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          LGBT center slated to open in April

          Kaitlyn Estes

          Issue date: 3/5/10 Section: News
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          The dim, secluded study space on the west side of Thwing Center is about to get some light. The space has been undergoing renovations for the past month that will transform it into home of Case Western Reserve University's brand-new LGBT center, an open and welcoming environment designed for the university's lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.

          The idea of an LGBT center at CWRU has been developed over many years by the LGBTA Committee, a group comprised primarily of university staff and administrators passionate about social progression at CWRU. "The committee formed about four to five years ago at the behest of the provost's office," said Jes Sellers, director of University Counseling Services and the committee's co-chair.

          The committee also includes junior Mitchell Delaney, who has served as a continuous undergraduate representative within the committee since the fall of his freshman year. Delaney said that the committee has been working to develop the idea of the center since he enrolled at Case, but hesitancy of potential donors made the vision just out of reach.

          "Donors didn't want to commit to anything until we had an architectural layout and space," Delaney elaborated, "so the major effort for the past few years was finding a donor." The green light flared on earlier this year, when an anonymous donor, an alumnus of the university, provided the generous contribution the center required.

          The renovations on Thwing West began back in early February. The committee had originally hoped that renovations would be finished to open in early March, but the discovery of asbestos in the floor tile pushed back the projected completion date. Sellers is optimistic that the LBGT Center will be completed by the end of the semester and estimated that the official ribbon-cutting ceremony will occur sometime in April.

          The new LGBT Center will be located on the first floor of Thwing West. The atrium study area of the first floor will be transformed into the Hart Crane Lounge, named after the poet Hart Crane. The lounge will be a welcoming, comfortable space connected to a coffee-kitchenette area. Some of the renovated spaces of Thwing West will be converted into offices for staff members and areas for students to meet and hold discussions. The center will also feature a gallery exhibit created by local high-school students that will display artwork focusing on the celebration of diversity. "We are trying to make it an inclusive place for all groups and people," commented Delaney. "We'd like it to have lots of traffic and use, as that will help foster acceptance of the LGBT community."
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            Sonino John Paul Scardelletti - A Christian

            posted 3/12/10 @ 11:57 PM EST


            Case Western Reserve University is promoting immoral behavior to its students, instead of finding ways to help these kids out of an incredible broken lifestyle which can lead to their destruction? The average homosexual life span is around 50-years-old. (Continued…)

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