The Oberlin Review

OSCA: The Problem and Opportunity

John Petersen, Contributing Writer

May 10, 2019

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

 “Oberlin’s relevance as an institution is more important today than it’s ever been.” So said President Carmen Twillie Ambar in the pages of the Review at the time she became our 15th President (“Off the Cuff: Carmen Ambar, President of Oberlin College,” Sept. 1, 2017). I think just about every student, alumnum, and faculty member strongly agrees with her on this point.  And at the same time, I think most of us have also been convinced that Oberlin College needs to tighten its belt in order to achieve financial sustainability so that we retain our ability to positively impact the world well into the future. So the question that the Academic and Administrative Program Review steering committee members and th...

Students Have Right to Vote in Oberlin Elections

John Petersen, Contributing Writer

November 3, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

“Think One Person Can Change The World? So Do We.” This is one of the most successful promotional campaigns Oberlin College has ever run, because the desire to bring about positive change by engaging with the world around us resonates so strongly in our campus community. Students at Oberlin today are part of a proud history of civic engagement. Campus issues, local community issues — not to mention regional, national, and global issues — are among the ways that Oberlin students have made and continue to make a difference. Exercising your right — and I would say responsibility — to vote this coming Tuesday, Nov. 7, is one of the most direct ways students can enact positive change. For those of you who are r...

In Ecolympics, Schools Compete for Low Marks

In Ecolympics, Schools Compete for Low Marks

April 15, 2016

A competition in which green beats gold is a staple of the city’s school year for both the College and the city’s public school system. The third annual Ecolympics, which began April 8 and will conclude on Earth Day, is off to an active start. During the Ecolympics, students participate in marches and events centered on environmental sustainability and the decrease of water and electricity usage. The College created Ecolympics in 2004 as a competition between dorms and co-ops to reduce...

Students Need to Vote in Local Elections

John Petersen, OC '88 and Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology

October 30, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: This Tuesday, registered Ohio voters will cast their ballots. Oberlin College students often ask themselves, “Is it appropriate for me to vote on local issues?” This is a complex question that students must answer for themselves. While any town with a college inevitably experiences some degree of town-gown friction, the reality is that positive collaboration between students and other community members has dominated city and College relationships since both were collectively founded in 1833. In recent years, students, faculty, staff and townspeople have worked closely together to address the question of how a city and college in the Rust Belt might collaborate to build a vibrant and resilient ec...

CES Faculty Support Divestment from Fossil Fuel

Committee on Environmental Sustainability

May 1, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Oberlin Community: Faculty members appointed to serve on Oberlin College’s Committee on Environmental Sustainability unanimously support the student proposal that Oberlin College divest its holdings in the enumerated corporations whose operations are particularly counter to the College’s greenhouse gas emissions goal. In 2004, Oberlin College adopted a comprehensive environmental policy that called for a move towards zero net emissions of greenhouse gasses. The Committee on Environmental Sustainability was created through a motion by the General Faculty of Oberlin in 2006 with the express purpose of overseeing implementation of this environmental policy. In that same year the College was the first of its...

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