The Oberlin Review

Off the Cuff: Gio Donovan, College Third-Year and OSCA President

Off the Cuff: Gio Donovan, College Third-Year and OSCA President

October 11, 2019

College third-year Gio Donovan is the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association president. In addition to leading OSCA, Donovan works at the ’Sco and is majoring in Africana Studies. As president, Donovan is responsible for maintaining the relationship between OSCA and the College, as well as managing negotiations between the association and the administration. Among other accomplishments, Donovan has read Where the Wild Things Are more than a thousand times. This interview has been edited for length and clarity...

OTC: Jessa Klotz New, OC ’01, Slow Train and The Local Co-Founder

OTC: Jessa Klotz New, OC ’01, Slow Train and The Local Co-Founder

October 4, 2019

Jessa Klotz New, OC ’01, co-founded Slow Train in 2010 and The Local in 2012 with her husband, Oberlin’s Head Men’s Soccer Coach Blake New, and Zach Tesler, OC ’06. Born in Rochester, New York, she received a graduate degree from Ashland University certifying her to teach third grade. A few years later, she decided to make a life and career change. She moved back to Oberlin to settle down with her family and tackle a new challenge. She is now a mother of two daughters and is passionate ab...

OTC: Tim Uyeki, OC ’81, Chief Medical Officer, CDC Influenza Division

OTC: Tim Uyeki, OC ’81, Chief Medical Officer, CDC Influenza Division

September 27, 2019

Dr. Tim Uyeki, OC ’81, is the chief medical officer in the Influenza Division of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, GA. Since 1998, Uyeki’s primary focus at the CDC has been on the clinical aspects, epidemiology, prevention, and control of influenza in the U.S. and worldwide. Uyeki visited campus on Thursday to discuss the possibility of integrating public health classes in the College curriculum as well as to gi...

OTC: Rev. Erica Saunders, Peace Community Church Pastor

OTC: Rev. Erica Saunders, Peace Community Church Pastor

September 20, 2019

Rev. Erica Saunders is one of the first openly transgender women to be ordained in the Baptist Church. She joined the Oberlin community last July as the new pastor for Peace Community Baptist Church. She is passionate about her work in congregational ministry and LGBTQ+ education and advocacy. Saunders earned her B.A. from Queens University of Charlotte and her M.Div. from Wake Forest University School of Divinity. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What brought you to Oberli...

OTC: Dr. Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, Iñupiaq Environmental Activist

OTC: Dr. Rosemary Ahtuangaruak, Iñupiaq Environmental Activist

September 13, 2019

Rosemary Ahtuangaruak is an Iñupiaq environmental activist from Alaska who has collaborated with Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Chie Sakakibara for many years. In her home village of Nuiqsut, Ahtuangaruak’s work focuses largely on addressing environmental health impacts resulting from heavy industrialization in the area, including air pollution connected to oil and gas production. She is also heavily involved in local politics, including work on education. In 2017, Oberlin College ...

Off The Cuff: Keith Tarvin, Professor of Biology

Off The Cuff: Keith Tarvin, Professor of Biology

September 6, 2019

Professor of Biology Keith Tarvin published a study last Wednesday which has been covered by major news outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, and NPR. The study, titled “Eavesdropping grey squirrels infer safety from bird chatter,” finds that squirrels use the tone of bird chatter to determine whether an environment is safe. Previous studies had only observed squirrels response to alarmed bird calls. Tarvin earned his B.A. from Hendrix College, an M.S. from the University of Arkansas, a Ph...

OTC: Sydney Allen, Review Editor-in-Chief

OTC: Sydney Allen, Review Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2019

College senior and Review Editor-in-Chief Sydney Allen is a classic Obie with a wide range of interests. Throughout her tenure as a writer and editor, Allen has covered a broad range of campus and community news, including the launch of the Academic and Administrative Program Review, controversy about Gibson’s, and much more. When she’s not editing articles in the Burton Hall basement, Allen can be found on the field as a member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team, working with students a...

Off The Cuff: Manu Karuka, OC ’00

Off The Cuff: Manu Karuka, OC ’00

May 3, 2019

Manu Karuka is an assistant professor of American Studies at Barnard College and author of the book Empire’s Tracks: Indigenous Nations, Chinese Workers, and the Transcontinental Railroad, which was released in March of this year. Karuka was a double-degree Oberlin student who graduated in 2000 with majors in Composition in the Conservatory and South Asian Studies in the College. After Oberlin, Karuka earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from New York University. Karuka delivered a talk at Oberlin about...

Off The Cuff: Rabbi Megan Doherty

Off The Cuff: Rabbi Megan Doherty

April 26, 2019

Rabbi Megan Doherty, director of Hillel and Jewish Campus Life, is approaching the end of her third year at Oberlin. Hillel and Jewish Campus Life build community as well as provide various religious and cultural programs for students and community members, and Rabbi Megan works alongside students to cultivate a welcoming environment for all. She has previously worked at the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale University and the Mishkan Ha’am Reconstructionist community in New York. Additional...

OTC: Anderson Flen and Major Joe Womack, Africatown, Alabama

OTC: Anderson Flen and Major Joe Womack, Africatown, Alabama

April 19, 2019

Anderson Flen and retired Marine Major Joe Womack are both natives of Africatown, Alabama — a community with a rich and unique history dating back to the 1860 landing of the Clotilda, the last ship to illegally bring enslaved African people to the United States. Since then, many historians, anthropologists, and journalists have chronicled Africatown’s story, including Zora Neale Hurston in the recently released Barracoon. Earlier this week, Flen and Womack visited Oberlin to present alongside a...

OTC: Susan Orlean, Author, Journalist

OTC: Susan Orlean, Author, Journalist

April 12, 2019

Susan Orlean is an award-winning, bestselling author and journalist. Orlean has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1992 and has contributed to publications including The Boston Globe, Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Esquire, among others. In October 2018, she published The Library Book, which tells the story of the 1986 Los Angeles Public Library Fire that destroyed 400,000 books and damaged 700,000 more. She interweaves this story with the history of the American public library system, as we...

OTC: Nick Petzak, Director of Fellowships and Awards

April 5, 2019

For the 10th year in a row, Director of Fellowships and Awards Nick Petzak has led Oberlin to be recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholarship students. The Fulbright Program, which historically has a percentage award rate in the low 20s, sends students to over 140 countries to engage in research and teaching opportunities. Besides success with the Fulbright scholarship, the Office of Fellowships and Awards has also been highly successful helping students land awards including Truman, Goldwate...

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