The Oberlin Review

Republican Lectureship Series Helps Foster Healthy Campus Debate

Nick Miller

September 28, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

The Oberlin Republicans and Libertarians, with support from Steve Shapiro, have been broadening the political debate on campus for years. I have been in the club since 2009, and in that time, the club has sponsored: Richard Lindzen: Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology at MIT Ethan Nadelmann: Former Professor of Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, Founder of the Drug Policy Alliance Mark Steyn: New York Times bestselling author and political columnist Karl Rove: Former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Ilya Shapiro: University of Chicago J.D. and legal analyst John Bolton: Former Ambassador to the UN, former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Lee Doren: Chicago-Kent...

College Lanes Says Hello, Offers Special Rates

The Oberlin College Lanes

September 28, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

It’s your old neighbor the College Lanes here. How are you all? I haven’t seen some of you in a while, and others I see quite often, which is such a pleasure. For those of you who haven’t stopped by recently, and for those of you who I have never met, why so shy? Have I done something to offend you? Did you have a less than ideal bowling or billiards experience? If you did, I sincerely apologize and would like to make it up to you. I can do this by telling you about all of the wonderful things I will be doing this year. To start, I would like to tell you about my regular open bowling hours. Monday 12 p.m.–2 p.m. Tuesday 3:30 p.m.–6 p.m. (free with student Oberlin College ID) Wednesday 12 p.m.–9 p.m....

Cat in the Cream Fire Code Violation No Laughing Matter

Whitman Barrett

September 28, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Lexie Sharabianlou’s sardonic letter last week (“Fire Code Violations No Big Deal,” The Oberlin Review, Sept. 28, 2012) managed to both belittle the danger of violating safety regulations and advance a principle that, if applied more broadly, would nullify 150 years of progressive safety regulation. Sharabianlou argues that safety regulations are nice in theory, but that they shouldn’t be allowed to impede efforts to improve people’s lives (say, by allowing unlimited numbers of people into the Cat in the Cream to experience an enlightening evening of slam poetry). If this is so, should the proprietors of the Beverly Hills Supper Club in Kentucky have faced any sanction, legal or moral, for the 165 deaths that...

Steve Shapiro On To Something, But Reagan Lectureship Has Misfired

Marc Blecher

September 28, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Thanks to Steve Shapiro, ’83, for his letter in last week’s Review opening discussion of the Ronald Reagan Lectureship, his one-man project designed to cure Oberlin’s political ills. As Marx said of Proudhon, he “certainly hears the bells ringing, but never knows where.” That is, Mr. Shapiro is on to something important and worthy. But his diagnosis of the problem is misplaced and wrong, which helps explain why, as he clearly senses, his project has misfired so badly. Mr. Shapiro traffics in the old trope that Oberlin is a nest of political lefties unwilling to examine their views and content to maintain a self-satisfied echo chamber that dominates all discussion on campus. There are several serious prob...

Alumni Journalist Convocation Did Not Reflect Oberlin’s Values

Maggie Heraty, Ness Smith-Savedoff, and A.D. Hogan

September 21, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

“Dissent is what founded this country, and dissent is what’s going to save us.” -Amy Goodman Last Thursday, four mainstream journalists, all alumni, joined President Krislov for the first Convocation of the year to discuss their unique perspectives on the upcoming elections. On Friday, Amy Goodman from Democracy Now! spoke about the role of the media in domestic and international politics at First Church. In the past, Convocation speeches have been inspiring and empowering. Often, they challenge the way we think about the world and force us to see it from a new perspective. However, in this Convocation, we felt no challenge was presented to the student body and community. While we recognize the importance of...

Reagan Lectureship Series Promotes Free Speech, Challenges Assumptions and Bias

Steven Shapiro

September 21, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Last year, I repeatedly found myself presented on these pages as Oberlin’s equivalent of the Koch brothers. The cause was my support for the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians’ efforts to bring conservative speakers to campus. While members of the club have ably defended the Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series, I thought I might introduce myself and explain my motivations. I am “hedge fund manager Steven Shapiro OC ’83” (“Disrespect, Disruption Important to Demonstrate Dissent, The Oberlin Review, April 27, 2012). As a graduate, I appreciate the opportunity to give back to Oberlin. That is why I serve on the Board of Trustees, and it is why I support a number of campus initiatives, including...

