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The Oberlin Review

DeCafé Employee Expresses Gratitude, Bids Farewell

Kathy Baker, DeCafé Grill Cook/Counter Cook/Cashier
December 9
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: My name is Kathy. I work in Wilder Hall in DeCafé. Most of you see me when I’m working on the cash register. Some of you may know I’m retiring this December. I want to say a few things to you, the students, before I go. Thank you. You cannot know how much you have enriched my lif...

Trump Aspires to Greatness

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Professor of Africana Studies
December 9
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: President-elect Donald Trump wants to be a transformational president, honored just like Presidents Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. But because of his ego, he wants to be elevated above them, to occupy the pantheon of greatness envied by all gods. In his first month as President-el...

Rosenfeld Misrepresented

Sidney Rosenfeld, Professor Emeritus of German
December 2
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In his Review report on Dr. Karega’s dismissal (“Karega Fired After Split Faculty Recommendations,” Nov. 18, 2016), Oliver Bok misrepresented what I had written in my April 23 letter to the Review (“College Fails to Address Antisemitism on Campus,” 2016). Nowhere in the let...

Cohesion Critical for Oberlin Community

Officers of the Oberlin Alumni Association
November 18
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: This has been a difficult week on the Oberlin campus and for the alumni community, specifically because of the election results and the process itself, the student arrests arising from an incident at Gibson’s and now the dismissal of Dr. Joy Karega. As the Executive Committee of t...

Cooperative Eating Offers Solace

Members of the OSCA Board of Directors
November 18
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The events of this past week, both national and local, have unsettled members of the Oberlin community and specifically those of us in the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association. We, as members of the OSCA Board of Directors, support those who fear for their safety and personhood in ...

Local Businesses Fill Community Needs

Lynn Haessly, OC ’79
November 18
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: There is a sentiment among certain Oberlinians — both town and college — that it’s OK to steal from Gibson’s Bakery and other stores downtown, so says my 17-year-old Oberlin High School son. My thought is that love and compassion can go a long way toward mending these issues...

Protest Suggests Misplaced Outrage

Roger Copeland, Professor of Theater and Dance
November 18
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I’ve known the Gibson family for many years and find it very difficult to believe that any of them would engage in the odious practice of racial profiling. I also know that their family-owned business has been hit hard by shoplifters in recent months, and based on newspaper accounts...

Obamacare Needs Clinton’s Reforms

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies
November 4
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: As decent as Barack Obama was, most white Americans did not vote for him even though they had two chances — first in 2008 and again in 2012. The reason that they did not vote for the first black president was, arguably, possibly due more to their disagreement with his policies than with the...

Alumni Can Provide Support for Students

William Yon, OC '10
November 4
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Did you know that every current student is an Oberlin alumnus already? It’s true. By merely attending Oberlin for a single semester, you are officially a member of the alumni community (check out Section 2 of the Alumni Association Bylaws). And since you are a member of the alumni ...

College Must Protect Academic Freedom

Anh Lê, Parent of an Oberlin alumnus
November 4
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS, Uncategorized

To the Editors: I recently learned of Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega being put on leave of absence. Oberlin is renowned for its tradition of intellectual inquiry, free thought, rigorous debate and exchange of ideas. I call on Oberlin College to protect the College’s adh...

Alumni Association Values Inclusivity

Wendell P. Russell, Jr., Alumni Leadership Council member
October 28
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: During the weekend of October 7–9, members of the leadership body of the Oberlin Alumni Association — the Alumni Leadership Council — were in Oberlin for meetings, to participate in the dedication of the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center and to attend the celebration of the concl...

Student Feedback Crucial for Change

Tim Elgren, Andrea Kalyn, Meredith Raimondo
October 7
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

To the Editors: At a time when higher education faces significant pressure to make good on its promises of equity and inclusion, and in light of debates on our own campus about the impact of discrimination and bigotry — including anti-Black racism and anti-Semitism — we ask that all members of the Obe...

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