The Oberlin Review

Student Appeals For Class Vote

Jacob Lamoureux

April 22, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

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

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

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

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

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

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

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

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

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...

Letter to the Editors: Student Challenges Free Speech Organization

Owen Henry

April 6, 2011

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To the Editors: In last week's issue you had a letter lauding the efforts of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in promoting free speech on college campuses nationwide. Assuredly, the advancement of free speech is something close to, dare I say, every Obie's heart, even though our own College rulebook imposes extreme limits on it. But at the same time, let us not conflate the sanctity of the concept with FIRE itself. While its work is certainly invaluable in many cases, anyone willing to do a little digging will realize FIRE is not merely dedicated to preserving civil liberties; it also has a decidedly conservative interpretation of what requires defending as “free speech.” First, let us speak...

Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians to Host Free Speech Expert

James Kuntz

March 18, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: American colleges and universities have long been regarded as bastions of free speech and free thinking, Oberlin College included. Throughout the school’s almost 200-year history, Oberlin students have been celebrated for speaking against political, religious and cultural persecution, and to this day school administrators present the College as a stronghold of unrestricted inquiry that furthers core democratic values. Despite this reputation, America’s colleges and universities often maintain illiberal and unconstitutional policies that deny these same fundamental rights to students and faculty. To ensure that Oberlin College policies do not escape scrutiny and that students and faculty remain...

Ex-Obie Explains Alumni Association

Rick Pender

March 18, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Did you know that Oberlin College alumni established an association in 1839? That’s 172 years of grads who have loved Oberlin and how it shaped them as people who make a difference in the world. Seventeen decades of alumni have found ways to make a difference and to give back in support of future generations of students. I graduated from Oberlin in 1971 with a degree in English. I’ve worked in the communications field for many years, using many of the fundamental skills I learned during my four years in college. I could not have afforded those years were it not for generous alumni before me who supported the Alumni Fund. I benefited from their generosity, but I didn’t really start to think...

Professor Finds Math Description Problematic

Manish Mehta

March 18, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In classical antiquity, a study of the artes liberales consisted of seven subjects. Grammar, logic and rhetoric comprised the core, the trivium, and arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music the remainder, the quadrivium. This framework still casts a shadow on modern higher learning, but sadly not the Review. While browsing the weekly calendar spread last week, I was startled to read your announcement for the Fuzzy Vance Lecture Series. Following the particulars, your annotation said, “If you’re one of those people who are actually into/excell at math, this is for you, you odd little demographic.” Can you imagine applying the same language to any other announcement in that spread? I challe...

America in Midst of Class Warfare

Ben Master

March 18, 2011

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To the Editors: Pete Sabo correctly connects the dots between wealth stratification, the Republican-capital alliance and the recent attacks on public-sector unions (“America Approaching Class Warfare,” The Oberlin Review, March 11). But some further analysis and contextualization is necessary. America is not “approaching class warfare.” We have been in the midst of class warfare, or better put, a lopsided class drubbing, for the last 35 years. As Doug Fraser, former president of the United Auto Workers (’77–’83), wrote in 1978: “I believe leaders of the business community, with few exceptions, have chosen to wage a one-sided class war today in this country — a war against working people, the unem...

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