|OBERLIN IN THE NEWS
Oberlin in the News - Spring 2003
27--First-Year Student Spends Summer in El Salvador teaching English
The Princeton Packet recently ran a feature story on Kathryn
Budwig '06, who will spend most of her summer in El Salvador, teaching
English to children, teens, and adults as part of a cooperative
relationship that the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey has established.
Budwig, a student of Latin American studies at Oberlin College,
will volunteer her services as a teacher and will pay for her board.
This is her second trip to El Salvador.
15--New York Times Shines Spotlight on George Walker '41
Today's New York Times ran an article
about alumnus George Walker '41, whose life and work recently
were celebrated in a concert arranged by the Composers' Guild of
New Jersey. Walker, the first African American to win the Pultizer
Prize in Music (1996), performed with his son Gregory during the
evening's festivities, and joined the American Brass Quintet as
they perfomed his composition, "Music for Brass, Sacred and
14--The New York Times Gives the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Two Thumbs
After a recent concert at New York's Irving Plaza, punk sensation
the Yeah Yeah Yeahs received rave
reviews from The New York Times.The
band's frontwoman Karen O. and drummer Brian Chase '00 are both
Oberlin alumni. According to the review, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs have
crafted songs that "...are more than basic propulsion. They
are taut, minimal constructions, full of wide leaps and sharp angles,
using shards of blues, punk, metal and no-wave dissonance."
9--Plain Dealer Gives Alumna's Performance Rave Reviews
Donald Rosenberg, a music critic with the Cleveland Plain Dealer,
gave Denyce Grave's recent Oberlin performance a stunning review.
Graves, a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, returned
to campus last week to perform as part of the College's 2002-2003
Artist Recital Series.
8--Oberlin College Inducted into Lorain County Black Hall of Fame
An article in the Lorain Morning Journal reported that
Oberlin College will be among one of the first inductees to the
Lorain County Black Hall of Fame. The hall of fame, an outgrowth
of the Harrison Cultural Center, was founded to recognize the people
who have contributed to the progress of Lorain's African-American
community. Both Oberlin College and the city of Oberlin will be
inducted into the hall in a June 6 ceremony at Lorain County Community
5--Michelle Malkin '92 Challenges Status Quo by Taking a Hard Look
at America's Immigration Laws
Insight Magazine recently featured a Q
& A with Michelle Malkin '92. Malkin, the daughter of naturalized
Filipino immigrants, is a conservative reporter whose semiweekly
column appears in more than 100 newspapers. She is also the author
of Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists, Criminals,
and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores. Malkin's writing focuses
on the belief that America has failed to enforce existing immigration
laws and that this has made the nation a dangerous place, populated
by people who wis to to violence to the American people.
April 29--Sadhu Johnston '98 Participates
in Cleveland's "A Quiet Crisis" Roundtable
The Cleveland Plain
Dealer recently featured excerpts from the roundtable, "A
Quiet Crisis." Sadhu Johnston '98 participated in these discussions
with several other young, up-and-coming Cleveland entrepeneurs.
Johnston, who founded the Greater Cleveland Green Building Coalition,
discussed what initially attracted him to the Cleveland area, and
what is keeping him and his organization in Northeast Ohio.
28--Oberlin Alumni Take New York's Music Scene by Storm
The most recent edition
of Entertainment Weekly featured a review of the Yeah Yeah
Yeahs' first LP, Fever to Tell. The band's lead singer, Karen
O. (who logged two years at Oberlin before finishing her degree
at New York University in 2000), drummer Brian Chase '00, and guitarist
Nick Zinner have taken the New York music scene by storm, and have
music critics clamoring to sing their praises.
25--Mezzo-Soprano Denyce Graves '85 to Perform in Dayton
Denyce Graves '85 is scheduled to launch the Dayton Opera's inaugural
Star Gala recital program. The Washington D.C. native--who graduated
from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music--has staked her claim to
fame as the gypsy temptress Carmen, but is looking forward to the
recital setting as a way to introduce classical music to a more
"mainstream" audience. "The repetory is so rich.
There are so many styles and periods and languages. never in seven
lifetimes could I begin to penetrate all the material that exists."
