By Rosie Hertzman
On Thursday, May 9, Journey to the West, directed by Phil Wong, had its premier in a unique performance space: South Bowl. The audience was sprawled out comfortably on their blankets, many wrapped up to protect themselves against the fierce wind. Yet despite the cold, there was something magical about the outside setting that invited the audience to feel connected in its shared experience of this performance.
By Nina Winterbottom
Production photos by John Seyfried.
Oberlin Dance Company, a group of students and guest artists, had its showcase this Friday and Saturday May 3-4 featuring works by Bobby Wesner, Amy Miller, Alejandro Cerrudo, Samantha Bergman ‘13 and Winona Brown ‘13. Oberlin dance aficionados may be more familiar with the performance space in Warner, with its intimate seating, open performance space, and diffused lighting. Hall Auditorium provided an intriguing change of atmosphere, with more prominent lighting, clear spatial boundaries, and vividly colored backgrounds that highlighted dynamic costumes and stunning physical compositions.
By Katie Heiserman
I ended up at The Breeders concert at the ‘Sco on Thursday, May 2 mainly because when the tickets went on sale about a month and a half ago my good friend had just started working for the Student Union Programmer Committee (SUPC). Being a good employee, she convinced me and several other friends to buy tickets. I’m not much of a Breeders fan, and my knowledge of ‘90s rock is pretty pathetic, but I did observe a lot about the idiosyncratic crowd and atmosphere, which was much different than the ‘Sco’s usual fare.
By: Sybil Levine
This week, amidst the setting up and construction of Solarity’s newest event space – have you seen that tent on North Quad? – I exchanged emails with Ariane Walder ’14, the group’s promotion director, and discussed the details of this weekend’s event: Awaken the Wild.
By Hannah Varadi
Oberlin’s Cultural Diversity requirement will remain virtually the same next semester. However the controversy surrounding the requirement provides a focal point for discussions on multiculturalism at Oberlin. This has been particularly true given the incidents of bias and responses from the student body that we have seen this semester.
By Sara Vaadia
On Thursday, April 18, Students United for Reproductive Freedom (SURF) brought Zerlina Maxwell to Oberlin to discuss power, privilege, patriarchy, and specifically to remind Oberlin students of the importance of public allyship. Maxwell is a political analyst and writer who contributes to Feministing.com, EBONY.com and more. Maxwell is also a survivor of sexualized violence and has been a leader in the fight against rape culture.
By Oberlin Anti-Frack
Oberlin Anti-Frack, along with some other students from Pennsylvania, staged a mock wedding today, April 15, at the EQT Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh to condemn the misguided union of corporations and environmental nonprofits through the Center for Sustainable Shale Development (CSSD). Oil and gas companies, such as Shell, Chevron, and CONSOL Energy, and environmental nonprofits, such as the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), and Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP), began working together in March of 2013 in order to create a set of voluntary regulations for hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.” The demonstrators have asked all environmental nonprofits to divorce themselves from CSSD due to irreconcilable differences.
By Sara Vaadia
The Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C.
Tuesday, April 9 marked the final convocation of the year, featuring the acclaimed artist and architect Maya Lin. Lin, originally from close by in Athens, Ohio, first gained public recognition as an artist in 1981 when she was an undergraduate at Yale and her design was selected to be the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial in Washington, D.C.
By Cate Battey
(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
While watching former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul’s lecture in Finney Chapel this Sunday, April 7, I couldn’t help but imagine it fitting for him to have eight arms.