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Oberlin in the News - Fall 2004

December 2004
December 28--Oberlin College Hillel Recognized for Arts and Culture Programming
A press release issued by Hillel, the Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, announced that Oberlin College had received an honorable mention for Jewish arts and culture programming during the organization's 2004 International Professional Staff Conference in Stamford, Connecticut.

December 17--Alumna Wins Prestigious Poetry Prize
Delaware's Cape Gazette reported that Emily Lloyd '96 is this year's recipient of the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, awarded during December's John Milton Memorial Celebration of Poets and Poetry. Lloyd, a freelance writer and part-time librarian at Delaware Technical and Community College, won the prize for her poem "The Most Dangerous of Transplants."

December 16--Creative Writing Program Profiled in Poets and Writers Magazine
The January issue of Poets & Writers magazine profiles the College's Creative Writing Program. The article cites Oberlin as part of a growing trend of institutions offering undergraduate creative writing degrees (353 in the U.S., U.K., and Canada), including Knox and Sarah Lawrence Colleges. Oberlin is highlighted as an example of schools that have been working to make the degrees "a hallmark of their respective institutions for some time now."

December 12--Professor's Review Published in The Baltimore Sun
The Baltimore Sun recently published a book review of David Thomson's The Whole Equation: A History of Hollywood, written by Oberlin College Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Geoff Pingree.

December 7--AMAM Receives Grant from National Enowment for the Arts
Today's Plain Dealer reported that the Allen Memorial Art Museum has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts' Access to Artistic Excellence and Literature Fellowship program for the exhibit "The Splendor of Ruins in French Landscape Painting."

December 6--Folksinger Josh Ritter Returns to Beantown to Perform
Today's Massachusetts Daily Collegian ran a preview of Josh Ritter's upcoming performance at Boston's Iron Horse Music Hall. Ritter, who graduated from Oberlin in 1999, began his musical career in Beantown's folk clubs. Reuters also ran an article on Ritter, confirming that the popular singer-songwriter has signed a new deal with indie label V2 Records, which will reissue his latest album, Hello Starling, on February 22.

December 3--Plain Dealer Gives Orchestra's Performance Under Sir Simon Rattle a Positive Review
The Plain Dealer recently published a review of Sir Simon Rattle's appearance with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, which he led through a performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 4 with exhilarating grandeur.

November 2004
November 26--Julie Taymor's Lion King Debuts in Seattle
To celebrate the first local production of Julie Taymor's The Lion King, Seattlepi.com ran an in-depth interview with the director. Taymor, who graduated from Oberlin in 1974, credits her experiences in Bali as a Watson Fellow with influencing her award-winning career.

November 25--College Student Helps Kindergarteners Learn about Thanksgiving Tradition
Today's Lorain Morning Journal featured an article on a long-standing tradition at Eastwood Elementary School--making pumpkin pie from scratch. Kindergarten teacher Janet Kapuscinski and Oberlin College student Diana Gufrein '08 introduced a new group of students to this annual event, helping them mark the Thanksgiving Holiday in a special way.

November 23--Conservatory Graduate Achieves Success with Jupiter String Quartet
In three short years, violist Elizabeth Freivogel '99 and the other members of the Jupiter String Quartet have made their mark on the music world, winning awards from competitions such as the Banff International String Quartet Competition, one of the most prestigious of such contests in the world. An article about the quartet's other stunning success appears online today at boston.com.

November 21--Senior Running Back Scores with Piano Performance
Chris Jordan '04, a music major with a concentration in piano performance, was featured in today's Morning Journal. Jordan, who dreams of performaing at Carnegie Hall, is also a running back on the school's football team.

November 19--Plain Dealer Reviews Orpheus in the Underworld"
Today's Plain Dealer included a review of Offenbach's "Orpheus in the Underworld," as performed by members of Oberlin's Opera Theater Program.

November 17--Young Alumnus Volunteers for Russian-American Exchange Program
Daniel Winetsky '04 is one of the first 40 students to sign up for a new Russian-American exchange program that takes young volunteers across the Atlantic for monthlong work projects. Winetsky, who will work to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS in Russia, was featured in a recent Moscow Times article.

