We're about to launch the all-new Oberlin.edu - hopefully sometime over fall break. As you may have heard, the focus of the new homepage will be first-person narratives written by current students, faculty, staff, and alums. We are trying to celebrate Oberlin through the stories of its people and help the world to better understand the value of an Oberlin education - what it means to be part of this culture and community. (This means that we are not looking for negative stories, sorry.)
Each time a user visits, the homepage will randomly load nine different stories from the story repository (we hope to have a total of 1000+ within a year). It will look (basically) like this:
Mouseover any of the nine thumbnails in the left panel and the center and right panels will populate with the relevant story. Clicking through will bring you to the full version of the story, and also allow you to explore all the narratives on stories.oberlin.edu.
In acknowledgement of the response to my last entry, we are no longer asking the community to help define Fearless through these stories, as was the original idea. Many of you wrote to me and said "I love your idea to define Oberlin through its stories, but if you're going to use our stories to justify something that makes us so uncomfortable, then count us out." Fair enough. I do think that the idea could have worked had it happened two years ago, but it seems that my idea offered too little too late.
So the new homepage will say, simply, "We are Oberlin. These are our stories."
Please take a look at the stories we've collected thus far - they will give you a sense of what we're looking for. My colleague Lillie has drafted some guidelines:
Please send submissions and/or questions to stories at oberlin dot edu.
Many thanks for being part of the Oberlin Stories project. Once we publish a critical mass of stories, this view into the spectrum of Oberlin will be unparalleled. But we can't do it without you.