The Oberlin Review

Be the Change CEO Kevin Jennings Does More Than Inspire

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer

October 7, 2011

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On Tuesday night in West Lecture Hall, CEO Kevin Jennings, of nonprofit political organizing group Be The Change did not just inspire students to become activists — he analyzed what makes a good activist. Using experience and stories from his long career in activism — 18 years ago, he founded the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, the parent organization of the Gay-Straight Alliance, and from 2009 to 2011 he served as assistant deputy secretary for the Department of Education — Jennings outlined the history of grassroots change in this country and what still needs to be done today. College sophomore Elliot Sakach hosted the event with co-sponsors Oberlin College Democrats and Oberlin Young Educators....

Ira Glass Waxes Poetic About Storytelling

Liv Combe, Editor-in-Chief

October 7, 2011

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The stage setup was unremarkable: a couple of standing microphones, a bottle of water and a mug sitting on a small table, a plain metal music stand. There was nothing, really, to catch the eye. And when Ira Glass, executive producer and host of National Public Radio’s This American Life, walked casually up the stairs and into view of the crowd packing Finney Chapel last Saturday, there was no fanfare to announce his arrival. But the moment Glass came onstage, the scene was transformed into something much more intriguing. In 2001, Time magazine named Glass the best radio host in the country, and more recently, he was the 2009 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award, “the highest individual honor in public b...

Oberlin Remembers Troy Davis

Oberlin Remembers Troy Davis

October 7, 2011

“Why wasn’t I on top of this?” “I felt so small last night.” “My heart is beating so fast.” “We can spray-paint a thousand walls…paint can be washed off.” “It makes me think, what’s going to happen when we leave this circle?” These were some of the words spoken by students on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Troy Davis vigil in Tappan Square. At 6 p.m., students began to gather, picking up candles and signs provided by members of the Oberlin College Prison Justice Project,...

Oberlin Founds Ishmael Beah Foundation Chapter

Kasey Cheydleur

October 7, 2011

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Former child soldier and A Long Way Gone author Ishmael Beah, OC ’04, came to campus last Thursday, Sept. 22 for the first event of the Ishmael Beah Foundation’s Oberlin college chapter kickoff weekend. College sophomore Elizabeth Kuhr started the chapter, which works to provide long-term care for child soldiers and children affected by conflict and violence in Sierra Leone. Since completing A Long Way Gone, the memoir about his time as a child soldier in Sierra Leone, Beah’s commitment to this cause has grown in scope and scale. Through his involvement with the UN, UNICEF, and Human Rights Watch, Beah travels to war-torn and poverty-stricken areas in countries such as Colombia, Uganda and the Congo, alerting...

Culture Fest Promises Lion Dance, Salsa Music, Tasty Treats

Alex Howard, Staff Writer

September 23, 2011

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Tappan Square will be transformed into a melting pot of music, food and performances from students and community members at the fourth annual Culture Festival this Saturday, Sept. 24. “This is the first year that the city of Oberlin, the school district, the College, and the Conservatory are all sponsoring the Culture Festival, so it should be a wonderful opportunity for connecting not only with the many different cultures that Oberlin represents, but also with the many different people in our community,” said College senior Rene Kamm, who helped plan the event as well as design its website. “I expect a large turnout and fun times manifested in vibrant performances and delicious food.” Student organizations...

Panel Addresses Pitfalls of U.S. School

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

September 23, 2011

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On Tuesday, Oberlin Young Educators, in conjunction with the Oberlin College Democrats and Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians, hosted Education Nation, a panel to address issues in education policy reform, such as graduation rates, teacher wages and curriculum.  College senior Rene Kamm, co-chair of OYE, said the group began planning for the panel in May, in order to bring attention to the pitfalls of the American education system. “[Part of] our mission is to get people involved in education outreach, and the other aspect is to create a physical, open and inclusive forum on the issue of education and education reform — for the purpose of raising awareness and hopefully to build a critical mass o...

