The Oberlin Review

February Senate Update

Machmud Makhmudov and Megs Bautista

March 13, 2015

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Student Senate has started off the semester diligently working on making the grass visible again; we’re glad to say that we’ve finally succeeded. You’re welcome. This rapid improvement in our efficiency is in no small part due to the election of seven new senators — all of whom were chosen in an election that saw the highest level of voter participation since the 2010–2011 school year. While we are thrilled about this tremendous spike in voter participation, we must recognize the relationship between this spike and the immensely talented and diverse pool of candidates who ran for Student Senate this semester. We are proud to share that Senators and College first-years Arianna Crawford and Deborah Johnson,...

Student Senate Censure Announcement

Student Senate

February 27, 2015

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Senator Zachery Crowell has been found to be repeatedly absent from meetings of the General Faculty and late to plenary meetings of the Student Senate. Senators’ failure to perform necessary duties will not be tolerated by the Oberlin College Student Senate.

Student Senate December Update

Machmud Makhmudov, Student Senator

December 5, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS, Student Senate

Last month, Student Senate engaged in a variety of unique projects in addition to its regular duties. On Nov. 19, Senate hosted a forum discussion to explore the issue of student hunger during term breaks. Given that many students do not have the resources to return home during fall, winter or spring break, a sizable portion instead stays on campus. Dining halls are not open during these periods, which can make it difficult to feed oneself. Furthermore, not all co-ops are fully functional during this time period either. Students and community members came together during the forum to discuss possible ways to make food accessible to all students who remain on campus during breaks. A few students mentioned the possibility...

Student Senator Provides Information on Laundry Price Increases

Nicholas Olson, Student Senator

December 5, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS, Student Senate

To the Editors: It is no secret that the cost of higher education is rising overall, and with this trend of price increases, little fees or costs for services rise slightly as well. Students frequently express concern about the lack of transparency around these increases and wonder what their money is going to. It should be no surprise that students have been alarmed at the 50-cent price increase for laundry. Students often feel “nickel-and-dimed” by the College as they notice rises in little necessities, especially in these cases where the increase is literally nickels and dimes. As a student senator, I have spoken with several students and read reactions online in social media about how students are interpreting...

Student Senators Call for Financial Aid Transparency, Engagement

Jordan Ecker and Ty Wagner

November 21, 2014

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Student Senate

Oberlin College Student Senate is committed to investigating Oberlin’s finances by gathering as much information as possible, synthesizing this information so that students can engage with it, creating discussions about Oberlin’s financial direction particularly involving financial aid and making the Steering Committee more accessible to the Senate and to students themselves. Here’s why. Over and over again, when asking questions about the school’s financial situation, we as Student Senators have been told: “Oberlin College needs more revenue to remain a prestigious institution.” “Changes must be made.” “We are spending too much money on financial aid.” Yet students across campus feel nickel-and-dimed...

Senate Working Groups Continue Improvements

Machmud Makhmudov

November 7, 2014

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Student Senate has seen a busy semester thus far, electing 15 senators and pursuing a variety of diverse projects. With only two of these 15 new senators having previously served on Senate, the group collectively provides a fresh perspective on improving the student experience at Oberlin. We are dedicated to maintaining a higher level of visibility on campus this semester and into the future, particularly through our working groups. The majority of Student Senate’s work occurs through General Faculty committees and working groups. Students, faculty and community members are all eligible to join our working groups. If you’d like to join a working group, please see the Student Senate website for a listing of meeting...

Senate Elections – Candidate Statements

September 19, 2014

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Student Senate elections will take place online starting Saturday, Sept. 20 at noon, and polls will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25. Students will have the opportunity to meet Senate candidates and ask questions from 7–8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 22, in the lobby of Dascomb Hall. Students will receive details regarding voting by email.   Benjamin Libbey College junior Student Senate is an extremely important part of student life. As such, I believe that Senate should operate effectively and efficiently. Additionally, I believe that Senate should be open and transparent to ensure that it is acting in the legitimate interest of the student body it represents. I am interested in hearing st...

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