Oberlin in the News - Summer 2003
August 28--Advice to Freshmen:
What to Bring to College
With legions of new freshmen flooding campuses across the country,
The Boston Globe recently printed a
list of "must-have" items that will make the first
year away from home easier on everyone. Crys Latham, senior assistant
director of admissions at Oberlin College, recommended an address
book, basic first-aid supplies, and handfuls of pens, pencils, and
26--Messages of Hate: Anti-Semitic Sentiment Rises on Campuses Around
In an article that explores the growing tide of anti-Semitism on
campuses around the world, the Cleveland
Plain Dealer quoted History Professor Shulamit Magnus. After
a spring filled with anti-semitic graffiti, Magnus reported the
atmosphere on Oberlin's campus as "increasingly strained."
"It was startling to have the feel of vigilantism and bullying,"
she said. "When the phrase 'Zionism is racism' was written
in Hebrew in a rough hand, that seemed meant to intimidate the students
who can read Hebrew."
25--Oberlin's New Student Journal Leads
the Pack in Technological Revolution
According to the Associated Press and CNN.com,
a large number of web-savvy freshmen are turning to the Internet
to find out more about their roomates-to-be. Google searches are
becoming antiquated, however, as colleges and universities are providing
freshmen with new ways of contacting each other before the academic
year begins. The article sites Oberlin Online's "new student
journal entries" as an example of this new trend, along with
the University of Dayton's "virtual orientation" chatroom.
25--Conservatory Faculty Participate in New York Jazz Festival
Billy Hart and Gary Bartz, members of Oberlin's jazz faculty, recently
participated in the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in Harlem. According
to a review in The
New York Times, the duo "tore through bebop, making
it the stunning, sparkling thing it can be."
23--Donald J. Pease Papers Now Available in Oberlin College Archives
In a recent edition of the Plain Dealer's
"Higher Learning" section, Jennifer Gonzalez reported
that more than 200,000 documents chronicling the career of the late
U.S. Representative Donald J. Pease are now available in the Oberlin
College Archives. A 136-page guide, titled "A Resercher's Guide
to the Donald J. Pease Papers," will make it easier for the
curious to find documents that are of interest.
22--Oberlin Alum to Perform at Blossom Music Center
The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently ran a full-length article
on violinist Jennifer Koh '97. Koh performed at Blossom Music Center
Saturday, August 23, with the Cleveland Orchestra and Blossom Festival
Director Jahja Ling. A champion of neglected music, Koh spoke to
reporters about her performance of Gian Carlo Menottie's long-lost
violin concerto and her relationship with the composer himself.
12--Oberlin College Celebrates 125 Years of the Artist Recital Series
The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram featured an article on the
upcoming Artist Recital Series at Oberlin College this past week.
The paper also included a full listing of the series' acts in Friday's
10--Cleveland Plain Dealer Quotes Campus Musicologist
Claudia McDonald, a professor of musicology, was recently quoted
in a Plain Dealer article dealing with the way music can
transport its listeneners to different times and places. "The
rise of nationalism in the 19th century helped spark the composition
of music associated with place," McDonald says.
8--Oberlin's Yeomen Look Forward to a Breakout Season
Plain Dealer reporter Joe Maxse recently covered Division
III's football preview gathering at Denison College. While Wabash,
Wittenberg, and the College of Wooster are favored for this season,
Oberlin College's Yeomen have set out to shake up their losing streak.
"I would say we were cautiously optimistic in 2002," Ramsey
said. "This year, we are very optimistic. We are looking to
have a breakout season."
6--Obie Named Features Editor for The New York Times
New York Times announced today that Adam Moss '79 has been
named the paper's assistant managing editor for features, a newly
created post. Moss previously served as editor for The New York
3--Oberlin Student Discovers Treasures Under the Lawn
Oberlin student Amy Golladay has been participating in a rather
unusual archeological dig this summer. The
New York Times recently ran an article about the excavation
at Sylvester manor, a 275-acre estate on New York' s Shelter Island.
Each summer for the past 10 years, college students have descended
on the manor with a crew from the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for
Archeological Research at the University of Massachusetts at Boston,
hoping to uncover clues about life on a Northern plantation farm,
an unusual and often unexplored area of North American history.
1--Jazz at Oberlin
August 2003 issue of Chamber Music America features Oberlin
in its "American Ensemble" section. ("Jazz
at Oberlin," p. 9) The article, illustrated by the cover
art of the landmark recording, of the same name, by the Dave Brubeck
Quartet, recounts the 50th anniversary of the album, and notes the
influence that the concert had on the Conservatory curriculum. The
article also notes that this year is the 125th anniversary of the
Artist Recital Series, under whose auspices the current Dave Brubeck
Quartet performs on October 4, 2003.
July 31--Winners of Oberlin Piano Festival Announced
The Cleveland Plain
Dealer announced the winners of this year's Oberlin International
Piano Competition and Festival. Rachel Kudo, a 16-year old from
Northbrook, Illinois, was the first-place winner, taking home $4,000
after performing works by Haydn and Chopin. Local pianist Kei Niedra,
13, of North Ridgeville, took home fifth place, and was the subject
of an article in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.
