The Oberlin Review

Oberlin City Council Approves Resolution to Rescind Corporate Personhood

Oberlin City Council Approves Resolution to Rescind Corporate Personhood

February 24, 2012

In 2010, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission extending First Amendment rights to corporations and unions by prohibiting the government from restricting political expenditures by these organizations. A number of municipalities and even states have proposed resolutions to reject the decision and recommend an amendment to the United States Constitution to rescind corporate personhood. On Tuesday, the City of Oberlin became the most...

Symposium Honors Kornblith, Showcases Obie Historians

Elizabeth Dobbins

February 24, 2012

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A symposium titled “Doing American History” will be held in Craig Lecture Hall tomorrow, Feb. 25, to honor Professor of History Gary Kornblith’s retirement after 30 years of teaching at Oberlin. Instead of using the symposium to showcase scholarly papers, 12 of Kornblith’s former students are coming back to give speeches on becoming American historians and the future of the field of American history. “My idea here is to have some fun, not just serious academic stuff,” said Kornblith. Many of the speeches will draw on the speakers’ autobiographical experiences pursuing careers in history. Kornblith says that this will provide ideas for students as to what to do with their history major after graduation....

Students Abroad Explore London’s Culture, History

Katherine Hamilton, Staff Writer

February 24, 2012

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A group of 25 students arrived in London for the Danenberg Oberlin-In-London program on Feb. 1, where they are exploring English, politics, art, culture and the history of London by experiencing this vibrant, cosmopolitan city for themselves. “We had about four days of orientation, in which we plied them with pastries and caffeine in order to keep them awake enough despite their jetlag to absorb some information necessary to function well in London,” said Professor of English and Creative Writing David Walker, OC ’72. “They were also negotiating complex transitions like meeting new flatmates, and figuring out British currency and plumbing and mastering the intricacies of the ticketing system for the London...

Lunar New Year Banquet Offers Cuisine, Celebration

Joelle Lingat

February 24, 2012

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Students are invited to dress up and participate in the Lunar New Year Banquet in Carnegie’s Root Room tomorrow from 6 - 8 p.m. to celebrate the new year. The Chinese Student Association, Oberlin Korean Students Association and Vietnamese Student Association are coming together to host a celebration of the second new moon after the winter solstice. The festivities will include music, dances and, as emphasized by many of their advertisements, a variety of culinary options. “There’s good food, cheap tickets, and you don’t have to eat in Stevie,” said College junior Karen Park, chair of OKSA. This is the second year that the three student groups have partnered for this event. Park’s organization will be...

Lt. Choi Speaks on Love, Activism

Joelle Lingat, Staff Writer

February 17, 2012

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Lieutenant Dan Choi was introduced last Tuesday in Finney Chapel with the words, “On this Valentine’s Day, we welcome a man who has fought long for love.” The West Point graduate came to speak after being honorably discharged following his coming out on The Rachel Maddow Show in March 2009. Since then, he has advocated against “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” until its repeal on Sept. 20, 2011. He is also known for his environmental and Asian American activism. The event was sponsored by the Asian American Alliance, Student Finance Committee, the Politics department, Third World co-op and the Multicultural Resource Center, among others. Although Choi began his speech by asking Oberlin to be his valentine,...

Out Spoken Provides LGBTQ Student Support

Kasey Cheydleur

February 17, 2012

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Out Spoken is a support group for LGBTQ students started last semester by Katharine Hahn from the Counseling Center and Asher Kolieboi from the Multicultural Resource Center. “It is really designed to be an open support group. We don’t cover content or read articles or have speakers or anything like that. Every week people just bring in what’s up for them that week — what’s happening that they want support for — and they offer support for each other,” said Hahn. Kolieboi said that while there are many groups on campus for LGBTQ students, there is no group that is purely geared toward support. This group fills that void. “A lot of the groups on campus that are LGBTQ folks are either politicall...

Sil Lai Abrams Facilitates Discussion of Race

Alex Howard, News Editor

February 17, 2012

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In her talk “Passing Strangely: An In-Depth Look at the Phenomenon of Passing for White,” empowerment specialist and domestic violence awareness advocate Sil Lai Abrams shared her childhood experience of believing the lie her family told her that she was white, and she led a group discussion among students and community members about different issues surrounding race. Abrams defined the term “passing” as “when a person of one racial group chooses to identify themselves as a member of another racial group rather than face social prejudice.” According to statistics by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, approximately 12,000 blacks “vanish into white society” on an annual basis. The...

Black History Month Celebrates Achievements, Past and Present

Alex Howard, News Editor

February 17, 2012

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Founded by abolitionists, a stop on the Underground Railroad and the first institution to award college degrees to African Americans, Oberlin College is firmly rooted in Black History and has been celebrating February as Black History Month since before its formal national recognition by President Gerald Ford in 1976. Dianne McIntyre, choreographer, and Ntozake Shange, writer, demonstrate this year's Black History Month theme of how Black women have shaped the United States in their discussion of McIntyre's choreographing Shange's choreopoem "Why I Had to Dance." Black History Month first started as “Negro History Week” in 1926 by the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History. Founders Jesse Moor...

Rabbi Speaks on Sex Trafficking, Moral Obligation of Israelis

Rosemary Boeglin, Staff Writer

February 17, 2012

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J Street U, the student arm of J Street, the largest pro-Israel political action committee in the U.S., hosted Rabbi Levi Lauer on Feb. 13 to discuss his work to depose the sex trafficking trade in Israel, which he characterized as “disproportionately severe” because the population of purchasers of sexual services is more concentrated, though it is not “more vicious or ugly” than anywhere else. Lauer, the founder and executive director of ATZUM Justice Works, an Israeli social justice organization, spoke to students in Wilder on the sale and enslavement of women in Israel and the landmark decision passed unanimously by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation to criminalize the purchase, but not the sale...

Oberlin Ranks Third in Peace Corp Volunteers

February 17, 2012

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Although Oberlin has historically been well-represented in terms of number of alumni who become Peace Corps volunteers, this year the college placed third on the Peace Corps’s top list of small colleges and universities producing volunteers nationwide, with 24 alumni currently serving. This marks a significant increase from 2011’s No. 18 ranking. “I think Oberlin students like to be challenged and I think that [the] Peace Corps is one way to be challenged professionally as well as personally,” said Peace Corps Regional Recruiter Annabel Khouri. “And I also feel that the culture at Oberlin is one in which students are really concerned about issues beyond our borders, and I think the Peace Corps offers them...

RCT Boosts Composting Efforts, Expects Further Progress

Joseph Dilworth

February 17, 2012

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Waste not, want not. Thanks to student environmentalists, Oberlin’s emphasis on composting is increasing at an astonishing rate. Last semester, the Resource Conservation Team managed to divert over 704 pounds of food waste from going to landfills. Team members expect that figure to continue to rise this spring as the composting program grows and awareness spreads. “Eventually we hope to expand such that the entire campus could compost, with our current system being a stepping stone to that larger goal,” said several members of the RCT in an email. The fall compost initiative consisted of 14 pick-up systems in 12 dormitories. The pick-up system in Kahn Hall, an environmentally sustainable building, was...

Off the Cuff with Lieutenant Dan Choi

Off the Cuff with Lieutenant Dan Choi

February 10, 2012

What made you decide to join the army, and did “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” give you reservations about joining the service? I joined because I saw Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump and a couple of other movies. That was really all it took. … My brother actually wanted to go to West Point and had a brochure for it that he left on the coffee table. He got a nomination but didn’t finish the application because there were so many white people at the school. He told me that WP stands for wh...

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