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Professor Plaut's Office Hours

March 3, 2009

Ma'ayan Plaut

Personally, I was completely terrified of the concept of office hours my freshman year. The professors were amazing and awesome and being in the same room as them one-on-one just seemed like a god-given experience, something not worthy of a lowly freshman. So, baby steps.

Contingency, Irony and Solidarity

March 3, 2009

Max Strasser

A rather esoteric blog post in which I discuss postmodernism, historiography, the Middle East, new professors, great professors, and the true beauty of a liberal arts education.

The Long Road Home

January 27, 2009

Ma'ayan Plaut

Tomorrow will be my first opportunity to listen to my completed mix, The Long Road Home. That last leg that seems to last oh-so-long will be much quicker this time.

A Start of a Winter Term in the Big Gritty

January 6, 2009

Ma'ayan Plaut

So, when everyone started talking about their plans for winter term in that "I'm really trying to avoid my finals work so I'm going to talk to many people I haven't talked to much this semester" time in December, I had a great name to toss into conversation, even if I didn't really know what I'd be doing yet.

The Long Road to a Graduation Speech

December 30, 2008

Daniel Tam-Claiborne

I don't know what it is about giving a speech that makes it so affecting, its ability to connect with and instill hope and pride in the hearts of listeners. All I knew at the time was that it was something I had to experience doing.

That four letter word

December 28, 2008

Ma'ayan Plaut

I know your parents don't want to hear this, but Oberlin students use a bunch of dirty language. One of our favorites is work .

Driving Home: Midwestern Pride

December 24, 2008

Yitka Winn

Once people get over the novelty of Dorothy jokes and tornado questions - inevitable, I've learned, when I'm outside of my home state and meeting new people - it's actually pretty cool to be from somewhere unusual. Especially when I get the opportunity to share my hometown and state with other Obies, many of whom have never even been so far west.

It's a Problem of Nomenclature

December 9, 2008

John West

I think a die a little bit every time someone uses the word Obie to describe a person who goes to Oberlin (as in: We Obies love to hate things ). I think The Grape --one of Oberlin College's many publications--described the word as (and I'm paraphrasing here) "used only by The Review and the Admissions Department."

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