The Oberlin Review

Members of And What?! bust a sober move as they lead a dance workshop in the basement of South Hall. A part of Alcohol Awareness Week, this workshop was one of many detailing the dangers of substance abuse.

Barnard Residents Sidestep Substance Abuse

November 22, 2013

This week marks Oberlin’s annual Alcohol Awareness Week. Over the past few days, several events around campus have examined the role that alcohol plays in both social and academic life and the abuse that sometimes accompanies it. The events this week were designed to open a dialogue about the effects these substances can have. The residents of Barnard Hall comprise a part of this dialogue. Located next to East Hall and across from Stevenson Dining Hall, these 40 students have chosen to live...

Last Semester’s Solarity event, <i>Awaken the Wild</i>, contained lightshows, performances and other features that the College deemed as characteristic of “rave-culture.” The administration specifically prohibited the use of lasers, blacklights, strobes, body paint, glow sticks or fruit slices at the upcoming event.

Solarity’s Next Generation Sheds Rave Image

November 22, 2013

Solarity may be a nascent organization, but its reputation has grown considerably since Neon Garden, the inaugural event in 2011. And so too has its controversy on campus. Throughout its operation, Solarity has been dubbed “polarizing,” a trait that students can identify, but not necessarily explain. “It’s hard for me to say, because I think I’ve heard things through the rumor mill and I’m not sure which ones are credible and which ones aren’t,” College fifth-year Arielle Lewis-Zvala...

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New 3D Printer Outputs Intricate Designs

November 22, 2013

The College received an object last month, the success of which has recently been the topic of worldwide discussion. The 3-D printer, a machine that has the capability to layout, form and print three-dimensional objects made from plastic, arrived on campus in early October and is now available for use by the student body. Although a seemingly novel concept, three-dimensional printing has been in practice since the early 1980s, when the technology was patented by a Mr. Charles Hull. Starting...

Arthur L. Day Award Recipient to Give Lecture at Oberlin

Kristopher Fraser

November 15, 2013

Every three years, the National Academy of Sciences selects a recipient of the Arthur L. Day Prize who has exhibited excellence in scientific pursuits and made a durable contribution to the study of earth physics. This year’s recipient, Dr. Lawrence Edwards, was invited to give a series of talks, one yesterday, another today, and Thursday Nov. 21, in Craig Lecture Hall. Edwards admitted in an interview that his selection for prize caught him by surprise. “I didn’t even realize I was in the running. I was completely shocked,” Edward said. Dr. Edwards, a geology professor at the University of Minnesota, selected Oberlin for these talks largely because of his personal connection to the College. “My mom worked for...

Oberlin Admissions Refuses to Trail Online Footprint of Applicants

Kate Gill, News Editor

November 15, 2013

Several years ago, College admissions officer Tom Abeyta repurposed his Facebook. He resolved to make the page private, denying all friend requests from both prospective and current students at Oberlin.   “Students began to friend me,” he explained, “and I started to see pictures [of them] that I didn’t want to see. I said, you know what? I’m going to make it a practice not to friend  current students or applicants.”   By the same token, Abeyta does not venture online to investigate applicants. According to Abeyta and fellow officer Jill Medina, Oberlin admissions keeps Facebook and Twitter out of sight and, accordingly, out of mind.   But not all admissions officers practice the same res...

Touring Poets Work to Create Safer Space at the Cat

Nora Kipnis

November 1, 2013

“We have an uncensored microphone and if you come up here, you can say whatever you want because it’s freedom of speech. But if you say something that hurts somebody, then please be prepared to have a non-defensive conversation with them.”   This is how Greg McKillop began the slam poetry session of the Safer Space Tour on Oct. 14 at the Cat in the Cream. The Safer Space Tour was organized by College senior Alyssa Civian and sponsored by Lambda Union, a safe space for LGBTQ students at Oberlin. Three poets from the organization, Gregory McKillop, Arwyn Sherman and Matthew Wellman, came to Oberlin on their way to a poetry slam in Spokane, WA, to run a workshop and performance.   The Safer Space To...

