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Oberlin in the News - Spring 2008

May 2008
May 1, 2008 -- A Classroom Path to Entrepreneurship (New York Times
Marjorie Smelstor, the Kauffman Foundation's vice president for the Kauffman Campuses Initiative and Higher Education Program, agreed that small business can be taught. The Kauffman Foundation is spending $50 million to finance such programs at 19 universities, including Arizona State, Oberlin, the University of Wisconsin and the University of Rochester.

April 2008
April 30, 2008 -- Initiative boss: I want reform -- but first let me turn 18 (The Arizon Republic
Emerson French hopes to put two initiatives before voters in November that he says would make elections more "democratic, open, and fair." But qualifying the initiatives for the ballot will prove almost impossible: French's one-man campaign needs to gather more than 150,000 valid signatures for each initiative over the next five weeks — and he can't begin until he turns 18 next month. French ... will be attending Ohio's Oberlin College this fall.

April 29, 2008 -- Oberlins Schubert invited to rookie minicamp (Elyria Chronicle Telegram )
Chris Schubert already has plans for the weekend, so don't bother calling. The Oberlin High School and Oberlin College star receiver was invited by the Cleveland Browns to attend their rookie minicamp. He doesn't have a contract, but will be in Berea on a tryout.

April 28, 2008 -- Photos in Oberlin illustrate out consumption numbers (Cleveland Plain Dealer )
Organized by Andria Derstine, curator of Western art at The Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, the Chris Jordan exhibition is both haunting and thought-provoking. Most important, it's relevant. Jordan's work, with its emphasis on the global impact of American appetites and policies, offers a disturbing meditation on headlines that appear every day.
http://www.cleveland.com/entertainment/plaindealer/steven_litt/index.ssf?/base/other/ 120928513629191.xml&coll=2

April 24, 2008 -- On the Record with Jared Glenn (Queens Ledger )
Jared Glenn is a California native who came to New York City on a teaching fellowship, and is currently teaching high school students at the Brooklyn School For Collaborative Studies in Carroll Gardens. A graduate of the English Literature Department of Oberlin College, Glenn is pleased to be teaching English to several classes of 9th and 11th graders while studying for a master's degree.
http://www.brooklyndowntownstar.com/ StoryDisplay.asp?PID=4&NewsStoryID=7739

April 22, 2008 -- Chris Jordan On Consumerism (About.com)
In honor of Earth Day, here's a treat from The Colbert Report, an interview with Seattle photographer Chris Jordan. Jordan takes the waste products of our mass culture -- such as cell phones, aluminum cans, cigarette butts -- considers statistics about their consumption, and creates photographic works of art. His work is currently on show at the Allen Memorial Arts Museum at Oberlin College.

April 21, 2008 -- In conversation with Benjamin Lapidus (Jazz.com)
The fusion of musical cultures stands out as one of the leading themes in the jazz world during the new millennium, yet few artists have been as ambitious as Benjamin Lapidus in bringing together diverse soundscapes. Deciding he needed a complete musical education, Lapidus earned two degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Oberlin College, becoming one of the program's first jazz guitar graduates.
http://www.jazz.com/features-and-interviews/2008/4/18/ in-conversation-with-benjamin-lapidus

April 21, 2008 -- Bucks name Jeff Weltman Assistant General Manager (Bucks.com)
The Milwaukee Bucks have named Jeff Weltman to the position of Assistant General Manager, General Manager John Hammond announced today. Weltman graduated from Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio in 1987.

April 17, 2008 -- Bike Co-op strives to make bicycles (The Gazette )
When P.J. Park was a student at Oberlin College in Ohio, he was a member of a bicycle co-op that allowed him to learn simple bicycle mechanics and maintenance. So when he moved back to Mount Rainier after graduating in 2004, Park began the process of creating the Mount Rainier Bike Co-op though a partnership with the city.

April 15, 2008 -- CQ's Catharine Richert Named Best Overall Writer by NAAJ (Interest Alert)
Congressional Quarterly Inc., the nation's premier provider of news, analysis and information on Congress, politics and public policy, today announced that reporter Catharine Richert has received The Glenn Cunningham Agricultural Journalist of the Year Award for the best overall writer. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and has a bachelors degree in environmental sciences and history.

