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“What are you watching, Obies?” Survey Results: Rewatching Feel-Good Movies and TV

April 23, 2020

Editor’s note: This is the fourth and final article in the Review’s series responding to the “What are you watching, Obies?” survey created by Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Leah Vonderheide. As the COVID-19 pandemic keeps us tucked away in our homes, it’s clear that a majority of us are finding solace in movies, music, books, and video games. The real world remains behind locked doors, but in the meantime, new worlds await us through pa...

Former G.W. Zoo owner Joe Exotic, star of the Netflix series

“What are you watching, Obies?” Survey Results: “Tiger King” Places In Top Three Across Categories

April 14, 2020

Editor’s note: This article is part of the Review’s ongoing series responding to the “What are you watching, Obies?” survey created by Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Leah Vonderheide. For the full survey results, read Professor Vonderheide’s introductory article. Somehow, it’s unsurprising that a gun-toting, gay zoo owner with a bleached mullet has caught the attention of Obies, wherever they may be sheltered-in-place. In Visiting Assista...

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“What are you watching, Obies?” Survey Results: Initial Reflections

April 13, 2020

Editor's note: This article is the first of the Review's ongoing series responding to the "What are you watching, Obies?" survey created by Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Leah Vonderheide. As a professor of Cinema Studies, I watch a lot of movies. Social distancing has given me even more time to watch and rewatch films, television shows, and a surprising number of YouTube videos — many of which, I'll be honest, feature feel-good content about fol...

Proposal for Journalism Concentration Passes

Alana Blumenstein

November 8, 2019

The College Faculty committee passed an Educational Plans and Policies Committee proposal on Wednesday to establish a journalism concentration at Oberlin. The motion passed with 49 out of 51 committee members’ approval and is currently set to begin in fall 2020. Although Oberlin has a long history of producing successful journalists, this is the institution’s first formal academic program in journalism. Proposed by John C. Reid Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Composition and English Jan Cooper, Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Laurie McMillin, and Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber, the integrative concentration will combine academic coursework with co-curricular experiences. “I am very happ...

College sophomore Michael Candelori.

In The Locker Room with Michael Candelori, Men’s Soccer Player and Filmmaker

September 21, 2018

When College sophomore Michael Candelori arrived at Oberlin last fall, his intentions were to focus on soccer and graduate with a degree in Economics. After three classes in economics and one in the math department, Candelori decided to shift gears. The Vienna, VA, native now plans on declaring a double-major in Cinema Studies and Theater. His interest in film began in high school when he had the opportunity to shadow a friend’s dad who was working on a documentary that ended up on Net...

Students Must Advocate for Departments, Programs

Editorial Board

September 15, 2017

In the throes of a budgetary crisis, it’s time for Oberlin students to rally behind their academic departments. With some tenure-track positions only temporarily replaced by visiting faculty, facilities set for understaffing, and the threat of more cuts in the future, it is vital that students voice which positions and programs matter to them. We have the ability to hold Oberlin accountable to its values by reinforcing what the College means to us, but we can only define our experience if we take the initiative to do so. Last September, the Review published the article “Program Cuts Leave Film Students With Questions,” (Sept. 16, 2016), concerning the woeful understaffing of the Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman C...

Oberlin Should Look to Universities as Financial Models

Jordan Joseph, Contributing Writer

February 17, 2017

It’s no secret that the College is facing a dire financial situation caused in part by an over-reliance on tuition as revenue. This crunch was exacerbated due to the unusually high number of enrollment withdrawals over the summer. Unfortunately, administrators have decided to place the brunt of the cuts on academic departments, a decision which will ultimately do more damage than good to the school. As the Review reported last week, many jobs were left unfilled following the College’s Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (“Administrators, Unions at Odds on Cuts,” Feb. 10, 2017). Usually in a buyout, veteran workers who have seen years of raises are offered severance packages and replaced with employees willing t...

Committees Allow for More Student Input

Rachel Mead, College senior

September 23, 2016

To the Editors: Students at Oberlin seem to feel that they are in the dark about how the institution functions, and rightly so. There is very little information readily available for us to answer questions like those posed in last week’s article, “Program Cuts Leave Film Students with Questions,” involving how departments grow and shrink (The Oberlin Review, Sept. 16, 2016). This doesn’t have to be the case. For the third year in a row, I am sitting on the College Educational Plans and Policies Committee, the group charged with, among other things, doing program reviews of every department and program every few years; discussing and making recommendations for other short and long term curricular directions...

Cut-It Ensemble Returns to the Apollo

Nicole Gutman

April 19, 2013

The Cut-It Ensemble performed in the Apollo Theatre on Thursday during the viewing of Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt (Berlin, the Symphony of a Metropolis) by Walter Ruttmann. Founded in the fall by Doron Galili, visiting assistant professor of Cinema Studies, and Peter Swendsen, assistant professor of Computer and Digital Arts, as a collaboration between the Cinema Studies and TIMARA departments, the ensemble of musicians improvises contemporary avant-garde music to silent films. Berlin, die Sinfonie der Großstadt is a 65-minute film capturing a typical day in 1927 Berlin. The film was shot in a documentary style that incorporates experimental qualities and special effects. Additionally, it is divided into f...

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