The Oberlin Review

Oberlin After Dark

Erica Reyes, Staff Writer

October 7, 2011

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...

Off the Cuff with Ira Glass

Liv Combe, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2011

In 1978, you were 19 years old and you needed a summer job. Somehow you wound up at NPR? Yeah, I talked my way into an internship. I lived in Baltimore and NPR was in D.C. I had never heard them on the air. Nobody had ever heard them on the air, really. They were tiny, they had one national news show at that time, and it was All Things Considered. NPR only really came to exist in 1970, so it was very new and very small, and I was able to talk myself into working there for free for a summer after my freshman year of college. Was it love at first sight with broadcast journalism? It’s funny; I wasn’t even doing journalism at the beginning. I was in the promos department, and it wasn’t a love at first sight thin...

Off the Cuff with Reverend Greg McGonigle

Off the Cuff with Reverend Greg McGonigle

September 16, 2011

What are your responsibilities as the director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life? [My job is] supporting campus spiritual communities, religious leaders and individuals on campus. It’s educating the campus in a broad way about religion in the world, religion and society, religious and philosophical difference in the country and the world and fostering multi-faith engagement, such as interaction between religious groups and other religious groups, or religious groups and non-religiou...

Off the Cuff: Rand Steiger, Composer-in-Residence

Caroline Hui, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

How did you get your start in music and composition? I started as a rock drummer when I was growing up in the suburbs of New York City. When I was in junior high, I wrote songs for my band, so I had started writing music before I really thought about it as a profession. In high school, when I started playing music in a classical context (in orchestras and percussion ensemble and so forth), just as I had been writing for my rock band, I wanted to write for these ensembles. I started to become aware that one could study composition and one could have a career as a composer, so I went to the Manhattan School of Music and I started studying composition. How did you make the transition from rock music to classical ...

Security Report: April 22 – April 26


May 6, 2011

Friday, April 22 12:39 p.m. Officers responded to a report of graffiti on a bench between the Kohl Building and Robertson Hall. The bench was vandalized with black marker. Facilities staff responded for cleanup. 7:02 p.m. A student reported the theft of a red hat, gray pea coat, 4G iPhone and white wallet from a bench in the men’s locker room at Philips Gym. 11:42 p.m. Officers responded to Barrows Hall upon receiving a report of an unauthorized party taking place on the first floor. Several cans of beer and one bottle of alcohol were confiscated and discarded. Saturday, April 23 12:20 a.m. A student, ill from alcohol consumption, was transported by ambulance from Langston Hall to Mercy Allen Hospital...

Off the Cuff: Douglas Farah and David Kaplan

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

May 6, 2011

Mr. Farah, you described globalization as the “proverbial gasoline to the mix” of organized crime. Can you discuss how globalization acts to fuel the industry? Farah: Globalization changes everything. It is the proverbial gasoline in the fire. Only this time, the fire is the information and communications revolutions. It means that organized crime on the other side of the world can get into your computer, into your bank account and into illicit flows of all kinds of contraband, from the sushi you eat, the tobacco you smoke, to the drugs that kids are using. It’s changed everything. Borders have come down; people can communicate to filtered cell phones in rural areas of east Africa. They can arrange things l...

Off the Cuff with Helene Gayle

John Light, Editor-in-Chief

April 29, 2011

I hear from our College president that your brother went to Oberlin, and attending his Commencement weekend helped influence your decision to go into public health. What’s the story there? D.A. Henderson was the Commencement speaker, and I heard him and I was in medical school at the time. I had been thinking about public health as an option, and Henderson was one of the co-founders of the smallpox eradication program. And I’ll talk about this at Commencement, but he kind of verified what I thought I wanted to do, which was — Wow. You can eradicate diseases off the face of the earth. You can work with people. You can do something that makes — not just as a physician, you know, in medical school you th...

Off the Cuff with Kathleen DeBoer, “Gotta Job Yet?!” Panelist

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

April 15, 2011

The OECD has a long and interesting history, starting with the overseeing of the Marshall Plan after WWII. Can you explain its purpose then and how it’s evolved until now? If you’re familiar with George Marshall’s speech, you know that Europe needed to be rebuilt after WWII. I overheard someone at the State Department say that, “Well, if we hadn’t helped them rebuild, we would’ve been supporting them.” I’d never really heard that in school, but if you think about it it’s true. The U.S. and Canada were the funders of the Marshall plan, and they needed to have an organization to actually disperse the money properly, so that was the [Organisation for European Economic Cooperation]. During the Eisen...

Off the Cuff with Tom Rosenstiel

Liv Combe, News Editor

April 6, 2011

How did you get into the field of journalism? I knew from the time I was in high school that I was considering journalism as a career, and I was editor of the Review as a junior. About three months before graduating, I got a call from the Washington columnist Jack Anderson with whom I had interned between my junior and senior years. I was intending to take the summer after graduation off and maybe go to graduate school, but Jack woke me up one morning in April and offered me a job. [I headed straight to Washington] the day after graduation. I piled everything I had into an old, beat-up Toyota Corolla and made my way there. I worked for Jack Anderson for about a year and a half and then I went to graduate school at Columb...

Off the Cuff: Stanley Nelson, Documentary Filmmaker

Off the Cuff: Stanley Nelson, Documentary Filmmaker

March 18, 2011

When did you first get into documentary filmmaking? I got into it when I was in college. I was bouncing around film school and I took a film class and liked it, and it kind of stuck. Then when I got out of school I got a job with a documentary film company in New York. How do you go about gathering footage for a historical documentary like *Freedom Riders?* We start looking for footage from the very first day we start production, and we keep looking through the whole production process. You...

Off the Cuff: Nell Irvin Painter

Carolyn Bick, Staff Writer

February 25, 2011

I was wondering about The History of White People. You’ve said before that we’re actually all black. Did I? Yeah. Well, in the sense that we all have African ancestry. The earliest homo sapiens are from Africa, and so everybody’s carrying around little bits of their DNA. If you want to assign race or geography to your DNA, I prefer to say it’s just all human, but if you want to put it somewhere it comes from Africa. What I did find fascinating as I was working on The History of White People was the degree to which migration is typical of human history — that people have been moving ever since people have been people, and that the demographers trace where people have come and gone and so forth. ...

Off The Cuff: Sex Educators Marshall Miller and Rachel Dart

Off The Cuff: Sex Educators Marshall Miller and Rachel Dart

February 11, 2011

What got you interested in sex education? Rachel Dart: My best friend in high school was a sex educator. I thought what she did was awesome, and went to her with all of my questions. Later, when I was in school at NYU, I started working with their peer educator program and began teaching sex education workshops. Marshall Miller: When I was a sophomore at Brown they announced a new major: sexuality and society. I was immediately interested. I wrote my thesis on HIV prevention and after I fi...

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