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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CIT: Safe Connect Cannot See Files, Won’t Limit P2P


Syphilis.  Another virus you don't want to get.  www.wadsworth.org

Your computer has syphilis.  www.wadsworth.org

An email sent out by CIT on August 12th concerning Safe Connect, the new Network Access Control system, inspired a small student reaction that caused CIT to put the program on hold.  CIT will hold two open forums on the weeks of September 14th and 21st to present their plan to students directly and walk them through it.

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New System to Make Editing Oberlin.edu User Friendly


New CMS Sexiness

New CMS Sexiness

The Office of Communications is developing a content management system for oberlin.edu that will be open source.  Student organizations, departments and offices will be able to intuitively develop and live edit their website without having to work through a labyrinth of back-end editing.  User friendliness is their top priority.

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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Short: Chuck Milligan, Tonight’s Hypnotist

One Night Only chuckmilligan.com

One Night Only chuckmilligan.com

At 8 p.m., Chuck Milligan, a hypnotist and entertainer for 23 years, will perform in Finney for the orientation crowd.  I recommend going; I saw the show during my orientation experience and still recognize a guy on campus as “the Britney Spears kid.”
I had the chance to talk with Chuck over the phone, and he shared some of his background and favorite stories about hypnotizing frat boys and playing match maker.

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.