Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Petititions Circulate to Preserve REC Fund

John Elder, OC '53

March 10, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In May 2007, the Oberlin City Council voted unanimously to establish a Sustainable Reserve Program funded by the revenue from selling renewable energy credits. This week, former Oberlin City Councilors, business owners and other respected Oberlinians are starting to circulate a pair of petitions that, together, will enable the voters to preserve funding for that program. I urge students, staff and faculty who vote in Oberlin to sign these two petitions. Why do this now? The Ohio legislature has been cutting income for the city’s general fund. The Trump administration is slashing the EPA budget. We can’t expect any federal or state support for local sustainability efforts, but thanks to 2007’s...

Class Trustees Must Consider Student Needs

Cory Ventresca, College senior

March 3, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Executive Assistant to the General Counsel and Secretary Pam Pierron’s email sent Saturday, Feb. 25 stating the “regularly scheduled forum time will be used for a trustee–Student Senate mini-retreat” was incredibly disappointing to me as a former student senator. While it is important for Student Senate and the Board of Trustees to develop a strong working relationship so that Senate may better leverage its power, the development of that relationship should not preclude meeting with the student body. The idea that Student Senate can take on the Sisyphean task of representing all students to the board is absurd. In order for students to be fully represented, we need truly open fora. The clas...

“African American” Best Term for Black Populace

Mauris Emeka, Oberlin Resident

March 3, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: By way of history, until the mid 1960s, the acceptable and respectful way to refer to African Americans (or Black people) was as “colored” or “negro.” For the most part, those designations began fading away around 1965 when the Black awareness movement emerged. Careful study of our history as a people helped us all understand that instead of negroes (or colored), we were simply people of African descent — that is, African Americans. This designation (African American) has now been commonly used for just over 50 years, and without question, it increases the overall understanding of who we are as a people. – Mauris Emeka Oberlin resident   ...

OCOPE Clarifies Facts

Tracy Tucker and OCOPE Executive Board

March 3, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: It has come to our attention that incorrect information about Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees continues to spread across campus. We know the source of much of this misinformation and have requested that the College correct the errors, but since that is not happening, we believe it is important to share the truth. The College’s continued refusal to provide requested information or adhere to the collective bargaining agreement has forced OCOPE to take extraordinary action. An unfair labor practice charge was filed with the National Labor Relations Board Monday, Feb. 20. We will continue to defend the rights of our members and our contract both by continuing our effort to work with the Co...

RECs Best Invested in Community Programs

John D. Elder, Oberlin Resident

February 24, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The Oberlin City Council wants to establish a Community Choice Fund to receive donations from credits it would begin giving on electric bills in July. The credits would come from 85 percent of the proceeds of the sale of Renewable Energy Certificates, as voted 4–2 by council in a surprise move on June 20 of last year. However, to credit ratepayers and then hire a PR firm to try to convince them to donate the credits back makes no sense. And it’s not fair! The credits would be issued to rate payers on the basis of how much electricity they use. For the typical homeowner this would be about $9 a month. But for the large users it could be well over $100,000 a year. A homeowner can’t do much with...

Master’s Programs Would Damage Oberlin

David Arnow, OC ’73

February 24, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS, Uncategorized

To the Editors: Be careful what you wish for — you may get it. Among the top reasons I went to Oberlin was that it did not follow the university model. Master’s programs were few and almost every class I took was taught by a full-time, experienced professor with the highest degree available in the discipline. This remains the top reason I advise students I know to apply to Oberlin. Be wary of Master’s programs. It is all too tempting for scholars and researchers to focus on their graduate students to the detriment of their undergraduate teaching. Since 1981, I’ve been a professor at the City University of New York and have witnessed this in my university and others. John Ciardi’s famous quote, “A univer...

Immigration Ban Undermines Urban Values

Joe Bialek, Cleveland resident

February 17, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: My grandfather, Albert Joseph Bialek, came to the United States from Poland in 1910. According to the Ellis Island website, he boarded the ship Kaiser Wilhelm der Grosse in Bremen, Germany. He had just completed his service in the Austrian Army. Poland, at that time, was divided into three spheres of influence by Austria, Prussia and Russia. Upon being discharged, he returned to his father’s farm. Officers from the Austrian Army made an attempt to re-enlist him, but tradition dictated that he could remain at home so long as he was sorely needed on the farm. Immediately after the officers departed, Albert’s father gave him his brother’s travel documents and instructed him to immigrate to the Uni...

Stalinist Left Attempts to Silence Free Speech

Bob Gross, Oberlin Visitor

February 10, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: As much as those on the left see Trump as a Hitler in the White House, moderates like myself see the left as wanting a Stalin in the White House. In Stalin’s Soviet Union, speaking the truth resulted in a prison sentence — perhaps even execution. In a Stalinist manner, the left uses political correctness to silence free speech and dissenting thought, even willing to use violence against anyone who differs from them. In Stalin’s Soviet Union, the people believed the government was lying to them and government propaganda was printed in the newspapers. Except for the leftists in this country, the people didn’t believe what Hillary Clinton was telling them during her campaign, and they also be...

Alumna Welcomes Students Back

Thelma Morris, OC ’54

February 3, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Winter Term has just ended. Oberlin was quiet, with few students on campus involved in research with faculty, bookmaking, writing, theater work and practicing an instrument. Many of you were engaged throughout the world in diverse projects. Many of you went home to think, reconnect or volunteer. Winter Term did not exist when I graduated from Oberlin in the ’50s. There were rare semesters abroad and a few academic exchange programs to take a handful of us off campus. We remained college- and curriculum-bound from September to May for four long years. Nowadays, each student is encouraged to develop a special project for three Januaries — projects which find you close to home or far from it...

Interfaith Students Offer Solidarity

210 people of diverse faiths, and counting

February 3, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: We the undersigned, representing a wide spectrum of worldviews and campuses all across the country, wish to express our support for refugees and immigrants all over the world impacted by the executive order issued Jan. 27 that bars them from entering the United States. We are especially disheartened as the order was signed on Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day dedicated to remembering what happens when we close our doors to innocent people because of our fears. Barring refugees and immigrants from certain Muslim-majority countries is a direct assault on religious freedom and disrespects foundational American values. Out of 3.3 million Muslims who live in America, only 11 have committed a crime of ter...

Executive Order Threatens U.S.

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

February 3, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: To date, it has been American citizens who have slaughtered masses of people in this country, except on 9/11 when 19 foreigners, mostly Saudis, attacked the U.S. Because of the Internet, those outside the U.S. wishing to do us harm do not have to travel here; they can from anywhere in the world inspire Americans to kill Americans, and they have succeeded. All agree that we must do everything legally possible to reduce the chances that more Americans will be radicalized; it’s the lone wolf, an American citizen among us, that poses the greatest threat to our security. We are much safer if American citizens band together to notify authorities of those among us who might hurt us. The Presidential ban ...

CPB Deepens Commitment to Justice

Rev. Steve Hammond, Al Carroll

February 3, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: A Statement from Community Peace Builders of Oberlin: As the United States recently inaugurated a new president, Community Peace Builders of Oberlin and like-minded groups and movements around the world are concerned at the ways in which actions of the incoming administration may negatively impact individuals living in our communities, our efforts to build a just and peaceful world and the work underway to save the planet. In January, Community Peace Builders, along with others around the world, have been more keenly focused on inaugurating movements of hope, renewal and non-violent resistance. We will be deepening our commitment and strengthening our efforts for peace, justice and the prevention of env...

Established 1874.