The Oberlin Review

Protest Uses Extra Meal Swipes to Donate Food

Keifer Ludwig

April 12, 2019

On the heels of last Tuesday’s 24-hour boycott of Campus Dining Services, Oberlin students are protesting the meal plan changes again this week by using extra meal swipes to donate to the local safety net and food assistance organization: Oberlin Community Services. In contrast to the CDS boycott last week — which was criticised by some because the unused meal swipes had already been paid for — the food drive has the potential to affect CDS financially as many claim that CDS relies on students not using all of their daily meal swipes. “The swipes at the end of the day don’t carry over to the next day,” said event organizer and Conservatory first-year Emmy Hensley. “So I felt obligated to use everything. And I...

CDS Swipe Drive Represents Effective Community Activism

Editorial Board

April 12, 2019

 After many weeks of heated back-and-forth debate over the future of Campus Dining Services meal plans, student organizers have found an effective way to both make their voices heard and support existing community efforts. The “Spare Swipes: An Oberlin CDS Food Drive” initiative urged first-years and sophomores on the 300 meals-per-semester plan to use their spare swipes to purchase non-perishable items from Wilder DeCafé and donate them to Oberlin Community Services — a community organization dedicated to providing basic needs assistance to Lorain County residents. The drive, launched in response to the new meal plan options introduced April 1 by Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo, ran th...

Students Organize CDS Boycott

Keifer Ludwig

April 5, 2019

Oberlin students staged a boycott last Tuesday to protest Campus Dining Services after receiving two emails from the Office of Residential Education and Dean of Students Office regarding meal plan changes. Leaders of the boycott encouraged students to abstain from attending any of the CDS dining halls or DeCafé for 24 hours, and the boycott’s Facebook event received over 200 student responses. To increase accessibility, food donation boxes were set up in Langston Hall, South Hall, and Dascomb Hall — and many co-ops welcomed visitors for the day. The protests were influenced partly by an error in which administrators had students register online for meal plans that will no longer be offered in the 2019–20 sch...

Discussions Regarding Dining Changes Must Include Student Input, Voices

David Mathisson, Contributing Writer

April 5, 2019

The Office of Residential Education sent an email to all rising juniors March 19 notifying students that previously promised meal plan options would no longer be offered. Instead, the office planned to limit them to more expensive meal plans that provide fewer options to students. Concerned about the impact on low- and middle-income students, a small group of passionate student activists planned a boycott in response. Later that day, because of the accessibility concerns, I joined as an organizer. I created a food donation plan to ensure every participant would get enough to eat during the boycott, regardless of income. I’d like to thank Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo and the Dean of Students...

Students Should Have High Hopes for New Senate

Abby Kopp, Contributing Writer

March 8, 2019

Coming back from studying abroad last semester, I felt invigorated — I was ready to help improve campus and the Oberlin student experience. This feeling has been heightened by the recent election of new student senators, who seem similarly energized. All the new senators bring unique perspectives and valuable skills to Student Senate. That being said, there’s some work that I’m particularly excited about. Firstly, I’m very excited about the overarching goal adopted by these new senators: transparency. Transparency is absolutely necessary to gain a better understanding of the work the senators do and the ways in which they can support students. I’ve attended several listening sessions run by senators in the...

New Options Provide Better Food Accessibility in Conservatory

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer

December 7, 2018

Amber Scherer is a member of the Conservatory Council of Students, an elected body of students that works with College and Conservatory administrations to represent the Conservatory’s student body. Grab-and-go lunch in the Conservatory began in early October, due to efforts by the Conservatory Council of Students, the Office of the Dean of Students, and Campus Dining Services. The change was a response to student outcry, particularly within the Conservatory, over the lack of lunch options on South Campus. The Conservatory Council of Students conducted a survey, and published the results in the Review, which depicted a student body frustrated by their dining options (“CDS Must Address All Accessibility, Health C...

CDS Should Keep Serving Up the Changes

Editorial Board

November 30, 2018

Over the past year, Oberlin’s Campus Dining Services has faced significant criticism in the wake of changes caused by budgetary restrictions. Complaints have included accessibility issues, a lack of dietary options, dissatisfaction with the menu and food quality, labor issues with Bon Appétit, and the unpopular 300-meal plan that first- and second-years outside of OSCA are required to purchase. On top of these initial complaints, further issues included the closure of Dascomb Dining Hall; the removal of the made-to-order sandwich station in DeCafé; long, seemingly unmanageable lines in Stevenson Dining Hall; and the new meal swipe system in DeCafé which many students felt was confusing and disorganized at the start...

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...

Administration Announces Campus Dining Changes Amid Budget Crisis

Administration Announces Campus Dining Changes Amid Budget Crisis

September 7, 2018

Campus Dining Services has undergone several recent changes that have restructured the way students can access food and use meal swipes. Wilder DeCafé, Lord-Saunders Dining Hall, and Azariah’s Café now all offer grab-and-go meal options. Stevenson Dining Hall, too, now offers quick, portable options outside of the main dining area. The Science Cart has been closed, but the Science Center is equipped with vending machines that offer coffee and snacks. Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo explained that the ...

Students, Testimonial Project Call for CDS Changes

Students, Testimonial Project Call for CDS Changes

May 11, 2018

Editor’s Note: The petition and the link to the testimonials mentioned in this article can be found in the Opinions section of The Oberlin Review. College students are circulating a petition calling on Oberlin’s administration to sever ties with the current dining management company, Bon Appétit, and switch to a self-managed system. The petition focuses on an array of problems with Bon Appétit, citing the company’s poor management, food waste, and safety issues. The petition, which has ...

Bon Appétit Falls Short on Promises, Disrespects Workers

Caitlin Kelley, Michael Kennedy, Eliza Guinn, Dylan Palmer, and Mirella Gruesser-Smith

May 11, 2018

Editors Note: The following letter is a petition for Oberlin College to terminate its contract with Bon Appétit and to hire its own managers to run CDS. At the bottom of the letter, there will be a link to the petition and a link to personal accounts of current and former CDS workers. All of us at Oberlin, whether we are students, professors, staff, or administrators, have the same goal: making Oberlin College the best it can be. But the management of Oberlin dining services is not the best it can be. We call on Oberlin to adopt self-management to properly manage Campus Dining Services, improve the dining experience, and reduce wasteful spending. WHAT IS SELF-MANAGEMENT? Oberlin College followed a national trend...

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