The Oberlin Review

All Faculty Are Recommended to Cancel Classes on Election Day

Anisa Curry Vietze, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2020

In response to Student Senate’s Oct. 16 request that the College designate Election Day a campus holiday, last Monday College and Conservatory committees both recommended that faculty cancel classes during voting hours. Student Senate is encouraging students to consider not attending classes they have on Election Day that professors choose not to cancel.  Senate called on the Conservatory’s Educational Policies Committee and the College’s Educational Plans and Policies Committee to cancel classes on Election Day because of growing concerns that voting will be more difficult than normal this year due to the pandemic. Additionally, Senate noted that many other schools, such as Stanford Law School, Brown University, ...

Students Required to Pack Belongings Between Semesters

Anisa Curry Vietze, Editor-in-Chief

October 30, 2020

Students living in College housing will need to pack up all of their belongings before they leave for Thanksgiving break, regardless of whether they are returning to campus in January. While this announcement sparked some concern from students that the spring semester would be conducted remotely, public health officials say that the rest of the academic year is on track to proceed in-person as planned.  In an Oct. 23 email announcement to students, Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo laid out packing expectations for students living in dorm rooms or Village Housing. “All students in College housing are strongly encouraged to take their belongings with them,” Raimondo’s email read. “Any items le...

Students Get Out The Vote with COVID-Safe Rideshare Program

Students Get Out The Vote with COVID-Safe Rideshare Program

October 28, 2020

Oberlin voters should take their absentee ballots to the Lorain County Board of Elections dropbox instead of mailing them to ensure that their vote will be counted by Election Day. To help students early-vote or drop off absentee ballots, the Oberlin College Democrats have organized a rideshare program from Oct. 24–Nov. 3.  Students can sign up to request or provide a ride through this Google form. Rideshare participants are required to wear masks and keep the windows open.   ...

Public School Funding Back on the Ballot

Anisa Curry Vietze, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2020

This Election Day, Oberlin voters will decide whether or not to renew two separate tax levies which fund the Oberlin public schools. The levies — Issues 21 and 22 on the ballot — are both property taxes and would last for five years before going back on the ballot. “Prior to this election, the issues have gone before the public, and when those issues were voted on previously, they were passed.” said Melissa Linebrink, Oberlin City Schools marketing and communications consultant. “With the renewal, it just means that we're going to the public again, just to ask them for their continued support. We’re not asking for new money, it’s going to be the same amount that they had been paying tax-wise before....

Comic inspired by Katherine MacPhail

Fall Comic

September 30, 2020

Former Professor Files Lawsuit Against The College for Discriminatory Hiring

Katherine MacPhail and Anisa Curry Vietze

September 18, 2020

A former Oberlin dance professor filed a lawsuit against the College on Sept. 3 alleging discrimination in hiring for being a straight, white, married woman from the Midwest, as well as workplace retaliation. The College has not yet responded to these allegations. Former Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Alice Blumenfeld worked at Oberlin from 2018–2020. In the summer of 2019, Blumenfeld learned that the College planned to terminate her position and instate a tenure-track position in its stead. Blumenfeld was one of four candidates considered for this role and was not hired.  “While Ms. Blumenfeld was more qualified for the tenure-track position than the individual Oberlin hired, she failed to meet the id...

The women’s soccer team performs drills during one of its first socially distanced practices. Anisa Curry Vietze

Teams Develop New COVID-Safe Practice Routines

September 11, 2020

Although fall athletic competitions have been canceled, most teams held their first in person practices this week. This year, without games and with new restrictions, students and coaches have to reconsider their athletic goals and what kind of experience they hope to create. Teams are in the early stages of developing new practice routines.  With the goal of ensuring that COVID-19 related safety measures were in place, teams implemented various changes to their usual practice routine. The varsi...

Student walk past Student Health and Counseling Center. All Counseling Center appointments are taking place over Zoom as a COVID-19 precaution.

Mental Health Resources Complicated by COVID

September 11, 2020

Editor’s note: This article contains mentions of mental illness. Some are concerned that the stress and isolation created by COVID-19 could have broad negative effects on students’ mental health. There is a particular concern that third-years and other off-campus students have decreased access to the College’s preexisting resources. Several organizations around campus are working to mitigate this. “I think that everyone right now is definitely worried in general, just because of the c...

Meet the Student Senate Candidates!

September 10, 2020

In collaboration with Student Senate, the Review has created a video to help you get to know some of the candidates' personalities, platforms, and favorite spaces on campus. Once you've watched, and decided on who to vote for, submit your ballot through this form with your Oberlin email address.   CORRECTION: an earlier version of this video mistakenly did not include the submission of Reginald Goudeau....

A socially-distanced parade lined up on Aug. 15 to say goodbye to all workers who were laid off due to outsourcing of custodial and dining services.

College and UAW Reach Severance Agreement, UAW Drops Labor Charge

September 4, 2020

After negotiating the post-employment terms for outsourcing 108 dining and custodial employees, the College and the United Auto Workers union have settled on a transition agreement that includes three months severance pay and one year of health insurance. Additionally, the UAW has dropped the charge it brought to the National Labor Relations Board on July 3, which accused the College of negotiating in bad faith.  The effects bargaining process officially ended Aug. 3. In addition to the health ...

College, Gibson’s Bakery File Briefs Appealing $25 Million Verdict

College, Gibson’s Bakery File Briefs Appealing $25 Million Verdict

June 12, 2020

Last Friday, the College filed to appeal the $25 million verdict that Gibson’s Bakery won in their case against Oberlin College and Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo. A jury found the College guilty of libel last June and initially awarded the Gibsons $44 million in damages, later capped at $25 million due to Ohio state laws regarding tort lawsuits. The Gibsons argued that the College supported students in protesting and boycotting the bakery following accusations of racism in ...

College fourth-year and News Editor Katie Lucey.

News: A Year In “Review”

May 25, 2020

Editor’s note: This article appears as part of a series in which the Review’s graduating editors reflect on how their sections have evolved, the biggest stories of the year, and their time at the paper as a whole. The rest of this series can be found here.  From the impacts of COVID-19 on both the College and town, to student United Auto Workers activism, to the ongoing Gibson’s Bakery lawsuit, to the congressional race in our district, and more, Oberlin has seen an eventful year with plenty to...

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