The Oberlin Review

Oberlin College’s History Still Deeply Relevant

Del Spurlock, OC ’63

September 27, 2019

 Congratulations, Oberlin, on your remarkable history as a town and institution. I believe that Editor-in-Chief Nathan Carpenter’s “hope to fully understand our present-day challenges” should remain a driving force of his series (“Oberlin’s Early History Rooted in Religious Convictions,” The Oberlin Review, Sept. 20, 2019). Oberlin’s last 100 years provide a testament to the sources of your generation’s acute challenges now and in the years ahead. And Henry Churchill King, Oberlin’s longest serving president — and a former Review editor — will prove to be the prophet of the age.  On Sept. 27, 1919, King, the internationally-honored mathematician, ethicist, theologian, orator, and founding mem...

Examining Oberlin’s History Rewarding, Provides Insight

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

September 6, 2019

Editor’s note: This column is the first in a series that will focus on Oberlin’s history as a town and an institution. The series will be published regularly throughout the fall semester. Through the decades, Oberlin has demonstrated a strong commitment to documenting and preserving its own history. Mudd Center boasts extensive archival collections; for a town and college of modest size, a surprising number of books and essays have been written about Oberlin. While many Oberlin historians have had some connection with the college or town, many journalists and scholars from outside of this community have also taken an interest in Oberlin’s historical impact on the broader trajectory of American history. This past W...

Buffy Lukachko Excellent Bargaining Representative Candidate

Tracy Tucker, OCOPE Local 502 Administrative Assistant, Departments of Politics and Latin American Studies

May 10, 2019

UAW Local 2192 elections will be held Thursday, May 16. As a union member, I am writing to urge my UAW brothers and sisters to vote for Buffy Lukachko as your bargaining representative. Dedication, experience, knowledge, and determination are all qualities of a leader — all of which Buffy possesses, and then some. Buffy is someone who will protect and defend the rights of all UAW members and isn’t afraid to stand up to management. She is a force to be reckoned with.  Buffy has worked closely with the committee members of the We Are Oberlin Too campaign and the other unions on campus to reinforce our solidarity. She truly understands the importance of solidarity not only within the unions, but throughout the...

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May 10, 2019

Erik Villar for UAW Chair

Buffy Lukachko, Member and Women’s Committee Co-Chair, UAW Local 2192

May 10, 2019

Brothers and Sisters of Oberlin College UAW Local 2192: I’m writing to you today to go on the record that I fully support Erik Villar’s candidacy for Chair of Oberlin College UAW Local 2192. Erik is uniquely qualified for this leadership position because he has worked in more than one department at Oberlin College, and therefore has a unique understanding of the school’s concerns. Erik began his career at Oberlin on the custodial staff as a part-time employee before securing a full-time position in Kitchen Maintenance. After five years, he transferred to the Transportation Department for a more stable work schedule. In 2016, Erik successfully bid on an open position in HVAC where he is currently a UAW Union...

UndocuWeek Seeks Progress

Graham Armknecht, Contributing Writer

October 12, 2018

Whether it’s as small as a professor who won’t provide accomodations or as large as structural racism within the government, certain systems prevent people from succeeding. It’s often very difficult to reform these systems, and the people who attempt to are in for a Herculean task comparable to Oberlin’s current predicament. Changing a system often takes months, years, or even decades. The average person will live about 75 years, which allows us only a few systemic changes within our lifetimes, assuming progress is always being made. This week, Oberlin recognized UndocuWeek, an intentional time to think about the experience of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Immigration has been a pressing...

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May 11, 2018

“God the Mother” Followers Aim to Proselytize Students

Andrea Wang

February 23, 2018

In recent weeks, dozens of Oberlin students have been stopped on campus by religious proselytizers claiming to be theology students in order to engage them in conversation about “God the Mother.” These missionaries are affiliated with a group called the World Mission Society Church of God, a fringe sect of Christianity that has been falsely rumored to have ties with human trafficking — often referred to as a cult by former members. Safety and Security is aware of the visitors and has encouraged all students to notify officers if they encounter the missionaries, as they are unauthorized to be on campus. “Anybody who wants to talk to students needs to be sponsored,” Campus Security Officer Tyrone Wicks said. “If ...

Yeomen, Yeowomen Prepare for Basketball Season Openers

Yeomen, Yeowomen Prepare for Basketball Season Openers

November 10, 2017

The men’s and women’s basketball teams will both take the court next week for the first time since last February. The Yeowomen foster big expectations, looking to build on their past success after falling in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals last winter to the number 12-ranked DePauw Tigers 58–54. The Yeomen face an uphill battle this year, as they will follow up a 3–22 record with zero returning seniors, including their lone All-NCAC Honorable Mention athlete Jack ...

Swimming, Diving Fall Short at Case Western Meet

Swimming, Diving Fall Short at Case Western Meet

November 10, 2017

The swimming and diving teams left Case Western Reserve University empty handed, with the men’s and women’s team losing 199–70 and 189–85, respectively. Despite first-year Tesla Waters having a performance worthy of the Oberlin all-time swims list, the Yeomen and Yeowomen were unable to snag a victory. “Case is a very strong team,” Aquatics Director and Head Swimming and Diving Coach Andrew Brabson wrote in an email to the Review. “The women are 11th and the men are 18th nationally i...

Student Engagement in Elections Must Be Well-Informed

Editorial Board

November 3, 2017

One of the first questions many Obies are asked upon arriving on campus for their first-year orientation is whether they would like to register to vote in Ohio. Several groups — student and community, partisan and nonpartisan — descend on Oberlin with voter registration forms and voter information packets. In some years, this is an easier question to answer than others. First-years arriving on campus in fall 2016, for example, were given the opportunity to register in a swing state for one of the most heated and divisive presidential campaigns in history. This year, however, is a different story. The local elections that will occur this Tuesday, Nov. 7 — which some students likely do not even know about — w...

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