The Oberlin Review

Big Parade Comes to Town

Jessica Lam, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Warmth and sunshine — a welcome respite from the dreary weather of the past few weeks on campus — marked the 10th annual Big Parade and Festival on Saturday, May 7. Preparation began early in the morning for the town-wide event, which, in addition to the parade, included music, free food, a moonbounce and other family-friendly activities. The parade began at Eastwood Elementary School and ended in Tappan Square, where the post-parade festivities were conducted. College students and townspeople of all ages lined the streets to see the dozen-or-so homemade parade floats, decorated bikes and the intricate costumes designed by College students and community members alike. There was plenty of variety in the types...

Wilder Press to Publish Anthologies, Novella

Julia Herbst, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

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...

Visiting Speaker Inspects MySpace Friendships

Liv Combe, News Editor

May 13, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

In an era when The Social Network is nominated for an Academy Award and the news of Osama bin Laden’s death is heard first on Twitter, it’s safe to assume that most people are active on one online social network or other. David Liben-Nowell, an associate professor of Computer Science at Carleton College, took this assumption one step further and decided to pose a simple question: Why do we have friends? Last Friday, May 6, in a talk entitled “You Can Pick Your (Best) Friends,” Liben-Nowell presented the data gathered by a group of four colleagues — two evolutionary psychologists and two computer scientists, including himself — who looked at the statistics of “Best Friends” rankings on MySpace. As Libe...

Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series Attracts Local Conservatives, Few Students

John Light, Editor-In-Chief

May 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

This past week, the Oberlin Republicans and Libertarians took to task the centuries- old adage, “Not to be a socialist at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head.” On Thursday, a crowd gathered in West Lecture Hall to hear an address by Mark Steyn, a free speech advocate known as a regular on Rush Limbaugh’s conservative talk radio show and an often-vocal critic of Islam. Those in attendance were predominantly Tea Partiers and Republicans from across Lorain County. A few odd Oberlin students sat among them, as well as the members of the Oberlin Republicans and Libertarians and their faculty adviser, Associate Professor of Philosophy Timothy Hall. The group invited Steyn as part...

Former Senator Feingold Speaks on Campaign Finance

Caroline Hui, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) came to Oberlin on Wednesday to speak about campaign finance reform, the issue for which he is arguably most well-known. Feingold began his career as a public servant at the age of 29. He served as a member of the Wisconsin State Senate for 10 years before serving three terms in the United States Senate. He was co-sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002, which bans corporations from donating money to a specific candidate in an election. He was also the only senator to vote against the PATRIOT Act. In his lecture on campus, Feingold argued against large donations from corporations. He asserted that donations by individuals, rather than organizations, include more people in...

City of Oberlin Develops Plan for a Greener Community

Sarah Washington

May 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Oberlin College’s students, staff and faculty are dedicated to making the College a cleaner and greener place through projects such as the construction of the AJLC Environmental Studies building and OSCA’s composting program. Many people might not realize, however, that the town of Oberlin is taking its own steps to create a more eco-friendly community. The city is in the process of drafting its first Climate Action Plan with help from Steve Duppee, Electric Director of the Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System, and Energy Services and Sustainability Initiatives Manager Doug McMillan. Their goal is to create a clear set of green initiatives for the town of Oberlin. “The construction of the plan has included...

OC Dems Hold Rally to Petition Against S.B. 5

Max Anzilotti, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Oberlin’s Student Labor Action Coalition held its second rally against Ohio Senate Bill 5, a new law that weakens the collective bargaining rights of public workers, on Tuesday in West Lecture Hall. The rally marked the beginning of a petition-gathering campaign led by Oberlin College Democrats, part of a statewide effort by the grassroots organization We Are Ohio to collect the 213,149 signatures needed by June 30 to put the law to a referendum in November’s elections. The event featured speeches by union leaders, community members and students, a written statement from Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, as well as protest songs performed by the student band, called Mary Claire and the Union Boys. The rally was ...

Student Organization of the Week: Harry Potter Alliance

Jessica Lam, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The Harry Potter Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that uses lessons from J.K. Rowling’s best-selling series as inspiration for tackling issues such as literacy, equality and human rights. Oberlin College has its own chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, founded last year by College sophomore Anna Dardick. Dardick, who founded and served as president for a chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance at her high school, considers Harry Potter to be a prominent influence on many children growing up. “I think my favorite thing about the Harry Potter series is how accessible it is,” said Dardick, who cites the series as her reason for reading as a child. “It can bring up issues such as prejudice...

62 Students Inducted into Sigma Xi Science Honor Society

Veronica Burnham, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Science students and faculty alike crowded the Science Center atrium this past Monday, May 2, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Sigma Xi. Described as the science-research version of Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi is an international science research society with over 60,000 members worldwide and a chapter in Oberlin since 1973. An annual meeting is held each year to honor new student nominees, or “Associate Members.” This year, 62 Oberlin students were inducted into the program. According to Dennis Hubbard, Oberlin Sigma Xi Chapter President and Associate Professor of Geology, students must be nominated by current members of Sigma Xi who work in the same departments of research. “These students must have...

Solarity Seeks to Revitalize Social Scene

Caroline Hui

April 29, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

By the end of their first semester, current College sophomores Eli Clark-Davis and Tom Hake were fed up with nightlife at Oberlin. They disliked how the house parties were always so crowded, hot and sweaty. They were tired of Safety and Security breaking up parties at midnight or earlier. The ’Sco was no better — general consensus is that it is only acceptable to go on Wednesday nights. “When a prospie comes, you tell him or her, ‘[We have] Drag Ball and Safer Sex Night,’ which [can be] a motivating factor to come here,” Clark-Davis said. “Other times, people are weirded out by it because they both promote provocative dress. A lot of the parties here have a social issue driving them behind it. It can...

Ninde Scholars Program Aids in College Prep

Jessica Lam

April 29, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Community News, Features, NEWS

In 2002, Oberlin residents Dick and Ann Ninde offered a challenge grant toward the goal of making it possible for all Oberlin High School students to attend college. With the help of other community members and the College, the Ninde Scholars Program was founded in 2003 as a collaboration between the College, Oberlin City Schools and the Lorain County Urban League. The Scholars Program aims to honor the Nindes’ commitment to education by offering tutoring and college preparation services. The program has grown greatly in the 8 years since its creation. Some services — such as the College Essay Night — are available for all Oberlin High School students, but the Scholars Program is specifically tailored to a small...

Potential Changes to Academic Calendar Proposed

Julia Herbst

April 29, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Uncategorized

After three years of discussion, the Academic Calendar Committee has recently put forth a five-part plan of recommended changes to the academic calendar. If approved by the general faculty, these changes would be implemented beginning in the 2013-14 school year. The proposed alterations include starting the fall semester before Labor Day (when possible), making Labor Day a teaching day, moving Commencement to Sunday, and closing the “gap” between Winter Term and the first day of second semester classes in order to start the spring semester sooner. The plan would also extend reading periods by an additional day, in keeping with a request made by Student Senate a few years ago and reaffirmed by members of the...

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