The Oberlin Review

Anonymous Author Offers Apology

Anonymous

April 29, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I do not hate people of African descent, nor do I hate homosexuals. I realize how hurtful both terms that appeared on the south wall of Dascomb are to members of both of these groups and all people in between. A lapse in judgment and common sense led me to spraypaint those two epithets on that wall outside of Dascomb, a lapse informed by a lack of taste and a perverse self-destructive urge. I have rationalized the actions I took so many different ways that I’m not even sure why I did it anymore. I’ve told myself that it was an experiment in light of how readily some members of this community throw these two words around. I’ve told myself that it was a statement. I don’t think that that...

Letter to the Editors: OC Republicans and Libertarians Announce Events

Bradley Hantler

April 29, 2011

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To the Editors: Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians look to end the year strong with increased political conversation around campus. The club is pleased to announce two prominent speakers on two hot-button issues this upcoming week. Monday, May 2, Matt Mayer, President of the Buckeye Institute, will be lecturing on the implications of Senate Bill 5 in Ohio. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. in the West Lecture Hall. This is a heavily important bill that is quite often discussed only with the use of rhetoric, but the facts and actual statistics seem to be left out in conversations around Oberlin. Thursday, May 5, Mark Steyn will be lecturing on the topics of Islam and the current status of free speech across the...

News Article Requires Correction

Don Illig

April 29, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: We’re pleased that The Oberlin Review chose to put the article about the Student Senate’s participation in a community conversation dealing with the future for the City of Oberlin by the year 2025, on pages 2 and 3 of the April 15 issue. However, we would like to call your attention to one erroneous statement in the article. The Oberlin 2025 project, in fact, will cost only $21,855. The cost of the project will be kept at the low $21,855 figure for at least two reasons: first, the careful, effective leadership provided by the Public Services Institute of the Lorain County Community College, and second, the fact that Management Assistance for Nonprofit Agencies has agreed to do its work free of ...

Letter to the Editors: Lawyer Discusses Pivotal Gay Marriage Case

Clayton Koppes

April 29, 2011

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To the Editors: David Boies, one of the country’s most prominent attorneys, appeared at Oberlin on April 5 to discuss his role in the California gay marriage case. I appreciate the Review’s invitation to report on his appearance. The case Perry v. Schwarzenegger has attracted attention not only for its importance as a major civil rights matter but because of the novelty of the two leading co-counsel. Boies and his co-counsel, Theodore Olson, were on opposite sides of Bush v. Gore, the case in which the Supreme Court determined the outcome of the presidential election in 2000. Boies is a liberal. Olson is a leading conservative lawyer and served as solicitor general under George W. Bush. Boies joked that he...

Arts Review Ignored Intentional Complexities

Adekemi Gbadebo

April 22, 2011

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To the Editors: Your arts editor’s review of You and Me and Me and You ignored the quiet beauty and intentional complexities of College seniors Stephanie Lo and Sam Draisin’s artwork. As Jimmy Hagan pointed out, You and Me… focused on identity politics and “remained indecisive”. However, Hagan portrays this as a negative quality of their art and handling of such issues. Identity, whether on a personal, national or global level, is in constant flux. Through globalization, migration and simple travel, identity never ceases evolution or complication. It will never resolve itself and never should. In the case of You and Me…, the inherent elusiveness of identity reads like an open book. Lo states clearly in...

Student Appeals For Class Vote

Jacob Lamoureux

April 22, 2011

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To the Editors: I’m Jacob Lamoureux, one of your candidates for senior class president, and I’d like to shower lavish approval upon this message and lavish thanks upon you for reading it. I never run out of words, but I frequently run out of space — so, to augment my blurb on Blackboard (I was really taking off with the circus metaphor until I realized I was at 150 words and was only allowed 75 total), I’d like to talk a little bit about what I actually intend to do if you elect me to office, a minor detail which I think can get overlooked in all the campaign hullabaloo. Without further ado, my platform: Creative Thinking: I love Oberlin; I’ve been blessed to go to college here. Working in stud...

