The Oberlin Review

President Marvin Krislov sits in the Cass Gilbert conference room. Krislov departs at the end of this semester after a decade at Oberlin to become president of Pace University this fall.

Krislov’s Legacy: A Retrospective

May 5, 2017

Fourteenth President Marvin Krislov departs from Oberlin this semester after a decade at the College to head Pace University in New York City. His legacy reflects the complex reality of leading a small liberal arts institution for many years, with an early honeymoon period followed by ongoing internal conflict and record-breaking fundraising efforts. Hired by the Board of Trustees in 2007 to succeed controversial President Nancy Dye, the College’s first and only woman president, Krislov inheri...

A mockup of the Hall Annex renovation and expansion shows a projection of how the completed building will look. The $14-million project will begin in June and is expected to be finished by summer 2018.

$14-Million Hall Annex Renovations to Begin in June

April 28, 2017

Student actors, singers and danc­ers will have a brand new space to per­form in next calendar year, after the City Planning Commission approved a long-awaited renovation and expansion of Hall Annex April 19. The $14-million project includes both a complete renovation of Hall Annex and the addition of a medium-sized “Adapt­able Theater” in the space between the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center and Hall Auditorium. To Managing Director for Theater, Dance and Opera Eric Steggall, the new theater...

Diggers at the Philips gym expansion site lie idle Thursday. Student activists pushing for student representatives on the board hope that future capital planning
decisions will account for student input.

Trustees Decline to Add Student Representative

December 9, 2016

Student Senate’s dream of having a student representative at Board of Trustees meetings may have ended Tuesday after trustees rejected the group’s proposal. “The board very much values engagement with students, and we believe Oberlin can be strengthened by all of us understanding better all the various roles and responsibilities involved in institutional governance,” the trustees wrote in an email to Senate. “For a number of reasons, the board is not, at this point, prepared to have...

City Manager Rob Hillard listens to residents at a forum in October.

Off the Cuff: Rob Hillard, City Manager

December 9, 2016

Rob Hillard began his job as Oberlin’s new city manager Monday. In his new position, Hillard will run the city administration and make recommendations to City Council. Hillard served as the city manager for Allegan, MI, from 2005 to 2016. Previously, he worked as the city manager for Yellow Springs, Ohio — home of Antioch College — from 2000 to 2005. The City Council unanimously selected Hillard for the job Oct. 27 after a 10-month search. After narrowing the search to two candidates earlier —...

Regulators Move Forward with NEXUS Pipeline

Oliver Bok, News Editor

December 2, 2016

A new pipeline that would carry natural gas directly through Oberlin has received a stamp of approval from regulators in spite of local opposition. Staffers at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recommended regulatory approval for the NEXUS pipeline, a controversial proposed natural gas conduit spanning Ohio and Michigan to Canada. The recommendation points to a potential legal battle on the horizon, since building the pipeline within city limits would violate the Oberlin Community Bill of Rights, an ordinance that prohibits fracking or infrastructure related to fracking. Over 70 percent of Oberlin residents voted for the Community Bill of Rights in 2013. The recommendation also rejected a proposed reroute...

Feature Photo: Krislov Announces Sanctuary Campus Status

Feature Photo: Krislov Announces Sanctuary Campus Status

December 2, 2016

Students gather around the front steps of Wilder Hall Nov. 16, calling for Oberlin College to become a sanctuary campus. President Krislov responded in an email to the community Thursday and committed to meeting all demonstrated financial need for admitted students and not taking immigration status into account in the admissions process. Krislov also wrote that the College will “refrai[n] from providing information about our community members’ immigration status to government agents...

Civil rights lawyer Theodore Shaw

Off the Cuff: Theodore M. Shaw, Civil Rights Lawyer

December 2, 2016

Theodore M. Shaw is the director of the Center for Civil Rights and the Julius L. Chambers Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill. He previously served as the fifth director-counsel and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Legal Defense Fund from 2004 to 2008, spending a total of 26 years at the Legal Defense Fund. Shaw also worked in the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department during the Carter and Reagan adm...

Karega Fired After Split Faculty Recommendations

Oliver Bok, News Editor

November 18, 2016

The Board of Trustees fired former Rhetoric and Composition Professor Joy Karega Tuesday after nine months of bitter argument and national media attention. Karega’s Facebook posts, which were the crux of the conflict, included claims that Israeli and U.S. intelligence agencies fund the Islamic State and that Israel orchestrated the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last year. Karega also shared an image of a member of the Rothschild family, which is Jewish, that said the family owns the media, government and oil. According to an email sent to the College community Tuesday, the board voted to fire Karega for “failing to meet the academic standards that Oberlin requires of its faculty and failing to demonstrate intellectual...

Todd Baker, OC '90, newly appointed CEO of the Ohio State Medical Association.

Off the Cuff: Todd Baker, OC ’90, Medical Association CEO

November 18, 2016

Todd Baker, OC ’90, was recently named CEO of the Ohio State Medical Association after working as co-CEO of the organization since 2014. The Ohio State Medical Association lobbies for Ohio doctors in Columbus and helps them cope with changes in the medical industry. Prior to working as co-CEO, Baker was the association’s senior director of professional relations. Baker graduated from Oberlin in 1990 with a degree in Economics and went on to study at the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. ...

Students chant across the street from Gibson’s Bakery in Tappan Square Thursday evening. Protests ran from around 11 a.m. until Gibson's closed at 11 p.m.

Students Call for Gibson’s Bakery Boycott

November 11, 2016

Update: Since this article was originally written, President Marvin Krislov and Dean of Students and Vice President Meredith Raimondo have issued an official response to Student Senate's resolution ceasing all support for Gibson's Bakery, financial and otherwise. The text of the response can be found here. Chants of “No justice, no peace” reverberated across campus from early morning into late last night as hundreds of protesters lined West College Street, calling for a boycott of Gibson...

Comparative American Studies Professor
Gina Pérez, participates in a teach-in Monday.

Off the Cuff: Professors Shelly Lee and Gina Pérez

November 11, 2016

Professors of Comparative American Studies Shelley Lee and Gina Pérez held a teach-in on immigration, education policy and the rights and opportunities afforded to undocumented students Monday. The event took place as part of UndocuWeek 2016, a series of events sponsored by Obies for Undocumented Inclusion to raise awareness of the struggles that undocumented students go through. Pérez specializes in Latinx studies. Lee, a history professor who authored A New History of Asian America, focuses o...

History department administrative assistant Kathy King works behind a bouquet of flowers bought by faculty to show support for her and Religion department administrative assistant Brenda Hall. Administrative assistants have recently had to  ll out questionnaires on the work that they do since the
College plans to restructure positions.

College to Reduce Assistant Positions

November 4, 2016

At the end of 2016, 32 administrative assistants who took a buyout will no longer work for the College — and no one, including the administrative assistants themselves, is completely certain of what will happen next. According to the Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees Vice President and Interlibrary Loan Supervisor Diane Lee, that uncertainty has led to anger. “Our problem is that we've been asking ‘What's the plan for handling these vacancies?’” Lee said. “We've been as...

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