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The New York Times -- Although information technology "is setting in motion an academic gold rush that is making universities think more like Amazon.com than Harvard.edu, . . . almost no one expects virtual education to replace the world of ivy-edged campuses," noted Peter Applebome in the Times' April 4 Education Life supplement. Oberlin's President Nancy S. Dye agrees."There is a lot of good in educational technology if we use it right," Dye told Applebome. "But education will always be a social process, and it will always include face-to-face connection."

Public Broadcasting Service -- William McDonough, lead architect for Oberlin's Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies, appeared on the March 29 episode of The Charlie Rose Show. "[The Lewis Center] makes more energy than it needs to operate," said McDonough. "Imagine a building like a tree. The idea is regenerative design. Imagine whole communities where the buildings are actually accruing solar energy and purifying water. [The Lewis Center] gives back to the community more than it takes." Construction of the Lewis Center will be completed in the fall.

USA Today -- Ever wonder what happens to a prospective student's application for admission once she mails it? USA Today came to Oberlin to get an inside look at the admissions process. The article ran in the paper's March 25 edition along with two shorter pieces --one deciphering admissions jargon and another in which Oberlin staffers answer prospies' FAQs, such as, "How can I make my essay stand out?" to which Paul Marthers, Oberlin's senior associate director of admissions, replied: "I don't think there are any (admissions officials) who would advise kids to produce a Madison Avenue advertising campaign. . . Be genuine. Think about what it is that helps you stand out from other kids."

The Chronicle of Higher Education -- "While most college students are content to decorate their walls with movie posters, undergraduates at Oberlin College prefer Picassos and Renoirs. The originals, that is." With that introduction, an article in the Chronicle's March 5 edition described art rental, an Oberlin tradition that each semester gives students the chance to rent works of art by major artists for $5 each. Art rental was instituted in the 1940s in the belief that students will relate better with art if they live with it. Nearly 60 years later the rental collection contains hundreds of pieces, and the program is so popular that students stake out a place in line hours before rental begins -- some camp out overnight.


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