27--Los Angeles Times Travel Writer Cites Professor Claudia
Susan Spano's regular
travel column in the Los Angeles Times ("From
'The Moldau' to the Mississippi, a Flood of Images,") cites
Associate Professor of Musicology Claudia Macdonald: "Claudia
Macdonald, a musicologist at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in
Ohio, said the rise of nationalism in the 19th century helped spark
the composition of music associated with place. An example of this
is Robert Schumann's "Rhenish" symphony, which claims
the Rhine Valley, oft contested by France and Germany, for Deutschland--in
23--Alum Brings Lion King to Town
Julie Taymor '74 is bringing
The Lion King to Cleveland. Five of the original 230 masks
from the Broadway show will be on display at the Contessa Gallery
during the production's run at the State Theater.
"At rest, a puppet is just a facsimile of a human being or
animal," says Taymor, The Lion King's Tony Award-winning
director and costume designer. "The pleasure of watching that
facsimile turn into a being with recognizable emotions in the pinnacle
of this type of theater experience."
22--Local Papers Announce College Appointment
Both the Lorain Morning Journal and the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram
reported that Ernes I. Iseminger has been appointed Oberlin College's
Vice President for Development and Alumni Affairs. Iseminger previously
worked for the development office as assistant director of major
gifts and director of principal gifts.
Summer Program Gets Airplay on WCPN
Professor of Viola Peter
Slowik and violist Ayn Balija '03 appeared on WCPN's Around Noon
to talk about Slowik's summer string program, CREDO.
15--City, College Putting Bite on Mosquitoes in Oberlin
The Cleveland Plain Dealer recently ran a feature on Oberlin's
innovative mosquito-control program. The program, which combines
science and community service, is now in its fifth year. Associate
Professor of Biology Mary Garvin trains Oberlin College students
to make "house calls," dispensing environmentally friendly
larvicide that kills mosquito larvae to home owners and trapping
the insects to test them for the West Nile Virus.
13--World-Class Goalie Returns to Oberlin to Offer Soccer Camp
The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reported the return of world-class
goalie Brad Friedel to Northeast Ohio. The first American to be
named to the prestigious League Team of the Year, Friedel returned
to his home turf this week to conduct a soccer camp for area youth.
The camp, which he promises to make an annual event, took place
2--Vin Lananna Named Oberlin's New Delta Lodge Athletics Director
around the country reported today that Vin Lananna, Stanford's track
and cross-country coach, has left to join the staff of Oberlin College.
Lananna, who replaces interim athletic director George H. Andrews
as the College's Delta Lodge Director of Athletics and Physical
Education, was named NCAA national coach of the year four times
during his tenure at Stanford. Lananna was also recently appointed
the U.S. middle-distance coach for the 2004 Summer Olympics.
June 30--Chronicle of
Higher EducationAsks "Where Do Faculty Brats Go
to College?" The
According to this week's Chronicle
of Higher Education, Oberlin is the first choice of colleges
in the Northeast among the children of professors who are "trying
to get away from their home region." Carleton and Stanford
Colleges tied for second place.
22--College's Dean of Admissions Interviewed for Cleveland's Plain
Deborah Chermonte, dean of admissions, was quoted in
a Cleveland Plain Dealer article that examined the criteria
colleges and universities use to admit the incoming freshman class.
The article investigated the process that is used to select students,
and questioned why certain students are chosen and others are not.
Chermonte cited Oberlin's long-standing commitment to diversity
and inclusiveness as a key factor in the College's admissions process,
noting that "Oberlin has been practicing affirmative action
from our earliest existence. It's a sensitivity." The Plain
Dealer's article also addressed the two University of Michigan
cases that are pending before the United States Supreme Court.
22--Obie Liz Phair '89 Releases Fourth CD
Newsday.com recently declared that Liz Phair's fourth CD,
Liz Phair, is causing nothing but confusion among her longtime
fans. Phair, a 1989 graduate, gained fame as an indie rocker with
her previous releases Exile in Guyville, Whipsmart, and Whitechocolatespaceegg.
Her newest effort, however, is being touted as "more Avril
Lavigne than riot grrl."
20--The Ann Arbor News Interviews Professor Involved in Recovery
of Iraqi Antiquities
The Ann Arbor News recently interviewed Yasser Tabba about
his participation in the search to recover antiquities stolen from
the Museum of Baghdad after the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.
Tabba, a professor of art history, joined other experts at a conference
convened by Interpol and the International Council of Museums in
an effort to alert law enforcement officials to the illicit art
trade. An expert in Islamic art and architecture, Tabba was invited
to the conference because he has visited and photographed art collections
in the Middle East, and is familiar with several of the missing
Interviews Obies Who Travel in Style--in a Car Fueled by Vegetable
Detroit Free Press
recently interviewed two Oberlin College students who will be
driving across the country this summer in a car powered by vegetable
oil. David Brown and Rachel David, both art students, modified a
2003 Volkswagen Jetta and installed a 22-gallon steel tank in the
car's back seat to carry the oil. Although rare, the idea of powering
cars with vegetable oil is not new, and the duo will join approximately
10,000 other Americans who prefer to use environmentally-friendly
fuel in their vehicles.
1--Ship with Oberlin Ties Docks in Cleveland this June
reported today that the Freedom Schooner Amistad, which has
ties to Oberlin College, will be docked in Cleveland June 14-29.
The schooner was launched three years ago in Connecticut as a living
tribute to the Mende men and women who were kidnapped, sold as slaves,
and loaded onto La Amistad in 1839. They overwhelmed their captors
en route, but were imprisoned when they reached North America. The
men and women eventually gained their freedom and returned to Africa.
One of the original captives, Sarah Magru Kinison, returned to America
later in life, enrolling as a student at Oberlin College.