The Oberlin Review

One Year Later, Campus Commemorates March 4

One Year Later, Campus Commemorates March 4

March 9, 2014

Students and faculty commemorate the one-year anniversary of Day of Solidarity this week, hosting a series of events and forums in an effort to extend the conversations sparked last spring. “Some people remember March 4 as the day classes were canceled, and yes, that’s part of what happened, but we have to remember why and what it’s connected to,” said College sophomore and Student Senator Kiki Acey. In commemoration of last year’s Day of Solidarity, a day which was organized in response...

Letter to the Editors: Protestors Are Creating Issues Where None Exist

Zachary Evans, College Senior

December 13, 2013

Filed under Commentary

Ever since the fake racial hate incidents last March, there have been protests against some perceived "injustice" on the part of Oberlin's administration. These protests have made a lot of noise, but there are other viewpoints on campus: 1) Oberlin's administration does not perpetrate any form of injustice, nor is it "structurally" unjust. On the contrary, Oberlin College bends over backward not to harm the interests of any individual or group. 2) The demands of the protesters are ridiculous. Students do not have the financial and administrative experience necessary to properly allocate college funds. Boycotting the state of Israel is morally wrong and based on the lie that Israel is an apartheid; it is not, since...

“Hoax” Declaration Mischaracterizes Bias Incidents, Stifles Productive Dialogue

The Editorial Board

September 6, 2013

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The College aired its dirty laundry to the nation last semester when media outlets swarmed campus to report on the rash of bigoted graffiti cropping up in academic and residential buildings. The coverage of the events focused primarily on an alleged sighting of a person in Klan robes, though evidence of hateful actions perpetrated against people of color, the Jewish and LGBTQ communities, and women, was much broader — both in scope and in form. As the summer came to a close, Oberlin was thrust back into the spotlight. A few conservative bloggers got their hands on the recently released police reports, in which the names of the two students removed from campus last semester in relation to the hate speech are revealed...

Working Groups Present Proposals, Again

Madeline Stocker, Staff Writer

May 3, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Oberlin community members gathered at Wilder Hall last Sunday, April 28, for a presentation of proposals from six different student working groups. The groups, which represented the Conservatory, the Natural Sciences, the Athletics department, documentation and communication, as well as training, workshops and curriculum at Oberlin, grew from the Multicultural Resource Center retreat in late February. During the plethora of meetings at Afrikan Heritage House on March 4, the working groups collectively decided to adapt themselves to a specific type of institutional change, one that centered on diversity, social justice and inclusion at Oberlin College. The working groups met daily during the following weeks, with...

Student Senate Reports on Working Groups

Eliza Diop, Liaison to the Student Senate

April 19, 2013

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The new group of Student Senators had their first plenary February 24. Since then, as the Liaison to the Student Senate, I can say that the journey the Senators have traveled and the experiences we underwent have tested our organizing skills, our patience, our accountability and our strength as students and as members of a representative body. Like our peers and fellow community members, the events that have taken place since the beginning of the semester have been both difficult to understand and challenging to endure. However, I am proud to say that we, in unity with the administration and the student body, are keeping our focus on goals for community building, engaging allyship, and fostering a deeper understanding...

Students Present Proposals for Institutional Change to Administration

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

April 12, 2013

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Students calling for institutional change with an eye toward social justice, diversity and inclusion presented their proposals to the administration on Friday, April 5 and to students and the public two days later in Finney Chapel. These proposals, a result of student working groups meeting regularly in Afrikan Heritage House over the last month, aim to clearly enumerate proposals for systemic reform within the Conservatory, departments of natural sciences, athletics and curriculum, with an additional emphasis on trainings and workshops for faculty, staff and students. Though the College has yet to formally commit to the implementation of the proposals, suggested a multitude of changes, including establishing an...

