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Student Accessibility Advocates Warrant More Credit

Elizabeth C. Hamilton, Associate Professor of German

October 7, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Sydney Allen’s article, “Report Unpacks Campus Climate on Disability,” (The Oberlin Review, Sept. 16, 2016) gives the Working Group on Disability and Access too much credit for a unique and successful peer-mentoring program. I write to correct the notion that we founded Student Accessibility Advocates, or SAAs. We did not. Sponsored by the Office of Disability Services, the SAAs were well-established by the time our working group first convened. If our work was at all successful, it is due in no small measure to the input of student member and SAA Rebecca Klein, as well as the SAAs’ leader, Associate Director of Disability Services Isabella Moreno. As an Oberlin press release in 2012 and a 2016 artic...

Symposium Features Constructive Dialogue

Melissa Landa, President, Oberlin Alums for Campus Fairness

September 30, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

To the Editors: On behalf of the Oberlin Chapter of Alums for Campus Fairness, I want to thank all who attended our symposium, “Building a Hate-Free Campus Through Civil Discourse.” More than 60 people participated in the event, including students, faculty, administrators, clergy and town residents. Despite some pre-event concerns voiced by students, the symposium was productive. For 45 minutes before the symposium began and during the 45-minute question-and-answer session, interactions occurred among students, alumni and the speakers — Kenneth L. Marcus, Chloe Simone Valdary and Stacey Aviva Flint. In spite of difficult questions, student criticism of ACF and complex and sensitive topics, the tone remained ...

Alumni Misrepresent Student Experiences

J Street U Oberlin Board

September 30, 2016

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To the Editors: In light of the recent [Oberlin Alums for Campus Fairness] symposium, “Building a Hate-Free Campus through Civil Discourse,” it is important for students to come together and engage with the complicated dynamics of anti-Semitism, Israel-Palestine politics on campus and alumni involvement in the narratives portrayed about Oberlin. Student Senate wrote a letter with the intent to engage with these topics (“Student Senate Condemns OCACF Actions,” Sept. 23, 2016, The Oberlin Review). J Street U’s lack of involvement in the letter was due to numerous circumstances, including differences of opinion with some of its content and limited time to contribute effectively. While individuals associated ...

Committees Allow for More Student Input

Rachel Mead, College senior

September 23, 2016

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To the Editors: Students at Oberlin seem to feel that they are in the dark about how the institution functions, and rightly so. There is very little information readily available for us to answer questions like those posed in last week’s article, “Program Cuts Leave Film Students with Questions,” involving how departments grow and shrink (The Oberlin Review, Sept. 16, 2016). This doesn’t have to be the case. For the third year in a row, I am sitting on the College Educational Plans and Policies Committee, the group charged with, among other things, doing program reviews of every department and program every few years; discussing and making recommendations for other short and long term curricular directions...

Oberlin ACF Addresses Student Senate Letter

Melissa Landa

September 21, 2016

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Student Senate, in consultation with current and former members of ABUSUA, Oberlin J Street U and Students for a Free Palestine, released a letter yesterday morning condemning the actions of the Oberlin Chapter of Alums for Campus Fairness. Oberlin ACF President Melissa Landa issued a response to the letter last night. The text of the response is below.   In response to today's letter from Oberlin's Student Senate, we would like to share with you the following: The purpose of [Alums for Campus Fairness] is to respond to students who have reported disturbing incidents and incitement on campus. We make no apologies for sharing the incendiary Facebook posts of Professor Karega with the Oberlin administration,...

Johnson-Weld Ticket Offers Experienced Leadership

Brandon Bobbitt, Oberlin resident

September 16, 2016

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To the Editors: For loyal Democrats and Republicans, there appear to be cruel choices to be made this fall, especially in the presidential race. Each of the major-party nominees is deeply flawed, and in a variety of ways. Do not assume for a minute, however, that voters will have only these two choices. There is an actual alternative at hand: the Libertarians. As your readers may know, former New Mexico two-term Governor Gary Johnson is the Libertarian nominee for president. Former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who also served two terms, is his vice-presidential nominee. Each of them has more elected executive experience than either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. In fact, even if you combined their experience, ...

