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December 2002
December 31--Plain Dealer Puts Spotlight on College Program Offering Free Tuition to Local High School Graduates
A recent article in Cleveland's Plain Dealer highlighted Oberlin College's committment to local high school students by placing the spotlight on the College's four-year, full-tuition scholarship initiative. The program, which began in the fall of 2001, awards four years of free tuition to all Oberlin High School graduates admitted to Oberlin College. President Nancy Dye, who came to Oberlin in 1994, said she was shocked when she saw an Ohio Department of Education "report card" that ranked the Oberlin public schools near the bottom. "It was a very sobering experience. It became important to say, 'What can we do to help?' and to encourage local students to excel academically."

December 28--Oberlin College Students Participate in Youth Energy Project
Oberlin College students Sam Merrett and Avery Book were recently recognized by the Cleveland Plain Dealer for their work in the local schools. The two students, both environmental studies majors, spent two months teaching Oberlin High School students about energy issues and the importance of energy conservation. Merrett and Book were placed in the classroom as part of the Youth Energy Project, a pilot program developed by the Oberlin Design Initiative, a local nonprofit organization.

December 27--Local Paper Reports Oberlin's Number of Alumni-Owned Businesses are Booming
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that an increasing number of Oberlin College graduates are staying in town to open new businesses. These businesses include Oberlin Music, the Ginko Gallery and Studio, the Black River Cafe, Weia Teia Restaurant, the Solaluna yoga studio, and Matrix Games. Most of the businesses have opened in the last five years. Crediting the city's liberal atmosphere and the relationships he formed during his student years, Morgan Williams '01, co-founder of the non-profit group the Oberlin Design Initiative, hopes to "continue to build on these relationships and give back to the Oberlin community."

December 11--The Morning Journal Looks at Lorain County's Growing Wireless Technology
The Lorain Morning Journal article highlighted the growing trend of wireless computer networks on local campuses. Oberlin was featured as one of the area leaders in the use of this technology. Albert Borroni, director of the Oberlin Center for Technologically Enhancing Teaching (OCTET), was one of the experts quotes

December 6--Chronicle of Higher Education Revisits Oberlin's Art Rental Program
The December 6 edition of the Chronicle of Higher Education features a piece on the Allen Memorial Art Museum's art rental program, and the students who participated in the event this year. The program, which was started more than 60 years ago by art librarian Ellen Johnson, allows students to rent original art work for five dollars per semester.

December 6--Cleveland Plain Dealer Puts Spotlight on New Basketball Coach
The Cleveland Plain Dealer put the spotlight on Frank "Happy" Dobbs, the new head coach of the Oberlin College men's basketball team. Dobbs, who started four seasons under Rollie Massimino at Vilanova and was an eighth-round pick of the Philadelphi 76-34s in 1984, is the team's third coach in four years. "I want to build a program here that year in and year out is successful," Dobbs says. "In a situation like this, where academics are so important, you have to find kids who want to both study and play basketball with the same desire."

December 4--Bruce McEwan '59 on National Public Radio's Fresh Air with Terry Gross
The December 4 broadcast of Fresh Air with Terry Gross featured an interview with Bruce McEwan '59, a pioneering expert on the ways in which the brain influences the body. During the broadcast, McEwan discussed his book (co-authored with Elizabeth Norton Lasley), The End of Stress as We Know It, which examines the response of the body to stress, and what happens when the body's stress response turns against us. McEwan is currently the head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at Rockefeller University in New York City. McEwan's interview is available online, at the NPR web site.

December 1--The Washingtonian Investigates Where the Boys Aren't
This month's edition of The Washingtonian explores why the number of men on America's college campuses is declining, and examines the so-called "edge" admissions officers give to male candidates during the admissions process. Debra Chermonte, dean of admissions at Oberlin College, explains how the College often reaches out to men by drafting different letters or sending different admissions material to them. "Men are just as likely to be interested in community service, but they tend to tie it to career outcomes or academic interests. Women may be drawn to service for altruistic reasons."

November 2002
November 30--Cleveland Plain Dealer Focuses on the Allen Memorial Art Museum
The Cleveland Plain Dealer ran an article about Sharon Patton, director of the Allen Memorial Art Museum, and her impact on both the museum's recent acquisitions and new look. The article also mentions Patton's emphasis on African-American artists, and the reinstallation of the museum's permanent collection--which now has more than 400 paintings on display.

November 26--Conservatory Student Finalist for Scholarship
The Milwaukee Journal Centinal recognized Oberlin Conservatory pianist, Michael Gallup, of Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, as one of the finalists for the Civic Music Association's Harold A. Levin Scholarship Competition. Scholarships of $2,500, $1,500, and $1,000 were rewarded to top artists and musicians from or studying in the Milwaukee area.

November 17--New York Parents Face Admissions Anxiety
This New York Times article examines New York City's latest trend--parents frantically jockeying to enroll their children in private nursery schools, hoping that the prestige of the "right" school will eventually gain their children admission to an Ivy League college. The author is quick to point out, however, that New York's top private high schools send their best graduates to the Ivies, and to other well-regarded colleges like Oberlin, Smith, Wesleyan, and the University of Chicago.

