The Oberlin Review

Former Obie Pioneers Athletic Apparel Company

Dylan Holmes and Ashley Parish

November 11, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

After graduating from Oberlin College in 2009, Brian Verne joined with a childhood friend and decided to use his passion for sports in a tough economy to start an athletic apparel company. Two years later, Verne’s dream has birthed Connection Apparel — a successful athletic gear company that can be found in at least 14 different markets and has formed partnerships with multiple professional athletes and charity organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Cleveland. In addition to Verne’s friend Michael Eppich of Shaker Heights, Jack Dunn, OC ’10, also helps run the company. All three were baseball players. “The three of us graduated during arguably the worst economy since the Great Depression and it...

Alum Describes Chaos at Occupy Oakland

Ben Master

November 11, 2011

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The massive day of action organized by Occupy Oakland on Nov. 2 both inspired and troubled me. As has been the case with most of my involvement with the Occupation, I left in awe of Oakland’s persistent and passionate mobilization against economic injustice. At the same time, I was dismayed by incidents of anti-worker and needlessly violent behavior. The black-masked radicals who perpetrated these actions endanger our movement by directing the public attention toward sensationalist stories about reckless kids, instead of the unifying theme of economic equality. If we do not develop an organizational structure that can help contain these elements, our claim to represent the 99 percent will lose credibility and our message...

Off the Cuff with Bob Drogin

Liv Combe, Editor-in-Chief

October 14, 2011

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

What was it like working [as managing editor] at the Review back in the 70s? I only worked there the last year and a half while I was at Oberlin, and I fell into it sort of by accident. It changed my life. The editor at the time was a woman named Jenny Siebens [OC ’72]. Jenny went to Columbia Journalism School afterwards and she ended up ultimately working at CBS news and spent many years as a bureau chief in Los Angeles… Jenny and I were friends, she was a year or two years ahead of me. What happened, and it really did change my life, was I wrote one story — it was about insurance or something, I don’t remember — but the second story I ever wrote for the Review said that the CIA was coming to campus ...

CFR President Haass Predicts Gloomy Future for Middle East

CFR President Haass Predicts Gloomy Future for Middle East

October 14, 2011

Richard Haass, OC ’73 and president of the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonprofit organization that aims to educate U.S. citizens about international politics, visited Oberlin last Thursday to share his thoughts on American foreign policy in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Earlier this year, a wave of popular uprisings against authoritarian governments occurred in countries across the Middle East, including Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya, in what Haass called the “Arab Awakening.”  ...

Kantara Project Rides Magic Carpet to Oberlin

Peter Meckel, Staff Writer

October 7, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Visual Art

The Kantara Project is coming to Oberlin this October. Founded by Alia Kate, OC ’08, the Kantara Project is an educational program that aims to develop and inform the world view of its participants as they learn about the traditional art of weaving in Morocco. A Politics major with a concentration in international relations, Kate took a leave of absence in 2008 to learn Arabic and volunteer for a human rights organization in Morocco. While there, she was deeply moved by the art and culture of Moroccan rug weaving. “Initially, I was drawn to the carpets because of the artistry,” she said. But after witnessing the financial exploitation of women rug-weavers by larger Moroccan industries, she wanted to make a difference....

In the Locker Room: Greg Mangan

James Blankenship, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2011

Filed under Football, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

You graduated in 2009 as Oberlin’s all-time leader in every significant passing category. When you first stepped onto campus as the Quarterback Coach this summer, did it feel sort of surreal? It definitely was. A lot of the guys I knew were gone at that point. I think the seniors now were first-years when I was a senior, so there’s a little bit of carryover. But beyond that, it was kind of like a new blank slate but at the same place. It was surreal, and since I’ve been back it’s totally different not being a student. You also spent some time as a member of the Kent Predators (now the Seattle Timberwolves) of the Indoor Football League. Which was more enjoyable, playing quarterback in college or in the IFL...

