The Oberlin Review

World Music Raises Questions of Ownership Ethics

Willa Rubin

April 12, 2013

The genre of “world music” is not as open as it seems, claims David Novak OC ’92, an assistant professor of ethnomusicology at UC Santa Barbara. In his Tuesday lecture, “Ethnomusicology, World Music and the Public Sphere,” Novak argued that issues of access to recording devices and limitations of creative freedom through copyright and intellectual property laws have created many new questions to ask of all forms of media. According to Novak, many ethnomusicologists consider North American music engineers, recording local artists’ music internationally and selling it on the Internet to be imperialistic. There are many Western artists, like Paul Simon, who has recorded tracks for songs in Africa and Southeast...

Obies Should Consider Joining Ranks of Alumni Donors

Rick Pender

April 12, 2013

It seems likely that someone has given you a copy of Dr. Seuss’s book  Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, a piece of optimism that’s become a traditional graduation gift since its publication in 1990. I can think of no better place to start that journey to the places you’ll go than Oberlin College. When I graduated in 1971, I had ideas about where I was going — but my life did not follow the path I had in mind. In fact, it got better. I graduated as an English major with plans for a career in teaching. But my Oberlin education prepared me for so much more, leading eventually to my work today on behalf of Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, where I oversee fundraising and public affairs. My skills at communication and pers...

Art History Department Explores Diversity, Accessibility

Abby Collier, Staff Writer

April 12, 2013

In light of the student-created “Petition for Arts of Africa and African Diaspora Professor” released on March 5, the Art History department hosted a lunch on March 14 to discuss diversity in the study of art history at Oberlin. The meeting covered how the department is responding to issues of staffing and curricular exclusivity. The creator of the petition, College junior Vicky Costikyan, said the March 4 teach-in led by the Africana Studies department and the ensuing Day of Solidarity events gave her confidence to voice her feelings regarding diversity within the department. “I’ve always felt that a lot of methodological problems with art history and cultural biases were reflected in the department, but...

Ron Paul Promotes Libertarian Ideals

Julia Herbst, News Editor

April 12, 2013

Ron Paul, former Congressman and three-time presidential candidate, spoke to a packed house in Finney Chapel on Sunday night, the first of two speakers hosted this week by the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians. He covered a range of topics in his address, titled “Liberty, Defined,” including his views on the economy, foreign policy and personal freedom. Paul, who was introduced by Nick Miller, College senior and president of the OCRL, received a standing ovation by much of the crowd as he walked onstage. He began by directly addressing the college students in the audience. “All the young people and all the young at heart who love liberty, thank you for inviting me,” said Paul. “It is great...

Off the Cuff: Neil Barsky, OC ‘81 and director of Koch

Matan Zeimer

March 15, 2013

How did you get involved in filmmaking? I started my career as a journalist. I was a newspaper reporter. I was a managing editor for The Oberlin Review. I was at The Daily News in New York and at The Wall Street Journal in New York. Then I spent 15 years in the financial world and managed a hedge fund. When I retired in 2009, I wanted to go back to journalism in some form, but the world had changed so much that the business models had fallen apart. It’s an interesting period — very dynamic — but I didn’t really see a role for myself … I came to the opinion that documentary film is the one medium in journalism where the impact has probably increased over the years. It’s very easy to change a convers...

Alison Bechdel Reflects on College, Queer Community

Ilse Miller, Staff Writer

March 15, 2013

Last Thursday, Oberlin welcomed alumna Alison Bechdel to the Science Center for a lecture event sponsored by Lambda Union, along with Year of the Queer and the Forum Board. After graduating from Oberlin, Bechdel hoped to go to art school to continue her education, but found her portfolio denied from multiple institutions. After moving to New York, Bechdel began drawing her now-infamous comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. Drawing from personal life experiences, including those of her friends and community members, Bechdel kept up the comic strip for more than 25 years. Bechdel’s memoir Fun Home received vast critical and public attention after being published in 2006, thus solidifying her status as a cultural institution. The...

