The Oberlin Review

“God the Mother” Followers Aim to Proselytize Students

Andrea Wang

February 23, 2018

Filed under Campus News, Recent Stories

In recent weeks, dozens of Oberlin students have been stopped on campus by religious proselytizers claiming to be theology students in order to engage them in conversation about “God the Mother.” These missionaries are affiliated with a group called the World Mission Society Church of God, a fringe sect of Christianity that has been falsely rumored to have ties with human trafficking — often referred to as a cult by former members. Safety and Security is aware of the visitors and has encouraged all students to notify officers if they encounter the missionaries, as they are unauthorized to be on campus. “Anybody who wants to talk to students needs to be sponsored,” Campus Security Officer Tyrone Wicks said. “If ...

New Class of Members Elected to Student Senate

New Class of Members Elected to Student Senate

February 23, 2018

As five new student senators begin their terms, the Review reached out to learn a little more about them. Although the new legislative class is dominated by first-years from the College, it also includes sophomore and junior representatives, as well as a new senator from the Conservatory. Johan Cavert, College sophomore Why did you run? I was inspired by Senate’s recent initiatives and hoped to assist their trajectory toward becoming a respected body that effectively communicates student desi...

Exhibit Highlights Japanese Internment Injustice

Exhibit Highlights Japanese Internment Injustice

February 23, 2018

“Courage and Compassion,” a historical exhibit that details national and local histories of Japanese Americans during World War II, opened at the Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery last Saturday. Related lectures, film screenings, and concerts will run throughout the month, recounting the work of the local activists concerning Japanese-American incarceration during WWII. The Go For Broke National Education Center — a Los Angeles-based nonprofit founded by Japanese-American veterans in the 1980s — is sp...

Ambar Announces Budget Plans to Faculty, Staff

Ambar Announces Budget Plans to Faculty, Staff

February 16, 2018

President Carmen Ambar and other senior administrators have launched an 11-day presentation campaign in which all College and Conservatory faculty, administrative and professional staff, Student Senate, student media, and other constituencies will see the largest overview of Oberlin’s financial situation to date, along with Ambar’s proposed plan to rectify Oberlin’s ever-worsening deficit. The College managed to reduce its deficit from $5 million to $3 million this year, largely due to a las...

Professor Brian Doan Passes Away at 44

Professor Brian Doan Passes Away at 44

February 16, 2018

Oberlin community members, family, and friends suffered the unexpected loss of Visiting Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Brian Doan, 44. Doan died of a heart attack Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. The Oberlin community was informed of his passing in a Dec. 19 email sent by Dean of Arts and Sciences Tim Elgren. After earning an undergraduate comparative literature and political science degree from Indiana University, Doan went on to earn an M.A. and Ph.D. in English with a concentration in...

Office of Disability Resources Prepares to Hire New Full-Time Director

Office of Disability Resources Prepares to Hire New Full-Time Director

February 16, 2018

A number of disability-centered initiatives have arisen after a semester of dysfunction from the Office of Disability Resources, including the creation of a Disability Solidarity Theme Hall, a series of forums as the ODR searches for a permanent Director, and a proposed student organization meant to create a sense of community among disabled students on campus. The Office of Disability Resources is in a period of adjustment as it copes with numerous staff changes, including the sudden October de...

Oberlin Bystander Intervention Finds New Home

Oberlin Bystander Intervention Finds New Home

February 16, 2018

The Oberlin Bystander Intervention Program, which aims to train students to be active bystanders at large events as well as educate about substance abuse safety measures, becomes fully operational this semester. Founded in 2016 by College junior Kirsten Mojziszek and senior Deborah Johnson, OBI originally addressed bystander intervention in the cases of sexual misconduct. Mojziszek and Johnson, then Student Senators, formed OBI based on the Senate’s sexual misconduct working group. “I think Kirs...

Senate Survey Reveals Student Dissatisfaction

Roman Broszkowski, News Editor

February 16, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

After receiving over 1,100 responses to their fall 2017 survey on student satisfaction at Oberlin, Student Senate has found that students are dissatisfied with current campus resources and services, but are invested in seeking improvements. Senate’s survey covered a range of issues on student life, including retention, the Office of Disability Resources, housing, the quality of Senate’s work, campus climate, and the Student Finance Committee. The survey found that close to 49 percent of students had either previously or recently considered leaving Oberlin. A minority of students also voiced significant support for improvements to the ODR, but were split almost evenly about where the office should be located. 40 perc...

Court Denies Dismissal of Gibson’s Charges

Court Denies Dismissal of Gibson’s Charges

February 9, 2018

The College and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo responded to a November lawsuit brought by Gibson’s Bakery. In December, the College attempted to file a partial motion to dismiss some of the charges lodged, but were ultimately denied in court. The lawsuit emerged from a conflict between Gibson’s Bakery owners Allyn and David Gibson and three students in November 2016, after then-College sophomore Elijah Aladin was accused of shoplifting a bottle of wine from the bakery. This accusation res...

College Projects Enrollment Rebound

Devyn Malouf

February 9, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

After a significant enrollment shortfall that led to a $5-million deficit, the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid projects that Oberlin College and Conservatory will meet its target admission rate for the class of 2022, reducing the deficit by approximately $2 million. The office examined and has been responding to trends in high school graduate demographics, prospective student feedback, and issues concerning lower retention to help recover enrollment numbers. Interim Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Manuel Carballo said 169 Early Decision-I applicants have been accepted, while Early Decision-II is expected to bring in roughly 65 new commits, and 23 students who deferred their admission la...

Wilder Hall Renovation Begins, Citing Student Surveys

Wilder Hall Renovation Begins, Citing Student Surveys

February 9, 2018

Students returning to campus this week have been greeted with a revamped Wilder Hall lobby, which will undergo further changes as renovations continue. The lobby was enlarged and, according to a letter sent out by President Carmen Ambar and Student Senator and College junior Kameron Dunbar, “This area will be fitted with a new TV, speakers, and other entertainment options that will allow open music and entertainment streaming.” Additionally, a competition will be held to select some new icon...

City Council Votes to Wait on NEXUS Settlement Decision

City Council Votes to Wait on NEXUS Settlement Decision

February 9, 2018

Oberlin City Council did not proceed with an emergency vote on a proposed $100,000 settlement with NEXUS at the council’s regular meeting Monday night. After hearing the public’s opposition to the settlement, the council voted to not accept the offer from NEXUS and wait until further public discussion was possible. The terms of the settlement dictate that the city not engage in any further litigation intended to interfere with construction of the pipeline and grant full easement rights in e...

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