The Oberlin Review

Nature’s Company All the Way

Nature’s Company All the Way

November 30, 2018

On a midseason Sunday about two months ago, before Oberlin became covered with a layer of ice beneath an inch of snow, College first-year and cross country runner Avery Coreschi walked briskly to practice. Few trees were bare, some were still green, and others had turned a burnt red or a dark shade of orange. Oberlin was in the midst of autumn, when the weather’s almost always just OK. At 8 a.m. he completed a routine cross country workout: eight miles around campus, no break. Mos...

FAVA Unveils Nature-Themed Exhibition

Kirsten Heuring

September 8, 2017

The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts is an integral part of the arts community at Oberlin, offering art classes for both children and adults as well as organizing curated invitational shows, photography shows, and off-site exhibits of area artists among many other events. This fall, FAVA is showcasing two Ohio artists, Martha Gallagher Michael and Lisa Schonberg, until Oct. 31. Both artists have been placed side-by-side in the exhibition for their shared representation of nature in their illustrations. While nature is a common motif between the two artists, the two creators bring their subject to life in distinct and unique ways. Martha Gallagher Michael is a professor of special education and art education at ...

Wolf Tracking Gives Practice in Intuition

CJ Blair, Columnist

February 6, 2015

Some of the first comments I heard about Winter Term at Oberlin were all the places you can go to get away from the deplorable January cold. I’ll admit I was tempted to follow that advice, but all bets were off when I found a wolf-tracking program in northern Minnesota. The course examined predators of the North Woods, and we were able to spend the whole time looking for tracks outside, locating wolves with radio telemetry and observing their behavior in captivity. While the class provided extensive education in conservation biology, the act of tracking itself is an activity that provides practice in deductive reasoning and intuition that is applicable far beyond the scope of biology. The first step in tracking...

For Sustainable Design, New Club Turns to Nature

Dyani Sabin

November 7, 2014

If you want to know how to create more sustainable architecture, you might want to ask the birds and the bees. At least that’s what the members of Oberlin’s first-ever Biomimicry Club, an organization that aims to bring Oberlin toward sustainable living based on designs found in nature, might tell you. According to its founder, College sophomore Olivia Scott, the purpose of biomimicry is essentially to “use nature to solve your problems,” or to base industrial and sustainable designs on those found in nature. “Nature has had 3.8 billion years of evolution, so you’re using that as a design but also as inspiration,” said Scott. Examples of possible biomimetic designs are air conditioners ...

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