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Complex Relationship between Israel, Palestine Best Explored in Person

David D. Gladfelter, OC '58

April 1, 2016


Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: To those on campus today who portray Israel as a colonial state responsible for genocide, I would ask, in the words of my late professor and fellow Francophile, Lawrence Wilson, [referencing the character Baron Munchausen], “Vas you dere, Sharlie?” My wife and I have been ...

Administration Cannot Ignore Allegations of Anti-Semitism

Melissa Landa, OC '86 and President, Oberlin Chapter of Alums for Campus Fairness

April 1, 2016


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To the Editors: For the past four weeks, the Oberlin community has been in turmoil as a result of Professor Joy Karega’s public anti-Semitic social media posts and the various responses they have elicited. Of all the responses I have seen, I am grateful to Clyde McGregor, OC ’74, and the Board ...

Jewish Students Oppose College’s Response to Karega Case

Sophie Weinstein, Sylvie Rosenkalt, Jacob Firman, Galen Lansberg, and Natalia Shevin

March 15, 2016


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Editor's Note: This letter was published in our print issue on Friday, March 11, which was signed by Jewish Students of SFP. SFP refrains from actions or letters on Jewish students' behalf, given that it is a Palestine solidarity organization.  To the Editors: As current Oberlin students and...

Board Challenges Academic Freedom

Roger Copeland, Professor of Theater and Dance

March 11, 2016


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To the Editors: In a March 5 email to members of the Oberlin students and faculty, Clyde McGregor, OC ’74, and chair of the College’s Board of Trustees, expresses the Board's’ collective concern over allegedly anti-Semitic postings on social media by an Oberlin faculty member. The Trustees ca...

Professor’s Posts Create False Image of Israel

Isaac Shub, College senior

March 11, 2016


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Editor’s Note: Since this letter was submitted, College President Marvin Krislov and the Board of Trustees have both released statements about Professor Karega’s posts on social media. To the Editors: I don’t know that Professor Karega’s online postings are anti-Semitic (though they mig...

Campus Should Cooperate During Polarizing Time

The Alumni Leadership Council, Oberlin Alumni Association

March 11, 2016


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To the Editors: We, the members of the Alumni Leadership Council of the Oberlin Alumni Association, are pained that a number of events have polarized our beloved Oberlin community along racial, religious and cultural lines. These events compel us to confront issues of bias, discrimination and harass...

Oberlin Must Embrace New Era of Divestment

Cecilia Wallace, Naomi Roswell, Hayden Arp, Jasper Clarkberg, and Ellie Lezak

March 4, 2016


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To the Editors: It is remarkable to be on a college campus that has three simultaneous divestment campaigns. Students at Oberlin are encouraging the administration to sell its stock holdings in three harmful, unjust industries: fossil fuel extraction and combustion, private prisons and the Israeli...

We Must Support Institutions, Prosecute Wrongdoers

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

February 26, 2016


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To the Editors: Brave and selfless women and men volunteer to serve in our armed services to support America by being willing to lay down their lives in faraway lands in defense of the United States of America. We can and should support them a lot better than we do. Similarly, women and men who ...

New Road Campaign Essential for Safety

Bob Gross, Oberlin visitor

February 19, 2016


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To the Editors: I heartily support the Oberlin Police Department in its safety campaign. As I drive through the Oberlin College campus, I always have to worry about hitting bicyclists and students on foot who have little regard for people operating vehicles. Jaywalking is ubiquitous and bicyclists...

Amid Policy Issues, We Should Observe Lunar New Year

Anh Lê, Oberlin parent

February 19, 2016


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To the Editors: My son, Minh-Jeffrey Lê, attends Oberlin College as a senior. I arrived in the United States as a young immigrant child, grew up mostly in Michigan and regard myself proudly as a “Midwesterner” and a Vietnamese American. I now reside in San Francisco, CA. I applaud President Oba...

We Should Question the Term ‘Low-Income Student’

Aliza Weidenbaum, Oberlin resident

February 5, 2016


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To the Editors: Certainly, it makes sense to provide immediate money for student necessities — from travel tickets for international study to cash for Oberlin Winter Term groceries. Since no student can control the womb nor circumstances from which they come, let’s think twice before using the term “low...

Elisha Gray Holds Important Place in TIMARA Studio

Roderic Knight, Emeritus Professor of Ethnomusicology

December 11, 2015


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To the Editors: I was very pleased to see Elisha Gray briefly featured in the Nov. 20, 2015 issue of The Oberlin Review. Indeed, all Obies should know him: an Ohio native, Oberlin student, then Oberlin faculty member and the true inventor of the telephone. But even more notable, especially to the ...

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