24--Plain Dealer Turns
the Spotlight on Sadhu Johnston '98
The Plain Dealer recently
featured an article about Sadhu Johnston '98, one of Cleveland's
young entrepeneurs. After graduating from Oberlin, Johnston founded
the Greater Cleveland Green Building Coalition, a nonprofit group
that promotes the use of eco-friendly materials and designs. Johnston
has just finished his biggest project, the renovation of an 85-year-old
bank building at the corner of Lorain Avenue and Fulton Road. The
tenants--a dozen nonprofits and a Fifth Third Bank branch--are scheduled
to move in this week.
23--The Search for Sophisticated Dining on Campus Hits the New
A recent New York Times article commented on a new campus
movement--the search for sophisticated dining. Gone are the days
of bland cafeteria food; food companies servicing the nation's colleges
and universities are introducing seasonal produce, sushi, and a
variety of organic options. To illustrate this new trend, the article
reports that Oberlin College students have requested that only organic
milk be served in the campus dining halls. Other campuses are experimenting
with online food chat groups, "Iron Chef" contests, food
columns in the campus newspapers, and locally-produced cooking shows.
21--Covering the War in Iraq: Two Professors Talk about the Media
and the War
Wendy Kozol, associate professor and director of Oberlin's gender
and women's studies program, was interviewed on NPR's Morning
Edition with April Baer last week. During the interview, Kozol
fielded questions about the media's coverage of the war in Iraq,
including the possibility that media coverage carries unintended
messages about the politics behind the war.
colleague, Frances Hasso, also spoke up about media coverage of
the war. Hasso, an assistant professor of gender and women's studies
and sociology, submitted an invited piece to New York's Newsday
discussing al-Jazeera's coverage of the war. As a specialist on
the Middle East and North Africa, and a regular viewer of al-Jazeera,
Hasso argues that this media organization has presented the most
unbiased coverage of the war to date. Hasso's essay is available
online, at Newsday.com.
19--New Scholarship will Help Students at Ohio Private Colleges
The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently reported on a new scholarship,
named in honor of the late Philip and Nellie Willis of Toledo, that
will benefit students at Ohio's private colleges. This endowed scholarship
represents the largest gift in the history of the Ohio Foundation
of Independent Colleges, and will be available beginning next fall
to students at Baldwin-Wallace College, Hiram College, John Carroll
University, Lake Erie College, Notre Dame College, Oberlin College,
and Ursuline College.
15--Soprano Alyson Cambridge '02 Featured on A & E's Breakfast
with the Arts
Soprano Alyson Cambridge '02 has won the Metropolitan Opera
National Council Auditions for 2003. At 23, Cambridge is the youngest
singer to win this year; her prize is the Metropolitan Opera National
Council Award. Cambridge was featured, along with the competition's
other winners, on the A & E Network show Breakfast with the
Arts, hosted by Elliot Forrest, Sunday, April 13. Articles about
Cambridge also appeared in The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram,
and The Lorain Morning Journal.
Professor's Fight for Right of Jewish Women to Pray at Jerusalem's
Oberlin College professor Shulamit Magnus appeared as the subject
of a lengthy article in a recent edition of The Houstin Chronicle.
Magnus, a professor of Jewish studies and history, is part of a
group of women who have sued the state of Israel for the right to
pray at Jerusalem's Western Wall. Since 1988, Magnus has belonged
to a group of women who call themselves "Women of the Wall."
Denounced by the state of Israel as witches, the women have been
threatened with seven-year prison sentences. Magnus' story is included
in a new book, Women at the Wall: Claiming Sacred Ground at Judaism's
Holy Site, published this month by Jewish Lights Publishing.
7--Online Bookseller Honors Oberlin Alumni Author Noelle Howey
selected Oberlin author Noelle Howey's Dress Codes: Of Three
Girlhoods--My Mother's, My Father's and Mine as the "daily
dose" for April 7, 2003. In a review for the independent bookseller's
web site, Howey '94 was praised by fellow alum and author Thisbe
Nissen '94 as writing with "with disarming honesty and startling
7--Conservatory Professors Featured on WCPN's Around Noon
Associate Dean and Professor of Recorder and Baroque Flute Michael
Lynn, Professor of Pianoforte Robert Shannon, and Associate Professor
of Pianoforte Haewon Song were featured on WCPN's Around Noon
today. They were joined by Sally Coveleskie, director of institutional
sales at Steinway and Sons in New York, in a discussion about Oberlin's
historic relationship with the piano manufacturer. Shannon and Song
performed on the station's Steinway during the live broadcast.
