About The Source March 12, 2008

President's Desk

On Remarkable Events
Greetings to all. While the recent blizzard caused many disruptions, Oberlin is beautiful in the snow, and the storm provided an opportunity to catch up on reading and spend time indoors with friends and family. Before the snow arrived, it was a remarkable week for campus events. Many featured Oberlin alums.

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Hot Topic

Midori to Offer Master Class
One of the world's leading violinists, Midori, will offer a master class on Wednesday, March 19. "We're always trying to provide educational and professional experiences that are conducive to students' long-term success in the music industry, and the opportunity to learn from such an extraordinary musician as Midori is truly remarkable," says Assistant Dean Gloria Kim.

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Emergency Alert System Set For Second Test

Oberlin College recently conducted the first test of its new emergency alert system, which uses a variety of delivery methods to provide information to students and employees of the College. The test results were evaluated, and we learned that some segments of the system did not operate effectively. Steps have been taken to correct technical errors that occurred and prevented the delivery of some messages. [Read More]

Quick Hits

OB Fit Spotlight: Vera Peterson
"I work out to keep my weight down, stay healthy, and reduce stress. I also feel better when I work out often." [Read More]

Of Presidents and Politics: 2008 and Beyond
Two political commentators, David Frum and Robert B. Reich, will be on campus in the coming week to help Oberlin continue its long tradition of bringing prominent thinkers to campus to explore critical issues. Frum and Reich will present talks as part of Oberlin's Convocation Series. [Read More]

ObieMail Logging Off, Gmail to Take Its Place
Oberlin's five-year-old e-mail system is nearing its "end-of-life," and staff members in the Center for Information Technology have been working since last summer to identify viable alternatives. Read more about the process and their recommendation that Oberlin use Google Apps for Education as its provider, then attend one of four open meetings to learn more. Dates, times, and locations for the meetings are noted in the memo, and each is listed on the Oberlin events calendar.

A Weekend of Dance
This weekend Oberlin's Theater and Dance Program will present concerts by two dance groups in Warner Center: Essence, by the African American troupe of the same name, and Sprung, a contemporary dance program created and performed by students. [Read More]

Oberlin Heritage Center Celebrates Women's History Month
Julia Finney, second wife of the much older Ohio State Senator James Monroe '46, is said to have possessed a temperament much like that of her father, fiery evangelist Charles Grandison Finney? Oberlin's second president. The similarities should make for an interesting evening Tuesday, March 18, when the Oberlin Heritage Center celebrates Women's History Month with a program titled "Oberlin's Invisible Leading Lady: Julia Finney Monroe."

Photographer Chris Jordan Explores Mass Consumption
Rather than put a face on a number or statistic, photographer-artist Chris Jordan of Seattle uses the item to tell the story of mass consumption in America. Running the Numbers, on display through June 8 in the Allen Memorial Art Museum's Ellen Johnson Gallery, consists of Jordan's large-scale images depicting such items as 426,000 cell phones (the number retired every day) or 106,000 aluminum cans (30 seconds of consumption) to help viewers visualize the magnitude of Americans' propensity to overindulge.

Photo of the Week

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Not rain, not sleet, not even a blizzard could keep Obies off the ice at North Park Sports Complex Ice Arena in Elyria on Sunday, March 9, for the third annual alumni vs. students ice hockey game. [Read More]

Campus Profile

Nana Efua Embil '08
Nana Efua Embil '08
Photo by Rachel Cotterman '10
  "I knew that I wanted a small liberal arts college that would offer the opportunity to explore many different subjects."
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Upcoming Events

Poetry: Jena Osman '85
Thursday, March 13, 4:45 p.m.

OSTA: Private Eyes
Thursday, March 13, 8 p.m.

Phoenix Piano Quartet
Saturday, March 15, 8 p.m.

Multilingual Karaoke
Saturday, March 15, 10 p.m.

Alumni recital: Trombone Trio
Sunday, March 16, 4:30 p.m.

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