Inside the Circle

A look at this week’s happenings in University Circle

SM@C’s to kick of debut event at Jolly Scholar
Anastazia Vanisko

Spreading Music @ Case (SM@C), a newSpreading Music @ Case (SM@C), a new student group on campus, will have its first event at the Jolly Scholar on Friday, Nov. 22 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Rohan Verma, a Case Western Reserve freshman, was inspired to start the club after being involved with a similar group in high school. There, he saw how a low-pressure environment made people feel more comfortable performing, especially when they were first starting out.The result was innovative collaborations that otherwise would never have occurred.

The kickoff event at the Jolly Scholar will be much larger and have more refined acts than future events. A major goal at this point is to create awareness through music. Performers who are just starting out and experienced performers are both welcome, but all of the musicians are expected to take their music seriously.

Unlike at other events where it is at times nearly impossible to hear the music over the sound of people talking, SM@C brings music front and center rather than leaving it in the background.

Footlighters performing “Merrily We Roll Along”
Anastazia Vanisko

This semester, the Case Footlighters are performing “Merrily We Roll Along,” a musical that follows the story of composer Franklin Shepard (Frank), who is played by Michael Knobloch.

The performance tells the story in a unique way, beginning in 1976 at the height of Frank’s success and tracing the timeline back to 1957. Important moments in Frank’s life that shaped the man he became in 1976 are featured, as well as the impact these events have had on his friends Mary Flynn and Charley Kringas, played by Alexis Attinoto and Amnon Carmi.

Many people have been involved in the production in multiple ways, either by performing, choreographing, working backstage or playing in the pit during the show. Performances will be Nov. 21 at 8:30 p.m., Nov. 22 at 8:00 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 8:30 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. at Carlton Commons. Tickets cost $5 and can be bought online until 3:00 p.m. the day of the show or at the door.

Juniper’s annual Walk in My Shoes event
Anastazia Vanisko

Juniper Residential College’s annual Walk In My Shoes event will be held Friday, Nov. 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Thwing Atrium. The goal of the event is to familiarize students with a group of people they may not know much about. The theme of this year’s event is HIV/AIDS.

The event consists of a series of booths explaining different aspects of the theme. This year’s booths include topics such as Accessibility to Healthcare on a Micro and Macro Scale, Gender and HIV, What is HIV/AIDS?, Influential People in the HIV/AIDS Movement and Pop Culture and Prevention and Treatment. Each booth will have an interactive component as well.

As students go through each booth, their “passports” that they received earlier will be checked off. Four checks will get a student a free smoothie from Tropical Smoothie, and five checks will get a student a free smoothie and a free tank top.

Maltz Museum to panel discussion on media influence
Anastazia Vanisko

On Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m., the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is holding the panel discussion “Media Influence on Public Opinion.”

The event will feature three speakers, and Thomas Mulready from Cool Cleveland, a website that publicizes events around Cleveland, will be moderating. Thor Wasbotten, director of the Kent State School of Journalism and Mass Communication; Rita Andolsen, director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives at WKYC-TV; and Jim McIntyre, news anchor for AM 1420 will all sit on the panel. These speakers will discuss how media affects public perception.

Tickets are $12 and $10 for museum members.