The Oberlin Review

Former Professor Files Lawsuit Against The College for Discriminatory Hiring

Katherine MacPhail and Anisa Curry Vietze

September 18, 2020

A former Oberlin dance professor filed a lawsuit against the College on Sept. 3 alleging discrimination in hiring for being a straight, white, married woman from the Midwest, as well as workplace retaliation. The College has not yet responded to these allegations. Former Visiting Assistant Professor of Dance Alice Blumenfeld worked at Oberlin from 2018–2020. In the summer of 2019, Blumenfeld learned that the College planned to terminate her position and instate a tenure-track position in its stead. Blumenfeld was one of four candidates considered for this role and was not hired.  “While Ms. Blumenfeld was more qualified for the tenure-track position than the individual Oberlin hired, she failed to meet the id...

Surveillance footage shows last Wednesday’s Subway restaurant robbery. Suspect Jonathan Hughes was taken into custody last Friday.

Suspect in Custody Following Aggravated Robbery at Subway

September 9, 2020

A man stole roughly $40 from the downtown Oberlin Subway last Wednesday night. Police took 25-year-old suspect Jonathan Hughes into custody within 48 hours of the incident. He is currently being held at the Lorain County Jail on a $50,000 bond for aggravated robbery — a first-degree felony.  Subway Sandwich Artist Emma Kim was on shift the night of the robbery and explained that the man indicated he was carrying a gun.  “He had his hands in the pockets of his hoodie and made it seem like he had a wea...

Football games will no longer be held at the Dick Bailey Field following the suspension of fall athletic competitions.

Athletics Community Reacts to the Cancellation of Fall Sports

September 4, 2020

Without competitions to prepare for, coaches have had to adjust their plans for this season. Oberlin College came to the difficult decision to cancel all fall athletics on June 22, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A month later, the North Coast Athletic Conference overall announced that they would make the same decision.  After seeing the previous spring season meet the same fate, fall athletes are now living through the same shock and pain their peers experienced months prior.  Del...

College students stand in a socially-distanced line to enter Stevenson Dining Hall. Scheduled visits to a dining hall are the only time students are permitted to leave their dorm room until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

Orientation, First Week of Classes Go Remote Due to Test Processing Delays

August 28, 2020

Some students who arrive on campus this week are quarantining for longer than expected while they await their COVID-19 test results. Tempus, the Chicago-based company that processes the College’s tests, originally promised to deliver test results within 24–48 hours but is experiencing delays due to increased demand. In response, the College has decided to conduct the first week of classes, beginning this Monday, online.  “Rather than receiving our test results within 48 hours of the lab receiving t...

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College Releases Details for Three Semesters of In-Person Classes

July 18, 2020

Information about changes to housing, dining, student activities, and campus social life was sent in an email to students, faculty, and staff last Wednesday, accompanied by a community agreement for on-campus enrollment. This year the College will adopt a three-semester model and enroll a limited student body in the fall, spring, and summer. The goal of this plan is to “de-densify” campus, allowing students to live in single rooms, practice social distancing in classes, and limit the potentia...

College, Gibson’s Bakery File Briefs Appealing $25 Million Verdict

College, Gibson’s Bakery File Briefs Appealing $25 Million Verdict

June 12, 2020

Last Friday, the College filed to appeal the $25 million verdict that Gibson’s Bakery won in their case against Oberlin College and Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo. A jury found the College guilty of libel last June and initially awarded the Gibsons $44 million in damages, later capped at $25 million due to Ohio state laws regarding tort lawsuits. The Gibsons argued that the College supported students in protesting and boycotting the bakery following accusations of racism in ...

College fourth-year and Opinions Editor Jackie Brant posing with her completed philosophy thesis.

Opinions: A Year In “Review”

May 25, 2020

Editor’s note: This article appears as part of a series in which the Review’s graduating editors reflect on how their sections have evolved, the biggest stories of the year, and their time at the paper as a whole. The rest of this series can be found here.  This has been a major year for Oberlin and Ohio. National and local elections, the outcome of the Gibson’s case, the implementation of One Oberlin, the College’s plan to outsource 108 United Auto Worker jobs, and the spread of COVID-19 hav...

College fourth-years Editor-in-Chief Nathan Carpenter and Managing Editor Ananya Gupta.

OTC: Review Editor-in-Chief Nathan Carpenter and Managing Editor Ananya Gupta

May 25, 2020

College fourth-years Ananya Gupta and Nathan Carpenter have served as the respective managing editor and editor-in-chief of The Oberlin Review for the past two years. As the first members of the Review staff to remain in these senior roles for two consecutive terms, they have taken special initiative in shaping the direction and community of the paper. From instituting a paperless production process and an annual staff retreat, to hosting a journalism symposium and creating a special environmental iss...

City Council members deliberate at a February 2018 meeting.

City Council Continues Environmental Emphasis

April 22, 2020

Following months of debate, Oberlin residents voted in 2017 to allocate $2.8 million to realize the goals outlined in the third iteration of the Oberlin Climate Action Plan, originally envisioned in 2011. Broadly, the plan’s current focus is to work toward carbon neutrality and to assist Oberlin residents who are interested in sustainable space heating and transportation opportunities. Efforts toward achieving these goals are currently underway. The most recent plan reaffirms the goal of the ...

On April 1, City Council held their first-ever Zoom meeting since their regular meeting on March 16 was canceled following social distancing recommendations.

City Council Transitions to Zoom, Funds COVID-19 Response Efforts

April 18, 2020

In response to the impacts of COVID-19, City Council recently committed funding to several programs that provide financial relief and resources to Oberlin community members. City Council expanded existing programs and established new initiatives that offer assistance to residents, business owners, students, and seniors. Many of these efforts were addressed following an interim period when City Council was unable to meet. On March 16, City Council’s regular meeting was canceled after the city...

College Implements Telecommuting Policies in Response to COVID-19

Katherine MacPhail, Editor-in-Chief

April 10, 2020

In coordination with local public health authorities, the College has drastically limited the number of employees on campus and developed new telecommuting policies in response to the local outbreak of COVID-19. Employees working from home have been asked to sign a Remote Work Agreement in which they commit to being available by phone or email during core work hours. Employees who still work on campus have been instructed to stay home if they have a temperature of over 100.4 degrees or otherwise feel ill. The College has also, in some cases, implemented a rotation strategy for employees who work remotely but come to campus periodically to complete essential tasks.  These policies were developed last month in antici...

Students, staff, and community members rally at Wilder last week in support of union jobs at Oberlin.

Students Discuss UAW Concerns with Trustees

March 13, 2020

Student activists met with members of the Board of Trustees last week to denounce the College’s announcement that they are considering outsourcing up to 108 United Auto Worker jobs. In the meeting, students expressed their concerns and presented petitions that had been signed by students, alumni, and the broader Oberlin community. Elsa Schlensker, College fourth-year and chair of the Student Labor Action Coalition, was one of the students who presented. “The overall message that students h...

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