In Response to Sommers’ Talk: A Love Letter to Ourselves

Oberlin community members
April 18, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Content Warning: This letter contains discussion of rape culture, online harassment, victim blaming and rape apologism/denialism. Dear community members: The Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians are bringing Christina Hoff Sommers to speak on Monday, April 20. This Monday happens... Read more »

OCRL Lecture Series Fosters Diverse Opinions

OCRL Presidents
April 18, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: The Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians are proud to host Christina Hoff Sommers as part of the Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series. Since its beginnings in 2006, the Reagan Series has brought many distinguished scholars and commentators to our campus. As the Series’... Read more »

Jewish Community Must Include Diverse Politics

Oberlin College Hillel
April 10, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: We, the undersigned members of the Oberlin Jewish community and of Oberlin College Hillel, publicly announce our support of the Freedom Summer Veterans panel held on April 8, 2015. Inspired by their deep-seated Jewish values, these three activists have devoted their lives to social... Read more »

Oberlin Tuition Hike an Injustice

Zachery Crowell, SLAC Co-Chair
April 10, 2015
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To the Editor: Beginning next year, the cost to attend Oberlin will be a staggering $64,224. This price is $2,436 more than the current $61,788 to attend. This price hike translates into a four percent increase over one year, which is well over twice the current rate of inflation. What can the justification... Read more »

Graduating Class Should Remember Gratitude

Robert N. Roth, Oberlin resident
April 3, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Class of 2015 (and everyone else, including the administration, faculty and staff of Oberlin College): Greetings! It looks as if I will not be asked to be your commencement speaker this year (or any future year, as I am already an octogenarian), so I will use the Review to convey... Read more »

Faculty Weigh In On ’Sco Cancellation

Rick Baldoz, Shelley Lee, and Harrod Suarez
March 13, 2015
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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 »