|OBERLIN IN THE NEWS
Oberlin in the News - Fall 2002
December 31--Plain Dealer Puts Spotlight
on College Program Offering Free Tuition to Local High School Graduates
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."
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.
27--Local Paper Reports Oberlin's Number of Alumni-Owned Businesses
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."
11--The Morning Journal Looks at Lorain County's Growing
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
6--Chronicle of Higher Education Revisits Oberlin's Art Rental
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
6--Cleveland Plain Dealer Puts Spotlight on New Basketball
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."
4--Bruce McEwan '59 on National Public Radio's Fresh Air with
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
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 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.
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
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.
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.
27--New York Times Sunday Magazine Reviews Taymor's
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.
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.
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.
12--Seeds of Protest Growing on College Campuses
Oberlin College President Nancy S. Dye was quoted in an October
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
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
September 24--New York Times Rates
the 10 Most Beautiful Experiments in History
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.
16--Mother Jones Magazine Gives Oberlin Two Thumbs Up
For the second year in a row,
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
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,
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."
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.
6--Minority Access Ranks Oberlin 11th for Students of Color
The premiere edition of Minority
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."
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