The Oberlin Review

MRC Deserves Better

Editorial Board

November 9, 2018

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Advocating for social justice is perhaps the Oberlin community’s most strongly-held value. We care deeply about equity, even though we’re far from perfect in achieving it. One of the most important resources on campus in our ongoing work to be better advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion is the Multicultural Resource Center. The MRC plays an invaluable role on campus through the support and programming it provides for marginalized communities at Oberlin. Further, the MRC does good work in educating and training other campus groups to be more sensitive to social power dynamics and their own biases. Because of the contributions that the MRC makes to our community, we have been alarmed to see the deterioration...

Vote Them Out

Editorial Board

November 2, 2018

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It’s been nearly two years since the devastation of Election Day 2016, when the American public decided to elevate someone who represents the worst among us in almost every way to the country’s highest office. In that time, Republicans have been both busy and effective. They’ve laid out an alarming agenda and achieved much of it. The far-right has become emboldened. The cowards who disguised themselves as moderate conservatives throughout the Obama years have been empowered to let their true colors show. With Trump at the helm, the GOP has launched attacks on women, people of color, Jewish people, trans people, low-income communities, the press, and countless other constituencies that contribute greatly to...

Whose Land Are We On?

Editorial Board

October 12, 2018

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The City of Oberlin celebrated Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the second time ever this Monday, after officially changing the holiday’s name from Columbus Day in 2017. Oberlin joins a growing number of cities around the country in rejecting dominant narratives of colonial expansion, instead choosing to recognize and remember the violence that Columbus and other settlers inflicted — and continue to inflict — on Indigenous peoples across North and South America. We stand behind the City of Oberlin in changing the holiday’s name. We also view the change as an opportunity to further consider the histories of Indigenous communities who lived here before us. A land acknowledgement is a conscious, historically-grounded...

UndocuWeek Seeks Progress

Graham Armknecht, Contributing Writer

October 12, 2018

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Whether it’s as small as a professor who won’t provide accomodations or as large as structural racism within the government, certain systems prevent people from succeeding. It’s often very difficult to reform these systems, and the people who attempt to are in for a Herculean task comparable to Oberlin’s current predicament. Changing a system often takes months, years, or even decades. The average person will live about 75 years, which allows us only a few systemic changes within our lifetimes, assuming progress is always being made. This week, Oberlin recognized UndocuWeek, an intentional time to think about the experience of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Immigration has been a pressing...

Oberlin Students Impact Local Politics

Saul Kester, Contributing Writer

October 12, 2018

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Barbara Turnbull lights up when she talks about Democratic candidate Janet Garrett. The third-year Oberlin College student, a communications fellow for the Janet Garrett for Congress campaign, believes in her candidate. It’s why she does the work, advertising events and photos on social media, as well as canvassing and phone banking, to elect Democrats up and down the ballot for the upcoming Nov. 6 midterm election. Conversely, Turnbull grimaces when she talks about Republican Jim Jordan, the incumbent Congressman for Ohio’s 4th congressional district, which includes Oberlin College. Jordan has been implicated in covering up sexual misconduct at Ohio State University in the 1980s, when he was working as an assistant...

President Ambar: We’re Still With You

Editorial Board

October 5, 2018

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Today’s inauguration of Carmen Twillie Ambar as Oberlin College’s 15thpresident gives our community a moment to reflect both on the first year of Ambar’s presidency and the collective challenges and opportunities now in front of us. In some ways, it’s hard to believe that it’s only been a year. Ambar has assumed the reins at a time of great turbulence, true; but she has stepped fully into the moment, and her commitment to tackling the challenges Oberlin faces has not wavered. She’s become an integral part of this campus— certainly to the point where it feels like she’s been here for a while. Be it conducting the Oberlin orchestra, being a regular face around Philips gym, sharing her playlist with the...

