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Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty Advises New Generation

Former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty Advises New Generation

September 16, 2011

Former Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian Fenty, OC ’92, stood in Finney Chapel on Tuesday evening for the first time since his term ended. This time it wasn’t as a student, but as the College’s first convocation speaker of the semester. Fenty will continue his involvement with his alma mater in the upcoming months. By serving as a distinguished visiting professor in the Politics department. He is currently co-teaching a politics course titled American Government: Politics and Policy with his...

Chilean Film Nostalgia for the Light Haunts, Educates

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer

September 16, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

History professor Steve Volk hosted a screening of the Chilean documentary Nostalgia for the Light last week to commemorate the 38th anniversary of the 1973 coup in Chile. The film, directed by Patricio Guzmán, a well-known Chilean filmmaker and documentarian, addresses the coup and the complexities of memory through the lens of astronomy, archaeology and the search for bodies of the victims of Augusto Pinochet, the dictator who ruled Chile from 1973 to 1990. During Pinochet’s regime, some 3,000 Chileans were killed and approximately 40,000 were tortured. In Nostalgia for the Light, Guzmán plays with memory and the fragility of the present by exploring the Atacama Desert in northern Chile — a vast expans...

Student Organization of the Week: Thread Collective

Erica Reyes, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Last fall, Thread Collective, a student-run production company, was founded by College juniors David Ohana, Aaron Profumo and Hayden Gilbert. The company works to raise funds and to manage and market student multimedia productions, art exhibitions and galas. Ohana noted that Thread Collective is now “much more professional”, but that its mission to “raise the standard for productions on campus and maximize the great talent that Oberlin houses” has remained constant. A team of aspiring producers, advertisers, accountants and graphic and set designers work to make sure the odds and ends of student productions are well organized. “Too often, artists are [so] bogged down by the details of organizing and managing...

OPIRG hosts The Love Movement

Abby Hawkins, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS, Uncategorized

Wilder Bowl was a vision of serenity and springtime celebration in the midst of the Love Movement on Sunday, May 8, an afternoon of face-painting, Moon-Bouncing and concert-going. The event featured music by student groups Nothing But Treble, the Acapelicans and Givers of Sweet Love, storytelling performances and a performance by College first-year Lizzie Conner with the Appleseed Collective –– all in the name of a revolutionary approach to grassroots activism. At the beginning of the semester, College sophomores and co-coordinators of the Ohio Public Interest Research Group's Hunger and Homelessness campaign Deirdre Molitor and Haley Nevers were brainstorming ways to raise campus awareness about issues of p...

Senior Combines Neuroscience, Dance in Honors Project

Veronica Burnham, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS

The shift from high school to college is a challenge for many students. While leaving home, incoming college first-years dream of the (almost) unlimited freedom, new friends and exciting experiences, but this transitional period can often cause large amounts of unexpected stress. In her senior Honors project entitled “Engaging with Movement to Create Community: An Investigation of Somatic Practices for Stress-Reduction in First-Year Students at Oberlin College,” Neuroscience and Dance double-major Isabel Roth explored stress and stress relief though somatic practices in first-year students. Wishing to complete an Honors project that bridged both of her distinctive interests, Roth looked to somatic practices...

Wilder Press to Publish Anthologies, Novella

Julia Herbst, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

On May 27, Wilder Voice Press will celebrate the release of its first published books: two anthologies and a collection of poetry written by Oberlin students. Staff members of the Wilder Voice literary magazine — including Editor-in-Chief and double-degree sixth-year John West, managing editor and College junior Emily Kennedy and business editor and College junior David Ohana — recently established Wilder Voice Press as a way to publish more content written by students. “[Wilder Voice Press] is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said West. “We’ve noticed that there’s just so much [writing] being done on campus that lends itself so well to this. … People were producing such amazing...

Visiting Speaker Inspects MySpace Friendships

Liv Combe, News Editor

May 13, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

In an era when The Social Network is nominated for an Academy Award and the news of Osama bin Laden’s death is heard first on Twitter, it’s safe to assume that most people are active on one online social network or other. David Liben-Nowell, an associate professor of Computer Science at Carleton College, took this assumption one step further and decided to pose a simple question: Why do we have friends? Last Friday, May 6, in a talk entitled “You Can Pick Your (Best) Friends,” Liben-Nowell presented the data gathered by a group of four colleagues — two evolutionary psychologists and two computer scientists, including himself — who looked at the statistics of “Best Friends” rankings on MySpace. As Libe...

Physics Student Presents Honors Thesis on Carbon Capture Methods

Eli Bixby

April 29, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS

In an environmentalist’s ideal world, the emission of greenhouse gases would be cut to nearly nothing. This is a lofty goal and one that remains unrealistic — for now. Many scientists from a variety of areas are working toward reducing greenhouse gases by a variety of methods. Among these researchers is College senior and physics major Jennifer Schloss, who presented her Honors thesis on carbon capture this past Monday, April 25. Her work is designed to aid scientists on the front line of carbon capture research, by providing a more in-depth understanding of carbon capture technology. Schloss studies Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), a promising new area of carbon capture technology that has the potential to g...

Ninde Scholars Program Aids in College Prep

Jessica Lam

April 29, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Community News, Features, NEWS

In 2002, Oberlin residents Dick and Ann Ninde offered a challenge grant toward the goal of making it possible for all Oberlin High School students to attend college. With the help of other community members and the College, the Ninde Scholars Program was founded in 2003 as a collaboration between the College, Oberlin City Schools and the Lorain County Urban League. The Scholars Program aims to honor the Nindes’ commitment to education by offering tutoring and college preparation services. The program has grown greatly in the 8 years since its creation. Some services — such as the College Essay Night — are available for all Oberlin High School students, but the Scholars Program is specifically tailored to a small...

FEATURE: Bill McKibben: (Re)Connecting Globally and Locally

Carmelita Rosner

April 29, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS

In 2010, The Boston Globe called him “probably the nation’s leading environmentalist.” Time Magazine described him as “the world’s best journalist.” Paul Sears Distinguished Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, David Orr considers him a friend and many Oberlin students revere him as a principal player in the environmental movement. Bill McKibben, noted American environmentalist and writer, came to campus on Monday, April 25, to give a talk titled “Global and Local: On the Front Lines of the Climate Fight,” which was followed later that night by an informal discussion. The anchor of McKibben’s talk rested in his description of how he and others across the globe are collaboratively working...

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...

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...

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