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September 9, 2016

Krislov Bids Farewell After a Decade

Krislov Bids Farewell After a Decade

September 9, 2016

After nearly a decade of service at Oberlin, President Marvin Krislov announced Tuesday morning that he will end his tenure with the college on June 30, 2017. In an email addressed to the Oberlin community, Krislov said it was the right time for him to seek new professional challenges — although what his next steps are remains unclear. “I’m very passionate about higher education, particularly access to higher education, and that’s really a life-long passion of mine,” Krislov said. “B...

Incoming North-South Fund to Address Campus Divide

Adam Gittin, News editor

April 29, 2016

The Office of the President is slated to give Student Senate a lump sum of $5,000 as funding for future initiatives to help better unify north and south campus. During a meeting with student senators on March 14, College President Marvin Krislov mentioned that he and other administrators had been discussing what they called the “north-south divide,” and offered to establish a fund for the organization to use. “This is kind of [Krislov’s] brainchild,” said College sophomore Josh Koller, Senate elected co-chair of the Student Finance Committee. “He asked us about the northsouth — be it perceived or real — this divide on campus and if we felt that $5,000 could be used to do something about it.” Koller...

Professor’s Posts Create False Image of Israel

Isaac Shub, College senior

March 11, 2016

Editor’s Note: Since this letter was submitted, College President Marvin Krislov and the Board of Trustees have both released statements about Professor Karega’s posts on social media. To the Editors: I don’t know that Professor Karega’s online postings are anti-Semitic (though they might well fit at least one definition of anti-Semitism). They are, however, Glenn Beck-style crackpot conspiracy theories (albeit seemingly from the left), and particularly vicious and misleading in the way that they cast Israel as a prime mover in terrorist plots clearly orchestrated by others. We ought not to restrict free expression, particularly online, which is an important and yet vulnerable place to showcase opinion...

Board of Education Agrees to Contract Locally

Kerensa Loadholt, News editor

February 19, 2016

Though still lacking the go-ahead to officially pursue construction, Oberlin City Schools has taken another step toward building a new elementary school. Oberlin City Schools Board of Education officials recently entered an agreement with the Oberlin Community Benefits Coalition to hire locally for the project, which has been in the works for the past two years. Under the resolution reached by the two groups, the School Board must hire local community residents, subcontract local, minority owned and woman-owned businesses and purchase materials and services from local suppliers. “Oberlin Community Benefits Coalition seeks a joint written declaration of intent with Oberlin City Schools Board of Education committing...

New Strategic Plan Draft Pursues Inclusivity

Madeline Stocker, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2016

Published nearly four months after the release of the last draft, the newest version of Oberlin’s Strategic Plan continues to make marked departures from the contents of the 2005 document. Though it remains more of a comprehensive list of goals than a specific implementation plan, the current draft does identify two of the administration’s future initiatives — the development of “theme-based course clusters” and the creation of a guidance system that will offer support to students throughout their first four post-undergraduate years. The draft, which was made public Wednesday evening, focuses considerably on ensuring an “inclusive and equitable learning environment” — certainly more so than its...

Students, Alumni Demand Response to Alleged Anti-Semitism

Jake Berstein, Staff Writer

February 5, 2016

The Oberlin Alumni and Students Against Anti-Semitism sent an open letter to President Marvin Krislov on Jan. 3 concerning reports of anti-Semitism on campus and demanding specific action from the administration. Their letter prompted responses from Oberlin’s Students for a Free Palestine and Palestine Legal, a national organization that provides legal advice and support to students, activists and communities advocating for Palestinian freedom. The open letter accused the Boycott, Divest from and Sanction Israel movement and SFP of “falsely portraying Israel as an illegitimate, colonialist and murderous regime.” It went on to claim that the primary goal of these organizations was to “demonize the Jewish state.”...

Students Fight for Academic Leniency

Students Fight for Academic Leniency

December 12, 2014

As of Thursday evening, over 1,300 students had signed a petition drafted by College junior Kiki Acey and other students of color demanding President Krislov suspend the standard grading system in the aftermath of the high-profile cases of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Tamir Rice. The deaths of these three Black males — as well as the non-indictments of the white officers who killed Brown and Garner — have gained national attention as representative of the country’s historic and ...

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