November 15--Richard Haass '73 Interviewed on NPR
On the November 15th edition of NPR's All Things Considered, Robert Siegel interviewed Richard Haass '73. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former adviser to Secretary of State Colin Powell, commented on Powell's resignation.

November14--Kansas City Star Interviews Mezzo Soprano Denyce Graves
A feature article about mezzo soprano Denyce Graves '85 appeared in today's Kansas City Star. Graves, who achieved stardom performing the title roles in "Carmen" and "Samson et Dalila", has recently begun performing the role of Azucena in the Washington National Opera's production of "Il Trovatores."

November 10--Alum Leads Team Investigating New Drug
Dr. F. Xavier Pi-Sunyer '55 of Columbia University was cited in today's Plain Dealer as head of the research team investigating the experimental drug Acomplia. This drug promises to help people lose weight and quit smoking, as well as lower their cholesterol.

November 7--Alumnus Achieves Recognition as "Flu Hunter"
The cover story for the current issue of the New York Times Magazine features Tim Uyeki '81, an epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Keiui Fukuda '77, the top influenza epidemiologist at the CDC, Uyeki and Fukuda are part of a team of scientists studying the recent outbreaks of avian flu in humans and the possibility of a world wide pandemic.

November 3--Voter Turnout in Oberlin Attracts National Media Coverage
On November 3, articles about voter turnout filled the media--especially stories about Oberlin, where some voters had to wait more than five hours to cast their ballot. Many first-time voters (as well as hardened veterans) found themselves interviewed by the press, including journalists from the Lorain Morning Journal and the Plain Dealer. Stories about Oberlin also appeared nationally, in the Associated Press, and online at KCRAchannel.com and CBSnews.com.

October 2004
October 31--Family-Friendly Musician Dan Zanes '84 Returns to Cleveland
Dan Zanes '84 recently returned to the Cleveland area to perform his unique collection of "family-friendly music." While in town, Zanes was interviewed by Cleveland's Plain Dealer.

October 29--Obie Appears on NPR's Young Voter Roundtable
Senior Renata Strause appeared with four other guests on WBUR's "Young Voter Roundtable," to discuss who they thought should sit in the Oval Office for the next four years. (WBUR is Boston's local NPR affiliate.)

October 28--Oberlin Mentioned on The Daily Show
On a recent episode of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Senator John Kerry alluded to George Orwell's 1984 by calling Dick Cheney the "minister of disinformation." Jon Stewart, the Daily Show's host, responded by assuring Kerry that his comment had probably "locked the Oberlin British Literature Professor vote."

October 28--Professor Honored as Outstanding Alumni Honoree
According to an article in the Columbia Daily Tribune, Associate Professor of Religion A.G. Miller was recently nominated to the Columbia Public Schools Founddation for Outstanding Alumni Honorees. He returned to Columbia for the awards ceremony, and to share his story with students at two local high schools.

October 25--David Orr Featured in Grist Magazine
Several articles about Professor of Environmental Studies David Orr have recently appeared in Grist Magazine, an online publication that features environmental news and commentary. In the first of two articles, Orr answers a series of questions about his work, his writing, and his politics. In the second, Orr joins other prominent environmental leaders and thinkers in predicting the environmental outcome of the next four years.

October 25--Mumford's Newest Composition Debuts in Columbus
Today's Columbus Dispatch features a review of Jeffrey Mumford's newest composition, toward the deepening stillness beyond the visible light, which was commissioned by Chamber Music Columbus and performed by the Pacifica Quartet. Mumford, who was on hand for the performance, is the Oberlin Conservatory of Music's composer-in-residence.

October 24--Recent Alumna Featured on The Cover of The New York Times Magazine
The most recent edition of the New York Times Magazine features an article on Ry Russo-Young '03 and her family, sister Cade and mothers Donna Russo and Robin Young. In the article, Russo-Young, one of growing number of children raised by out-of-the-closet same-sex parents, frankly discusses what it has meant for her to grow up with two mothers and how it has affected her view of the world.

