The Oberlin Review

Residents Question Facilities Communication

Residents Question Facilities Communication

March 15, 2019

Editor’s note: This article contains description of blood and physical injury. Concerns about campus housing — including a window shattering in Langston Hall and ceiling leaks and mold in Firelands Apartments — have left some students unhappy with the lack of communication and transparency provided by the Office of Residential Education about its facilities. On Sunday, Feb. 24, College junior Samantha Clanton was trying to close her dorm window in Langston Hall when the glass broke and he...

“Justice for Some” Talk Looks at Israel-Palestine Conflict

Anisa Curry Vietze, News Editor

March 1, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

In an effort to increase campus consciousness around the Israel-Palestine conflict, two student groups — Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine and Oberlin College Jewish Voice for Peace — have invited Palestinian-American author, legal scholar, and human rights activist Noura Erakat to speak on campus Monday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Dye Lecture Hall. College senior Nicki Kattoura was inspired to bring Erakat to speak at the College after Palestinian activists were targeted and brutalized last March. Erakat offered instrumental insights into the violence. “During Trump’s embassy move to Jerusalem, the Palestinians — as they do every year — held their Great March of Return, which basically signals Palestinian...

Senators Reflect on Campaign Strategies

Anisa Curry Vietze, News Editor

February 22, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Uncategorized

As Democrats across the country continued gearing up their 2020 presidential campaigns this past week, the ballots were just coming in for Oberlin’s own Student Senate. Student Senate elections happen every semester, but the way candidates choose to campaign can vary each time. This semester, 16 students competed for nine spots, using a variety of methods to communicate their platforms to fellow students. Many used Facebook events and other social media platforms to communicate to voters, while others spoke at co-ops or relied on word-of-mouth. Some incoming senators ran their campaigns on very specific issues, while others took a broader approach. Newly-elected senator and College sophomore Bridget Smith tied...

DeVos’s Title IX Proposal Could Impact Oberlin

Anisa Curry Vietze, News Editor

February 15, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Editor’s Note: This article contains mention of sexual harassment and assault. The public comment period on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed changes to Title IX regulations has ended. Now, the department, led by Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, will respond to comments before ultimately deciding to implement changes. These proposed changes will affect how colleges and universities respond to accusations of sexual harassment and sexual assault on campus. Some fear they will lessen the accountability placed on colleges across the country and boost the rights of defendants, making victims of assault less likely to come forward. Supporters of the changes are hopeful that it will fix a failed system t...

Effects of Shutdown Ripple Through Oberlin

Effects of Shutdown Ripple Through Oberlin

February 8, 2019

As Americans across the country navigated the effects and complications of the partial federal government shutdown last month, many Oberlin residents were attempting to manage the consequences and fallout right here in Lorain County. Oberlin City Council passed an ordinance Monday to extend its 2018 contract with safety net organization Oberlin Community Services and grant them $4,000 in extra funds to get them from February to March. The ripple effects of the shutdown continue to impact the...

Student Representatives Reach Out During Constituents’ Week

Student Representatives Reach Out During Constituents’ Week

December 7, 2018

Student Senate and the Student Finance Committee collaborated with other student government organizations to arrange this year’s Constituents’ Week from Dec. 3 to Dec. 7. The week-long event was created to build community and to help students better communicate with their student representatives. “We tried to mix [Constituents’ Week] with both community-based events and information-based ones,” said College second-year and Student Senator Caleb Knapp. Events included campus-wide pajama...

Sustained Dialogue Encourages Connection

Sustained Dialogue Encourages Connection

November 30, 2018

The Barefoot Dialogue program, which has been expanded this year as a presidential initiative, is an opportunity for Oberlin students to regularly meet for a meal and engage in intimate and vulnerable conversation. Dialogue sessions are entirely led by students, as student facilitators plan each session to provoke thoughtful sharings from their peers. Multifaith Chaplain and Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life David Dorsey, who started Barefoot, hosted his first dialogue group...

Lorain County Rising Leads Protest

Lorain County Rising Leads Protest

November 16, 2018

Local activist group Lorain County Rising led a rapid response rally in Tappan Square on Thursday. The protest was in support of the investigation led by Robert Mueller, the former FBI agent who oversees the Justice Department’s investigation as special counsel of potential foreign interferences in the 2016 election. The protestors were part of the nationally-organized “Nobody is Above the Law” rallies prompted by President Trump’s forcing the resignation of former Attorney General Jeff ...

MRC Faces Staffing Shortage

MRC Faces Staffing Shortage

November 9, 2018

Four full-time staff members resigned from positions at the Multicultural Resource Center within the last six months. The office was once staffed by five full-time staffers. The MRC is currently run by Assistant Vice President Adrian Bautista, who is serving as the interim director, Student Life Community Coordinator Khalid Taylor, OC ’17, and LGBTQ Community Coordinator Elliot Director, who will discontinue work Nov. 30. Director, the most recent staff member to resign, submitted a resigna...

Sanctuary Space Established by First Church

Sanctuary Space Established by First Church

November 2, 2018

The First Church in Oberlin United Church of Christ opened a sanctuary space for undocumented immigrants beginning mid-October. It is a space iwhere people in need of shelter who have been marked for deportation can temporarily live while they sort out the legality of their immigration status. Sanctuary spaces work by deterring Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials because places like churches are considered “sensitive locations.” Immigration agents generally avoid these sensitive locations...

Local Candidates Meet with Oberlin Voters

Local Candidates Meet with Oberlin Voters

October 12, 2018

Ten local candidates answered questions from community members at Community Candidate Night on Tuesday, Oct. 2. The event was organized by Oberlin’s League of Women Voters chapter, and encouraged residents to interact with candidates and learn about their platforms. Candidates for Ohio State Senate, Ohio House of Representatives, local judges, county commissioners office, and the county auditor’s office were in attendance. Republican State Senator Gayle L. Manning currently repres...

Annual Fund in Limbo Amid Staffing Changes

Anisa Curry Vietze

September 28, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The Annual Fund will lose two of its senior staff this semester. With no permanent replacements selected, the Student Fundraising Assistants at the Annual Fund will make do with creative management strategies. “There was confusion at the beginning of the year about who was going to supervise us, because we didn’t quite know what was going to happen,” said student supervisor and College senior Claudia Baker. During shifts, Student Fundraising Assistants make calls to alumni to invite them to donate current-use gifts to the College. “Essentially, students are raising money for scholarships and financial aid and then again, the operating costs.” Baker said. “So students will get on the phone in the evenings ...

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