The Oberlin Review

Dialogue Explores Line Between Public and Private

Joseph Dilworth, Staff Writer

March 16, 2012

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Within a small college community such as Oberlin, the line between what’s personal and what’s public often becomes blurred. Campus organizers hoped to more clearly distinguish the two during a public discussion held Monday in Craig Lecture Hall. The event, titled “Vandalism. Adderall. ObieTalk.,” was planned by the Student Senate in conjunction with the Dean of Students Office, the Judicial and Community Boards and the Student Honor Committee. Organizers hoped that the forum, moderated by the Oberlin College Dialogue Center, would foster open dialogue on these hot-button issues. “The planners of the forum hoped to get people talking about community on campus,” said Ilyssa Meyer, College junior and ...

Panels Shed Light on Linguistics

Aimee Stern

March 16, 2012

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This week’s Symposium on Language and Linguistics, hosted by the departments of Anthropology, Computer Science and Psychology, was designed to fill the gap in Oberlin’s academic curriculum for students interested in linguistics. According to creator of the symposium Ron Shalom, OC ’11, the symposium aimed to demonstrate the cross-disciplinary and interpretive nature of the study of language. The symposium, which took place March 14 and 15, featured three events: presentations of student and faculty research on language and linguistics, a keynote lecture by Ohio State University Professor of Linguistics Craig Roberts and a faculty panel composed of Oberlin professors addressing current questions and problems...

Bon Appetit Introduces New Animal Welfare Policy

Abby Collier

March 16, 2012

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Bon Appétit will offer the program to Oberlin along with 400 other institutions and corporations including Google, Disney Land and the Art Institute of Chicago. The program “will be setting a new high-water mark in the food-service sector,” noted Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States. The policy, to be phased in by 2015, will ensure that all Bon Appétit pork comes from pigs raised in higher-welfare group housing systems rather than in gestation crate confinement systems, and that all liquid eggs will now be cage-free and from farms. The company, which uses 1.75 million pounds of eggs and 3 million pounds of pork annually, also said it will ramp up efforts to s...

Heritage Center Celebrates Women’s History

Elizabeth Dobbins

March 16, 2012

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The Oberlin Heritage Center is celebrating the close of Women’s History Month by hosting the presentation “‘You Cannot Resist the Call’: Oberlin and Women’s Changing Roles in the Nation” with Youngstown State University graduate students Roger Juntunen and Jane Spies on March 28 at 7:15 p.m. in Kendal at Oberlin’s Heiser Auditorium. Juntunen and Spies will talk about women socially and politically important in Oberlin’s history up to the early 1900s. The influence of these women was not limited to Oberlin; many of their actions reflected movements occurring in the nation as a whole, from abolition to temperance to suffrage. Elizabeth Schultz, museum education and tour coordinator at the Oberlin...

Symposium Honors Anniversary of Fukushima Disaster

Joelle Lingat, Staff Writer

March 16, 2012

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The Fukushima: Lessons Learned? Symposium, held in Craig Lecture Hall the weekend of March 9–10, featured three different panels in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, marking the apex of the ongoing Fukushima lecture series. “The symposium is different in a way that other speakers come from a discrete academic background and focus on specific segments in the Fukushima incident, whereas over the weekend there was more of a dialogue among disciplines going on,” said Yue Qiu, a College sophomore who is taking the Fukushima mini-course. “It was more dynamic and [had] a bigger picture when specialists from diverse areas were brought together.” On March 11, 2011, the...

Economist Speaks on Unintended Harmful Effects of Graduated Drivers Licenses

Julia Herbst

March 16, 2012

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Research Economist and Associate Policy Adviser Melinda Pitts, who works at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, spoke to students and faculty members on Monday, March 12 about her recent paper, “Restricted Driving and Risky Behavior Among Adolescents: The Case of Graduated Driver Licensing.” In her lecture, which was part of the Economics department’s Danforth-Lewis Speakers Series, Pitts discussed her study’s findings regarding the effects of Graduated Drivers Licensing programs on the rates that teenagers engage in risky behavior such as drinking, smoking cigarettes, engaging in sexual activity or using marijuana. Since the 1990s, the majority of states have implemented GDL programs that involve a series...