April 13, 2008 -- Jazz Greats Curtis Fuller and Michael Mossman Featured at Pitt Jazz Ensemble (Nestor)
Internationally renowned horn players Curtis Fuller and Michael Mossman will be the featured guests at the annual Pitt Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert. Mossman graduated from Oberlin College and Oberlin Conservatory with degrees in sociology and anthropology as well as orchestral trumpet and jazz composition.

April 10, 2008 -- Award-winning educator to give UNCA commencement address (Asheville Citizen-Times )
Educator and humanitarian Johnnetta B. Cole will deliver the UNC Asheville commencement address May 10. Cole has had a long and distinguished career focused on education, equality and social justice. She holds a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College and earned master's and doctorate degrees in anthropology from Northwestern University. Upon graduation, she launched a successful career as a college professor and administrator that spanned four decades.

April 8, 2008 -- Affirmative Action Debate (Minnesota Public Radio)
Five states may vote on affirmative action this fall. The two most prominent national activists on each side of the issue debate at the City Club of Cleveland. Guests: Ward Connerly: chairman of the American Civil Rights Institute, and member of the University of California Board of Regents. Marvin Krislov: president of Oberlin College, and former vice president and general counsel at the University of Michigan.

April 8, 2008 -- Three young scholars join HLS faculty as assistant professors (Harvard Law School News )
Dean Elena Kagan announced today that I. Glenn Cohen, Benjamin Roin, and Benjamin Sachs have accepted offers to join the Harvard Law School faculty as assistant professors. Sachs holds a B.A. from Oberlin College, where he was a Truman Scholar and Phi Beta Kappa, as well as a J.D. from Yale Law School.

April 8, 2008 -- Oberlin College receives $1.2 million gift (Crain's Cleveland Business )
Oberlin College has received a $1.2 million gift from trustee Clyde McGregor that's intended to assure none of its students who are eligible for the federal Pell grant will need to take out loans to cover their tuition and fees.
http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20080407/FREE/156429315/ 1048&Profile=1048

April 6, 2008 -- Seeking gems in a haystack (Cleveland Live )
Stewart Kohl likes to mix metaphors when he de scribes the mission of Riverside Co., one of Cleve land's biggest and most active buyout firms. Kohl, 52, is Riverside's co-CEO, sharing the title with Bela Szigethy, who runs the firm's New York office. It was Szigethy who founded the company in 1988 in his Manhattan apartment overlooking the Hudson River. They've been acquaintances since their undergraduate days at Oberlin College in the 1970s but didn't decide to join forces until 1993, when Kohl left CitiCorp Venture Capital in Cleveland.

April 4, 2008 -- Oberlin College to eliminate loans for eligible students (Cleveland Plain Dealer )
Oberlin College will eliminate loans for incoming, first-year students eligible for federally funded Pell Grants, the college announced Thursday. Following a growing trend in higher education, officials said the so-called Oberlin Access initiative also will eliminate loans for all current Pell-eligible students returning to the college in the fall.
http://www.cleveland.com/metro/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/lorain/ 1207297976260790.xml&coll=2

April 2, 2008 -- Colleges' final frontier: mixed-gender housing (Boston Globe )
In the Woodstock era, the advent of coed dorms caused a stir, with Life magazine proclaiming the development 'an intimate revolution on campus.' Coed floors came along over the next two decades, giving college students immediate proximity to each other. Once limited to such socially liberal bastions as Hampshire College, Wesleyan University, and Oberlin College, mixed-gender housing has edged into the mainstream, although only a small fraction of students have taken advantage of the new policies so far.

March 2008
March 29, 2008 -- A wise warning to protectionists (Cleveland Plain Dealer
Robert Reich visited Oberlin College about a month too late. It would have nice if Bill Clinton's secretary of labor had been here before the Ohio primary, when his party's leading presidential candidates were busy bashing trade in general and the North American Free Trade Agreement in particular.
http://www.cleveland.com/editorials/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/opinion/ 1206779442229150.xml&coll=2

March 26, 2008 -- Mutis Flu Leads to Philharmonic Debut (The New York Times )
Flu has forced Riccardo Muti out of concerts with the New York Philharmonic this week. He will be replaced by Michael Christie (OC '96), right, who will make his debut as conductor of the orchestra, leading works by Elgar and Copland on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday at 11 a.m. and Saturday at 8 p.m.

