The Oberlin Review

Obie Anonymous: An Interview with Founder of ‘What Should We Call Oberlin’

Julia Herbst, News Editor

October 12, 2012

How did you come up with the idea for the website? My other friends at different colleges posted links to their [Tumblrs] on Facebook and I remember that someone at Oberlin posted one to Carnegie Mellon’s [Tumblr] and I was thinking, “Hey, this is pretty funny. Oberlin could use one of these.” How do you come up with the ideas for specific GIFs? I try to make them as universally applicable to people as possible. What are people complaining about? What are people happy about? And a lot of them I get from submissions. At the beginning it was pretty much all me, but once you get past the fourth or fifth page, the volume of submissions just grew and grew and now I get a lot of submissions. Unless they’re ...

ObieChunks Offers Late-Night Cookie Option

William Passannante, Staff Writer

October 12, 2012

College sophomores Michael Plotz and Alex Hilden want you to get your chunk on. The two are the driving force behind ObieChunks, a new late-night cookie delivery service. The concept behind ObieChunks is simple, but effective. Customers place orders by messaging the group’s Facebook or e-mail accounts. Between midnight and 2 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a delivery person brings them fresh-baked, homemade cookies. “We thought it would last a month,” said Hilden. “[I was] all right with making $10 a week. I thought that was as big as it was going to get.” Hilden couldn’t have been more wrong. On recent nights ObieChunks has sold between 150 and 200 cookies. Even with three to four paid delivery people,...

City Fresh Expands Local Food Options

Peter D'Auria

October 12, 2012

City Fresh, a program run through the alumni-founded nonprofit New Agrarian Center, delivers local, sustainably grown produce to Oberlin and 16 other locations from June to October. The NAC is comprised of George Jones Farm and the City Fresh program. The program’s mission, according to the NAC website, is to improve inner-city residents’ access to local food. “For financial reasons or transportation reasons or location, many people don’t have good access to healthy food,” said Gina Makris, managing director of Lorain County City Fresh. “So we find the people, and we bring it to them.” City Fresh delivers to Cuyahoga, Lorain and Erie counties. Thirty percent of its customers live below the poverty...

Jean Barker Program to Foster Intergenerational Connections

September 28, 2012

The Jean Barker Intergenerational Connections Program, which was established to facilitate relationships between College students and elderly members of the community, will soon begin pairing interested students with members of the Welcome Nursing Home, the John Frederick Oberlin Society and Kendal at Oberlin, a local retirement community. Recent graduates Alex Tutant, OC ’12, and Inyang Udo, OC ’12, created the Jean Barker Intergenerational Connections Program to address issues of ageism after being inspired by the Social Justice Institute workshop. The program was named after Jean Barker, OC ’57, an avid supporter of the Oberlin College Dialogue Center, who worked with Tutant and Udo to set up the project....

Debate Introduces Congressional Candidates to Lorain County Voters

Matthew Benenson, Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

Three candidates for the newly drawn Fourth Congressional District came to Oberlin on Tuesday for a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area. With over 100 Lorain County residents and students in attendance, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, Democratic challenger Jim Slone and Libertarian challenger Chris Kalla sat down at First Church to talk to about their stances on the economy, education, health care and the environment. Andrew Young, editor of Elyria’s Chronicle Telegram, Roy Church, Lorain County Community College president, and Bruce Simonson, College Geology professor and League member, asked the questions. Following the prepared questions, Sharon Soucy, Oberlin City Council vice...

Oberlin Project Plans Green Downtown

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

“If you … fast-forward 10 or 20 or 30 years, given the way the economy works in the Rust Belt, [Oberlin] is going to be a pretty sad little town,” said David Orr, executive director of the Oberlin Project and professor of Environmental Studies and Politics. “It’s going to take extraordinary efforts to create a town that is sustainable [and] prosperous, … and I think that it is within our grasp to do that.” Orr’s outlook on Oberlin’s future may be unsettling, but his optimism creates space for the Oberlin Project. Though educational projects will hopefully build Oberlin’s resilience in the long term, the Oberlin Project is introducing concrete physical changes to the town in order to promote economic...

Fundraising Campaign Kicks Off with Weekend Celebration

Robin Wasserman, News Editor

September 21, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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