The Oberlin Review

Student Finance Committee Sends Updates

The Student Finance Committee and Office of Student Treasurer

May 6, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The Student Finance Committee, in collaboration with the Office of the Student Treasurer, has completed Spring Budgeting and has sent budgets for the next fiscal year back to student groups. In line with our commitment to improve financial transparency on Oberlin’s campus we would like to take this opportunity to describe this year’s Spring Budgeting process and some of the guidelines we followed when making our allocation decisions. This year, the deadline for budget submissions was Friday, Feb. 25, approximately a month earlier than previous years. The SFC decided to collect budgets earlier to allow more time to budget and thereby make more thoughtful allocations. The SFC reviewed 121 budgets...

Students Defend Right to Celebrate

Sarah Cole, Caroline Hui, and Arielle Swernoff

May 6, 2011

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To the Editors: We were dismayed at the reactions on campus to the news that Osama bin Laden had been killed. Many Americans rejoiced Sunday night, and many Oberlin students dismissed their celebrations as “immoral” and “disgusting.” While raucous celebration complete with alcohol and dancing is certainly crass, looking with disdain on Americans’ joy at this moment is narrow-minded. The death of Osama bin Laden does not represent the death of a man, but instead the end of a person who brought grief and fear to millions of Americans and people around the world. We cannot pretend to know the circumstances of the revelers — who may have had a loved one killed or injured on 9/11 or in the days following, or...

Professor Explains Class Evaluations

Steve Volk

April 29, 2011

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I read your editorial, “Re-evaluating Evaluations,” with much interest, and general agreement. I thought a bit more information could put your good points into more of a context. Without going all wonky on you, evaluations come in two flavors: summative and formative. The purpose of “summative” evaluations is to evaluate a completed course and its instructor. While faculty can learn much from their year-end Student Evaluations of Teaching, their basic purpose, as it says on the top of the form, is “to evaluate faculty for the purpose of personnel decisions and salary evaluations.” Again, this does not mean that faculty do not use suggestions from end-of-year SETs to re-design their courses,...

Letter to the Editors: Oberlin Community Still Champions Equality and Nondiscrimination

Brook Luers

April 29, 2011

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To the Editors: Last week, racist and homophobic language was spray painted on an exterior wall of Dascomb. Some of the discussion surrounding this incident, in both campus-wide e-mails and in the Review, has implied that there is a lurking undercurrent of racism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination at Oberlin. I would like to suggest an alternative view: In general, Oberlin deserves its reputation as a tolerant, progressive community. At Oberlin, this kind of vandalism is uncommon enough to provoke a campus-wide reaction and condemnation. The slurs painted on Dascomb are rarely read — much less heard — outside an academic or artistic context. Unfortunately, this kind of language is extremely common...

Letter to the Editors: Community Requests Support for Public Library

Ray English

April 29, 2011

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To the Editors: We write to ask all members of the Oberlin community to support the Oberlin Public Library by voting for Issue 22 on Tuesday, May 3. If passed, Issue 22 will replace the library’s current operating levy, which generates over half of its regular income. The Oberlin Public Library and the Bridge are heavily used by all segments of our community. The library serves a wide variety of needs, including education, career resources, entertainment, current information and community meeting space. The Bridge, a department of the library, provides computers, Internet service and training for those who lack access to such resources. The Oberlin Public Library is one of Oberlin’s treasures. It benefits...

Anonymous Author Offers Apology

Anonymous

April 29, 2011

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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

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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...

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