The Oberlin Review

College Must Accommodate Health Emergencies

Goo Mattison, College sophomore

February 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

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...

College Must Uphold Academic Excellence

Moeketsi Mosola, OC '91

February 6, 2015

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

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

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...

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