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A milestone

September 10, 2009

Joe Dawson

I've had talks that involved intellectual topics sprinkled in among fart jokes, and discussions in class led by teachers about a particular topic of study, but no stereotypical smart talk with a lot of words like "neoclassical," "zeitgeist," and....

Semi-Productive Procrastination

September 10, 2009

John West

In this post: whining, zingers, too many words, neuroses, a moral, unplayable atonal blah blah blah, a payoff for those who wade through 900-odd words.

Liquid days

September 9, 2009

Megan Emberton

Co-ops are wonderful, and the food is great. Do not worry, first years I've talked to who have expressed their doubts about this!

Desk Quest

September 7, 2009

Will Mason

Yard sales, integrating into the Oberlin community, and the hunt for the perfect antique desk.

Dazed and confused

September 6, 2009

Prof. David Walker

Since several students have written about the excitement and sense of anticipation embodied in the start of the school year, I hope I won't seem too cranky in saying that Orientation always leaves me feeling at least as disoriented as the first-years.

Housekeeping, or The Secret Life of oBEErlin-ites

September 6, 2009

Ma'ayan Plaut

I mentioned before that the first few weeks of college equals '50s housewife meets college student: shopping for classes, ironing out schedules, and cleaning and unpacking all belongings, and if the weather doesn't take the temperature dip it did a few days ago, flowery dresses and sunglasses.

Greetings from Ecuador

September 6, 2009

Charles Grim

Oberlin parents are just amazing. When I called to offer to take some Oberlin parents in Quito out for coffee, they instead invited me into their home for a delicious dinner.

Latin America - Day 2, with a nod to our chemistry faculty

September 3, 2009

Charles Grim

If you are interested enough to know how clouds form, then you might also be interested to know about one of the really cool pieces of equipment that we have in Oberlin's chemistry department - a custom-built turbulent flow chemical ionization mass spectrometer.

The Orientation Engine Has Left the Station

September 3, 2009

Ma'ayan Plaut

As I mentioned before, I was back early as an academic ambassador, a friendly, name-tag-emblazoned helpful upperclassman to help the overwhelmed freshmen during their first academic duties. Other than the perk of arriving back on campus early, I got to meet a number of extraordinary new students.

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