YeoFit Should More Actively Support Trans Fitness

Evan Corey, Contributing Writer

October 5, 2018

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I had the good fortune to attend a guided tour of the newly constructed Patricia ’63 & Merrill ’61 Shanks Health and Wellness Center on Aug. 31. Not all of the machines had arrived yet, but the high ceilings and multipurpose rooms showed that the wing was capable of facilitating hundreds of people exercising at the same time. It was a distinct upgrade from what Sara Shoenhoft, Oberlin’s head softball coach and our tour guide, called the “sweaty hallway” in which the cardio machines were formerly housed. During the tour, Shoenhoft confirmed that Oberlin varsity athletic teams would use the old weight room for training, leaving the new spaces available primarily for non-athlete students and other community...

What Would You Do with $1.5 Million?

Elijah Aladin, Student Finance Committee

October 5, 2018

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This article is part of the Review’s Student Finance Committee column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, SFC members will provide personal perspectives and updates on the goings-on of the committee. If you had $1.5 million to allocate to services and activities on campus, how would you spend it? Would you throw a music festival in Tappan Square? Start a community garden in South Bowl? Host a workshop or lecture series? Renovate the Student Union building? Or maybe initiate a community service project? This question is not hypothetical, but a literal scenario that the student body has the opportunity to answer each year with the Student Activity Fund. Included in each student’s annual t...

Faculty Body Should Follow Junior Faculty Lead Through AAPR

Editorial Board

September 28, 2018

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“We chose to begin our careers at Oberlin College for a variety of reasons. Chief among those are Oberlin’s commitment to fostering a research-engaged faculty of the highest caliber, emphasizing an outstanding and socially-minded liberal arts education, and supporting deep faculty engagement in the governing of the College. We write with concern that these commitments are currently being compromised, and we hope to work with other members of our community to ensure that the College’s mission remains intact.” So collectively wrote Oberlin College’s Assistant and Visiting Assistant Professors in a May letter sent to the entire faculty body, as well as the College’s senior staff, members of the Academic and Adm...

Voting Crucial For Redistricting Goals

Editorial Board

September 21, 2018

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There is a laundry list of reasons why Republican Congressman Jim Jordan is one of the worst that Washington has to offer. He is a founding member of the Freedom Caucus, the most far-right group in the House of Representatives — a group that has faced harsh criticism even from within its own party. Jordan has also recently been accused of ignoring credible allegations of sexual misconduct made against the Ohio State University’s wrestling team’s trainer during the time that Jordan was assistant coach. The longer Jordan has been in Congress, the clearer his incompetence and negligence have become. He is routinely the target of national jokes and indignation. He is, unfortunately, also Oberlin’s congressional rep...

Graduate School Connections Vital for Student Development

Editorial Board

September 14, 2018

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We must turn our gaze outward. That was President Carmen Ambar’s message as she prepared to ship a group of nearly 1,000 people — including first-years, Peer Advising Leaders, staff members, and volunteers — to Cleveland for the inaugural Connect Cleveland trip during New Student Orientation. The pilgrimage was part of Ambar’s initiative to build stronger ties with the Northeast Ohio community. In a massive 20-bus caravan, students connected with local organizations and alumni all over the city, visiting a total of 39 different sites, including the public radio and television broadcaster Ideastream, the Cleveland Museum of Art, an urban farm, and a Cleveland food bank, to name a few. The goal was to help st...

Dining Changes Create Urgent Accessibility Concerns

Editorial Board

September 7, 2018

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Oberlin students have been greeted by many changes this fall — some leaving us pleasantly surprised, others less so. An inaugural orientation trip organized by the Bonner Center for Service and Learning brought more than 1,000 first-year students, Peer Advising Leaders, faculty, and staff into Cleveland for a day of service, experiential learning, and fun. Further, the Patricia ’63 and Merrill ’61 Shanks Health and Wellness Center opened for the first time to the campus community. The space will provide improved exercise and fitness opportunities, kicking off with President Carmen Ambar’s presidential fitness challenge leading up to her inauguration festivities in October. While there is much to celebrate abo...

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