The Oberlin Review

Students, CDS Workers Protest Bon Appétit

Students, CDS Workers Protest Bon Appétit

May 5, 2017

Dining halls across campus were unusually empty Monday as hundreds boycotted Bon Appétit Management Company to stand in solidarity with Campus Dining Services staff. The protest, initiated by the Student Labor Action Coalition, aimed to push the College to separate from Bon Appétit and switch to a self-management food service model. According to United Auto Worker steward and CDS grill cook, counter cook and cashier Denise Capers, Stevenson and Dascomb Dining Halls normally serve 600–800 and 50...

Julio Reyes, Latinx Student Life Coordinator

Julio Reyes, Latinx Student Life Coordinator

May 5, 2017

Julio Reyes is the Latinx Student Life Coordinator, assistant director of Student Outreach and Success and program director of the Undocumented Student Initiatives. Reyes graduated from Brown University in 2012 with degrees in Sociology and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies. Later employed at Brown, Reyes focused on social justice issues and Latinx community engagement as a Minority Peer Counselor Friend, Latino History Month Programmer and Latino Student Initiative programmer. At Oberlin, he h...

OSCA Pushes for Pausing Aid Changes

OSCA Pushes for Pausing Aid Changes

April 28, 2017

Oberlin Student Cooperative Associa­tion officers met with administrators today to negotiate the administration’s recent policy changes concerning housing and dining for next academic year. OSCA Presi­dent and College junior Tara Wells said officers’ main goal at the meeting was to have the administration withdraw the changes until next semester, when students will have more time to negotiate the policy’s parameters since many are currently busy with finals preparations. Outgoing Vice...

USS Oberlin

USS Oberlin

April 28, 2017

Administrative Turnover Stalls Plan Implementation

Administrative Turnover Stalls Plan Implementation

April 21, 2017

With significant turnover in senior administrative positions at the end of this year, faculty members are navigating different avenues of maintaining the Strategic Plan implementation committees’ goals during a major transitional period. Wednesday's faculty meeting opened with President Marvin Krislov's announcement that Vice President and General Counsel Sandhya Subramanian will depart Oberlin at the end of the semester to serve as Dartmouth College's general counsel next year. With Krislov...

Altercation Leads to Arrest in Harassment Case

Altercation Leads to Arrest in Harassment Case

April 14, 2017

An intoxicated man verbally harassed three students with racial slurs and threatened them with a knife in the Asia House parking lot Monday morning. The perpetrator, Geoffrey George Raymond Basel, a 28-year-old white man from Columbia Station, Ohio, was reported to have been under the influence of alcohol when he approached a College junior and Asia House resident around 10:50 a.m. The student was returning from the airport, having just arrived in the parking lot when she encountered Basel, who...

Faculty Seeks to Build on Partnership Program Model

Faculty Seeks to Build on Partnership Program Model

April 7, 2017

The Student-Faculty Partnership Program is looking to expand next semester. The program seeks to engage students and faculty members in a semester-long collaboration to improve teaching quality. As different groups at the College have re­cently grappled with questions of transparency and structures of hierarchical governance, several of the program’s participants believe the partnership pro­gram models how dialogue and trust among groups on campus can spark collaborative and productive developments. Former...

Off the Cuff: Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College Professor of Politics

Off the Cuff: Kevin Bruyneel, Babson College Professor of Politics

April 7, 2017

Kevin Bruyneel is a politics professor at Babson College who currently studies the relationship between colonialism, race and collective memory. He recently published a book on these issues called The Third Space of Sovereignty. Bruyneel is currently researching the role of white settler memory in American politics and race relations. He led the lecture, “‘What Do You Mean We?’ — White Settler Memory, U.S. Race Politics and the ‘Faint Trace’ of Indigeneity” at Wilder Hall Monday afte...

All Roads

All Roads

April 7, 2017

Administration Suspends Research Status

Administration Suspends Research Status

March 31, 2017

A budgetary move intended to save Oberlin money has indefinitely eliminated funding for the faculty Research Status program. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Tim Elgren and Dean of the Conservatory Andrea Kalyn announced the suspension in an email to faculty March 15, a decision they say could save the school approximately $600,000 annually. Research Status typically compensates five to ten College faculty and one to two Conservatory faculty for a full year of paid sabbatical leave with...

LaunchU Awards Innovative Startups $45,000

LaunchU Awards Innovative Startups $45,000

March 31, 2017

Three business ventures won a combined $45,000 at this month’s LaunchU competition. Since receiving the awards, each venture has taken off and is starting to grow with its newfound funding. The winning startups were chosen from the nine groups that presented ventures to a panel of judges at the March 4 pitch competition. First place was awarded to Kelsey Scult, OC ’14 and Mary Okoth, OC ’14, second to Conservatory junior Helen Fleischer and third to Sophie Mvurya, OC ’16, earning $20,000,...

Administrators Approve Advising Overhaul Plans

Administrators Approve Advising Overhaul Plans

March 10, 2017

When the Dean of Studies of­fice dissolves at the end of this semester, its duties will scatter among the offices of the Deans of Students, Arts and Sciences, the Conservatory and a new office set to launch this summer: the Aca­demic Advising Resource Center. The center will take over the space vacated by the Admissions office in the Carnegie Building when the office moves to the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center. Among other tasks, the Aca­demic Advising Resource Center will condense all College...

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