The Oberlin Review

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

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

May 3, 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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