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The Oberlin Review

Gibson’s Boycott Denies Due Process

Roger Copeland, Emeritus Professor of Theater and Dance

September 8, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In the Sept. 1, 2017 issue of The Oberlin Review, the paper’s Editorial Board lists a number of actions taken last year by the Krislov administration which “[paint] a picture of an untrustworthy, austere, and aloof bureaucracy” (“Ambar Provides Opportunity for Needed Change,” The Oberlin Review, Sept. 1, 2017). I agree with their choice of the word “untrustworthy.” But I strongly disagree with one of the reasons the editors cite for arriving at this adverse judgement. They criticize the administration’s decision to “[resume] business with Gibson’s Bakery after controversy that sparked massive student protests.” Ironically, just a few pages earlier in the same issue...

Community Must Come Together in Difficult Times

Charles Newman, OC ’65

September 1, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Here are some ways the Oberlin community of students, faculty, administrators, and alumni might function as a special social resource in these terrible times. Oberlin must always nourish and celebrate the arts. The Allen Memorial Art Museum could exhibit the works of refugee artists, the Conservatory could put on concerts where refugee musicians would perform, and art students could make and sell posters to publicize local job fairs and donate the proceeds to programs that support residents of Lorain County facing hard times. Students and faculty members must always meet the highest academic standards. A topic can be relevant to both scholarly debates and social, political, or economic c...

Alum Demands Respect for Dye

Michael H. Lubas, OC ’69

September 1, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I am enraged, and The Oberlin Review should be ashamed! The May 5 edition with its front page lead-in on Marvin Krislov’s legacy is an abomination! While I was never a Nancy Dye cheerleader, the article demonstrates the cloudy presuppositions and misinformed arrogant assumptions posturing as reporting while a love-fest for Krislov is mirrored against a less than compassionate understanding of Dye’s progressive illness, which she chose not to parade in the manner that seems to be Oberlin’s motto these days; essentially, “I am a victim!” She chose to do the best she could with what she had. I and others may not always have agreed with her thinking or manner, but I can only hope to have...

Government Regulation Allows Capitalism to Succeed

Bob Gross, Oberlin visitor

May 5, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In regard to the columns that have appeared in the Review debating libertarian capitalism: While I am a proponent of capitalism, I believe libertarian capitalism would be a disaster. It would be far too easy for the wealthy and powerful to exploit markets in a system of libertarian capitalism. The production of goods and services would be governed by monopolies. An easy illustration for how this would transpire can be seen in the way professional football evolved into a monopoly. At one time there were two separate professional football leagues: the American Football League and the National Football League. The two leagues bid for the services of prospects coming out of college, res...

Review Fails to Live Up to Promise

Manish A. Mehta, Donald R. Longman '32 Professor of Chemistry

May 5, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Since 1874, The Oberlin Review has been the sole campus publication to bear the label “Publication of Record of Oberlin College.” Every year, I read with great patience to see if you will live up to the solemn duty that title places on you, and every year I am left sorely disappointed. A publication of record should document, in a reasonably faithful way, the life of the College. By many measures, you have failed in that special responsibility. I note that the “Publication of Record” light has been flickering on your masthead marquis. It was absent in the mastheads to issues 8, 10, 14, 22 and 23 this year (Volume 145). While it makes me sad, I recommend that you scrap that...

Alumna Offers Advice for New Graduates

Wendy Uhlmann, OC '83

May 5, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: For seniors, graduation is in less than three weeks. Here are some tips from the perspective of an Alumni Leadership Council member, but mostly written from my experiences as an alumna, parent of two Obies and university faculty member. Take time to celebrate your accomplishment of graduating from Oberlin College, an academically rigorous institution. Take time to figure out what you want to do in life, emphasis on “you” — not your parents, not your family, not your friends, you. Take risks. Venture outside your comfort zone. Find your passion and pursue it. Ask for advice. It is free, will often save you time and can be very helpful. Find out why people like their work and where they live an...

