The Oberlin Review

In the Locker Room: Greg Mangan

James Blankenship, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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.”...

No Need to Agree With Me — The Need To Be Unbelievaball

Lisa Mon'a Brown, Columnist

March 18, 2011

Are you graduating from Oberlin College in fewer than 75 days? Have you already completed a name pronunciation form? What about a graduation application? Do you know where the funds from this year’s senior class gift are being allocated? Have you familiarized yourself with the ever-so-important Commencement section of the Blackboard website? Well, if you answered yes to the first question, then you should have been able to answer affirmatively to all of the succeeding questions as well. Unfortunately, at this stage in the semester, many seniors do not even know the name of our senior class dean, let alone the content of the Commencement section on Blackboard. It’d be impossible to sketch every minute detail of what...

Letter to the Editor: Review Letter on Fenty Presents Faulty Premise

Paul Dawson

March 11, 2011

To the Editors: In a recent letter to the editor, (“Fenty Illegitimately Fired College Alumnus,” The Oberlin Review, March 4, 2011), Erich Martel, a Washington, D.C. Social Studies teacher, used a half-truth to leap, inductively and incorrectly, to a faulty premise. Upon this premise, Martel launched an ad hominem and slanderous attack upon a distinguished public servant, Adrian Fenty, OC ’92, the former Mayor of the District of Columbia. Martel simultaneously avoided the real issue: Namely, did the Fenty Administration help the public school children of the District or not? The half-truth: Mr. Martel left out one-half of the description of the course Mr. Fenty and I will co-teach in the fall semester: POLT...

Fenty Illegitamately Transferred College Alumni From Job

Erich Martel

March 4, 2011

To the Editors: Making former Washington, D.C., mayor Adrian Fenty, OC ’92, a “distinguished visiting professor of politics” at Oberlin College to “co-teach an introductory politics course … that will draw on an original case study [he] is writing about his mayoral administration, with a focus on the politics of educational reform” (1/20/11 press release) appears to sacrifice academic objectivity for the glow of a celebrity politician and his celebrity appointee, ex-Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Why is a self-promotional account of his role in a confrontational version of school reform, in which he remains active, accorded the appearance of objectivity as a “case study”? Why are D.C. public schools’s...

On the Record: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Ian Seeley, Managing Editor

February 25, 2011

What was your most memorable experience at the Grammys, other than winning? [Laughs] I was really sick, so it was all kind of a blur. I mean, it all was memorable. I have to say probably seeing Bobby McFerrin and Esperanza Spalding — who later won the Best New Artist — seeing them do a duet at the beginning of the non-telecast portion. It was amazing. The Carolina Chocolate Drops have a live show with a lot going on, such as dancing and the group giving the historical backgrounds of songs. When you record, do you take any special approaches in addressing the recording studio’s limitations? It’s hard to capture a live feel in the studio. We know what we’re doing this next time, we are recording...

Waiting for “Superman” Draws Crowd, Criticism From Ohio Educators

Waiting for “Superman” Draws Crowd, Criticism From Ohio Educators

February 18, 2011

Over 200 students discussed America’s educational system with President Marvin Krislov and a panel of top Ohio and Oberlin educators after a film screening of Waiting for “Superman” Wednesday night. The screening, which kicked off the Oberlin Young Educators’ Pedagogy Symposium, showcased Waiting for “Superman,” a documentary by An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim. After welcoming a crowd of more than 200 at West Lecture Hall, OYE, who organized the event, emphasized...

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