Faculty Weigh In On ’Sco Cancellation

Rick Baldoz, Shelley Lee, and Harrod Suarez
March 13, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: In addressing the cancellation of the show by the band Viet Cong, we as scholars and teachers of Asian American studies wish to shed light on why, for some, this was not a benign matter. We hope to shift the tone and substance of discussion toward listening to and learning from one... Read more »

Food Truck Debate Ongoing, City Council Divided

Mark Chesler, Local resident
March 6, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Prepared remarks delivered at Feb. 2, 2015 Oberlin City Council and Feb. 4, 2015 Oberlin Planning Commission meetings. To the Editors: On Oct. 22, 2014, and Nov. 5, 2014, an obstinate Oberlin Planning Commission tabled adoption of the draft mobile food truck vehicle regulations prepared... Read more »

SFP Stands with Khattab, Odeh on Israel Apartheid Week

Students for a Free Palestine
March 6, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Content Warning: This letter contains references to torture and sexual assault. To the Editors: Lina Khattab is not much different from an Oberlin student. She is 18 years old, studies media at university, dances and is politically active on campus in protesting the Israeli occupation. On... Read more »

Katlin Letter Distorts UIUC Motives in Salaita Case

Jade Schiff, Politics department
February 27, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In their letter in last week’s Review, Andrew and Fisher Katlin distorted both my views and the issues at stake in Steven Salaita’s treatment by UIUC. The Katlins are correct that mine was not a balanced argument. I believe UIUC’s handling of the case was unambiguously... Read more »

Lunar New Year Highlights Vietnamese Heritage

Anh Lê
February 27, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: My son, Minh-Jeffrey Lê, attends Oberlin College, and was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. I arrived in the United States as a young immigrant child, and grew up mostly in Michigan, and regard myself proudly as a “Midwesterner” and a Vietnamese American. To celebrate... Read more »

UIUC Correct in Rejecting Salaita

Andrew Katlin and Fisher Katlin
February 20, 2015
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To the Editors: My son and I came to visit Oberlin on Feb. 16. [My son being] a prospective student, we thought it would give some insight into the school reading the current issue of The Oberlin Review. In the issue was an “interview” with Steven Salaita. I put interview in quotes,... Read more »

Salaita Case Highlights Donor Influence in Higher Ed

Jade Schiff, Politics department
February 13, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Like Students for a Free Palestine and many other campus organizations and academics around the world, I condemn the revocation of Steven Salaita’s job at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by Chancellor Phyllis Wise. Like them, I also think that free expression and academic... Read more »

College Must Accommodate Health Emergencies

Goo Mattison, College sophomore
February 13, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Editors’ Note: College sophomore Goo Mattison posted the following letter on Facebook on Jan. 25 and has given permission for it to be printed in its entirety. The recent dissatisfaction with Oberlin College’s health services has been a major issue on campus this year, with the Oberlin Mental... Read more »

SFP Expresses Solidarity with Dismissed UIUC Professor Salaita

Students for a Free Palestine
February 6, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: On Aug. 1, 2014, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Phyllis Wise revoked the tenured position of Professor Steven Salaita, citing the latter’s Twitter posts that searingly criticized the Zionist state of Israel as evidence that he could not engage in “civilized”... Read more »

Oberlin, Be That Safe Haven Again for Black Students

Carolyn (Cunningham) Ash, OC '91 and Cornelius Graves, OC '14
February 6, 2015
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To the Editors: This year represents 180 years of black students at Oberlin. As African-American alumni, we carry that distinction in our hearts and minds every day. We are proud “descendants,” for example, of George B. Vashon, OC 1844, Oberlin’s first black graduate. We are also descendants... Read more »

College Must Uphold Academic Excellence

Moeketsi Mosola, OC '91
February 6, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: At Oberlin, we learn and we labor. I graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in May 1993. I was a double major in Neuroscience and Human Bio-Psychology, and I was a member of the Oberlin Yeomen soccer team from 1991– 1993 and played for the first team. I was the chairman... Read more »

Psychology Project Exemplifies Racial Microaggressions

Jasmine Eshkar, College senior
December 12, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: When I read the description for my final project in my Psychology Research Methods II class, I was appalled and frustrated to find that it mentioned incarceration in ways that perpetuated racist and classist notions about who is incarcerated and why. The project description explained... Read more »