The Oberlin Review

Drag Ball: The Show Went On

Drag Ball: The Show Went On

April 15, 2011

Early on Friday, April 8, President of the Drag Ball Committee and College senior Hunter O’Neill received an e-mail from City of Oberlin Fire Marshal Dennis Kirin informing him that he had limited Drag Ball attendance to 280 people: 100 in the ’Sco and 180 in DeCafé. “The minute I saw this information, my jaw dropped,” O’Neill wrote in an email to the Review. After a reevaluated fire code severely curtailed the number of attendees allowed into the Halloween Guided by Voices concert ...

Student Senate Discusses Plans for Community in 2025

Erica Reyes, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

On Monday, Student Senate met with Cheri Ryan and Lizette Torres of the Public Services Institute to discuss the city of Oberlin’s 2025 Strategic Plan, which is made up of the city’s ideas for improvements for matters ranging from energy efficiency to storm water management. Ryan and Torres, Field Coordinator and Administrative Associate for PSI, respectively, asked the students their opinions about the positive aspects of Oberlin, the aspects that could be improved upon and, overall, what the students hoped Oberlin would be like in the next 10 to 15 years. This workshop is part of an ongoing effort, which began in late March, to ensure that the city, its residents and its businesses are set for the future. In...

Send Silence Packing Brings Suicide Awareness to Campus

Max Anzilotti, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Eleven hundred backpacks, representing the approximate number of college students whose lives are lost to suicide each year, were displayed in the Science Center on Monday as part of Send Silence Packing, a traveling exhibit that aims to promote dialogue and decrease the incidence of student suicide. Active Minds, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues on college campuses and providing students with the resources to address them, runs the exhibit. The organization has established more than 300 student-run chapters, one of which was formed last year in Oberlin. Members of the chapter, called Active Minds at Oberlin, were on hand at the exhibit. They talked with students...

The Role of Religion in a Secular Bubble: A Two-Part Feature

Julia Herbst

April 15, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

As a school with a diverse religious and spiritual population and a long religious history, questions about how the administration does and should manage religious life are cause for much discussion. This debate is especially active in recent years due to the creation of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the development of many new faith-based organizations. Today, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and its affiliated organizations have the challenge of both adjusting to the changing religious beliefs of students and also promoting multifaith dialogues that include all viewpoints. This current multi-religion model is significantly different than other models for spiritual life that have existed over...

Eric Estes Named Dean of Student Life and Services

Liv Combe, News Editor

April 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

On March 25, Eric Estes was appointed to take over the position of Dean of Student Life and Services. Current Dean Linda Gates, who has held the position for six years, will be retiring, and Estes’s appointment will take effect on July 1 of this year. During a five-month long search that led up to Estes’s appointment, several candidates were considered for the position, many of whom already made up faculty and staff of Oberlin, in addition to others from across the country. “It was a strong pool,” said President Marvin Krislov. “A very, very strong pool. But Eric was really the outstanding candidate. There were other outstanding candidates, but he was really the strongest, we felt.” Professor David...

Free Store Fourth Birthday Party Draws Crowd

Max Anzilotti, Staff Writer

April 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

When a Free Store throws a party, one expects to get free stuff. There certainly was plenty of it at the Free Store’s fourth birthday party, which was held in the store itself — a small room in the Asia House basement — on Wednesday, March 23. The music was free. The cupcakes were free. So were the sweaters, taco mix and frog-shaped humidifiers. The event drew a large and exuberant crowd. Among those in attendance was College sophomore Lila Leatherman. “I’m really enthusiastic about the Free Store,” she said. “I think it’s a great way to reuse things that wouldn’t otherwise get reused, and also it’s a great resource if you need clothes or if you just want to browse.” When asked if she had...

Oberlin President Travels on Burning Plane, Survives

John Light, Editor-in-Chief

April 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

On March 17, many students were getting ready for midterms the following week and finalizing their plans for spring break. College President Marvin Krislov was some 200 miles south-east, napping on a Continental Airlines jet headed to Baltimore to attend an event hosted by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, OC ’92. Then, 25 minutes into the flight, the engine caught fire. Krislov was rudely awakened from his snooze. “They came on and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, as some of you might have noticed, there is an engine that’s burning. We’re going to turn it off and we’re going to need to make an emergency landing at Pittsburgh, please get ready,’” he said. His trip to Baltimore – with College...

Peace-Seeking Organization Screens Documentary

Jessica Lam, Staff Writer

April 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

On Wednesday, March 30, the group Invisible Children hosted a screening of its latest documentary, Tony, as part of its Congo Tour. The screening will fund the group’s efforts to protect and rehabilitate the victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a sectarian religious military group founded 25 years ago in Uganda. The documentary, which spans the eight years of Invisible Children’s existence, tells the story of the boy who served as the inspiration for the organization and the friendship he developed with the founders. Although the LRA’s campaign began in Uganda, its activities have since spread to Sudan, the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. Invisible Children aims to increase awareness...

Community Rallies Against Senate Bill 5 in Tappan Square

Community Rallies Against Senate Bill 5 in Tappan Square

March 18, 2011

On Tuesday afternoon at the bandstand in Tappan Square, over 100 members of Oberlin College and the Lorain County community gathered outside in the rain to rally against Senate Bill 5, which would eliminate all of Ohio public employees’ right to collectively bargain for adequate benefits, fair wages and safe working conditions. Governor John Kasich and Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate introduced the bill, which affects public school teachers, police officers, firefighters and librarians....

Candidates for Dean Position Come to Campus

Julia Herbst

March 18, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The Dean of Students Search Committee welcomed to campus this week the top three candidates applying to succeed current Dean of Students Linda Gates, who has decided to retire after over 20 years at Oberlin. The Search Committee in charge of the selection process consists of three students, three College and Conservatory administrators and three faculty members. The search process began in November 2010, shortly following Dean Gates’s announcement that she would retire at the end of the academic year. Over the course of the past week, each of the applicants spent a full day on campus participating in various events including presenting to students at an open forum, meeting with faculty groups and attending an...

Mudd Academic Commons Renamed in Honor of Outgoing Board Chair

John Light, Editor-In-Chief

March 18, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

When Oberlin College Board of Trustees Chair Robert Lemle arrived in Oberlin on March 6, his birthday, he didn’t know that the Board of Trustees and President Krislov had planned to rename a large section of Mudd in honor of Lemle and his wife, Roni Kohen-Lemle. “I was … told that there were going to be a lot of surprises and there were,” said Lemle. “And the dedication was one of them.” Now Oberlin College has the Robert S. Lemle ’75 and the Roni Kohen-Lemle ’76 Academic Commons on the first floor of Mudd Library. “Robert is credited with leading the strategic planning process and doing a lot of things that created a stronger board and stronger leadership,” said Krislov. “It’s customary...

Board of Trustees Elects McGregor As New Chair

March 18, 2011

Oberlin College announced on March 7 that Clyde McGregor, OC ’74, had been selected as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. McGregor has a long history with the College, having served as a board member since 1998. In the press release issued by the administration, McGregor spoke fondly of his time both as a student and as a board member. According to the Oberlin website, the board of Trustees “manages the welfare of the College and entrusts the day-to-day operations to the president.”...

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