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D Headlines at "Hip-Hop 101" Conference
journalist Davey D, founder of the FNC Newsletter and the web site
Davey D's Hip-Hop Corner, was the keynote speaker at "Hip Hop
101: The Foundation," a student-organized conference highlighting
the origins of hip-hop culture held at Oberlin in mid-March.
talk, titled "Hip-Hop Chronicles: Hip Hop and Hearing the Voices
of Black Youth Oppression," set the tone for the event, intended
to educate audience members about the realities of violence, poverty,
police brutality, drugs, and crime that inspired hip-hop culture
among urban black youth.
events included a performance by the world-famous breakdance group
Rock Steady Crew, whose members also acted as judges in a breakdance
hip-hop dance group And What!?!? planned this year's event.
Co-sponsors included Abusua, an organization for students of African
descent, and the Office of the Dean of Students.
know the old joke: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice,
Mello '02 practiced quite a bit. Then he had a bit of luck, to boot.
tenor voice major made his Carnegie Hall debut March 25 as a featured
soloist in Monteverdi's Gloria, with John Rutter conducting
the New England Symphonic Ensemble.
was "discovered" by a repre-sentative for Mid-America
Productions, the company that presented the Rutter concert. The
man, also a colleague of Mello's father, recruits Carnegie Hall
soloists for the firm.
called my father and asked him if he thought I'd be available to
sing," Mello said. Father then called son to prepare him for
father likes to play tricks on people," said Mello, who's also
pursu-ing a degree in music education. "For 15 minutes I thought
he was kidding."
of Oberlin students heads to Europe this summer for the Oberlin-in-Europe
Euro Summer School, an intensive, six-week international business
program is offered jointly by the Center for European Studies at
the University of Maastricht and three leading European management
schools: the HEC School of Management in Paris, France; Universita
Bocconi in Milan, Italy; and Wirtschaftsuniversitat Wien in Vienna,
will spend their first three weeks in Maastricht, taking an International
Business course taught by Professor David Cleeton, a recognized
expert on European economic integration. He's also chair of Oberlin's
economics department and international studies committee.
will then join other international students in Paris and take two
other courses that are broken into modules and taught in succession
at each of the other three campuses.
a privilege for Oberlin to be affiliated with such an outstanding
undergraduate business program," said Cleeton. "It's a
unique opportunity for our students to experience firsthand the
life and business cultures of Austria, Belgium, France, Germany,
Italy, and The Netherlands."
to Expect WhenYou're Graduating
Jackson Davidson, dean of the class of 2001, had a big idea for
wanted to make sure graduating seniors knew what they needed to
know before they graduated. Not the academics of their majors, but
the more immediate -- and sometimes frightening -- stuff of life
in the "real world."
in other nonacademic departments on campus had similar ideas, and
so Davidson organized Life after Oberlin Week, a series of workshops,
presentations, and conversations focusing on emotional and practical
issues faced by graduating seniors.
included managing health-care insurance, starting a job search,
living a socially committed life, ending old relationships and initiating
new ones, planning for graduate school, managing personal finances,
relocating, sustaining religious faith, and succeeding in employment.
week presented "a wide range of expertise that I could not
possibly provide students on my own," said Davidson, who will
be dean of the class of 2005 starting next fall.
Dye Is Chair of the AAC&U Board
College President Nancy S. Dye has been named chair of the board
of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
The announcement was made by the AAC&U last January.
had been serving as acting chair since July 2000.
AAC&U is the leading national association devoted to advancing
and strengthening undergraduate liberal education. AAC&U advances
its goals through a combination of continuing programs and grant-funded
in 1915 by presidents of liberal arts colleges, AAC&U now comprises
711 institutional members representing the entire spectrum of American
colleges and universities: large and small, public and private,
two-year and four-year.
announcing Dye's election as chair, AAC&U President Carol Geary
Schneider said, "Nancy Schrom Dye's commitment to strengthening
and advancing liberal education could not be stronger, and her experiences
provide her with an ideal perspective from which to lead AAC&U
into the next phase of its growth and development."
among Best Schools for African-American Students, Says Black Enterprise
College ranks 11th out of 482 in the most recent Black Enterprise
guide to the top 50 U.S. colleges and universities, published in
the January 2001 issue.
followed seven historically black colleges and universities -- and
Stanford, Georgetown, and Columbia universities -- in the rankings.
Enterprise surveyed 936 African-American professionals in higher
education to arrive at its
included in the rankings are either well-known universities or accredited,
four-year institutions with an African-American enrollment of at
least 3 percent.
magazine says its report is the "first list geared for black
students that isn't based solely on the number of black graduates
at a given college."
was ranked 12th in the 1999 listings, the first compiled by the
people often complain that no one listens to them.
Joshua Rosen and Jeff Price came up with an on-air solution to the
age-old complaint: i'm on the stereo, a radio program for
elementary, middle, and high-school students in the Oberlin area.
program airs Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. on WOBC, 91.5
FM, the College's student-run radio station (webcast at www.wobc.org).
show broadcasts interviews with students about local issues, jokes
by elementary-school kids, and performances by local bands.
show, said station manager and senior Ben Calhoun, embodies the
unique spirit of WOBC.
reestablishing ties to the community. That aspect of WOBC's programming
makes us stand out against other college radio stations," he
Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas, a recording on the Bridge label
by Professor of Violin Gregory Fulkerson, is one of the best released
last year, according to The New Yorker.
magazine included the recording in its short list, "Last Year's
Strongest Classical Releases," published January 15.
said writer Russell Platt, "combines a thorough knowledge of
early-music techniques with the generous warmth of the mainstream
tradition, filtered through the attentive ears of a first-class,
new-music player. Every Bach fan will have his favorite among the
classic recordings of these works, but this should be the universal
second choice: no one makes you listen harder."