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Oberlin in the News - Winter 2008

February 2008
February 20, 2008 – Outgoing County Prosecutor Put Women and Children First ( Minneapolis Star Tribune
)
Jeanne L. Schleh is one of the lucky ones. After almost 32 years as an assistant Ramsey County attorney, the passion she feels for her job almost literally glimmers around her as she talks about prosecuting homicide, sex assault, domestic assault and child abuse cases... Schleh hadn't always planned on being a lawyer. After graduating from St. Paul Central High School and Oberlin College in Ohio, she considered a career in the foreign service.
http://www.startribune.com/local/east/15715317.html

February 17, 2008 – Chamber Group Strikes a High Note ( The Connecticut Post )
This isn't you mother's chamber music group but it may be your daughter's. The chamber music sextet, eighth blackbird, which last Sunday won a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Group Performance, specializes in all new music. ... None of the musicians, all graduates of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College in Ohio, were at Sunday's ceremonies.
http://www.connpost.com/localnews/ci_8284649

February 15, 2008 – 'Burb Appeal ( Pioneer Press )
There's more to the suburbs than cookie-cutter subdivisions and mazes of cul-de-sacs. That's what Walker Art Center is out to prove with "Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes," an exhibit that looks at the changing landscape of American suburbs. Kentucky native Julia Christensen's interest in the suburbs lies behind the doors of abandoned big-box stores. The Oberlin college professor has spent the past five years documenting how communities are renovating and reusing these empty spaces
http://www.twincities.com/life/ci_8260364?nclick_check=1

February 14, 2008 – Street Photography in an Image-Filled Age ( New York Times )
In our media-saturated culture, everyone is a picture-taker and image-maker, adding a new wrinkle to the work of those who practice the time-honored tradition of street photography. Each of the photographers who spoke described encounters with street images as young men. Mr. Powell grew up in New York City and received a B.F.A. from Oberlin College in 1997.
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/02/13/ street-photography-in-an-image-filled-age/?hp

February 13, 2008 – Learn To Think Better ( Pacific Daily News )
He tells a story about Ralf Hotchkiss, who was not accepted to major universities not because of his grades but because those institutions did not have accommodations for disabled persons. Hotchkiss, who had a terrible accident that left the lower half of his body useless, rode around on contraptions he had built. His sister, who attended small Oberlin College in Ohio, urged him to apply there. He called the college dean, who listened to his problems and who replied, "Gee, Ralf, I don't see why not.
http://www.guampdn.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080213/ OPINION02/802130334/1014/OPINION

February 11, 2008 – Nancy Darling Discusses Her Research on Good Morning America
Associate Professor of Psychology Nancy Darling conducted a study to assess the extent of lying in children and teens. She found 98 percent of teenagers have lied to their parents about everything from friends, dating and drugs. Darling spoke with Good Morning America correspondent Juju Chang about her research in the segment "Why Do Kids Lie?"
http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/story?id=4277319&page=1

February 11, 2008 – Oberlin Trained eighth blackbird Wins Grammy Award
Eighth blackbird, the new music ensemble that began at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music a dozen years ago, won the Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance at the awards ceremony Sunday, February 10.

Their recording, Strange Imaginary Animals, is the first Grammy nomination for eighth blackbird , and the only new music nominee in the category. Imaginary Animals also received recognition in the Classical Producer of the Year category; Judith Sherman won a Grammy for her work on the album.
http://www.recordonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ article?AID=/20080212/ENTERTAIN/802120313
http://www.winchesterstar.com/article_details.php?ArticleID=4596

February 10, 2008 – Psych' Study by Nancy Darling featured in New York Magazine
Among "a handful of intrepid scholars" who have decided it's time to try to understand why kids lie is Nancy Darling, Oberlin associate professor of psychology and a member of the faculty since 2005. This week's New York Magazine cover story leads off with the report of a study undertaken by Darling while teaching at Penn State University. She recruited a group of under-21 undergraduate students and sat them down with teenagers at a local pizza shop. They made some astonishing discoveries.
http://nymag.com/news/features/43893/