Demystifying Off-Campus Housing

Abby Hawkins, News Editor

September 16, 2011

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Numbers Game According to Molly Tyson, Associate Dean and Director of Residential Education, over the last fifteen years the College has gradually decreased the number of students living off campus as a response to frequent reports of absentee landlords and unsafe living conditions in off-campus houses. While some 34 percent of students once lived off-campus, that number has since been reduced to approximately 13 percent. “The College decided to focus more on its role as a residential liberal arts campus. … It’s been a slow process over a very long period of time,” Tyson said. Tyson pointed to the variety of Village housing options as an example of how this transition still allows students a range of livin...

Professors Form Petition to Support the Occupy Movement

Alex Howard, Staff Writer

September 16, 2011

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As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to spread to cities across the country and the world, four Oberlin professors are doing their part to show solidarity with the protesters. They formed an online petition to combat the portrayal of supporters of the movement as an unsophisticated, disorganized group of young students. The petition, titled “Professors Support Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Movements Everywhere,” can be accessed at: www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Professors-supporting-Occupy. “Everybody has to put their little brick in the wall, and this is one of the things we could do,” said Politics Professor Marc Blecher. Blecher, along with the Chair of Latin American Studies department Steve Volk,...

New Travel Warning Restricts Student’s Study Abroad Options

Emma Eisenberg, Staff Writer

September 16, 2011

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The Winter Term trip to Mexico has a 30-year tradition in the Hispanic Studies department. This year, however, the trip is still being vetted by the Office of Study Away, thanks to a new policy restricting student travel to potentially dangerous countries. The Travel Warning policy states that “students are not permitted to receive academic credit or use College or Conservatory funding for activities in countries that are subject to Travel Warning issues by the U.S. State Department.” According to the State Department’s website, these warnings range from risk of arrest and long-term detention in North Korea and the threat of sporadic terrorist attacks in the Philippines, to drug-related violence in Mexico and...

Chilean Film Nostalgia for the Light Haunts, Educates

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer

September 16, 2011

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History professor Steve Volk hosted a screening of the Chilean documentary Nostalgia for the Light last week to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the 1973 coup in Chile. The film, directed by Patricio Guzmán, a well-known Chilean filmmaker and documentarian, addresses the coup and the complexities of memory through the lens of astronomy, archaeology and the search for bodies of the victims of Augusto Pinochet, the dictator who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990. During Pinochet’s regime, some 3,000 Chileans were killed and approximately 40,000 were tortured. In Nostalgia for the Light, Guzmán plays with memory and the fragility of the present by exploring the Atacama Desert in northern Chile — a vast expans...

Student Organization of the Week: Thread Collective

Erica Reyes, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

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Last fall, Thread Collective, a student-run production company, was founded by College juniors David Ohana, Aaron Profumo and Hayden Gilbert. The company works to raise funds and to manage and market student multimedia productions, art exhibitions and galas. Ohana noted that Thread Collective is now “much more professional”, but that its mission to “raise the standard for productions on campus and maximize the great talent that Oberlin houses” has remained constant. A team of aspiring producers, advertisers, accountants and graphic and set designers work to make sure the odds and ends of student productions are well organized. “Too often, artists are [so] bogged down by the details of organizing and managing...

Wilder Press to Publish Anthologies, Novella

Julia Herbst, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

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On May 27, Wilder Voice Press will celebrate the release of its first published books: two anthologies and a collection of poetry written by Oberlin students. Staff members of the Wilder Voice literary magazine — including Editor-in-Chief and double-degree sixth-year John West, managing editor and College junior Emily Kennedy and business editor and College junior David Ohana — recently established Wilder Voice Press as a way to publish more content written by students. “[Wilder Voice Press] is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said West. “We’ve noticed that there’s just so much [writing] being done on campus that lends itself so well to this. … People were producing such amazing...

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