Art Analysis Requires Revision

Karin Drucker

April 22, 2011

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To the Editors: I am writing because Jimmy Hagan’s review of the last senior studio show cries out for someone to review it. First, a major blunder: Hagan, who is the arts editor, put the wrong photo with the article. Second, Hagan’s analysis is illogical and contradictory. He begins by criticizing the “niche” market for ethnic and/or “exotic” art and asks: “When people of color make work about identity…does it condemn the artist to eternal conversations of identity?” Yet Hagan goes on to complain that Lo and Draisin did not give a “sharp” enough critique the idea of “identity art.” Lo and Draisin’s artist statements made it clear that the art was inspired by the artists’ personal expe...

Alumni Applauds Fenty Appointment

Lucas Brown

April 15, 2011

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To the Editors: Although I’ve been gone from Oberlin for almost two years, its rapid growth and change keeps me checking in regularly. Oberlin continues to innovate in and outside the classroom, and one of those innovations was the recruitment of former D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty to teach classes this spring and next fall with Professor Paul Dawson. For a class devoted to understanding the relationship between politics and policy, Fenty's experience as one of the most prominent mayors and committed reformers in America is a trove of hard-earned wisdom. While still a student at Oberlin, I was lucky enough to work with Mayor Fenty during the first year of his administration, and the lessons I learned working with...

Alumni Encourages Admissions Volunteer Work

Andy Rowan

April 15, 2011

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To the Editors: Hey seniors! After you leave Oberlin, you may find yourself longing for a way to maintain a connection to the place that has changed you so much. One way to stay connected is to become an alumni admissions volunteer. Our alumni volunteers do a lot to help the admissions office with recruiting efforts. They attend preview events (often casual gatherings in someone’s home) to talk to prospective students and their families. They represent Oberlin at college fairs that the staff cannot get to, and they interview students who can’t arrange a campus visit. Last year, alumni volunteers covered 77 college fairs (about a third of the total) and interviewed 1,300 students (about one out of every five...

More Thoughts On Math Barbie Debate

Eli Bixby

April 15, 2011

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To the Editors: I’m new to the “Math Barbie” debate. I read the relevant articles not an hour ago, and I have yet to see the transgression in question. But journalistic wrongdoing aside, as I was reading Professor Mehta’s words, a single message — clear and personal — leapt out at me: “The time is now. Put up or shut up…” I spend a lot of my time complaining — you can ask my friends — and our culture surrounding science is one of my most common complaints. I’m currently pursuing majors in biology and computer science, with minors in chemistry, math and any other science I can figure out how to cram into my schedule. I adore science, and given the opportunity, will talk about it endlessly....

Letter to the Editors: Math Barbie Debate Rages On

Tommy La Voy

April 6, 2011

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To the Editors: Full disclosure: I have trouble with mathematics, and do not plan to pursue it beyond the Calculus I class I took last semester. For the topic of my epistle, I refer to Professor Manish Mehta’s recent critical letter in regards to a previous weekly calendar in the Review. The supposed transgression committed by this venerable publication was to be found in the calendar’s description of a mathematics lecture, which included, “If you’re one of those people who are actually into/excel [sic] at math, this is for you, you odd little demographic.” Before I criticize Professor Mehta, I would like to laud him for providing much needed copy-editing services. That being said, I have a few points...

Letter to the Editors: OC Republicans and Libertarians Respond to Letter

James Kuntz

April 6, 2011

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To the Editors: Despite his concerns, Owen Henry is mistaken in suggesting (1) that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education receives funding solely from conservative organizations and (2) that the FIRE exclusively defends conservative individuals and causes. In regard to finances, Owen is correct that the FIRE receives funds from conservative organizations, such as the Sarah Scaife Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. He is also correct in assuming that such funding would represent a substantial conflict of interest and increase the risk of a political bias within the FIRE, if these were the FIRE’s sole sources of funds. However, in 2010, approximately 68 percent of the FIRE’s funding...

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