February 10, 2008 – Obie Voter Registration Drive Makes Plain Dealer Politics Blog
In an article titled "Younger voters will be the bigger force in this presidential election," OPENERS, the Plain Dealer politics blog, noted that last Monday, 400 students at Oberlin met Ohio's primary registration deadline by filling out the necessary Board of Elections forms. "Dozens of them hung out in Wilder Hall's lobby afterward, talking up the merits of their favorite presidential wannabe," said the PD.
http://blog.cleveland.com/openers/2008/02/oberlin_college_students_from.html

February 8, 2008 – USA Today Profile on James McBride '79 Notes Rave Reviews for New Novel
Jazz musician and best-selling author James McBride '79 was profiled in a lengthy article in USA Today earlier this week. The piece also announced the publication of McBride's third book and second novel, Song Yet Sung , noting that "early reviews for Song Yet Sung are raves. Publishers Weekly says, 'McBride hasn't lost his touch.' Kirkus calls it 'explosively dramatic.'"

USA Today reviewer Bob Minzesheimer went on to note that "as a writer, [McBride] hit it big with his 1996 memoir, The Color of Water: A Black Man's Tribute to His White Mother," and that his first novel, Miracle at St. Anna , about black soldiers in Italy during World War II, is being turned into a movie, to be released in November. McBride wrote the script for the film, which is directed by Spike Lee and stars Derek Luke and James Gandolfini.
http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2008-02-04-mcbride-slavery_N.htm

February 6, 2008 – Nancy Dye Named President of Asian University for Women
Former Oberlin College President Nancy S. Dye has been appointed the first Vice-Chancellor and President of the Asian University for Women. Dye told the Chronicle Telegram that the University will impact not only the students, but the societies where they live. "I strongly believe that liberal education that enables women to learn the art of critical thinking and develops the imagination is a powerful way – possibly the most powerful way – to foster women's autonomy,: Dye said. The University, sited in Chittagong in Bangladesh, aspires to become a leading institution of higher learning for women from across Asia.
http://www.chroniclet.com/2008/02/07/former-oberlin-president-goes-global

January 2008
January 30, 2008 – Susan Swain '69 Appointed to National Advisory Council on Aging
National Institutes of Health News reported that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt announced the appointment of three new members to the National Advisory Council on Aging (NACA). Among them is Susan Swain '69, whose research on aging and immunity to infections has been recognized with NIH Merit Awards in 1996 and 2005. She has served on many editorial boards and advisory panels, including President and Council Member of the American Association of Immunologists, ad hoc member of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council, and member of the NIA Board of Scientific Counselors.
http://www.nih.gov/news/health/jan2008/nia-30.htm

January 30, 2008 – Jordan Beard '09, 15 th Member of Family to Attend Oberlin, Excels on Basketball Court
After losing almost two seasons with a torn ACL and a stress fracture in his right leg, Jordan Beard '09 returned last season and averaged 13.1 points per game and played in all 25 games, starting seven of them. According to the Morning Journal his family pride and determination are what gave him the motivation to come back to excel on the basketball court at Oberlin College. Beard wanted to keep his rich family tradition of attending Oberlin College, and became the 15th member of his family to attend.
http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=19244709&BRD=1699&PAG =461&dept_id=46370&rfi=6

January 29, 2008 – Booker Peek Interviewed About Gender and Race in Presidential Election
According to The Daily Star, this year the race for nomination by Obama and Hillary brought out two important issues in various columns – that of a black man and a woman striving to be the next president of US. Booker Peek, professor of African American Studies at Oberlin College, noted that blacks have held every elected office at the local, state and national levels except president. Hence, he believes that a black person or a white woman could be elected president today. "We have, as a nation, rendered race and gender to positions where they are negligible factors for most of us." But he'd be surprised if we couldn't elect someone just because he is black.
http://www.thedailystar.net/story.php?nid=21003

