The Oberlin Review

Demystifying Off-Campus Housing

Abby Hawkins, News Editor

September 16, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

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...

Big Parade Comes to Town

Jessica Lam, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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