The Oberlin Review

OSCA Prioritizes Accessibility in Iron Chef

Rachel Mead and Daniel Markus

April 7, 2017

Led by head cooks College junior Sunshine Figlio and College first-year Nikhil Villani, Fairchild co-op emerged as the champion of OSCA’s annual Iron Chef competition on April 1. Inspired by the television game show series of the same name, OSCA Iron Chef is an annual cook-off competition among Oberlin’s dining cooperatives featuring a “secret ingredient” that must be included in their dishes. This year, the ingredient was basil, which provided a refreshing twist compared to the secret ingredients of previous competitions. “We were tired of co-op staples,” College sophomore and OSCA Education and Training coordinator Kira Zimmerman said. “Last year was squash, which folks are already used to eating on t...

On the Record with Ethnomusicologist Aaron Fox

March 31, 2017

Aaron Fox is an associate professor of music and ethnomusicology and the director of the Center for Ethnomusicology at Columbia University. His educational background demonstrates the intersection of fields in which he works; he holds a bachelor’s degree in Music from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. Fox collaborates with Oberlin Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Chie Sakakibara on repatriating recorded Native music and has wr...

Cast members perform in a dress rehearsal of Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play in preparation for weekend performances.

Melancholy Play Provides Funny, Lyrical Discussion of Sadness

March 3, 2017

The five actors in Sarah Ruhl’s Melancholy Play are all preoccupied with lost arts like a talent for melancholy and the carrying of handkerchiefs. Directed by College senior Zoë DePreta, Melancholy Play follows Tilly (College sophomore Paige Baskin), a bank teller who suffers from a depression that attracts everyone around her. This theme is one that DePreta found relevant to Oberlin’s culture. “I think it’s good to do on a college campus because it talks about the way that people fetishize ...

A collection of marbles in the shape of Ohio's aquifers clings to a wall in the newly-finished Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center. The installation, glued in place by artist James Ewart, is part of a larger sculpture series by Maya Lin and collaborator Edwina von Gal.

Gateway Center Installation Completes “Ohio Trilogy”

October 28, 2016

After a busy couple years of change, the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center will finally be home to artist Maya Lin’s exhibit An Ecological Primer: A landscape in 3 parts. Lin is best known for entering the stage of massive art installations at age 21, when she won the 1981 contest to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Since then, she has designed other memorials, along with many other pieces which have focused on the environment. An Ecological Primer uses landscape as a device to di...

A photograph of James Harris Fairchild (1817 – 1902) taken in Tappan
Square. Artifacts like this are being displayed by the Oberlin College Archives in Mudd library.

Oberlin College Archives Celebrates Half-Centennial Anniversary

October 7, 2016

The Oberlin College Archives has been a resource for students, faculty, residents and the global research community since its establishment 50 years ago this week. To celebrate the anniversary, Archives staff members have put together an exhibit that will be on display in Mudd library until Oct. 21. The exhibit includes photographs, documents and other items connected to Oberlin College and Conservatory history, as well as to the lives of notable alumni such as Mary Church Terrell, OC 1884, a Bl...

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...

Dan Casey Adopts New Moniker, Hops Genres

Rachel Mead

September 16, 2016

The music of Dan Casey, an artist defined by his ability to flip genres by adopting new monikers, has appeared online under his own name, but also as Yalls, Steezy Ray Vibes and most recently dd elle. He’ll be appearing at the Cat in the Cream tonight at 8 p.m. under his newest moniker to play a set from his upcoming full-length album. “I hope you’re into some weird, weird stuff,” he said over the phone. This show marks Casey’s third performance of his newest generation of material, which he originally posted anonymously online. Casey is known to upload much of his music onto the Internet without his name attached, using some alias. “Every name change is a fresh start with no expectations,” Casey said. ...

More than Matisse: Art Rental Continues to Broaden Arts Exposure

Rachel Mead

September 9, 2016

The Art Rental Program at the Allen Memorial Art Museum has been active for over 75 years, allowing students to rent pieces of art from the museum’s collection every semester for only $5 each. Professor of Modern Art Ellen Johnson, OC ’33, founded the program based on her dedication to bringing people closer to art, according to AMAM Registrar Lucille Stiger. Johnson believed that “if people lived with art, they would develop a greater appreciation for it,” Stiger said. This rings true for Kevin Lin, OC ’17, who has participated in Art Rental every semester he’s been at Oberlin. “It’s a daily, constant reminder. You can pay as much attention to it as you want, but by having it in your day-to-day life,...

UGH Magazine: Battle Cry for Millennial Feminists

Rachel Mead

September 2, 2016

Like many of today’s best ideas, UGH Magazine began with a Google Doc. If you use the internet regularly and your friends are feminist millennials, you might know about RookieMag, Tavi Genison’s online teen magazine. If you’re part of the twenty-something crowd, you might be reading articles from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner’s site, Lenny Letter, aimed at women in the working world. However, if you don’t attend Oberlin or don’t know Justine Goode, OC ’16, and Hazel Crampton-Hays, OC ’16, you may not be familiar with UGH, a feminist publication of their creation. One of the struggles of UGH has been figuring out how to find a target audience while remaining inclusive. “Our mission statement is still...

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