Obie Athletes Stick Around as Coaches

Molly Bloom, Staff Writer

March 15, 2013

Student-athletes at Oberlin are only granted four years of eligibility under NCAA regulations, and very few Yeomen and Yeowomen have the opportunity to continue their athletic careers in a professional setting. But five former Yeomen have found a way to make careers out of the sports they love — these individuals continue to contribute to Oberlin athletics by working as assistant coaches on various sports teams. David Wilson, OC ’06, returned to Oberlin to coach soccer after a stint with a pharmaceutical company; John Hepp, OC ’07, accepted a position as the throwing coach for the track and field team in addition to working for the Department of Residential Education; Greg Mangan, OC ’09, and Mike Law, OC...

On the Record: Tony Gardner ’15

Kelsey Scult, Staff Writer

March 8, 2013

How has your rapping changed since moving from Tennessee to Ohio? It has gotten to be more about me. Before, I had a group of friends that would all write and rap together, and we had similar ideas and things that we agreed upon — similar feelings about blackness. A lot of what we had to write incorporated that. Since I’ve been in Oberlin and away from them, my thinking has revolved around how I feel and how I am. It’s become more personal. It was already personal, but it’s more personal now.  At home, there is this concept of ‘black mad,’ which is really hard to put in words. It’s a movement that involves productive use of anger about injustice toward black people, men and women. We often will put hi...

Teengirl Fantasy Hits Home, Hard

Ross Chait, Staff Writer

March 8, 2013

Last Thursday, the former Oberlin in-house heroes known as Teengirl Fantasy returned to their alma mater for a performance at the ’Sco, headlining what proved to be a relatively raucous weeknight of house-inspired dance music. “As a guy who performs with turntables, it’s always refreshing to see talented producers play killer live sets,” explained College junior Will DiMaggio, who was the first of three acts to play that night. “Neither of the [visiting] acts relied too heavily on pre-structured material, which is impressive and, in all honesty, unusual of live electronic [dance] performances these days.” DiMaggio warmed up the early birds with a pre-banger set of soul-inspired party tracks, performing...

OTC with Jim Margolis, OC ’78, and Senior Advisor to President Obama

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

February 15, 2013

You’ve been involved in some international elections in Africa, Europe, Asia and Latin America. What are some of the challenges of working on international elections? The part that I love about international work is that I learn as much as I’m able to give in terms of advice and counsel because [I’m] just in an entirely different place with all sorts of different issues. So, for example, in Mongolia, you’re working in a country where the majority of the people are still living in yurts … and a lot of people are still riding around on horseback, and it’s not like television is going to be the medium through which you communicate. It’s going to be for a very small part of the population, and instead it...

Documentary Highlights Flaws of Justice System

Tania Mukherjee

February 15, 2013

Last Tuesday night, the award-winning documentary Crime After Crime, based on the story of incarcerated domestic violence victim Deborah Peagler, was screened in Craig Lecture Hall. The event was co-sponsored by the Program Board, Forum Board, Peace and Conflict Connections Group, Oberlin College Dialogue Center, Multicultural Resource Center and the Office of Religious and Student Life, and was attended by many students, faculty and community members. The film’s director, Yoav Potash, and Joshua Safran, OC ’97, one of Peagler’s pro bono attorneys, were present at the event to talk about the film and domestic violence. The 95-minute documentary, which has received accolades like Official Selection to the 2011...

Obie-Penned Novel Grapples With Timeless Issues

Diane Katzenberg Braun

February 8, 2013

Not so many years ago, a call went out from The Oberlin Review for sightings of books that featured Oberlin, this being, I suppose, a rarity and/or novelty at the time. Various people wrote in quoting fleeting passages or one sentence that mentioned a very small town in Ohio, producing, I gather, an equally fleeting moment of pride for the reader. Well, the call has now been answered in full by the prominent place Oberlin assumes in Tracy Chevalier’s, OC ’84, newest historical novel The Last Runaway. I must admit that I have been a fan of Tracy’s through all of her books and always eagerly await the next one. Most of them are set in Europe, in France or England, which is where I like my historical fiction ...

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