The Oberlin Review

International Programming Needs Greater Support

Editorial Board

May 3, 2019

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

 The last decade has seen the population of international students attending Oberlin nearly double, stabilizing at an average of 11 percent per year. The profile of the class of 2022 includes 13 percent international students from 35 different countries. However, despite this population growth, resources for international students on this campus seem to remain relatively stagnant.  While the current resources available to international students, primarily through the International Student Resource Center and student groups, deserve credit for the phenomenal support they provide, they are spread thin relative to the size of the community they serve. The ISRC has a single full-time staff member, and while Assista...

International Students Face Challenges Finding Internships, Health Care

Editorial Board

December 7, 2018

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

In this time of financial instability, one of President Carmen Ambar’s charges to the broader Oberlin community has been to consider how Oberlin can boldly step into the future and live out what it means to be a liberal arts college in the 21st century. Part of that task will be finding ways to increase Oberlin’s global platform. We are fortunate to have a large population of international students who contribute significantly to our community, and while there are programs in place to help international students succeed at Oberlin and beyond, there are still steps this institution can take to further support and facilitate the students’ success. International students, who compose approximately 13 percent of...

Asian Food Authenticity Panel Challenges White, API Students

Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief

December 1, 2017

Filed under ARTS, Food, Recent Stories

Asia Night Market, Oberlin’s annual December tradition where students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage celebrate their culture and cuisine, will take place tomorrow night in the Root Room of Carnegie Building from 6-8 p.m. The event, this year in its sixth iteration, is one of the only collaborations between many of the API student organizations on campus. These organizations will prepare traditional food from their respective countries of origin in order to share the role food plays in informing their cultural identities with the campus community. In recent years, API students have tried to bridge the gap between consumption and understanding the food served at Asia Night Market by organizing panels, lectures, and...

Drop in International Applications Reflects Political Shift

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor

March 31, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

One of the harsh realities faced by many in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election is that the United States is not a friendly country. Until Election Day, political rhetoric about the U.S. being a country of immigrants, a cultural “melting pot” was common. Ostensibly, a lot of people — particularly white people — bought into that narrative of the U.S. as a welcoming place. Now, as national immigration and travel policy shifts drastically, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to argue that the U.S. is truly open to all. Xenophobia has come to dominate political discourse in both Washington and in our local communities. Trump is moving to close our borders and increasingly isolate the U.S. from ...

Intro Courses Place Marginalized Students at Disadvantage

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer

March 11, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

This is the second part in a series on the negative effects of assumptions underlying “elite” higher education, at Oberlin and in general. At the start of my fifth semester at Oberlin, my history professor began our class by saying, “I hope you remember your APUSH.” For those of you anywhere near as lost as I was, that’s AP U.S. History. My history class was the first half of a yearlong series and the closest Oberlin gets to an introductory American history course. Created by the College Board, AP courses are high school classes modeled after college courses that have become a way for students to prove their worthiness to potential colleges. They can also provide college course credit for students who score ...

International Students Call for More Support

Xiaoqian Zhu

October 30, 2015

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

A group of international students presented proposals regarding the perceived lack of cultural, academic and career support for international students at the Board of Trustees forum on Thursday, Oct. 8. The draft of suggested improvements is reflective of the unease many international students have felt transitioning to Oberlin, students say. While Oberlin provides some programs for international students, such as designated pre-orientation, some say that the College’s perceived insensitivity to the needs of students from other cultural backgrounds makes the adjustment process difficult. College junior Malika Ghafour from Afghanistan said she experienced an example of this frustration when she visited the Counseli...

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