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Krislov Absent From Savage Audience

Ian Copeland

March 4, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I understand that President Krislov and other College dignitaries are burdened by fantastically busy schedules and, as a result, cannot be expected to attend the remarks of every guest invited to speak on campus. With that said, recent talks given by Ralph Nader and Karl Rove were both prefaced by presidential remarks in The Source while Krislov and other senior staff were conspicuously absent at the arguably more poignant and pertinent presentation by LGBT activist Dan Savage. All three speakers were invited by student-run groups that enjoy a comparable degree of autonomy from the college at large, and — while I doubt the President’s Office silence was an intentional snub to Savage — it would...

Student Proposes Campus Israel- Palestine Solution

Owen Henry

March 4, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: It is always inevitable whenever someone is invited to speak on the topic of Israel and/or Palestine that there will be angry letters in the Review the following week. The vehemence and venom with which such statements are made never ceases to impress me. It has also begun to wear on my ears and eyes. At this point, I worry that two extremely specific camps have monopolized the debate and are dictating what speakers are brought in. Ardent supporters of Israel, who feel that they are under attack by leftist liberation ideology, invite speakers who try and pull others into their siege mentality, while those who would wish to see a Palestinian state, sometimes accused as supporters of terrorists and murderers,...

Sergeant Ignores International Law

College Sophomore

February 25, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: On Tuesday, Oberlin Students for Israel sponsored a talk by Sergeant Benjamin Anthony. Although the organization framed it as an opportunity for “dialogue,” Sergeant Anthony’s strategy is not one of discussion. In The Jerusalem Post, he states, “the diplomatic war is every bit as essential as the military one, and one cannot get more grassroots than the campuses of the U.S.” Here he admits that he uses his platform at schools to further the agenda of the Israeli occupation (though he dismisses the existence of an occupation in blatant disregard for international law). As a means to promote and gain support for a violent occupation, his lecture here was an act of violence. Despite the disclaimer...

Resident Calls for Collective Bargaining in Constitution

Leif Damstoft

February 25, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In light of the recent wave of anti-workers’ rights legislation being pushed as a false means to right the fiscal problems of state budgets, I believe it’s time that the unions and other such groups start an initiative to be put on the ballot to ensure such rights in the states constitution. That would mean no governor or legislature would ever be able to gut the rights of workers to organize and collective bargain again, since it would be part of the state’s constitution. Case closed. The amendment can simply state that workers of all types, public and private, have the right to form unions for collective bargaining of all aspects of their working environment. That’s it, plain and simple. Now...

College Should Consider City Funding

Kevin G. Gilfether

February 25, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Tony Mealy, in a recent letter to the editors of The Oberlin Review, wants to make the point that Oberlin College and other well funded, prestigious nonprofit institutions in Oberlin have a moral imperative to contribute to the city's coffers by Payment in Lieu of Taxes programs. As a life-long Oberlin resident and a current student at Oberlin College, I wish to exhibit some arguments and facts that I think should be included in any dialogue about the relationship of the College's property tax-exempt status to the financial security of the broader Oberlin community. There is good reason to believe that support like PILOT programs might be necessary, or at least very important, to city functioning in the n...

Speaker Spouted Immoral Propaganda

Lucia Anne Kalinosky

February 25, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: This Tuesday, Oberlin Students for Israel hosted an event titled “Reflections of a Frontline IDF Soldier,” in which Sergeant Benjamin Anthony from the Israeli Defense Forces spoke about his experiences. The event was wildly offensive. Oberlin Students for Israel should be ashamed of themselves. This talk was the worst kind of propaganda in existence concerning the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories. The content of this talk was morally repulsive. The most horrifying things Anthony said were the following: “The use of white phosphorous is a testament to Israel’s humanity.” He went on to explain that white phosphorus was used only for illumination and smokescreen purpose...

