The Oberlin Review

Understanding Kavanaugh’s Flawed Jesuit Education

Kameron Dunbar and Mattie Gittings

September 28, 2018

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Editor’s Note: This article contains discussion of sexual misconduct and sexual assault. The motto “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” — which translates to “to the greater glory of God” — is a beloved trademark of the Jesuit schooling experience. Fordham Preparatory School and the University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy, our respective alma maters, instilled in us this vision of living a life for others. Another graduate of an all-boys Jesuit school, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is now a nominee for the Supreme Court. Watching the weeks of coverage culminating in yesterday’s hearing — where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford detailed how Kavanaugh, in the midst of his Jesuit education, assaulted her, has be...

Kavanaugh Coverage Perpetuates Stigmas

Katie Friedemann, Contributing Writer

September 28, 2018

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Editor’s Note: This article contains discussion of sexual misconduct and sexual assault. “Let’s make consent a conversation.” Oberlin students have heard this phrase a million times before, and, hopefully, take it seriously. According to a survey by the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network, 11.2 percent of students on a college campus will experience rape or sexual assault, and chances are, you know someone who is a survivor. Oberlin students are held to high standards of respect and care so that everyone on campus can feel safe. You would think we could expect the same standards for members of the Supreme Court. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford wrote a letter on July 30, 2018 to Senator Dianne Feinstein ac...

CDS Must Address All Accessibility, Health Concerns

Eilish Spear and Amber Scherer

September 28, 2018

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Eilish Spear and Amber Scherer are members of the Conservatory Council of Students, an elected body of four students that works closely with the Conservatory and College administration to represent the Conservatory student body and foster a greater sense of community. Two weeks ago, Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo hosted a forum to address students’ concerns regarding the changes to campus dining. Troubled by what she heard from Conservatory students about their difficulties in accessing healthy and timely meals, Dean Raimondo reached out to the Conservatory Council of Students to discuss further concerns and identify potential solutions. CCS quickly sent out a preliminary survey about the din...

Cleveland Orchestra Fails to Provide Diversity in Repertoire

Matthew Bickett, Contributing Writer

September 21, 2018

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James Oestreich of The New York Times says the Cleveland Orchestra “may (quietly) be America’s best.” But what does it mean to be one of the best orchestras? For the players on stage, it means performing with exquisite sensitivity and responding to the scores and conductors in front of them with unparalleled skill. For the artistic direction, it means leading the ensemble down the path to irrelevance and eventual obscurity. Oestreich is wrong; the Cleveland Orchestra is not one of the best. In fact, they’re hardly an orchestra at all. Rather than an orchestra, I’d say they’re an ensemble specializing in the performance of music by European men. In much the same way that eighth blackbird plays only contemp...

Low-Income Students Tokenized for Oberlin Students’ Benefits

Laura Franco Zapata, Contributing Writer

September 21, 2018

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As my fourth and final year of college starts, I’ve been thinking about my time at Oberlin and how blessed I am to have made it this far, as what academia deems an “at-risk” student. Being a low-income and first-generation college student has made my experience at Oberlin differ hugely from that of my affluent peers. Sadly, identities such as low-income are not often talked about, leaving students like myself feeling lonely and misunderstood in a school known to have a generally close-knit community. Perhaps we don’t talk about these issues because the number of low-income students at Oberlin is ridiculously small, or maybe most students just don’t understand what it is like to go through life with worries...

Think One Vote Can Change The World? So Do I.

Ilana Foggle, Columnist

September 21, 2018

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Leading up to the midterm election, Ilana Foggle will be writing articles for The Oberlin Review about the different candidates on the ballot to increase awareness of surrounding local and state politics. When I first came to Oberlin more than one year ago, I made three assumptions about Oberlin’s politics. First, because the town of Oberlin is majority liberal, I thought that we would have liberal representatives. Second, I assumed that being on a politically active campus would mean that every student who was capable of voting would do so. Third, I knew that being in a swing state like Ohio put me in a unique position to directly affect representation. I was wrong about my first two assumptions. To understand Ober...

