The Oberlin Review

College Should Have Avoided Union Violations

Phyllis J. Jones

April 20, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Nearly 50 years ago, a group of Oberlin office and library workers showed the courage and foresight to organize a new labor union on campus, Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees, to address the glaring inequities they faced as employees. Today, OCOPE continues to play an esse...

Senate Must Maintain Integrity of Social Media Presence

Devyn Malouf, Production Editor

April 20, 2018


Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Oberlin Student Senate’s Instagram page (@oberlinsenate) is, overall, what you might expect of a college student governance group’s social media account; the page primarily features students’ accomplishments and activities, events happening on campus, student senator bios, pictures of Oberlin’...

Student Activism Must Work Toward Solutions

Editorial Board

April 20, 2018


Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

After entering this academic year with significant under-enrollment contributing to a $5 million deficit, the Admissions Office has emphasized the importance of ensuring that Oberlin hits its enrollment goals. A large part of that effort, as President Ambar highlighted in a campus-wide email in Febr...

Savior Endeavor Presents Inaccurate Interpretation of Christianity

Jason Arévalo

April 20, 2018


Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I was walking by Peters Hall last Friday when I noticed an unfortunately familiar sight: a man standing upon a short ladder with a megaphone and a sign that proclaimed, “Our God is too holy to save an unrepentant sinner.” I’d be lying if I said that I was not angry, that I did not feel frustrat...

Nation Would Benefit More From Political Unity Than Division

Booker C. Peek

April 20, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Most of us in this part of Ohio root for the Cavs, Browns, or the Cleveland baseball team. Most people in New York, California, Texas, Boston, etc. root for their local teams. All year long there is a healthy exchange among sports fans from various parts of our nation. Occasionally, ea...

Students Should Engage in Secretary of State Race

Nathan Carpenter, Columnist

April 20, 2018


Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Almost immediately following President Donald Trump’s election in November 2016, political commentators and activists — particularly those on the left — turned their attention toward the 2018 elections. We now find ourselves just six months out from those elections, in which every seat in the U.S....

Stevens Strategy Poses Potential Threat to Job Security, Program Funding

Matthew Senior and Marc Blecher

April 13, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Editor’s Note: The following is a version of a letter posted to the faculty listserv and sent to President Ambar and faculty by Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies Marc Blecher in collaboration with Professor of French Matthew Senior. This revised version was provided to the Review by Bleche...

Sachs Touts Distorted Realities, Childish Arguments

Lucille Eleanor Nguyen

April 13, 2018


Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Howard Sachs’ article, “American College System Destroys Real Liberalism,” (The Oberlin Review, April 6, 2018) challenges the widely held opinions on this campus and the general state of higher education, attacking what they deem as the “child-like value system” of leftism. This is a controvers...

Union Victory Provides Dignity to All Workers

Chris Howell

April 13, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: One of the dispiriting things about Oberlin College is the disjunction between the analytical tools and burning social justice values that we teach and discuss in class, and the application of those same tools and values when it comes to the largely invisible labor performed by workers at t...

OCOPE Resolutions Indicate Larger Issues in Community

Tracy Tucker

April 13, 2018


Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Many people have asked what caused Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees to file charges with the National Labor Relations Board and take grievances to arbitration. Simply put, these actions were taken to protect the contractual rights of administrative assistants on campus. Oberlin C...

Current Title IX Regulations Deny Accused Students Fundamental Rights

Duncan Reid

April 13, 2018


Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

April is Consent Month at Oberlin. I think extremely highly of those who work in the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and work to raise awareness about consent and sexual misconduct. However, while we are having these necessary conversations this month, Oberlin must confront the Orwellian und...

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