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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...

Emergency responders stand outside of Mercy Allen Hospital on Tuesday after seven people were exposed to an unknown substance.

Unknown Substance Causes Emergency at Walmart, Mercy ER

November 1, 2019

An unknown substance originating in the Oberlin Walmart parking lot left seven people sick or unresponsive on Tuesday. Some of the exposures occurred in Mercy Allen Hospital and resulted in the hospital employing its emergency management plan and temporarily evacuating its emergency room. Chemical testing is still ongoing, but Chief of Police Ryan Warfield says he suspects the substance was fentanyl. The exposures began when police responded to a call reporting a suspicious individual walking i...

Jaywalking Tickets Upset Students

Ella Moxley, Senior Staff Writer

September 13, 2019

Recent jaywalking tickets issued by the Oberlin Police Department have launched a campus-wide conversation about pedestrian safety on campus. Last week, the Oberlin Police Department barricaded the informal crosswalk on West Lorain Street connecting the Science Center to Wilder Bowl and issued three citations to students crossing there instead of down the street at the formal crosswalk. “This area was chosen to be shut down for several reasons; we've received several complaints, it's a highly jaywalked area, traffic moves at the 35mph speed limit here, and there is a REAL painted crosswalk about 100 feet down the road that should be used,” read a statement posted on the Oberlin Police Department’s Facebook pa...

Campus Safety, Student Health Services, and the Counseling Center are now located in Dascomb Hall. This move was arranged in an effort to make these services more accessible to students.

A New Home for Campus Safety, Student Health

September 13, 2019

Campus Safety, Student Health Services, and the Counseling Center have all moved locations into the newly remodeled first floor of Dascomb Hall. Administrators, Campus Safety officers, and Student Health providers believe that the move helps better address students’ needs by making the services more central to campus as well as by giving the departments more room and resources. The first floor of Dascomb previously housed a dining hall but was temporarily vacant when the dining hall was closed...

Security Notebook

May 10, 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019 7:01 a.m. Campus Safety officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm in a room on the third floor of South Hall. While in the room in question, two bongs, a grinder, and glass jar containing a substance consistent with marijuana were observed in plain view. The items were turned over to the Oberlin Police Department. Facilities Operations responded to replace the smoke detector and the alarm was reset. 11:00 p.m. Officers responded to an anonymous report of a non-student inside Talcott Hall who was not supposed to be on campus. The individual was located and taken into custody by the Oberlin Police Department and was charged with trespassing and theft. Friday,...

Security Notebook

May 3, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019 12:32 a.m. Campus Safety officers responded to a report of an unauthorized individual attending a student event at the ’Sco in Wilder Hall. The area was checked but the individual had left prior to the officers’ arrival. 9:02 p.m. A student reported the theft of their laptop from the third-floor center commons area in King Building. The laptop was left unattended for a short period of time. The area was checked, but the laptop was not located. 9:24 p.m. Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm on the first floor of South Hall. Steam from cooking activated the alarm. The alarm was reset. Friday, April 26, 2019 12:21 p.m. A staff member reported a ...

Security Notebook

April 19, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:15 p.m. A student reported the theft of money from their wallet on two separate occasions. The student did not know where the thefts took place. 5:18 p.m. Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm on the second floor of Allencroft House. Smoke from cooking activated the alarm. The alarm was reset. Friday, April 12, 2019 1:34 p.m. A staff member reported a bagged smoke detector in a room on the first floor of Lord House. An officer responded and removed the bag. A glass pipe, observed in plain view, was confiscated and turned over to the Oberlin Police Department. Saturday, April 13, 2019 9:23 a.m. Officers responded to a report that a student was ei...

Chronic Campus Theft Problem Has Yet To Be Addressed

Jack Derwin, Contributing Writer

March 1, 2019

During my three years at Oberlin, there has been a steady stream of theft on campus. The crimes often occur at the same times and in the same locations year after year. Despite the obvious patterns, however, the College has done little to address the situation, and students’ belongings remain vulnerable. As a student, I have heard about all sorts of items being stolen — cellphones, gaming systems, laptops, money, shoes, clothing, posters, and more. The thefts I’ve heard about are nearly always nonviolent, occur when students are away from their on-campus homes, and are concentrated in school-owned Village Housing Units.These incidents are usually reported but never solved, and students often get little sympathy...

Security Notebook

February 8, 2019

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 2:33 p.m. Campus Safety officers responded to a smoke alarm in Barnard House. An electrician reset alarm and replaced the battery 3:50 p.m. Officers were requested to assist a person stuck in an elevator in Peters Hall. Members of the Oberlin Fire Department and an electrician also responded. The individual was assisted out of the elevator, and a work order was filed for the elevator. 9:17 p.m. Members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm in Robertson Hall. Water from a roof leak caused the alarm to malfunction. Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 3:43 p.m. Officers, members of the Oberlin Fire Department, and Facilities staff responded to a fire alarm in the Biggs section o...

Hello Safety, Goodbye Security: An Unexpected Budget Cut

Madisyn Mettenburg, Production Editor

September 21, 2018

Like any first-year reluctant to abandon the air-conditioned luxury of their home, Campus Safety — formerly known as Safety and Security — has certainly been dragging its feet on its move to Dascomb Hall. While no one quite knows when they will move into Fourth Meal’s decrepit shell, even less is known about its sudden rebranding. Why the switch from Safety and Security to merely Campus Safety? Is it because now, in the midst of a budget crisis, “security” is the latest tenant to be sacrificed at the deficit’s jeweled altar? And what acronym can we possibly revere now, with the snappy “S-’n’-S” struck down alongside it? Students living in South Hall have been some of the first to feel the effect...

Security Notebook

September 21, 2018

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 10:51 p.m. Campus Safety Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Apollo Theatre concessions area. The alarm was located, replaced, and reset. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 11:00 a.m. A faculty member reported a computer adapter stolen from their work studio in the Allen Memorial Art Building. 11:44 a.m. A staff member reported a stepladder stolen from the porch of Wilder Hall. The ladder was located at approximately 4:58 p.m. in the first-floor hallway of Wilder Hall. Facilities Operations was notified. Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 1:50 a.m. Campus Safety officers were requested to meet Oberlin police officers at Oberlin High School to assist with an into...

Security Notebook

May 4, 2018

Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:50 a.m. A staff member reported non-offensive graffiti behind the home-stand bleachers and on the press box at the Knowlton Athletics Complex. A work order was filed for removal. 2:00 p.m. A construction employee reported non-offensive graffiti on the Hall Auditorium Annex. An unknown person(s) spray-painted the building and adaptable walls. Friday, April 27, 2018 1:15 a.m. Safety and Security officers reported an individual lying in the middle of Woodland Street in front of the Science Center. The officers contacted the student who said they fell off the back of another student while “goofing around.” The student, who was under the influence of alcohol, received a laceration above the...

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