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LGBTQ Website Promotes Awareness, Answers Questions

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer

October 14, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS

The founders of the website www.everyoneisgay.com visited Oberlin this week to speak on making change in the LGBTQ rights movement. The Oberlin Queer Wellness Coalition, a new group on campus formed to increase awareness about wellness issues facing the queer community, hosted the event in King on Monday night. Everyone Is Gay is an advice website that was founded by Kristin Russo and Dannielle Owens-Reid in April 2010. The site provides answers to questions dealing with LGBTQ issues and beyond. Using "humor, personal experience and occasional kitten pictures," Russo and Owens-Reid work to give struggling or confused youth a safe space to ask questions anonymously. “We just want to reach people [who] don’t think...

Oberlin Bids Farewell to Dean Gates

Sarah Washington, Staff Writer

October 14, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

On Tuesday, students, faculty and community members came together to bid farewell to current Dean of Students Linda Gates. As people lined up one by one in the Root Room of Carnegie to wish her luck after Oberlin, it was clear that Dean Gates had managed to touch each one of them in some aspect of their lives. This was made even more apparent when President Krislov, future Dean of Students Eric Estes, Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Leonard Podis and current senior class president Luke Squire made short speeches for the occasion. “During my time at Oberlin, Dean Gates’s door has always been open,” said Squire. “She has supported me and taught me the importance of being patient.” Estes rattled...

Oberlin Students Seek Role in Occupy Movement

Alex Howard, Staff Writer

October 14, 2011

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

Almost one month after the Occupy Wall Street protest began in New York City, roughly 350 cities across the nation from the Northeast to the West Coast to the South have been occupied by protesters seeking a new economic justice for Americans, operating under the slogan, “We are the 99 percent.” “I think the goal of the movement is to change the consciousness of our country and to have at least some people saying the unfortunate, uncomfortable truths and the muffled truth: that there is class warfare going on in this country and it is initiated by the rich and not the poor, no matter what Mitt Romney has to say,” said College junior Adam Wadley. The Occupy Wall Street movement has no hierarchical structure....

Occupy Cleveland Inspires Despite Small Crowd

Occupy Cleveland Inspires Despite Small Crowd

October 14, 2011

Some 150 people, including at least a dozen Oberlin students, gathered in downtown Cleveland’s Willard Park last Saturday to hold one of Occupy Cleveland’s first general assemblies since the group's formation two days earlier. A series of speakers urged attendees to form outreach groups and involve their communities in the movement. The consensus building style of the assembly was very similar to that used by the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association but drew a far more diverse cross-section...

Politician John Lawrence Lifts D.C. Curtain

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

October 14, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS

John Lawrence, OC ’70 and chief of staff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, is coming to speak at Oberlin on Monday. Hosted by the Oberlin Initiative in Electoral Politics and the Alumni Association, Lawrence’s talk, titled “Politics Inside the Beltway,” is designed to give students and community members information about happenings in Washington, D.C., from an inside source. “Mr. Lawrence will talk generally about what is happening in Washington — the major legislation and the political mood — while also taking questions,” said Michael Parkin, associate professor of Politics and director of the OIEP. Parkin said that the lecture comes at a time when Americans will appreciate insight into pressing...

Mexican Rights Advocate to Speak on Abandoned Communities

Robin Wasserman

October 14, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS

Jaqueline García Salamanca, advocate for Mexican rights, will lead a discussion next Thursday, Oct. 20, covering what some see as the often overlooked side of migration issues: the communities that immigrants leave behind. The talk, part of a tour by Witness for Peace, will be held at Craig Lecture Hall at 7 p.m. Professor of history and Chair of the Latin American Studies department Steve Volk, organizer of the event, explained that the talk is designed to “help people understand at least one other piece of this puzzle which we often don’t see. … One of the really destructive parts of the immigration debate is that it’s a very complex system and all we think about is one piece.” Salamanca works with...

CFR President Haass Predicts Gloomy Future for Middle East

CFR President Haass Predicts Gloomy Future for Middle East

October 14, 2011

Richard Haass, OC ’73 and president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit organization that aims to educate U.S. citizens about international politics, visited Oberlin last Thursday to share his thoughts on American foreign policy in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Earlier this year, a wave of popular uprisings against authoritarian governments occurred in countries across the Middle East, including Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya, in what Haass called the “Arab Awakening.”  ...

Building Bikes, Building Community

Kate Melanson

October 7, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS

Bicycles were fixed, registered, ridden and won at the first annual Lorain County Bike Festival last Saturday in Oberlin’s Depot Park. The date was chosen to mark 350.org’s Moving Planet Day, on which groups in over 175 countries around the organized events celebrating efforts to move away from fossil fuel use. The event was sponsored by Students for Environmental Sustainability, an organization that focuses on issues ranging from on-campus energy usage to problems associated with nationwide energy extraction. The 500 Bike Festival attendees had the opportunity to win free bikes and donate their unwanted ones. Oberlin students and employees from Swerve, the bike shop that opened on Main Street this fall, offered...

Oberlin After Dark

Erica Reyes, Staff Writer

October 7, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS, Off the Cuff

Mudd Circulation Desk: An interview with College junior Piper Stull-Lane How do you stay awake? Well, usually when I work a shift in the evening, I schedule it so that it’s directly after a late night class, so I’m already kind of wired. Otherwise, coffee always helps. It’s kind of worth it, because people usually don’t like the late night shifts, so that’s a way to get extra hours. [You get paid more] during special times, like during finals [or] when the library is open all night. You get paid for working the [horrible hours]. Do you have classes the morning after late night shifts? How do you balance your homework and everything else? Yeah, I have class at nine in the morning. Usually, fortunat...

Ira Glass Waxes Poetic About Storytelling

Liv Combe, Editor-in-Chief

October 7, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

The stage setup was unremarkable: a couple of standing microphones, a bottle of water and a mug sitting on a small table, a plain metal music stand. There was nothing, really, to catch the eye. And when Ira Glass, executive producer and host of National Public Radio’s This American Life, walked casually up the stairs and into view of the crowd packing Finney Chapel last Saturday, there was no fanfare to announce his arrival. But the moment Glass came onstage, the scene was transformed into something much more intriguing. In 2001, Time magazine named Glass the best radio host in the country, and more recently, he was the 2009 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award, “the highest individual honor in public b...

Conference Analyzes Northeast Ohio’s Energy Use

Kate Melanson

September 23, 2011

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

Last October U.S. Representative for Ohio’s Ninth District Marcy Kaptur secured a National Energy Technology Laboratory Award of $1.1 million to assess the ways in which energy is used in northeast Ohio. On Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, a conference was held at Oberlin College to present the findings financed by this award. As College’s Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, David Orr, explained via e-mail, “The goal [of the conference] was to report back to the public about one year of work to assemble a regional energy plan focused on the 9th Congressional District and targeting renewable energy and efficiency improvements.” Northern Ohio’s Clean Energy Future Conference started in the...

Melling Gives Constitution Day Talk, Speaks on Reproductive Justice

Julia Herbst, Staff Writer

September 16, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS

Louise Melling, OC ’82 and deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union, addressed the Oberlin community on Wednesday, Sept. 14, on the status of reproductive justice in the U.S. in a talk titled “I Have Sex: Why to Care About Reproduction Rights in the 21st Century.” The talk was held in recognition of Constitution Day, which celebrates the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Melling connected the role of the Constitution with the heated debate that surrounds abortion and other current issues related to reproductive rights, and she stressed the importance of activism and involvement at the individual and state levels. “I don’t care what legal theory we go into today,”...

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