The Oberlin Review

College Asked to Investigate Claims Against Arabic Professor

Review Staff

April 6, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

Food Distribution Coordinator Alan Mitchell at Oberlin Community Services stocks produce and nonperishable items as he prepares to serve food-insecure Ohioans.

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...

Panelists Joyce Babyak, Sarah W. Peck and Paul Bugala discuss and debate the pros and cons of the College’s possible financial divestment from Israel. The Divestment Symposium, which was held on Sunday morning in the Dye Lecture Hall, featured two sets of panelists in two 90-minute sections.

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...

Students, faculty and Oberlin residents gathered in Tappan Square on Monday, Feb. 3, to protest the State Department’s recent evaluation of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The report concluded that greenhouse-gas emissions and future tar sands expansion would not be affected by the approval or disapproval of the pipeline. Double-degree first-year Hayden Arp, the demonstration's organizer, said that the event was one of over 200 that occurred across the country in response to environmental activist website 350.org’s call for action. “My goal was just to say that we did something,” said Arp, “and we succeeded.” Despite the cold, the demonstrators stayed in Tappan Square for approximately 30 minutes before marching in a conga line to the post office. They chanted, “Hey Obama! We don't want no climate drama!” and other slogans. “In a small campus, especially in the cold, every single body counts,” said College sophomore Eli Dalven. College senior Kai Drumm agreed. “It’s important to draw attention to Keystone and show solidarity for causes we believe in,” she said. Lee Paxton, a resident of Bellville, OH, said that he came here with some friends who, like many participants, heard about the event online. “I organized the whole thing on Facebook yesterday around 3 p.m.,” said Arp, who also said it was his first experience organizing. “Only three or so RSVP’d on Facebook, so I’m surprised at the turnout.”

Feature Photo: Keystone Protest

February 8, 2014

Students, faculty and Oberlin residents gathered in Tappan Square on Monday, Feb. 3, to protest the State Department’s recent evaluation of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The report concluded that greenhouse-gas emissions and future tar sands expansion would not be affected by the approval or disapproval of the pipeline. Double-degree first-year Hayden Arp, the demonstration's organizer, said that the event was one of over 200 that occurred across the country in response to environmental activist we...

Obies Rebuild Detroit Community Hub

Ben Smith, Contributer

February 8, 2014

Students traveled to Detroit for yet another Winter Term this January hoping to rebuild a city of lost jobs, industries and much of its population since the recent recession. In an effort to restore the city’s communities, nearly 20 Obies found themselves in a small, rundown house on Broadstreet Avenue, located on Detroit’s west side. For generations, Auntie Na’s House has operated as the base for unofficial community outreach programs. According to College junior and trip organizer Jackson Kusiak, Auntie Na’s was a special place for many members of the community. “[The house] could provide something as simple as a one-time meal or a substantial long-term place to stay,” said Kusiak. In recent years, the h...

Between a Rook and a Hard Place

Kristopher Fraser

December 13, 2013

The Oberlin College Chess Club is working to restore its once distinguished reputation. For the second consecutive year, Oberlin will attend the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, striving to beat last year’s record of fourth place in the division. The tournament will take place in Lubbock, Texas, from Dec. 27–30. In the 1990s, Oberlin’s team was considered the most successful chess team in the country. The College hosted a collection of state and national tournaments, but mysteriously stopped meeting at some point in the latter half of the decade. Three years ago, College juniors Kalind Parish and Ali Amiri decided to revive the organization, of which they are now currently co-chairs. Parish...

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