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January 2005
January 31--USA Today Interviews Staff Member, Student about the Apple iPod
USA Today's lifestyle section recently carried an article about the Apple iPod, an innovative digital music player, and the people who are purchasing the hi-tech gizmos. In the article, Linda Iroff, assistant to the director of Oberlin College's Center for Information Technology, tags the device as "the coolest thing," while sophomore Ethan Baldwin says that his iPod "goes everywhere, the car, the gym, to work."

January 31--African American Classicist's Life Receives Recognition
Recent scholarship has thrust William Sanders Scarborough (AB 1875, AM 1878) into the media's spotlight. Scarborough, who was born into slavery, went on to become a world-respected scholar in Greek and Latin literature, as well as president of Wilberforce University in Ohio. Michele Valerie Ronnick, associate professor of classics, Greek, and Latin at Wayne State University, recently edited Scarborough's autobiography, which has just been published as The Autobiography of William Sanders Scarborough: An American Journey from Slavery to Scholarship.

January 31--Business Wire Reports Alum's Hiring by Acacia Research Corporation
In a press release posted on Business Wire, Acacia Research Corporation announced that Dooyong Lee '83 joined it's Acacia Technologies group as executive vice president of business development.

January 28--Graduate's Book Brings Community Together
Matthew Sharpe '84, a visiting professor of English at Wesleyan University, is the talk of the town after reporters for the student-run newspaper, The Argus, reported that his book The Sleeping Father was recently selected as required reading for the "One Book, One Community" program in neighboring Norfolk. The program, which takes place over the next several months, will culminate with a "Festival of Words" in April.

January 28--Durham's Herald Sun Interviews Student about Internship on Capitol Hill
Janine Heiser '08 was interviewed for a recent article in the Durham Herald Sun. Heiser, and Orange County resident who interned for Representative David Price, D-14th, on Capitol Hill this past January, said: "I think it's really important that people who are working for the district are from the area. I was really excited to work with someone I really could agree with."

January 28--Santa Cruz Sentinel Reports on Professor's Lecture at Earth Summit
Professor of Environmental Studies David Orr recently spoke at the UC Santa Cruz Fourth Annual Campus Earth Summit, where--according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel--he urged students to "take the revolution" on the road and encourage students on other campuses to support the sustainability movement.

January 25--PBS Hires Obie to Host New Program
An article in today's New York Times announced the debut of Nova Now, a new PBS program hosted by Robert Krulwich '69.

January 23--Denyce Graves '85 Interviewed for Florida Paper
The Daytona Beach News-Journal recently published an interview with mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves '85. Prior to the interview Graves had performed at the Mary McLeod Bethune Performing Arts Center. She was scheduled to sing at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. the next day.

January 21--Obies Protest Bush's Inauguration
Today's Plain Dealer interviewed a group of students from Oberlin College who attended the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C., to protest Bush's re-election. Among the students interviewed was biology major Jon Good, who said that he drove to Washington in a three- car caravan "to let people know that we're still here. The left still exists."

January 21--San Diego Union Tribune Interviews Deborah Salzer '63
The San Diego Union Tribune recently featured an article about Deborah Salzer '63, founder of the Playwright Project, a program that produces plays by young writers and brings newly minted (and commissioned) plays on tours to area schools and community centers.

January 21--Conservatory Graduate Returns Home to Cleveland to Perform
Spencer Myer '00 received a rave review from Plain Dealer music critic Donald Rosenberg for this week's performance at the West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. Myers, who recently won first prize in the 2004 UNISA International Piano Competition, returned home to Cleveland to perform for members of the Rocky River Chamber Music Society.

January 21--Author's Latest Book Plugged in The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles
The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles recently reviewed Virtually Jewish (University of California, 2002) by Ruth Ellen Gruber. Gruber, who graduated in 1971, describes the book as chronicling "the mainstreaming of Jewish culture."

January 18--Graduate Tapped by King to Lead Civil Rights Movement
An article in UCLA's Daily Bruin recounted the circumstances behind the Reverend James Lawson's move to Nashville, where he helped Martin Luther King, Jr. lead the Civil Rights Movement. Lawson '58, who was a student of theology when King convinced him to join the movement, is now a retired Methodist minister and guest professor of a course titled "Nonviolence and Social Movements."

