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CWRU loses distinguished professor

Dr. Mark Smith, father of two, killed in hit-and-run

"His passing is a tragic loss for our community. Mark will remain in our hearts and serve as an inspiration in our pursuit to advance the health of humankind," said School of Medicine dean Pamela B. Davis in a letter to the school's faculty and staff regarding the sudden death of professor Mark Smith.

Students turn out in numbers for Greek recruitment

Indicated by the swarms of students sporting Greek attire and offering passersby hot chocolate, spring fraternity and sorority rush has arrived. Fraternity rush wraps up this weekend. Sorority rush will take place this weekend and next. As always, fraternity rush is two weeks of informal events targeting mostly freshmen and sorority rush is more formal and prospective students only receive bids for membership from one organization.

Simplify your student loan debt

In 2009, the average student graduating from a four-year private university left school with over $27,000 in student loan debt. There are very few ways to get out of actually paying off student loans, including joining the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, some teaching programs, or the military, or by dying.

Zeta Beta Tau fraternity moves into new home

For the brothers of the Lambda chapter of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity (ZBT), the start of 2011 has been a time for change. With a new house and new brothers following this semester's rush, ZBT is a fraternity in transition. After evacuating their old home for safety reasons and spending an entire semester in Clarke Tower, the brothers have finally begun to settle into their brand new house, mixed feelings in tow.

Nell Irvin Painter comes to CWRU

Every year, the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated on Case Western Reserve University's campus. During the week-long commemoration, the Northeast Ohio and campus communities are invited to participate in various workshops, discussions, and lectures.

Issue Summary


  • CWRU loses distinguished professor
  • Nell Irvin Painter comes to CWRU
  • Simplify your student loan debt
  • Students turn out in numbers for Greek recruitment
  • Zeta Beta Tau fraternity moves into new home


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  • Surprises abound at Film Society's 36th Annual Sci-Fi Movie Marathon
  • Two heavyweight Oscar contenders in review
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