Parking: Prices and Relocations

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Lot Assignments

New Parking Plan

Parking is now assigned by seniority and permits have increased $50 to $150/year.  The increase in parking permits is due to the College’s initative to go green.  The two major construction projects, N. Professor St. and the Litoff Building, have caused the College redistribute cars to less central lots.  Students must register their cars before September 4th.

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DeCafe and Guest Meal Cuts

Elimination of guest meals and DeCafé reductions are results of Oberlin’s 10% cut to operating costs across all divisions of the College and Conservatory.   This translates to a $160,000 to $200,000 reduction in Campus Dining Service’s budget.

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The Reveal

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Veronica Mars again, because she's my favorite spy.  www.bloxer.de

Veronica Mars again, because she’s my favorite spy. www.bloxer.de

I, Erica Mei-Ling Lee, 19-from-California-majoring-in-English, was the undercover freshman.  The thing is, I’m not a reporter.  David and I had planned for me to infiltrate the freshman class, but this lasted for all of a day.  Everything I wrote after 2:47 p.m. on Day 2 was false because we decided to start crazy rumors.  When the rumors got boring, we dropped the project.  This is a bit of what I learned during my brief stint of super spy shit.  I really did wear the wire.

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Amory Lovins

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Amory Lovins.  Photo by Mike Craig

Amory Lovins in Finney. Photo by Mike Craig.

We talked to Amory Lovins last night before his Convocation Lecture.  In his own words, “In ’76, I published a Foreign Affairs paper that redefined the energy problem, and I’ve been real busy ever since.”

F+L:  Okay, we hope you like puns for this one.  We want you to think about when you first got turned on to energy.  When and where did the bulb go on, who or what flipped the switch and how did you initially go about spreading the light?

Amory: Oh dear.

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Ed Helms Rocks Finney

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Photo by Mike Craig.

To demonstrate their love for The Office and all things Ed Helms ’96, Oberlin students did the wave in Finney Chapel—multiple times.  Slow claps and stomping finally brought the superstar onto the stage and the audience exploded, giving him an initial standing ovation.

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Junot Diaz

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Junot Diaz.  dirtypop.org

Junot Diaz. dirtypop.org

Junot Diaz has won a plethora of awards for his novel, The Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, including the Pulitzer Prize in 2008.  He speaks in Finney Chapel tonight at 8 p.m. as our next Convocation Speaker.

F+L:  Tell us a story about a lesson you learned in college.

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Shirin Ebadi

Shirin Ebadi at Convocation.  Photo by David Roswell.

Shirin Ebadi at Convocation. Photo by David Roswell.

This morning, we interviewed the last Convocation speaker of the semester.  Shirin Ebadi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her work as human rights lawyer in Iran.

We asked Shirin about her favorite poem, since poetry is fundamental to Persian society.  She looked at us bewildered.  Initially, we thought that she didn’t read poetry, but instead, she couldn’t decide which one to choose.

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