March 26, 2008 -- In Trial Run, Chipotle Heads to the Farm: For Chains, Buying Locally Still Means a Long Journey (Washington Post )
National food service companies also are making a push into local purchasing. At Oberlin College, where 45 percent of food supplies are bought locally, the company has invested $15,000 to help build greenhouses and purchase a bio-fueled heater. The heater runs exclusively on used fry oil donated by the kitchen.

March 24, 2008 -- Website lets traveler map Ohio's Underground Railroad sites (USA Today )
Ohio's Division of Tourism has joined the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in promoting Underground Railroad sites around the state. The website, www.passagetofreedomohio.com, and a series of kiosks to be placed around Ohio will help people plan tours of Underground Railroad locations. The first three kiosks will be in Oberlin, Zanesville and Ripley, and three more sites are to be added later this year.

March 24, 2008 -- Teen goes from Templeton to Tokyo — and back (San Luis Obispo Tribune )
After spending more than four years studying in Japan, Dakota Hall knows that she's back in the United States as soon as she steps off the plane. ... With graduation approaching, Dakota is preparing for the next stage: college. She has been accepted to New York University and Oberlin College in Ohio. Dakota doesn't yet know where she'll end up or what she wants to study. Her top choice may be English and history— or maybe psychology or film.

March 23, 2008 -- Perfect Tone, in a Key That's Mostly Minor (The New York Times )
For some, a cappella may be a gateway to a career in the performing arts. It can also be a lingering embarrassment to those who cannot grasp ... On the NBC sitcom "The Office," the grating Andy Bernard, a character played by Ed Helms, often reminds co-workers that he once performed with a Cornell group called Here Comes Treble. Mr. Helms said the show's satire of a cappella was all in good fun, though he still bears the scars of his own brief encounter with the art form: in 1993, he said, he quit the Oberlin Obertones after one semester because of a personality clash with the group's music director. "I decided smoking pot was more important than extracurricular activities," he said.

March 21, 2008 – Young Artists winners featured with Fishers Chamber (Indianapolis Star)
The Fishers Chamber Players will accompany winners of the Jongsun Lim Young Artist Competition on March 30. Featured will be the competition winners, violist Aaron Mossburg and cellist Clara Abel. ... Aaron is a student of Professor Peter Slowik of Oberlin Music Conservatory. Aaron was co-winner of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Side-By-Side Concerto Competition, playing the first movement of the Walton Viola Concerto with the ISO in March 2008.
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID= /20080321/LOCAL010206/803210456/1274/LOCAL06

March 18, 2008 – Global Strategy or Grand Illusion? Times Reviews Fred Kaplan's Latest Book
According to The New York Times , in his latest book, Daydream Believers: How a Few Grand Ideas Wrecked American Power Fred Kaplan '76 does a lucid job of providing an overview of the fallout that the [Bush] administration's love of big ideas has had on foreign policy. Kaplan also sheds new light on the important part played by certain advisers within the Bush White House, while explicating several pivotal and perplexing issues concerning the administration's decision-making process.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/18/books/ 18kaku.html?scp=1&sq=Fred+Kaplan&st=nyt

March 18, 2008 – European Virtuoso Performs In Palm Springs Desert Debut (The Desert Sun)
In a collaborative celebration of the musical and visual arts, Dezart One Gallery and BMR Artists, Inc are presenting a one-night special engagement on Friday, March 21, 2008. The event features Bulgarian pianist Deltcho Deltchev performing works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, and Scriabin. ... Deltchev made his orchestral debut with the Haskovo Symphony Orchestra in 1986, at the young age of thirteen. Upon immigrating to the United States, Deltchev continued his studies at the Oberlin Conservatory and at Indiana University in Bloomington where he earned a Graduate Performance Diploma.
http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/ 20080318/GETPUBLISHED/803180343/1004/OPINION

