The Oberlin Review

Community Member Arrested After Langston Thefts

Community Member Arrested After Langston Thefts

September 28, 2018

Oberlin resident Que Freeman, 20, was arrested by members of the Oberlin Police Department and charged with three counts of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, on Sunday, Sept. 23. Over a three-to-five-day period, Freeman allegedly broke into Harkness House and Langston Hall and removed student property including two laptops, Beats headphones, a debit card, and various other Apple products. Freeman was apprehended after College sophomore Kyra Aviles returned to her Langston single...

Annual Fund in Limbo Amid Staffing Changes

Anisa Curry Vietze

September 28, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The Annual Fund will lose two of its senior staff this semester. With no permanent replacements selected, the Student Fundraising Assistants at the Annual Fund will make do with creative management strategies. “There was confusion at the beginning of the year about who was going to supervise us, because we didn’t quite know what was going to happen,” said student supervisor and College senior Claudia Baker. During shifts, Student Fundraising Assistants make calls to alumni to invite them to donate current-use gifts to the College. “Essentially, students are raising money for scholarships and financial aid and then again, the operating costs.” Baker said. “So students will get on the phone in the evenings ...

Residents to Vote on School Consolidation

Residents to Vote on School Consolidation

September 28, 2018

Oberlin residents will vote this November on Issue 11, a controversial proposed levy that would consolidate Oberlin City Schools into a single building by winter 2025. If approved, residents with a home value of $100,000 will see their taxes increase by $133 per year over the bond issues’ 37-year term, according to the school district. The proposal was motivated by declining enrollment in OCS, as well as concern over the state of existing facilities. Currently, the district comprises four sch...

Students, Staff Chart New Course For Accessibility at Oberlin

Students, Staff Chart New Course For Accessibility at Oberlin

September 28, 2018

Disability Resources will start testing a new electronic management system in the coming months, according to Director Eric Wagenfeld, who took on the position in July after a 10-month hiring process. The Accessibility Information Management system — one of many new disability-oriented programs that have developed in the last year — will simplify the accommodations process. “There is a lot of superfluous paperwork right now. AIM will allow students to use their single sign-on to upload docume...

OCOPE Files Grievances Against College

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

September 28, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees union has filed multiple grievances against the College. OCOPE claims the College violated their contract by eliminating or reducing union jobs and then assigning the work to outside companies or non-union members. Earlier this year, the College was found to be in violation of OCOPE’s collective bargaining agreement following an arbitration process with the National Labor Relations Board. If the newly-filed grievances reach the level of arbitration, it will be the second time in two years that OCOPE has brought the College to a hearing. OCOPE represents approximately 170 employees. Within the year, three OCOPE positions have been eliminated — a building ser...

Alumni Claim Censorship on Facebook

Gabby Greene, News Editor

September 21, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Content Warning: This article contains brief mention of sexual assault. Administrators of the “Oberlin Alumni Digital Community” Facebook group removed five alumni from the group last week for “abusive language” following the establishment of new community guidelines ratified Sept. 12. “When the Alumni Association took over the Digital Community group last week, a number of alumni, myself included, began criticizing the move,” Robert Hayes, a former Oberlin student, said in an email to the Review. Hayes is the creator of an alternative to the Facebook group, the “Uncensored Unofficial Oberlin Alumni Discussion Group,” and was one of five members banned the day the new guidelines were established. ...

Alumni, Students Try Reversing Staff Cuts With Petition

Alumni, Students Try Reversing Staff Cuts With Petition

September 21, 2018

Alumni and current students are attempting to reverse the College’s decision to eliminate the position of Associate Director of the Student Union most recently held by Tom Reid, OC ’80. In an online petition that has garnered more than 1,000 signatures, supporters are demanding Reid’s reinstatement and criticizing the decision as an unwise cost-cutting measure. “I was totally shocked that Tom Reid was let go,” Johnnie Kallas, OC ’14, said. “This is a tremendous loss for the communi...

Justice Pat DeWine Discusses First Amendment for Constitution Day

Justice Pat DeWine Discusses First Amendment for Constitution Day

September 21, 2018

Oberlin College hosted conservative Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine in an effort to discuss the First Amendment on college campuses with input from both ends of the political spectrum. Justice DeWine was elected to the Ohio Supreme Court in November 2016, receiving over 56 percent of the vote. Before his position on the Supreme Court, he served for four years on the First District Court of Appeals. Four years prior to that, he worked with the Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, where —...

ResEd Misplaces South Hall Master Key

ResEd Misplaces South Hall Master Key

September 14, 2018

Editor’s note: Editor-in-Chief Nathan Carpenter is a student staff member for the Office of Residental Education, and was uninvolved with the reporting and editing of this story. A master key to South Hall, one of Oberlin’s largest traditional housing facilities, has been missing for several months. This key is able to access any room in South Hall, which has a capacity of 220 students. “The College became aware of a master key being missing toward the end of the [spring] semester,” said A...

MENA Students Seek Space, Recognition on Campus Dual-degree

Roman Broszkowski, Senior Staff Writer

September 14, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Uncategorized

Amid potential budget cutbacks, students are joining together to create a union that both supports students of Middle Eastern and North African descent and advocates for the expansion of MENA studies at Oberlin. Two groups of students, one geared toward creating a space for people of MENA descent and another aimed at developing the MENA Studies department, are taking action to make the region more visible on campus. College senior Aatifah George is the co-chair of the new Middle Eastern and North African Students Association. “It’s needed for a lot of reasons,” she said. “We are a community of color, but we’re not treated that way; we’re basically invisible.” In the United States, the government’s classification ...

Career Center Unveils New Career Strategy

Career Center Unveils New Career Strategy

September 14, 2018

The Career Development Center is preparing to implement a new Career Communities Strategy in an effort to help students secure jobs after graduation. The initiative will create communities based on shared fields of interest and will be led by an expert advisor who has experience working in relevant industries. “The Career Communities Strategy … is about helping students make those connections between what they’re studying to potential career industries of interest,” said Lori Young, Director of th...

Oberlin Professors Resign After Sexual Misconduct

Oberlin Professors Resign After Sexual Misconduct

September 7, 2018

Two Oberlin Conservatory professors resigned last month following allegations of repeated sexual misconduct involving students. World-renowned organist James David Christie, chair of the Organ Department, and Robin Eubanks, associate professor of Jazz Trombone and Jazz Composition, were accused of violating Oberlin’s Sexual Misconduct Policy after Oberlin’s Title IX office received reports against both men. Dean of the Conservatory Andrea Kalyn notified Conservatory staff and students of the accus...

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