4--Amnesty International's Annual Conference Kicks off with Pittsburgh-Post's
Profile of William Schulz '71
To commemorate the start of Amnesty International's
annual three-day conference, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
published a profile of Pittsburgh native William Schulz '71, executive
director of Amnesty International USA. During his tenure, Schulz
has broadened the organization's agenda, and helped raise the organization's
profile, engineering media campaigns that target young activists.
Schulz has also been credited with increasing the organization's
operating budget, which now stands at $39 million.
2--Columbus Dispatch Profiles Historic Alum John Mercer Langston
a recent article celebrating Ohio's bicentennial, the Columbus
Dispatch profiles John Mercer Langston, a graduate of Oberlin
College and the first African American man to win an elected position
in the United States. Langston served as a township clerk in Brownhelm
Township, Lorain County, and was active in the Underground Railroad.
He also helped recruit African American soldiers to fight in the
Civil War, and worked to secure full rights for African Americans
in the newly reunited nation.
Senior Performs on the "Young Artist Showcase"
On March 26, Conservatory trumpet performance major Peter Evans
'03 was featured on WQXR's "Young Artist Showcase" performing
J.N. Hummel's Concerto in E-flat for Trumpet and Orchestra.
Standing in for the orchestra, on piano, was Associate Professor
of Instrumental Accompanying James Howsmon. Also showcased was the
Oberlin Orchestra, conducted by Steven Smith, associate professor
of conducting and music director of the Oberlin Conservatory Orchestras.
The ensemble's performance of Maurice Ravel's Rapsodie Espagnole,
recorded in Finney Chapel on February 28, 2003, closed the program.
26--Songful, Spirited Premiere of Professor's Composition Shows
Promise as Ensemble Shines
Donald Rosenberg, a music critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer,
gave Professor of Composition Randolph Coleman's "Apparitions"
a stunning review. Coleman's original creation debuted March 17,
in a performance by the Cleveland Chamber Symphony Orchestra.
23--Chicago Sun-Times Interviews Conservatory
Graduates Who Use Childhood Games as Musical Inspiration
Oberlin alumni Paul Davis, Cory Arcangel, and Joe Bonn made the
pages of Sunday's Chicago Sun-Times with their unique method
of making music. The trio, members of the electronic music group
8-Bit Construction Set, finds inspiration in abandoned Atari and
Commodore computer systems, and has developed an array of rich musical
compositions. Davis, Arcangel, and Bonn warn their fans that they
shouldn't discount the music as a fad; all three are classically
trained musicians who met up while studying music at the Oberlin
Conservatory of Music.
23--Plain Dealer Investigates the Architecture of Frank Lloyd
Oberlin's Weltzheimer/Johnson house, designed by architect Frank
Lloyd Wright, made Saturday's Plain Dealer. The article,
which called Wright's approach to building ranch houses "expressions
of a peculiarly American set of attitudes," was commissioned
in 1947 and completed in 1950.
21--Local Papers Cover Oberlin's Rally Against the War
Three local papers, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer,
the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram, and the Lorain Morning
Journal, turned out to cover Oberlin College's March 20th demonstration
against the war in Iraq. Protestors demonstrated on Tappan Square,
attended educational seminars and interfaith prayer services, as
well as a candlelight vigil at the end of the day.
14--Bruce McEwen '59 Publishes New Study on Hormones and Memory
Scientists at Rockefeller University and Weill Medical College of
Cornell University have discovered how estrogen initiates physical
changes in rodent brain cells that lead to increased learning and
memory--a finding, the researchers contend, that illustrates the
value of the hormone to enhance brain functioning in women. The
scientists at Rockefeller University were led by Bruce McEwen '59,
professor and head of the Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory
of Neuroendocrinology. In the study
that was published earlier this month, McEwen said that "this
new research suggests that some form of postmenopausal estrogen
replacement may indeed be helpful and neuroprotective for women."