October 24--Workshop at Carnegie Hall Brings Obies Together
After participating in a professional training workshop for young singers and composers at Carnegie Hall, Obies Laurie Rubin '01, composer Keeril Makan '94, and poet Jena Osman '85 were featured in a New York Times article. Rubin, who was paired with Makan, prepared and sang his composition "Target," a text that was inspired by Osman's poems and phrasing from the leaflets dropped over Afghanistan in the wake of September 11.

October 19--Folk Singer Josh Ritter '99 in The News Again
Folk-rock luminary Josh Ritter '99 is popping up in the media again. The sensitive songwriter's fall tour with Canadian Sarah Harmer and her band has recently gained attention in the San Diego Union-Tribune, Oregon's Register-Guard, scotsman.com, and Straight.com, a Canadian music forum.

October 13--Recent Alum Receives National Achievement Award
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently ran a story on Matthew VanFossan '04, who was recognized at this month's Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic National Achievement Awards gala in Princeton, New Jersey. VanFossan, who graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Latin American studies and politics, is also the recipient of the National Achievement Award program's $6,000 Mary P. Oenslager Scholastic Achievement Award, given annually to college seniors with visual impairments who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, leadership, enterprise, and service to others.

October 7--Newsday.Com Tracks Down Student Voters
Sheryl McCarthy, a columnist with Newsday.com recently traveled to Hunter College, where she found more than 100 students passionately debating presidential politics. Among the students was Julie Berger, a first-year student at Oberlin College who's taking a semester off to volunteer with the Kerry campaign. In the article, Berger explained her reason for voting as: "I'm voting as a woman, a Jew, and a volunteer emergency medical technician whose community doesn't have the equipment it needs to respond to another terrorist attack."

October 4--Local Paper Looks at Farm's Future
Today's edition of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram featured an article about Oberlin's George Jones Memorial Farm titled "Farming for the Future: Oberlin's George Jones Farm Making Strides Toward Sustainable Agriculture." The article focused on the farm's new straw bale building, which was built entirely from local and recycled materials during a weekend workshop that demonstrated the innovative building technique.

October 4--Student Group Gets out The Vote
According to an article in Cleveland's Jewish News.com, Oberlin College Hillel has initiated a large Get Out the Vote campaign on campus. Students involved with the campaign go door-to-door and man a voter registration table in the student mailroom. Director Rabbi Shimon Brand noted that for the first time in the history of the College, the majority of students are now registered to vote.

October 2--Authors Encourage Students to Get out The Vote
Professor of Creative Writing Dan Chaon was mentioned in today's edition of the New York Times, which featured an article on Operation Ohio's effort to "get out the vote." Chaon, author of You Remind Me of Me and Among the Missing, has joined writers Stephen Elliott, Anthony Swofford, Jim Shepard, Aimee Bender, Michael Chabon, and David Eggers on a reading tour of Ohio campuses, including Oberlin. Mary Van Nortwick, a member of the Oberlin League of Women Voters, praised the authors and their follow-up plan to call young voters on election day and remind them to vote. "Getting them registered is only half the battle," she said. "Then we have to get out the vote."

September 2004
September 30--Obie's New Book Looks at Movie Marketing
The New York Times recently featured a book review for Open Wide, the new book co-authored by Dade Hayes '93 and his colleague Jonathan Bing. In their book, Hayes and Bing--both editors at Variety magazine--take a level-headed look at movie marketing and attempt to make sense of the hit-crazed mentality that has bewitched the film business.

September 30--Hazard Specialist Ben Wisner Tackles Tropical Storm Jeanne
In the wake of Tropical Storm Jeanne, Reuters AlertNet queried disaster experts and hazards specialists about Haiti's vulnerability to even the weakest of storms. Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies Ben Wisner tackled the question, placing blame squarely on the island nation's lack of political stability, which has prohibited the government from putting an early warning system or other preventative measures in place.

September 26--Local Paper Highlights Work of Campus Nutritionist
A recent article in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram focused on Joan Boettcher, a registered dietitian employed by Oberlin College. As the campus nutritionist, Boettcher manages the food choices in the dining halls, as well as organizes workshops and counsels students one-on-one about their dietary requirements. Her main advice for students living away from home sounds suspiciously maternal: eat your vegetables.

