The Oberlin Review

Radiolab Event Highlights Best of Oberlin College

Marty Frazier, OC '07

September 26, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: As a high school teacher, I’m constantly regaling students with the wonders of Oberlin and encouraging them to apply. Posters and pennants fly from my classroom windows, and the new viewbook sits prominently on my front table. Students grow tired of these entreaties, and when I begin a sentence with “Back at Oberlin,” many eyes roll reflexively back into sockets, as teenage eyes are sometimes wont to do. So when a group of high school seniors accompanied me to the Radiolab event this past Friday, I panicked that perhaps I’d let nostalgia oversell my Oberlin experience to them. What if our journey to this promised world revealed my memories as completely fraudulent? Walking into an electrified,...

On the Record with Alumni Band SUN SPEAK

On the Record with Alumni Band SUN SPEAK

September 19, 2014

Guitarist Matt Gold, OC ’13, and percussionist Nate Friedman, OC ’13, who perform as the band SUN SPEAK, performed together in Clonick Hall Thursday night. Before their performance, the duo, who were excited to debut some of their latest work from their new EP, Light Blue Light, spoke with the Review about Vietnamese food, Coltrane and returning to campus. What is it like being back on campus? Nate Friedman: All of the same people but none of the same people. Matt Gold: It’s all o...

Lena Dunham Dispenses Life Advice in Finney Convocation

Anne Pride-Wilt, Arts Editor

February 14, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Features, Recent Stories

As the most talked-about Oberlin alumna in recent years, Lena Dunham, OC ’08, returned to campus for a convocation in Finney Chapel last Saturday night like a conquering hero — a funny, humble, down-to-earth one. Dunham is well known for creating and starring in the Emmy-award-winning HBO series Girls, now in its third season, and her award-winning 2010 indie film Tiny Furniture, among other projects. While Oberlin students may sometimes tire of being compared to Lena Dunham or hearing her name dropped in conversation, Dunham’s warm, smart and surprisingly poignant convocation demonstrated that the association does Oberlin well.   The convocation was staged as a candid interview between Dunham and Pr...

Quintet Imani Winds Crafts New Interpretation of Chamber Traditionalism

Ava Bravata-Keating

February 14, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Music

Sunday afternoons are usually uninspiring, consumed by half hearted studying, intermittent napping or other forms of aimless dawdling, but last Sunday’s performance by chamber quintet Imani Winds ripped through the stupor of this end-of-the-weekend limbo. The non-traditional mélange of original compositions, reconstructed orchestral classics and jazz-flavored chamber music kept the Finney Chapel audience on its toes while still delivering the polished performance expected from Oberlin’s Artist Recital Series. Meanwhile, the group’s collaboration with lauded pianist Gilbert Kalish added diversity to an otherwise wind-dominated program. Curtain-opener “Startin’ Sumthin’” by Imani Winds’s own Jeff Scott...

On the Record: Roy Abramsohn Discusses His Mid-College Crisis, Film Debut

Dessane Cassell

October 11, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

I understand that your first passion was music. As a former Conservatory student, could you tell me a bit about how you first got involved with acting? I was planning my winter term [as a sophomore], and I had a friend over at Johns Hopkins University. They had a famous playwright in residency during that period named Edward Albee. He wrote Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Zoo Story; he’s one of the greatest American playwrights of this whole century, I think. So I kind of snuck my way into Johns Hopkins. I wasn’t really supposed to partake in the program. But I went to Baltimore anyway, and got to meet Edward Albee and do some scenes. Really, just being in the same room with this playwright as he tau...

Diverse Repertoire Aids CME Performance

Odette Chalandon, Staff Writer

October 11, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Music

If the electric atmosphere before the Contemporary Music Ensemble’s performance with eighth blackbird was any indication of what was to come, it was thanks to the pre-concert enthusiasm of the audience. Students, alumni, professors and community members filled Warner Concert Hall with energy that was palpable and directed squarely at the joint performers. Eighth blackbird, a three-time Grammy-winning sextet founded at Oberlin in 1996, was a highlight on its own, as were the featured compositions they helped bring to life. What unfolded was an incredible performance that reaffirmed one’s faith in the future of contemporary music. From the minute CME appeared on stage with eighth blackbird, it was evident this concert...

