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Off the Cuff: Hannah S-P and Lonnie Bass, Slow Train baristas

Off the Cuff: Hannah S-P and Lonnie Bass, Slow Train baristas

May 9, 2014

College senior Lonnie Bass and Hannah Scharlin-Pettee OC ’13 are baristas at the Slow Train Café. Bass has been a barista for two years, while Scharlin-Peettee began brewing this past fall. Bass and S-P sat down with the Review to discuss coffee, the Vengaboys and their strangest moments on the job. How did you land the job here? HSP: I graduated [last spring], then I applied, but I was smart about it. I applied several months before I wanted to start, because I knew this place was very competi...

Off the Cuff: Frank Schaefer, former United Methodist pastor and LGBTQ advocate

Off the Cuff: Frank Schaefer, former United Methodist pastor and LGBTQ advocate

May 2, 2014

Frank Schaefer is a former United Methodist pastor from Lebanon, PA. After performing the marriage ceremony for his gay son in 2006, Schaefer was stripped of his credentials and excommunicated from his congregation. Schaefer has since become an ally and advocate for LGBTQ Christians and delivered a lecture at the Oberlin First Methodist Church yesterday evening titled, “Defrocked: Still Faithful”. He sat down with the Review to discuss his road to religion, the Bible and his next steps. Can you ...

John Byrne, OC ’03, Former Editor-in-Chief of the Review, and Founder of The Grape and The Raw Story

John Byrne, OC ’03, Former Editor-in-Chief of the Review, and Founder of The Grape and The Raw Story

April 25, 2014

Before Greg Walters, OC ’03, spoke to the Review about his experience working as a journalist in Moscow earlier this month, he indulged a question about the origins of The Grape, which was rumored to have as its creator a former Editor-in-Chief of the Review. John Byrne, OC ’03, who went on to create the left-wing independent journalism outlet The Raw Story, talked about The Grape, how his staff once mutinied against him and how to make it in journalism. Why did you choose to come to Oberlin?...

Off The Cuff: Emily Troiano, senior director in the Information Center at Catalyst

Kate Gill, News editor

April 19, 2014

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Emily Troiano is a senior director at the Catalyst Information Center, a nonprofit organization based in New York. Her research explores the role of women in the workforce, and she authored an online tool, “First Step: Women in the World”. On Tuesday, she gave a talk titled “Women at Work: A Conversation with Emily Troiano”. Troiano sat down with the Review and discussed her career path, unwritten rules and Sheryl Sandberg. How did you first become involved with the Catalyst Information Center? It’s a long story, [and] a long road [to] my career path. It’s funny to share it [and] to realize how many different turns I’ve had; it’s not unusual. [Certain] students have a very straight path — grad sc...

Off the Cuff: Chris Crass, author, activist and anti-racist organizer

Off the Cuff: Chris Crass, author, activist and anti-racist organizer

March 14, 2014

Author, educator and organizer Chris Crass is often at the forefront of multiracial and feminist movements. Crass sat down with the Review this week to talk about his experience as an activist and his thoughts on antiracist organizing.  The topic of your talk, “Anti-Racist Organizing in White Communities,” is something that our college has been struggling with, both as an institution and as a student body. Could you begin by talking about the difference between racist and anti-racist organiz...

Off the Cuff: Leonidas Donskis, Lithuanian scholar of philosophy and politics, human rights advocate and member of the European Parliament

Off the Cuff: Leonidas Donskis, Lithuanian scholar of philosophy and politics, human rights advocate and member of the European Parliament

March 9, 2014

Leonidas Donskis is an author, politician and leading Lithuanian public intellectual. A strong advocate for civil rights, Donskis sat down with the Review to discuss his thoughts on European politics and on the lecture he gave Thursday, titled “Antisemitism Old and New: East/Central European Nationalism, Western Anti-Zionism. How did you come to Oberlin? Well, I knew many good things about Oberlin. I knew it was a major place in terms of liberal arts education [and] music. Incidentally, I had ...