January 28, 2008 – Prof Kenneth Kuttner Talks Stock Market With Wall Street Journal
Some investors are disappointed that U.S. stocks haven't rebounded more decisively after last week's Federal Reserve rate cut, the largest since 1982. These investors have been taught that stocks rise when the Fed cuts rates, especially when it cuts this much says the Wall Street Journal. They want to know what is wrong. Why aren't stocks reacting more positively? Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, a former Princeton University economics professor and Oberlin College professor Kenneth Kuttner both claim that rate cuts help stocks if they are a surprise, but "monetary policy surprises are responsible for only a small portion of the overall variability of stock prices."
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120147601255220803.html?mod=moj_todays_paper

January, 25 2008 – Michael Christie '96 Profiled in New York Sun
Michael Christie '96 is no newcomer to challenges according to the New York Sun . At 32 years old, the music director of the Brooklyn Philharmonic has revamped and refreshed the orchestra's outlook. Christie spoke with Sun reporter Alan Lockwood about his musical career, which has taken him from childhood in Buffalo to the trumpet section at Oberlin Conservatory, and the award for outstanding potential in the First International Sibelius Conductor's Competition in Helsinki, Finland, in 1995.
http://www.nysun.com/article/70186

January 25 2008 – Kenneth Kuttner Consulted on Australian Economy
Danforth-Lewis Professor of Economics Kenneth Kuttner, a former US Federal Reserve economist and current visiting scholar at the Reserve Bank of Australia, said Thursday the US economy is on track for a mild recession, but should recover within the year, allowing Australian policy makers to continue focusing on containing rising inflation. Kenneth Kuttner, who co-authored a research paper with Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke in 2005, said the robust Australian economy has yet to show any signs of damage from slowing US growth according to MSN . Kuttner is a former assistant vice president for research at the New York and Chicago Federal Reserve banks, where he specialized in analyzing monetary policy.
http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=371605

January 23, 2008 – Dr. Thomas Frieden '82 Battles Obesity Rates in NYC
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas R. Frieden '82 has been working to lower the obesity rate in New York City. His latest initiative would require all chain restaurants to post the calorie content of their foods. Frieden told the New York Times that, "most people underestimate the amount of calories they consume, even dietitians get a lot wrong." The NYC Board of Health unanimously voted to accept the revised regulations and issued a mandate that by March 31 st all chain restaurants in New York City will be required to post calorie data on menus and menu boards.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/23/nyregion/23menu.html?_r= 1&ref=nyregion&oref=slogin

January, 21 2008 – Ezra J. Temko '06 Runs for Council Seat
Ezra J. Temko '06, has declared his candidacy in Newark's City Council elections. A 22-year-old University of Delaware graduate student, he is running for the District 5 Council seat. Temko became interested in local politics when he returned to the city after graduating from Oberlin College in 2006 reports The News Journal of Wilmington Delaware. He began regularly attending City Council meetings "to see what was going on in our community." http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080121/NEWS/ 801210343/1006/NEWS

January, 18 2008 – James McBride '79 Featured Speaker at Susquehanna University Convocation
According to the Daily Item, author and musician James McBride '79 will be the featured speaker and performer at a day-long celebration of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, when Susquehanna University presents its second annual Winter Convocation. McBride, an award-winning writer, composer and saxophonist, is probably best known for his landmark memoir, "The Color of Water." A native New Yorker, McBride studied composition at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio and received his master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. He holds several honorary doctorates and is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University.
http://www.dailyitem.com/0300_entertainment/local_story_017095849.html

January, 18 2008 – Eighth Blackbird Nominated for Grammy
Chicago's Daily Herald reported that among the usual Chicago suspects nominated this Grammy season, one name stands out that probably isn't on the tip of every local's tongue: eighth blackbird which originated out of the Oberlin Conservancy of Music. Its core members – pianist Lisa Kaplan '96, violinist Matt Albert '96, cellist Nicholas Photinos '96, clarinetist Michael Maccaferri '95 and percussionist Matthew Duvall '95 – were convinced to collaborate by an instructor who sensed possibilities. He was right; almost immediately, the group relocated to Chicago and etched out a mission statement that stressed pushing boundaries, tweaking chamber music tradition, and playing to new audiences.
http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=114449&src=145

