The Oberlin Review

The College’s Voluntary Separation Incentive Plan encourages faculty and staff to retire early in exchange for a significant compensation package. This plan is projected to save the College $1.5–3.5
million per year.

College Offers Cash for Early Retirement

May 6, 2016

Over the next three weeks, 177 faculty and staff must decide whether or not they want to take the College up on its offer to retire early in exchange for a relatively hefty severance package. The deal, which administrators are projecting will save the College between $1.5–3.5 million per year, is known as a voluntary severance incentive package and is the first step in the administration’s long-term plan to cut spending while slowing the rate of tuition increase. The payout is relatively...

Assistant Professor of Music Theory Andrew Pau joins host Alex Trebek on the Jeopardy! set before one of Pau’s six consecutive wins. He excelled in various topics, including Shakespeare and U.S. governors.

Music Theory Professor Wins Big on “Jeopardy!”

April 29, 2016

Assistant Professor of Music Theory Andrew Pau ended a six-day winning streak on the game show Jeopardy! Tuesday, walking away with $170,202 in total winnings. Pau, who has taught at Oberlin since 2011, was selected to compete after two unsuccessful auditions and more than a year of vetting. He completed a timed online test and participated in a mock taping in Detroit before producers invited him to play at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA, in March. Pau said he did not prepare extensiv...

College senior and hip-hop artist Robin Chakrabarti released his first album, 'Introvert Party,' in March. His songs are littered with lyrical contradictions that reflect Chakrabarti’s complex identity.

Chakrabarti’s Beats Blend Kanye with GoldLink

April 22, 2016

Editor's note: This article contains language that may be offensive to some readers. When College senior Robin Chakrabarti arrives at Azariah’s Café for our interview, he walks right past me. Dropping his backpack and coat in the booth next to mine, he settles in, pulling out his laptop and plugging in his headphones. He gets to work. I turn around to face him, puzzled, and give him a little wave. “So either I can come over there, or you can come here,” I say above the sound of latte...

Upcoming Arts Events

Julian Ring, Editor-in-Chief

April 1, 2016

Spring Back April 7–9, 8 p.m.
Warner Main Space
 The second installment of a biannual Dance department tradition, Spring Back, will complement November’s Fall Forward as a showcase for student choreographers. Often unpredictable and always exciting, the pieces presented will cover a range of styles and artistic visions. Psycho Beach Party April 14–16, 7:30 p.m.
April 17, 2 p.m.
Hall Auditorium
 Professor of Theater Matthew Wright directs this mishmash parody of Hitchcock thrillers and 1960s beach movies. The tomboy Chicklet Forrest yearns for acceptance from the Malibu Beach surfer crowd, but her split personalities keep holding her back. She encounters a host of outrageous characters along...

From left, Leyla McCalla, Rhiannon Giddens, OC ’00, and Bhi Bhiman collaborate as part of the “Swimming in Dark Waters” tour Saturday night. The show, which touched upon various forms of protest music throughout the evening, was emotionally impactful, if somewhat monotonous.

‘Swimming in Dark Waters’ Powerful, if Repetitive

February 26, 2016

“There’s been a lot of negativity,”Rhiannon Giddens, OC ’00, acknowledged toward the end of her Saturday night set. “But this is Oberlin. We ain’t watering none of this down.” Giddens and her collaborators — singer-guitarist Bhi Bhiman and singer and multi-instrumentalist Leyla McCalla — didn’t downplay much that evening. For the opening date of their “Swimming in Dark Waters” tour, the trio performed a dour show, telling stories of oppression and grief through multiple...

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