Off the Cuff: Shazeen Attari, expert on the psychology of resource consumption

Maddie Stocker, News Editor

February 28, 2014

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

Shahzeen Attari, assistant professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, sat down with the Review this week to talk about energy consumption, motivations in social dilemmas, and the paper she will publish on Monday. Attari visited Oberlin to give a talk titled ‘Public Perceptions of Electricity and Water Use.’  How did you become interested in energy policy and efficiency? I actually started off as a Physics and Math major at [University of Illinois at] Urbana-Champaign, and I volunteered for nature conservancy one spring break as an undergrad, and I realized that [there were] many interesting questions about the environment. I actually grew up in the Mid...

Off the Cuff: Lara Friedman, former foreign service officer and director of Policy and Government Relations for Americans for Peace Now

Off the Cuff: Lara Friedman, former foreign service officer and director of Policy and Government Relations for Americans for Peace Now

February 25, 2014

Can you first talk about Americans for Peace Now? Americans for Peace Now is the American sister organization of Shalom Achshav, which translates to “peace now” and is an Israeli grassroots movement. My organization developed in the early ’80s as a fundraising arm for Peace Now in Israel and over time developed into its own organization. So we mirror, in a way, Peace Now. Their mission is to educate Israelis on peace and to mobilize Israelis to action and to press their government to act...

Off The Cuff: Tim Elgren, scientist, teacher and new Dean of Arts and Sciences

Maddie Stocker, News Editor

February 14, 2014

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff, Uncategorized

What geared you toward the sciences? I’m a physical inorganic chemist, so that’s a lot of chemistry. That’s my background. [I went to] undergraduate school in St. Paul, MN, and really explored a lot of areas. I was interested in psychology, I got interested in biology, and ultimately landed in chemistry, and really felt that I was incredibly fortunate to have landed at exactly the kind of level of question that I really enjoyed thinking about. So chemistry was a natural place for me. I went off to Dartmouth [College] and did my graduate work in this specialized area of chemistry. I [was] always interested in environmental chemistry, but when I got there I became interested in a biochemical detoxification projec...

Off the Cuff: Cole Hershkowitz OC ’11

Madeline Stocker, News Editor

February 8, 2014

Filed under Off the Cuff, Uncategorized

Cole Hershkowitz, OC ’11, was recently awarded $15,000 by the Oberlin LaunchU Pitch Competition; a grant to fund his future entrepreneurial ventures. A CalTech graduate and engineering enthusiast, Hershkowitz co-founded a company called Chai Energy, an energy conservation company which operates out of Southern California. What is Chai Energy?  Chai Energy shows homeowners exactly where they’re wasting money on their utility bill and what’s going on in their home through a mobile application. So, if you imagine: You’re at home, and if you’re forgetful like I am, you leave the stove on or the refrigerator door open. We’ll send you a message on your way out the door, or maybe after an hour, that your s...

Off The Cuff with Paul Thomson, Ph.D. Candidate

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

December 6, 2013

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

I was wondering if you could you just briefly describe what fiscal stress labels are? [They] are applied to school districts and local governments that are identified by the state as having projected deficits in their general fund for any of the next three years. And so then the Ohio Department of Education for school districts will flag districts that have these deficits and give them a chance to kind of offset these [shortages] either through [a] reduction in expenditures [or an] increase in local tax revenues. Districts that are unable to avoid these deficits are then placed into these special stress labels and so they can be placed into one of three categories: fiscal caution, fiscal watch or fiscal emergency, kind o...

Off the Cuff with Cody Wilson, developer of firearm printing software

Off the Cuff with Cody Wilson, developer of firearm printing software

November 22, 2013

Cody Wilson is a law student, activist, innovator and self-proclaimed crypto-anarchist. He founded Defense Distributed, a nonprofit that publishes open-source gun designs for 3-D printers. Named by Wired as one of the 15 most dangerous men in the world, Wilson sat down with the Review and discussed the second amendment, equal protection of the law and his mission to radicalize. Can you tell me about the 3D printer? It’s kind of an umbrella of technologies, but most of them come from stereo-...

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