January, 17 2008 – Oberlin Jazz Septet Learns About All Aspects of Touring
Peter Dominguez is trying to show his jazz students there is more to life on the road than making music according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Dominguez, a professor of jazz studies and double bass at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, says each member of the Oberlin Jazz Septet takes on other roles to do that.
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/search/s_547768.html

January, 16 2008 – Oberlin College Suits Zach Richard's '11 Kicks
Zach Richard '11 doesn't believe in the ordinary life – even when it happens to be his freshman year of college. The former Cocoa Beach place-kicker and wide receiver earned a starting spot as Oberlin place-kicker. "At first, I found it real hard at Oberlin," said Richard. But it didn't take long for everything to jell reports Florida Today. "By midseason, I wasn't too worried.," said Richard. "Once I was comfortable, it got better. I'm really looking forward to next season."
http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080116/SPORTS/ 801160341/1002/sports

January, 11 2008 – Sierra Club Questions David Orr on Importance of Global Warming Issues in Presidential Election
Presidential candidates traditionally blow off the environment as an issue. But can they continue to dither as the world heats up? Sierra asks four savvy election junkies, including Oberlin College Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies David Orr, when we'll see the campaign slogan: It's Global Warming, Stupid!
http://www.sierramagazine.com/sierra/200801/discussion.asp

January 10, 2008 – Brooklyn Minimalist Duo Christy & Emily's Sparse Environment
Emily Manzo '02, one-half of Brooklyn, N.Y.-based minimalist pop duo Christy & Emily, brings her training at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music for a sound "that combines indie sensibility with classical-like piano-jogging," writes Newcity Chicago in a review of the band's debut release.
http://www.newcitychicago.com/chicago/7321.html

January 9, 2008 – Coed Dorms, Coed Wings, Coed Floors, and Now ... Coed Rooms
A new wave of coed housing that allows men and women to share rooms is hitting campuses around the country. This past semester, the Student Assembly at Cornell University, in Ithaca, N.Y., endorsed adding a "gender-neutral housing" option like those already in place at other schools – including Oberlin, Swarthmore, Wesleyan, Dartmouth and Carnegie Mellon. But not all students are comfortable with the concept, writes the Kalamazoo Gazette .
http://www.mlive.com/features/kzgazette/index.ssf?/base/features-2/119989741410430.xml&coll=7

January 9, 2008 – Kansas City Symphony Performs Christopher Rouse '71 Composition
The work of composer Christopher Rouse '71was a recent featured performance by the Kansas City Symphony. "Der gerettete Alberich, Fantasy for Percussion and Orchestra" was one of three concerts to kick off the new year, the Kansas City Community News reports. Rouse, who studied at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Cornell University, earned a 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Music and a 2002 Grammy for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.
http://www.kccommunitynews.com/articles/2008/01/08/wednesday_sun/entertainment/ doc4783d6a54d08c460632177.txt

January 9, 2008 – David Orr Speaks at Nationwide Global Warming Teach-in
David Orr, author and professor of environmental studies at Oberlin, will deliver a keynote address to kick off a national teach-in on global warming Jan. 15 at St. Olaf College, reports the St. Olaf College News . More than 1,000 colleges and universities across the country will take part in the event, called "Focus the Nation," which most will be holding Jan. 31.
http://fusion.stolaf.edu/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=NewsDetails&id=4149

January 9, 2008 – Ezra Weiss: Get Happy
In his third CD as a leader, pianist Ezra Weiss '01 takes a slightly different path than his earlier outings. The former Oberlin Conservatory of Music student's latest effort, "Get Happy," is reviewed in All About Jazz .
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=27901