January 18--Professor Discusses the Dilemna of Reconstruction after a Natural Disaster
In the wake of December's devastating tsunami, a United Nations conference addressing disaster relief efforts convened in Kobe, Japan. Visiting Professor of Environmental Studies Ben Wisner attended the conference and was interviewed by Guardian reporter Tim Radford and Antoine Blua of Radio Free Europe (RFE).

January 9--Film Fellowship Enables Alumna to Book Trip to Rwanda
An article in today's Portland Press Herald announced Amy Brown '97 as the 2004 recipient of the Jane Morrison Memorial Film Fellowship. The fellowship will fund Brown's travel to Rwanda, where she will complete research for an upcoming documentary film.

January 9--Professor of Environmental Studies Quoted in Plain Dealer
A recent article in Cleveland's Plain Dealer listing 12 months of energy-saving tips for homeowners included quotes from Professor of Environmental Studies David Orr. Orr's contribution to the article covered gas mileage and earth-friendly ways to cool a home during the warmer months of the year.

January 4--Conservatory Graduates Weigh In on Conducting Career
The San Antonio Express-News recently published an article featuring quotes from Lara Webber '90 and David Cho '97. Both graduates are now employed by the San Antonio Symphony as conductors.

January 4--NPR's Fresh Air Features Obie Dade Hayes '90
Dade Hayes '90
appeared on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross today to talk about the business of making movie blockbusters. Hayes, a special reports editor at Variety, co-authored Open Wide: How Hollywood Box Office Became a National Obsession with the magazine's deputy managing editor, Jonathon Bing.

January 3--Crain's Cleveland Business Prints Article on Oberlin's Business Scholars Program
An article about the Oberlin College Business Scholars Program appeared in a recent issue of Crain's Cleveland Business. The one-month program, which takes place in January, puts students in contact with Oberlin graduates who provide business briefings, intense workshops, and networking contacts for the students, as well as a competitive edge when searching for their first job.

January 2--Oberlin Author Interviewed
Pennsylvania's Times Leader recently interviewed Elisabeth Robinson '83, author of The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters, a book that is based on her sister's struggle with a terminal-cancer diagnosis and subsequent death.

January 2--Musician Returns Home to Play Local Venue
Today's Plain Dealer announced that musician Marc Cohn '81 will return to Cleveland this Thursday to perform at the House of Blues with his band. Cohn, a native of Shaker Heights, was launched into the public eye after his original composition "Walking in Memphis" caught fire nationally.

January 1--Alumnus' Documentary Nominated for Independent Spirit Award
Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance after the Holocaust--a documentary written and directed by Oren Rudavsky '79 and Menachem Daum--has been nominated for the 2004 Independent Feature Project (IFP) Independent Spirit Awards, which celebrate "the best of American and international independent cinema." The documentary, in English, Yiddish, and Polish, with subtitles, centers on Mr. Daum's strained but loving relationship with his sons, Tzvi Dovid and Akiva, Talmudic scholars who left their native Brooklyn to study in Israel. The filmmakers, whose previous film attempted to humanize Hasidim to outsiders, humanize outsiders to the Hasidim in Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust (Variety). The Spirit Awards will be broadcast live on the Independent Film Channel at 5 p.m. EST on Sat., Feb. 26. An edited version of the show will be broadcast on Bravo at 10 p.m. that same night.

January 1--Professor and Student Featured in Science News Online
An article in this week's Science News Online unveils the computer program developed by Professor of Mathematics Robert Bosch and student Adrianne Herman to create continuous-line drawings of target images. Bosch has used this program to create a number of continuous-line portraits, including ones of Marilyn Monroe and Martin Luther King Jr.

December 2004
December 31--Denyce Graves '85 Interviewed on NPR's Diane Rehm Show
Mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves '85 appeared on NPR's Diane Rehm Show today to talk about her acclaimed career as an opera singer, and about the challenges she's faced in recent years, including depression, a high-risk pregnancy, and vocal-cord surgery. Graves is currently back on stage, appearing in the Washington National Opera's production of Il Trovatore.

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

December 24--Professor's Performance Impresses NY Times Writer
Assistant Professor of Jazz Percussion Billy Hart's recent performance at New York's Fat Cat received rave reviews in the New York Times.

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."

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