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Oberlin in the News - Winter 2007

January 2007
January 29—Fort Worth Honor Student to Attend “Prestigious Liberal Arts School”
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paschal High School senior Eric Oeur will no longer have to worry about paying for college after receiving a four-year scholarship to attend Oberlin, “a prestigious liberal arts college in Ohio.” Oeur, whose family came to the United States as Cambodian refugees 25 years ago, was one of 103 students selected from more than 3,000 applicants for the QuestBridge College Match Program, which recruits talented students who might otherwise not be able to afford college. Fluent in Cambodian and learning Japanese, Oeur plans to major in East Asian studies and selected Oberlin because the College “has a great international program.”

January 29—Critic Calls Orchestra’s Carnegie Hall Performance “Stellar”
According to New York Times music critic Vivien Schweitzer, the Oberlin Conservatory Symphonic Orchestra gave a “dynamic reading” of “Blue Cathedral” during its January 26 performance at Carnegie Hall. Schweitzer also said the performance of Bartok’s “Concerto for Orchestra” was “stellar” and “the fiery, polished strings and excellent woodwinds and brass all confidently enjoyed their chance to shine.”

January 28—Debut Film By Christopher Zalla ’97 Wins Top Dramatic Honors at Sundance
Padre Nuestro, written and directed by Christopher Zalla ’97, took home the Grand Jury Best Drama prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Zalla’s debut film, Padre Nuestro is a “searing immigrant saga about a Mexican teen's heartbreaking search for his father in America,” according to an Associated Press story in the Washington Post.

January 21 —Peace Corps Announces Top Producing Colleges and Universities
The Peace Corps has announced that Oberlin College is 24th on the most recent list of “Top Producing Colleges and Universities” with 15 alumni currently serving around the world. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Oberlin is one of only two Ohio schools (Miami University is the other) to make the list. Oberlin College has had a strong relationship with the Peace Corps since the earliest days of the organization's existence. Between 1963 and 1967 the Peace Corps located one of its first regional recruiting and training centers on Oberlin's campus.

January 18—PBS Program “Applause” Tours Frank Lloyd Wright House
Oberlin and Oberlin College are the focus of today's 7:30 p.m. episode of Applause with Host Dee Perry on PBS' WVIZ (Ch. 25). The program tours the Frank Lloyd Wright house, Ohio's first Usonian home, the Weltzheimer/Johnson House, looks at the College's Conservatory of Music expansion project and concludes with a preview of the Oberlin College Jazz Series. The program repeats at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and at 1 p.m. Sunday.

January 14—The New York Times Magazine Features Debut Book by Ishmael Beah ’04
The cover story of the January 14, 2006, New York Times Magazine, “The Making, and Unmaking, of a Child Soldier,” was adapted by Ishmael Beah ’04 from his debut book, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. The book chronicles Beah's years as a child soldier in Sierra Leone’s civil war, during which his parents were killed and he was forced to carry a gun by age 13. Beah’s memoir will be published in mid-February by Sarah Crichton Books, an imprint of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and distributed by Starbucks Corp. It will be backed by an author tour at Starbucks stores in 10 cities.

January 11—University of Texas Professor Lorenzo Candelaria ’94 Expert on Sacred Music
University of Texas Assistant Professor of Musicology Lorenzo Candelaria ’94 was featured in the article “Interpreting Religion Through Music” in Diverse: Issues In Higher Education.  An expert on the Catholic sacred music of Spain and Mexico, Candelaria, who lived briefly amid the Benedictine monks of Santo Domingo, Spain, is described by his peers as “an exceptional young scholar and a gifted teacher,” who has already made a significant contribution to his field. “Sacred music and art are the direct ways through which we try to make sense of life and the afterlife, to understand and gain favor with God,” says Candelaria.

January 10—Politics Professor Pens Op-Ed for San Francisco Chronicle
The San Francisco Chronicle recently published an opinion editorial by Professor of Politics Ben Schiff regarding the decision to send more American troops to Iraq. A sought-after expert on international relations, Schiff teaches courses on Middle East politics, war and arms control, international organization, and current topics in international relations. His article, “What Is the Recipe for Ending the War in Iraq? Stingray Salad,” appeared in the January 10, 2007, edition of the Chronicle.

January 4—Allen Memorial Art Museum's Hendrick Terbrugghen “A Gem”
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Oberlin College's Allen Memorial Art Museum's Hendrick Terbrugghen painting of St. Sebastian Tended by Irene and a Companion (1625), not only graces the cover of a new book by famed art historian Pierre Rosenberg, but is cited as the best among those described therein. Rosenberg, the recent president-director of the Musee du Louvre in Paris, writes that after surveying American art historians about which paintings in American museums were unmatched in European collections, the Terbrugghen was “cited more often than any other painting.”

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