The Oberlin Review

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

Anisa Curry Vietze, News Editor

March 1, 2019

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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...

Symposium Showcases International Perspectives

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

March 1, 2019

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Oberlin’s first Public Intellectuals in a Changing World symposium launched this week, with a mission to foster impactful interdisciplinary and intercultural conversations. The event will consist of five panels and 15 different speakers and runs from Feb. 28 through March 2. “This might be the first time that the College hosts an event that has a really grand ambition of combining all the different fields — arts, sciences, and music — together,” said Hsiu-Chuang Deppman, director of the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures, director of East Asian Studies, professor of Chinese and Cinema Studies, and the organizer of the symposium. “So it really works with the two broad goals for liberal arts educatio...

Local Convenience Store Mickey Mart Will Open 24/7

Local Convenience Store Mickey Mart Will Open 24/7

March 1, 2019

Mickey Mart, located at 155 South Main Street, is now open 24 hours a day, making it the only full-time business within reasonable walking distance of Oberlin College. Many students and community members are excited about the extended hours. Mickey Mart employee Tricia Phillips said that the decision to stay open later was a benefit to business as well as the student population. “It’s convenient,” she said. “They’re making good money; we’re very happy with it.” Previously,...

Sexual Information Center to Implement New Programs

Leo Lasdun, Senior Staff Writer

February 22, 2019

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Oberlin’s Sexual Information Center will be increasing access to emergency contraceptives, pregnancy care, and important transportation services, in addition to hosting a program called the Oberlin Doula Collective, which was founded last summer. The SIC was recently given 1,000 units of emergency contraceptive by the company Vagisil and is in the process of distributing it this semester. “We have it for free in the Science Center and Mudd [library] as well as in our office so that it’s available for students to easily grab,” said College junior and SIC staffer Amanda Stavis. The SIC has established a number of ways to distribute the emergency contraceptive, including giving staffers buttons that read...

French and Arabic Teaching Assistant Programs Reduced

French and Arabic Teaching Assistant Programs Reduced

February 22, 2019

Oberlin foreign language departments are preparing to undergo changes to the Teaching Assistant Program starting next year. The Arabic and French departments will each be losing one TA, and all TAs are expected to see their salaries standardized. This reduction would leave the French Department with one TA and the Arabic program with none. Elizabeth Hamilton, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, assures students that there is no cause for concern about the coming changes. “Some...

Security Notebook

February 22, 2019

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Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 8:51 p.m. Campus Safety officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at a Village Housing Unit. Smoke from cooking caused the alarm. The area was cleared and the alarm was reset. Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 7:43 p.m. Officers were requested to assist an ill student in East Hall. The student advised officers that they were feeling better and declined transport to the hospital. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 8:38 a.m. Officers were requested to assist a student who had missed a step and fallen in the second-floor hallway of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. The student reported they were OK and left the area. 9:08 a.m. A student reported that their backpack was miss...

Senators Reflect on Campaign Strategies

Anisa Curry Vietze, News Editor

February 22, 2019

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As Democrats across the country continued gearing up their 2020 presidential campaigns this past week, the ballots were just coming in for Oberlin’s own Student Senate. Student Senate elections happen every semester, but the way candidates choose to campaign can vary each time. This semester, 16 students competed for nine spots, using a variety of methods to communicate their platforms to fellow students. Many used Facebook events and other social media platforms to communicate to voters, while others spoke at co-ops or relied on word-of-mouth. Some incoming senators ran their campaigns on very specific issues, while others took a broader approach. Newly-elected senator and College sophomore Bridget Smith tied...

Talks Spark Discussion of Disability Rights

Talks Spark Discussion of Disability Rights

February 15, 2019

Eric Wagenfeld, Oberlin’s director of Disability Resources, delivered a talk Monday afternoon called “Understanding the ADA,” which explained the implications and meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law passed in 1990. The talk was the first in a series of lectures sponsored by the Student Senate Health and Wellness Working Group. The series is just one component of a growing resurgence of discussion surrounding disability rights on campus. Several upcoming events...

DeVos’s Title IX Proposal Could Impact Oberlin

Anisa Curry Vietze, News Editor

February 15, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Editor’s Note: This article contains mention of sexual harassment and assault. The public comment period on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX regulations has ended. Now, the department, led by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will respond to comments before ultimately deciding to implement changes. These proposed changes will affect how colleges and universities respond to accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus. Some fear they will lessen the accountability placed on colleges across the country and boost the rights of defendants, making victims of assault less likely to come forward. Supporters of the changes are hopeful that it will fix a failed system t...

Community Member Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

February 15, 2019

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Oberlin resident Leo Evans III, 31, pleaded not guilty on Feb. 8 to charges of abduction, disrupting public services, and assault. Evans has previously been employed by both The Feve and The Local Coffee & Tea. The events in question allegedly occurred Nov. 13, 2018 and involved Evans and an Oberlin student with whom he had been in a relationship. On Nov. 18, an Oberlin community member heard Evans and the student arguing about the events of Nov. 13 outside of Kim’s Grocery and Carryout and informed police. Officers located the student and accompanied them to Evans’ place of residence to retrieve their personal belongings later that night. The student pressed formal charges against Evans. An arrest warrant was...

Community Rallies to Support Green New Deal

Leo Lasdun, Senior Staff Writer

February 8, 2019

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Oberlin students and community members gathered at Sen. Sherrod Brown’s Cleveland office Thursday to demand that he take action against the fossil fuel industry, as well as support efforts to implement a Green New Deal, a proposed program that seeks to address climate change. This current iteration of the Green New Deal was proposed by New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, but there have been versions of the deal proposed since 2007. In addition to fighting climate change, the set of reforms included in the current Green New Deal would also seek to address economic inequality through the lens of development in clean energy and other green markets. Green New Deal policies would likely focus heavily on reworking...

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