The Oberlin Review

College Must Uphold Academic Excellence

Moeketsi Mosola, OC '91

February 6, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: At Oberlin, we learn and we labor. I graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences in May 1993. I was a double major in Neuroscience and Human Bio-Psychology, and I was a member of the Oberlin Yeomen soccer team from 1991– 1993 and played for the first team. I was the chairman of the Coalition against Apartheid and White Supremacy with Moshe Thomas, OC ’93, Nducu Wa Ngugi, OC ’94, and Julie Chambers, OC ’93. I was an active member of ABUSUA, a black student movement on campus. I became an editor of the ABUSUA newsletter for two years with Amanda Beth Zola-Mosola, OC ’92. I was involved in the annual Kuumba Celebrations, ably put together by our leader, Sister Athena Moore, OC ’93. While...

Chemistry Professor Jesse Rowsell Remembered

Chemistry Professor Jesse Rowsell Remembered

February 6, 2015

Grieving students, faculty and staff filled bulletin boards in Love Lounge with stories and drawings in memory of Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jesse Rowsell this week. “I am convinced, along with all of my Chem 101 friends, that he was completely brilliant, but he was so much more than that,” read one anonymous note. “Vibrant, funny, inspiring and wise, he treated us as people first, then as students, and never as numbers on a page.” Rowsell passed away at age 37 on Jan. 30, leaving...

Students Hold Emergency Convocation, Demand Institutional Support

Madeline Stocker, News Editor

December 14, 2014

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

After College President Marvin Krislov refused to suspend the standard grading system and call a school-wide meeting addressing recent national instances of police brutality against Black communities, a group of students of color decided they would hold one themselves. Roughly 200 students huddled in Wilder Bowl this Saturday to attend the three-hour “emergency convocation,” which was preceded by weeks of student-led protests, demonstrations and other actions. At the meeting, students called for the administration, which many have accused of remaining inappropriately silent in the past weeks, to take action. “There a number of ways these violences are enacted on us every day, every minute,” said ...

Krislov’s Response Fails to Address Concerns

Kiley Petersen, Staff Writer

December 12, 2014

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov, the Board of Trustees and the Oberlin administration have been put under a lot of pressure by students during the past several weeks, from the “Hands Up, Walk Out” call for action to the protest at the Board of Trustees function on Dec. 4. Their response came in the form of an “Open Letter to the Student Community” emailed to students on Thursday night. Since this was the only real acknowledgement of student activists’ call for change since President Krislov’s Dec. 3 article in the Source, “Confronting Difficult Issues Through Education,” I was hopeful about what the email would entail, especially since I had been pretty disappointed with the article. For the...

Psychology Project Exemplifies Racial Microaggressions

Jasmine Eshkar, College senior

December 12, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: When I read the description for my final project in my Psychology Research Methods II class, I was appalled and frustrated to find that it mentioned incarceration in ways that perpetuated racist and classist notions about who is incarcerated and why. The project description explained that in a fictitious experiment, grade school students were forced to work next to prisoners as part of a summer program to show them “the terrible price of crime.” It failed to acknowledge the fact that people are incarcerated at disproportionate rates for the same socially defined “crimes” depending on their race. The imaginary school board in the project stated that small behavioral problems “eventually...

The Epicurean: Hidden Hometown Treasures

Matt Segall, Columnist

December 12, 2014

Filed under ARTS, Features

This is a biweekly column highlighting our local culinary scene. Restaurant reviews, research, interviews, recipes and more will all come together in order to identify what makes the Cleveland experience unique. For the most part, eating out in Oberlin is not a memorable experience. That’s why, in my coverage thus far, I have focused on dining establishments outside of Oberlin. We are lucky to be in an area with such a rich history, which is quickly achieving national recognition not just for food, but for art, music and sports — we’re looking at you, LeBron. Get out to Cleveland and take advantage of what the city has to offer! However, even in the small town of Oberlin, there are some standout dishes that des...

Frandsen Presents on Current College Finances

Oliver Bok, Staff Writer

December 5, 2014

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Mike Frandsen, the vice president for Finance and Administration, gave students a broad overview of Oberlin’s revenue and expenses on Monday amid widespread student concern that the College isn’t doing enough to make Oberlin more affordable. According to Frandsen, gross tuition — the sticker price that does not include financial aid — has increased by 4 percent on average over the last five years. Net student tuition — the actual amount of money collected from students after factoring in financial aid — has increased by 5.9 percent per year since 2011. Financial aid has increased by an average of 5 percent per year during the same time period. “Eighty-two percent of our projected revenues for...

Graduating Senior Reflects on Sidewalk Etiquette

Anasuya Shekhar, College senior

November 14, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: As I prepare to graduate this December, I think back on the many experiences I have had here at Oberlin College. Some have been middling; others have been pretty nice. I could not be happier, however, that I will never have one particular experience again, and that is playing real-life Frogger as I attempt to avoid being hit by people’s loogies. Often, as I walk along the sidewalk, minding my own business, the person in front of me hucks a giant gob of spit out of their mouth. If I am not quick, it will land on me. My reflexes have quickened after four years here, but every miss is narrow. I know I’m not alone. I know there are other students on this campus who live in fear of being indirectly...

General Faculty Committees Need Students

Ben Libbey, Student Senator

November 14, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: One of the most significant ways in which Oberlin students can have an impact on College governance and policy is through General Faculty committees. These committees focus on specific topics and consist of faculty, administration and student members. The purpose of these committees is to assist and collaborate in the internal governance of the College and to formulate and propose policy. Most committees have a number of seats reserved for students. Unfortunately, a large number of these seats remain unfilled due to lack of applicants and interest from students. The following committees have openings for students: Academic Calendar Admissions and Financial Aid Advising Assessment Athletics Community-Based...

Pipeline to Transport Gas through Oberlin

Pipeline to Transport Gas through Oberlin

November 14, 2014

Spectra Energy has moved forward with its plan to build a 250-mile gas pipeline through Oberlin. Spectra, an S&P 500 company, plans on investing up to $1.5 billion into the NEXUS pipeline, which would span from upper Ohio to Ontario and deliver up to 2 billion cubic feet of gas to the Midwest and Canada every day. Earlier this month, the City Council submitted its Community Bill of Rights informing Spectra that they consider the pipeline illegal. Spectra’s responses — which, accor...

Self-Awareness, Humor Can Make Oberlin Approachable

CJ Blair, Columnist

November 7, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Oberlin is known globally for its art programs, liberal views and political activism. But what about its sense of humor? If this is a school that does so much good for the world, why are its students often labeled unreachable and intimidating by outsiders? There’s room for debate about that, but I’m inclined to say that it’s because Oberlin students tend to take themselves too seriously. There’s hardly a school out there as distinct as Oberlin. Why, then, are we hesitant to have a sense of humor about ourselves? While a proposal to laugh at ourselves may sound odd, I’ve seen it applied in extremely productive ways at other colleges. Over fall break, I visited a friend at the University of Chicago. Though...

For Sustainable Design, New Club Turns to Nature

Dyani Sabin

November 7, 2014

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

If you want to know how to create more sustainable architecture, you might want to ask the birds and the bees. At least that’s what the members of Oberlin’s first-ever Biomimicry Club, an organization that aims to bring Oberlin toward sustainable living based on designs found in nature, might tell you. According to its founder, College sophomore Olivia Scott, the purpose of biomimicry is essentially to “use nature to solve your problems,” or to base industrial and sustainable designs on those found in nature. “Nature has had 3.8 billion years of evolution, so you’re using that as a design but also as inspiration,” said Scott. Examples of possible biomimetic designs are air conditioners ...

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