The Oberlin Review

Ferd Protzman, OC ’75, Retiring Chief of Staff, Reflects on Oberlin Career

Ferd Protzman, OC ’75, Retiring Chief of Staff, Reflects on Oberlin Career

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2019

After serving for three years as chief of staff in the Office of the President, Ferd Protzman, OC ’75, will retire at the end of the calendar year. Protzman will be replaced on an interim basis by David Hertz, managing director at Cleveland-based crisis communications firm Dix & Eaton, while a natio...

Posters Call Upon Students to Boycott Course Evaluations

Rachel Choi

December 13, 2019

Conversations around the ethics of student-submitted course evaluations have surfaced after anonymous posters were put up around campus urging students to boycott filling out their evaluations. The posters argue that inherent implicit biases may cause unfairness and inequity in the evaluations, particularly ...

Independent Congressional Candidate Visits Oberlin on Listening Tour

Chris Gibbs speaks to Ohioans at The Corner Joint on Wednesday. Gibbs aims to run as an Independent in the fourth congressional district race in Nov. 2020.

Ella Moxley, Senior Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

Chris Gibbs, who is planning to run for Representative Jim Jordan’s seat in Congress as an Independent, met with potential constituents at The Corner Joint on Wednesday. Gibbs is currently traveling around Ohio’s fourth congressional district, which includes Oberlin, on a listening tour as part ...

William Quillen Named Dean of Conservatory

Anisa Curry Vietze, News Editor

December 13, 2019

William Quillen has been hired as dean of the Conservatory after serving in the position on an interim basis since June 2018. In May, Oberlin launched a confidential national search for the position. Quillen was vice-chair of the Academic and Administrative Program Review’s Steering Committee, alongside A...

City Council Rezones Land for Potential Retail Center

The preliminary site plan for a new shopping center at the intersection of Ohio State Route 58 and U.S. Route 20 in Oberlin. City Council voted to rezone the land for commercial development at its last public hearing.

Katherine MacPhail, Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2019

Last week, Oberlin City Council voted 7–0 to rezone land at the intersection of Ohio State Route 58 and U.S. Route 20, opening up the plot to be developed into a shopping center by the Carnegie Management and Development Corporation. The vote followed a public hearing, which many community members wh...

Security Report

December 13, 2019

Friday, Dec. 6, 2019 1:14 a.m. Campus Safety officers and the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm in the Talcott Hall basement. No fire or smoke was observed in the area. An electrician responded to replace the detector. 7:55 p.m. Mercy Allen Hospital staff requested transport for a student ...

OTC: Jad Abumrad, OC ’95, Creator of Radiolab, Dolly Parton’s America

Jad Abumrad.

Anisa Curry Vietze and Sarah Dalgleish

December 13, 2019

Jad Abumrad, OC ’95, is the creator and producer of some of the most popular public radio programs and podcasts, including Radiolab, More Perfect, and Dolly Parton’s America. Abumrad’s show Radiolab — previously co-hosted by Robert Krulwich, OC ’69 — airs on over 500 stations in the Unit...

Student Voting Participation Higher Than Previously Reported, Says Professor

Associate Professor and Chair of Geology Zeb Page in his office. Page wrote a program to reconcile local student voting engagement numbers against data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement.

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

December 6, 2019

Since 2012, reports generated by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement have calculated voter participation at Oberlin College as below national averages for college students across the country. Now, independent research undertaken by Associate Professor and Chair of Geology F. Zeb Page r...

College Maintains “Minimal Exposure” to Fossil Fuel Investments

Katie Lucey, News Editor

December 6, 2019

Five years after the Board of Trustees published an official Resolution for Divestment and established the Impact Investment Platform, Oberlin’s endowment remains partially invested in companies that benefit from the production and consumption of fossil fuels. “Oberlin still has minimal exposure to f...

National Media Responds to Memorial to Palestinian Combat Victims

A memorial to Palestinians killed in a November attack by the Israel Defense Force was installed before Thanksgiving by student organizations Jewish Voices for Peace and Students for a Free Palestine.

Ella Moxley, Senior Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

Before Thanksgiving break, Oberlin students from Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for a Free Palestine erected a memorial for Palestinians killed in a Nov. 12 airstrike by the Israel Defense Force. The memorial commemorated the lives of 34 people — including eight children — killed in a round ...

College Increases ExCo Stipend, Committee Offers Full Courseload for Spring

Arman Luczkow, Staff Writer

December 6, 2019

The Experimental College Committee’s compensation was increased by the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences last month, from $6,000 to $7,000 for the 2019–2020 academic year. In October, the five-student committee announced that they would need to reduce the number of ExCo courses to 50, due to...

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