September 26--Obie's Summer Job Experience Highlighted in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently interviewed Graham Bier '05, who served as a naturalist at Todd Sanctuary in Western Pennsylvania this past summer. Bier, who is majoring in environmental studies and music education, coordinated educational programs for families and conducted hikes along the sanctuary's five miles of wooded trail.

September 26--Alumnus Examines Racial Divide in Medicine
In a MetroWest Daily News article examining the racial and ethnic divide in medicine, Doctor Phillip McCrary '67, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Boston, bemoaned the lack of minority doctors and nurses in the medical field today. McCrary, who admits that he struggled to catch up to students with better high school educations once he got to college, blames this situation on the economic difficulties many minority families face.

September 25--Go Game Creator Finn Kelly '95 Featured in The Oregonian
The Oregonian recently featured an article on Go Game co-creators Finn Kelly '95 and Ian Friseur. The game, which is often described as a cross between "The Amazing Race," "America's Funniest Home Videos," and the board game Cranium, was designed as an alternative to traditional team-building exercises for community and kids' groups, as well as small and large businesses.

September 23--Alumna Author Interviewed in Maine's Press Herald
Alumna Sarah L. Thompson '93, author of The Dragon's Son, recently was interviewed for Shop Talk, a regular feature of Maine's Press Herald. Thomson, who worked as a children's book editor for eight years, has also written two biographies for a series on children's writers, a nonfiction picture book on the American flag, an early-readers non-fiction book about tigers, and a poetry picture book titled Imagine a Night.

September 23--Plain Dealer Interviews Chris Jordan '05
Today's edition of the Plain Dealer featured an article on Chris Jordan '05, a running back for the Oberlin Yeoman and a talented musician majoring in piano performance. The 200-pound halfback led his teammates with 618 yards and five touchdowns two years ago, until an insurance policy on his hands sidelined him from the game. After adding athletic coverage to the policy, Jordan is back on the field--already gaining 104 yards this season.

September 22--Cleveland's Scene Magazine Takes on Art Rental
Reporters from Cleveland Scene Magazine were on hand to witness Oberlin's fall art rental, a peculiarly Oberlin tradition in which students can rent for $5 each one or two of the College museum's 412 works in the College museum's rental collection. Established 40 years ago by former Professor of Art Ellen Johnson, art rental allows students to experience art firsthand, in a way that's impossible in a museum.

September 22--Professor Helps Fungi-lovers Identify Rare 'Shroom
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette commemorated the fourth annual Gary Lincoff Mid-Atlantic Mushroom Foray with an article about the fungi fans who participated in the event. David Miller, an associate professor of biology, attended the foray, where he helped identify the rarest find of the day, a wynnea sparassoides.

September 15--CosmoGIRL! Ranks Oberlin as Top College for Girls
The October edition of CosmoGIRL! magazine ranks Oberlin College as one of the nation's top 50 colleges for girls, along with Amherst, Bowdoin, and Middlebury Colleges. Editors based the rankings on six specific factors that have been determined to give girls an "edge" in the classroom and help them succeed after graduation, including small class sizes, prominent female faculty members, and a strong women's sports programs.

September 15--Newsday.com Explores Obies' Connection to Puppetry
A recent article on Newsday.com reports that puppets of every shape, size, and conceivable material are "infiltrating the power centers of the entertainment world." The article also references Bill Irwin '73 and Julie Taymor '74, as well as newcomer Basil Twist '92. Twist, who created and directed "Symphonie Fantastique" (a show that takes place entirely underwater) was the first American to graduate from Paris' Institut Internationale de la Marionette and is a co-founder of the Dream Music Puppetry program in New York City.

September 12--Local Author Joins Others to Get out The Vote
Professor of Creative Writing Dan Chaon has joined forces with a group of authors who will deliver voting "wake-up calls" to first-time voters between the ages of 18 and 25 on the morning of November 2, reports the Plain Dealer. Chaon, who is the author of You Remind Me of Me and Among the Missing, will join Aimee Bender, Michael Chabon, ZZ Packer, Tobias Wolff, David Eggers, and Stephen Elliott as part of Operation Ohio's phone brigade in an attempt to coax out the youth vote. (This story has also appeared online in the San Francisco Gate.)

