Grades Aren't Everything
How “far out” and
outrageous can Oberlin College and its inhabitants become? The issue of
The Oberlin Review newspaper available during reunion weekend in
May included a picture of a student holding a disgusting sign denigrating
President Bush. People have the right to express their views, but must
an Oberlin student carry a sign with such obscene language? That sign
denigrated the student, as well as Oberlin College. Then came Commencement.
The academic procession has, for the most part, lost its former dignity,
and instead has become more like a comic parade. The attire of some professors
and many graduating seniors showed the lengths to which persons who need
to make a statement and who are in great need of attention will go to
display their childishness. How many alumni saw the cattle-like stampede
of the many graduates who refused to walk through the Arch in memory of
the past Oberlinians who lost their lives during the Boxer Rebellion?
Instead, those seniors made a mad dash around the Arch, in the meantime
holding up the procession. Some of my classmates who could well afford
to support the College in a generous fashion will not do so because of
the obvious liberalness of the institution and the lack of consideration
shown toward other points of view that many of us now hold. One of the
tenets of considerate people is to hold an open mind and to neither belittle
those with other points of view nor cram their own views down another’s
throat. To end on an upbeat note, our 60th reunion was a memorable occasion
for those of us who returned to Oberlin to refresh our memories and renew
old friendships formed during our college years so long ago.
Hey, I just read your article about bands from Oberlin.
A few additions from the Mid 80's crew: Matt Verdery was in Madder Rose
(and a few others I think). Pete Pollock is in a band called Bronson,
and has a CD out. Mic Holwin had a solo album in the late 80's, and still
lives in NYC, I think. Brian Dewan has some solo albums and performs around
NYC/Boston. Chris Brokaw was in Come and Codeine and has a solo album
out. Vivian Trimble was in Lucious Jackson and performed with that band
Hi: I loved the article on Oberlin rock alums, but there
are some missing names. For starters, looking at people who have put out
vinyl or CDs with some distribution, there's Chris Brokaw ’86 (Codeine,
Come, Consonant, The New Year, solo work, etc.), Steve Immerwahr ’88,
(Codeine), and all of Harm Farm (class of 1988ers Brad Pedinoff, Noah
Chasin, Tom Hallenback, and Morgan Fichter, with the latter later going
on to Camper Van Beethoven). And Dan Zanes (Del Fuegos and lately some
rockin' children's music) was in the class of 1983, if memory serves.
Plus, of course, there's all the rest of us who played casually and still
do. But I've always wondered about grads from the 1970s and early 1980s.
Surely there must be more than a few among those classes who went on to
play rock, too, that got released to the marketplace. I'd be interested
in hearing about them some time.
I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind including
our band SweetFish (http://www.sweet-fish.com) on the web page with all
of the links to NYC Obie bands. The group currently consists of lead singer
Katherine Baker ‘98, bassist Jeremy Bieger ‘98, and myself
on cello and keyboard. Anyway, I would love it if you’d link to
us. Thanks so much. Great article by the way; I never knew so many groups
were here from Oberlin. I’m hoping to round us all up and start
a network of sorts. Maybe do some concerts?