March 16, 2008 – Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake (Baltimore Sun)
Baltimore City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake studied political science at Oberlin College and attained her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1995. She ran for office her first summer after graduating from law school. "My campaign kickoff was during my graduation party," said Rawlings-Blake. "I came into the council very idealistic and determined to improve the city but not exactly sure how. The time I have spent on the council has helped me form partnerships and relationships to create change."
http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/ booksmags/bal-al.bk.favorites16mar16,0,298169.story?track=rss

March 16 2008 – Behind The Fed's Unprecedented Steps (Wall Street Journal)
In an extraordinary weekend move, the Federal Reserve announced the most dramatic expansion yet of its lending, promising to lend for up to six months to securities dealers under terms normally reserved only for tightly regulated banks. ... "The financial system is much more interconnected and opaque than in 1984," says Kenneth Kuttner, a monetary economist at Oberlin College and former Fed staff economist. That has made "the lender of last resort role much more complicated." The crisis, he said, is exposing "the limitations and constraints" of the rules laid out for the Fed in the Federal Reserve Act.
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2008/03/16/ behind-the-feds-unprecedented-steps/

March 16, 2008 – Benjamin Lapidus' CD Mixes Jewish, Latin Cultures (Newsday)
For Benjamin Lapidus, mixing his Jewish heritage and the Latino culture he has grown to love was always natural. "I would have a Passover seder at my house and we would pull out the panderetas and mess around," he said. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory, Lapidus returned to New York and has been the leader of the Latin jazz band Sonido Isleño.
http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/music/ ny-fflat5611256mar16,0,3957608.story

March 16, 2008 – Eco-friendly on Campus – Colleges Aim to Conserve (USA Weekend)
Younger generations hold the future of the Earth in their hands, so it's no wonder that many colleges are adopting greener policies. ... Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. Students get real-time information about their energy usage through a Web-based system in the dorms. Students also worked to get a car-share program on campus to reduce pollution.
http://www.usaweekend.com/08_issues/080316/ 080316green-campus.html

March 11, 2008 – Bergen Community College Holds World TB Day (The Paramus Post)
Dr. Lee B. Reichman, founding executive director of the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute, in Newark, will visit Bergen Community College for a guest lecture as part of World Tuberculosis Day... Reichman received a bachelor's degree from Oberlin College, Ohio, earned a medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine, New York, and received a master's degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, Maryland. http://www.paramuspost.com/article.php/ 20080311124248918

March 10, 2008 – Oberlin College Hires New Dean (Crain's Cleveland Business)
Oberlin College has recruited a former Clevelander and a scientist from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts to become its new dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Sean Decatur most recently was associate dean of faculty for science at Mount Holyoke, but he grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a graduate of Hawken School. At Oberlin, he will be a professor of chemistry and biochemistry and, as dean, he will oversee the budgets and administration of 35 academic departments.
http://www.crainscleveland.com/article/20080310/ FREE/50117989/1048&Profile=1048

March 10, 2008 – Mathematics Teacher, Farheen Hakeem is Single Foster Parent of a Teenage Girl (Twin Cities Daily Planet)
Farheen graduated from Oberlin College with BA in Mathematics and has been an active community organizer, leader of Girl Guide Scouts, and is currently Program Manager for "Our Voices Matter" and serves in a similar capacity with the Minneapolis Adoption Resource Network (MARN).
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/article/2008/03/06/ mathematics-teacher-farheen-hakeem-31-single-already-foster-parent-teenage-girl-a

March 6, 2008 – Music Remains a Means of Exploration for Jennifer Koh (Recordnet)
The twin pulls of commerce and creativity often appear in conflict in the career of an artist. Violinist Jennifer Koh, 30, has developed a philosophical approach to resolving that tension, one that treats commercial decisions as part of the artistic process."Artists make choices," she said. "All I hope is that the music I find compelling, other people will find it compelling as well."
http://www.recordnet.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ article?AID=/20080306/ A_ENTERTAIN/803060309

