possibilities or difficult life-and-death decisions? The Human
Genome Project may ultimately mean both.
Oberlin Center for Russian, East European, and Central Asian
Studies placed its first intern last summer. Read this firsthand
account of his experiences in Moscow.
new organ takes shape in Finney Chapel. Profile 6 Economist
Gregory Hess and his student research assistant ponder the
relationship between war, economics, and the election cycle.
at Oberlin? Most definitely. A three-hour marathon of student
film shorts last May was just the tip of the growing celluloid
Ann Marie Gilbert inspires teamwork on and off the basketball
Oberlin Orchestra performed at the Getty Center, L.A. under
the direction of guest conductor John Williams.
facts you might be interested in.
Student Wins Award
for Environmental Activism
David Karpf '02 was one of six young people nationwide recently awarded
the Brower Youth Award by the Earth Island Institute. Karpf was recognized
for his work with the Sierra Student Coalition (SSC), a national network
of student environmentalists.
The award, which carries a $3,000 cash prize, is named for David R.
Brower, the founder of the Earth Island Institute, a San Francisco
based organization that supports and incubates environmental projects
around the world.
The award specifically honored Karpf for directing the SSC's training
program, through which he has trained 250 student environmentalists
in organizing techniques, and its "Roadless Summer" campaign, an effort
to mobilize students' voices in support of protecting roadless areas
in national forests. Karpf also served as national director of the
SSC in 1999.
To read more, see the article in The
Oberlin Review or visit the Earth
Island Institute web site.
Oberlin among Best for Asian Americans
The organization aMedia, a producer and distributor of Asian-American
media that maintains the web site aOnline: The Asian American
Digital Network, gave Oberlin College the rank of 18 among the 52
liberal arts colleges it considers best for Asian Americans. The rankings
were released last summer.
Oberlin is one of the relatively few midwestern schools on the list;
schools in the West dominate the array. Rankings are based on a survey
that aMedia says it sent to "hundreds of schools nationwide." The
survey "sought to explore the social, academic, administrative, and
financial factors that prospective Asian-American college students
might find helpful in deciding where to spend their undergraduate
Alum Burrows Wins Another Emmy
Legendary television director James Burrows '62 added another award
to his collection last September when the NBC-TV comedy show Will
and Grace was named Outstanding Comedy Series by the Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences. Burrows is the show's executive producer.
Burrows has now won a total of nine Emmy Awards, five of them for
directing. A recipient of the 1996 American Comedy Awards' Creative
Achievement Award, Burrows is also a three-time Director's Guild of
Burrows, who is best known as co-creator, executive director, and
producer of Cheers, a 11-season megahit, has directed Will
and Grace since its debut during the 1998-99 season. He's also
worked on the shows Frasier, Friends, Third Rock
from the Sun, Caroline in the City, and Chicago Sons.
Cancer Survivor Organizes Awareness Events
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and thanks to Danielle
Bensimhon, a fourth-year double-degree student majoring in music education
and women's studies, Oberlin students were able to learn about the
devastating effects of childhood cancer.
Bensimhon was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare pediatric cancer
of the soft tissue, during her sophomore year. After several months
of aggressive chemotherapy, she's in remission, but many children
and young adults are not as lucky -- cancer is the second leading
cause of childhood death.
In addition to organizing several campus events in late September,
Bensimhon is working with local businesses to raise money for the
National Childhood Cancer Foundation.
"We don't know enough about the prevention of cancer in children,
and many of the attempts to detect childhood cancer at an early stage
have failed," Bensimhon said. "Too many children just don't have a
good chance for survival. I got my second chance. Doesn't everybody
deserve the same?"
Giving Flight to a Dream
Bálint Gergely '00, an economics major from Budapest, Hungary,
found an unusual way to assist a student with a winter-term project
this year. He donated a round-trip airline ticket to an Asian destination.
Gergely, who during his Oberlin years held two winter-term internships
and one summer internship with United Airlines, now works in the Pacific
yield management department at Northwest Airlines.
Gergely stipulated that the recipient must attend Oberlin on a scholarship
or financial aid.
"I attended Oberlin on financial aid and wanted to give back to the
Oberlin community. Working at an airline, I thought this kind of a
donation would be most influential on a student's thinking," Gergely
The grant was awarded to Yoav Tal '03, who is majoring in economics
and history. Tal is researching the role of women and micro-credit
institutions in Third World development. He planned to travel to Bangladesh
to complete an internship with the Grameen Bank.
Art Museum to Put Complete Collection Online
Thanks to a grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library
Services, the Allen Memorial Art Museum's web site will soon allow
students and citizens of Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties to access
a complete tour of the museum's collections.
Sharon Patton, museum director, said the grant is highly competitive,
and that the museum is one of only seven art museums to share in the
$1.6 million in grants awarded by the government.
This is the first federal program designed specifically to make technology
resources available to all types of museums, allowing them to share
ideas and information with classrooms, community centers, and homes.