The Oberlin Review

Marketing the Athletic Experience Increases Donor Relations

Elijah Aladin

November 9, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Over fall break, I was visiting a friend at Stanford University during their homecoming weekend. I saw droves of students and alumni flooding the campus with their Stanford Tree paraphernalia. This showout, however, didn’t compare to the scene I saw during the University of Michigan’s homecoming weekend, where the streets were lined with students and alumni covered head-to-toe in maize and blue. I saw enthusiasm and fellowship shared by so many people. Although my amazement at the sheer number of people present at each event may have simply been a result of the size difference between those schools and Oberlin — after all, each of those campuses do include graduate schools — I began to wonder, how much of an imp...

What Would You Do with $1.5 Million?

Elijah Aladin, Student Finance Committee

October 5, 2018

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

This article is part of the Review’s Student Finance Committee column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, SFC members will provide personal perspectives and updates on the goings-on of the committee. If you had $1.5 million to allocate to services and activities on campus, how would you spend it? Would you throw a music festival in Tappan Square? Start a community garden in South Bowl? Host a workshop or lecture series? Renovate the Student Union building? Or maybe initiate a community service project? This question is not hypothetical, but a literal scenario that the student body has the opportunity to answer each year with the Student Activity Fund. Included in each student’s annual t...

Revamped OBI Promotes Awareness, Safety

Kirsten Mojziszek, Contributing Writer

December 1, 2017

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

This article is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, student senators will provide personal perspectives on recent events on campus and in the community. My road to Student Senate was unconventional, to say the least. Within the first week of my freshman year, my friends nominated me — jokingly — as a candidate for Senate. In a moment of impulse, I decided to run. I am now completing my fifth consecutive semester as a student senator. While Student Senate has brought me many things — such as an income, close friendships, and emailing skills — what I value most is the passion it gave me for Title IX work. After that fateful first semester, I att...

Insufficient ODR Funding Should Discourage Prospies

Liz Cooper, College Sophomore

November 3, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: More than a month has passed since Isabella Moreno resigned as the interim director of Oberlin College’s Office of Disability Resources, and we have still seen no significant structural changes planned for the critically understaffed and underfunded ODR. There is no plan to hire a sufficient, full-time staff trained in disability support and there is no plan to provide a committed, accessible safe space designated specifically to provide support for disabled people. Every Band-Aid solution presented by the administration so far has been thinly-veiled efforts to mollify student concerns without spending the money to substantially impact the office’s critical situation. As events have unfolded, it has...

After Grant Denial, Community Center Seeks New Path to Funding

Vergil Demery

May 6, 2016

Filed under Community News, NEWS

After being denied a Community Development Block Grant from Lorain County, the Phillis Wheatley Community Center is exploring alternate methods to improve the physical accessibility of the center. The money would have funded a lift near the building’s front staircase as well as several disability parking spaces, which would allow disabled visitors access to the center’s ground floor and basement. The Oberlin Underground Railroad Society owns the Phillis Wheatley Center. The society wants to improve the center’s infrastructure and programming so that it can become a hub of community activity. “We are currently in the process of pulling together a collection of assets for people to use to help themselves...

Lack of Internship Funding Presents Accessibility Issue

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor

December 12, 2014

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Getting a job is largely dependent on the quality of one seemingly simple document: the résumé. Yet for many college students, résumé building comes at a price. Internships, aside from being personally rewarding, are advantageous in accruing a body of work experience; however, students who struggle to afford the steep costs of transportation and housing are limited in the opportunities they can pursue. About 80 percent of Oberlin students receive financial aid to pay for tuition. Despite the roughly $30,000 in aid students receive each year on average to attend Oberlin, the journey to funding internships frequently results in a financial dead end. Every student who attends Oberlin undoubtedly deserves the same...

School Board Asks for Vote on Issue 3

Barry Richard, President, Oberlin School Board

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: At its July 15, 2014 meeting, the Oberlin School Board voted to place a one mill continuing permanent improvement levy, Issue 3, on the Nov. 4 ballot. If approved, this millage amount will generate approximately $182,000 in additional yearly revenue for the district. The estimated cost on a $100,000 home is approximately $3 per month, or $36 per year. These monies can only be used for expenses that have a life of five years or more (e.g. roof, boiler, doors, textbooks, band and orchestra equipment, sidewalks, parking lots, furniture, etc.). The reasons for this request are as follows: (1) The cost of maintaining our buildings has exceeded the amount collected by our current PI funds for the last...

SFC Responds to Stipend Concerns

Student Finance Committee

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Last spring, the Student Finance Committee voted to allocate fewer stipended hours than requested by The Oberlin Review, among other organizations, than in previous years. In order to ensure that the student body is accurately informed, the SFC feels compelled to respond to recent criticisms of this decision published in the Review (“SFC Cuts Hurt Quality, Accessibility of Publications,” The Oberlin Review, Oct. 3, 2014). We welcome all comments, questions, criticisms and ideas that help improve the quality of life on this campus, but we are concerned when opinions are framed as facts and not all the information is presented. Some of the problems that the Review found with the SFC’s decision i...

Funding Favors Privilege

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor

October 10, 2014

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Financial support is an issue that club sport athletes must face almost daily, and the lack of funding they receive limits the accessibility of these organizations. Although the Student Finance Committee finances the teams somewhat generously each year, with 18 percent of the Student Activity Fund dedicated to the 21 club sports teams via the Club Sports Council, the funding mechanism isn’t exactly functional. For example, each year the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, the Preying Manti, is given its percentage of that 18 percent of the Student Activity Fund. Yet, when it comes down to it, captains are forced to front money for a substantial portion of the team’s expenses. While the College covers expenses for tra...

Career Center Awarded Grant to Fund Students Pursuing Internships

Molly Brand

September 12, 2014

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The College recently received $149,938 in grant money from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation — funding which the Career Center will use to increase the College’s number of paid internships. The money, which will be allocated to applicants of high and moderate need, will fund 32 internships in its first year, during the summer of 2015. Participants will receive either $3,600 for a 9-week internship or $4,000 for a 10-week internship in the form of a $10 per hour wage for a 40-hour work week. Although there will be an opportunity to renew the funding for a second year, Career Center Director Richard Berman said he is unsure whether there is a possibility of extending it further. ...

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