Ohio Primaries Predict National Trends, Withhold Clear GOP Victor

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 9, 2012

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The state of Ohio is the paradigmatic bellwether state. Since 1896, citizens of Ohio have voted for the victor of presidential elections over 93 percent of the time and have the longest perfect streak of any state in the union. The media storm surrounding the outcome of Ohio’s Republican Primary on Tuesday can be accounted for largely because of this phenomenon. According to Assistant Professor of Politics Michael Parkin, Ohio’s ability to predict or influence the path of federal electoral politics is rooted in state particulars. “Ohio has a large impact on federal elections because it has a lot of Electoral College votes and they are almost always up for grabs. As a swing state, presidential candidates devote...

MAASC emphasizes unity, culinary traditions

Joelle Lingat, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

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This past weekend, Oberlin College hosted the 17th Biennial Midwest Asian American Student Conference. Over 50 students from different campuses, including Loyola University Chicago, Calvin College, University of Florida and Grinnell College were represented. Asian-American students from all over the Oberlin campus came together to plan the event. For almost 35 years, the conference aligned with students’ call for more opportunities for Asian-American studies on campus. The original Asian/Pacific American conference efforts led to the establishment of tenure and tenure-track Asian-American history professor positions and helped to establish the Comparative American Studies department. Although these strides have...

Symposium Discusses Nuclear Power, Honors Anniversary of Fukushima

Joelle Lingat, Staff Writer

March 2, 2012

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The Fukushima: Lessons Learned? Symposium, held in Craig Lecture Hall the weekend of March 9–10, featured three different panels in honor of the one-year anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, marking the apex of the ongoing Fukushima lecture series. “The symposium is different in a way that other speakers come from a discrete academic background and focus on specific segments in the Fukushima incident, whereas over the weekend there was more of a dialogue among disciplines going on,” said Yue Qiu, a Conservatory sophomore who is taking the Fukushima mini-course. “It was more dynamic and [had] a bigger picture when specialists from diverse areas were brought together.” On March 11, ...

SOA Watch Sponsors Re-Envisioning Solidarity Workshop

Aimee Stern

March 2, 2012

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School of the Americas Watch sponsored a Re-Envisioning Solidarity Workshop at Oberlin on Tuesday night led by Becca Polk, student and youth coordinator of SOA Watch. Polk screened a short documentary, Somos Una America, and held a discussion afterward which dealt with issues such as ways to educate more people about massive human rights violations and current activism that the SOA Watch is involved in. Overall, Polk drew attention to the need for a cultural shift in the United States that could lead to solidarity between the Americas and could stop the complicated problems of U.S. militarization. College sophomore Ian Zimmerman, one of the students who organized the event, became involved with School of the Americas...

Off the Cuff with Dick Gregory, comedian and civil rights activist

Alex Howard, News Editor

March 2, 2012

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You started doing comedy after you were drafted. What was that like? Well, first, I’ve been funny all my life. See, the greatest laugh you have ever heard wasn’t tonight. It’s friends and relatives. That’s funny. A comedian is timing, timing, timing. The funniest people you ever meet man, just ordinary friends, man. People come by your house when you a little boy for dinner or something and they tell you the same fucking joke over and over, but it’s timing, timing, timing. That’s the only thing it’s about. And then, remember, comics don’t make money compared to writers. Oh Jesus. Writers. Ed Weinberger used to be my writer when I first started, he wrote the Bill Cosby Show. Bill Cosby’s made a billion d...

Bolton Lecture Sparks Controversy, Call for Dialogue

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 2, 2012

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John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and frequent political pundit for the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, spoke to a crowd — the majority of which were Ohio residents — on Wednesday night about his understanding of the immediate threats to the United States’s national security. Chief among his concerns were the threat of international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. For many students in attendance, though, the message communicated by Bolton was one of provocative political rhetoric designed to impart neoconservative viewpoints with shaky epistemic foundations. Associate professor and chair of philosophy Tim Hall, faculty advisor for the Oberlin College Repu...

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