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College sophomore Katie Kim passes out boba outside of Warner Concert Hall. Kim runs a small business Bobalin which she started last year after getting an honorable mention and $2,000 in the LaunchU competition.

Boba Businesses Open Debate on Campus

November 30, 2018

Bobalin and Yeoba are two student-led boba businesses now in operation at Oberlin. Organizers for both businesses found that selling boba raises many questions about appropriation and ownership. Boba — also referred to as bubble tea — originated in Taiwan in the 1980s; nowadays, it forms an integral part of Asian American culture in the U.S. and other areas within the Asian diaspora. There are many types of boba, although the drink is typically made of flavored tea, milk, and chewy ...

Students watch a screening of the documentary, We Exist: Beyond the Binary, as part of Trans Week of Action.

MRC Program Supports Trans Students

November 16, 2018

The Multicultural Resource Center launched new programming this week for the College’s third annual Trans Week of Action. Beginning last Sunday, students and staff organized events aimed at providing safe spaces and resources for trans students. The programming ends on Trans Day of Remembrance this Sunday with a vigil honoring trans folks affected by hate. “The Trans Day of Remembrance vigil is something we do every year, since it’s a national event and there is already so much erasure of a...

Students Phone Representatives In Protest

Students Phone Representatives In Protest

November 16, 2018

Editor’s Note: This caption contains mention of abortion, rape, and incest. Students call Oberlin representatives Democrat Dan Ramos of the Ohio House and Republican State Senator Gayle Manning to protest the passing of HB 258, more commonly known as a “heartbeat bill.” The bill outlaws abortions after six weeks of an individual’s pregnancy, including for victims of rape and incest. The phone bank event, taking place three hours after the bill passed, was organized by College senior Lotte ...

Oberlin Remembers Hate Crime Victims

Oberlin Remembers Hate Crime Victims

November 9, 2018

Students gathered in Peters Hall last Friday to honor those targeted by recent racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic attacks, including the shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue and Kroger grocery store, among other events. Rabbi Shlomo Elkan (center) spoke on the events and their impact. Students, including event organizers and College juniors Ezra Andres-Tysch and Leo Hochberg, hold candles to the left and right of Elkan. Event organizers not featured are College seniors Imke Hart, Chloe Falkenheim,...

Peter Staley

Peter Staley, Activist

November 2, 2018

Peter Staley, OC ’83, is an HIV/AIDS–LGBTQ rights activist who was a prominent member of AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) and the founder of Treatment Action Group (TAG), which formed and eventually split from the Treatment and Date Committee of ACT UP. Staley is a main figure in the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, which details the history of ACT UP and the AIDS crisis. Staley returned to Oberlin for his talk, “Radical Homosexuals: How ACT UP Changed the World....

Students occupy Senator Rob Portman’s office to prostest against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Students Rally Against Kavanaugh

October 12, 2018

Editor’s Note: This article contains mention of sexual assault. Oberlin students rallied in Cleveland in a series of protests against the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court last week. The demonstrations began Thursday, Oct. 4 with a sit-in at Senator Rob Portman’s Cleveland office, and ended with a march through downtown Cleveland Saturday, hours before Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “It would be a complete atrocity and a perversion of the ...

Karen G. Fleming

Off The Cuff: Karen G. Fleming, Professor

October 12, 2018

Karen G. Fleming is a Biophysics Professor at Johns Hopkins University. She frequently speaks at universities across the nation about fostering a more supportive environment for women and people of color in the STEM fields. In recognition of her work, Fleming received an award from Johns Hopkins Diversity Leadership Council in 2015. Fleming visited Oberlin last Wednesday to present her talk, “#WeCanBeBetter: Bystander Intervention as a Tool for Achieving Equity in STEM,” which details ...

tudents enjoying a meal in Agave Tequilaria, where an incident of alleged racial profiling occurred last Friday.

Agave Staff, Patrons Allege Racial Bias in OPD Incident

September 14, 2018

Sergeant Steven Chapman of the Oberlin Police Department entered Agave last Friday night and engaged in what sources say was discriminatory behavior toward Black customers. An anonymous male called the Oberlin Police Department on Friday to report a group of people in the alley between Agave and Lorenzo’s the night of the incident, claiming he suspected the group of dealing drugs. Chapman advised OPD to dispatch two police units, both of which arrived at the scene before 11 p.m with a K-9 unit. ...

Faculty Join National Advocacy Group Amid Personnel Changes

Gabby Greene, News Editor

September 7, 2018

Amid concern over the ongoing Academic and Administrative Program Review and staffing changes this summer, over 58 Oberlin College and Conservatory faculty members have joined the American Academy of University Professors. At 64 members, the AAUP of Oberlin does not have the numbers to become its own chapter. It does, however, have the power to become a faculty advocacy program. The AAUP is a national organization with local chapters in each state, which serve as either bargaining or advocacy chapters. A private college like Oberlin can only become an advocacy chapter, which would not allow the collective bargaining found in public university chapters like the AAUP branch at The Ohio State University. “Ideally w...

Tré Quarles, OC ’18, has worked with the Oberlin administration since he was a first-year. Since graduating, he has stayed on as an office assistant for the Office of Residential Education. Quarles graduated with a degree in Africana studies and hopes to be a familiar face for students in a trying time.

OTC: Tré Quarles, OC ’18

September 7, 2018

Gabby Greene: What brought you back to Oberlin? Tré Quarles: When I was given the opportunity that I could work here over the summer, I thought that was a great idea as far as having set employment for a certain amount of time after graduation, which isn’t always certain. I do love Oberlin and I love working here; I love the community, I love the vibe, and I like seeing how it changes, but also how it maintains its spirit throughout time. I also would be interested in getting a permanent posi...

Consignment Store All Things Great Opens Downtown

Consignment Store All Things Great Opens Downtown

May 11, 2018

All Things Great, a consignment and vintage store, will open tomorrow on Main Street in the location formerly occupied by Ade’s Place. Co-owners Laurel Kirtz and Kate Harvey hope that the store will help students and community members repurpose their unwanted items and reduce waste, while acting as an outlet for the community — especially for artists. “I hope to reduce trash because I know that the students throw a lot of stuff away, and they don’t want to, but they don’t really have a l...

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