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Of What Use is a Newborn Child?

March 11, 2009

John West

In this post: Mad Max , our inevitable doom, The Communist Manifesto , superempirical virtues in theory choice, Stanley Fish, those problematic humanities, and a way-too-long post.

The Beginning of the End

March 10, 2009

Elizabeth Houston

I am still here. Though I entered Oberlin with an expected graduation date of May 2016, my taking a semester off has delayed that until this upcoming semester. This reality took me a long time to accept and I have a lot of feelings about what "not graduating on time" means for me.

Teaching English as a Second Language

March 10, 2009

Daniel Tam-Claiborne

The challenge over the month came in donning both roles--as both a teacher and a student--all while being reassured along the way that we were likely to catch dengue fever, get taken hostage at a Jakarta airport, and be heaved out of a moving train on our way to Moscow.

Graphically Notated Scores and You

March 8, 2009

Will Mason

There were, of course, pages of specific instructions and a symbol key, but that doesn't change the fact that for my friend's recital I was required to look at a photo of a rabbit man in a suit running away from artillery fire and translate it into a part for drum set/percussion.

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.

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.

Mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved

March 2, 2009

Yitka Winn

I had envisioned myself waking up with the sun and birds each morning, going for a long run during which I'd plan out my writing for the day, then plunking down with my laptop and an oversized mug of fair-trade coffee at Oberlin Market and getting to work. (Nope.)

Chop chop

March 2, 2009

Megan Emberton

I knew that college was supposed to be full of life-changing realizations, but I'm not sure I could have prepared myself for this.

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