The Oberlin Review

Tamara Wittes.

Off the Cuff with Tamara Wittes, OC ’91

February 14, 2020

Tamara Wittes, OC ’91, is an author, a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, and a former State Department government official under the Obama administration.She is also co-host of Rational Security, a podcast about foreign policy and national security. She visited campus on Wednesday to give a talk titled “Scholarship and Service: Reconsidering the Arab Uprisings,” where she discussed her experience studying Middle East policies in academic settings an...

Students Relax at Presidential Carnival

Students Relax at Presidential Carnival

September 13, 2019

Students enjoyed an afternoon of local cuisine, a dunk tank, and a sudden hailstorm at the President’s Welcome Carnival this past Wednesday. Stretching from the Science Center atrium to the nearby quad, the event invited students of all class years to sample food from community vendors, including the Slow Train Cafe and Dave’s Cosmic Subs. Students tried their hand at ring toss and challenged peers to friendly races through an inflatable obstacle course. “The Taste of Oberlin was an inventi...

Senate Reflects on Year and Looks Ahead

Serena Zets, Contributing Writer

May 10, 2019

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. This year has brought unprecedented changes, triumphs, and challenges that impact all of the Oberlin College community, including Student Senate. It has certainly been an interesting time to be a first-year student and Senator who’s been thrust into an era of both uncertainty and hope. In this column, I asked members of Student Senate to reflect upon the events of the past year and plan for the year ahead. What Senate-related work from this year are you most proud of? Why? Brian James, Col...

Sustainability Crucial to AAPR Success

Johan Cavert and Brian James

April 5, 2019

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. During the week preceding spring break, the Academic and Administrative Program Review released findings from its yearlong effort to document and propose solutions to Oberlin’s current financial predicament. Integral to that assessment was evaluating the College’s institutional sustainability and recognizing that Oberlin must improve both environmentally and financially in order to make its continued success possible. In their report from March 29, AAPR members wrote that their goal “is to help...

Oberlin Should Focus on Sustainability in Future Legacy

Johan Cavert

April 20, 2018

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. The General Faculty Council has decided who will serve on the Academic Administrative Program Review Steering Committee, which will soon be announced to the rest of the campus. At such a critical moment, it is important to make time for nuanced reflection about the trajectory, values, and vision of our institution — something Student Senate has focused on this semester. During the student-trustee forums last month, one trustee convincingly asserted that Oberlin was not facing anything as dramatic as ba...

Stevens Strategy Presents to General Faculty Amid Controversy

Sydney Allen, News Editor

April 13, 2018

Editor’s Note: A revised version of the letter mentioned in this article is filed under Letters to the Editors. It can be found online at the following link: Stevens Strategy, the academic consulting firm President Carmen Ambar tapped to lead the upcoming Administrative and Academic Professional Review, presented its intended strategy to the General Faculty Council Monday. Amid pre-existing skepticism from faculty members, many who attended the meeting felt the firm came across as unprepared, further heightening concerns. The firm describes itself as “a full-service consulting firm specializing in managing the process of strategic change in colleges, universities, and schools.” Stevens Strat...

This semester’s new Student Senators: College sophomore Johan Cavert, College junior Priyanka Sen, College first-year Brittany Mendez, double-degree first-year Patrick Powers, and College first-year Eddy Tumbokon.

New Class of Members Elected to Student Senate

February 23, 2018

As five new student senators begin their terms, the Review reached out to learn a little more about them. Although the new legislative class is dominated by first-years from the College, it also includes sophomore and junior representatives, as well as a new senator from the Conservatory. Johan Cavert, College sophomore Why did you run? I was inspired by Senate’s recent initiatives and hoped to assist their trajectory toward becoming a respected body that effectively communicates student desi...

Conference Brings Ideas, Array of Leaders to Oberlin

Johan Cavert, Staff Writer

November 3, 2017

An impressive array of writers, politicians, educators, and national leaders will convene at The Hotel at Oberlin for a private conference in a couple of weeks to address contentious issues concerning the state of American democracy. The conference, which will take place Nov. 15–17, is titled The State of American Democracy: A National Conversation and will, according to organizers, discuss solutions for rebuilding what they refer to as “the frayed edges of American democracy.” The lengthy roster of guests features a broad range of speakers from both sides of the ideological spectrum with expertise on a wide range of contemporary issues. Among the guests listed are J. D. Vance, author of The New York Time...

Toni Myers, the new permanent director of the MRC, sits outside Wilder Hall. Myers hopes to expand community
outreach and may sponsor a Social Justice Leadership ExCo next semester.

Myers Named Permanent MRC Director, Aims for More Outreach

April 21, 2017

Toni Myers is now the permanent Multicul­tural Resource Center Director after serving as interim director since May. In addition to sup­porting the MRC's goal of creating a welcoming space for students of diverse backgrounds, and identities, Myers hopes to expand the center’s community outreach and continue partner­ships with other student groups. “I want the MRC to be seen as a partner in a larger campus coalition around diversity, equity and social justice,” Myers said in The Source’s online a...

Search Committee Announces Transition Team Formation

Johan Cavert

April 14, 2017

The Presidential Search Committee created a transition team at the end of March to help ensure a smooth entry for the College’s next president and their staff. The team is composed of 20 representatives from the faculty, student body, Board of Trustees, staff and the alumni association. Manish Mehta, Chemistry professor and faculty representative for the transition team, said the group’s main task is to familiarize the next president with the many communities on campus. “The purpose of the committee will be to aid the new president’s transition to Oberlin,” Mehta wrote in an email to the Review. “Broadly speaking, we will help in two areas: first, to orient the president to the campus and various campus...

With New EPA Head, Environmental Protection Falls to Citizens

Johan Cavert, Contributing Writer

February 24, 2017

Despite his ideological opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency, Senate confirmed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the agency last Friday. Pruitt’s confirmation is further evidence that President Donald Trump and the Republican Party will neglect the health of our planet in favor of the fossil fuel industry. Abandoned by the federal government, Americans will need to fight back with increased grassroots organizing and environmental activism at the community and state levels. Throughout his campaign, Trump promised to gut and possibly eliminate the EPA, and he appears to be following through on that promise with his selection of Pruitt, whose record as Oklahoma Attorney General was h...

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