OTC with Aaron “Mooch” Mocciolo, OC ’02, ObieGame creator and planner

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

May 3, 2013

Filed under Uncategorized

I’ve been an ObieGame player three years running, and I still don’t know how to answer the question, “What is ObieGame?” How do you respond to that question? The way that I’ve described it most frequently over the years is that it’s a treasure hunt with a plot. And secondarily, I think I’ve described it as an interactive story. Do those do full justice to it? I don’t know. … Technically it fits into a genre of activity called “alternate reality games.” But that’s sort of an amorphous term and one that’s in some ways fallen out of vogue. I would say that treasure hunt with a plot fits best, especially because it’s geographically and population-focused. How did ObieGame get its start? ...

Potential Class Trustees Emerge as Senior Class Council Solidifies

Duncan Standish, Staff Writer

April 26, 2013

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

This year’s class trustee election has entered its final phase, just as the senior class council elections have ended. College seniors Joe Condon and Abbas Mohsin are the remaining candidates for the class trustee position. College junior Trey Everett Levy will be next year’s senior class president, with College juniors Eliza Diop and Richard MacGuire as the first and second vice presidents, respectively. After a preliminary election earlier this month, Condon and Mohsin emerged as the top contenders from an original pool of 18 candidates. Members of the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013 will decide via e-mail in August which senior will sit on the Board of Trustees for the next three years. Whomever they elect will...

2013 Alumni Class Officers

Kira McGirr

April 26, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Results have been tabulated from the election for the class of 2013 alumni class officers.  Dana Paikowsky has been elected president, and Eloise Reid has been elected vice president. For your information, the alumni class president is a member of the Alumni Council and returns to campus each fall for its weekend-long meeting.  Each year, after the Alumni Council meeting, the class president writes a letter to members of the class reporting on Oberlin and on alumni activities and programs. The vice president is the person to whom the president turns when he or she is unable to attend the Alumni Council meeting or write the annual letter. If for any reason the president is unable to carry out hi...

Ethnomusicologist Donna Lee Kwon Discusses U.S. Stereotypes of North Korea

Michelle Polyak

April 19, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Theater & Film

Donna Lee Kwon, OC’93, assistant professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Kentucky, gave a lecture titled “Parody to Humanity: Media Representations of North Korea in the Age of Social Networking and Youtube” on Tuesday as part of the Oberlin Korean Students Association Conference. Kwon was a double-degree student at Oberlin, majoring in Piano Performance and Women’s Studies. She began her talk by outlining the dominant American parodies of North Korea and then proceeded to explain what else is out there on the Internet and other forms of media on North Korea, paying particular attention to musical genres and styles. Kwon described the western media portrayal of North Korea as a binary of either a...

Corin Hewitt Illuminates Compression of Time in Work of de Chirico

Abby Hawkins, Arts Editor

April 19, 2013

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

Anyone who has taken a 20th-century Art History class at Oberlin will recognize Giorgio de Chirico’s 1915 painting “La Solitudine,” in which a classical reclining sculpture is pictured sitting in a piazza while a train races along the background horizon, reminding the viewer of time’s endless march forward. With incongruous shadows shooting off in every direction and a nausea-inducing tilted perspective, Corin Hewitt, OC ’93, deemed the work “psychologically trying” in his April 12 Artists on Artists talk, “Giorgio de Chirico’s Metaphysical Interiors.” Brought back to the Allen Memorial Art Museum by members of the student-run Exhibition Initiative, Hewitt — a true Oberlin grad at heart — began...

Board of Trustees Attempts to Increase Student-Faculty Communication on Financial Decisions

April 17, 2013

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The Board of Trustees, comprised of 34 members, is responsible for the College’s long-term investments and financial stability. The class trustees and other members of the Board are required to come to Oberlin four times a year to meet with students to respond to concerns and suggestions. Oustide of this forum, however, communication between students and the Board is rare. Recently several students have worked to improve student-trustee relations. “I’m aware of the fact that transparency between the Board and the student body is an issue,” said College senior and Student Senator Tani Colbert-Sangree. Specifically, Colbert-Sangree and Senior Class President A.D. Hogan both acknowledge a lack of communication...

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