The Oberlin Review

ResEd Decommissions 17 Village Houses

ResEd Decommissions 17 Village Houses

May 4, 2018

As housing selection for the 2018–19 academic year wraps up, many students have been left disappointed as Residential Education struggles to meet demand for Village Housing and private dorm rooms after decommissioning 17 Village Houses due to disrepair. The change is partially a result of Oberlin’s increasing financial austerity, as the College is reluctant to pour more money into dilapidated, depreciating houses each year. All 11 of the Woodland Street Village Housing Units are set to be razed ...

Student Senate Expects Further Momentum in 2018–2019

Tess Joosse, Staff Writer

May 4, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

After a year of milestones and challenges, Oberlin Student Senate is looking forward to continued progress on a number of initiatives in the next academic year. “Senate has made many major strides forward as an organization this year,” said Eddy Tumbokon, College first-year and Student Senate Communications Director. “We’re experiencing new degrees of cooperation with the Board [of Trustees], and I think that’s something to be proud of. Senate has also revamped our working group models to a much more structured and intentional framework. Working groups now regularly meet and bring in non-senators, administrators, staff, and community members.” Among those working groups, the Student Community Working Gro...

Edmonia Lewis Center for Women, Transgender People Shuts Down

Hannah Robinson, Layout Editor

May 4, 2018

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After several semesters of inactivity, the Edmonia Lewis Center for Women and Transgender People has officially shut down. The building, which is in a state of disrepair, will be decommissioned this summer after the current residents of the house move out. According to the Oberlin website, the ELC is “a collective of students, staff, and administrators who strive to transform existing systems of oppression based on sex, gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, size, religion, nationality, ethnicity, and language.” However, over the past several semesters, the center’s active role on campus has drastically dropped. According to Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo, the student board of the ELC c...

College Students Join McDonald’s Boycott

College Students Join McDonald’s Boycott

May 4, 2018

Members of Oberlin Animal Rights held a two-hour protest and posted flyers outside Oberlin’s North Main Street McDonald’s Monday to protest inhumane animal conditions and food sourcing as part of a nationwide campaign against the franchise. Although OAR’s effort was a small, three-person protest, the national mission of the campaign is to exert pressure on McDonald’s and convince the chain to adopt stricter regulations for suppliers in their treatment of chickens. “We’re working in conjunction with...

Security Notebook

May 4, 2018

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Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:50 a.m. A staff member reported non-offensive graffiti behind the home-stand bleachers and on the press box at the Knowlton Athletics Complex. A work order was filed for removal. 2:00 p.m. A construction employee reported non-offensive graffiti on the Hall Auditorium Annex. An unknown person(s) spray-painted the building and adaptable walls. Friday, April 27, 2018 1:15 a.m. Safety and Security officers reported an individual lying in the middle of Woodland Street in front of the Science Center. The officers contacted the student who said they fell off the back of another student while “goofing around.” The student, who was under the influence of alcohol, received a laceration above the...

High Schoolers Hold Gun Violence Walkout

High Schoolers Hold Gun Violence Walkout

April 27, 2018

Local students walked out of Oberlin High School last Friday to honor the anniversary of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. The walkout — one of thousands across the U.S. — was also part of a continued effort to protest gun violence as a part of the national, youth-led movement that began after the February mass shooting in Parkland, FL. The students left school at 1 p.m. and congregated in Tappan Square, where community members and college students joined in solidarity. The walkout feat...

GFC, President Announce Final AAPR Steering Committee Members

Roman Broszkowski, News Editor

April 27, 2018

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The General Faculty Council and Office of the President announced the final 32 members of the Academic and Administrative Program Review Steering Committee — which will handle the external review process with the consulting firm Stevens Strategy — by email Wednesday. The committee includes Student Senate Chair and College junior Kameron Dunbar, who was appointed in spite of an informal agreement among student senators to not nominate any sitting senators. The selection process also faced opposition from some faculty members who wanted half of faculty representatives to be elected rather than appointed by the administration. The GFC, the group responsible for selecting the AAPR Steering Committee appointments, receive...

New Dis/Ability Group Forms, Aims to Make Oberlin More Accessible

New Dis/Ability Group Forms, Aims to Make Oberlin More Accessible

April 27, 2018

A group of students concerned with a lack of resources for and advocacy around dis/ability at Oberlin have announced the formation of Obility, a new dis/ability rights student activist group. Having held their first meeting yesterday in Wilder Hall, the group seeks to organize to address the array of challenges the disabled community at Oberlin faces. While obstacles concerning students with disabilities have always existed at Oberlin, these issues came into the spotlight last fall, when the turbulent d...

Democratic Candidate for Secretary of State Visits Oberlin

Democratic Candidate for Secretary of State Visits Oberlin

April 27, 2018

Democratic candidate for Ohio Secretary of State Kathleen Clyde visited campus Monday afternoon to present her platform and answer student questions in Wilder Hall. Clyde spoke on her commitment to voters’ rights and reform, as well as women’s and workers’ rights. The question and answer session, hosted by the Oberlin College Democrats, allowed students to ask Clyde questions about her campaign — such as how Clyde has promoted her campaign, what are her goals for Ohio as a Democratic candid...

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings Named VP Finance, Administration

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings Named VP Finance, Administration

April 20, 2018

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, the current vice president of Business Affairs at Otterbein University, was named Oberlin’s new vice president of Finance and Administration last week, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees during their June meeting. If the board approves, she will officially take over July 1. Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration Alan Norton came out of retirement last May after Vice President of Finance Mike Frandsen’s departure last year. A 10-person search c...

Safety and Security, Student Health Will Move to Dascomb

Safety and Security, Student Health Will Move to Dascomb

April 20, 2018

Students returning to campus this fall should expect to see a new Office of Safety and Security and new Health Services Center housed in Dascomb Hall. With the closing of the dining hall, renovations to the space are expected to begin after commencement. Last year, Safety and Security officers expressed a need for a new space. After considering different spaces to move Safety and Security — including Carnegie Building — the administration chose Dascomb Hall as the final location. “We’re...

SFC Pivots to Ad-Hoc Fund After Board Rejects Fee Increase

Roman Broszkowski, News Editor

April 20, 2018

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The Board of Trustees rejected the Student Senate’s proposal to increase the student activity fee by $63 per semester next fiscal year. The decision — made at a March 22 board meeting — also called for the Student Finance Committee to repropose the fee raise when the board begins discussions for FY 2020 funding allocations. Senate initially presented the fee increase to the board March 9. The Office of the Student Treasurer initially drafted the proposal so that the SFC could keep up with student organizations’ budget demands and to bolster the diminishing funding pool. Student Senate Chair and College junior Kameron Dunbar presented the proposal to the board, and he added that he was disappointed in the boar...

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