ODE Grant Bridges District Funding Gaps

Willa Rubin, Staff Writer

October 11, 2013

Balancing the needs of students with the steep costs to the state of a public education has continued to prove troublesome for educators nationwide. The Ohio Department of Education is hoping to ameliorate this difficulty by allocating $250 million to schools that present innovative and sustainable educational programs This grant, called the “Straight A Fund,” is working to bridge the gap in funding between districts. According to EdSource, the national average spent on educating an individual student during the 2010-2011 school year was just under $12,000. In 2011, Orange County — a region nearby Cuyahoga County — spent the most in the state educating its students, with overall total expenditures per pupil...

Lorain Recycling Complex Simplifies Reusing

Louis Krauss

October 4, 2013

Although often aware of the consequences of global warming, consumers are not always willing to take the steps necessary to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases. According to Area Community Relations Manager Jeff Kraus, one of the biggest advantages of the new recycling sorters is that consumers no longer have to sort recyclables by plastic, metal and glass. The Lorain County Resource Recovery Complex upgraded its facilities this past month, adding powerful magnets, advanced categorization mechanisms, enhanced conveyer belts and a new 12,000 square-foot warehouse. The recycling complex, along with the Lorain County Landfill, is part of a branch of the Republic Services waste management company. “Now we are a s...

In Collaboration with NASA, Camera on Mudd Roof Gathers Astological Information, Triangulates Meteor Paths

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

October 4, 2013

As part of a collaboration between Nasa and the College, a high-powered camera was installed on the roof of Mudd library this semester. The camera, whose lens is poised to record any nocturnal meteors, is part of a growing network of cameras placed in schools, science centers and planetariums throughout the nation. The cameras have intersecting fields of vision, which, in conjunction with location and time, are used to gather information on astronomical bodies and to triangulate the path of meteors. “The overall effect of this is to help NASA determine more about how much stuff is out there that’s coming in contact with us,” said Dave Lengyel, the Oberlin Observatory and Planetarium coordinator. The information...

City, College Launch App to Promote Oberlin

Erin Amlicke

September 27, 2013

With a fast-approaching launch date of Sept. 28, the Oberlin App — a collaborative effort between the Oberlin Business Partnership, the City of Oberlin and the College — will soon be available for all smart phones. Unlike most familiar applications, this app does not cater to a small niche of users, but rather attempts to reach the entire community of Oberlin. The development took a great deal of planning and research. As Zac Sebo, co-founder of Citizen Sync, the company that developed the app, said that the app puts all things Oberlin onto “one official platform.” The software features six different resource categories, including City Information, Oberlin College, Visitor Information, Business Directory,...

Report Lists Ohio as Top Polluter

Madeline Stocker, News Editor

September 20, 2013

Environment Ohio, a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization, recently released a report detailing Ohio’s power plants as the second most polluting in the country. The plants are Ohio’s largest source of carbon pollution, and are responsible for 48 percent of statewide emissions each year — the same amount of carbon as emitted by 2.5 million cars. The report, titled “America’s Dirtiest Power Plants: Their Oversized Contribution to Global Warming and What We Can Do About It,” is a large step in environmentalists’ efforts to create a cleaner and more sustainable Ohio. Members of Environment Ohio, hope that this report will provide an aspect of transparency on environmental issues that...

Potential Renovation of Johnson House Carriage Barn Surfaces

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

May 10, 2013

The future of the Johnson House Carriage Barn, the wooden structure behind Johnson House and next to the Arboretum, remains in limbo. The current discussion over the barn was prompted by the plans to demolish it. “The College has been in conversation with several groups regarding the issue of financing for the stabilization, and/or use of that particular structure,” wrote Reed in an email to the Review. “These conversations have not resulted in new developments.  College administration recognizes the public support to rehabilitate this structure but as we move forward, it is important to balance this objective with practical measures.” Steve McQuillin, OC ’75, has been a vocal supporter of renovati...

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