Event Ignored Discorse and Debate

Quinton Steele

February 25, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: When I entered Sgt. Benjamin Anthony’s talk, “Confessions of a Frontline IDF Soldier,” already prepared to protest, I was handed a leaflet from Students for Israel. It said, among other such sentiments, “You can be pro-Israel and be pro-Palestine; you can be pro-Israel and be anti-Occupation; you can be pro-Israel and be anti-Settlement; you can be pro-Israel and be pro-Peace.” I thought this a valid and comforting gesture — it showed a reasonable recognition of the failings and atrocities of the Israeli government. Sgt. Anthony showed absolutely none of the same. The talk was a moral crusade for the rightness of the occupation and subjugation of Palestine. I endured bitter minute...

Israeli Defense Sgt. to Speak

Hadas Binyamini, Leah Goldman, and Ari Feinberg

February 18, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: On Feb. 22, Oberlin Students for Israel is bringing Sgt. Benjamin Anthony to campus to speak about his experiences as a soldier in the Israeli Defense Forces. Sgt. Anthony is a combat veteran and reservist in the IDF, and founder of the organization Our Soldiers Speak. The diversity of our student body exposes us to a variety of speakers and lectures throughout the year. As the student handbook says, “Oberlin College is committed to maintaining an environment where open, vigorous debate and speech can occur.” We believe that Sgt. Anthony brings a unique and controversial perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is not a representative of Oberlin Students for Israel’s opinions and vie...

Students Illegitimately Charged as Domestic Terrorists

Nathan Engstrom

February 18, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In response to the recent article “Oberlin Student May Face Domestic Terrorism Charge” it is pretty amazing (in an awful way) that Big Coal would go after such well intentioned innocent people with so much venom and hatred. Very dehumanizing. Somewhere some lawyer, some CEO, some middle manager, some government stooge gets up and thinks about what he or she needs to do today and “prosecute activists as domestic terrorists” is on his or her list. What thoughts go through these people’s heads, and how do they live with themselves? It is profit, pure and simple, that is on their minds. They have all sold their souls to the $tockholder$, so if the bottom line is good, then they have done a...

Organizations Should Pay In Lieu of Taxes

Tony Mealy

February 18, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Oberlin Schools and the city of Oberlin, like many other communities throughout Ohio, are experiencing budget shortfalls due to bad economic times. Payments in Lieu of Taxes is negotiated payments made by tax-exempt nonprofit organizations to the local government to help pay for local education and city services. Are we faced with the erosion of our local tax base when Oberlin College and Kendal purchase additional property? The rationale jurisdictions cite when soliciting contributions includes the loss of revenue from tax-exempt property, the cost of local services to the organization, budget shortfalls and a civic duty to be a “good neighbor” to the community. It is not fair to Oberlin resid...

Deans Address Recent YSU Shooting

Linda Gates, Molly Tyson, and Marjorie Burton

February 11, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: An Associated Press news story this past weekend reported a death and several injuries at Youngstown State University, a college community of less than 15,000 students in a city near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border. This story reminds us all that things can go rapidly wrong from a seemingly ordinary situation — attendance at an off-campus party in a college-affiliated house. Two men who had been ejected from a party at the house were arrested in the fatal shooting that left one dead, one seriously injured, and a number of others who were treated for injuries and released. Six of the 10 less seriously injured were YSU students. The student who was fatally wounded, a well-respected student known in the...

Oberlin: A Spa for the Soul

Raquel Olivo

February 11, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I attended my first Alumni Council Executive Board meeting in November, and was struck by a comment made by my colleague Cindy Brown, who chairs the Nominations Committee. Cindy described returning to Oberlin as a “spa for the soul” and I couldn’t agree more. For the past year and half I’ve returned to Oberlin on different occasions. First, I attended Alumni Council Weekend in September 2009, as a member of the Oberlin Latino/a Alumni Association. Next, I returned to celebrate my 10th reunion, during Commencement/Reunion Weekend in May 2010. Then, I attended another Alumni Council Weekend in September 2010. In the meantime, I was selected as an OLAA liaison to the Executive Board of the Alumni...

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