I’m in 9th Grade Again!



Two years ago, I was once you.  Today, I am you again.  But I am not you.  I am a spy.  A spy that watches you and reports on you.  I will be wearing a wire.  A wire that records you.  By being on this campus, you are being recorded.

I will report to you about your everyday.  At the end of your orientation, I will report to everyone about your every day.

-The 9th Grader

Orientation Day 1


Super Spy Bond.  http://artofmanliness.com/2008/11/13/6-lessons-in-manliness-from-james-bond/

Super Spy Bond. http://artofmanliness.com/

12:42 p.m. Watched the Barrows migration to Stevie.

1:20 p.m. Barrows Lounge: Empty

1:27 p.m. Dascomb Lounge: Empty

1:34 p.m. Talked to my First Freshman.

1:37 p.m. Just got rejected to hang out by 2 first years—or at least, they left without inviting me to come along.

1:45 p.m. Showed Ted Waddelow, a Barrows R.A., my wire, and asked him where all the freshmen were.

1:50 p.m. Gave up.  Walked back to my room to hide. Continue reading

The New Class

Statistics Courtesy of the Office of Admissions

We need better pictures.

We need better pictures. http://it.pinellas.k12.fl.us/

Who they are:

Almost 6,000 people applied to the College of Arts and Sciences

12 years of record applicant numbers for the College

1,400 people applied to the Conservatory

10 years of record applicant numbers for the Conservatory

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Bike Derby a la 1992


We talked to John Petersen ’88, the Department Chair of Environmental Studies, today about the Bike Derby.  “Savagery is really the only good word for it.  Just savagery,” he said.  Then he sat back, shaking his head and repeating once more, “Savagery.”

He told us to check out a youtube video of it, and we think you should too.  It’s a valuable tidbit of Oberlin History.

Part 1 (and don’t forget Part 2 where the savagery intensifies)


Warning: Video contains nudity and general savagery

Orientation Day 2


Veronica Mars, teenage bamf.  http://schizoid.us/

Veronica Mars, teenage bamf. http://schizoid.us/

2:19 p.m. Finally got up the courage to wander outside, after grueling day yesterday.  Goal: Stop obsessing about the website and fall into undercover persona.  Can’t find super-secret recorder.  Bad sign.

2:23 p.m. North Quad: Empty except for Frisbee.  Where are the hordes?  Swipe is currently not working, so I cannot attack Barrows.

2:31 p.m. Wilder Bowl: Empty.  Wtf.

2:35 p.m. Couldn’t open OCMR.  Have actually turned into a freshman.

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William Schulz ’71


William Schulz '71  uctv.tv

William Schulz ’71 uctv.tv

“The most immoral action that someone can do is to fail to mourn their losses…that most of our impulses to strike out or harm another person emerge out of a failure to acknowledge, honor, and process our own losses in life, that most of our pernicious, cruel cruelty emerges out of a failure to recognize the ways in which we have been harmed.”–Bill Schulz

Bill Schulz graduated in ’71 and went on to be the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1985-1993 and the Director of Amnesty International U.S.A. from 1994-2006.  We met Bill in Washington D.C., where he currently works as a Senior Fellow for the Center for American Progress.

F+L:  So.  Let’s start with your favorite Oberlin story.

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CIT Announces Doubling Bandwidth


In a few weeks, CIT will double Internet connection speed.  The College signed a contract with Time Warner Cable last spring that provides a fiber link, which allows for an increase of bandwidth speed of up to one gigabit per second.  Our bandwidth is currently 90 megabits per second and will double to 180 Mbps.