will draw a sense of connection. “It’s important to remember that classical music is not in a box; these people dealt with the things we deal with today,” he said. “It’s something that Stanley Kubrick and Soviet filmmakers were thinking about too.” Ewing sees the political ties in the films he will present as well. “New Babylon” was more of a political tool than an artistic palate. “Film was used to convince the populace that Communism was the way to go,” he explained. Though these issues are not as prevalent in America, political systems are, at their very cores, turbulent. Artistic history will always offer invaluable lessons despite often being brushed off as irrelevant. The Faith and Freedom festival is here to prove just that. “Shostakovich is now gone and buried, but we still have the same problems,” said Williams.




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On Friday, Oct. 11, students across campus came together to raise funds and awareness for CASA, a child advocacy group that appoints a role model to a child in foster care until they find a permanent home.

Kappa Alpha Theta makes sure that the kids are alright Allison Duchin Staff Reporter “For the kids.” — the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta’s adopted motto for their fundraising work for the organization Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), as provided by the sorority’s Director of Service and Philanthropy, Maryn Cover. Their motto was only strengthened after the sorority produced their sixth annual KATwalk event last Friday. Nearly two hours of watching members from both Greek and non-Greek organizations strut through the Thwing Ballroom in formal wear, eco-friendly creations and outfits showing their organization’s pride led Kappa Alpha Theta to one of their most successful KATwalk events in the last few years— all while reminding the audience of the best and worst of the 1990s. Since the founding of Kappa Alpha Theta at CWRU in 2007, they have maintained the national relationship the sorority has with CASA, which provides children who are going through the foster system with a consistent adult figure and role model. They remain with the child until he or she finds a permanent residence, and are often still involved with the child’s life afterwards. Kappa Alpha Theta’s president, Elizabeth Vitale, provided information which exemplified that each year the sorority raises more than the previous year from KATwalk; this year their funds reached over $3,000 to be donated to CASA or Lorain County. While CASA has a serious mission statement, Kappa Alpha Theta, along with the help

of the various other organizations as models, were able to keep the event lighthearted and entertaining. The four categories that organizations had to prepare for were (1) eco-friendly, (2) classy, (3) their representation of their own organization’s pride and (4) “I LOVE THE 90’s”. Across all categories, some groups chose to take the traditional route, but some of the highlights of the show were when the various groups embraced the theme “I LOVE THE 90’s!” While most of the classy category was filled with suits, gowns and even a tuxedo or two, some groups embraced CWRU’s motto of “Thinking Beyond the Possible” and showed up as inspired characters such as James Bond and Posh Spice. The next category was “green,” which strived to feature eco-friendly attire and put all of the participating organization’s creativity to the test. This segment was similar to an episode of “Project Runway”— there were dresses of all lengths and designs made out of newspaper and other recycled goods like CDs. The greatest source of comedic creativity came from the orientation leaders’ group as they channeled the character of Oscar the Grouch in a human-sized trash can, encouraging recycling. Moments like that, or their ending chant, which involved various orientation leaders throughout the audience, were probably what won the judges over, securing their second-place ranking. When it came to showing off their own organizations’ pride, each team was decked out in as much clothing with their group’s name on it as possible. Zeta Beta Tau even went as

far as to open an umbrella with their symbols on it, however, maybe that was bad luck, seeing as they were not able to take first place from the Class Officers Coalition. In the final category of “I LOVE THE 90’s”, every group had a different perspective on the theme. Some groups showed up in typical 90’s streetwear, including snapbacks, Dr. Martens, parachute pants and neon color-blocked jackets. Other groups were inspired by iconic characters of each of our 90’s childhoods; specifically, Beta Theta Phi represented themselves as the beloved superheroes Power Rangers, and Alpha Phi and Theta Chi paid their respects to the Spice Girls and Pokémon, respectively. The event overall was fun, upbeat and at times hysterical to watch, but most importantly Kappa Alpha Theta was able to spread their motto “For the Kids,” so that even first-time attendees and participants such as Perry Billett from Zeta Psi and Armaan Hasan from Zeta Beta Tau knew what they were contributing to. When asked if either models Billett or Hasan would participate again if given the chance to, both enthusiastically responded “yes,” although Billett also stated that along with supporting a great cause, KATwalk would be able to “jump-start his modeling career.” With Kappa Alpha Theta’s record fundraising, their successful turnout and enthusiastic participants, the main improvements that can be seen to be made for KATwalk is that it should continue to grow and include more organizations, a goal that is endorsed by Cover and likely the rest of Kappa Alpha Theta as well.

House of Blues’ Scene Stage a home for music lovers Anne Nickoloff Staff Reporter A few people see the vertical “House of Blues” sign right on the side of Euclid and mistakenly believe the concert venue is a host solely for the blues genre. Usually, most people understand that this is not the case, but upon walking in, you wouldn’t really be able to tell. The front lobby conjures up a feel reminiscent of the 1940’s and gypsy robes. The warm lights and dark cream patterns on the walls make the room feel homey; at one end is the ticket booth and at the other end is an entrance to the Scene Stage. Nothing in here points to one kind of musical genre or another; there are no band stickers, posters or signs (except for the merch table) that would give away anything. It’s just a nice, welcoming room. Then, you enter the dark Scene Stage.

Inside the actual performance area, the small stage is prefaced by a midsized audience area sunk several steps below the rest of the room. A bar reaches across the right half and a small countertop-styled table outlines the general admission area, with barstools for people to snack and drink at the show while watching the rest of the audience dance in front of the stage. Above the stage, different religious symbols are painted, including the Jewish star, the crescent moon and star and the hamsa (a hand with an eye in the middle of it). The hamsa, a symbol of protection, is the largest picture in the row of symbols above the stage, directly above the center of the stage. There are plenty of hallways and nooks to get away from the sound if you need a break. A trip to the bathrooms before the shows is a high-class experience, complete with a plethora of hand soaps and lotions to use at the sinks and a worker handing out towels.

Upstairs on the balcony, rows of plush velvet seats are available with a great view of any performing band. Next to these rows of comfy seats are two wings that offer a bit of floor space for dancing or standing with a group. Bartenders line free cups of water along the bar for anyone to take. Local artwork covers what would otherwise be bare walls, showing images of equality, creativity and diversity even in the darker corners. A particularly noticeable sign says “If you’re not nice get out.” This sign says it all: Unlike other concert venues, the House of Blues is very clean and very accommodating and will not stand for intolerance or disrespect. Just like the different religious symbols, the different ways to view the concert and the different kinds of people that show up to the shows here, the House of Blues is the place for anyone to come and enjoy music in any way they like.

