Renaming All Roads... Maybe.

Here's the deal, folks - we are considering changing the name of All Roads to something more exciting / clear / obvious / fun / etc., but will only switch if you guys can come up with something that is truly better. (Please be open-minded and consider this objectively from the viewpoint of a recently-admitted prospie, not a nostalgic current student/alum who rejects all change on principle alone.)

The idea is to brand it a bit more as an annual campus-wide celebration of Oberlin (to which prospies are invited) as opposed to a straight-up admissions/yield program.

My ideas that have already been rejected:

  • Obie-Fest (Too close to names that other schools use.)
  • Globerlin Warming (Get it? Because it's spring? And things are melting? LOL? Okay fine, that one was a joke.)

Let the brainstorming begin in the comments below. Tell your friends. Make me proud.


Responses To This Entry:


j/k lolz

Posted by: ALL CHANGE IS BAD on December 22, 2009 3:27 PM

things that are nice about oberlin in the spring:
-the magnolias blossom
-the weather
-the happiness

I'm thinking something incorporating the concept of spring.

Posted by: Lillie on December 22, 2009 3:33 PM

How 'bout:


Posted by: Ben on December 22, 2009 3:36 PM

TGIS? Oberlin Awakening HEH.

I have no legitimate suggestions.

Posted by: Kate on December 22, 2009 3:44 PM

How bout, Oberlin leads to all roads. :)

Posted by: Christina on December 22, 2009 3:45 PM

I-90 Exit 140 Leads to Oberlin

Posted by: Colin on December 22, 2009 4:11 PM

How many days is All Roads?

Could there be something like 2 Days in Oberlin or Oberlin Compressed or Oberlin Whirlwind or Around Oberlin in 2 Days or Concentrated Oberlin?

Posted by: Lillie on December 22, 2009 4:22 PM

Only Some Roads Lead to Oberlin!

Posted by: Brett on December 22, 2009 5:03 PM

I actually have called the school "Goberlin" since I graduated.

you know.

Posted by: Leah on December 22, 2009 5:38 PM

although I guess that's the least clear thing possible.

Posted by: Leah on December 22, 2009 5:39 PM

I Can Has Oberlin?

Ben, has anyone done research on what we need to do to win more accepted students or on why accepted students choose Oberlin? I imagine you'd want any name change to either have a neutral or positive effect on our yield. So what's most appealing about Oberlin? What do we need accepted students to know about Oberlin?

People seem to like old traditions. Is their something in our history that we could revive?

Posted by: Colin on December 22, 2009 6:12 PM

Think one road leads to Oberlin? Think again.

Posted by: Nathan on December 22, 2009 6:53 PM

Oberlin, it's in Ohio.

Posted by: Lizzy on December 22, 2009 8:55 PM

Clearly the most appropriate method for determining a new name is to replace words in famous movie titles with Oberlin. I'll start:

Citizen Oberlin
Dr. StrangeFoster: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Oberlin (I cheated to make that one work.)
The Godoberlin
A Beautiful Oberlin
Oberlin: A Space Odyssey
Oberlin Now
Breakfast at Oberlin
Brokeback Oberlin
The Hunt for Red Oberlin
Raiders of the Lost Oberlin

Your turn!

(p.s. I was foiled by the CAPTCHA on my first attempt to post this. Am I a robot?)

Posted by: Harris on December 23, 2009 3:03 AM

I like the game!

My Own Private Oberlin
The Nightmare Before Oberlin
The Wizard of Oberlin
Some Like it Oberlin
Oberlin in the Rain
All About Oberlin
Oberlin without a cause
Oberlin Encounters of the Third Kind
The Oberlin Connection.
Guess Who's Coming to Oberlin?
Oberlin Eye for the Straight Guy
My Fair Oberlin
Oberlin is Painless
Thin Red Oberlin

Posted by: Aries on December 23, 2009 3:57 AM

The Oberlin Thaw?

Posted by: Thea on December 23, 2009 9:43 AM

Fun game Harris! We could rename it every year. For 2009:
- Oberlin Trek
- Where the Oberlin Things Are
- Inglourious Oberlin (or Oberlin Basterds)
- Drag Me to Oberlin
- Oberlin & Julia
- Adventureland
- Oberlin, Inc.
- I Love You, Oberlin
- (500) Days of Oberlin
- Zombieland
- Michael Jackson's This Is Oberlin
- The Twilight Saga: New Oberlin (or The Oberlin Saga: Breaking Dawn)

Posted by: Colin on December 23, 2009 10:53 AM

I like this game too.

How do people feel about this?

Posted by: Ben on December 23, 2009 11:17 AM

Perhaps Goberlin Girl? As we all know that Ben Jones is Chuck Bass.

Posted by: Colin on December 23, 2009 11:31 AM

Oberlin II: Electric Boogaloo
An Inconvenient Oberlin
Miracle on North Professor Street
One Flew Oberlin's Cuckoo's Nest
Oberlin 2: Oberlin Harder
Big Marvin's House

Posted by: Eush on December 23, 2009 12:19 PM

I can has Oberlin?


Posted by: Lillie on December 23, 2009 12:59 PM

Driving Miss Oberlin?

What if we went another direction: corporate sponsorship. The Pabst Blue RibbonTM Oberlin Experience.

Or the sad and pathetic: Google Street View of Oberlin BUT IN PERSON.

I'd like to point out that in all of our suggestions we've adhered to the hegemony of words. Perhaps instead of a name we need a symbol.

Ben: I'm so sorry if you wanted real ideas.

Posted by: Colin on December 23, 2009 3:11 PM

Remember yesterday, live for today and lead tomorrow.

- Paraphrased from my fortune cookie at Tooo Chinoise earlier today.

Posted by: Eric on December 23, 2009 4:01 PM

Ben, did you have any real ideas? Or real thoughts on thing?

I *really* don't think All Roads Lead to Oberlin is good. And getting rid of it means coming up with something better. Besides I Can Has Oberlin? which is 1,000,000 times better but maybe MK wouldn't get it.

Are there any themes written about here that you're into?

There are lots of good joke ones (Oberlin Live: Even Better than our Awesome Website) but do the gist of any of them seem good to run with?

I'm liking the idea of focusing on the realness of an in-person, post-acceptance weekend. Could it be something like, but cooler than, Accepted Senior's Weekend? I mean, is it really going to be a whole Oberlin-fest? Is the programming going to change to involve current students more?

Posted by: Lillie on December 23, 2009 9:23 PM

The thing I always hated about the "all roads" name is that it doesn't tell you what the fudge the event actually is. (A campus-wide Classics symposium? Neat!) So at the risk of being unpopular I'd suggest just going with something straightforward, like Accepted Student Weekend or Oberlin Open House (Obie Audit!) or something along those lines.

Also, I promise to blog really really soon I just need to find a suitable topic that isn't "holy crap I have to get into grad school some day!" or "sometimes thinking about my future fills me with indescribable panic!" so that I don't bum out all the prospies.

Also, happy holidays!

Last Oberlin on the Left
Thank You For Oberlin
2001: An Oberlin Odyssey
Bridget Jones' Oberlin
What's Eating (the) Oberlin Grape?
Dave Chappelle's Oberlin Party
No Oberlin For Old Men

Posted by: Will on December 29, 2009 10:34 PM