The Oberlin Review

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 ...

The Grape Looks Inward after Editorial Resignations

Rosemary Boeglin, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2014

Filed under Features, NEWS, Uncategorized

This is part one of a series exploring the role and reputations of campus publications. This week’s installment focuses on The Grape and the recent resignation letters of two editors that prompted the remaining staff to re-examine their publication. In next week’s issue, the Review will shift the critical lens onto its own journalistic and organizational practices, as well as those of other student publications. The Grape has no mission statement. When asked about the publication’s purpose, the two current editors-in-chief of the satirical rag looked at each other, scrambling for an answer. After a brief pause, College senior Max Cohn looked up in a moment of clarity. “I think The Grape is, at its best, a ...

State Minimum Wage Increases Still Lagging

Kristopher Fraser, Staff Writer

February 14, 2014

Filed under Features, NEWS

President Obama spoke about raising the minimum wage for all federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour in his 2014 State of the Union address, a change that could have a great impact for a small town like Oberlin. Yet in an interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Governor John Kasich voiced his skepticism regarding a minimum wage hike. “Look, we want everybody to make more money. I’ll tell you how people are going to make more money: get better education. That’s the key to this great divide that we have,” said Kasich. Krista Long, owner of Ben Franklin’s, expressed that while she is in favor of an increase in minimum wage, she does not believe it should be granted to everyone. “With a big ...

SNAP Cuts Increase Demand on Local Pantries

SNAP Cuts Increase Demand on Local Pantries

February 14, 2014

Recent financial cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are causing an exponential increase in the number of citizens forced to frequent food pantries across the nation. In Lorain County, where 14.2 percent of the population is food insecure, only 6.8 percent of the population is eligible for the financial benefits provided by the remaining SNAP programs. On Nov. 1, the expiration of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resulted in a 5.5 percent drop in maximum food stamp...

Tensions High at Divestment Symposium

Tensions High at Divestment Symposium

February 14, 2014

Nearly 100 members of the Oberlin community gathered in Dye Lecture Hall to discuss responsible investment in a two-part symposium on Sunday. Hosted by the College administration, faculty and academics from other institutions such as George Washington University were invited to appear on the panel and help facilitate a conversation about divestment and Oberlin’s financial goals for the future. Students Responsible Investment Organization was also invited to speak about the College’s investment...

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