SLAC Calls for Worker Self-Management in Dining Services

Jeeva Muhil, Eliza Guinn, Michael Kennedy, Student Labor Action Coalition

May 5, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Broader Context: Since May Day is a national day of action for labor rights in the U.S., members of the Student Labor Action Coalition and other interested students chose May 1 to make a stand for workers’ rights on campus. We wanted to both make a statement on campus while also recognizing the increasing attacks on labor that have continued for decades. The Trump administration’s nomination of Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta and its targeting of immigrant and specifically non-white workers further emphasize the need for solidarity within the labor movement both in Northeastern Ohio and nationwide. Historically, the labor movement has privileged exclusively white men over the rest of the ...

Oberlin Stands in Solidarity with University of Puerto Rico

Rita Perez-Padilla, Mobey Irizarry Lambright, Andrés González

May 5, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: As students, faculty, staff and alumni of Oberlin College, we are writing to voice our support and solidarity with the striking students at the University of Puerto Rico and to express our grave concern with the proposed financial cuts to the UPR, the island’s only public university system, as well as the economic austerity measures imposed by the U.S.-appointed Fiscal Oversight and Management Board, created by the Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act. The cuts to the UPR, which could be up to $512 million out of the university’s $833 million in public funds (a 62 percent cut), are part of a larger trend of austerity measures imposed by the FOMB that include a $4.25...

New Graduates Should Live Oberlin Values

Lorri Olan, Alumni Association President

May 5, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Congratulations to the Class of 2017! With commencement a few shorts weeks away, this is a joyous and exciting time that ought to be shared with those you love. Celebrate your achievements with friends and family, and thank those on the faculty and staff who have offered you support throughout these last four years. Savor this moment as you prepare to launch your next adventure. This is an important moment in Oberlin’s history as we prepare to bid farewell to President Marvin Krislov and welcome his successor. I give my heartfelt thanks to the members of the Presidential Search Committee who have worked diligently to review the professional and personal qualifications of our incoming president a...

CCL Promotes Bipartisan Climate Action

Izzy Esler, Member of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby, Oberlin chapter

April 28, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: More than likely, few people in Oberlin need to be convinced of the gravity of climate change. What’s more difficult is moving from recognition of the problem to determining the solutions, especially in a political climate where the highest levels of our government seem hostile or indifferent to even the science of climate change. The good news is that the market is moving toward renewable energy. Just this week, The New York Times reported that the solar industry created more American jobs than coal and that Britain went a full day without burning coal for electricity for the first time since the 1800s. But the shift is not moving fast enough, at least not if we want to avert the worst impacts ...

Administrators Respond to Student Concerns

President Marvin Krislov and Senior Staff

April 28, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: We are writing foremost to express our strong support and appreciation for [Oberlin Student Cooperative Association] and to reiterate our commitment to equity and fairness across all residential and dining options. These are not mutually exclusive positions, as we hope to clarify in the following points: There has been much concern expressed over the reductions in aid for OSCA members ($1,000 for those who dine in OSCA and $2,000 for those who both dine and live in OSCA), but it is important to note that these reductions are part of the new model that aids to three meals per day as the baseline instead of the current model, which aids to two meals per day. As such, the net impact of these reducti...

Chemistry Hiring Delays Favor Temps

Michael B. Palazzolo, OCOPE Personnel Coordinator

April 21, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

As a longtime member of Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees, Office and Professional Employees International Union, local 502, I would like to express my dismay at how the recent search for a new administrative assistant for the Chemistry department has been handled. Not only was the posting of the position unnecessarily delayed for many months, contrary to language in the contract between the College and the Union, but the internal candidates for the position were misinformed about certain parameters of the job during the interviews, necessitating the reposting of the position and further delaying the process. Could it be that the rumors are true, that the Chemistry department will do what...

Established 1874.