The Oberlin Review

Off the Cuff with Judah Friedlander

April 27, 2012

You’ve been doing stand-up since you were 19. Did you ever consider a career outside of comedy? Was there any point in your career where you got tired of it and wanted to quit? If you’re not working on new material, then you can get bored of your act, but I try to always be working on new stuff. Traveling can also get tiring, but comedy is my most favorite thing to do. It’s what I live for. I’ve also done a lot of drama too. … I feel like if you’re involved in art in any form, y...

Off the Cuff with Kati Marton

Off the Cuff with Kati Marton

April 13, 2012

You spoke on the importance of fact-based journalism and have been an advocate for the protection of journalists. Can you tell me what you identify to be the primary issues that arise from a lack of objective or fact-based journalism, particularly within the U.S.? It even sounds ridiculous to me that journalism should be qualified as “fact-based.” Journalism should be about getting the facts straight. If you have a public that isn’t aware of facts, that isn’t familiar with what’s go...

Off the Cuff: Andre Patton, Drag Ball Committee president

Alex Howard, News Editor

April 6, 2012

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Off the Cuff

What is the difference between drag, cross-dressing and transgender? I am going to tackle transgender first. It is a process that a lot of people aren’t as well aware of and it’s one that a lot of people think is just this person who may be transitioning or they feel that they just woke up one day and decided they wanted to be another gender when it is much more than that. It’s this overall feeling of how they feel they should be represented and how they feel and identify with themselves. It’s an identity. It’s something that is very, very complex and something that is very dear to those people who identify with it. And it’s a process that takes a lot of time. It takes a lot of time emotionally, it takes a lot o...

Off the Cuff with Judge Susan Richard Nelson

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 9, 2012

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

You have a long history in litigation centered on product liability and tort cases, perhaps the most impactful of which was your 1998 tobacco case that resulted in a multi-billion dollar settlement. How did you become involved in that case? What do you perceive to be its significant results? I started practicing law in 1978, and in 1984 I joined a law firm in Minneapolis. They were well known for doing high-level product liability cases and representing the plaintiffs, which was unusual for a big law firm. Product liability was a big field, generally speaking, in the law back then. It is less so now, but it certainly was back then. So, I did a lot of trial work, and then in 1994 the firm was considering this big underta...

Off the Cuff with John Harwood

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 2, 2012

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Could you tell me a little bit about the work that you recently published? The idea behind this book is to do a couple of different things at once. First is to provide a historical account of the way in which the computer became a dominant part of our contemporary culture, and specifically how it came to be an integral aspect of architecture, industrial design and graphic design. And so it contributes a bunch of different things to the historical record. I’m looking at a particular case study, which is the IBM Corporation, and in particular the period stretching from the end of World War II to the mid 1970s, which is defined essentially by the invention of the computer in the 1930s and ‘40s through to the invention...

Off the Cuff with Dick Gregory, comedian and civil rights activist

Alex Howard, News Editor

March 2, 2012

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Off the Cuff

You started doing comedy after you were drafted. What was that like? Well, first, I’ve been funny all my life. See, the greatest laugh you have ever heard wasn’t tonight. It’s friends and relatives. That’s funny. A comedian is timing, timing, timing. The funniest people you ever meet man, just ordinary friends, man. People come by your house when you a little boy for dinner or something and they tell you the same fucking joke over and over, but it’s timing, timing, timing. That’s the only thing it’s about. And then, remember, comics don’t make money compared to writers. Oh Jesus. Writers. Ed Weinberger used to be my writer when I first started, he wrote the Bill Cosby Show. Bill Cosby’s made a billion d...

Off the Cuff with Lieutenant Dan Choi

Off the Cuff with Lieutenant Dan Choi

February 10, 2012

What made you decide to join the army, and did “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” give you reservations about joining the service? I joined because I saw Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump and a couple of other movies. That was really all it took. … My brother actually wanted to go to West Point and had a brochure for it that he left on the coffee table. He got a nomination but didn’t finish the application because there were so many white people at the school. He told me that WP stands for wh...

Off the Cuff with Eddie Miller

Allegra Kirkland, News Editor

November 11, 2011

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Did you do any farming-related activities when you were younger or did you not get into it until college? I worked at George Jones in high school. It was going abroad and seeing a rainforest [in Costa Rica] that made me know I wanted to do agriculture. It’s a way to balance the universe with the human world that we need to get back to. What was the inspiration for the sheep lawn mowing service in general and why did you decide to start it here? Well I basically chose sheep because my ex-girlfriend thought that they were cute. We had this plan to go in on it together. Last year after county-fair time it was like, “Well, the onions are harvested, the peppers are going down, the tomatoes are going down — w...

Off the Cuff with Diane Nilan, Homeless Rights Advocate

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

November 4, 2011

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Can you tell me a little bit about the work that you do and how you were inspired to do it? Now I’m making documentary films. I also do presentations, write and do photography, so I try to combine all of those to create a cohesive message about homeless children and family. That’s kind of my overall focus. I was inspired by just working with school districts and trying to get them to implement theMcKinney-Ventol Homeless Assistance Act. It’s a homeless education act. I became aware that there is a serious lack of understanding about homelessness in schools and began to wonder if there was anything I could do about it. This film, which is my first, was my solution. I wanted to create a film where the kids...

Off the Cuff with Bob Drogin

Liv Combe, Editor-in-Chief

October 14, 2011

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

What was it like working [as managing editor] at the Review back in the 70s? I only worked there the last year and a half while I was at Oberlin, and I fell into it sort of by accident. It changed my life. The editor at the time was a woman named Jenny Siebens [OC ’72]. Jenny went to Columbia Journalism School afterwards and she ended up ultimately working at CBS news and spent many years as a bureau chief in Los Angeles… Jenny and I were friends, she was a year or two years ahead of me. What happened, and it really did change my life, was I wrote one story — it was about insurance or something, I don’t remember — but the second story I ever wrote for the Review said that the CIA was coming to campus ...

Off The Cuff with Feve Bartenders

Off The Cuff with Feve Bartenders

October 7, 2011

How did you guys start working here? Were you students at the College? Josh: I grew up around here, in this town outside Vermilion, but I started hanging out in Oberlin when I was in high school because there isn’t a lot going on around here. Tyler: I grew up around here too. I actually went to Firelands High School. I knew a lot of people who worked here. Josh: Yeah and you skated with Kyle, who used to be a bartender here. You pretty much have to be related to someone to get a job her...

Oberlin After Dark

Erica Reyes, Staff Writer

October 7, 2011

Filed under Features, NEWS, Off the Cuff

Mudd Circulation Desk: An interview with College junior Piper Stull-Lane How do you stay awake? Well, usually when I work a shift in the evening, I schedule it so that it’s directly after a late night class, so I’m already kind of wired. Otherwise, coffee always helps. It’s kind of worth it, because people usually don’t like the late night shifts, so that’s a way to get extra hours. [You get paid more] during special times, like during finals [or] when the library is open all night. You get paid for working the [horrible hours]. Do you have classes the morning after late night shifts? How do you balance your homework and everything else? Yeah, I have class at nine in the morning. Usually, fortunat...

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