F+L’s Owen Henry asked a few questions of the current candidates for Student Senate, allowing them to expand upon their candidate statements. We will be posting the answers here as we receive them. Continue reading
By David Edward Clark
Adrian Fenty ’92 opened this year’s convocation series with a talk on his efforts to reform the Washington, D.C. school system during his term as mayor. Continue reading
By Alice Beecher
I want to live in the world that Anis Mojgani sees, with all its joy and sorrow and magic and cake. I want to be able to hear his poems—which are all somewhere between hymns and vaudeville acts—every night before I go to sleep. I want him to be my guru and my best friend.
Playing to a cramped but cozy crowd at the Cat in the Cream this Thursday, Mojgani – world-renowned slam poet from Austin, Texas, originally hailing from New Orleans – elicited his fair share of cathartic sighs from audience members. With agile hand gestures that were almost as beautiful as the poetry itself, Mojgani represents the power a performance poet can have. Knowing just when to shift from absurdist jokes about penises to weighty contemplations about humanity, Mojgani’s performance was thrilling for its dynamism and emotional fluidity. He tells us he is trying to find God everywhere. He also says to fuck stars in the meantime.
By Angela Suico
Deputy Legal Director of the American Civil Liberties Union and Oberlin alumna Louise Melling ’82 addressed the alarmingly halted progress of reproductive freedom in a Constitution Day talk on Wednesday, September 14. Melling’s lecture addressed the stagnating reproductive rights movement and the crucial necessity that Americans continue to fight for greater abortion access. Continue reading
Fearless and Loathing reporter Angela Suico spoke with ACLU Legal Deputy Director Louise Melling shortly before she gave her Constitution Day lecture entitled, “I Have Sex: Why to Care About Reproductive Rights in the 21st Century.”
F+L: How would you describe the current state of reproductive rights, in comparison to one decade ago?
LM: Bad! (laughs) I think [that] forever there’s been a lot of activity in the States to try to restrict reproductive rights, and it used to be that we got everything struck down, and in 1992 the Supreme Court articulated a standard which has made it much harder to have restrictions struck. You also have our adversaries less often…seeking to do the bolder things like bans and instead really concentrating on the smaller things that are less likely to invite the ire of our activists, so more things are passing, and it’s harder to get them struck down. Continue reading
By Ian Gutgold
On November 16, 1934, the Board of Trustees of Oberlin College voted to increase yearly tuition for the 1935-1936 academic year from $225 to $250. The move was not without controversy, and the trustees made a point to emphasize that a “corresponding increase would be made in scholarship aid.” Seventy-six years later, tuition for 2011-2012 is $42,842, not including room and board. This represents an 1,182 percent increase since 1935. Continue reading
By Evanne Gordon
Many Obies have been perplexed by the panorama of romantic engagements that exist within the Oberlin bubble. I, from the outset a horny and carefree first-year, plunged right into the Oberlin dating scene with no real concept of what it looks like on paper. So, for those of you who could use a map or some kind of cathartic summary, here it is: Oberlove by Evanne Gordon. Continue reading
Nat Hedges-Goettl is F+L’s new Sci-Fi Hall correspondent. He will be blogging regularly about his first year in Oberlin.
I am Nat (Nathaniel) Hedges-Goettl, a planned Bio and Theater Major living on Sci-Fi hall and openly gay. But enough about me, I’m really not all that interesting. What IS interesting is the swarm of freaks, geeks, nerds and dorks that coat the campus. Continue reading
What kind of bubble of quirky young academics would Oberlin be without a little substance use and abuse? Exposure to social substance use is an element of almost any college experience. For better or worse, it’s something you will encounter at this big kid sleep-away camp we call Oberlin. Here’s what to expect. Continue reading