The Oberlin Review

Theater Degrees Lead Students to a Wide Variety of Careers

Casey Troost

February 21, 2020

It is easy to argue that certain humanities degrees are marketable. English, History, Politics, and several other “scholarly” fields cultivate strong writing and research skills. But for creative majors, like Theater, doubts over financial security sometimes hover on the horizon. However, Assistant Director of Career Development Center Josh Koller, OC ’18, who runs the Arts and Creative Professions Career Community, attests to Oberlin Theater majors’ versatility in the job market. “We have Theater majors working in the business and marketing world, writing, developing websites, doing data science, and entering law school,” said Koller. “You have so many skills that you’ve developed in that major. You’ve...

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings was recently named the new Vice President for Finance and Administration.

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings Named VP Finance, Administration

April 20, 2018

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, the current vice president of Business Affairs at Otterbein University, was named Oberlin’s new vice president of Finance and Administration last week, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees during their June meeting. If the board approves, she will officially take over July 1. Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration Alan Norton came out of retirement last May after Vice President of Finance Mike Frandsen’s departure last year. A 10-person search c...

SFC Pivots to Ad-Hoc Fund After Board Rejects Fee Increase

Roman Broszkowski, News Editor

April 20, 2018

The Board of Trustees rejected the Student Senate’s proposal to increase the student activity fee by $63 per semester next fiscal year. The decision — made at a March 22 board meeting — also called for the Student Finance Committee to repropose the fee raise when the board begins discussions for FY 2020 funding allocations. Senate initially presented the fee increase to the board March 9. The Office of the Student Treasurer initially drafted the proposal so that the SFC could keep up with student organizations’ budget demands and to bolster the diminishing funding pool. Student Senate Chair and College junior Kameron Dunbar presented the proposal to the board, and he added that he was disappointed in the boar...

Board Decision Disregards Value of Student Input

Josh Koller, Contributing Writer

November 3, 2017

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. Cornell University, Colorado College, Ithaca College, and Howard University are just a few of the elite private institutions with currently enrolled students serving as full members of their respective school’s Board of Trustees. These schools, along with many private and a significant majority of public institutions, have welcomed student membership on their boards, acknowledging that they deserve a seat at the table. The nearly two-year-long path that many dedicated Oberlin students have taken to have th...

Student Senators Kirsten Mojziszek, sophomore, and Jesse Docter, junior, spoke at Senate’s weekly plenary meeting Sunday. Senate elected junior Senators Thobeka Mnisi and Josh Koller to a  ve-member task force to consider adding a student representative to the Board of Trustees.

Student Senate Selects Task-Force Representatives

March 31, 2017

Student Senate chose junior student senators Thobeka Mnisi and Josh Koller to join a five-member taskforce to investigate the merits of adding a student representative to the Board of Trustees. The task force will also include three board members, currently unnamed, and could begin meeting as early as next week. Mnisi and Koller will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of having a student on the board, hoping to convince trustees of its importance. By the end of the semester, the task force will...

Student Senator and College junior Josh Koller speaks at Sunday’s Student Senate plenary meeting. The Board of Trustees agreed to create a task force to begin the search for a student representative to sit on its board, an effort Senate has long pushed for.

Trustees to Investigate Adding Student Rep

March 10, 2017

After months of pushing from student senators and activists, the Board of Trustees agreed to cre­ate a task force that will investigate adding student representatives to the board. The breakthrough results from a proposal sena­tors sent the board last Wednesday asking for the creation of a task force. The board then held its ex­ecutive session Friday afternoon, after which sena­tors received email confirmation that their propos­al had been accepted — a drastic change from the seven-month...

National Political Climate Inspires Push for Legal Aid

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

February 10, 2017

Student senators are campaigning for the College to provide free legal aid to students who need it by fall 2017. The push by Senate began in fall 2015 but has recently gained increased urgency with the Gibson’s Bakery arrests and Trump’s immigration plans highlighting the need for litigation services on campus. “How can you expect to be a full-time student and have a healthy mental health, academic performance, etc., while trying to come up with thousands of dollars to retain an attorney?” said Josh Koller, College junior, Student Senator and Legal Aid working group co-chair. The Legal Aid working group, originally founded in fall 2015 by Koller and former Student Senate Liaison Megs Bautista, OC ’16,...

Rosenfeld Anti-Semitism Lecture Unproductive, Misinformative

Josh Koller, Contributing Writer

November 4, 2016

I’ve been taught to honor, admire and respect educators across the board, but due to Dr. Alvin H. Rosenfeld’s propensity for denying facts and vilifying groups of people, I feel that I cannot extend him the usual respect. Dr. Rosenfeld, professor of Jewish Studies and English at Indiana University, Bloomington, came to campus Monday to lecture on contemporary manifestations of anti-Semitism, which had the potential to be productive, informative and important. Regretfully, the lecture did not address the nuances of anti-Semitism but instead perpetuated hateful, vilifying, racist sentiments and accusations. Dr. Rosenfeld made many assertions that were not only highly offensive but blatantly false. The first of Dr. Rosenfe...

Oberlin ACF Actions Polarize Campus

Josh Koller, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2016

This is the first installment in the Review’s new 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. Oberlin College’s student body is never at rest, nor should it be, given the current state of global, national and campus-wide affairs. The event generating the most noise at the beginning of this week was the panel centered on anti-Semitism held by Oberlin Alums for Campus Fairness on Sept. 22. Along with my fellow Student Senators, I took part in sending an open letter to the student body condemning the actions of ACF. Some people may wonder why Senate chose to take this stance, and...

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