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April 15, 2016

Survivor Support Week Survivor Support Week is a series of events put on by College senior Amethyst Carey, College senior Zia Kandler, College junior Laura Shriver and College junior Lexie Bean. The week, April 11–16, is centered on healing for survivors of sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and the students organizing the series found it important to provide educational resources that recognize the needs of survivors. Activities include support groups for survivors to discuss their experiences with others and panels where others share their stories of survival. Career Center to Conduct Needs Assessment The Career Center is conducting a nee...

Off the Cuff: Gary Shteyngart, OC ‘95, Author and Professor

Off the Cuff: Gary Shteyngart, OC ‘95, Author and Professor

April 1, 2016

Gary Shteyngart, OC ’95, has written several novels and recently published his first memoir, Little Failure. His novels include works such as The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, Absurdistan and Super Sad True Love Story. Shteyngart previously taught writing at Hunter College and now teaches at Columbia University. He is a Jewish Russian-American immigrant, an experience that often comes through in his novels, and was born in what is now St. Petersburg, Russia. Shteyngart has been awarded the Stephen...

Professor’s Alleged Anti-Semitism Gains Local, National Traction

Sydney Allen and Jake Berstein

March 11, 2016

After an Oberlin professor was accused of posting anti-Semitic messages to Facebook, the College has once again become the subject of national controversy. Outside opinions seeped into the campus community Sunday, when an anonymous individual sent an inflammatory, anti-Semitic email to around 500 students with the subject line reading, “ISRAEL DID 9/11.” The email included a variety of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories with seditious implications. Eric Estes, Oberlin’s vice president and dean of students, sent a follow-up email the same day alerting students to the spam. In his response, Estes referred to the email as “deeply offensive” and directed students toward the appropriate channels for reporting future...

Off the Cuff: Jason Sokol, History Professor and Author

Off the Cuff: Jason Sokol, History Professor and Author

February 12, 2016

 Jason Sokol, OC ’99, is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Berkeley. Sokol has written two books, There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights and All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn, and is working on a third. On Tuesday, Sokol gave a talk at Afrikan Heritage House titled “America’s Long History of Racial Hypocrisy,” which addre...

Students, Alumni Demand Response to Alleged Anti-Semitism

Jake Berstein, Staff Writer

February 5, 2016

The Oberlin Alumni and Students Against Anti-Semitism sent an open letter to President Marvin Krislov on Jan. 3 concerning reports of anti-Semitism on campus and demanding specific action from the administration. Their letter prompted responses from Oberlin’s Students for a Free Palestine and Palestine Legal, a national organization that provides legal advice and support to students, activists and communities advocating for Palestinian freedom. The open letter accused the Boycott, Divest from and Sanction Israel movement and SFP of “falsely portraying Israel as an illegitimate, colonialist and murderous regime.” It went on to claim that the primary goal of these organizations was to “demonize the Jewish state.”...

Alumna Reflects on Peace Corps Experiences

Hannah Combe

November 14, 2014

To the Editors: I graduated from Oberlin on May 30, 2013 and sent in my application to Peace Corps within the next week. My interview with a recruiter happened within the month, and then I did not hear from Peace Corps until Nov. 7, five months later, when I received my formal invitation to serve as an English Education volunteer in the Republic of Georgia. This West Virginia-sized country straddles a position that excludes it from neatly fitting into either Eastern Europe or Central Asia, and it barely registered in my mind’s atlas. It has a population of about five million, tucked above Turkey and below Russia, bordering the Black Sea to the west and hovering above the Middle East. Indeed, I do not think that...

OARE Commends Divestment Policy

Oberlin Alumni for a Responsible Endowment

October 10, 2014

To the Editors: Last week, the Oberlin College Board of Trustees released a groundbreaking policy for divestment. In a statement, the Office of Communications said: “In accordance with the College’s history of action in response to ‘instances of human suffering, natural calamity and injustice,’ the Board will consider proposals for divestment from entities that contribute to activities that ‘shock the conscience.’” In addition, the policy states that divestment proposals must cause “significant financial, reputational or other adverse impacts on the target of the divestment that may influence its behavior or the behavior of other similarly situated entities;” and that “the proposed divestment ......

Radiolab Event Highlights Best of Oberlin College

Marty Frazier, OC '07

September 26, 2014

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

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

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

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...

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