Chill Out to Good Vibes at Tappan Drum Circle

Ed Miller

April 27, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Drum circles are very therapeutic in many ways, especially when you’re stressed. Come join us on Wednesday, May 2, from 7–8:30 p.m. at the Clark Bandstand in Tappan Square. For a year now, we have been creating good vibes on the first Wednesday of every month; it’s been in First Church through the winter, but now it’s time to get out into the fresh air again. Bring drums and percussion instruments if you have them, or just come with an open mind and fun-loving spirit — because there are always plenty of extra things to play. –Ed Miller Oberlin resident

Hargrove, Hseih Elected as 2012 Class Officers

Kira McGirr

April 27, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Results have been tabulated from the election for the Class of 2012 Alumni Class Officers. Rebecca L. Hargrove has been elected President and Terry Hsieh has been elected Vice President. For your information, the alumni class president is a member of the Alumni Council and returns to campus each fall for its weekend-long meeting. Each year, after the Alumni Council meeting, the class president writes a letter to members of the class reporting on Oberlin and on alumni activities and programs. The vice president is the person to whom the president turns when he or she is unable to attend the Alumni Council meeting or write the annual letter. If for any reason the president is unable to carry out his...

Thoughts on Appropriate Action in Face of Racism

Mandy Hogan

April 20, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I write this letter to call for recognition, for acknowledgement, for responsibility. I recognize the gross injustices against communities of color on campus, in the town and in greater society, along with the historical and current repression of LGBTQ people. I acknowledge that I am privileged by my race, perceived class status and gender identity. Society calls people who do this “allies,” but I take responsibility for the fact that I am not an ally — because the word suggests that I am making things better, and while I strive to practice an anti-racist politic, all too often I am able to be silent, and silence is complicity. I am a white, queer woman who has lived in Third World House and...

State of Lacrosse Alumni Game

Louis Weigele

April 20, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Recently, my friend and former lacrosse teammate, Mike Hankes, OC ’74, wrote a letter expressing his concern regarding changes in the tradition of the alumni lacrosse game at Oberlin. As a former Oberlin player, coach and alumni lacrosse participant for almost 40 years, I would like to add my perspective to this discussion. Lacrosse has been an intercollegiate sport at Oberlin for over 60 years. During that time, the team has been at times, excellent, at other times, not as excellent. Regardless of the competitiveness of the team, playing lacrosse at Oberlin was a special experience for many. The alumni lacrosse game provided an opportunity for former players to come to Oberlin, meet with friends,...

Prepare to Become an Alum

Rick Pender

April 20, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Although I’m certain you’re getting an excellent education at Oberlin, I want to tell you something you might not have learned yet: You’re officially on your way to becoming an alum. That’s right — by virtue of your enrollment, you’ll be part of the Oberlin Alumni Association, an institution that dates back to 1839. For 173 years, graduates of Oberlin have been uniting to appreciate and support the institution that’s turned them into people who make a difference in the world. I graduated from Oberlin in 1971 with a degree in English, thinking I would teach. I’ve done that, to be sure, but so much more. Using fundamental skills I learned during my undergraduate years I’ve worked...

Administration to Help Obies Talk About ObieTalk

Eric Estes and Ben Jones

April 20, 2012

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To the Editors: In the past several months, concerns in our community related to ObieTalk have grown significantly in number and severity, as has the related correspondence to our offices from both students and parents. Meanwhile on the national landscape, the jury who convicted Dharun Ravi of bias intimidation simultaneously sent a message in no uncertain terms that “immaturity and stupidity” are not viable defenses for cyberbullying. We have always taken concerns about potential harassment and threats very seriously and continue to strongly encourage students to report them to the Office of Equity Concerns and local police, respectively. But it is the right moment to address ObieTalk and its problematic...

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