In anticipation of the Student-Trustee forum taking place this Thursday night at 9pm in Stevenson Dining Hall, F+L has compiled what we hope to be three useful resources for students. Though the trustees introduce themselves each time, it’s difficult to keep track of who’s who and who’s on what committee. The purpose of these documents is to put that information at students’ fingertips so we can direct our questions and comments to the appropriate trustees in attendance.
COMMITTEE LIST PDF: Just trustees and their committee assignments. Simply compiles this page by name. This is probably the most reasonable document to print out and take along to the forum. Check off names as trustees introduce themselves and remember who’s there and what business you should ask them about. (2 pages)
FULL BIOS PDF: Compiles all the information that can be found on the subpages here, and includes committee assignments. Save yourself some clicking! (33 pages)
BRIEF BIOS PDF: Compiles the professional/educational backgrounds and term length, along with committee assignments. (11 pages)
A temporary art installation created by FORCE as part of their Monument Project.
On Saturday, December 7 Hannah Brancato and Rebecca Nagle, the artist-duo behind FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture, came to Oberlin to discuss rape culture, survivor support, and the various projects they have undertook to address these issues. The presentation encouraged audience members to engage in thought-provoking exercises and to examine the pervasiveness of rape cultural at Oberlin and in the world at large.
On Sunday, December 8 student organizers constructed a temporary wall outside Mudd as part of an installation entitled “Walls, Borders, and Boundaries.” The project aimed to support the five student demands presented to the Board of Trustees in October and to represent “the multiplicity of borders that govern society and our own connection to these structures that create inequality, the policing of bodies, and inaccessibility to institutions.”
Read the demands in full here and read more about the original presentation here.
Larry and Arlene in The Local.
The Internet is a crazy, overwhelming place, and Fearless and Loathing wholeheartedly participates in it. We’re a website, but we also use Facebook and Twitter, all formats in which information flies at you fast. We put out this information into the void to voice our opinions, to share, to relate; but how often do we actually achieve a connection with our fans and followers? As a writer, Arts and Entertainment Editor, and Social Media Manager at Fearless and Loathing, I tend to be hyper-aware of our online presence. Perhaps obsessively so.
This Thursday, Oberlin Musical Theater Association’s production of the rock musical Next to Normal opens in Wilder Main. The show centers on the matriarch Diana, a woman struggling with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, and how such challenges affect her family and their lives. The original production, which opened off-Broadway in 2008 and moved to Broadway in 2009, won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for its nuanced and human portrayal of mental illness and for “expand[ing] the scope of subject matter for musicals.”
We don’t think twice about reading a play. We read some plays because they are considered literature, like Shakespeare or Tennessee Williams. We read others because we never got to see a production, but we still want to experience it. But we don’t usually think about reading a musical. When we remember a musical, we don’t remember the scenes; we remember the songs and dances. There is a misconception that a musical is all about the songs, and if there is a script, or “book” in theater terminology, it takes a backseat to the score.
Production photos by Yvette Chen
Full disclosure: I was recently at a play and about halfway through the first act, I realized I had forgotten to turn my phone off. Gulp. Terrified about the possibility of it going off mid-performance, I gingerly twisted my arm into my coat hanging on my seat, pulled it from the inside pocket, and turned it off. In the five seconds it took for that improbably bright, touch screen to turn black, I was sure I was receiving dagger stares from the audience members around me.
The Oberlin Student Cooperation Association (OSCA) held its first mandatory privilege and oppression workshops for all OSCA members this weekend. The three-hour workshops stirred tensions in OSCA, especially after last-minute expenses caused OSCA to ask co-ops to dip into their own budgets.
Two Youngstown community members were arrested today at a nonviolent protest of an injection well, which was attended by about 50 protesters from around Ohio and Pennsylvania. The two protesters who were arrested stood in front of the well gate and blocked trucks from entering, holding a sign that read “Fracking Hurts Communities.” Meanwhile, the rest of the protesters participated in a spiritual ceremony led by Reverend Monica Beasley-Martin. The well where the protests took place is the first in the Niles area; it is less than a mile from the downtown areas.
When I trade my Solarity ticket for a wristband later this evening, it will have been the third visit I’ve made to Hales Gymnasium over the past two days. I’ve been stopping by to ask some questions and take a few pictures, and as I wait in anticipation of tonight’s event I can safely say this: I am really, really excited.