The Oberlin Review

Brooklyn Electronic Act Interrupts Busy Schedule for Intimate Performance

Mohit Dubey

February 6, 2015

Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

The Latin American rhythms and ethereal electronics of Helado Negro will fill the Cat in the Cream this Saturday. Armed with a laptop, a keyboard and smooth vocals in both Spanish and English, Helado Negro, the stage name of Brooklyn-based musician Roberto Carlos Lange, will perform songs from his catalog and his most recent record, Double Youth. College sophomore Josh Goodman described the entrancing, bass-heavy act as “Beach House meets Flying Lotus.” Helado Negro’s set is sure to be one of the more laid-back concerts to take place at Oberlin this semester. Helado Negro’s music is defined by a melding of cultures. Born in Florida to Ecuadorian parents, Lange began experimenting with a fusion of tropical...

Solarity Aims for Organizational Accessibility

Solarity Aims for Organizational Accessibility

October 10, 2014

In response to a recent increase in membership, the student leaders of Solarity, an organization that strives to unify the student body through large-scale music and dance productions, have made a number of structural and aspirational changes to their organization. Solarity’s co-chairs, College seniors McKenzie Smith and Juliana Ruoff and College junior Ben Lebovic, hope that these changes, which include the division of labor among a larger number of student members, will improve the...

Student Innovators Bridge Digital Divide

Molly Brand

September 26, 2014

Filed under Features, NEWS

After successfully creating a device that allows underfunded schools to engage students with audiovisual content related to their lessons, five College students are attempting to raise $50,000 in order to take their project to the next level. The device, which the students are promoting through LumenEd, the company they founded, operates in communities that do not have access to the internet and is equipped with a digital library of over 1,500 educational videos ranging by grade and core subject. The projector also contains a USB port for teachers who need access to customizable content.  For co-creator and College senior Saksham Khosla, the device, known as the Bright Orange Box, has the potential to make a power...

Athletics Department Adopts New Trans* Policy

Kristopher Fraser, Staff Writer

May 2, 2014

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Oberlin’s Transgender Participatory Advisory Commit- tee has drafted a new set of athletic guidelines that requires inclusion and improved conditions for current and future trans* athletes. In late 2011, the NCAA established its own guidelines for trans* athletes. Almost immediately, the College formed a committee to examine those guidelines and institute them at Oberlin. The most significant proposed changes are in the language of Oberlin’s policy, which now reflects the complexity of different gender identities. Students arguing for revision initially provoked the policy change, in keeping with Oberlin’s demonstrated interest in issues of gender and sexuality. “The draft has not only helped change language, bu...

Ohio a Major Hub for Interstate Trafficking

Louis Krauss, Staff Writer

April 19, 2014

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

The Human Trafficking Collective conducted two sessions this past week, in which the group’s Director Mindi Kuebler educated students and community members about the pervasiveness of human trafficking in Ohio. The state’s key location between major Midwest and East Coast cities makes Ohio a convenient place for traffickers to transfer victims. According to Kuebler, 590 trafficking crisis calls were made to the national trafficking hotline in 2013, adding to a total of 2,502 since 2007. The two most common types of trafficking are labor and sex trafficking. Baby traffick- ing, in which women are forced to bear children, has also become more prominent. Ac- cording to Kuebler, traffickers typically trap their...

Senate to Host Forums in order to Dispel Rumors, Seek Input on Tobacco Ban

Rachel Weinstein, News Editor

April 6, 2014

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS, Uncategorized

Despite a semester of setbacks, Student Senate continues to reform the College’s smoking policy in hopes of voting on its amendments before the end of the semester. Last updated on March 14, the proposed policy appears on the Office of Student Wellness website, with a bolded disclaimer stating, “This policy is still in progress and is subject to change.” The proposed policy consists of five sections that explicitly outline the terms of the potential change in policy. Within these sections, the policy elaborates on the locations where smoking would be prohibited, a definition of tobacco and otherwise banned products, the prohibition of accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies by student organizations...

College Asked to Investigate Claims Against Arabic Professor

Review Staff

April 6, 2014

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

The Cleveland chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations requested on Tuesday that Oberlin College investigate one of its Arabic professors for allegedly promoting anti-Muslim sentiments in his publications and on campus. Julia A. Shearson, the executive director for Cleveland’s chapter of the organization’s advocacy group, wrote in a letter to college President Marvin Krislov that Oberlin Arabic professor Dr. Samir Amin Abdellatif “promotes anti-Muslim bigotry and ... condones crude and ugly caricatures of Muslims” in a tract titled The Unknown History of Islam. Although the book was published under the pseudonym Sami Benjamin, the Council contends that Abdellatif is in fact the author of the...

Ohio to Institute Online Standardized Testing

Louie Krauss, Staff Writer

April 5, 2014

Filed under Features, NEWS

Elementary school students in Ohio will make the switch to online standardized testing at the start of the 2014 school year. This method, designed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is advertised as a better indication of students’ overall performance in mathematics, reading and a variety of other academic subjects. The new tests, which have been under construction for the past two years, have already been implemented in most states around the country and are now undergoing trials in 2,000 select Ohio schools with students in grades three through eight. According to Ohio Technology Integration Specialist Eric Curts, a main impetus for the switch is to unify the test and ...

Professors Sue College, Cite Discrimination

Professors Sue College, Cite Discrimination

March 15, 2014

Assistant Professor of French and Cinema Studies Grace An filed a lawsuit against the College on March 5, claiming that the institution failed to address repeated instances of sex-based harassment by fellow French Department faculty member Professor Ali Yedes, who is also a member of the Comparative Literature Department. This is the second piece of litigation directed at the College concerning the conflict within the French department since 2006. In 2012, Yedes filed a suit against the College and...

Heated Senate Plenary Meetings Draw Audience

Madeline Peltz, Staff Writer

March 14, 2014

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Since Fearless and Loathing began recording Student Senate plenary meetings in February, Student Senate’s agenda has been a topic of much debate on campus. Persistent conflict in light of disagreements concerning the purpose and structure of the body has left some skeptical of progression any time soon. “It seems that they are unwilling to negotiate and put aside their differences to actually do the job they were elected to do,” said a student that attended last week’s plenary and preferred to remain anonymous. Senate has been fraught with tension since the beginning of the term. The semester’s first meeting concluded without committee assignments completed due to arguments surrounding the fairness of...

Under ‘Review:’ The Paper of Record Takes a Look in the Mirror

Rosemary Boeglin, Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2014

Filed under Features, NEWS

In this installment of “Inside Campus Publications,” the Review turns the critical lens onto its own journalistic and organizational practices. This April marks The Oberlin Review’s 140th anniversary, and to properly honor the legacy of one of the nation’s longest-running student newspapers, its staff is using this occasion to assess the publication’s ability to live up to its role as newspaper of record for both the city of Oberlin and Oberlin College. College President Marvin Krislov put it frankly: “One of your questions was about diversity and inclusion, and I would just say — and I know you’re the Review — but I don’t think the Review does particularly well with that.” In last week’s ...

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