The Oberlin Review

Lunar New Year Banquet Offers Cuisine, Celebration

Joelle Lingat

February 24, 2012

Students are invited to dress up and participate in the Lunar New Year Banquet in Carnegie’s Root Room tomorrow from 6 - 8 p.m. to celebrate the new year. The Chinese Student Association, Oberlin Korean Students Association and Vietnamese Student Association are coming together to host a celebration of the second new moon after the winter solstice. The festivities will include music, dances and, as emphasized by many of their advertisements, a variety of culinary options. “There’s good food, cheap tickets, and you don’t have to eat in Stevie,” said College junior Karen Park, chair of OKSA. This is the second year that the three student groups have partnered for this event. Park’s organization will be...

Banchoff on Dali, the Fourth Dimension

Alex Howard, News Editor

February 24, 2012

In his lecture “The 4th Dimension and Salvador Dalí” on Monday night, Thomas Banchoff, professor of mathematics at Brown University, shared his experiences exploring the fourth dimension through the hypercube and how this led him to become great friends with artist Salvador Dalí. “The fourth dimension is my favorite mathematical, geometric subject. Salvador Dalí is the most unusual person I’ve ever met,” said Banchoff to open his lecture. Banchoff has been a professor at Brown for 25 years, and he specializes in differential geometry and topology of the third and fourth dimensions. Banchoff has taught a course every few years since he started teaching at Brown called “Exploring the Fourth Dimension.” Banchoff...

Oberlin Meditators Help Students Manage Stress, Mental Health

Julia Herbst

November 11, 2011

It’s Tuesday night at 8:15 p.m., and Wilder 325 is filled with students seated on cushions and meditating in the semi-darkness. Most of these students are members of the Oberlin Meditators and regularly participate in weeknight and/or morning “sits” in Wilder. College junior Aki Gormezano and College senior Kristina Goldenberg took over OM, which was founded in 2007, as a way to continue practicing meditation regularly after returning to Oberlin after participating in a silent meditation retreat at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California during Winter Term 2010. “My personal hope for the group is that it provides a space for people who are really interested in meditating … and [that it’s] supportive...

Innocent Man Speaks on Criminal Justice System

Joseph Dilworth, Staff Writer

November 11, 2011

Joseph D’Ambrosio spent more than 21 years awaiting death in a jail cell the size of a bathroom for a crime that he did not commit. D’Ambrosio and Reverend Neil Kookoothe spoke to an audience at First Church on Wednesday night about life, faith and a criminal justice system intent on killing the people it is supposed to protect. D’Ambrosio was convicted of murder and sentenced to death in 1989. He had no prior criminal record and had recently been honorably discharged following four years of service with the armed forces. After rejecting a deal that would require him to testify against his co-defendant and serve a minimum of 10 years in prison, D’Ambrosio was put on trial and convicted in just two and three-quarter...

Professors Form Petition to Support the Occupy Movement

Alex Howard, Staff Writer

November 11, 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to spread to cities across the country and the world, four Oberlin professors are doing their part to show solidarity with the protesters. They formed an online petition to combat the portrayal of supporters of the movement as an unsophisticated, disorganized group of young students. The petition, titled “Professors Support Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Movements Everywhere,” can be accessed at: www.thepetitionsite.com/1/Professors-supporting-Occupy. “Everybody has to put their little brick in the wall, and this is one of the things we could do,” said Politics Professor Marc Blecher. Blecher, along with the Chair of Latin American Studies department Stev...

Student Organization of the Week: Outings Club

Kate Melanson, Staff Writer

November 4, 2011

While many students spent fall break relaxing at home or catching up on work in their dorm rooms, four groups of Obies joined the Oberlin College Outings Club on its annual fall break trips to get some fresh air. Interested students entered their preferences into a lottery system to receive a spot on one of the trips. Of the four options, students could choose to hike on the Northville-Placid trail in the Adirondacks, through portions of the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park, along Michigan’s Upper Peninsula northern shoreline, or they could paddle down the Green River in Kentucky. Most of the options were open to outdoor lovers of all levels and skill sets. College sophomore Sarah Francis, who ...

LGBTQ Website Promotes Awareness, Answers Questions

Nancy Roane, Staff Writer

October 14, 2011

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

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

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....

Oberlin students stood among Ohio residents in support of the Occupy Cleveland movement, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street.

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

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

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...

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