The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Must Embrace New Era of Divestment

Cecilia Wallace, Naomi Roswell, Hayden Arp, Jasper Clarkberg, and Ellie Lezak

March 4, 2016

To the Editors: It is remarkable to be on a college campus that has three simultaneous divestment campaigns. Students at Oberlin are encouraging the administration to sell its stock holdings in three harmful, unjust industries: fossil fuel extraction and combustion, private prisons and the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Divestment is a tactic designed to publicly stigmatize profiting corporations; it has limited economic impact on the targets, but its power comes from the statement made by severing ties with condemnable business. At the Board of Trustees’ March 4 meeting, trustees can discuss once again whether the College is willing to make those statements. Divestment is not new to Oberlin’s campus. A ge...

Board Rejects Student Divestment Proposals

Louis Krauss, Staff Writer

October 30, 2015

The Board of Trustees told Oberlin Fossil Fuel Divestment and Students for a Free Palestine that it will not implement their proposals to reduce or halt College investments in controversial companies. Board of Trustees Chair Clyde McGregor, OC ’74, told the five members of the Fossil Fuel Divestment group — College junior Ellie Lezak, double-degree junior Hayden Arp, College junior Jasper Clarkberg, College sophomore Naomi Roswell and Stephen Lezak, OC ’15 — last Thursday that the College currently does not invest in the 12 companies that students identified as the top greenhouse gas emitters. “The power of divestment lies not in the economic impacts it has on target companies, but in the political stateme...

Board of Trustees Crucial in Next Step for Divestment

Naomi Roswell, Jasper Clarkberg, Ellie Lezak, and Hayden Arp

September 11, 2015

To the Editors: The opening sentence of the Oberlin College Wikipedia article remarks that we were the first American college to regularly admit black students and women. The words “activism” or “advocacy” appear nine other times on the page in relation to student-led anti-war, civil rights and environmental efforts. These progressive actions have both defined us and galvanized other higher-ed institutions to follow in our footsteps. In contrast, the Wikipedia pages of Wesleyan, Haverford and Pitzer have either zero or one mention of the words “advocacy” and “activism.” However, those schools are each a part of a social justice movement that Oberlin isn’t: the fossil fuel divestment movement. Ov...

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