The Oberlin Review

College Offers Cash for Early Retirement

College Offers Cash for Early Retirement

May 6, 2016

Over the next three weeks, 177 faculty and staff must decide whether or not they want to take the College up on its offer to retire early in exchange for a relatively hefty severance package. The deal, which administrators are projecting will save the College between $1.5–3.5 million per year, is known as a voluntary severance incentive package and is the first step in the administration’s long-term plan to cut spending while slowing the rate of tuition increase. The payout is relatively...

Students Rally as OCOPE Negotiations Continue

Students Rally as OCOPE Negotiations Continue

April 29, 2016

Students, faculty and College employees from multiple labor unions gathered outside Hall Auditorium earlier today in support of campus workers currently engaging in contract negotiations with the College. The Oberlin College and Professional Employees, a union of campus workers, met with administrators Friday morning to continue a series of negotiations that began April 12 and are slated to end June 30. OCOPE, founded 46 years ago, represents 190 administrative assistance, office workers and libraria...

Oberlin Selects New Director of Libraries

April 1, 2016

Oberlin will officially welcome Alexia Hudson-Ward as the new Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries on July 1, but she has already received warm greetings from students, faculty and staff. “Ms. Hudson-Ward’s vision for the college library system, broad professional experience and enthusiasm were unmatched in a very competitive pool of candidates,” Associate Dean Pablo Mitchell, chair of the library director search committee, wrote in an email to the Review. “As library director, she is g...

Get REC’d

Madeline Stocker, Editor-in-chief

April 1, 2016

After receiving $2.6 million in Renewable Energy Credits, Oberlin City Council must decide how to spend the extra cash. Renewable Energy Credits are generated when a community produces one megawatt-hour of electricity from a renewable energy source, such as geothermal heat pumps, bioproducts, hydrogen fuel cells and other eligible sources. The credits can then be traded or sold on the open market. Over 50 people were in attendance during the work session the City Council held Monday to discuss how the credits should be spent. According to Steve Dupee, Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System executive director, the money can either be used to temporarily lower energy rates or invest into long-term sustainable initiatives. Tensions...

New Strategic Plan Draft Pursues Inclusivity

Madeline Stocker, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2016

Published nearly four months after the release of the last draft, the newest version of Oberlin’s Strategic Plan continues to make marked departures from the contents of the 2005 document. Though it remains more of a comprehensive list of goals than a specific implementation plan, the current draft does identify two of the administration’s future initiatives — the development of “theme-based course clusters” and the creation of a guidance system that will offer support to students throughout their first four post-undergraduate years. The draft, which was made public Wednesday evening, focuses considerably on ensuring an “inclusive and equitable learning environment” — certainly more so than its...

Students Hold Emergency Convocation, Demand Institutional Support

Madeline Stocker, News Editor

December 14, 2014

After College President Marvin Krislov refused to suspend the standard grading system and call a school-wide meeting addressing recent national instances of police brutality against Black communities, a group of students of color decided they would hold one themselves. Roughly 200 students huddled in Wilder Bowl this Saturday to attend the three-hour “emergency convocation,” which was preceded by weeks of student-led protests, demonstrations and other actions. At the meeting, students called for the administration, which many have accused of remaining inappropriately silent in the past weeks, to take action. “There a number of ways these violences are enacted on us every day, every minute,” said ...

Students Fight for Academic Leniency

Students Fight for Academic Leniency

December 12, 2014

As of Thursday evening, over 1,300 students had signed a petition drafted by College junior Kiki Acey and other students of color demanding President Krislov suspend the standard grading system in the aftermath of the high-profile cases of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. The deaths of these three Black males — as well as the non-indictments of the white officers who killed Brown and Garner — have gained national attention as representative of the country’s historic and ...

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