The Oberlin Review

Hourly Workers Maintain AAPR Concerns

Hourly Workers Maintain AAPR Concerns

May 10, 2019

Tensions remain high between Oberlin’s unionized hourly workers and the Academic and Administrative Program Review steering committee. After weeks of collecting community feedback, the committee is wrapping up its work and preparing to submit its final recommendations to President Carmen Twillie Ambar at the end of this semester. Many constituent groups have endorsed the AAPR’s recommendations. Last week, the Educational Plans and Policies Committee, the Educational Policy Committee, the College F...

OTC: Sydney Allen, Review Editor-in-Chief

OTC: Sydney Allen, Review Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2019

College senior and Review Editor-in-Chief Sydney Allen is a classic Obie with a wide range of interests. Throughout her tenure as a writer and editor, Allen has covered a broad range of campus and community news, including the launch of the Academic and Administrative Program Review, controversy about Gibson’s, and much more. When she’s not editing articles in the Burton Hall basement, Allen can be found on the field as a member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team, working with students a...

AAPR Unveils Draft of Final Recommendations

AAPR Unveils Draft of Final Recommendations

May 3, 2019

On Monday, the steering committee of the Academic and Administrative Program Review released a public draft of its final recommendations that will be submitted to President Carmen Twillie Ambar at the end of this semester. The draft, a 59-page document expanding on the initial areas of recommendation made public in March, was the subject of a well-attended public forum yesterday. According to Acting Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and AAPR Chair David Kamitsuka, the draft was informed by feedb...

Kyle Korver Calls on White Athletes to Recognize Their Privilege

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

April 26, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Americans have a cultural fascination with the idea that sports are a meritocracy, where the only ingredients for success are physical prowess and a burning will to win. This mythology is strong within basketball culture, as legends like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and others have become revered for their aggression, unwavering ambition, and exceptional work ethic. What this narrative erases, however, is that athletes are people who face many of the same barriers as the rest of us — both physical and social. Athletes of color, for example, face racist people and structures, as do other people of color — a fact that is not discussed often enough at both amateur and professional levels within...

Moody’s Affirms Oberlin’s Strong Credit Rating, Negative Outlook

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

April 19, 2019

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Moody’s Investors Service, a credit rating agency which ranks the creditworthiness of borrowers, released a report earlier this week that affirmed Oberlin College’s Aa3 credit rating with a negative outlook. The rating system is used by potential investors to estimate the probability that a loan will be paid back. Oberlin was downgraded from an Aa2 rating in November 2015 and has maintained the Aa3 rating since. Aa3 is considered “high quality and very low credit risk,” and is the fourth highest rating that Moody’s assigns. “Oberlin College’s Aa3 rating reflects its strong financial profile and nationally recognized brand,” the report reads. “Favorable student demand will continue to be supported by i...

AAPR Announces Areas of Recommendation to Oberlin Community

AAPR Announces Areas of Recommendation to Oberlin Community

March 15, 2019

After months of research, data collection, and deliberation, members of the Academic and Administrative Program Review steering committee presented their proposed areas of recommendation to the Oberlin community in a series of three presentations for faculty, staff, and students this week. The presentations capped a year-long exploratory process during which a 31-person steering committee — composed of faculty, staff, students, trustees, and alumni — analyzed nearly every aspect of Oberlin...

Ed Helms, OC ’96, Comedian, Actor, Trustee

Ed Helms, OC ’96, Comedian, Actor, Trustee

March 15, 2019

Ed Helms, OC ’96, is a renowned comedian and actor, and is a member of Oberlin’s Board of Trustees. He is best known for his work on the American hit TV show The Office, his recurring roles on The Daily Show, his role in The Hangover trilogy, and his voiceover work in films like The Lorax and Captain Underpants. Helms visited Oberlin last weekend for the board’s quarterly meeting and took some time out of his schedule to speak with students in the Arts and Creative Professions Career Commu...

Windstorm Whips Through Northeast Ohio

Windstorm Whips Through Northeast Ohio

March 1, 2019

It was a blustery weekend across the Midwest and Northeast, as winds reaching 65 miles per hour uprooted trees, damaged buildings and vehicles, and triggered power outages. Just down the road in Cleveland, a brick wall fell on a parking lot full of cars and left destruction in its wake, according to Cleveland 19 News. David Orr Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Associate Professor of Biology Roger Laushman said that the storm was caused by the interaction of two different pressure...

Residents Look to Form Community Land Trust

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

February 22, 2019

Filed under Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

A coalition of Oberlin residents and business leaders is in the process of forming a local community land trust with the goal of increasing housing affordability and community investment in Oberlin. A CLT is a way for a group of stakeholders to acquire different properties in their community and assume stewardship responsibilities for them. While the CLT manages the land, residents still purchase or rent their homes. At its core, the model is meant to promote community land ownership. According to Marge Misak, a Cleveland-based independent land trust consultant, CLTs generally promote housing affordability. “Community land trusts fundamentally are a way for a community to control land for community uses and...

OTC: Krista Long, Owner of Ben Franklin’s

OTC: Krista Long, Owner of Ben Franklin’s

February 15, 2019

Krista Long, an Oberlin native, is the owner and operator of Ben Franklin and MindFair Books. She is a highly active member of the Oberlin community. In addition to owning two small businesses, Long has children who went to Oberlin public schools. She has also participated in Cleveland 101, an orientation program that introduced incoming first-years to the area and taught them how best to navigate the Oberlin and greater Northeast Ohio community during first-year orientation. This interview has...

Vel Scott: Chef and Health Advocate

Vel Scott: Chef and Health Advocate

February 15, 2019

Vel Scott is a food and health advocate based in Cleveland. Her organization, Vel Scott’s Healthy You, facilitates workshops and other trainings in the greater Cleveland area, helping people to understand more about their food, where it comes from, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. She also runs Vel’s Purple Oasis, an urban farm in Cleveland that allows locals to become directly involved in food production through volunteering. This past Tuesday, Scott visited Oberlin as a guest chef, cooking in...

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