The Oberlin Review

OPD Offers Class to Educate Residents on Police Tactics

Elizabeth Dobbins, News Editor

March 13, 2015

The Oberlin Police Department is currently accepting applications for this year’s Citizens Police Academy — a free 10-week program open to those interested in police procedures who also pass the required background check. The academy offers field trips, demonstrations and classes on topics ranging from detective work to canine teams to the 911 call center. “We’re not training people to be police officers,” Lt. Mike McCloskey said. “We’re trying to give them a taste of what the job entails. Maybe gain a little mutual respect. It’s an opportunity to meet all the officers ... in a less formal environment.” McCloskey, like most officers in the OPD, is an instructor in the program and teaches the class...

College Plans Expansion of Financial Literacy Program

Kate Kingma

November 7, 2014

Beth Tallman, coordinator of the Financial Literacy and Creativity and Leadership Program, is looking to expand the Oberlin Financial Literacy Program, a program based out of the Conservatory Entrepreneurship Department and currently centered around the Fundamentals of Finance course. The one-credit co-curricular course now offered will likely be reformed into a more comprehensive two-credit academic course. Tallman, with the help of a committee, also plans to create new web-based content. According to Tallman, this web-based content is central to expanding the Financial Literacy Program beyond just the academic classroom. “[Financial Literacy] has to be a program, not just a course,” said Tal...

Staff Seeks Balance Between Free Speech and Community Standards in Online Comment Moderation

The Editorial Board

April 13, 2014

Last week, an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times argued that Oberlin is turning into “[a symbol] of the widespread scourge of campus political correctness and the glorification of victimhood,” due to the administration’s recent discussion regarding the use of trigger warnings in the classroom. Beside the fact that the article mischaracterizes the actual trigger warning conversation occurring on campus — for instance, professors are not removing Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart from relevant curricula because of its controversial themes — the idea that trigger warnings are inherently “distressing ... potential incursions on academic freedom and inquiry” is flawed. Trigger warnings exist in order to warn...

Off the Cuff: Marta Tienda, sociologist and professor, and Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow at the Century Foundation

William Passannante, Staff Writer

March 1, 2013

A very important Supreme Court ruling is coming up in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin. How do you think the Supreme Court will rule in this case, how do you hope it rules and why? Tienda: I am not optimistic about the decision upholding the Grutter decision [in which the Court upheld the affirmative action policy of University of Michigan Law School]. Justice Kagan has to recuse herself, so that means 4–4, [giving] Kennedy the swing.  If he does swing in the direction of keeping the Grutter intact, then it’ll remain because it would be 4–4. There’s nobody to break the deadlock in that case. … If they keep it all, they could either overturn it, which is probably the greater likely outcome, but one nev...

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