Star Slinger - “Free” Star Slinger has been around for a while, releasing two pretty great mixtapes in 2010, “Rogue Cho Pa” and “Volume 1.” His style is something like chopped and screwed Motown— he pitches up old-school soul vocals and puts them over his own beats. It’s like if OG Ron C worked at Stax in the 60s. Star Slinger has an album coming out in early 2014, which is apparently his debut. Eminem - “Rap God” This is the third single off of “The Marshall Mathers LP 2,” due out Nov. 5. “Rap God” opens with some Wu Tang-style B-movie dialogue samples, and then Eminem does his usual thing for a little more than six minutes. I’ve never been a big Eminem fan, and if anybody is going to get away with rap songs calling themselves gods it’s Kanye, not Eminem, but nonetheless I’m kind of excited for LP 2. Tegan and Sara - “Shudder To Think” Here’s a sentence I never imagined writing: This new Tegan and Sara song is off the soundtrack of a forthcoming Matthew McConaughey movie. The movie is apparently set in the 80s, and “Shudder To Think” is a solid three minutes of 80s-channeling synthpop, so I guess it makes sense... No, it still doesn’t. Joey Bada$$ - “Hilary Swank” Joey Bada$$ frequently gets labeled a “boom-bap revivalist,” in that his style is a throwback to the late 80s/ early 90s New York scene that was dominated by DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Large Professor and other like-minded rappers and producers. “Hilary Swank,” the new video released by Joey Bada$$ and his Pro Era crew, is a good introduction to their musical and visual aesthetic. It’s still no “Survival Tactics” though, which is probably the best Pro Era-related song to date. Danny Brown - “Dope Song” Wherein Danny Brown raps about dealing drugs and how he’s not going to rap about dealing drugs anymore. In the video, Danny rides around Detroit in a black Cadillac. It’s pretty classic Danny Brown.

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The greatest pick-me-up Streetlight Manifesto’s last Cleveland visit Anne Nickoloff Staff Reporter If ska concerts are known for anything, they’re known for their crowds. You see flailing. You see the mosh pit. You see every kind of punk. It’s an experience like no other; there’s even a dance designed specifically for ska concerts called “skanking,” where dancers simultaneously punch and kick the air in quick motions. With hundreds of skanking dancers and ska music blaring, it becomes a scene of mayhem for the underprepared. Things would become even more hectic if the crowd knew it was one of the last times they’d ever get to hear it. Streetlight Manifesto made a stop at the House of Blues on Oct. 10 during its “End of the Beginning Tour.” The band, in an act of rebellion against its record company Victory Records, will end its extensive touring after this last trip. Though the group isn’t breaking up, they will play only at select gigs and festivals in place of its regular stops across the country. “We’ll see you again, Cleveland,” shouts lead singer and guitarist Tomas Kalnoky during Streetlight Manifesto’s set. “We’re just not sure when.” It could be years down the road. For the audience, full of skinheads, boots and a lack of shirts, it’s too long to be hesitant. This kind of an opportunity may never rise again. So, the moment Streetlight Manifesto takes the stage, the crowd explodes, pushing and shoving to the squalling notes, surging back and forth, becoming a human wave. Even before Streetlight performs, the audience brims with excitement. Openers Mike Park and Dan Potthast, while not thrilling (just two different guys with guitars), make the mosh pit move between their two sets. One of Park’s songs, “Don’t Sit Next to Me,” is about troubles Park had in high school. The main chorus, “Don’t sit next to me just because I’m Asian,” is met with a crowd who whoops, cheers and chants along. Surprisingly, Park’s children’s songs about animals and eating apples are met with a few

crowd surfers. In contrast to Park’s acoustic songs, Potthast has a more punky ska influence to his music. In the middle of his set, Potthast announces a dance party, turns on a crackly old boombox and viciously strums away at his guitar. Many of his songs sound like streamof-consciousness written at the last minute. One song bullies a heckler in the crowd who yelled “Freebird!” during his set, and another (“Streetlight”) describes the dangers women encounter, ending with the phrase “I thank God that I can go out at night because I don’t have ovaries.” Potthast leaves the stage. Streetlight Manifesto enters. Then, chaos. The crowd gets so insane that just after Streetlight Manifesto’s opening song “With Any Sort of Certainty,” Kalnoky orders, “When someone falls down…” Like small children repeating a lesson, the audience replies: “You pick them back up.” The band moves into “We Will Fall Together,” featuring the horns. When trombonist Madav Nirenberg bubbles out sultry melodies, the crowd reduces to mere throbbing, listening to the masterful solo. Trumpeter Matt Stewart’s bopping solo has a similar effect. When the band goes all-out, the same blue-haired mohawked guy crowd surfs for the twentieth time, and another shoe is thrown into the air. There are so many people, so much sweat and so little space. A claustrophobic worst nightmare, but a punk rocker’s dream come true. “It’s a Wonderful Life” sees a thinned-out audience, though many of the diehard fans remain at the front row, moving and grooving throughout every song. Various items periodically fly through the air, usually balled-up paper or a beer can. A white fedora delicately floats down to the floor near Kalnoky’s foot. A stagehand runs onto the scene and picks it up, darting off as quickly as he appeared. “A Moment of Silence” opens with a direct, militaristic horn line riff. The song’s more structured and slow pace allows for some rest. Themes from this song continue into “A Moment of Violence,” with ramped-up tempos hammer-

Courtesy Sreetlight Manifesto played their last Cleveland show on Oct. 10 at the House of Blues. ing behind Kalnoky’s fleeting lyrics. The band exits the stage, but the crowd will not have it. Everyone yells for one more song. Within minutes, Streetlight Manifesto returns with two. A rush onto the dance floor. People tunnel into the heart of the crowd to tumble around during “Somewhere in the Between.” Then, Streetlight begins its last song, “The Big Sleep.” If there is any time that everyone completely loses their minds, it’s now. People kick and scream out the lyrics,

hopping around and battering everyone surrounding with skanking-turned-thrashing. Kalnoky spurts out a quick “Bye” before the band leaves the stage. The night ends with bruises and coats of sweat (whether it’s yours or everyone elses, you’re not quite sure), but it’s magical in its own grungy way. The most pit was violent, but people weren’t shoving or kicking each other out of anger or resentment; it was a celebration. After all, when people fell, there was always someone there to pick them up.

