The Oberlin Review

“Rocky Horror” Brings Weirdness to Campus for Tenth Year

Devyn Malouf, Production Editor

October 11, 2019

 One of my fondest memories from high school is dressing up in a faux-fur black vest and fishnet stockings, smearing black eyeliner and red lipstick on my face, and going to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show with my friends on the night of our graduation. While the night was bittersweet, I was fortunate to have Oberlin ahead of me, where going all-out for Rocky Horror is a time-honored tradition for a student body that’s not afraid to get weird. Rocky Horror made its big-screen debut in Los Angeles in 1975. Shortly thereafter, the show moved to Waverly Theater in Greenwich Village, NY, where the tradition of midnight picture shows was born. In the four decades since, Rocky Horror has become an American cult cl...

OTC: Anderson Flen and Major Joe Womack, Africatown, Alabama

OTC: Anderson Flen and Major Joe Womack, Africatown, Alabama

April 19, 2019

Anderson Flen and retired Marine Major Joe Womack are both natives of Africatown, Alabama — a community with a rich and unique history dating back to the 1860 landing of the Clotilda, the last ship to illegally bring enslaved African people to the United States. Since then, many historians, anthropologists, and journalists have chronicled Africatown’s story, including Zora Neale Hurston in the recently released Barracoon. Earlier this week, Flen and Womack visited Oberlin to present alongside a...

OTC: Zahida Sherman, Multicultural Resource Center Director

OTC: Zahida Sherman, Multicultural Resource Center Director

February 22, 2019

Zahida Sherman stepped into her new role as director of Oberlin’s Multicultural Resource Center on Monday, Feb. 18. Most recently, Sherman was an assistant director of Black Student Success at the University of the Pacific. She has also worked as an associate development coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in Los Angeles, and as an assistant director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Kenyon College. Sherman earned her BA in anthropology fro...

College Passes Enrollment Goal for Class of 2022

Devyn Malouf, Production Editor

May 11, 2018

The Oberlin College Offices of Admissions and Financial Aid are cautiously celebrating a successful recruiting season for the class of 2022. Based on early admissions numbers, the office projects that it has surpassed its enrollment goals for the 2018–19 school year. As of May 4, 868 students committed to attend Oberlin College and Conservatory this fall. Admissions administrators set an initial goal to enroll 750 students between the College and the Conservatory for the class of 2022 — 620 for the College and 130 for the Conservatory and double-degree — with an anticipated range of 735–775. At this time last year, 753 students had committed. Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Manuel C...

OTC: Ilja Luciak, Professor and Author

OTC: Ilja Luciak, Professor and Author

April 27, 2018

Professor Ilja Luciak is chair of the Political Science department at Virginia Tech University. He is the author of After the Revolution: Gender and Democracy in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala and The Sandinista Legacy: Lessons from a Political Economy in Transition. His work been published in several academic journals throughout Europe, North America, and Central America, and he has served as an invited election observer in El Salvador and Nicaragua. His research currently focuses on gender an...

Senate Must Maintain Integrity of Social Media Presence

Devyn Malouf, Production Editor

April 20, 2018

Oberlin Student Senate’s Instagram page (@oberlinsenate) is, overall, what you might expect of a college student governance group’s social media account; the page primarily features students’ accomplishments and activities, events happening on campus, student senator bios, pictures of Oberlin’s campus, and the like. That’s part of the reason why the account’s Tuesday night Instagram Story felt jarring, and not reflective of how Senate seems to — or should — want to present itself. The story went as follows: It started off with “Senator Sightings” in Mudd library — pictures taken from afar of various student senators spotted in Mudd library doing work and chatting with friends, as many students ...

Four Startups Win $37,000 in 2018 LaunchU Competition

Four Startups Win $37,000 in 2018 LaunchU Competition

March 30, 2018

The sixth annual LaunchU program — Oberlin’s startup accelerator, boot camp, and pitch competition — came to a close March 10, as 10 teams of startup companies competed for a pot of $37,000. Three of the four winning businesses were made up of current Oberlin students, while one team consisted of alumi. The program began with a 12-day, 12-hour “boot camp” of sorts in January that offered a variety of resources and trainings to educate the novice entrepreneurs on key aspects of succeeding in...

Ambar Details Finances, Solutions to Students

Ambar Details Finances, Solutions to Students

March 2, 2018

President Carmen Ambar presented to students about Oberlin’s current budgetary state and answered subsequent questions Wednesday evening in King Building. Ambar mentioned how she intends to answer the financial deficit in student-specific ways, including the eventual closing of Dascomb Hall’s cafeteria and older Village Housing Units. The presentation is the 10th in a series of 11 that Ambar has been giving to different groups on campus. The president said that financial decisions made over t...

Office of Disability Resources Prepares to Hire New Full-Time Director

Office of Disability Resources Prepares to Hire New Full-Time Director

February 16, 2018

A number of disability-centered initiatives have arisen after a semester of dysfunction from the Office of Disability Resources, including the creation of a Disability Solidarity Theme Hall, a series of forums as the ODR searches for a permanent Director, and a proposed student organization meant to create a sense of community among disabled students on campus. The Office of Disability Resources is in a period of adjustment as it copes with numerous staff changes, including the sudden October de...

College Projects Enrollment Rebound

Devyn Malouf

February 9, 2018

After a significant enrollment shortfall that led to a $5-million deficit, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid projects that Oberlin College and Conservatory will meet its target admission rate for the class of 2022, reducing the deficit by approximately $2 million. The office examined and has been responding to trends in high school graduate demographics, prospective student feedback, and issues concerning lower retention to help recover enrollment numbers. Interim Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Manuel Carballo said 169 Early Decision-I applicants have been accepted, while Early Decision-II is expected to bring in roughly 65 new commits, and 23 students who deferred their admission la...

Oberlin Police Chief Hire Sparks Controversy Within Department

Devyn Malouf

November 3, 2017

Despite the Oberlin Police Department’s announcement in August to hire Elyria Police Officer Clarence “Ryan” Warfield as its new police chief, that desk still remains empty. Warfield has yet to accept his potential position not only because of the time required for a full background check, but also due to opposition from multiple sergeants in the department. Warfield has over two decades of experience with the Elyria Police Department, where he began as a road patrol officer and eventually served in the community impact and investigative units. Town officials and current members of the Oberlin Police Department have variously voiced their support — or lack thereof — for the potential hire. City Manager...

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