The Oberlin Review

Stephen Morris Unites World, College with Lecture on Future International Cultural Conservation

Alice Shockley, Staff Writer

April 27, 2012

“To cherish what remains, and foster its renewal, is our only hope.” This sentiment expressed by writer Wendall Berry, encapsulates the message of Stephen Morris's, OC ’82, lecture on April 23. To represent the World Heritage Convention, Curricular Committee on Archeology invited Morris to speak and show the latest World Heritage video, which highlighted their achievements, and addressed the basic historic, political, cultural and environmental projects undertaken by World Heritage Program Organization. Morris made note of the great need for support from active-minded students from our generation, emphasizing the importance of outreach and awareness in order to recruit National Park Service interns for seasonal...

Prepare to Become an Alum

Rick Pender

April 20, 2012

To the Editors: Although I’m certain you’re getting an excellent education at Oberlin, I want to tell you something you might not have learned yet: You’re officially on your way to becoming an alum. That’s right — by virtue of your enrollment, you’ll be part of the Oberlin Alumni Association, an institution that dates back to 1839. For 173 years, graduates of Oberlin have been uniting to appreciate and support the institution that’s turned them into people who make a difference in the world. I graduated from Oberlin in 1971 with a degree in English, thinking I would teach. I’ve done that, to be sure, but so much more. Using fundamental skills I learned during my undergraduate years I’ve worked...

Off the Cuff with Judge Susan Richard Nelson

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 9, 2012

You have a long history in litigation centered on product liability and tort cases, perhaps the most impactful of which was your 1998 tobacco case that resulted in a multi-billion dollar settlement. How did you become involved in that case? What do you perceive to be its significant results? I started practicing law in 1978, and in 1984 I joined a law firm in Minneapolis. They were well known for doing high-level product liability cases and representing the plaintiffs, which was unusual for a big law firm. Product liability was a big field, generally speaking, in the law back then. It is less so now, but it certainly was back then. So, I did a lot of trial work, and then in 1994 the firm was considering this big underta...

Symposium Honors Kornblith, Showcases Obie Historians

Elizabeth Dobbins

February 24, 2012

A symposium titled “Doing American History” will be held in Craig Lecture Hall tomorrow, Feb. 25, to honor Professor of History Gary Kornblith’s retirement after 30 years of teaching at Oberlin. Instead of using the symposium to showcase scholarly papers, 12 of Kornblith’s former students are coming back to give speeches on becoming American historians and the future of the field of American history. “My idea here is to have some fun, not just serious academic stuff,” said Kornblith. Many of the speeches will draw on the speakers’ autobiographical experiences pursuing careers in history. Kornblith says that this will provide ideas for students as to what to do with their history major after graduation....

Robert Shannon Proves Model For Conservatory Pianists

Meghan Farnsworth, Staff Writer

February 10, 2012

Wednesday's recital at Warner Concert Hall featured the talented Robert Shannon, OC ’72, a man famous for being the head of Oberlin’s Keyboard Studies Division, founder of the Cooper International Piano Competition and a highly sought-after piano professor in the Conservatory. With such a reputation, expectations were high. Shannon walked across Warner’s stage as though he were emotionally wounded. His shoulders slumped and his arms swung to their own momentum. When he took his place at the piano, the music that ensued contrasted the reputation preceding him. The performance was very personal, reflective and emotional, rather than purely virtuosic. This effect was both strange and enlightening, especially give...

Billie Streets Speaks on Athletics, Success

Emma Eisenberg, Staff Writer

February 10, 2012

Billie Streets, OC ’86, remembers her years playing for the Oberlin women’s basketball team in a way many Division III athletes would understand: “We were not good — we had fun, but we really weren’t good.” Still, at her talk on Sept. 7, Streets emphasized the importance of achievement. Indeed, her frequently sports-oriented vocabulary lent itself well to discussing corporate and personal success with her audience. “I would hope that you guys come to understand that winning is important,” she said. “When you come out into corporate America, you’ve got to compete.” Streets has certainly competed well in her professional life since Oberlin. After serving as director of special events for ...

Lev Rosen Returns to Oberlin with Newly Published Novel

Kara Brooks, Arts Editor

November 11, 2011

On the night of Nov. 8, a modest yet devoted number of students and faculty gathered in King 106 to hear Lev A.C. Rosen, OC ’03, read passages from his work of fiction. All eyes were on Rosen as the attendees of his reading towered over him in the massive lecture hall. Nevertheless, Rosen appeared comfortable and familiar with how to perform in front of fellow Obies. Diving into his reading, Rosen perhaps proved himself too familiar as an Obie, as he gulped his water into the microphone and spoke too loudly at times. Raised in New York City, Rosen attended Oberlin and then Sarah Lawrence College, where he received his MFA in Creative Writing. His work has been featured in Esopus Magazine and various blogs...

Former Obie Pioneers Athletic Apparel Company

Dylan Holmes and Ashley Parish

November 11, 2011

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

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

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

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....

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