College Hearings Defy Due Process

Duncan Reid, College first-year

September 16, 2016

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To the Editors: Innocent until proven guilty. It’s typically the first thing anyone learns in this country about our legal system. That you are presumed to be innocent until you are found guilty in a court of law. In every court in the nation from Nome, AL, to Key West, FL, it’s the law of the land. Then why isn’t it in Oberlin? First, a background. If you are found to be accused of a violation of the Oberlin Campus Student Code of Conduct, you will be brought before a panel of your peers, like you would be if you violated state or federal law. You are allowed to face your accuser and discuss the facts of the case, like you would be if you violated state or federal law. However once the deliberations happe...

Community Must Acknowledge Anti-Semitism

Jade Schiff, Assistant Professor of Politics

September 9, 2016

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To the Editors: Kudos to Oliver Bok and the staff of The Oberlin Review for careful and responsible report­ing on the ongoing governance process concerning Profes­sor Karega in what is, to put it mildly, a low-information envi­ronment (“Karega Governance Process Enters Seventh Month,” Sept. 2, 2016). That confidenti­ality is necessary makes the lack of information no less frustrating, especially given how long the process is drag­ging on for reasons that cannot be disclosed. However, I remain troubled by the equivocation about the substance of the Facebook posts — “many considered” they were anti-Semitic — which I had hoped would have been settled by the many, many interventions about them in t...

Administration Should Encourage Students to Approach Professors

Jennifer Feigin, College junior

September 9, 2016

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To the Editors: I took Environmental Stud­ies 101 during my freshman spring. I felt confident in my performance throughout the semester, not only because I had worked hard in the class, but also because I had taken AP Environmental Science in high school. When I saw my final grade, my heart sank; I had got­ten a D. I felt so upset and hurt. Because of the shame I felt, I avoided speaking with anyone about the grade; I bottled up my feelings inside and kept it to myself. I convinced myself that I had not been a good student, that I deserved the D and told myself to soldier on. I didn’t even consider the possibility of approaching my professor or a dean to seek an explana­tion for the grade. When I re­flect on...

College Should Remember Commitment to Intellectual Freedom

Anh Lê, Parent

May 6, 2016

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To the Editors: This has been an intense school year at Oberlin College. Such is not a surprise. Oberlin is renowned and highly respected for its tradition and legacy of encouraging intellectual inquiry, free thought, rigorous debate and exchange of ideas. I wish to offer my perspective regarding the situation and controversy surrounding Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega. I acknowledge the strong passions and feelings of the individuals and groups on both sides — those who strongly support and defend Professor Karega, and those who denounce her. First and foremost, we must show Professor Karega the full and complete respect that she deserves as a professor at Oberlin College and for ...

Resolution in Karega Case Requires Constructive Dialogue

Josh Goodman, College junior

April 29, 2016

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To the Editors: Since the revelation of unsettling Facebook posts by Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega in February, there have seemingly been two non-overlapping dialogues going on on campus which exist in a void rather than in conversation with each other. I think that both of these groups have fundamentally correct points but that their ideas need to be considered in conjunction with one another, rather than against each other, to reach any meaningful resolution. The posts made by Professor Karega were despicable and inexcusable, which I think is — to the large majority of campus — beyond a shadow of a doubt. When I first heard rumors about what had occurred, I wrote them off as likely...

Graduates of Oberlin Must Continue Justice Work

Anh Lê, Parent

April 29, 2016

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To the Editors: My son, College senior Minh-Jeffrey Lê, will be graduating with a degree in Economics from Oberlin College in May. My family and I applaud and congratulate Minh-Jeffrey and all of the graduating seniors. We also send our warmest and best wishes to all Oberlin College students and the people in the town of Oberlin. We also wish to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to College President Marvin Krislov for his leadership, all the dedicated professors and hardworking staff members of Oberlin and the Oberlin students for making Oberlin College the special, rich and unique place that it is and for nurturing the rich tradition and legacy that it is renowned for. My family and I are proud ...

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