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We Should Question the Term ‘Low-Income Student’

Aliza Weidenbaum, Oberlin resident
February 5, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Certainly, it makes sense to provide immediate money for student necessities — from travel tickets for international study to cash for Oberlin Winter Term groceries. Since no student can control the womb nor circumstances from which they come, let’s think twice before using the term “low... Read more »

Elisha Gray Holds Important Place in TIMARA Studio

Roderic Knight, Emeritus Professor of Ethnomusicology
December 11, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I was very pleased to see Elisha Gray briefly featured in the Nov. 20, 2015 issue of The Oberlin Review. Indeed, all Obies should know him: an Ohio native, Oberlin student, then Oberlin faculty member and the true inventor of the telephone. But even more notable, especially to the ... Read more »

Please Don’t Feed the Pipelines

Aliza Weidenbaum, Oberlin resident
December 11, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: As someone fully opposed to fossil fuel pipelines, I am thrilled that the city of Oberlin is able to engage the help of such an experienced attorney as Carolyn Elefant in litigating to prevent pipelines (not merely rerouting them). We need all the help that we can get. What still n... Read more »

Fluoride Poisons Children, Does Not Prevent Tooth Decay

Abdillah Imron Nasution, Oberlin Shansi Vising Research Scholar
December 4, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: For decades, Americans have been told a lie — one which has decreased the IQ scores of children and increased reproductive infertility of parents. This lie is called fluoridation. The public was led to believe that adding fluoride to water was a secure and successful method of pr... Read more »

Underage Drinking Should Raise Concern on Campus

Gary Izo, Avon Lake resident
December 4, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I was in Oberlin this last weekend and picked up a copy of the Nov. 20 edition of The Oberlin Review. What caught my interest was the article, “Students Ticketed by State Police at ’Sco,” by staff writer Louis Krauss. It appears that this was not a planned State Police op... Read more »

Despite Gofman’s Beliefs, Nuclear Power a Better Source for Energy

Scott Medwid, Oberlin resident and environmental activist
December 4, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Page 8 of the Nov. 20 edition of the Review had a story listing four famous Oberlin scientists. I’m compelled to write and offer a little bit more information on one of the selected scientists. John W. Gofman graduated Oberlin College in 1939, where he studied chemistry. He decide... Read more »

Staff, Faculty of Color Stand with Campus Protesters

November 20, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

An open letter from staff and faculty of color at Oberlin College and Conservatory: To the students at Missouri State, Yale, Ithaca, Claremont McKenna and elsewhere: As you have raised your voices against racism to demand better, we have been overcome by heartbreak and inspiration. It is heartbreaki... Read more »

Alumni Leaders Support Students’ Call for Diversity, Sensitivity

Lorri Olan, Chuck Spitulnik, and Andy Rowan
November 20, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To our friends in the Oberlin community: We are the three officers of the Oberlin Alumni Association and are proud to be part of Oberlin’s long and proud tradition of standing upright and facing issues and challenges related to social justice, racial equality and inclusiveness, broadly defined.... Read more »

Classroom Censorship Does Not Protect Against Real World Experiences

Roger Copeland, Professor of Theater and Dance
November 20, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In a feisty essay published in last week’s Review, columnist Cyrus Eosphoros delivers the following ultimatum to Oberlin’s faculty: “If a professor feels like putting their students — over whom they have substantial power — in danger, the least they could do is prove it... Read more »

Parking Lot Necessary Near Magpie Space

Tony Mealy, Oberlin resident
November 20, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The Review’s Nov. 13 article “Concerns over Parking Grow as Magpie Closes” fails to mention that the former RAX Restaurant had seating for 60 customers with a parking lot for 63 cars and a bus stop out front. Compare this with Magpie’s seating for 75 customers, Infinite Monke... Read more »

Beyond Solidarity: Linking Campus Movements, Not Moments

Megs Gisela Bautista, College fifth-year and Student Senate Liaison
November 13, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: To the Black students here at Oberlin College, as well as at the University of Missouri, Yale University, Claremont McKenna College, Howard University, Ithaca College and college campuses around the country, let me be clear: This is not simply an expression of solidarity. After hea... Read more »

Lending Libraries Further Cooperative Values

Abdillah Imron Nasution, Oberlin Shansi Visiting Research Scholar
November 13, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Never underestimate the power of one small change. Just change one letter in a word and the meaning of that word is completely changed. Removing the letter “g” from “sing” gives us “sin,” an immoral action, which seems etymologically coincidental. “Libraries Big a... Read more »