The Oberlin Review

Students Rally as OCOPE Negotiations Continue

Students Rally as OCOPE Negotiations Continue

April 29, 2016

Students, faculty and College employees from multiple labor unions gathered outside Hall Auditorium earlier today in support of campus workers currently engaging in contract negotiations with the College. The Oberlin College and Professional Employees, a union of campus workers, met with administrators Friday morning to continue a series of negotiations that began April 12 and are slated to end June 30. OCOPE, founded 46 years ago, represents 190 administrative assistance, office workers and libraria...

Students Hold Emergency Convocation, Demand Institutional Support

Madeline Stocker, News Editor

December 14, 2014

After College President Marvin Krislov refused to suspend the standard grading system and call a school-wide meeting addressing recent national instances of police brutality against Black communities, a group of students of color decided they would hold one themselves. Roughly 200 students huddled in Wilder Bowl this Saturday to attend the three-hour “emergency convocation,” which was preceded by weeks of student-led protests, demonstrations and other actions. At the meeting, students called for the administration, which many have accused of remaining inappropriately silent in the past weeks, to take action. “There a number of ways these violences are enacted on us every day, every minute,” said ...

Protests Challenge Oberlin Students to Provide Unreciprocated Tolerance

CJ Blair, Columnist

September 26, 2014

I was sitting in Professor Erik Inglis’s Art History class last week when he proclaimed the goal of the day’s lecture was to ask how Jesus came to be represented as he is today. He meant this, of course, in a pictorial sense, but my mind flashed back to 18 years spent living in the Bible Belt, inspiring me to consider that question more generally. When events occur like the picket staged by Brother Jed and his fellow preachers last week, it can seem all too easy to deem one particular display as the “accepted” representation of God, and therefore of Jesus. However, this situation is no different than other controversial topics, in that there’s much more to it than meets the eye. My opinion, of course just...

Messages of Prejudice, Intimidation Unwelcome on College Campuses

Editorial Board

September 19, 2014

When morning classes broke for lunch Wednesday, students funneled out of academic buildings onto North Professor Street to the sight of demonstrators holding large signs emblazoned with the words “Fear God” and “Ask Me Why You Deserve Hell.” In front of Peters Hall, a graying woman preached about the dangers of premarital sex to an incredulous crowd of passersby, brandishing a long pole adorned with what appeared to be bloodied menstrual products. Throughout the afternoon, the demonstrators — members of the Campus Ministry USA, led by George “Jed” Smock — occupied the sidewalk, eliciting a wide range of responses, from laughter and heckling to civil conversations to angry verbal altercations and several...

Student Attend New York Climate Protest

Sarah Conner

September 19, 2014

A group of 70 Oberlin students will travel to New York City this Saturday to attend the People’s Climate March, an environmental activism rally that is billed as “the largest climate march in history.” The march was organized in response to the United Nations Climate Summit, where world leaders will convene at the U.N. headquarters Tuesday to work toward a new climate agreement and a new set of sustainable development goals that will be concluded in 2015. For College senior and organizer Rachel Berkrot, the march itself is a classic example of Oberlin activism. “There’s something really important about the camaraderie about joining other people who are fighting the same struggle that you are, ...

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