14--Oberlin Opera Gives Conservatory Students a Handel on Baroque
Donald Rosenberg, a music critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer,
gave the Oberlin production of Alcina a stunning
review. Writing that "the production...is a feast for the
eyes and often for the ears," Rosenberg praises the performances
of Vera Savage '03 in the title role and Malia Bendi-Merad '03 as
10--Oberlin Ranked as One of the Top Liberal Arts Colleges for African
In a recent edition of The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education,
Oberlin has been ranked as number 15 among leading liberal arts
colleges that have successfully integrated African Americans into
the student body and faculty positions. Oberlin follows such institutions
as Amherst, Carleton, and Mount Holyoke Colleges in the rankings.
9--War "Shield" Returns from Baghdad
article in Sunday's Cleveland Plain Dealer covered Oberlin
College graduate Benjamin Joffe-Walt's return from a stint in Iraq
as a human shield. Joffe-Walt '02, an emergency medical technician,
traveled to Iraq with a group of anti-war activists from around
the world to protest Bush's plans for war. On Saturday, Joffe-Walt
spoke to a crowd of students on Oberlin's campus about the lack
of medical care, clean water, and safe food in Iraq since the end
of the Gulf War and the beginning of sanctions against the country.
5--Oberlin Alum to Head Council on Foreign Relations
New York Times reports that Richard Haas '73, the State
Department's director of policy planning, is expected to leave government
to become the next president of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Haas, former director of foreign policy studies at the Brookings
Institution, has served in four administrations. His big-picture
view of America's role in a post-Communist, terrorist-rattled world,
has encouraged America to focus on halting agression between nations
and defending free trade.
5--Cleveland's Plain Dealer Reports on Oberlin's Hispanic
Today's edition of the Cleveland Plain Dealer features
an article on Oberlin's Department of Hispanic Studies, the
first in Northeast Ohio. The newspaper reports that the growth of
Hispanics as a minority group is spawming more student interest
in language and culture. Anna Cara, chair of the Oberlin department,
is quoted as saying: "I think students know that if they are
going to go into law, business, or medicine they are going to have
an edge if they speak Spanish."
3--The Washington Post
feature in the Washington Post referes to renowned German
expressionist Ernst Ludwig Kirchner's Self-Portrait as a Soldier,
which hangs in Oberlin's Allen Memorial Art Museum. The feature,
in the entertainment section of the newspaper, includes a recap
of Kirchner's most influential paintings, on display at the National
Gallery of Art through June 1.
Art Rental Program Generates Media Buzz
A recent front-page article in The Wall Street Journal,
covering the Allen Memorial Art Museum's Art Rental Program, has
generated a media buzz. Following on the Journal's coattails,
today's edition of The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram featured
an article titled "Masterworks Available for Rental."
Various radio and television stations have expressed interest in
covering the program in future broadcasts.
27--Obie's Research Included in Economist Article
An article on the short-selling of stocks, which refers to the research
conducted by Oberlin alum Owen Lamont '87, recenlty appeared in
The Economist. Lamont, an assistant professor of finance
at the University of Chicago, studied 270 companies that fought
short-sellers by demonising them publicly, hiring private investigators
to spy on them, or taking them to court. He discovered that the
companies' shares fell on average by more than 40 percent, relative
to the market, over the next three years.To
read more about Lamont's research, consult The
24--Obies Help Microsoft Develop New Product
has reported that Microsoft's newest software package, NetGen, will
be released next month. The software, developed by Microsoft's Tammy
Savage, was produced with the help of 12 students from Oberlin College.
The students, who lived together in a house in Seattle during Winter
Term 2000, were charged with creating a business plan for a new
company. Struck by the students' use of technology as a means of
communication, Savage realized that the younger generation wanted
software that would keep them in communication with eachother and
help them maintain relationships.
24--Conservatory Dean Comments on Oberlin's All-Steinway Spirit
Michael Lynn, associate
dean of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, was featured in the February
24th edition of Newsday. In the article, Lynn commented on
the 150th anniversary of Steinway & Sons, saying "We're
Steinway's longest continuous customer." Oberlin is one of
30 "all-Steinway" schools, and began buying Steinways
125 years ago. The Conservatory's oldest piano is a Steinway upright
22--Conservatory Graduates Featured on World News Tonight
The Miró Quartet, which includes Daniel Ching '95 and Joshua
Gindele '97, was featured on ABC's World News Tonight. The
quartet has met with much success in recent years, taking first
prize at the Coleman and the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competitions,
and winning the Banff International String Quartet Competition and
the Naumburg Chamber Music Awards.