Violent, bloody, fun Anne Nickoloff Staff Reporter The stage of “Sweeney Todd” inside the Hanna Theater is daunting, dark and miserable. Rafters and beams criss-cross the second floor of the set, illuminating the ground with spider web patterns ready for capture. This version, by the Great Lakes Theater Company, has the plot loom like impending death from the first pounding song. It isn’t until the delightfully sadistic Mrs. Lovett (Sara Bruner) enters the stage that you glimpse the brighter side of murder, filled with dreadlocks, bra slips and creative ideas for disposing of dead bodies. However, she doesn’t do the actual killing. That job’s for her crush: Sweeney Todd. Actor Tom Ford’s portrayal of Sweeney is unsettling. His rage caps off moments of subdued anguish even though many of those subdued moments are the murders

themselves; Sweeney slashes throats one after another as though he’s cutting up vegetables for a dinnertime salad. These moments of monotony are flanked by explosive outbursts to remind everyone of his inner boiling against the world. Also, he’s bald. Maybe it’s just the 2007 Tim Burton film that screws with Sweeney’s character, but it’s all too easy to imagine the demon barber with a crazy mane. Despite this, Ford’s creative portrayal proves that Johnny Depp hasn’t defined the iconic performance— He makes it his own. Ford’s representation of Sweeney Todd was a whirl of juxtapositions: Hairless, but constantly shaving hairy men; yelling, or broodingly silent; regretful, yet swamped in revenge. He was a great Sweeney, but the real standout performance was loopier than the demon barber. Let’s get back to Lovett.

Mrs. Lovett owns a pie shop with the rumor of selling “the worst pies in London,” and she herself is probably the worst person in London. It’s easy to sympathize with Bruner’s performance, full of pecking kisses against Sweeney’s bald head and protective embraces around Tobias Ragg (Chris Cowen), but in the end, you have to remind yourself that it was her cannibalistic idea to make pies out of people. The fantasy-like world she creates for herself and Sweeney is lovely— songs of the sea and a portrait of the two make them almost seem like a real couple. However, her deception doesn’t let the fantasy go far. Sweeney’s own acts of vengeance are easy to understand after experiencing the rape of his wife. This flurry of a scene fills with colorful masked dancers sweeping and spinning, while Judge Turpin (Darren Matthias) attacks Sweeney’s wife in the middle of the stage. For the rest of the play, I hate Turpin as much as Sweeney; the stark image of

bright party dancers during this nightmarish act of violence lingers throughout the rest of the show. Yet another division in the play is exemplified in the plight between Johanna (Clare Eisentrout) and Anthony Hope’s (Zach Adkins) love. Johanna is practically a bird in a cage while Anthony is completely free. Maybe opposites attract, or perhaps Eisentrout’s good looks and even better voice are too much for Anthony to turn down. Anthony’s tender song, appropriately titled “Johanna,” describes understanding her situation with the lyrics: “I feel you Johanna.” “Sweeney Todd” is all about fighting and overcoming tensions, whether they’re within Sweeney himself, a scene of rape at a party or a romance between two opposites. The play steps beyond its gory scenes of splitting open necks to show that revenge never really works out like you think it would. Also, apparently human meat makes for a pretty good flavor of pie. Who knew?




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Strategic plan: Beneficial or superficial? On Oct. 9, Case Western Reserve University released its draft of the new strategic plan for the next five years. The draft outlines some general directions the university plans to move towards in terms of academics, staff engagement and community outreach. The overall tone in the draft of the strategic plan is clear: turn CWRU into one of the big players in the national academic field. In the new draft, CWRU strongly emphasizes interdisciplinary measures, like creating a program in data sciences for undergraduates. It is definitely a positive move, as disparate departments at CWRU often tend to stick to their own silos — to the detriment of the student body. The trend of kicking off huge projects with surrounding institutions has already started to point upward, as exemplified by the university’s recent collaboration deal with the Cleveland Clinic and donations to the CWRU/CMA arts Ph.D program. All the talk about interdisciplinary projects is certainly a step forward, but it is difficult not to notice that the Weatherhead School of Management is not mentioned as a prominent component in the huge swath of interdisciplinary programs. In the entire draft, Weatherhead pops up a grand total of eight times. That is not a lot compared to the other schools and colleges, especially those specializing in STEM fields. Speaking of STEM disciplines, it would be refreshing to see the university direct some of its focus on other areas as well. It is understandable that CWRU strives to encourage its students to pick the STEM path, but it shouldn’t happen at the expense of humanities or holistic liberal arts education. The university should not go back to being simply the Case Institute of Technology— which is why it should also give its humanities departments an opportunity to blossom beyond their current boundaries. The new Milton and Tamar Maltz Performing Arts Center at The Temple – Tifereth Israel, to be located on west campus, is a good example of the university making major plans for departments other than those in the STEM fields. But it is also a good example of the university moving the arts programs even further from the rest of the campus— both literally and figuratively. Harkening back to Western Reserve University, CWRU has impeccable arts and humanities departments, but in the long run they are not given the attention that they deserve. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that CWRU consists of both those historic institutions, rather than one or the other. Another point of interest in the draft concerns staff engagement. It is noted in the draft, rightfully so, that CWRU must take action to accentuate the importance of its staff. However, the proposed solution to this issue only involves surveying the staff on their experiences at CWRU. The final version of the strategic plan should involve more concrete outreach plans than this. It would be beneficial to see what exactly the university is going to do to engage its staff beyond a simple survey. Perhaps it would be better to expand the staff representation in the faculty senate or other university forums, or to create an entirely new and more efficient means for staff to communicate with those who set the agenda. Despite the issues with the draft, mentioned above, it does include a few highlights worth praising. One of them is the planned appointment of a vice provost for educational innovation, who “will work closely with faculty to ensure that pioneering programs meet the university’s standards for high quality.” It is about time the university has a position to oversee the quality of education and teaching, and not just the accomplishments of individual educators, especially when it comes to brand new programs. Before a new program can actually work well, the faculty involved actually needs to know what they are supposed to do and how they can reap the best results from their respective programs. Another merit of the draft is the emphasis on entrepreneurship programs like think[box], FUSION and Blackstone. It is delightful to see the university enhance the entrepreneurship of its students, staff and faculty by offering opportunities that encourage them to put their skills into action. However, CWRU must also make sure that it incorporates programs reaching out further into the vibrant startup community of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. CWRU should be stretching out to programs like FlashStarts and Shaker Launchhouse to get out of the infamous University Circle bubble, and offering programs that emphasize the burgeoning local startup community. It is also uplifting to see that CWRU is planning to form a partnership with a qualified child care provider close to the campus that would offer child care for the members of the CWRU community who also have to support a family. This will certainly increase the desirability of the university as a workplace, not to mention the fact that it simply is the right thing to do overall and demonstrates forward thinking on the part of campus planners. Hopefully, the plan will be realized sooner rather than later. All in all, the strategic plan is shaping up to be largely positive for CWRU. The university is at a turning point, with the opportunity to cement its place as Ohio’s preeminent institution of higher learning. With a few slight revisions and a little more foresight, CWRU may just inch a little further into the limelight, for better or worse.

