The Oberlin Review

Council members Sharon Pearson, Bryan Burgess, Sharon Fairchild- Soucy, Scott Broadwell and Elizabeth Meadows at a City Council meet- ing on Monday. The Oberlin Community Benefits Council asked the City Council to delay a decision on Green Acres until OCBC could get more community feedback.

City Council Delays Green Acres Decision

May 8, 2015

The Oberlin Community Benefits Coalition, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for community members, asked Oberlin City Council to delay moving forward with the Green Acres project, a proposed mixed-income housing development, during last Monday’s City Council meeting. Members of OCBC said they feel that City Council has not heard enough feedback from residents about the project and should wait to begin the rezoning process until OCBC can gather more community input. “We’re...

Sexual Offense Policy Task Force Lays Out Guidelines for Reforming Policy in Fall

Adiel Kaplan, Staff Writer

May 10, 2013

The Sexual Offense Policy task Force announced plans to revise Oberlin College’s Sexual Offense Policy this fall. The announcement came at an All Campus Discussion held Wednesday at noon. This was the first mention of a timeline, however rough, for changing the college’s policy, and was part of the task force’s presentation of their preliminary findings since their appointment late last semester. The discussion began with a presentation by the members of the task force explaining their methods of analysis, findings and future plans, after which the discussion was delegated to student moderators from the Oberlin College Dialogue Center. In the discussion, students, faculty and community members were given...

Dialogue Center Flooded with Facilitation Requests

Kasey Cheydleur

March 15, 2013

Oberlin College Dialogue Center, an organization designed to mediate conflict between groups on campus as well as to facilitate discussions, has recently played an increasingly active role on campus, moderating numerous discussions related to February’s acts of hate speech including the March 4 convocation “We Stand Together.” OCDC, whose mission is to “further a socially just and peaceful community,” was created by the Ombuds Office — a campus office that investigates, reports on and helps to settle internal disputes — in 2001. The organization, which aims to “empower each person to find their own voice, effectively communicate their needs and successfully improve their relationship[s],” was...

Documentary Highlights Flaws of Justice System

Tania Mukherjee

February 15, 2013

Last Tuesday night, the award-winning documentary Crime After Crime, based on the story of incarcerated domestic violence victim Deborah Peagler, was screened in Craig Lecture Hall. The event was co-sponsored by the Program Board, Forum Board, Peace and Conflict Connections Group, Oberlin College Dialogue Center, Multicultural Resource Center and the Office of Religious and Student Life, and was attended by many students, faculty and community members. The film’s director, Yoav Potash, and Joshua Safran, OC ’97, one of Peagler’s pro bono attorneys, were present at the event to talk about the film and domestic violence. The 95-minute documentary, which has received accolades like Official Selection to the 2011...

Jean Barker Program to Foster Intergenerational Connections

September 28, 2012

The Jean Barker Intergenerational Connections Program, which was established to facilitate relationships between College students and elderly members of the community, will soon begin pairing interested students with members of the Welcome Nursing Home, the John Frederick Oberlin Society and Kendal at Oberlin, a local retirement community. Recent graduates Alex Tutant, OC ’12, and Inyang Udo, OC ’12, created the Jean Barker Intergenerational Connections Program to address issues of ageism after being inspired by the Social Justice Institute workshop. The program was named after Jean Barker, OC ’57, an avid supporter of the Oberlin College Dialogue Center, who worked with Tutant and Udo to set up the project....

Panel Discusses Free Speech, Dissent in Oberlin’s Political Climate

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

April 27, 2012

A panel will meet to discuss the implications of free speech in Oberlin’s political climate on Friday, April 27, at 4:30 p.m. in King 106. The panel, titled “I may not like what you have to say, but I would die for your right to say it’: Critical Reflections on Free Speech, Dissent and Political Divide at Oberlin,” will feature Associate Dean Joyce Babyak, Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy Tim Hall and Professor of Politics Chris Howell, College senior Andres Feliciano, College first-year Ariana Gil and College junior Nick Miller. The idea for this event came about when Feliciano contacted the Oberlin College Dialogue Center after feeling disappointed with the way discussion was handled during John...

Disrespect, Disruption Important Acts of Dissent

Will Rubenstein, Opinions Editor

April 27, 2012

By now the sequence of events seems to run like clockwork. Every now and then, one of those beige posters goes up bearing the face of Ronald Reagan and announcing a coming lecture by a political figure — such as Karl Rove, John Bolton or, most recently, fracking advocate Daniel Simmons — whose opinions fall far to the right of the Oberlin mainstream. Much ado is raised, and when the speaker comes, he (or occasionally she) is met with disrespectful interruptions and other forms of peaceful protest, causing a semi-regular flap over both the effectiveness of campus activism and the controversial speakers’ right to lecture uninterrupted. Perhaps fed up with this dynamic, the Oberlin College Dialogue Center is facilitating...

Dialogue Explores Line Between Public and Private

Joseph Dilworth, Staff Writer

March 16, 2012

Within a small college community such as Oberlin, the line between what’s personal and what’s public often becomes blurred. Campus organizers hoped to more clearly distinguish the two during a public discussion held Monday in Craig Lecture Hall. The event, titled “Vandalism. Adderall. ObieTalk.,” was planned by the Student Senate in conjunction with the Dean of Students Office, the Judicial and Community Boards and the Student Honor Committee. Organizers hoped that the forum, moderated by the Oberlin College Dialogue Center, would foster open dialogue on these hot-button issues. “The planners of the forum hoped to get people talking about community on campus,” said Ilyssa Meyer, College junior and ...

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