Lying Embedded in Political Tradition

James Millette, Professor Emeritus, Africana Studies
May 8, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Poor Brian Williams! Now that we are all sticklers for truth, we just have no place in our noble profession for those who are fiddling with it. Tut! Tut! Time was when it was a hallmark of our profession to place false stories in random places so that they could be picked up as “sources”... Read more »

Mellon Mays Fellows Support SFP Divestment

Mellon Mays Fellows, Classes of 2015–2016
May 8, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The Oberlin College Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship classes of 2015 and 2016 vehemently condemn the apartheid state of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and proudly endorse the Students for a Free Palestine’s divestment proposal. As members of the larger MMUF network,... Read more »

Controversial Events Must Be Met with Reason

Roger Copeland, Professor of Theater and Dance
May 8, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I’m writing to address both of the letters the Review published last week in response to my earlier comments about the generic distinction between “speech” and “violence” (“Violence Requires Multiple Definitions” and “Silencing Survivors Results in Violence,”... Read more »

Improv Community Misrepresented in Arts Article

May 8, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: We, members of the three improv groups noted in the recent article titled “Community of Improv Performers Grows Tighter,” take issue with not only the content, but also the process by which the piece was written (The Oberlin Review, May 1, 2015). Many individual members... Read more »

Violence Requires Multiple Definitions

Jade Schiff, Assistant Professor of Politics
May 1, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Violence, sexual and otherwise, afflicts Oberlin as it does colleges and universities around the world, and our community needs to address it vigorously. But we won’t be able to do so effectively unless we know what we are talking about when we talk about violence. I’m not always... Read more »

Silencing Survivors Results in Violence

Anonymous, College junior
May 1, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Dear Professor Copeland: Do you think there are not survivors on this campus? Survivors who were offended and hurt by the words and actions of Christina Hoff Sommers? You said that nothing Sommers said could have offended a survivor ... Are you a survivor? Do you speak on behalf of all survivors?... Read more »

Silence on Tuition Hike Proves Senate’s Irrelevance

May 1, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The Oberlin College Student Senate is a 15-member body, elected to relay the complex and pressing needs of the student population to their institution. Yet, if one were to read the description on its website, one could be forgiven for questioning whether Senate is in fact a “governance... Read more »

Senate Urges Trustees to Divest from Fossil Fuels

Student Senate
May 1, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS, Student Senate

Student Senate unanimously approved this letter on Thursday, April 30, 2015. To the trustees of Oberlin College: Whereas: In June of 2014, the Board approved the Divestment Resolution, permitting students to submit proposals regarding the investment of the College endowment; In... Read more »

CES Faculty Support Divestment from Fossil Fuel

Committee on Environmental Sustainability
May 1, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Oberlin Community: Faculty members appointed to serve on Oberlin College’s Committee on Environmental Sustainability unanimously support the student proposal that Oberlin College divest its holdings in the enumerated corporations whose operations are particularly counter to the College’s... Read more »

Student Initiatives Fund Gives New Opportunities

Jasmine Lomax, Althea Levine , Liam Oznowich , Rebecca Klein , and Anais Stewart
May 1, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Since 2013, the Office of Disabilities has initiated a peer-oriented program designed to further enhance the quality of campus life for students with disabilities; upperclassmen disclosed with the office are able to work with these students by becoming a Student Accessibility Advocate.... Read more »

Liberal Professors Promote Anti-Right Propaganda

Wayne Lela, Concerned citizen
April 24, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The controversy surrounding the appearance by speaker Christina Hoff Sommers brought to mind a relatively old (1991) quote from a well-known liberal attorney, author and professor named Alan Dershowitz, who back then was so disturbed by the lack of respect for free speech in certain... Read more »

Identity Does Not Define Experiences

Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura, College senior
April 24, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: My name is Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura. I take he, him and his. I am a mixed-race Japanese American. I am cisgender and heterosexual; I am from Ohio and a strictly middle-class background. (I received a federal Pell Grant one year and not others because my family is right on the cusp of certain... Read more »