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opinion Editor’s Note Is being geek really chic? The geek-chic fashion trend has certainly enjoyed a steady popularity increase since the mid-2000s; however, does that mean society is ready to positively perceive what many consider to be a derogatory stereotype? The Daily, Case Western Reserve University’s digital newsletter, is apparently ready to make this leap. Earlier this month, The Huffington Post re-published’s 2013 ranking of the geekiest colleges. ( is a lifestyle website targeted at college-age women.) Because Case Western Reserve appeared in the top ten list, The Daily published a link to the The Huffington Posts’ version of the ranking in its Oct. 14 edition. But is being among the nation’s geekiest colleges something to tout in the official university newsletter? I’m not so sure. The Huffington Post opted not to include the descriptions penned by for each ranked instituion. And a quick trip to the original article reveals why; the website pulled no punches when deciding which schools, for better or worse, made the list. “While one student on StudentsReview gave the school a A- for Educational Quality, Case Western bombed the Social Life category with a big, fat F,” wrote. They also directed users to the Urban Dictionary definition of Case Western Reserve, which states the campus’ men believe “having a better computer is more important than a girlfriend.” Clearly that author doesn’t appreciate geek-chic either. I’m a firm believer that Case Western Reserve needs to move away from its geek-ridden reputation. Does this mean the university should steer clear of intelligent students when recruiting? Absolutely not. Does it mean it should strengthen its search for well-rounded, as well as intelligent students? You bet. Since my freshman year, Case Western Reserve has done an increasingly better job at attracting and enrolling students who see their academic career as only a portion of their overall college experience. But there is more work to be done. There are still too many undergraduate students who believe a study session in Wade Commons proceeded by a few good hours playing League of Legends makes for the perfect Friday night. There are too many students who would rather read a book than talk to a peer. There are too many students who prefer isolation to collaboration. There are numerous student organizations at Case Western Reserve that struggle to fill their membership rosters, and the same overachieving undergraduates are left to fill several leadership positions at once. The university needs more well-rounded students who accentuate their academic career with leadership roles, hobbies and social activities. After all, scholastic achievement is not the sole benchmark of the student experience. But it is the only one for which Case Western Reserve is nationally known.


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Why do you attend CWRU? Dealing with your ducks The meaning of Spartan life Jacob Martin I had the privilege of hearing Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor speak in Thwing on Friday, Oct. 11. Her talk, hosted by the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, was as inspirational as it was original. O’Connor, who is tremendously down-to-earth, spoke of the importance of taking one’s time in school, relishing each moment and abolishing an inflexible plan for one’s future. Her words were addressed to the undergraduate student, tracing the trajectory of her law career and highlighting how she had little control in where she is today. She urged students not to plan their futures, but to plan for their futures. Her message was simple; college and life are about the journey, not the destination. Her talk led to a long Friday evening of introspection and self-evaluation of my own college experience, leading me to ask myself some questions: Who am I, what am I doing with my life and why am I here? The evening culminated in a great discussion with a friend outside the Village Starbucks as we watched athletes return from an away game, lonely scholars who just left Kelvin Smith Library and the slightly inebriated— to deeply intoxicated— make their way about the campus. So why are you here? Why are you at Case Western Reserve University? My column is titled “the meaning of Spartan life,” so why not ask the big question? Why are you in college? I’m willing to bet that most students that call CWRU home do so because of its name and the promising fiscal implications of that name. Maybe your financial package was too hard to turn down? Maybe your parents are paying your tuition and directed you here? Maybe you didn’t get into any of the four Ivy League schools you applied to? Whether our first choice or a backup to a more selective school, at the core, we came to CWRU because we think we will be better off monetarily in the future. But why are you in college? Why undertake the absurd task of getting an undergraduate degree? I challenge you to look inside and ask yourself, “Why am I here?” You might be surprised at what you find. The fact of the matter is that we are all here because we are victims of interpellation. By interpellation I mean something given to us that we think we freely chose. A college education is a perfect example. I wonder how many CWRU students really had an option to attend college. From a young age, we’ve been told that college is a normal and expected thing for us to do. Eventually we take it for granted and lose sight of the big-picture goal and purpose of an undergraduate education. So I posit the following what-if scenario. If minimum wage was all you were going to make upon graduation, would you stay at CWRU if it were free;

that is, if you were given full tuition, room and board, the same amenities afforded to you now and even a modest living stipend? Would you stay to learn for learning’s sake, regardless of how lucrative your future would be? CWRU students’ eyes lack the twinkle of wonder characteristic of a curious intellectual. Without the loose promise of a well-paying job, I feel the majority of students would leave our school here in Cleveland. I truly hope I am wrong, but observation can be a depressing teacher. Some of the things I hear students utter are disgusting and deplorable. Is an economy class plane ticket to Miami for spring break really a reason to hate your parents, the people paying for it and the hotel room? Is a scratched lens of a pair of designer sunglasses really a cause for histrionics and carrying on? Is a “B” on an exam a plausible reason to curse the professor and treat others with childish scorn? Society has made its abominable entrance into academia, effectively intoxicating us with materialism, drowning the most essential values of camaraderie, humility and selflessness in a bottle of disillusion and greed. Socrates is attributed with saying, “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” Think about that statement and let it satiate your soul because it is indispensable. Gluttony, egotism, avarice and pride have no place in the life of a student. What has a place is passion for a life committed to learning and the lessons of great thinkers not unlike Socrates. The etymological definition of “philosophy” is “lover of wisdom.” Therefore I charge you to be modern day philosophers that rebel against a society numbed by ignorance. Abandon reservation and expectation and embark on a quest for wisdom without regard for where you will end up. So I ask you again, why are you here? Obviously, I feel too many are here for completely the wrong reasons, so prove me wrong. Answer my question with an enthusiastic admonishment of all I’ve written. Rage against cheerless conformity and the strangulating hold of society. Be a true scholar captivated with knowledge. Until we start being a community of philosophers at CWRU, I will vociferate O’Connor’s message to seize opportunities as they present themselves and to live free from the blinders of rigidity. Prepare for your future by being the best undergraduate you can be. E. E. Cummings once wrote in a poem, “May my mind stroll about hungry and fearless and thirsty and supple.” We need to adopt these words as a way of life if we are to be successful intellectuals. Be a lover of wisdom and immerse yourself in all that CWRU has to offer. The past is a memory and the future is uncertain, so live a life of imagination within the moments of right now. Jacob Martin wishes everyone an enjoyable and restful fall break.

