The Oberlin Review

Students Should Not Engage Gibson’s as Lawsuit Ensues

Editorial Board

November 10, 2017

“When they go low, we go high.” This quote by Michelle Obama became an overused and often cringe-inducing centerpiece of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. But there is a lot of truth and power in Obama’s words, which can serve as a meaningful guide for the Oberlin College community now searching for a response to news of a lawsuit recently filed by Gibson’s Bakery against the College and Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo. News of the lawsuit — which is meant to bully and intimidate College students, faculty, and staff, and can be read in full on the Review’s website — was relayed to the College community almost exactly one year after students initiated a protest agai...

Michelle Obama to Speak at Commencement

Elizabeth Dobbins, News Editor

April 24, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama is going to speak at commencement on May 25 thanks to a short video showcasing the Ninde Scholars Program. “We’re so excited and proud. I would say overwhelming excitement and pride,” said Katie Hayes, Ninde Scholars Program college access coordinator. Almost two months ago, College senior and Bonner Scholar Patrick Gilfether sat down with Ninde Scholar Morgan Smith and her tutor, College junior Amethyst Carey, to meet and discuss the filming of a short video. Over the next week and a half, Gilfether and several collaborators shot, edited and submitted the video to the Office of the First Lady’s “Near-Peer Mentoring” College Challenge and promptly moved on to the next project....

Post-Graduation Plans Draw Unnecessary Judgment

Editorial Board

April 24, 2015

With the announcement that Michelle Obama will speak at this year’s Commencement, graduation is looking more exciting. But for those of us in the class of 2015, any excitement about accepting a diploma is compounded with anxiety about what comes next. And that’s more than just a question we’re asking ourselves. Parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, professors — they all want to know: “What are you doing after graduation?” While this question is usually motivated by well-meaning curiosity or support, the answer is often an opening for commentary, judgment and unsolicited advice. Students typically respond with one of three answers: either no idea, a half-formed plan of where they’ll live or what...

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