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Sasamori Revisits Past in Hopes of Promoting Peace

Sasamori Revisits Past in Hopes of Promoting Peace

April 19, 2019

Shigeko Sasamori, 87, who survived the bombing of Hiroshima, visited campus last Friday to share her experience and journey into peace advocacy with the Oberlin community. Approximately 130 students, faculty, and community members attended Sasamori’s talk and many were moved by her honesty, courage, and powerful memories. Japanese Language Instructor Sachiko Kondo was the driving force in bringing Sasamori to Oberlin. She worked in collaboration with a professor at Kenyon College and secured t...

Sociology Undergraduates Present at Symposium

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

April 12, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Oberlin is welcoming over 30 students from across the region to present and discuss their sociology research at the sixth annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium on April 13. Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Sociology and Comparative American Studies Daphne John, who was instrumental in coordinating the symposium, emphasized that this event is unique in its emphasis on undergraduate research and in its diversity of presenters. “Undergraduates are spotlighted and it’s one of the few academic conferences like that in sociology and particularly in [Northeast Ohio],” she said. Undergraduates will be presenting with posters, roundtable discussions, or independent presentations in the Science...

OSCA and College Discuss Future Partnership

OSCA and College Discuss Future Partnership

April 5, 2019

Oberlin College and the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association have begun the process of collaboratively discussing the terms of the financial relationship between the College and OSCA, which feeds 590 students and houses 180. These conversations were prompted by data revealed by the Academic and Administration Program Review steering committee, which identified that the College loses $1.9 million in annual revenue through its relationship with OSCA. While AAPR leadership has emphasized the $1.9 million...

Off The Cuff: Jorge Heine, Former Chilean Ambassador

Off The Cuff: Jorge Heine, Former Chilean Ambassador

March 15, 2019

Jorge Heine is an experienced politician, educator, and author. He is a former Chilean ambassador to China, India, Bangladesh, South Africa, and Sri Lanka. Heine is also a former Chilean Cabinet Minister and is currently a Public Policy Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.. Additionally, Heine has contributed as a consultant to the United Nations, sits on the editorial board of various publications, including Global Governance, World Affairs, and Diploma...

Sexual Misconduct Investigation Concludes

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

March 8, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Uncategorized

Editor’s Note: This article contains mention of sexual harassment and assault. The formal investigation into the sexual misconduct allegations against former Organ Professor James David Christie have been completed by Giffen & Kaminski LLC, a Cleveland-based law firm. They concluded that “there is evidence that Mr. Christie in all likelihood grossly abused his position of trust and violated Oberlin College’s Discrimination and Harassment Policy, Sexual Misconduct Policy, and professional code of conduct,” wrote Acting Dean of the Conservatory William Quillen in an email to the Review. During the full investigation, the firm interviewed more than 50 people associated with the Organ department and receive...

Symposium Showcases International Perspectives

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

March 1, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Uncategorized

Oberlin’s first Public Intellectuals in a Changing World symposium launched this week, with a mission to foster impactful interdisciplinary and intercultural conversations. The event will consist of five panels and 15 different speakers and runs from Feb. 28 through March 2. “This might be the first time that the College hosts an event that has a really grand ambition of combining all the different fields — arts, sciences, and music — together,” said Hsiu-Chuang Deppman, director of the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures, director of East Asian Studies, professor of Chinese and Cinema Studies, and the organizer of the symposium. “So it really works with the two broad goals for liberal arts educatio...

French and Arabic Teaching Assistant Programs Reduced

French and Arabic Teaching Assistant Programs Reduced

February 22, 2019

Oberlin foreign language departments are preparing to undergo changes to the Teaching Assistant Program starting next year. The Arabic and French departments will each be losing one TA, and all TAs are expected to see their salaries standardized. This reduction would leave the French Department with one TA and the Arabic program with none. Elizabeth Hamilton, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, assures students that there is no cause for concern about the coming changes. “Some...

Three Alums Plan to Erect The Tappan

Three Alums Plan to Erect The Tappan

February 22, 2019

Three Oberlin alumni, Josh Rosen and Ben Ezinga, OC ’01, and Naomi Sabel, OC ’02, of Sustainable Community Associates have proposed a new development project called The Tappan in Tremont, Cleveland. The proposed building will house 95 apartments and is expected to cost 22 million dollars in financing. This is the trio’s fifth project together. Although the group predominantly focuses on historic restoration, the SCA is responsible for the East College Street Project, which houses local businesses...

Talks Spark Discussion of Disability Rights

Talks Spark Discussion of Disability Rights

February 15, 2019

Eric Wagenfeld, Oberlin’s director of Disability Resources, delivered a talk Monday afternoon called “Understanding the ADA,” which explained the implications and meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law passed in 1990. The talk was the first in a series of lectures sponsored by the Student Senate Health and Wellness Working Group. The series is just one component of a growing resurgence of discussion surrounding disability rights on campus. Several upcoming events...

Community Member Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

February 15, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Oberlin resident Leo Evans III, 31, pleaded not guilty on Feb. 8 to charges of abduction, disrupting public services, and assault. Evans has previously been employed by both The Feve and The Local Coffee & Tea. The events in question allegedly occurred Nov. 13, 2018 and involved Evans and an Oberlin student with whom he had been in a relationship. On Nov. 18, an Oberlin community member heard Evans and the student arguing about the events of Nov. 13 outside of Kim’s Grocery and Carryout and informed police. Officers located the student and accompanied them to Evans’ place of residence to retrieve their personal belongings later that night. The student pressed formal charges against Evans. An arrest warrant was...

Student’s Cardiac Event Raises Awareness

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

February 8, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The Oberlin community demonstrated its knowledge, composure, and compassion when quickly responding to Conservatory sophomore Olivia Bentley who she unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest in Keep Cottage on Nov. 12. Since then, Bentley has been diagnosed with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, a form of arrhythmia. It is an inherited condition, and Bentley and her family members have now undergone genetic testing to see who else may have CPVT. Prior to this, Bentley did not suspect that she had such a condition. “I have fainted two times before this,” she said. “But with this condition, it just looks like a seizure. Even this time it was described as seizure-like symptoms.” Bentley...

Chabad Sponsors Book Drive

Chabad Sponsors Book Drive

November 30, 2018

Chabad at Oberlin College Student Group is hosting “People of the Book Project: Bringing Books into Prison” through Sunday, Dec. 2. The group is seeking gently used books that will then be donated to libraries in the Lorain County correctional system. Rabbi Shlomo and Devorah Elkan, co-directors of Chabad at Oberlin, are leading the collection. Shlomo Elkan, who does volunteer work in the Lorain County prison system, is familiar with the obstacles incarcerated individuals face when tr...

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