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A fresh perspective Stephen Kolison I may not be the authority on what to do when your plans suddenly shift, but I was pre-med for a month; so I know a thing or two about your life getting flipped turned upside down. Let’s be real, the ducks that most students had in a row when they first arrived are now taking a parabolic shape. For some, these ducks might as well be in a scatterplot. For others even, half of their ducks are playing hockey, while the remaining ducks lollygag. Now that things have been shaken up, questions have to be asked. And these aren’t trivial questions like whether or not you should have that fifth bowl of ramen. The questions that need to be asked require a little more effort because they are about you: Is it time to reconsider your major? Is it time to broaden your studies? What the heck are you even doing here? The beauty and repulsion of the Choices Fair in Veale Athletic Center on Friday, Oct. 11, was that many options were given to the students attending, but it also felt overwhelming. You were left clinging to what you knew so you wouldn’t drown in the sea of possibility. But when it’s time to let go and let the sea carry you to where you need to be, of course the lifeguard is missing because he found out he can Tapingo more than once at Denny’s. It’s an understatement to say that college requires a bit of effort. From middle school and all the way through high school, you are put on a track to college with a fair amount of hand-holding along the way. Once you get to college, those that held your hand basically say, “Your hands are too sweaty— time to let go.” The arrival to the situation where doubts are being raised has become even harder to get out of when there is limited help. The energy that is put into college can be summed up into two simple types: productive and unproductive. If you’re struggling with something and you know in your heart of

hearts that these endeavors are going towards something worthwhile, good for you. However, if your struggles are getting you nowhere and you are asking yourself why you are even doing it, then it’s time to stop. It is just a waste of energy. It’s like cramming yourself through a door that you know you cannot fit into. Close that door and find a new one to go through. Occasionally interests may seem disconnected, but something is there. Your head has all of these “ducks” set up for you, but it is up to you to put more work into connecting them all together and putting them in a row. When you close that door that you cannot fit into, yes, another one opens. What needs to be realized is that your actual door is practically the same door you were trying to cram through. It’s made of the same wood and has the same knob, but it may just be colored differently. You think you’re meant to go through swinging double doors when you’re really meant to go through the door of a blue police box. College is now like a rollercoaster. Before you get on, you see this really high peak and it seems like a thrill to ride. We all know that feeling when you get half way up the slope and you realize that the journey up is taking way too long and it’s time to panic and wonder why you even got on the ride in the first place. I have my days where I want to drop out and yell, “This is too hard. I’m just going to sell my scarves at the corner of Euclid Ave. and Adelbert road.” This is balanced with the notions that I want to stay here forever. Like the roller coaster, everything here will get faster and hopefully a lot more fun. People may get queasy from the ride, but that’s just a part of life. While we are stuck considering our options and the choices in front of us, the real choice is whether we fight for the journey and try more than we’re used to or just slide into the known. Stephen Kolison is a first-year biology student. While confining himself to his dorm, he enjoys knitting while watching Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey.

Social Justice: Surprise, it’s still a thing Family Matters Kyle Patterson “Social justice” is a term I much prefer to avoid, given its current connotation in today’s society. Give something the label of social justice and it becomes marked as socialist, a modern Robin Hood meant to steal rights from the rich under the guise of benefiting the poor. However, it is the term I feel most accurately describes my start here in the Opinions section. You won’t find me wearing a green leotard— in fact, you’d be lucky to find me wearing green at all— or swinging around the forest with a bow and arrows to threaten your safety. I’m not Robin Hood, and I don’t intend to be. But in a society that doesn’t even recognize a problem when one is prostrate before it, you can be damn sure I’ll be doing something to help. This column will address many of the issues that you may not even consider as issues. While we might not have separate seats on the bus assigned according to our skin color, it’s much more difficult to find decent work if you aren’t white. Women may have gained ranks in politics, but they’re still given an average of 70 cents for every dollar a man is paid. In 29 states, you can be fired just because you’re gay; if you’re transgender, that number is bumped up to 37. These figures aren’t even considering intersectionalism; white women make 81 cents to every dollar that a white man makes. Black women make 70 cents to the dollar; Hispanic, only 60 cents. Even within the marginalized groups, discrimination pits the

majority against the minority. A frightening sect of feminism has been gaining popularity among those identifying as “womyn.” This sect aims to exclude trans women from the feminist movement, often labelling trans men as traitors. In the following weeks and columns, I ask that you take a moment to really consider what it is you’re saying with your words and actions. The matters I aim to address in the days to come are not elementary by any means; rather, they highlight the problems so intrinsic to the status quo that these issues are hardly noticeable unless you suffer from them directly. As a disclaimer, I am not speaking for (nor can I speak for) everyone who suffers in their daily lives from the problems I will address. I experience certain advantages that others are not granted due to the color of their skin or gender identity. It is not my intention to speak for these people, but to raise awareness that there are problems. That said, I am not above the problems in our society; I am merely more aware of them. It’s entirely possible that I will make mistakes against these marginalized groups, and I ask those of you I have mistaken or offended to please write to me your thoughts. This is your column, I’m just keeping it warm for you. Kyle Patterson is a senior computer science major looking forward to the end of spring semester, his decided graduation term. He’d like to make a special note that this column is written as a personal column and is not related to his duties as a web director of The Observer. The opinions and thoughts expressed in Family Matters stem from his desire to be the change he wishes to see in the world.

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A hearty dose of realism The elephant in the room Andrew Breland This column was written in two separate instances. No, it was not written over the course of a couple days. I am not referring to a first and second draft either. This column was written one night at 11 p.m. and finished the next morning at 4 a.m. If you are not in college, this timing probably seems foolish at best. If you are, you realize that this is normal especially given that this piece was written during the height of midterms. Honestly, I am sure there are some students that question how I got an extra “assignment” done this week. You can find those people in Kelvin Smith Library every night at 2 a.m. A number of weeks ago, I wrote about the distance between the amount of work assigned to students and our begrudging efforts to finish everything. In that piece I lamented the addition of seemingly meaningless work and questioned the usefulness of many of the assignments I do every day. This piece is not the same. Earlier this week, the Undergraduate Student Government provided free snacks to those of us unfortunate enough to be spending our night in the library. The act was much appreciated; it came as an enjoyable happening on a

night where I had not eaten in 12 hours. But what was more surprising, or perhaps befuddling, was the survey given out with these items. I will admit, I was bad and did not fill out their survey. In that respect, I stole their snacks and I am sorry. Allow me to catalog my answers here. USG asked me about how many hours outside of class I study. Honestly, given the particular week chosen, they may not get the most accurate sample back, but it is reasonable to say I study two to three hours per credit hour a week. Sometimes more, sometimes less. USG inquired into what activities, choices and events I had given up on because of studying. Honestly, nothing. I make time for the five extracurriculars that I am involved in. And I find time to search for jobs, internships and career opportunities. The last question on this survey was if studying interrupted or interfered with my personal health (hygiene, sleep, eating habits, stress, etc.). I do not know a single student who would not answer yes to that question. The reason I spend so much time on this though, is because through the questions USG asked, and the answers they receive, we can all get a better picture about what I, and other columnists in this paper, have called a “real education.” Students (as is obvious every day of the school year) choose to get involved

