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a College Success Story (for a ... Change)

Paula Gordon | Posted 09.07.2016 | Education
Paula Gordon

School's in, predictably heightening thoughts of my own student days. Knowing that change is the only constant, I'm only a little sad to learn that Ma...

Astoria Characters: The Servant of Syncopation

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 07.19.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The first thing you see in Mark A. Thomas' apartment is the Roland digital piano. It's big and black, and you have to dance around it, as Dick Van D...

White People Should Be Banned from Doing Yoga

Matthew Terrell | Posted 12.14.2016 | Politics
Matthew Terrell

Seriously folks, how hard is this to understand, and how often do we have to keep repeating it: White people are continuing to recreate colonialist vi...

Astoria Characters: The Clown Juggling a Double-Fun Life

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.12.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

David Ellis can't stop the clowning around. His 4-year-old daughter, the so-called Lady S, is looking down on him, longingly, from the second-floor bedroom window.

The Excruciating Worth of Criticism

Paula Gordon | Posted 03.20.2016 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The democratic experiment is neither certain nor assured. It takes courage and perseverance, a willingness to wrestle with the toughest issues and to...

Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Plays the Toy Piano

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 11.23.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

There's a baby grand in the living room, but when Phyllis Chen sits down to play, it's at the child-size cherry-red toy piano.

Going Against the Flow: Ian Seigel, CEO of ZipRecruiter

Charu Sharma | Posted 09.04.2016 | Los Angeles
Charu Sharma

Ian Siegel is co-founder and CEO of ZipRecruiter, the job platform for small and midsized businesses, where he drives the company vision, product roadmap, and internal and customer growth.

Needed: Prophetic Voices

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.31.2016 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Last week, I went back to Oberlin for my 50th reunion where much of the weekend was a celebration of our graduation ceremony in 1965, whose commencement speaker was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Imagine what his prophetic voice might have accomplished had he lived into the 21st century.

Art Digest: Would You Rather Buy a Picasso for $179 Million or Rent One for $5?

Stephen Tanenbaum | Posted 05.29.2016 | Arts
Stephen Tanenbaum

The high-end art world is a complicated place. It's amazing how two pieces by the same artist can end up in such dichotomous homes. This week's stories draw us into contrasting worlds, assuring that you'll have an interesting topic of discussion ready for Saturday's dinner party.

Great African-Americans in Wax

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.25.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland honors African-American heroes and heroines. Match the following heroines with her accomplishment.

Learning Our ABCs

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 04.04.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Simmons made history in 1995 when she became the first African-American woman to lead a top university and again in 2001, when she became the first African-American president of an Ivy League University.

College Presidents Promise To Help The Poorest, But They've Done The Opposite

| Jon Marcus & Holly K. Hacker | Posted 12.01.2014 | College

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Decked out in black tie and formal dresses, guests at Mr. Jefferson’s Capital Ball finished their salmon with horseradish sauce ...

Hope for Full-Spectrum Sustainability: An Interview With David W. Orr

Omega Institute | Posted 12.22.2014 | Green
Omega Institute

As David W. Orr, executive director of the Oberlin Project, tells it, we have entered what is called the Anthropocene, an age when the actions of 7 bi...

What It's Like On A Campus Where Talking About Consent Is A Priority

Cosmopolitan | Posted 08.13.2014 | College

"Can I go down on you?" "No," I responded, breathless. "Not yet."...

A Profile of Soprano Tony Arnold -- Guest Artist at Santa Fe Chamber Festival 2014

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts
Sean Martinfield

Soprano Tony Arnold is a luminary in the world of Chamber Music and Art Song. Today's classical composers are inspired by her inherently beautiful voice, consummate musicianship, and embracing spirit.

Novels Do Not Need Warning Labels

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.05.2015 | Books
Lev Raphael

If someone had warned me that Wharton's novel could be upsetting or painful for whatever reasons, I might have avoided it, skimmed it, or turned to Cliffs Notes. I would have missed a book that helped change my life.

Finding the Promise in Promise Zones, Part 2

William S. Becker | Posted 03.19.2014 | Green
William S. Becker

If a region's strategy for economic renewal was turned over to its people rather than controlled by its traditional power brokers, what would be the r...

Is the President Selling Out Higher Education to Wall Street?

Les Leopold | Posted 11.26.2013 | Business
Les Leopold

The Obama Administration is transporting Wall Street logic into higher education by proposing to measure the value of a college by the earnings of its graduates. This conceptual coup may be the best news for Wall Street since the abolition of Glass-Steagall.

Oberlin Student Says Racist Incidents Were Just A 'Joke': Police

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 08.27.2013 | College

Some of the racist incidents that led Oberlin College to cancel classes for a day in March are now being described as a "joke" by a student who was tr...

Oberlin's KKK Sighting May Have Been Person In A Blanket

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.06.2013 | College

Police could not find anyone wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit on the Oberlin College campus Monday despite a witness' report, the Chronicle-Telegram says...

Oberlin College Responds

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 05.05.2013 | College
Lauren Jacobs

While the upset and distress over the month's unfortunate acts of hate speech and vandalism have obviously been immense, it is paramount to note the speed, organization, clarity of intention and inclusivity with which the Oberlin administration and student population have responded.

Oberlin Cancels Classes After Month Of Hate Vandalism

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 03.05.2013 | College

Oberlin College canceled classes Monday to hold a "Day of Solidarity" following a month of hateful vandalism and the latest report of a person spotted...

Do You Want To Work For The Same Newspaper Lena Dunham Did?!

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 10.03.2012 | College

Oberlin College students should write for The Grape because Lena Dunham did. That's the argument being made by The Grape, Oberlin's alternative stu...

Campus Quiet Spoiled By Oberlin College Dorm Robber

Posted 09.25.2012 | College

Students at one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges woke up to a rude shock last week when a teenage gunman got into a dormitory and knocked...

Two New Books Testify to the Power of Music

Alan Elsner | Posted 11.21.2012 | Books
Alan Elsner

Two new books share an important attribute -- an unshakable belief that Bach, Mozart and Schubert elevate the human spirit and have the power to comfort us, to inspire us and to overcome even the greatest challenges.