January 8, 2008 – Neal Smith Performs in 'Art After Five' Live Jazz Lineup in Philadelphia
Drummer Neal Smith '96 has shared the stage with internationally recognized artists Tom Harrel, Benny Green, and Geri Allen. The first African-American to earn a degree in Jazz Studies from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Smith's own trio will put their mark on jazz standards as well as original compositions. The Philadelphia Museum of Art program featuring live jazz, blues and world music performances is featured in All About Jazz.
http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/news.php?id=16700


January 8, 2008 – Deconstructing the Recommendation Letter
Student recommendation letters are like currency in academic networks, and writing one "is a task big enough to require a division of labor," opines Randal Doane, Oberlin's assistant dean of studies, in a column for Inside Higher Ed.
http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2008/01/08/doane

January 8, 2008 – Convention Center Considered in Oberlin
Oberlin city officials applauded the college's plans to build a convention center using sustainable technology to replace the aging Oberlin Inn while also planning for "green" dormitories, the Chronicle-Telegram reports. "This is the best proposal I've encountered in the 40 years I've lived in Oberlin," says newly elected Oberlin City Council President David Sonner, noting the Oberlin Inn could be replaced with a "world-class convention center."
http://www.chroniclet.com/2008/01/08/convention-center-considered-in-oberlin

January 7, 2008 – Quaker Activist Works for Peace, Social Change
Greg Coleridge '81 has spent the last 25 years working for the American Friends Service Committee of Northeast Ohio, which works for social change based on Quaker principles. The 48-year-old Oberlin graduate also helps organize events for the Northeast Ohio Anti-War Coalition, which opposes the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Coleridge talks about his goals and accomplishments in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
http://www.cleveland.com/cuyahoga/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/cuyahoga/ 1199698381326880.xml&coll=2

January 7, 2008 – Orchestrating Stories
Sacramento-based composer and Oberlin graduate Gregg Coffin '86 knows what he's about. Artfully practicing the craft of storytelling through songwriting, Coffin is preparing his new musical "Rightnexttome" for its West Coast premiere at the B Street Theatre, the Sacramento Bee reports. The "sung-through play" combines elements of his two previously produced productions, the personal "Convenience" and the more strategically conceived "Five Course Love," both of which played at the Sacramento Theatre Company and regional theaters across the country.
http://www.sacbee.com/crowder/story/608388.html

January 4, 2008 – Violin Prodigy Scores at Heyde Center
Oberlin graduate and Peabody student Joseph Kneer '07 charmed a select audience of music lovers on Friday evening at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa, Wis. Supported by the familiar piano virtuoso, Namji Kim from the UW-Eau Claire music faculty, Kneer laid his talented fingers to his bow and strings. He played compositions ranging from Bach to Bergdall, from Leipzig to Oberlin, Ohio, the Chippewa Herald writes in a review.
http://www.chippewa.com/articles/2008/01/03/reviews/ae28.txt

Noble Street Charter School student wins full college scholarship
January 3, 2008 –
Daniela Medrano has long dreamed of becoming an anthropologist. But growing up in a home with a single mom who works a factory job, she suspected she'd have to put herself through community college and, maybe, if lucky, transfer to a nearby university. Now, with the help of a national program that awards scholarships to student leaders, the Chicago Tribune reports that Medrano is headed to Oberlin on a four-year scholarship. "I'm so excited just to be able to go to college," said Medrano. "I know this will make a better life for my family."

Oberlin Students Immerse Selves in Kenyan Culture
January 3, 2008 –
A student organization at Oberlin College that began in 2005 with the goal of relieving pain and suffering in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is continuing its work on an island community off the Kenyan coast reports the Chronicle Telegram. In a few days, students Andrew Estep, Christopher Pray and Juliana Scherer will arrive in the villages of Tchundwa and Faza on Pate Island in Kenya, where they will serve as teacher's assistants for about a month.

    
   
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