The Oberlin Review

General Faculty Approves Honor Code Changes

Lila Michaels

October 27, 2017

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

The General Faculty Council and Student Senate voted on proposed revisions to the Honor Code and the Campus Code of Conduct during the General Faculty meeting Oct. 4. The Honor Code amendments passed thanks to overwhelming support from faculty, though Student Senate voted unanimously against the changes. Revisions to the Campus Code of Conduct were tabled and will be revisited at the General Faculty meeting in November. With the Honor Code amendments, students will now receive communications regarding Honor Code violations and updates via email rather than through their OCMR mailboxes. The language within the Honor Code has also been changed, replacing the phrase “judicial system” with “student conduct system....

President Ambar Announces Hate Speech Policy in Wake of Posters

Alexis Dill, News Editor

October 27, 2017

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Anti-Semitic posters advocating the end of “Jewish privilege” were discovered outside of Warner Center, the Science Center, Carnegie Building, and East Hall by Safety and Security officers Oct. 20. The posters were promptly removed as they went against the College’s stated mission of diversity and inclusion and were in violation of Oberlin’s postering policy, according to Clifton Barnes. Following the incident, President Carmen Ambar reached out to students, faculty, and staff members via email. She recognized that the incident mirrored similar events that have occurred recently in other communities and college campuses across the country, both in content and in approach. “These actors are working from a pre...

ResEd Undergoes Structural Changes

Alexis Dill, News Editor

October 27, 2017

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Residential Education Office are transitioning roles for the remainder of the academic year after Interim Associate Director Kourtney Arcaba accepted a position as director of student help and resource exchange in the Dean of Students Office, where she also serves as assistant dean. Now that ResEd is down one full-time staff member, Assistant Vice President of Student Life Adrian Bautista said he and his colleagues intend to spend the next several months searching for a replacement for the 2018–19 academic year. “We will continue to evaluate our services to campus stakeholders — faculty, staff, and students — and review existing data to determine how resources, including staff, may best be allocated,” Bautis...

Office of Disability Resources Faces Staffing Shortage

Office of Disability Resources Faces Staffing Shortage

October 6, 2017

The Office of Disability Resources is under duress after the abrupt departure of its interim director Isabella Moreno, OC ’94, Monday. Her resignation leaves the office with no permanent full-time personnel and has sparked outrage among students and community members concerned for the future of the ODR. A search for a new director was announced in the wake of the controversy. Moreno had been serving as the interim director since January 2017 and was scheduled to resign Oct. 31. The crisis was...

Students Demand Role on Board of Trustees

Alexis Dill and Sydney Allen

October 6, 2017

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The Board of Trustees held its tri-annual student forum last night, giving students the chance to voice their opinions and concerns to the trustees before they enter their quarterly executive session. Though students raised a number of issues during the forum, discussions regarding the potential of adding a student representative to the board dominated the evening. For many students, the forum — which was held in four classrooms in the King building — marks the culmination of years of work, as the board is projected to vote on whether to include some type of student representation. Although the board was originally set to vote on the issue at their June meeting, it delayed the decision to this fall session. Chair of...

Hiroshima “Survivor Tree” Celebrated in Tappan

Hiroshima “Survivor Tree” Celebrated in Tappan

October 6, 2017

College and community members held a dedication ceremony honoring a sapling planted in Tappan Square Wednesday. The sapling sprouted from seeds that survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan. The Oberlin College Environmental Studies, East Asian Studies, and Biology departments, as well as Grounds Services and Oberlin Shansi have collaborated over the past two years to grow the seeds into saplings. Tomoko Watanabe, co-founder of Green Legacy Hiroshima Initiative and a second-generation survivo...

First-Year Program Encourages Community, Confidence

First-Year Program Encourages Community, Confidence

September 29, 2017

The Office of the Dean of Students initiated a new advising and orientation model this semester. The program, the Peer Advising Leader initiative, pairs student advisors with first-years in a semester-long program to help them adjust to college life. Unlike the ambassador program — the orientation model from previous years that paired first-years with older students — the PAL program extends far beyond orientation to include an optional semester-long course called Introduction to Oberlin Life an...

College Implements Hiring Freezes

College Implements Hiring Freezes

September 29, 2017

Each fall, the College begins its faculty hiring process with departments submitting requests to the Education Policies and Procedures Committee, a subcommittee of the General Faculty Committee, asking for new tenure-track faculty positions. This year, however, some departments face unclear prospects following a temporary hiring freeze implemented by the administration. The Dean of Studies office recently informed all College department chairs that there would be a temporary freeze on permanent...

New Space Promises Opportunities for MRC

New Space Promises Opportunities for MRC

September 22, 2017

The Multicultural Resource Center moved from its former space on the second floor of Wilder and into North Campus’ International House, previously occupied by the International Student Organization and Wilder Voice, along with other groups. An on-campus resource for marginalized and underrepresented students, the MRC defines itself in its mission statement as a “gathering place for the collaborative support of historically disenfranchised communities,” serving members of the College and th...

First Church Celebrates 175 Years with Multi-Faith Anniversary

First Church Celebrates 175 Years with Multi-Faith Anniversary

September 22, 2017

Once one of the largest congregations in the United States, the First Church in Oberlin is celebrating its 175th anniversary Oct. 8. The event is open to members of all faiths and will commemorate the church’s decorated history. Throughout the years, the church has hosted notable speakers like Martin Luther King Jr., Ralph Waldo Emerson, Mark Twain, and Frederick Douglass. First Church, now the oldest building in the city, was home to a congregation comprised of the original settlers of the...

Staffing Shortage Creates Inequality

Staffing Shortage Creates Inequality

September 15, 2017

After Chair of the Board of Trustees Chris Canavan’s June email announcing this year’s budgetary deficit — including a drop in admissions, a five percent budgetary reduction, and a faculty salary freeze — many academic departments are preparing to weather another bout of budget restraints and staff shortages. In 2016, academic departments dealt with round after round of financial struggles, including a faculty salary freeze and the Voluntary Separation Incentive Program that encouraged early r...

College to Introduce Shuttle Service

Lila Michaels

September 15, 2017

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories, Uncategorized

The Division of Student Life in the Dean of Students Office will offer a new shuttle service to various locations on and off campus this fall in an effort to create a more accessible campus and enhance the student experience. The service will launch Monday, Oct. 2, and will run from 8 a.m. to noon on weekdays. The shuttle will make several stops around campus, including the Student Health Center and the Counseling Center, as well as off-campus stops like CVS, Drug Mart, and neighboring cities. Students will be able to download an app to their smartphone, granting them the ability to track the shuttle with GPS. The app will also allow administrators to observe the data produced by it, such as popular stops and ride ti...

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