September 12--Oberlin's Dining Habits Highlighted in E/The Environmental Magazine
Reporter Cathy Shufro recently interviewed Brad Masi '93 for an article that appeared in E/The Environmental Magazine. The article, which examines the growth of sustainable dining on campuses across the nation, relates how Masi and his fellow students encouraged the Oberlin College administrators to begin purchasing food from local suppliers during the 1990-1991 academic year.

September 10--Wall Street Journal Reviews Obie's Debut Novel
The September 10 edition of the Wall Street Journal featured a review of Riding the Brand, a new novel by Bruce Makous '76. In Brand, Makous asks readers to consider if the venture capital business resembles the world of organized crime. Makous, a fund raiser at the American Association for Cancer Research in Philadelphia, says he got the idea for his book while "soliciting donations from young entrepreneurs who had made their money through venture funding and realizing that they were demanding huge return rates rivaling those of loan sharks."

September 12--Bill Irwin '73 Appears on Broadway
The September 12 edition of the New York Times reports that "the great physical comedian Bill Irwin (OC '73)" will appear opposite Kathleen Turner in a revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? next March on Broadway. The Times explains the off-beat casting by saying that Irwin "showed an unexpected affinity for Albee angst when he appeared in The Goat."

September 12--Alumnus Starts Up Small Press
Today's Akron Beacon Journal announced that Akron resident Corey Olds '91 has launched broke cannon books, a small press dedicated to producing literary works that traditional publishers won't consider. Olds is also an author, with his latest book, To Sport or Not to Sport: Letter to Canton, Ohio and Other Such Places, examining America's obsession with sports and their relation to race, faith, and power.

September 10--Obie Interviewed for Staten Island Advance
According to the Staten Island Advance, Rabbi Peter Schaktman '82 has taken over as an interim rabbi for the Temple Israel Reform Congregation in Staten Island, New York. Schaktman, who studied religion at Oberlin College and finished his rabbinical training at Hebrew Union College in Manhattan, also served as the associate director of the former Union of American Hebrew Congregations and the acting director of the Union's Department of New and Small Congregations.

September 10--Lorain Morning Journal Reports Journalist's Campus Visit
The Lorain Morning Journal reported on Anthony Shadid's visit to Oberlin College, where the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist lectured on the dangers and challenges of reporting in Iraq. Shadid, who writes for the Washington Post, has also won the American Society of Newspaper Editors award for deadline writing and the George Polk Award for foreign reporting. He is currently writing a book on his experiences in Iraq that should be available within the year.

September 9--Washington Post Interviews Adrian Fenty '92
Adrian Fenty '92, a councilman for Washington, D.C.'s Ward 4, was recently interviewed by the Washington Post. During the interview, Fenty talked about the problems facing his jurisdiction and cited his ability to deliver the services Ward 4 residents want as a reason for his reelection.

September 7--Canadian Press Interviews Josh Ritter '99
The Canadian Press recently published an interview with Josh Ritter '99, in which he talks about his transition from student to folk musician. Ritter, who has received glowing reviews for his debut album The Golden Age of Radio as well as his sophomore effort Hello Starling, has been nominated for the American Shortlist Prize. This annual prize is awarded to musicians whose artistic merit outweighs their commercial popularity. In recent weeks, the Seattle Weekly, Canada's National Post, the London Free Times, and ChartAttack.com have also published articles about Ritter.

September 6--Oberlin Staffer Quoted in Plain Dealer
A recent article in Cleveland's Plain Dealer that traced parenting trends among Generation X-ers included a quote from Amy Hannum, a development writer at Oberlin College. Hannum, who has three children under the age of seven, knew that full-time work wasn't possible, but like many of her peers, has chosen to work part-time to balance her life.

September 5--Local Artist and Alumnus Featured in Plain Dealer
Cleveland area artist W. Logan Fry '66 was recently interviewed for a Plain Dealer article about Northeast Ohio textile artists. Fry, who has work on display in the Cleveland Museum of Art as well as museums in San Francisco and Minneapolis, has also been included in Fiberarts Design Book 7, a compilation that features pictures of 550 works from nearly 30 countries.

    
   
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