The Oberlin Review

Increased Number of Obies Go Abroad

Sam Szabo, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Although students considering studying abroad during their college career know they are not alone, a new report shows just how common the decision is for Oberlin students. According to the report, Oberlin had the second-highest number of students studying abroad this year among baccalaureate institutions. On Nov. 16, the Institute of International Education released the 2009 edition of its Open Doors Report on International Exchange. In this year’s report, Oberlin stood out with 616 students going abroad this past year. Although bested by Minnesota’s Saint Olaf College, Oberlin received special commendation as one of 23 colleges or universities nationwide to send more than 80 percent of its total student population...

Making Space for a Longer Fall Reading Period

Sam Jewler, Ian Seeley, and Lila Leatherman

December 11, 2009

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

From smoking cigarettes to running through the library naked, Oberlin students always find a way to cope with the stress of their impending finals. Reading period is never easy, but it might get a little less stressful in the next few years. It appears that the work of some former student senators could potentially result in adding one day to reading period as soon as 2011. Last spring, then-Student Senators Leah Pine and Ben Klebanoff, both OC ’09, and College junior Luke Squire sensed a growing student consensus that the fall reading period was too short. These senators believed that a three-day reading period, especially a reading period where two of the days are over the weekend and already free from classes...

Speaker Rey Cordova, HIV-Positive Since Birth, Gives Face to HIV/AIDS

Fajer Saeed

December 11, 2009

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

As someone who was born HIV-positive, Rey Cordova has spent his entire life dealing with the stigma of HIV/ AIDS. Last Friday, Cordova, 29, gave a talk titled “Growing Up Positive: A Young American’s Lifetime with HIV” at Wilder as the concluding event of World Aids Week at Oberlin. Approximately 30 people attended the talk, which was sponsored by the Center for Leadership in Health Promotion, AIDS4Reel and the HIV Peer Testers. When he was a child, Cordova and his parents kept the disease secret from their friends and neighbors, telling people that Cordova had cancer. Cordova explained, “I didn’t want to be the dirty kid, or the kid with dirty parents, and so when I missed school, I told people it was a...

Litoff Building Already Earns Award

Alexandria Cho, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009

Filed under ARTS, Campus News, Dance, NEWS

The Litoff building — the newest addition to the Conservatory and soon-to-be-home of jazz studies, music history and music theory — is making fast progress in ways that transcend its construction schedule. The American Institute of Architects recently recognized the building and architect Westlake Reed Leskosky for excellence and sustainability, with the AIA Western Mountain Region 2009 Honor Award for Unbuilt Work. According to an Oberlin press release available online, students will have access to “a world-class recording studio; flexible rehearsal and performance spaces; teaching studios and practice rooms; a glass-enclosed social hub for interaction; and an archive for the largest private jazz recording...

Obies at War: Alumni, Family Find Reasons for Enlistment

Piper Niehaus, Editor-In-Chief

December 11, 2009

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Though many people join the armed forces following the example of an older family member, Bill Krissoff, OC ’68, did the opposite. Krissoff’s sons both became commissioned officers in the Marine Corps and, after years of being an orthopedic surgeon in private practice, he followed in their footsteps. “In most cases, sons are inspired by their father. In my case, I have been inspired by both sons’ dedication and commitment to service in the Marine Corps,” Krissoff explained. Krissoff’s older son Nathan was killed by a roadside bomb on Dec. 9, 2006 while on patrol with Marines in Al Anbar Province near Fallujah, Iraq. His younger son, Austin, continues to serve. Krissoff hoped that, in the Marines,...

Oberlin’s Peta2 Ranking Beaten by Wesleyan’s Veggie Vote Mobilization

Julian Spiro, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Despite Oberlin’s many tofu scrambles and vegan baked goods, the school just missed out on Peta2’s Most Vegetarian-Friendly College title. Oberlin improved from last year’s sixth-place finish in Peta2’s “Most Vegetarian-Friendly Colleges Competition,” coming in second behind Wesleyan University. However, representatives of Oberlin and Wesleyan alike are reluctant to put too much stock in the results. Michele Gross, business director of Campus Dining Services, maintains that the contest does not provide a meaningful ranking of the quality and quantity of colleges’ vegetarian options. “It seems to be only a popularity contest, [based solely on] how many students respond,” said Gross. “It does...

