The Oberlin Review

AAPR Announces Areas of Recommendation to Oberlin Community

AAPR Announces Areas of Recommendation to Oberlin Community

March 15, 2019

After months of research, data collection, and deliberation, members of the Academic and Administrative Program Review steering committee presented their proposed areas of recommendation to the Oberlin community in a series of three presentations for faculty, staff, and students this week. The presentations capped a year-long exploratory process during which a 31-person steering committee — composed of faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alumni — analyzed nearly every aspect of Oberlin...

A New Type of ExCo: Reading Oberlin’s Landscape

A New Type of ExCo: Reading Oberlin’s Landscape

March 15, 2019

A new ExCo called Reading the Oberlin Landscape is helping students cultivate a stronger sense of place and connection to Oberlin. Will Wickham, a College senior, is the course’s creator and sole instructor. He is using this ExCo as the base of his Environmental Studies capstone project, and he aims to bridge the gap between the sciences and humanities by providing an in-depth introduction to the field of natural history in Oberlin. The class is interdisciplinary in nature, and has been designe...

1step2life Selected from Eight Finalists at LaunchU Final Pitch

1step2life Selected from Eight Finalists at LaunchU Final Pitch

March 15, 2019

LaunchU, a competition for Oberlin College students, faculty, staff, and alumni to pitch entrepreneurial ventures — selected its victor last Friday. Professor and Chair of Psychology Nancy Darling and her student team took home first place and $20,000 in funding for their venture 1step2life, an app to support adolescents living with chronic pain. This is the first time a team led by a faculty member has won the competition. The LaunchU funds will be used to help bring 1step2life to market thro...

Residents Question Facilities Communication

Residents Question Facilities Communication

March 15, 2019

Editor’s note: This article contains description of blood and physical injury. Concerns about campus housing — including a window shattering in Langston Hall and ceiling leaks and mold in Firelands Apartments — have left some students unhappy with the lack of communication and transparency provided by the Office of Residential Education about its facilities. On Sunday, Feb. 24, College junior Samantha Clanton was trying to close her dorm window in Langston Hall when the glass broke and he...

Cyber Attackers Breach Admissions Database

Cyber Attackers Breach Admissions Database

March 8, 2019

A database controlled by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid was the victim of a targeted cyber attack carried out by unknown persons Tuesday morning. The attackers were able to collect information about prospective, current, and former students who enrolled during or after fall 2014. The individuals responsible specifically attempted to gain access to the Admissions database five times Tuesday morning by attempting to log into various accounts. They finally breached the security system at...

Arabic Courses to Be Offered Digitally

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Oberlin will change the way students take Arabic language classes starting next academic year. Moving forward, students will take intermediate- and upper-level Arabic courses through the Shared Languages Program, an initiative of the Great Lakes College Association. The courses will be taught in a “digital classroom” with live group video sessions led by Hanada Al-Masri, associate professor of Arabic at Denison University. The Shared Languages Program is available to all 13 colleges and universities in the GLCA, including Oberlin. Gabriele Dillmann, GLCA Consortial Languages director and associate professor of German at Denison University, founded the program to increase access to language education for GLCA sch...

Admissions, Communications Present on Applicant Data

Sydney Allen, Editor-in-Chief

March 8, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Vice President of Communications Ben Jones, OC ’96, and Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Manuel Carballo held a talk for College and Conservatory faculty and select administrative and professional staff Wednesday called “Understanding Oberlin’s Applicants (and Their Understanding of Oberlin).” The talk provided information about the demographic breakdown of Oberlin’s prospective and matriculated students and their reasons for attending or not attending Oberlin. The discussion was intended to lay the groundwork for the upcoming Administrative and Academic Program Review recommendations, which will be released next week, in hopes that constituencies might better understand the 31-person...

Sexual Misconduct Investigation Concludes

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

March 8, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Uncategorized

Editor’s Note: This article contains mention of sexual harassment and assault. The formal investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against former Organ Professor James David Christie have been completed by Giffen & Kaminski LLC, a Cleveland-based law firm. They concluded that “there is evidence that Mr. Christie in all likelihood grossly abused his position of trust and violated Oberlin College’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy, Sexual Misconduct Policy, and professional code of conduct,” wrote Acting Dean of the Conservatory William Quillen in an email to the Review. During the full investigation, the firm interviewed more than 50 people associated with the Organ department and receive...

Connect Cleveland Expands Programming

Connect Cleveland Expands Programming

March 8, 2019

Oberlin students visited Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood last weekend to engage with the city through a free bus trip provided by the College. This trip was an expansion of the new Connect Cleveland initiative, founded in fall 2018 as part of Oberlin’s first-year orientation. “We created Connect Cleveland in response to the desire among current and prospective students to have internships, work opportunities, and recreational possibilities in a more urban environment,” President...

Windstorm Whips Through Northeast Ohio

Windstorm Whips Through Northeast Ohio

March 1, 2019

It was a blustery weekend across the Midwest and Northeast, as winds reaching 65 miles per hour uprooted trees, damaged buildings and vehicles, and triggered power outages. Just down the road in Cleveland, a brick wall fell on a parking lot full of cars and left destruction in its wake, according to Cleveland 19 News. David Orr Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Biology Roger Laushman said that the storm was caused by the interaction of two different pressure...

SFC Implements New Budgeting Strategy

SFC Implements New Budgeting Strategy

March 1, 2019

The Student Finance Committee is planning to introduce a new budgeting strategy aimed at fostering collaboration among student organizations and more efficiently coordinating the timing of events. The new budget plan will divide clubs and organizations into different councils based on the type of organization. Examples of these councils include religious, cultural, community engagement, and sports organizations. Each council will work with an appointed SFC staffer who will help organize events...

“Justice for Some” Talk Looks at Israel-Palestine Conflict

Anisa Curry Vietze, News Editor

March 1, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

In an effort to increase campus consciousness around the Israel-Palestine conflict, two student groups — Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine and Oberlin College Jewish Voice for Peace — have invited Palestinian-American author, legal scholar, and human rights activist Noura Erakat to speak on campus Monday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Dye Lecture Hall. College senior Nicki Kattoura was inspired to bring Erakat to speak at the College after Palestinian activists were targeted and brutalized last March. Erakat offered instrumental insights into the violence. “During Trump’s embassy move to Jerusalem, the Palestinians — as they do every year — held their Great March of Return, which basically signals Palestinian...

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