By Alfred Goodrich
Photo by Zack Knoll.
Representatives from Oberlin College cultural organizations teamed up with the city of Oberlin on Saturday to host the fourth annual Culture Festival: a vibrant array of cultural traditions, food, dance, and festivities from across the world. Taiko drums thundered across Tappan’s pathways, food choices ranged from Vietnamese banh mi to Spanish gazpacho, and students and Oberlin residents bounced and volleyed a large blow-up model of the Earth across the grass. Continue reading
By Marcus Johnson
Politics. It’s almost a dirty word today. Poll after poll shows us how approval ratings in Washington keep plummeting; the media continues to tell us how Americans are displeased with the political system. Even the politicians themselves complain about “Washington Politics.” But do increasingly negative feelings about Congress and the President really mean the system is broken? Or are people simply displeased with their politicians? Continue reading
By Helena Thompson (Editor-in-Chief)
We are Oberlin: artistic. Creative. Hosts to some of the most talented and revered musicians, actors, playwrights, and dancers ever to walk the earth…and home to quite a few talented students as well. This post serves to highlight the amazing performers that F+L has had the privilege to cover over the past couple of years. Enjoy! Continue reading
By Nick Perry
Photo from www.goyeo.com.
In my hometown of Hingham, Massachusetts, homecoming is a big deal. Continue reading
By Owen Henry
I walked into my first Student Senate plenary at 6:58 this past Sunday evening. I had no idea what to expect. Continue reading
By Noah Martin
Panelists at Education Nation, a panel on education policy reform held on Tuesday, September 20, discussed several of the most prominent debates in education today, finding agreement on a number of fundamental issues. Continue reading
By Angela Suico
Ishmael Beah ’04 gave a talk on Thursday describing the complexities of helping children who grow up as he did during the 1991 Sierra Leone civil war: plunged into the bloody depths of battle. In 2007 the critically acclaimed author of A Long Way Gone established the Ishmael Beah Foundation (IBF), which works with organizations such as Human Rights Watch and UNICEF to provide educational opportunities for such children. The talk began the kick-off weekend of the Foundation, celebrating the establishment of its Oberlin College chapter. Continue reading
By Danny Fryland
Obies join Kimya Dawson on stage for an impromptu dance party. Photo by Claire Watson.
On September 22, Kimya Dawson soothed the Cat in the Cream with gentle guitar chords and heartfelt lyrics, performing songs from her upcoming album, Thunder Thighs, alongside older numbers like “Tire Swing.” Continue reading
By John Crittenden
Photo by Ruby Smith.
The first ever Lorain County Bike Festival kicks off this Saturday at Depot Park on 285 South Professor Street from 3-7 pm, where there will be food, music, and free bikes as part of a global day of environmental action organized by 350.org. Continue reading
By Nick Perry
Photo by Ruby Smith.
Every fall brings something new to Oberlin. New attitudes, ambitions, resolutions, confidence levels, and wardrobes; new and infuriatingly inconvenient construction and renovations; a new slew of wide-eyed first-years; new friends who are actually old friends who have been irremediably effected by studying abroad; new problems with ResEd that are actually just the same problems that you would think they could have solved by now; well-kept girls strutting into Stevie in new OC Cheer uniforms; new classes and professors; new… wait, what? Cheerleading uniforms? As in, like, sports cheerleading? Continue reading