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The Oberlin Review

Sensationalist Media Compromises Credibility for Click Bait

Editorial Board

September 22, 2017

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

In the past, the College has been a target for outside news sources that cherry-pick the Review’s pieces on topics ranging from the cultural appropriation of food in the dining halls to the contentious dismissal of former professor Joy Karega. Their goal is to malign the credibility of colleges like ours. Last week, The Washington Times marked another chapter in the on- going manipulation of our reporting by twisting our story on Chair of the Board of Trustees Chris Canavan’s email revealing the deficit and consequent declaration of financial cuts (“Enrollment Drop Creates Financial Shortfall,” Sept. 8, 2017) to argue that the College’s underenrollment results from a reputation fostered by its studen...

Review Comes to Senses on Oxford Comma

Victoria Garber, OC ’17

September 15, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Let me begin by admitting that, like my esteemed former colleague Sami Mericle, I harbor a certain amount of resentment that the Oxford comma was implemented only after I was forced to remove it from countless articles during my time at the Review. This objectionable comma convention was indeed a favorite target for complaint, but still I rejoice at its end despite the long-standing nature of the tradition. On the matter of such breaks with Review tradition being inherently negative developments, I would also remind everyone that my own Arts and Culture section used to rate the films it reviewed not in stars or on a scale but with distinctly rabid-looking white squirrel icons. The tradition was th...

Review Breaks Tradition with Oxford Comma

Sami Mericle, OC ’17

September 8, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: While I was impressed by the reporting in the semester’s first issue of the Review, I was jolted by the use of the Oxford comma, a stylistic change that has evidently been implemented since I left staff at the end of last year. I consider myself a dedicated fan of the Oxford comma in most situations. It provides rhythm, clarity, and fairness to lists. But this change in the style guide is objectionable for two reasons: First, it breaks with years of Review tradition. The paper has a continual problem with a short institutional memory, which is inevitable for a student newspaper with a transient staff. But should the staff toss aside old conventions at the whim of each new production edit...

Alum Demands Respect for Dye

Michael H. Lubas, OC ’69

September 1, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I am enraged, and The Oberlin Review should be ashamed! The May 5 edition with its front page lead-in on Marvin Krislov’s legacy is an abomination! While I was never a Nancy Dye cheerleader, the article demonstrates the cloudy presuppositions and misinformed arrogant assumptions posturing as reporting while a love-fest for Krislov is mirrored against a less than compassionate understanding of Dye’s progressive illness, which she chose not to parade in the manner that seems to be Oberlin’s motto these days; essentially, “I am a victim!” She chose to do the best she could with what she had. I and others may not always have agreed with her thinking or manner, but I can only hope to have...

College Newspapers Best Illustrate Campus Life

Editorial Board

May 19, 2017

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Oberlin students are often presented as coddled, spoiled and so obsessed with political correctness that we have lost touch with reality, choosing to embrace a liberal utopia instead of facing the “real world.” If four years working at The Oberlin Review have taught us anything, it is that this portrayal could not be further from the truth. Stories like alleged cultural appropriation in dining halls have been lifted by national media outlets in a way that grossly misrepresents reality on campus. Major news organizations would have most believe that protests wildly erupted in food fights, with students quivering in dorm rooms for shelter. In reality, students were proactive. They identified a problem, initiated d...

Review Fails to Live Up to Promise

Manish A. Mehta, Donald R. Longman '32 Professor of Chemistry

May 5, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Since 1874, The Oberlin Review has been the sole campus publication to bear the label “Publication of Record of Oberlin College.” Every year, I read with great patience to see if you will live up to the solemn duty that title places on you, and every year I am left sorely disappointed. A publication of record should document, in a reasonably faithful way, the life of the College. By many measures, you have failed in that special responsibility. I note that the “Publication of Record” light has been flickering on your masthead marquis. It was absent in the mastheads to issues 8, 10, 14, 22 and 23 this year (Volume 145). While it makes me sad, I recommend that you scrap that...

IYS Kentucky Article Misrepresented Organization

Max Coleman, Rachel Manning, Hillary Neff, and Megan O'Brien

November 9, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Last week’s issue of The Oberlin Review thoroughly misrepresented the IYS Kentucky Fall Break trip and the Immerse Yourself in Service organization as a whole (“IYS KY Trip Challenges, Educates Volunteers,” Nov. 2, 2012). As IYS Kentucky trip leaders and participants, we were shocked and dismayed at the portrayal of this part of the country and the nature of our work there. This article paints a picture of Appalachia as being generally pathetic, lacking agency and desperately in need. While this part of the country is known for its high levels of poverty, we do not wish to further these stereotypes or spread misconceptions that were present in last week’s article. We have spent much time and effort attempting...

Editorial: Oberlin Journalism Lacks Academic Support

The Editorial Board

October 7, 2011

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The assertion in this week’s Diatribe that the Diatribe itself represents a “tasteless ornament to [this] publication’s already insubstantial content” leaves us feeling somewhat conflicted. While we as editors spend a substantial amount of time, energy and thought on the Review every week, we recognize that the paper’s overall quality waxes and wanes with each new issue. We can recall more mistakes and oversights this paper has made over the last few years than almost anybody on campus — and not only the larger ones that have inspired hurricanes of criticism (hint hint), but the little layout errors, typos and forgotten corrections that grate on nobody’s nerves so much as ours. On a less superficial level, A...

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