Green Referendum Falls Short of Quorum After Seven Weeks

Fajer Saeed

December 11, 2009

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Each year, Oberlin’s Student Senate is required to put together a referendum to gather student opinions and amend the Student Constitution if necessary. Although the Student Senate has tried unsuccessfully to reach quorum for its Green Referendum since mid-October, the student body appears uninterested in voting. According to former Student Finance Committee Co-Chair and College sophomore Reshard el-Shair, this year’s referendum is different from previous referendums in that it is the first to specifically address environmental concerns, such as the green theme and mandatory Sustainability Pledge of the new first-year dorm on North Professor Street, the movement away from disposable take-out containers in Dascomb...

Green Energy Forum

Sam Szabo, Holly Roney, and Elise Shulman-Reed

December 4, 2009

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

When College President Marvin Krislov signed off on Oberlin College’s Climate Action Plan this fall, he committed the school to achieving carbon emission neutrality by the year 2025. Although the plan is technically unofficial and nonbinding, on Wednesday, faculty and commu- nity members engaged in a green energy forum to talk about how to make it happen. Students filled West Lecture Hall to listen to a panel composed of environmental studies professors, a former Oberlin City Council member, Oberlin’s director of facilities planning and construction, and the manager of the Lorain County landfill discuss Oberlin’s unprecedented goal. First to speak was Rumi Shammin, assistant professor of environmental studies....

Oberlin Faculty Members Endorse Open Access

Ian Seeley, News Editor

December 4, 2009

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

In a unanimous decision, the Oberlin College General Faculty voted on Nov. 18 to allow open access to their peer-reviewed journal articles in Oberlin’s institutional repository. Although the policy only applies to peer-reviewed journal articles published after the policy’s implementation, the resolution encourages faculty members to submit other original works as well. Sebastiaan Faber, chair of the Hispanic Studies department and the library committee, said that an open-access policy that applies to all published works by faculty members is problematic because, unlike peer-reviewed journal articles, “books and some other articles ... have the potential for royalties.” The basis of the institutional...

Gas to Power New AMP Plant

Holly Roney and Elise Shulman-Reed

December 4, 2009

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

The lights in Ohio might soon start to get a little greener. On Nov. 25, American Municipal Power announced that it would be converting its American Municipal Power Generating Station project from a pulverized coal facility to a natural gas combined-cycle facility. As stated in AMP’s press release, the project, which involved 81 communities in Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia, was terminated after November cal- culations found that the project would see a 37 percent increase in price. Although environmental activists have been against the coal plant since the project was first announced six years ago, AMP executives have said this was not the cause of its decision. The AMPGS project would have been the...

WOBC Expands Mission

Daniel Dudley, Staff Writer

December 4, 2009

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Although students tend to associate WOBC with its broad range of playlists, Oberlin’s radio station is working this year to reach out to the community by increasing accessibility and self-generating news broadcasts. “We have always been involved and interested in community, but we wanted to prioritize that dialogue and try to see how we can do more,” said College senior Jesse Montgomery, the station manager at WOBC. “There’s about 30 programs that stem from or have some connection with community,” said College senior and program director Max Rivlin-Nadler. The station’s efforts include putting up more posters around town and holding special outreach information ses- sions at a variety of locations,...

New Anonymous Confessional Site Picks Up Where OCon Left Off

Kira Cohen, Staff Writer

December 4, 2009

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Ever since Oberlin Confessional, Oberlin’s anonymous confession website, crashed almost two months ago, many students have been without their anonymous gossip fix. A new website, Obietalk.com, has recently stepped in to fill the void. The site was created by College first-year Will Adams-Keane, who said he started thinking about creating a new anonymous website a few weeks after OCon went down. “There wasn’t really an alternative,” said Adams-Keane, “and I knew how popular OCon was, so I thought it would be cool to have something like Obie Talk.” He put the site up in early October, after designing it himself. Like OCon, it allows users to post threads anonymously, and for others to post comments...

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