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Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Focus
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Friday, December 4

There are some stories that epitomize how creative young minds can be, like the one behind Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation. In the early 1980s, three 12-year-old friends decided to recreate the Spielberg classic in their Mississippi backyard. After nearly 15 years, the film was finally premiered at a Texas theater, and eventually the filmmakers were able to show their work to Spielberg himself. The screening of this film is one of the Cinematheque's most popular events, so don't miss this feature presentation. Time: 9:15 p.m. Cost: $12 ($8 for CIA students and children under 8 years old). Location: Cleveland Cinematheque. Info:

Saturday, December 5

Have you ever come across something at a CIA exhibition that you've wanted to purchase? For those who've been to an exhibition, you probably noticed that these artists truly have talent. It's time to get creative with your Christmas shopping, and what's more inspired than a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork? Unique creations by CIA students will be available for purchase throughout the weekend at the Student Holiday Sale. Time: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cost: Free to look. Location: The Ohio Bell Auditorium, Gund Building, CIA. Info:

Sunday, December 6

There are never enough opportunities to celebrate diversity, especially on a campus like CWRU. With the wealth of religious celebrations during this season, there's no better time to celebrate religious and cultural diversity. RHA's Winter Carnival provides an opportunity to learn about several religions and their practices, traditions, and more. All are welcome to traditional cultural desserts available for tasting, activities, and crafts. Time: 8: p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Carlton Commons Multipurpose Room. Info:

As the semester comes to an end, several student groups will be holding their final events such as campus a capella group Case in Point, who will perform this Sunday night. The group has showcased their talent at a variety of events this semester from campus fundraisers to a Cavs game. If you haven't seen Case in Point perform this semester (or at all), this is the perfect opportunity. Time: 8 p.m. Cost: Free. Location: Harkness Chapel. Info:

Thursday, December 10

It's impossible to keep track of all the up-and-coming bands, but nevertheless, music lovers will always try. Choo Choo la Rouge is an indie act out of Boston that recently released an album titled Black Clouds on Kiam, a record label managed by singer-songwriter Jennifer O'Connor. This Thursday, Choo Choo la Rouge will be stopping by the Beachland Tavern, playing alongside The Dreadful Yawns, Rubella, and Afternoon Naps. Visit their MySpace to get a taste of their sound and if you'll be done with finals or simply need a study break, Choo Choo la Rouge is worth checking out. Time: 9 p.m. Cost: $5. Location: Beachland Tavern. Info:
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Cross Country

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  • A conversation with Christina Mastrangelo
  • CWRU students among thousands at SOA protest
  • CWRU's Great Lakes Energy Institute honored as "Center of Excellence"
  • Relay for Life 2010 kicks off with recruitment fair
  • Smart holiday spending tips
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Sex and Dating

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  • All-American, UAA honorees back
  • Building starts on Mather Park
  • Dukes, Criss keep grapplers strong in the middle
  • For Spartans, Allegheny is splitsville
  • Revolving door is no good for the Browns
  • So far, it's been so good for women's basketball


  • Early Ending: Spartans eliminated from playoffs by Trine University

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  • Column on smoking misinformed
  • Copenhagen summit may not be effective
  • Divisive politics dilute meaningful discourse
  • Editorial: Semester grades
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  • The Observer's choices for the best music of 2009
  • The Observer's choices for the best video games of 2009
  • The Spectrum Drag Ball
  • tUnE-yArDs' debut record merges folk music with noise
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