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in classes they enjoy from professors whom they respect or enjoy. But we also get involved in extracurriculars outside our classes. We become presidents and treasurers of organizations. We plan events. And eventually, we plan for the future. Internships and practicum abound. Engineers go on co-op. Finally we graduate and, hopefully, get that job offer that we have spent four years and $200,000 training for. Some will not do that. Many among us will keep on going to school. Some run off to medical, law or graduate school, myself included, in hopes of finding a better job. And others, though a smaller number, will continue solely in academics. These few are destined to be the next generation of academia. In all these examples though, the same principles remain. Students who hope to move on have to get involved, or dare I say overinvolved, now. Harvard does not recruit, and Google does not hire people with only a 4.0 to their name. You need a 4.0, six activities, a world championship and a cure to cancer to get in there. Sadly, I do not think many of us qualify. The rest of us are destined to a lifetime of mediocrity. Nay, accessibility. Because while most of us will not be the next Haruki Murakami, Paul Clement or Peter Higgs, we do not have to be. There is respectability and honor in living a life that is enjoyable, surrounded

by the things you enjoy. If you only live to be the greatest, you will end up far, far short of your goal. Then why bring this up with education? On one hand, we try to do everything so that we can become the greatest in the world. On the other, one has to come to the realization that we can’t do anything. This is the real question when it comes to education. Education is more than reading, writing and testing; it is a way of living. If I may postulate, I think the reason we go through this is to become more educated— so that when we are older and we look back on all of this, we know how far we’ve come. Whether you wind up as a happy parent in Cleveland, Ohio, a businessman in Dallas, Texas or maybe, just maybe, a premier researcher at Harvard, you’ll see where you came from and the impact your education had on your life. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” – Walt Disney Andrew Breland is a double major in political science and English, planning on getting a master’s degree in political science before attending law school. He is the vice president of the Phi Alpha Delta pre-law fraternity and the treasurer of CWRU’s undergraduate mock trial team.

Letter to the Editor Representation is essential in communication; in order to spark a healthy debate (or to have a general exchange of ideas), one must clearly present their point of view and their opinion. Therefore, it is equally important to correctly represent the opposing side’s opinion as accurately as possible. A previous article titled “Sex, violence, and politics” is a great example of misrepresenting and misunderstanding the opposing perspective before busting out the pitchforks at the most, and not fully explaining the opposing perspective in detail at the least. In this article, Mr. Breland alludes to the red light standing by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). In an example of appeal to authority, the article takes the FIRE rating for granted. Rather than explaining the rationale for why Case Western Reserve University’s free speech is restrictive, the article relies on generalized statements about why restricting speech is bad. The problem is that the reader is to accept that CWRU is restricting free speech. The first issue I am calling into question is the sexual harassment reporting policy. The article argues that “the reporting requirements are considered an intrusion on free speech rights of victims.” This is a gross misrepresentation of the sexual conduct handbook. In the handbook, there are clear responsibilities for university employees. There is no mention of the victim being required to mention the incident unless they are comfortable doing so. If the victim does wish to report the incident, there are two types of university resources they may go to. The first is University Confidential Resources― these individuals are obligated to maintain confidentiality unless there is an indication of harm to self or others. The second is University Designated Reporting Offices— these individuals are obligated to take action if the accused is identified. When reporting sexual harassment to any university employee (such as an RA for example) the employee will usually be clear about what can be kept confidential and what must be reported depending on what type of resource the employee belongs to. Doaning Zhou

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Crossword Puzzle Across 1. Expectoration 5. Inundation 10. Affirm 14. Citrus fruit 15. Stage between egg and pupa 16. Tibetan monk 17. Deranged 19. Dry 20. Euro forerunner 21. Academy award 22. Produce a literary work 23. Put away a knife 25. Andean animal 27. Chap 28. Threshold 31. Varieties 34. An unwholesome atmosphere 35. Fury 36. Marsh plant 37. Mob 38. Outlay 39. Paddle 40. Trousers 41. Kicks

42. Car park of a house 44. Possesses 45. Performance scores 46. Keep going 50. Merchandise that is shoddy 52. Russian emperors 54. Soviet space station 55. Greek letter 56. Recover 58. Cooking fat 59. Delete 60. How old we are 61. Not there 62. Coils 63. Nonvascular plant Down 1. Slips 2. Small amount 3. Suffuse 4. Orange pekoe 5. Tastelessly showy 6. Javelin 7. Killer whale 8. Overburdens 9. Father 10. Warning devices 11. Perturbation


On Mondays I go running, so you’ll have to get up early and follow along on a parallel street. What fun!

12. Leave out 13. Walk in water 18. Water lily 22. Not cool 24. Matured 26. Fail to win 28. Grimy 29. At one time (archaic) 30. Animal companions 31. Stepped 32. 365 days 33. Circumference 34. Religious residence 37. Bird of prey 38. Swear 40. Benefit 41. Analyze syntactically 43. Abandon 44. Shingles 46. Interrupt temporarily 47. Insect stage 48. Locations 49. Amount of hair 50. Plate 51. Debauchee 53. Stigma 56. Regulation (abbrev.) 57. Male sheep

Clock Tower

by Kevin Yong

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Philosofish Sheesh, Brandon, you look terrible! When did you go to bed?

Kate Hart Ray Krajci


I didn‛t.

Aries After midterms week, you’re more burnt out than usual. A friend may surprise you with an adventure; it’s in your best interest to go along and try something new.

Taurus It’s the start to a long stretch without dining halls. We know you took that giant bunch of bananas from Fribley. We won’t tell anyone.

Why not? What could possibly be so important? League of Legends? Youtube? Reddit? You know even homework isn‛t worth it if you sleep through all your classes.

Gemini Financially, you’re in a rut. This upcoming break will help you discover the hidden art of scavenging. You’ll be hitting up those thrift shops like Macklemore.


You don‛t understand. I had to finish a book.

An attractive stranger will approach you with a million dollars. Unfortunately, it’s just Monopoly money. Also, you met him on the Healthline.

I see. In that case, you did the right thing.

Leo Halloween is fast approaching. You might think that dressing up as “the fox” from the Ylvis music video is original, but it’s not. Trust us.


Virgo Keep wearing your lucky underwear for your favorite football team; chances are, it’ll actually work this week.

Libra You know that cute classmate you’ve been eyeing all semester? Well, now’s the time to go for it. The stars are in your favor.