On November 3, 2002--Pianist's Recording Reviewed by Australian Paper
The Sunday Herald Sun, of Melbourne, Australia, featured a short review of a Conservatory pianist's most recent classical album release. Lang Lang, whose name in Chinese appropriately means "very brilliant", recorded 10 short musical compositions by Alexander Scriabin in Oberlin's Warner Concert Hall. The album also includes a "dazzling recording" of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor, and a "charming" Chinese folk song, "Liu Yang River", performed live at the Proms at London's Royal Albert Hall.

October 2002
October 27--New York Times Sunday Magazine Reviews Taymor's Friday
The New York Times' Sunday Magazine (October 27) featured a review of Frida, the new film directed and produced by Julie Taymor '74. Frida, the story of painter Frida Kahlo and her husband, muralist Diego Rivera, opened Friday, November 1, in New York and Los Angeles. Taymor is also well known for staging the megahit Broadway version of "The Lion King" and for her Hollywood film debut, Titus.

October 21--Colleges Building Better Science Centers
An article in USA Today examined the flurry of construction and/or renovation of aging science facilities on college campuses across the nation. The article mentioned construction projects at Kenyon College, John Carroll University, Wittenberg University, and Oberlin College, to name a few.

October 19--Science Building Boom at U.S. Universities
CNN.com featured an article about the flurry of construction on college campuses across the nation as small, liberal arts colleges race to build new science facilities. "If you are going to stay active and continue to be a leader in the sciences, it's very facility driven," President Nancy Dye said. Oberlin's new Science Center was designed to encourage interactive teaching methods, cooperation between students and faculty, and collaboration across scientific disciplines.

October 12--Seeds of Protest Growing on College Campuses
Oberlin College President Nancy S. Dye was quoted in an October 12 New York Times article that discussed the growing anti-war movement on college campuses across the nation. "Students are engaging very, very quickly with Irag," Dye says. "This morning I was struck by a very large sign on top of an academic building, saying 'Say No to War in Iraq.' A new student organization has gotten itself together, and I don't even know if they have a name yet. There wasn't anything like this during the first gulf war, when I was president at Vassar."

October 11-Schools' Eco--Sensitive Designs Teach by Example
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ran an article about green architect William McDonough. The article investigated how today's designers can create buildings that are ecologically effective, yet take into account human needs. As an example of this new design philosophy, the article mentioned Oberlin College's Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, explaining that it was designed so that students can actually experience and understand how eco-sensitive design works.

September 2002
September 24--New York Times Rates the 10 Most Beautiful Experiments in History
The New York Times reported on the "10 most beautiful physics experiments of all time." Included in the rankings was Oberlin alum Robert Millikan, who in 1909 measured the charge of electrons and created a visually breathtaking byproduct in the process.

September 16--Mother Jones Magazine Gives Oberlin Two Thumbs Up
For the second year in a row, Mother Jones magazine has mentioned Oberlin as an "activist" campus. This year, Oberlin is mentioned with Wesleyan University, Harvard, Duke, and Pomona for its involvement in last September's National Day of Action, which centered around a march on Washington to ask government officials not to answer terrorist violence with war.

September 14--Cleveland Plain Dealer Reviews Artist Recital Performance
The Cleveland Plain Dealer featured a review of Antonio Pompa-Baldi's performance during Oberlin College's 2002-2003 Artist Recital Program. Winner of the 1999 Cleveland International Piano Competition and a silver medalist last year at the 11th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Pompa-Baldi was refered to in the review as having "plenty of dash...yet bountiful grace, polish, and temperament."

September 13--U.S. News and World Report Offers Tips on the Perfect Essay...with a Little Help from Oberlin
An article in U.S. News and World Report detailing how to write the perfect essay for college admissions applications featured comments from Oberlin College Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Deborah Chermonte. "Keep an essay simple," Chermonte says. "Don't try to write an overview of your life. Narrow the focus of the essay to something tangible."

September 13--College Lends out Original Artwork
Today's Cleveland Plain Dealer featured a short blurb about the Allen Memorial Art Museum's art rental program, which allows students to rent original works of art for an entire semester. "This is a lot better than having a poster in your dorm room," reported a student inteviewed for the piece.

September 6--Minority Access Ranks Oberlin 11th for Students of Color
The premiere edition of Minority Access magazine ranked Oberlin College 11th in a list of top institutions for minority students. The rankings, for 2001, were based on the level of commitment the institutions show toward minority students. Schools that preceded Oberlin on the list were primarily historically black institutions; Oberlin was the top non-historically black college on the list. "There are so many important issues facing students of color in higher education, and finding the right college is chief among them," says Jill Medina, senior assistant director and coordinator of Asian Pacific American student recruitment in the College's Office of Admissions. "Oberlin has a long-standing commitment to making an excellent education accessible to students of color."

September 4--USA Today Quotes Smallpox Pioneer D.A. Henderson '50
Last Wednesday's USA Today featured commentary by D.A. Henderson '50, chairman of the Health and Human Services Secretary's Council on Public Health Preparedness. The article examined how the government is preparing to handle terrorist attacks involving smallpox and other biowarfare agents. "Our strength has got to be at a local level," Henderson said, stressing the need to rebuild public health services to better respond to disasters.

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