“Grape”’s Editorial Reflects Dogmatism, Outrage Politics of Oberlin Students

Jackson Zinn-Rowthorn, Contributing Writer

September 21, 2018

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Oberlin students, I’m glad to say, have retreated a few steps in recent years from the sort of divisive, outrage-fueled politics that would routinely erupt into conflagrations of bad discourse and unsolvable conflict on campus. This paradigm of activism flourished under Obama, but it doesn’t play as well in the current political era. The 2016 election offered something of a reality check. Suddenly our righteousness didn’t look so noble; our dogmatism didn’t look so pure. We are a little more open-minded now, and a little less reactionary. The campus feels calmer and more welcoming. It’s been a gratifying transformation to watch. So, I was disheartened when last week The Grape chose to publish a flippant and br...

“Review” Fails To Report Sexual Misconduct in Socially Responsible Manner

Olive Hwang, Production Editor

September 14, 2018

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Editor’s note: This article contains discussion of sexual misconduct and rape culture. Last week, the Review reported on the resignation of two Conservatory professors in the midst of sexual misconduct complaints (“Oberlin Professors Resign After Sexual Misconduct” The Oberlin Review, Sept. 7, 2018). Among the accused is James David Christie, former chair of the Organ department and world-famous musician. The allegations, however, are obscured by the article’s insensitive and dismissive tone. As a new member of the Review team, I am deeply disappointed by the way this story was covered. It is our job to present the news in a manner that is both factual and socially responsible. The topic of sexual miscondu...

Anonymous Official’s Opinion Piece Raises Questions, Concerns

Luce Nguyen, Contributing Opinions Editor

September 14, 2018

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The New York Times recently published a now-infamous opinion piece titled “I Am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration” Sept. 5. In the essay, an anonymous senior official of the Trump administration alleges that they, along with other senior officials within the Trump administration, “are working diligently to frustrate parts of Trump’s agenda and his worst inclinations.” While claiming that “the root of the problem is the president’s amorality” and that “President Trump’s impulses are generally anti-trade and anti-democratic,” the writer claims that members of the Executive Office and agencies have moved to operate independently of the president. Another anonymous article, “The Flight 93 El...

Oberlin Dining Forum Highlights Issues With Sensationalist Activism

Patrick Powers, Contributing Writer

September 14, 2018

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Oberlin students identify as activists. That activism must reach beyond a Google Doc. In the wake of the implementation of the 300 meal-per-semester plan for first-years and sophomores, Dascomb Dining Hall’s closure, and this year’s changes to DeCafé, Campus Dining Services has become one of the first major flashpoints for the anxieties and fears of the student body as our school changes. In the past few weeks, outraged Facebook posts and Google Doc activists have brought dining changes to the forefront of campus chatter. With that in mind, I find myself coming away from the recent forum on the state of campus dining with a lot of mixed feelings about student activism as I’ve seen it on this campus. The anger a...

Reaction to Tibbetts’ Death Reveals Toxic Culture of Politicization

Katie Friedemann, Contributing Writer

September 7, 2018

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Editor’s Note: This article discusses physical violence. Politics permeate everything we do and say, from deciding which candidates or issues we support to our everyday interactions with other people. Our political alignments even seem to guide how we cope with both everyday and abnormal circumstances and events, such as major tragedies. This constant and inescapable politicalization is especially clear when observing reactions to the recent death of Mollie Tibbetts. Tibbetts, an Iowa college student, was going for a run in her hometown when a man named Cristhian Bahena Rivera began to pursue her. According to what Rivera later told law enforcement, Tibbetts threatened to call the police, and Rivera panicked. What h...

Dining Changes Represent Concerning Future

Daniel Markus, Contributing Writer

September 7, 2018

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If you had been a miner in the United States, Canada, or Britain for most of the 20th century, it’s a good bet that you might bring a small caged bird, often a canary, down into the shaft along with you. If you didn’t, a buddy probably did. Mining could release trapped pockets of carbon monoxide gas, which has no scent or color and can suffocate a person before they even realize it’s happening. The canaries were a simple, albeit cruel, warning system. Their biology makes them more sensitive to poison gases like carbon monoxide than humans — if your canary died, it was time to go. Immediately. If your canary died, one thing you definitely wouldn’t do was wonder why it was dead, and you wouldn’t stay in the m...

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