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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,”...

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...

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