5 questions with… computer engineering major, study abroad student Jean Castillo

Jean Castillo

It’s been an uncharacteristically warm fall here in Cleveland—but halfway around the world, Jean Castillo has spent months swept up in a Snowstorm. Castillo, a fourth-year Case Western Reserve undergraduate, is studying abroad this semester

5 questions with… one of Smokey Robinson’s violinists, physics instructor Ed Caner

Ed Caner in Hey Mavis

Ed Caner vividly remembers the first time he took the stage with Smokey Robinson. It was 1990, and Caner was playing violin for Robinson’s fans on a floating stage in the Cuyahoga River. The

5 questions with… junior English major, Cavalier Girl Bry Atchison

Bry Atchison dancing at Cavs game

When the Cleveland Cavaliers tip off tonight in Quicken Loans Arena for their first home game of the season, fans from Case Western Reserve University might see a familiar face on the court: Bry

5 questions with… retiring Thwing Center building service worker Edith Farmer

Edith Farmer

Today, Edith Farmer will retire from Case Western Reserve University after 21 years as a building service worker in Thwing Center. But longtime members of the campus community may recall seeing her smile around

5 questions with… award-winning Sustained Dialogue leader Brittany Chung

Brittany Chung

When then-first-year student Brittany Chung responded to an email from the Office of Multicultural Affairs about a leadership opportunity, she had no idea what the position entailed. Now, three years later, she’s being recognized

5 questions with… award-winning engineering PhD student Symone Alexander

Symone Alexander

Symone Alexander more or less stumbled into her career path. It took literally getting lost in the engineering building as an undergraduate at Howard University in order for her to find her true passion. “I

5 questions with… Undergraduate Student Government President Chippy Kennedy

Chippy Kennedy

Chippy Kennedy wants to get people talking. As the new Undergraduate Student Government president, he plans to make that happen. Traditionally, he noted, students have a reputation of being apathetic toward political issues on campus

5 questions…with recent retiree, Thwing Center “fixer” Al Hammett

Al Hammett

As soon as Al Hammett arrived at work on Wednesday, he was called on to address an urgent issue: The audio-visual setup in the Thwing Center ballroom needed to be adjusted, and a meeting

5 questions with… business continuity manager Eun-Joo Ahn

Eun-Joo Ahn

When an emergency occurs, whether manmade or natural, the university’s immediate concern is for the safety of those involved. But what happens after the situation has cleared? Classes, research and day-to-day operations all must

5 questions with… common reading committee, religious studies chair Timothy Beal


Timothy Beal is committed to engaging mass amounts of people in academic thought and discussion. Over the past two years, he’s earned two National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grants to do just that—including,