The Oberlin Review

Tension in KHC Membership Review

Duncan Standish

March 1, 2013

The Oberlin Student Cooperative Association’s board of directors is currently in the process of reviewing Kosher-Halal Co-op’s membership in the organization. The assessment was spurred by a policy conflict over OSCA kitchen inspection and food-buying policies. While the OSCA general management team wants 24-hour access to Kosher-Halal Co-op’s kitchens and wants the co-op to purchase its food through a central buyer, members of the co-op say these policies conflict with kashrut, the guidelines that comprise Jewish dietary law. The OSCA board has talked with the College administration about handing over operations of KHC to the College and Oberlin Campus Dining Services if a compromise cannot be reached. As...

OSCA Membership Poses Challenges for Student-Athletes

Rose Stoloff, Staff Writer

December 7, 2012

Chances are if you were to use the “co-op knock” in a pre–football game huddle to show your support for a particular play, your teammates would give you a puzzled look. Varsity athletes are noticeably absent from the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association roster. A few weeks ago, OSCA assembled a caucus to try to determine why athletes are so underrepresented in the organization as well as potential ways OSCA could improve itself to garner more athlete participation. Many issues were brought up, ranging from athletes’ fears that co-ops cannot provide enough food and protein to meet their heightened demands to the conflict between the structured meal times of co-ops and athletes’ stringent schedules. Though they...

OSCA No Longer Allowed to Serve Leftovers

Ian Seeley, Managing Editor

March 4, 2011

On March 1, the Lorain County General Health District denied the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association’s application to continue functioning as a licensed risk level IV food service operation. OSCA will now operate as a risk level III operation instead. In practical terms, this means that co-ops can no longer save leftover food and serve it for future meals. Despite its new risk level status, OSCA is still allowed to feed its 620 members, although some cooking practices will likely be adjusted. In an e-mail sent to OSCA staff by OSCA Food Safety Coordinator Rachel Beiser, Beiser wrote, “This change will require very careful planning by head cooks to find the balance between providing enough food for ...

Illness Afflicts Tank Co-op

Ian Seeley, Managing Editor

February 25, 2011

Last week, several students in Tank Co-op began reporting flu-like symptoms, prompting the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association to close the co-op for further inspection. In a statement, OSCA President Dylan Rees said, “Those who were ill have made a full recovery, and no additional cases of illness have been reported.” “OSCA staff and members of Tank are continuing to take all necessary precautions to prevent further illness,” Rees wrote. Rees’s statement also said that the Lorain County Health Department believed OSCA handled the situation “quickly and effectively.” The illness outbreak occurred shortly after Dorothy Kloos, a Registered Sanitarian for the Lorain County General Health District,...

OSCA Policy Addresses ResEd Housing Issues

The OSCA Board of Directors

December 11, 2009

Last week the OSCA board passed a historic proposal affirming every student’s right to safe and comfortable housing. Transgender and gender-variant students who are having significant, unresolvable issues within ResEd are now able to jump the wait list into co-op housing. Why was this proposal necessary? ResEd’s current housing options for trans students often fail to meet their needs. All-gender housing is restricted to a few locations, it is not open to first-years, and trans students are not given priority to live there. Students may be placed in a room or hall based on their assigned sex rather than their gender identity, may not have access to an appropriate bathroom, and do not have sufficient institutional...

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