The Oberlin Review

Students working in the Science Center, where future global health classes could be offered for a proposed new academic concentration.

Global Health, Business Concentrations Proposed

April 12, 2019

An area of recommendation from the Academic and Administration Program Review steering committee has sparked a conversation about two potential new academic concentrations — one in Business and one in Global Health. The AAPR believes that adding these concentrations would both attract potential students to Oberlin and increase retention among current students. The AAPR’s Summary of Work to Date document, made public to students March 29, claims that more than a third of prospective students...

Update: Your Wallet Can’t Vote For You

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist

April 3, 2015

This is the first part of a three-part series on consumption-centered activism in the U.S. The next section will be published in the April 10 issue of the Review. Consumer action as a form of activism — as political behavior that affects the world on a scale beyond individuals — that is easy to employ is a fairly new concept. Globalization and modern technology mean it is immensely easy to circulate ideas and organize events. A boycott, for example, doesn’t even require people to be in the same state or to do something at a single time. Boycotts aren’t new, but they have been harder to execute in the past, requiring massive coordination and immense sacrifice. The sacrifice is ostensibly gone now; no matter...

Students Promote Inclusivitity in Math, Sciences

Emma Paul, Staff Writer

February 27, 2015

This semester students created several new groups aimed at providing safe spaces for women, non-binary individuals and minorities navigating certain departments that have been traditionally white and male-dominated, such as math, computer science, philosophy and the natural sciences. Three new groups, Women in Economics, Women in Math and Computer Science and Oberlin Feminist Philosophers, held their first meetings in the early weeks of this semester. Rudy Boyd, College junior, computer science major and co-chair of WOMACS, said she found many of her courses to be isolating and unnecessarily competitive environments. She hopes that WOMACS will be a source of encouragement for women in a less-than-welcoming atmosphere. “Our...

Departure Weakens Arguments of Sachs Protesters

Jesse Docter and Ethan Aronson

November 7, 2014

To the Editors: Fifteen minutes into last Wednesday’s convocation, the activists had exited, the banners had been removed and the last vestiges of neoliberal criticism were absent from Finney Chapel. For those unfamiliar with the events of Wednesday night, here’s a brief synopsis: Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned economist, aid worker and proponent of neoliberal economic policy, gave a convocation lecture. Criticism of Mr. Sachs targets his neoliberal perspective, his radical restructuring of developing economies and the problematic nature of his work in foreign aid. These criticisms were voiced by Oberlin activists who distributed flyers critical of Mr. Sachs and performed a banner drop and “mic check” at the...

Sachs Convocation Exemplifies Biased, Neoliberal Agenda

Ana Patricia Robelo, Megan Gisela Bautista, and Gian-Carlo Toriano Parel

October 31, 2014

Dear President Marvin Krislov: We are three of the students who helped organize a direct action in opposition to the convocation that took place on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. We cannot speak for everyone who organized, participated or wanted to but were not able to engage in the action, but we — speaking only for ourselves — were disappointed yet unsurprised that economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs was invited to speak to share his research on global sustainability on Wednesday evening. Furthermore, we feel that the administration failed to report a transparent characterization of this speaker to the community, especially considering Sachs’s role as a major foreign economic advisor to transitioning nations in the 1980s...

Economists Debate Policy, Put Aside Partisanship

Rosemary Boeglin and Kate Gill

October 11, 2013

Before economists Arthur Laffer and Jared Bernstein began to debate on Tuesday evening, they amicably shook hands. Laffer and Bernstein, who share a long friendship, sat atop a small stage in West Lecture Hall and engaged students, faculty and community members in a dialogue about economic policy. After a long-winded introduction by College President Marvin Krislov — which detailed the economists’ credentials and career highs — the debate commenced, moderated by Department Chair and Professor of Economics Barbara Craig. Craig launched the discussion, asking each economist about the role of government in ameliorating weak economies. Bernstein and Laffer took fundamentally different tacks: Bernstein framed...

Kasper Celebrates 50 Years Teaching At Oberlin

Julia Herbst, News Editor

May 3, 2013

What is it like to have taught at Oberlin for 50 years? It’s quite an accomplishment.  Well I don’t regard it as an accomplishment. It’s just one day after the next, and I’ve been away on sabbaticals and things like that from time to time and on leave, so it didn’t seem to be something that was piling up, as it were. Looking back at your time here, is the student body the same as it was 50 years ago, or is it the same as when you started teaching here in 1963?  It’s pretty much the same feel. I think students these days like a little more feedback than they used to. [Students today have] a little more concern about if they’re doing the right thing. A little less independent-minded than they were before. … ...

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...

Europe’s Economy and the Future: What It Means For Us

Sean Para, Columnist

March 1, 2013

Many important economies in Western Europe remain in peril. Italy, Spain and Greece are all locked in debt crises. Italy’s election earlier this week did nothing to ameliorate the situation. Tragically, a comedian won 25 percent of the popular vote. Neither Silvio Berlusconi, the nefarious and lascivious prime minister and business magnate who was forced out of office in November 2011, nor his center-left opponent Pier Luigi Bersani, could muster enough votes to form a government. Currently, Italy has no prime minister or working government. This is but one example of many in which European voters have outright rejected the austerity measures forced upon them by their leaders, such as those of the technocrat Mario...

The Time For a More Inclusive Economy

Zachery Crowell

November 9, 2012

The jubilation of Obama supporters and the shellshock of Romney supporters have finally subsided. However, there are a few election lessons for my fellow Democrats to consider before we totally forget about 2012. We did horrendously on down ticket races. It is disgraceful that we did not make a real effort to reelect Justice Yvette Brown. Democrats managed to win the popular vote but are only expected to take 200 seats in the House. We must improve voter engagement if we want to do better in 2014. This is critical especially when so many Republicans write our election laws. In the end, our ground game won the day. Ohio, Virginia and Florida were all decided by 100,000 votes or fewer — a margin smaller than Ohio...

Off the Cuff with Sonal Shah, Economist

Allegra Kirkland, Editor-in-Chief

November 2, 2012

There have been a slew of recent news articles referring to Asian-American voters as a major untapped bloc that will have a significant role in determining the course of the election, especially in Western states like Nevada and California. How is Obama trying to appeal to Asian-American voters throughout the country? As in 2008, we’ve been building the voter files — just knowing where the Asian Americans are and getting them to register to vote. We’ve also made sure that the [campaign] literature is in multiple languages; we’ve got literature in Vietnamese, Hindi, Chinese, Korean, so everybody has access to the information they need. We’ve been building networks of Asian-American groups and having peopl...

Cleveland Gambles on Casino to Boost Local Economy

Allegra Kirkland, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2012

The signs on the front doors of the Horseshoe Cleveland provide a friendly reminder to visitors: “No Smoking, No Weapons.” Inside, the casino floor is crowded with security officers making their rounds and waitresses in black miniskirts and gold corsets taking drink orders on iPads. A couple shares a delighted embrace as coins pour out of a clanging Dashing Dolphins slot machine. In many regards, the Horseshoe Cleveland feels like any other casino in the United States. There are the crystal chandeliers and odd showroom furniture — white velvet sofas and puffy vinyl bar chairs. Retirees sit in front of the Sex and the City slots, sipping on white wine. Voices are drowned out by the clinking of the slots and the...

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