The Oberlin Review

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...

Celebrating Latino/a Heritage Month

Lorri Olan

December 11, 2009

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Oberlin is a wonderful place to come of age. It attracts students and faculty with broad interests, strengths and gifts. Students grapple with issues of identity and purpose, explore life’s possibilities and their natural gifts, and learn to make their way in the world. As graduates, alumni commit themselves to advancing social justice, developing technology for science and health, serving the public, conscientiously managing businesses, reducing their carbon footprint, advancing educational opportunities for all, improving their communities and, in countless other ways, leaving their mark on the world, one step at a time. I have reached that certain age where you wonder if you have become who...

OSCA Policy Addresses ResEd Housing Issues

The OSCA Board of Directors

December 11, 2009

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Last week the OSCA board passed a historic proposal affirming every student’s right to safe and comfortable housing. Transgender and gender-variant students who are having significant, unresolvable issues within ResEd are now able to jump the wait list into co-op housing. Why was this proposal necessary? ResEd’s current housing options for trans students often fail to meet their needs. All-gender housing is restricted to a few locations, it is not open to first-years, and trans students are not given priority to live there. Students may be placed in a room or hall based on their assigned sex rather than their gender identity, may not have access to an appropriate bathroom, and do not have sufficient institutional...

Famous for Being Famous: Considering the Celebutante

Alanna Bennett

December 11, 2009

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

It all began with Paris Hilton. With her inception into the Celebutante Hall of Fame in the early 2000s, Paris and her fellow socialites opened a door, spawning a sort of movement among the celebrity-wannabes of the world: if Paris and those chicks from The Hills can do it, so can you. These days, Andy Warhol’s predicttion that “in the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” rings truer than ever; the very concept of fame itself has these days become a relatively viable career option, with everything from tabloids, the Internet and the reality TV machine rallying behind it. The concept of being “famous for being famous” is not one American society has really ever been estranged from — in...

Palestine 101: Problematic and Polarizing

Zach Lewis, Eliana Golding, and Shoshana Silverman

December 11, 2009

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Recently we attended Palestine 101. We write this as supporters of Israel and of a free Palestine. As potential allies, we are disappointed that the approach, content and language of this presentation were so alienating and polarizing. The method of this presentation included harmful generalizations and painted a black and white picture of history. Students spoke in great detail about the security wall that separates Israel and the Palestinian territory, while the Second Intifada, with its use of violence, which was central to the wall’s creation, was ignored and brushed aside as irrelevant to the discussion. Presenters also chose not to mention that since construction of the fence began, the number...

The Review Ineffectively Addresses AMP

David R. Ashenhurst

December 11, 2009

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: You could knock me over with a feather: The Oberlin News-Tribune, with far less time to put it together, actually presented the American Municipal Power Generating Station story better than The Oberlin Review did. That’s almost the first time in my memory, and certainly the first on a story with a significant environmental and policy dimension. Consider first that American Municipal Power issued a press release and held a press conference (though there is very little evidence the latter was anything more than the distribution of the press release) at noon the day before Thanksgiving. The hope is presumably that news coverage will be limited to a passing mention on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Wedne...

Re-examining Safe Spaces

Avital Isaacs

December 4, 2009

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: William Elman’s letter to the editors in the last Review [“Safe Spaces Impede Interaction,” Nov. 20] seems to tread over familiar rhetorical territory, rather than address new “trends” in Oberlin’s culture. It may seem to him, and others, that Oberlin’s safe spaces exist as a politically correct inconvenience, an impediment in daily activities and to the pursuit of cultural knowledge. It may seem as though safe spaces promote “self-segregation,” which is antithetical to his understanding of Oberlin as a progressive community. My understanding of safe spaces is that they exist to address and provide a counterbalance to the daily discomfort and lack of access (not to mention increase...

Get the College Off Coal Power

Phoebe Flaherty

December 4, 2009

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In addition to being known as a progressive, socially liberal school, Oberlin College finds itself with a green reputation; the integration of the co-op system, sustainable buildings such as the AJLC and residences such as SEED House demonstrate ways in which the College and students have made significant efforts to increase our sustainability and lower our carbon footprint. However, our so-called green school has a big, dirty secret: a significant portion of our energy comes from burning coal. Oberlin College is responsible for the release of approximately 52,000 tons of CO2 per year — the equivalent of 17.77 tons of CO2 per student per year. Seventy-six percent of total emissions come from purchased...

Oberlin Assists Town’s College Applicants

Bo Arbogast

December 4, 2009

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: It’s that time of year again — not the holidays, the college application season! For the past several years, the College community has been reaching out to students at Oberlin High School to help young people prepare their college essays. The college essay is only one part of a stu- dent’s application, but it is an area where a person can write about something meaningful and try to stand out from the crowd. The essay also presents a ripe opportunity for “freaking out,” as a senior at the high school told me recently. As many of us recall, it’s hard to come up with a good, original topic that makes you sound humble yet flawless. To help in this process, Jill Medina from Oberlin College Admissions...

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