Double Standard In Punishment For Bias Incidents

Douglas H. Frazer

April 5, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

On March 20, 2013, President Krislov reported (in the Updates from Oberlin series) that two students suspected of having a connection to “the bias incidents” (that included, I presume, dressing like Klan members) have been removed from campus. The administration took this action preemptively, that is to say before the conclusion of ongoing legal and institutional processes. I have a few questions. First, under the first amendment to the U.S Constitution, why is this conduct not protected speech? Second, to my knowledge, the administration does not remove Islamofascist fellow-travelers from campus. Nor does it remove from campus students supporting or appropriating the dress of members of Hamas, Hezbollah, or...

Oberlin Should Continue Undivided

Booker Peek

April 5, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

The ceremony in Finney Chapel just a month ago was about as stirring as could be. The program was perhaps occasioned by more than a month-long series of racist, homophobic, anti- Semitic, cowardly acts, etc., that became even more inflamed by the reported sighting of someone well after midnight in KKK regalia. That any of this may have happened at any college in America in the 21st century with our first black president would be unfortunate; that some or all of these incidents occurred at Oberlin College is certainly ironic, all the more because of how liberal and welcoming the city is, with its countless special and loving citizens. There are at least twenty or more colleges — Harvard, Yale and Stanford, for example...

Conversation As First Response To Adversity

Matt Hartsock, Jon Levin, Josh Morse, Josh Laufer, David Fischer, and Adam Darer

April 5, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

As six housemates from the class of 2012, we have been deeply affected by the recent hate crimes on Oberlin’s campus. Needing to process our thoughts and feelings, and encouraged by the example set by the Oberlin community, we came together as friends and classmates to discuss our own experiences of privilege, oppression and bias at Oberlin. While we represent a variety of religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, we recognize that as white, cis-gendered men we are limited in our understanding of the personal impact of these attacks. Acknowledging that experiences of privilege and oppression differ among individuals, we believe that our community needs to strive for empathy and understanding through open dialogue. This...

Community Organizes Against Hate Incidents

Elizabeth Kuhr and Duncan Standish

March 15, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS, Uncategorized

Reacting to this semester’s hateful speech and actions, many Oberlin students have begun organizing in an effort to address various community concerns. Among these are a late-night walking escort service called Walk-Line, a group trying to foster more unity between North and South campus and several Multicultural Resource Center-supported Allyship workshops. In the weeks since the all-campus rally, march and convocation discussion, the Multicultural Resource Center has been busy organizing and planning. “We’re doing what we usually do, in a broadened way,” said Lorena Espinoza Guerrero, the MRC’s LGBTQ community coordinator. “We’ve been open way past regular hours. We wish we could be open more, but...

Oberlin-Wide Skillshare System Would Facilitate Connection

Daniel Lobb, Peter Saudek, and Essie Weiss-Tisman

March 15, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

In light of recent events in this community, we would like to encourage courageously creative brainstorming in the continuous effort to foster a more cohesive Oberlin. The ongoing forums at Afrikan Heritage House and the community conversations facilitated by One Town, especially, have showcased a willingness to explore new avenues of social change. Following this example, we must, as members of the Oberlin community, acknowledge that divisions within this community have existed for over a century, and if we’re serious about addressing them, we’ll need new ideas. Here’s an idea: Why don’t we create an Oberlin-wide skillshare system whereby anyone in the College and greater community could teach specific skills...

Struggling with Allyship, or, It Takes a Village

Ryan Brazell

March 15, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

As an open and visible member of the trans* community, I know intimately how it feels to be subjected to micro- and macroaggressions on a regular basis, even in historically and notoriously liberal pockets of the country like Oberlin and the Bay Area (where I currently live). My whiteness, however, affords me the unearned privilege of moving through society with relative ease. I was reminded of this privilege while watching students and faculty of color express their anger, pain, sadness, frustration and fear during last week’s “The Community Stands Together” convocation. I was reminded of this privilege again thanks to the clip of a group of students interrupting President Krislov’s interview on CNN. My immediate...

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