March 5, 2008 – Oberlin's Green Roofs Save Energy, Money (The Chronicle-Telegram)
The Harkness co-op at Oberlin College may be the site of Lorain County's first "green roof" and is one way the college is striving to be more environmentally friendly. A green roof is just what it sounds like -- instead of asphalt shingles, slate or industrial spray foam roofing materials, the roof on the south side of Harkness is green with sod and plants. Harkness' rooftop spot was chosen by Nathan Engstrom, Oberlin's first coordinator for the Office of Environmental Sustainability who has just completed his first year on the job.
http://www.chroniclet.com/2008/03/05/ oberlin's-green-roofs-save-energy-money

March 3, 2008 – Teaching Boys and Girls Separately (The New York Times)
A deluge of data has emerged in recent years detailing how boys and girls have different developmental trajectories and different brains. ... Jabali Sawicki [OC '99], the principal of the all-boys Excellence Charter School in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn...Sawicki is 30 ... he went to a private high school and then on to Oberlin College.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/02/magazine/ 02sex3-t.html?_r=1&ref=education&pagewanted=all&oref=slogin

February 2008
February 29, 2008 – Oberlin College utility bills help students vote in Ohio (The Plain Dealer)

Colin Koffel, an Oberlin College student from Madison, Wis., spends most of the year in Ohio. But like many students from out of state, Koffel couldn't vote here because he lived in a dorm and had no way to establish his Buckeye residency. With a little help from his college and a ruling from Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, out-of-state students now can get a utility bill - of sorts - for the dorm room where they live to use as voter identification.
http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/ lorain/ 120427765977181.xml&coll=2

February 27, 2008 – My Other Passion / James McBride (Chicago Tribune)
McBride [OC '79] is author of the best-selling memoir "The Color of Water" and the novel "Miracle at St. Anna," about an illiterate World War II soldier in the 92nd all-black, segregated Buffalo Division who befriends a 6-year-old Italian boy. Spike Lee has just finished filming "St. Anna" for November release; McBride wrote the screenplay. His new novel, "Song Yet Sung" (Riverhead Books), follows runaway slave Liz Spocott as she dreams about her future. McBride cites a profound musical connection to his new novel. "I had a friend named Moses Hogan who died. He went to school with me at Oberlin College.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/ chi-0226_passionfeb26,1,4462452.story

February 27, 2008 – Clinton Uses Her 'Power Suit' To Stand Out In The Crowd (WKYC-TV /NBC – Cleveland)
Image plays a big role in politics, so that means every move is well thought out, right down to what the candidates are wearing. For Senator Hillary Clinton, she is setting the precedent for women, as the first viable female candidate to make a run at the White House. Dr. Eve Sandberg is a professor at Oberlin College, who also acts as a political advisor to female candidates. She says voters focus on non-verbal cues as well as listening to the issues, and that includes dress.
http://www.wkyc.com/news/ news_article.aspx?storyid=84037

February 23, 2008 – How I got my job: Scott Edelstein (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Age: 53 Hometown: St. Louis Park Job: Self-employed ghostwriter, author, editor, teacher, consultant, literary agent Education: Master's degree in English with a writing emphasis, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; bachelor's degree in writing, Oberlin College in Ohio.

February 21, 2008 – Oakland East Bay Symphony summons slice of Chinese-American history (Contra Costa Times)
It's a good thing the immigrant laborers who inspired Jon Jang's [OC '78] "Chinese American Symphony" didn't lay railroad track the way he put his work to paper. Halfway through the process, the 53-year-old San Francisco composer tore up everything he had and started all over again.

February 20, 2008 – Turkey's Warren Buffett looks West (CNN / Fortune Magazine)
Banker Coskun Ulusoy turned fund OYAK into a major financial player, enriching Turkey's military retirees along the way. ... "Military pension funds in other developing countries, such as Pakistan, Indonesia, and Ecuador, tend to be opaque and, at times, tainted by corruption," says Kristina Mani, an associate professor at Oberlin College in Ohio, who studies such funds worldwide.
http://money.cnn.com/2008/02/20/news/international/ gumbel_ulusoy.fortune/index.htm

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