The Oberlin Review

New Career Communities Pilot Announced

New Career Communities Pilot Announced

December 7, 2018

Associate Dean of Students and Interim Director of the Career Development Center Dana Hamdan unveiled the pilot for the Career Communities program in a series of four information sessions earlier this week and last. The program will launch this spring and will allow roughly 120 juniors and seniors to participate in a one-credit, co-curricular course that culminates in a funded summer internship. “The Career Communities initiative makes it possible for us to address Oberlin’s ‘mi...

ExCo Program Turns 50

Yan Jin and Saul Kester

December 7, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Oberlin will have its first ever ExCo Showcase on Thursday, Dec. 13 to commemorate the Experimental College program’s 50th anniversary. The Experimental College was founded in 1968 to supplement Oberlin College’s traditional curriculum, offering atypical courses generally taught by non-professors not usually available at institutions of higher education. “It was a time when Oberlin College was going through a lot of changes, and they were developing a more experimental approach to education,” said Marah Ajilat, College sophomore and ExCo committee member. “That’s also the year they started Winter Term." There are 61 ExCo courses offered this semester and the program has continued to grow since its...

Student Representatives Reach Out During Constituents’ Week

Student Representatives Reach Out During Constituents’ Week

December 7, 2018

Student Senate and the Student Finance Committee collaborated with other student government organizations to arrange this year’s Constituents’ Week from Dec. 3 to Dec. 7. The week-long event was created to build community and to help students better communicate with their student representatives. “We tried to mix [Constituents’ Week] with both community-based events and information-based ones,” said College second-year and Student Senator Caleb Knapp. Events included campus-wide pajama...

Boba Businesses Open Debate on Campus

Boba Businesses Open Debate on Campus

November 30, 2018

Bobalin and Yeoba are two student-led boba businesses now in operation at Oberlin. Organizers for both businesses found that selling boba raises many questions about appropriation and ownership. Boba — also referred to as bubble tea — originated in Taiwan in the 1980s; nowadays, it forms an integral part of Asian American culture in the U.S. and other areas within the Asian diaspora. There are many types of boba, although the drink is typically made of flavored tea, milk, and chewy ...

Sustained Dialogue Encourages Connection

Sustained Dialogue Encourages Connection

November 30, 2018

The Barefoot Dialogue program, which has been expanded this year as a presidential initiative, is an opportunity for Oberlin students to regularly meet for a meal and engage in intimate and vulnerable conversation. Dialogue sessions are entirely led by students, as student facilitators plan each session to provoke thoughtful sharings from their peers. Multifaith Chaplain and Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life David Dorsey, who started Barefoot, hosted his first dialogue group...

Senior ’Sco Night Raises Funds for Undocumented Student Fund

Senior ’Sco Night Raises Funds for Undocumented Student Fund

November 30, 2018

Editor’s note: Senior Class President Ify Ezimora works for the Review as Sports Editor. The second Vice President and head of the event planning committee Jenna Gyimesi is News Editor. Oberlin’s Senior Class Council kicked off their celebrations Thursday evening with Senior ’Sco Night in Wilder Hall. The event featured senior DJs and a fundraiser for the Undocumented Student Scholarship Program. “Senior ’Sco Night [was] a chance for seniors to get drunk on free alcohol, have fun...

MRC Program Supports Trans Students

MRC Program Supports Trans Students

November 16, 2018

The Multicultural Resource Center launched new programming this week for the College’s third annual Trans Week of Action. Beginning last Sunday, students and staff organized events aimed at providing safe spaces and resources for trans students. The programming ends on Trans Day of Remembrance this Sunday with a vigil honoring trans folks affected by hate. “The Trans Day of Remembrance vigil is something we do every year, since it’s a national event and there is already so much erasure of a...

Karega Sues College, Claiming Discrimination

Sydney Allen, Editor-in-Chief

November 16, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Joy Karega, a former assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Oberlin, filed a lawsuit against the College last Friday claiming breach of contract and employment discrimination on the basis of race and gender. The lawsuit, filed with the U.S. District Court in Cleveland, seeks $855,000 in damages. In February 2016, The Tower, a conservative, pro-Israeli magazine, posted a series of alleged anti-Semitic posts found on Karega’s personal Facebook page, sparking national and local controversy. Karega was placed on academic leave that month and was ultimately fired November 2017, following a nine-month review process. Her termination initiated a national conversation around academic liberties and free speech. ...

Sophomores Guided Through SOAR

Sophomores Guided Through SOAR

November 16, 2018

The newly-created Sophomore Opportunities and Academic Resources program will offer sophomores academic and career advising tailored to their specific interests. Participants will be paired with a SOAR leader — a junior or senior knowledgeable and experienced in their major — who will guide them through how to declare a major, create an academic plan, and pursue job and internship opportunities in their field of interest. The program will kick off with a two-day retreat on Feb. 1 and 2, and pa...

MRC Faces Staffing Shortage

MRC Faces Staffing Shortage

November 9, 2018

Four full-time staff members resigned from positions at the Multicultural Resource Center within the last six months. The office was once staffed by five full-time staffers. The MRC is currently run by Assistant Vice President Adrian Bautista, who is serving as the interim director, Student Life Community Coordinator Khalid Taylor, OC ’17, and LGBTQ Community Coordinator Elliot Director, who will discontinue work Nov. 30. Director, the most recent staff member to resign, submitted a resigna...

Project Unbound Fundraises for Human Trafficking Victims

Project Unbound Fundraises for Human Trafficking Victims

November 9, 2018

Project Unbound, an Oberlin-based anti-human trafficking organization, will host their annual fall fundraiser for the Human Trafficking Collaborative of Lorain County on Friday, Nov. 16. The event will be the group’s second in as many weeks; they held a workshop yesterday titled “The Neurological Impact of Slavery.” “This is the first and only fundraiser [we have done] for the Collaborative, as a way of supporting our partner,” said College senior and History major Kellianne Doy...

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