Flora the Explorer Fails to Strike Gold

EJ Dickson, Arts Editor

May 13, 2011

Filed under ARTS, Music, Theater & Film

In some respects, the plot of Flora the Red Menace, a musical by Fred Ebb and alum John Kander, OC ’51, bears striking similarities to that of another work by an Oberlin alum: film wünderkind/Judd Apatow favorite Lena Dunham’s, OC ’08, Tiny Furniture. Both feature female protagonists who have just graduated from Oberlin College, and both works depict the post-grad job search during uncertain economic times. Yet Floraand Tiny Furniture differ in one crucial respect: UnlikeTiny Furniture, Flora does not feature a scene in which the protagonist has unprotected butt sex in a construction site. Although I shudder to think of the up-tempo musical number that would have followed afterward, the inclusion of ...

On the Record with Lisa Abend OC ’86

Monica Klein, Opinions Editor

May 13, 2011

Filed under ARTS, On the Record

In March, B.R. Myers wrote a piece in The Atlantic (“The Moral Crusade Against Foodies”), criticizing both chefs’ and food critics’ gluttonous tendencies and reverential treatment of their subject. In your reporting, did you ever share any of Myers’s feelings while researching Ferran Adrià’s and his co-chefs’ nearly religious treatment of dinner meals? (Or, do you disagree entirely with Myers?) First of all, I wouldn’t say that the approach of Adrià and his chefs is religious or near-religious — to me, the word implies a kind of awe that I don’t think applies here (the meal may inspire awe in the diner, but that’s a different question). At elBulli, they take a very workman-like approach not...

Oberlin Alum Gives Talk on Chemical Detective Work

Veronica Burnham, Staff Writer

April 22, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

This past Wednesday, the College welcomed back one of its esteemed alumnae for a talk on the interdisciplinary nature of art history and art conservation. Claire Barry, OC ’77, came as a part of the Blumeno Lecture Series, which aims to bring speakers to campus to lecture on the overlap of chemistry and art. Barry is currently the director of conservation at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX, and gave a lecture titled “Autoradiography and La Tour: Placing a 17th Century Masterpiece in a Nuclear Reactor and Other Adventures in Paintings Conservation.” In her seminar, Barry detailed how chemistry and various instruments of chemical analysis play an integral role in studying paintings that are hundreds of y...

Off the Cuff with Tom Rosenstiel

Liv Combe, News Editor

April 6, 2011

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

How did you get into the field of journalism? I knew from the time I was in high school that I was considering journalism as a career, and I was editor of the Review as a junior. About three months before graduating, I got a call from the Washington columnist Jack Anderson with whom I had interned between my junior and senior years. I was intending to take the summer after graduation off and maybe go to graduate school, but Jack woke me up one morning in April and offered me a job. [I headed straight to Washington] the day after graduation. I piled everything I had into an old, beat-up Toyota Corolla and made my way there. I worked for Jack Anderson for about a year and a half and then I went to graduate school at Columb...

Mudd Academic Commons Renamed in Honor of Outgoing Board Chair

John Light, Editor-In-Chief

March 18, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

When Oberlin College Board of Trustees Chair Robert Lemle arrived in Oberlin on March 6, his birthday, he didn’t know that the Board of Trustees and President Krislov had planned to rename a large section of Mudd in honor of Lemle and his wife, Roni Kohen-Lemle. “I was … told that there were going to be a lot of surprises and there were,” said Lemle. “And the dedication was one of them.” Now Oberlin College has the Robert S. Lemle ’75 and the Roni Kohen-Lemle ’76 Academic Commons on the first floor of Mudd Library. “Robert is credited with leading the strategic planning process and doing a lot of things that created a stronger board and stronger leadership,” said Krislov. “It’s customary...

Board of Trustees Elects McGregor As New Chair

March 18, 2011

Oberlin College announced on March 7 that Clyde McGregor, OC ’74, had been selected as the new Chair of the Board of Trustees. McGregor has a long history with the College, having served as a board member since 1998. In the press release issued by the administration, McGregor spoke fondly of his time both as a student and as a board member. According to the Oberlin website, the board of Trustees “manages the welfare of the College and entrusts the day-to-day operations to the president.”...

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