Scorpio Well, maybe midterms didn’t go exactly as planned. Don’t worry. Half the semester is still left; the glass is half-full.

Let’s invite him to a party and play ‘I never’. Ok, I never hid any bodies SOUTH of Main Street… he’s taking a drink!

Sagittarius On Tuesday at precisely 4 p.m., you will trip on the 64th step of the elephant stairs. Make sure to pay extra attention this upcoming week. You’ve been pretty out of it.

Capricorn later local maybe money never night nutrition other piece quiet rear sail solid strong taste title wheel woman


after ahead asleep beep breakfast bunch chair cheat clover crust dirty effort flick grand honey house international jeopardy

You’ll finally fulfill your life dream of petting and cuddling with a squirrel on Mather Quad. Hang around Guilford House for an extra 10 minutes after class; your squirrel will be waiting.

Aquarius On a rainy day in Cleveland, you’ll forget your umbrella in the dorms. Don’t worry about doing that awkward kangaroo hug with your backpack— a friendly stranger will share an umbrella and an enlightening conversation with you.

Pisces Break out of your comfort zone and say hello to your professor after class. It may just be the beginning of a beautiful Facebook friendship. Just make sure you don’t send that friend request until you’re back in your dorm.

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Volleyball heads to second UAA tournament after win Spartans look to improve divisional ranking before championship rounds Katie Wieser Sports Editor The Case Western volleyball team is ready to take on the division and their seventh place ranking as they head to St. Louis, Missouri this weekend. After a win at Hiram College on Wednesday, the squad will compete in the University Athletics Association Round Robin #2 tournament this weekend. Wednesday’s match came after a weekend off for the team. The Spartans were on the road for one of their few away games of the year. The team was looking to gain some confidence before the critical matches this weekend and got off to a great start with a 25-17 win in the first set. The 16-7 Hiram team fought back in the second set for a 25-16 win before the Spartans finished them off in the last two sets with close scores of 25-20 and 26-24. The team needed to be playing their best against this competitive team. Defensively, freshman Isabelle Wagner posted 11 digs while Carolyn Bogart and Marian Barton contributed on offense with 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Sophomore Robyn

Marks was a key contributor on both offense and defense, adding a double-double with 11 digs and 34 assists. The team will look to keep the momentum going versus opponents this weekend. The Spartans will face off against Brandeis University, Washington University, the University of Rochester and the University of Chicago during the two-day tournament. As opposed to the first Round Robin competition, the Spartans have the opportunity to improve their division standings as they face off against weaker teams. The University of Rochester currently holds the last-place spot with an overall record of 8-18 and a conference record of 0-3. They also are facing the challenge of inexperience and lost their first three conference games in their first round robin tournament. The Spartans could gain some confidence for this match by beating out Brandeis University the day before. Brandeis is sitting in sixth place with their only win versus Rochester, who they shut out last week. Their overall record is actually inferior to the Spartans, who are currently sitting at 11-12 while the Brandeis team has only won nine of their 22 matches. This will be a challenging match for the

Football team heads to the west coast Spartans to face off against Puget Sound for first time in school history Sheehan Hannan Director of Print The Case Western Spartan football team is headed to Puget Sound this Saturday to take on the Loggers. The first time matchup comes after two bye weeks, weeks the team spent recovering from a walloping by nationally-ranked Linfield in the Homecoming game in which they lost 45-0. To make matters worse, the Spartans were racked by injuries. The last two weeks have seen the Spartans healing, with six injured players practicing for the first time Tuesday, though there are an additional five out for the year. “We’re going to be the healthiest we’re going to be this week,” said head coach Greg Debeljak. “They’re doing everything they can, they’re doing their rehab and they’re coming along. If we had had to play last week, we’d have had 11 guys out, so I’m glad we didn’t play last week.” Ahead of the match up versus Puget Sound, the Spartans will have a practice session at the Seahawks facility, an occasion Debeljak says is exciting. “That’ll be a nice experience,” he said. “We want to give the kids a good experience but also realize it’s not a vacation, we’re out there to play a game and we certainly need a win badly.” Despite the injuries, Debeljak says there

is an upside. “Some kids that we normally wouldn’t get a lot of work with, we got a lot of work with. We answered some questions about some kids: if they’re ready, if they’re not ready, what they need to do to get better. All in all, I think it was a good week. We got healthy and we got a chance to work with our younger kids.” With the Puget Sound game ahead, and a game versus Trinity the week after, the Spartans will be entering conference play with a home game against Chicago on Nov. 2. “We did make some changes on both sides of the ball as far as philosophy and what we do, and we’re going to work on those this week in a game condition and we feel it’s the way to go. But you never know until you get out there and experience it against another team.” Turning to the game versus the Loggers, Debeljak is expecting a less intense battle than the Spartans’ last two games. “They’re playing a lot of young kids, so it won’t be what we faced last week, or even against Frostburg State. They’ve got some good players, but not the depth that Linfield, or even Frostburg State had that presented some challenges. So my expectation is that we play much better.” The Spartans face the Puget Sound Loggers on Saturday at 4 p.m. For full coverage of Saturday’s game, go to

Charlotte Palmer/Observer Junior Natalie Southard outreaches NYU in UAA Round Robin match team, but could provide the opportunity to show the division that we are serious contenders for a top-four ranking. Washington and Chicago would be tougher wins for the Spartans. Washington has beaten both Rochester and Brandeis in the first round robin and has a current record of 18-5 and Chicago’s volleyball team is cur-

rently ranked 19th among NCAA Division III schools. The experiences from the first weekend will help to prepare the team for this second round. With most of the team healthy again, the Spartans need to gain some traction on the competition before the UAA Championship in November.

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Mascot controversy touches on sensitive racial issues Nation chimes in as report on racism in sports mascots is released JP O’Hagan Staff Reporter In the past few weeks there has been outcry over the “Redskins” not being political correct. While the Washington Redskins moniker has received the most critique, the local Indians may also tread the line of offense. The name of Redskins has been used by the Washington D.C. NFL team for over 70 years. Yet the name and mascot are now criticized for being racist and inappropriate on the national stage. With the media circus that has followed the debate, everyone has chimed in with an opinion. Everyone from Bob Costas (an NBC sports reporter known from his work as an Olympics commentator) to President Barack Obama has spoken out about the name. The reason for outcry comes from the realization of many that the name Redskins can be perceived as a racial slur that originated in the bounty paid for Native body parts and human flesh. The NFL has said it will meet with an Indian tribe pushing for the Redskins to drop the name. However, it will be left up to the owner to decide if the mascot will be changed.

Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder argues that the name is meant to honor a people central to the history of this nation. However, Snyder is facing an ever-growing opposition. Many Americans have never thought twice about the name. Surveys indicate that even among the 5.2 million Native Americans in this country, whose culture and beliefs are the basis of the debate, many have not taken much offense. However, the opinion is changing and the change is rapid. Costas’ halftime talk during primetime Sunday Night Football last Sunday on the subject pointed out that when done correctly and tastefully, a name based on Native American culture can be accepted and be honored. Many teams use nicknames that come from Native American culture. The Atlanta Braves, Golden State Warriors, Kansas City Chiefs, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida State Seminoles and Illinois Fighting Illini are just a few of teams at both the professional and collegiate levels that use monikers that come from Native American culture. However, it is the Redskins name that has seen the most ridicule and change could be eminent. Yet what about our Cleveland Indians? Could this extremely vocal switch

in public opinion lead to local changes? The Indians have also come into scrutiny over the past few weeks. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) put out a poster in 2001 to speak out against the Indian’s name and recently released a report on the issue. It is a simple white background with three baseball hats. The first two are of fictional teams, the “New York Jews” and the “San Francisco Chinamen.” The two hats bear fictional logos of characterized stereotypical racists image of a Jewish man and Chinese man. The third hat is the hat of the Cleveland Indians, attempting to provoke a correlation between the Indians logo and racial stereotyping. The poster reads “No race, creed or religion should endure the ridicule faced by the Native Americans today. Please help us put an end to this mockery and racism by visiting” The NCAI has spent years trying to get offensive sports team names and logos like the the NCAI in their recent poster campaign. The belief is that the Indians “Chief Wahoo“ logo is a stereotype and not a respectful image of Native Americans and that the logo perpetuates stereotypical views of Indian nations and peoples. This is a problem that the Cleveland

community will have to discuss. While not perceived as a slur, many can argue that the logo is inappropriate. Many devoted fans will counterargue that the name is classic, iconic and is not meant to be disrespectful. The Indians’ namesake has been a part of the team’s history since 1914 and the logo was created in 1947. The team has kept these as a part of its identity since that time and is proud of the long and successful history of the franchise. However, the team faced arguments against the name before, with protesters warrested at rallies against the use of the Indians name and logo in both 1997 and 1998. While not as controversial as the Redskins name, should more scrutiny come upon the Indians? Could the team change its name that it has used for nearly 100 years? Should the Indians’ front office consider a rebranding? Or would serious controversy be political correctness run amok? These arguments will be presented in the coming saga of controversy and critique that faces numerous teams heading forward. For now, the beloved Indians will remain, but each person must decide for his or herself if change should be made in the future.

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Women’s soccer fights through scoreless match JP O’Hagan Staff Reporter The women’s soccer team battled for 120 strong minutes before forcing a tie against New York University last weekend. The Spartans, now 7-5-1 overall, worked a scoreless match on Saturday away against the Violets. Despite the lack of scoring, the Spartans started the game extremely well. Senior co-captain Rachel Bourque lead the push with four shots in the first half, forcing two strong saves from NYU’s keeper. Many other members of the Spartans offense sent in strong pushes trying to find the back of the net as the Spartans outshot the Violets by an impressive 12-3 margin for the first half alone. Despite the lack of scoring, both teams came out stronger in the second half, battling for possession. Midfielder Kate Dolansky and forward Jessie Sabers made the strongest scoring push for either team after the first half, late in regulation. With just 15 minutes left in regular time, Dolansky sent a powerful shot into the box that would have found net, but it was just barely saved by the Violets goalkeep-

er. The ball bounced away and was collected by Sabers inside the box. She sent in a rocket of her own that flew just over the top of the bar. The defense worked extremely well, keeping New York University out of the backfield for most of the game. Junior goalkeeper Abbey Smith worked another great game and saved five in the shutout. The game on Saturday was the fifth shutout of the season Smith has worked. However, the defense was not without a few scares, when NYU created a prime opportunity to score with only three minutes left in the second overtime when Imani Ribadeneyra beat Smith. The shot luckily crashed off of the cross bar and Charlotte Palmer/Observer the Violet’s return went just The Spartan soccer team attempts to get ahead in a divisional match versus wide of the posts. This was the Spartans’ sec- Brandeis University. ond game of UAA play and they earned this season, were able to fare well on this against Washington University in St. their first point, following the devas- first game of a three game road trip. The Louis tonight, and then will head to the tating 1-0 loss to Emory. The Spartans, Spartans look to continue their strong windy city on Sunday, Oct. 20 to play the who have had some trouble on the road play when they continue their road trip University of Chicago.

Men’s soccer misses out on win versus New York University Match ends in a tie after two overtimes York keeper. Just when it looked like it was going in, it ricocheted off the inside of the post, bouncing back into play. Luckily for the Spartans, the ball bounced right toward Matthew Zembas who took advantage of a great opportunity, finding the back of the net for the fourth time this season. Zembas redirected the ball back between the Arianna Wage/Observer posts, giving Case Western the lead Sophomore Nathan James, sophomore Chris Cvecko and freshman Zach Broujos lead and their first and offensive attack versus Oberlin College. only goal of the game. sity was a strong match that came out Just two minutes later, however, the JP O’Hagan as a draw. Spartans’ lead vanished when New York Staff Reporter All of the scoring happened early as University’s Bryan Walsh beat freshboth teams exploded to start the match in man goalkeeper Frank Candau. Candau The men’s soccer team has gotten a the 1-1 draw in New York. Chris Cvecko has gotten the start the past three games little sick of the same storyline. Satur- ripped a strong shot into the box at the including both games in UAA play. He day’s game against New York Univer- 8:40 mark that obviously beat the New played impressively on Saturday despite

the early goal, making five crucial saves to keep the game from slipping to the Violets. After the New York goal in the tenth minute, the game remained scoreless for the rest of the double overtime match. The Spartans tested the Violets at every turn, outshooting NYU at 16-7, although the teams were even on shots on goal. Both defenses refused to give way and the game remained tied one all. This was the Spartans’ second game in UAA this season and their level of play was a much stronger showing than last weekend’s loss to the nationally ranked Emory team. Case Western now stands at 5-3-4 overall but 0-1-1 in divisional play. Due to the extensive travel required for UAA play, the games are spread much further with typical weekly gaps between games. The next two games for the Spartans are occurring on the road and will be played Friday night against Washington University in St. Louis before heading to the windy city to play the University of Chicago on Sunday Oct. 20. The Spartans look to add to their UAA point total and move up in the standings with this weekend’s matches before returning home Nov. 1 to play top rival Carnegie Mellon.

Volume XLV, Issue 9: Oct. 18, 2013  

Issue 9 of The Observer, Case Western Reserve University's weekly student paper.

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