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Transformation on horizon for KSL

"We want to get [students] thinking about the library in a different way," associate provost and university librarian Arnold Hirshon explained during an exclusive discussion of the changes ahead for the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL). Addressing a student competition to redesign the first floor and the upcoming addition of a full-service café, Hirshon stressed the value of transforming this building from simply a place to study to an intellectual center of the university.


Cleveland writer Susan Streeter Carpenter reads from counter-culture novel Riders on the Storm

Susan Streeter Carpenter turned 21 in 1968, a year she describes as "a year unlike any other." It was this year that inspired her to write the novel Riders on the Storm, the story of six young adults living in Cleveland during the tumultuous sixties and seventies.


Sports Shorts

Volleyball: McCutchan named first-team All-American Junior Tricia McCutchan was selected as a first-team ESPN Academic All-American member. The decision was announced Tuesday, Nov. 30 by the College Sports Information Directors of America. McCutchan, who received second-team Academic All-American status last year, was one of just two juniors to receive Division III first-team honors.


Cleveland provides refugees, volunteers opportunities with Refugee Response program

In the spirit of Case Western Reserve University Greek Life's recent annual Saturday of Service, I thought I might focus my column this week on philanthropy and service. CWRU students are always finding new ways to volunteer their time and help out the community, but I recently came across an organization that piqued my interest and I hope will pique yours as well.


Issue Summary


  • A conversation with Professor Jessica Green
  • Nation's first research-oriented wind turbine constructed near Veale
  • Thwing Study Over to provide students much-needed break this Sunday
  • Transformation on horizon for KSL
  • USG reflects upon accomplishments at last meeting of semester


  • Grapplers drop match against rival John Carroll, fall to 0-2
  • Spartans encounter cold spell late in second half, go 0-2 in JCU tournament
  • Spartans place 18th at cross country NCAA championships
  • Sports Shorts
  • Women fall behind early, lose to Baldwin-Wallace

Fun Page

  • Fun Page Solutions


  • Cleveland provides refugees, volunteers opportunities with Refugee Response program
  • Editorial: Semester Grades
  • There's no 'I' in team - but there is in 'Republican'
  • What are you doing over winter break?


  • A look back: best of 2010 entertainment
  • Art history department says goodbye as distinguished professor Dr. Edward Olszewski retires
  • Cleveland writer Susan Streeter Carpenter reads from counter-culture novel Riders on the Storm
  • Magic of Mr. CWRU uses talent, gusto to benefit East Cleveland
  • Our friend Kelvin
  • The art of seduction, part II
  • Two recent film releases: Harry Potter disappoints; Enter the Void intrigues



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