The Oberlin Review

Rolling Stone Errors Highlight Poor Journalism, Perpetuate Rape Culture

Editorial Board

December 12, 2014

Trigger Warning: This editorial contains discussion of sexualized violence.  After weeks of controversy over the veracity of a Rolling Stone article on rape at the University of Virginia, an anonymous source came forward on Tuesday claiming that the deputy managing editor of the magazine, Sean Woods, had offered his letter of resignation to Rolling Stone’s founder and publisher, Jann Wenner. The move follows a series of journalistic errors that has unnecessarily diverted media attention away from the realities of campus sexual assault. The article, “A Rape on Campus: A Brutal Assault and Struggle for Justice at UVA” by Sabrina Rubin Erdely, told the story of a first-year, “Jackie,” who was gang raped b...

Unwanted Schedules Offer Hidden Opportunities

CJ Blair, Columnist

November 21, 2014

Getting into college can be a chore, especially when high school students are aiming for colleges like Oberlin. When all that’s taken care of and students are admitted into prestigious schools, it makes sense that they would feel entitled to the resources at hand when they arrive. This may be the primary reason that course registration is such a stressful time for almost all students. They’ve worked immensely hard to get here, and now that they’re enrolled, why should it be difficult to get into the classes they want? Frustration with class registration is serious and justified for many students. When upperclassmen are unable to take classes they need to meet requirements and graduate, it’s perfectly logical...

Self-Awareness, Humor Can Make Oberlin Approachable

CJ Blair, Columnist

November 7, 2014

Oberlin is known globally for its art programs, liberal views and political activism. But what about its sense of humor? If this is a school that does so much good for the world, why are its students often labeled unreachable and intimidating by outsiders? There’s room for debate about that, but I’m inclined to say that it’s because Oberlin students tend to take themselves too seriously. There’s hardly a school out there as distinct as Oberlin. Why, then, are we hesitant to have a sense of humor about ourselves? While a proposal to laugh at ourselves may sound odd, I’ve seen it applied in extremely productive ways at other colleges. Over fall break, I visited a friend at the University of Chicago. Though...

College Makes First Layoffs in More than 10 Years

Oliver Bok, Staff Writer

October 31, 2014

The College is laying off three employees due to the recent switch from coal to natural gas in the College’s heating plant. The three heating plant engineers in question must decide by Nov. 5 either to leave the College entirely or to accept a custodian position with a 35 percent cut to their current pay. “I’ve been here for 33 years. This is the first time that I’ve ever known that the College has [permanently] laid off service workers,” said Milton Wyman, a member of the Oberlin College Facilities department and chairman of the local United Auto Workers, one of the four unions on campus. According to one of the engineers, the layoffs were a result of the fact that the new natural gas heating plant is...

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...

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