The Oberlin Review

Fundraising Campaign Kicks Off with Weekend Celebration

Robin Wasserman, News Editor

September 21, 2012

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS, Uncategorized

This weekend, around 500 alumni and their family members will gather in Oberlin for the launch of the public phase of what has been advertised as “the most ambitious fundraising effort in [Oberlin’s] history.” Oberlin Illuminate, a comprehensive, seven-year fundraising campaign for the College and Conservatory, has been quietly raising over half of its $250 million goal for the past three years. The campaign, which counts all donations to the College and Conservatory as contributions, aims to raise over $70 million more than the last fundraising campaign, which ended in 2004 having raised $177 million. The fundraising goals have been split into four distinct sub-targets: the endowment, financial aid and faculty...

Students Protest on Wall Street To Mark One-Year Anniversary of Occupy Movement

Juila Herbst, News Editor

September 21, 2012

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Protesters returned to the streets of New York City this past week for the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement on Sept. 17. Among the participants were 19 Oberlin students, who participated in a series of protests, community activism trainings and art-making sessions held over the weekend and Monday. Seven of these students stayed in New York for the culminating protest on Sept. 17, in which hundreds of protesters attempted to draw attention to a variety of economic, environmental, labor and educational issues by interrupting traffic and work-flow in the areas surrounding Wall Street. “When you’re in that large of a crowd, it’s really energizing,” said College first-year Waylon Cunningham, who attended...

Cleveland Gambles on Casino to Boost Local Economy

Allegra Kirkland, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2012

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

The signs on the front doors of the Horseshoe Cleveland provide a friendly reminder to visitors: “No Smoking, No Weapons.” Inside, the casino floor is crowded with security officers making their rounds and waitresses in black miniskirts and gold corsets taking drink orders on iPads. A couple shares a delighted embrace as coins pour out of a clanging Dashing Dolphins slot machine. In many regards, the Horseshoe Cleveland feels like any other casino in the United States. There are the crystal chandeliers and odd showroom furniture — white velvet sofas and puffy vinyl bar chairs. Retirees sit in front of the Sex and the City slots, sipping on white wine. Voices are drowned out by the clinking of the slots and the...

Pershall Speaks on Mental Illness, Importance of Friendship

Ceciliah Scheeler

April 13, 2012

Filed under Features, NEWS

Stacy Pershall, author of Loud in the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl spoke to students Wednesday evening about her lifelong struggle with mental illness, misdiagnosis and a revolving door of different medications and side effects. Pershall, who garnered internet-fame when her suicide attempt was captured by her home webcam, said that since receiving an accurate diagnosis for her borderline personality disorder, she has been able to feel more comfortable in her own skin — which is, incidentally, covered in tattoos. Pershall, now 40, recalled the difficulties of growing up in a small Baptist town in Arkansas, where she was bullied incessantly throughout school. Made an outcast at a young age for her ...

Feature: Economics Major Decodes Game Theory for the Layman

Dean Ginsberg

April 6, 2012

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Game theory is one of the most important and least acknowleged methods of strategy. Steven Brams, mathematical political scientist and game theorist who teaches as a politics professor at New York University, has authored 17 books and over 250 published articles, in addition to developing two patented fair division algorithms. As a part of the Fuzzy Vance Lecture series, Oberlin hostied Brams on March 15. The focus of the lecture, based on his most recent book Game Theory and the Humanities: Bridging Two Worlds, works to apply rational decision making informed by game theory to the humanities. Brams even attempts to use this theory to explain the relationship between humanity and a “superior being.” Game theory...

MCAT Changes Structure, Requires Wider Breadth of Knowledge

Joseph Dilworth, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

Aspiring doctors typically enter medical school with strong backgrounds in the natural sciences, but recent changes to the Medical College Admission Test suggest that universities are seeking candidates with broader, well-rounded educational backgrounds. Beginning in 2015, the MCAT will include several new sections including psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior; critical analysis; and reasoning skills. The decision was made after three years of review and marks the first change to the exam in over 20 years. “The MCAT exam has to keep up with the field of medicine, which changes rapidly,” said Ricci Sylla, a resident at Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, in an informational vide...

Lunar New Year Banquet Offers Cuisine, Celebration

Joelle Lingat

February 24, 2012

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Students are invited to dress up and participate in the Lunar New Year Banquet in Carnegie’s Root Room tomorrow from 6 - 8 p.m. to celebrate the new year. The Chinese Student Association, Oberlin Korean Students Association and Vietnamese Student Association are coming together to host a celebration of the second new moon after the winter solstice. The festivities will include music, dances and, as emphasized by many of their advertisements, a variety of culinary options. “There’s good food, cheap tickets, and you don’t have to eat in Stevie,” said College junior Karen Park, chair of OKSA. This is the second year that the three student groups have partnered for this event. Park’s organization will be...

Banchoff on Dali, the Fourth Dimension

Alex Howard, News Editor

February 24, 2012

Filed under Features, NEWS

In his lecture “The 4th Dimension and Salvador Dalí” on Monday night, Thomas Banchoff, professor of mathematics at Brown University, shared his experiences exploring the fourth dimension through the hypercube and how this led him to become great friends with artist Salvador Dalí. “The fourth dimension is my favorite mathematical, geometric subject. Salvador Dalí is the most unusual person I’ve ever met,” said Banchoff to open his lecture. Banchoff has been a professor at Brown for 25 years, and he specializes in differential geometry and topology of the third and fourth dimensions. Banchoff has taught a course every few years since he started teaching at Brown called “Exploring the Fourth Dimension.” Banchoff...

Oberlin Meditators Help Students Manage Stress, Mental Health

Julia Herbst

November 11, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS

It’s Tuesday night at 8:15 p.m., and Wilder 325 is filled with students seated on cushions and meditating in the semi-darkness. Most of these students are members of the Oberlin Meditators and regularly participate in weeknight and/or morning “sits” in Wilder. College junior Aki Gormezano and College senior Kristina Goldenberg took over OM, which was founded in 2007, as a way to continue practicing meditation regularly after returning to Oberlin after participating in a silent meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California during Winter Term 2010. “My personal hope for the group is that it provides a space for people who are really interested in meditating … and [that it’s] supportive...

Innocent Man Speaks on Criminal Justice System

Joseph Dilworth, Staff Writer

November 11, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Joseph D’Ambrosio spent more than 21 years awaiting death in a jail cell the size of a bathroom for a crime that he did not commit. D’Ambrosio and Reverend Neil Kookoothe spoke to an audience at First Church on Wednesday night about life, faith and a criminal justice system intent on killing the people it is supposed to protect. D’Ambrosio was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1989. He had no prior criminal record and had recently been honorably discharged following four years of service with the armed forces. After rejecting a deal that would require him to testify against his co-defendant and serve a minimum of 10 years in prison, D’Ambrosio was put on trial and convicted in just two and three-quarter...

Professors Form Petition to Support the Occupy Movement

Alex Howard, Staff Writer

November 11, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

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 Stev...

Student Organization of the Week: Outings Club

Kate Melanson, Staff Writer

November 4, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS

While many students spent fall break relaxing at home or catching up on work in their dorm rooms, four groups of Obies joined the Oberlin College Outings Club on its annual fall break trips to get some fresh air. Interested students entered their preferences into a lottery system to receive a spot on one of the trips. Of the four options, students could choose to hike on the Northville-Placid trail in the Adirondacks, through portions of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park, along Michigan’s Upper Peninsula northern shoreline, or they could paddle down the Green River in Kentucky. Most of the options were open to outdoor lovers of all levels and skill sets. College sophomore Sarah Francis, who ...

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