The Oberlin Review
February 11, 2005

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12 faculty, 80 students to be cut over five years

With President Nancy Dye absent on a fundraising trip to Florida, College decision-makers presented a plan to the faculty which includes cutting the size of Oberlin’s faculty and student body over the next five years in order to reduce the College’s $1.5 million structural budget deficit.

Planning process tempered by financial considerations (Analysis)

Professors left last Wednesday’s general faculty meeting without having discussed the current draft of the College’s strategic plan. The item had been pushed from the agenda to allow more time for discussion of the College’s budget. It was a moment that was emblematic of the College’s current situation in which long-term planning discussions are often sidetracked by grim economic realities.

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Butts gives sermon
Piraters could face lawsuits
Students swarm the capitol for ’05 Winter Term
Obies finalists for fellowships
In memory: Belinda Hodgkin
Off the Cuff: Renata Strause


Foul shots propel Yeowomen over conference foes

The Oberlin women’s basketball team heated things up this January. The squad kicked off their 2005 campaign with a trip to New York City where they spanked St. Joseph’s in the famed gym at Christ the King High School. The team went on to compile a 4-6 record for the month, including a conference win against Hiram. Senior Christina Briboneria garnered individual honors during the Hiram contest when she broke the 1,000 point mark. Briboneria is one of only four Oberlin women to achieve this milestone.

Cool shooting brings down Yeomen basketball

The Oberlin men’s basketball team played with parched lips and chapped hands as they elongated the dark and currently irreversible drought that is the 2004-2005 season in Wednesday’s 70-47 loss to Denison University. The loss is the Yeomen’s fifth consecutive and 20th overall of its current two win season.

Also in sports:
Outside Oberlin: Giambi, NHL, and more
Swimmers compete in conference championships
Collins dominates sprints in Winter Term meets
Oberlin sends two bowling teams to Columbus
In The Locker Room: Braden Paynter and Ted Olds


Student directs medieval musical drama

The Old Testament was brought to life at Oberlin last Tuesday and Wednesday by Ludus Danielis, a vibrant medieval musical drama (with an unknown composer) based on vignettes from the Book of Daniel. This Winter Term production was directed by senior composition major Mary Larew and performed by a talented cast of students drawn from a plethora of disciplines in both the Conservatory and the College. The Carnegie building’s Root Room marked the final performance site for Ludus Danielis, as the cast went on tour to Cleveland and Boston just before second semester began.

The Crane Wife gives impressive Oberlin debut

Senior Aaron Helgeson’s original opera The Crane Wife opened last weekend in Warner Main Space. Taking as his starting point the classic Japanese folk tale of a woodcutter who frees a magical crane from a hunter’s trap, Helgeson compiled five stories that relate the origin of birdsong to create a beautiful and compelling tale of loss.

Also in arts:
Oberlin Shorts display Obies’ diverse talent
Philly hosts ghastly exhibition
Virtuoso inspires Obie pianists
Biopic blues: facts over Entertainment
Don’t forget about Art Rental today!
Oberlin through the eyes of High School students
Record review: Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
Oberlin in Italy: not just for musicians


Editorial: Going global?
Live From the Library w/ Grace Hammond