The Oberlin Review

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...

Peace-Seeking Organization Screens Documentary

Jessica Lam, Staff Writer

April 6, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

On Wednesday, March 30, the group Invisible Children hosted a screening of its latest documentary, Tony, as part of its Congo Tour. The screening will fund the group’s efforts to protect and rehabilitate the victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a sectarian religious military group founded 25 years ago in Uganda. The documentary, which spans the eight years of Invisible Children’s existence, tells the story of the boy who served as the inspiration for the organization and the friendship he developed with the founders. Although the LRA’s campaign began in Uganda, its activities have since spread to Sudan, the Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. Invisible Children aims to increase awareness...

Forensics Team Heads to Nationals

Forensics Team Heads to Nationals

March 11, 2011

In addition to the sports teams and individual athletes, the Forensics team — Oberlin’s debate squad — will join the ranks of those heading to Nationals. Created three years ago, the Forensics team has about a dozen members, half of whom actively take part in the debate tournaments. Three members of the team have qualified for Nationals this year: President and Co-Chair College sophomore Erica Rothberg, Co-Chair and College junior Curtis Cook and College junior James Kim. Rothberg stressed...

Savage Refutes Accusations of Prejudice

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 4, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Community News, Features, NEWS

Dan Savage, founder of the It Gets Better Project and author of sex column “Savage Love,” gave what he referred to as the “spacey Theraflu version of his speech” to a crowd of students Thursday in Finney Chapel amidst concern from some student LGBTQ activists. The It Gets Better Project began as a YouTube video of Savage and his husband telling their story to LGBT youth. After posting their video, they waited. The response was, according to Savage, overwhelming. By the fourth day, there were 500 video responses. Since then, over 10,000 videos have been linked to the YouTube site. According to the campaign website, the aim of the project is to reach out to queer youth and show them what the future may ...

Steinem Speaks on Forty Years of Feminism

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-In-Chief

March 4, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Gloria Steinem arrived in Oberlin in style on Wednesday, urging students toward direct action and offering aspiring activists, organizers and those hungry for change a glimpse of what half a century of relentless advocacy and activism could accomplish. On Wednesday night, Steinem delivered the second convocation of the semester as part of Oberlin’s celebration of Women’s History Month. It was Steinem’s second appearance on the stage of Finney Chapel — in 1972 she spoke there with Margaret Sloan on the topics of racism and sexism. “Ms. Steinem has played and continues to play an integral role in the struggle in America and around the world for women’s rights and human rights,” said President Marvin...

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