The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Must Be Sure to Take Care of Neighbors, Workers

Booker C. Peek, Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies

March 6, 2020

 Most of us agree that Oberlin College must pay all its workers a living wage. But perhaps not all support this view. There is no universally agreed-upon definition for what amount of dollars represents a “living wage” — a sum for one person or a family of four, for those living in the most expensive area of the country or the least expensive?  Let’s allow that the term lacks precision, but is a concept that must cover what we all think of as basic needs — food, housing, clothing, health insurance, etc. — with some notion of a barrier still, but hardly impossible to overcome. It is urgent for us to impress upon the College a sense of oneness as humans, caring and supporting each other in life’s jo...

Opinions Section Should Reflect Entire Community

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

September 13, 2019

 Last May, I finally had the opportunity to stay on campus during Commencement week working as opinions editor for the Review’s Commencement issue. Admittedly, I was most excited to spend time with my friends who would be graduating and take part in all the Commencement week festivities. However, one of the coolest things that happened that week was also very unexpected. During Commencement week, alumni are invited back for class reunions to connect with other Oberlin alumni and current students, reconvene with old professors, reminisce on old Oberlin memories, and help celebrate the newest class of alumni. Many of the alumni stay in old dormitories and relive their old Oberlin experiences. The Review hosted an...

Graduating Class Should Remember Gratitude

Robert N. Roth, Oberlin resident

April 3, 2015

To the Class of 2015 (and everyone else, including the administration, faculty and staff of Oberlin College): Greetings! It looks as if I will not be asked to be your commencement speaker this year (or any future year, as I am already an octogenarian), so I will use the Review to convey what I’d say, had I been invited to be under the awning with the Important People on Tappan Square. I have lived in Oberlin in retirement nearly 25 years, and though I am not a graduate of the College, I am married to one and have a son who is one. I enjoyed the status of Affiliate Scholar and am celebrated on a brass plaque in Finney Chapel as one honored by the donations of my family toward the organ there. Now that I...

Watergate Reveals Disparities in Urban, Rural Communities

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

March 13, 2015

From the way students reacted to the water boil alert that went into effect early Sunday morning on March 8, you would think the apocalypse had begun. Playfully dubbed “Watergate 2k15,” the citywide lack of water affected students and residents alike until the boil alert was lifted Monday evening. In less than 48 hours, the city was back in operating mode, with College facilities like OSCA, Stevenson Hall and DeCafé returning to regularly functioning schedules very soon after. As I wandered around campus on Sunday and Monday, however, most students were complaining about the lack of clean water, only being allowed one plastic water bottle and unable to take a shower. The thirst was real, which is understandable,...

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