The Oberlin Review

Administration, Senate Try to Ease Textbook Costs

Administration, Senate Try to Ease Textbook Costs

February 13, 2015

President Krislov doubled the emergency textbook fund after student senators appealed to Krislov about the burden that high textbook prices inflict on low-income students. According to Krislov, the fund is meant to supplement students’ overall financial aid package. “There may be individuals who have even more needs because of either the subjects they take or because certain things happen, medical problems or something like that. That’s why these emergency funds are so valuable and important,”...

Retreat Provides Venue for Council Members to Air Concerns

Retreat Provides Venue for Council Members to Air Concerns

February 13, 2015

The Oberlin City Council is working on communication. Last Friday and Saturday, the seven Oberlin City Council members, a paid facilitator and 10 to 15 interested community members filed into a small conference room at the Oberlin Inn for a rare midterm City Council retreat. “How can we work as a team if we speak through the media instead of to each other?” asked first-term Oberlin City Council member Sharon Pearson at the retreat. At the beginning of every two-year Council term, members...

Review Security Notebook

February 13, 2015

Filed under NEWS, Security Report

Thursday, Feb. 5
 11:55 a.m. A staff member reported a minor accident involving a College car at the intersection of North Professor Street and Lorain Street. The car was stopped at the intersection when a second vehicle lost control on the icy road and bumped into the rear of the first car. There were no reported injuries or visible damage. 8:28 p.m. An officer assisted a student in Dascomb Hall who smashed their finger in a door. The student was transported to Mercy Allen Hospital for treatment. Saturday, Feb. 7
 1 a.m. Officers were requested to assist a student ill from alcohol consumption in Kahn Hall. The student answered all the officer’s questions and declined medical treatment. A work order ...

Oberlin Public Schools Look to Increase Staff Diversity

Tristan Cimini

February 13, 2015

Filed under Community News, NEWS

Oberlin Public Schools made headway on the district-wide initiative to broaden diversity by appointing former teacher, Assistant Principal and Administrator Gloria Buxton as the liaison for the project earlier this month. As a minority recruiter, Buxton will identify the staff ’s diversity needs, recruit talented teachers and mentor promising candidates with the aim of aligning the district with NAACP goals. “I would define minority as any under-represented group, and so, by increasing focus on diversity, we are making sure that our district reflects our student population,” Buxton said in a phone interview with the Review. Around 17 percent of Oberlin school district’s employees are people of color. The dist...

College Must Accommodate Health Emergencies

Goo Mattison, College sophomore

February 13, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Editors’ Note: College sophomore Goo Mattison posted the following letter on Facebook on Jan. 25 and has given permission for it to be printed in its entirety. The recent dissatisfaction with Oberlin College’s health services has been a major issue on campus this year, with the Oberlin Mental Health Alliance communicating with the administration and the Counseling Center to improve access to resources for those with disabilities. To the Editors: I was debating whether or not I should publish this, as it's fairly personal, but the importance of communicating the extent to which Oberlin does not care about the health of its students won out. Before the week of finals began, I was doubting whether I could ...

Just Ask Us: Winter Term is Orientation 2.0

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz

February 13, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Since Oberlin’s inception in 1833, it has oft been discussed what the best time to be at Oberlin is. Here at Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya, we’ve been doing the cutting-edge research so you don’t have to (you’re welcome, reader). We dove headfirst into the extensive (and public) Oberlin Review archives to historically determine what was the best time to be at Oberlin. While the late 19th-century literature clearly shows that May 19 was the most preferred time to be at Oberlin, there has been a marked shift towards March 12 since the 1950s. Independent filmmaker and College senior Evan Davies remains in line with this school’s original founders. He told us in an exclusive interview that May 20, 1969 was th...

Off the Cuff: Eugene D. Schmiel, Civil War historian and author

Off the Cuff: Eugene D. Schmiel, Civil War historian and author

February 6, 2015

Eugene D. Schmiel first came to Oberlin in 1969 as a graduate student at the Ohio State University writing his dissertation about Jacob Dolson Cox, OC 1850, a Civil War general who left his papers to the College archives. Cox later became governor of Ohio and secretary of the interior. Schmeil worked in the Foreign Service for 24 years. He served in five different countries during his career before retiring five years ago. He has spent the last four years writing Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and ...

Neuroscience Professor to Study Senses Using Omni, Oculus Rift

Dyani Sabin

February 6, 2015

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Though Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Leslie Kwakye may research virtual reality, the implications of her work are very real. Kwakye is interested in studying multisensory integration by combining information from different sensory modalities through the use of the Virtuix Omni and Oculus Rift, two new virtual reality devices. Sensory modalities are commonly known as things like sight, smell, touch, sound, taste and “self motion,” or the feeling of how you are moving. By looking at how people combine these different sensory systems, Kwakye is trying to discover how the brain combines diverse information into the seamless experience of perception. The classic study of this question is simple: Occasionally...

Steering Committee Adds 6 Student Positions

Louis Krauss, Staff Writer

February 6, 2015

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Student Senate announced the introduction of six new student positions on the College Strategic Planning Steering Committee this Thursday — a change which the administration and Senate hope will provide better representation for the student body during the Committee’s long-term planning process, which determines the trajectory of the College for the next several years. After demonstrators last semester challenged the administration’s lack of transparency, Student Senate began working with President Marvin Krislov, Diane Yu and the other trustees to add six spots for current students to the Committee. Student Senate pushed for this change at the end of last semester when it realized students needed more of...

Competitors Pitch Business Ideas at LaunchU

Competitors Pitch Business Ideas at LaunchU

February 6, 2015

Twenty teams of aspiring student and alumni entrepreneurs competed for $50,000 in investment money at the third annual LaunchU Pitch Competition held last Saturday. The competition was the culmination of the 2015 LaunchU Winter Term program, during which the teams honed their business plans, perfected their pitches and listened to speakers brought in by LaunchU. “It was pretty rigorous — nine-to-five every day, including Saturdays — so it was like a job,” said Minh-Jeffrey Lê, a third-year...

Oberlin, Be That Safe Haven Again for Black Students

Carolyn (Cunningham) Ash, OC '91 and Cornelius Graves, OC '14

February 6, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: This year represents 180 years of black students at Oberlin. As African-American alumni, we carry that distinction in our hearts and minds every day. We are proud “descendants,” for example, of George B. Vashon, OC 1844, Oberlin’s first black graduate. We are also descendants of our shero Mary Jane Patterson, the first black woman to receive a B.A. degree when she graduated from Oberlin in 1862. However, after reading a recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education by Professor of History Steven Volk, we found ourselves asking the question, “Do we need to remind Oberlin of its historic commitment to black students and the struggle for social justice?” In his Jan. 8 article, “A S...

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