Writing Opera on Slaves' Flight
The Lorain Morning Journal reported that Nobel prize-winning
novelist Toni Morrison is collaborating on an opera based on the
life of an escaped slave. Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, an Oberlin
alum, has been hired to sing the title role. Michigan Opera Theater
and opera companies in Philadelphia and Cincinatti commissioned
the work by Morrison and American composer Richard Danielpour. It
is set to premiere at the Detroit Opera House in May 2005.
17--Julie Taymor '74 Scores a Hit with Frida
an online archive of film reviews, news, and interviews, recently
posted a review of Julie Taymor's film Frida. In the article,
Taymor '74, is touted as capturing "the very essence of Kahlo's
creative process through a wondrously rich, freeform visual language
that fuses the events of her life with the imagery in her paintings
so vividly that the artist's work may take on a striking new significance
for anyone who sees the film." Not only is Taymor receiving
critical acclaim for the film; it was recently announced that Salma
Hayek is an Oscar nominee for her portrayal of the film's main character.
15--Celebration of Black History Month Includes Life of Oberlin
In celebration of Black History Month, the Fredricksburg Free
Lance-Star has created an insert listing local happenings. A
recreation of the trial of Anthony Burns, a slave whose freedom
was purchased by a group of abolitionists from Boston, has been
scheduled. Burns attended Oberlin College, graduating in 1855, after
receiving his freedom.
13--Eric Einhorn '02 Makes Directing Debut in Big Apple
Eric Einhorn '02, now a student at the Graduate Center of the City
University of New York, has taken his love of children's opera to
the big city. A recent articlein The New York Times
featured an extensive review
of Brundibar, a chamber opera performed by children in concentration
camps during World War II, and revived for the City University's
stage, with Einhorn acting as the production's stage director.
12--Oberlin Alum Travels to Iraq to Volunteer as a "Human Shield"
Last week's Oregonian
reported that Benjamin Joffe-Walt '02 recently left for Iraq, where
he and approximately 50 other volunteers are prepared to stand as
human shields against attacks by U.S. or other international forces.
Joffe-Walt is one of a handful of U.S. citizens traveling in bus
convoys to Iraq to serve as human shields. Stressing that the volunteer
human shields do not support Saddam Hussein, Joffe-Walt said, "Our
leaders are about to kill thousands and thousands of innocent people.
I'm acting as someone who is trying to intervene in a cycle of violence,
not as someone who's trying to pick up arms against the United States."
3--Oberlin College Scholarships Put Education within Reach
The Lorain Morning
Journal recently featured an article about Oberlin College's
High School Scholarship Program. Now in its second year, the program
awards four-year, tuition-only scholarships to all Oberlin High
School students who have lived in the Oberlin School District for
four years and who have gained admission to the College through
the standard application process. According to Diana Roose, assistant
to Oberlin College President Nancy Dye, the scholarships motivate
students who had never thought about college to consider the option.
"College is a possibility within reach," Roose says.
3--Oberlin's Eighth Blackbird Expands Physical and Artistic Boundaries
The New York Times recently ran a lengthy article on Eighth
Blackbird, six young instrumentalists specializing in contemporary
music. The group, founded in Oberlin, describes its goal as "exploring
the boundaries of conventional recital, and creating an ensemble
that can jam while retaining classical properties."
1--Oberlin College Professor Fights for Right of Jewish Women to
Pray at Jerusalem's Western Wall
Oberlin College professor Shulamit Magnus appeared as the subject
of a lengthy article in Saturday's
Plain Dealer. Magnus, a professor of Jewish studies
and history, is part of a group of women who have sued the state
of Israel for the right to pray at Jerusalem's Western Wall. Since
1988, Magnus has belonged to a group of women who call themselves
"Women of the Wall." Denounced by the state of Israel
as witches, the women have been threatened with seven-year prison
sentences. Despite the opposition, Magnus and the other women in
the group continue to pray at the wall monthly.