The Oberlin Review

“Boldness. Tradition. Vision.”

“Boldness. Tradition. Vision.”

October 5, 2018

Carmen Twillie Ambar was inaugurated as the 15th president of Oberlin College in a historic moment today. The weekend’s inauguration events are spread out over three days are inspired by themes of boldness, tradition, and vision. Ambar hopes that her career also embodies these principles. “For me, the notion of trying to lead higher education and to be bold in our efforts to reimagine liberal arts is a part of how I thought about my own efforts,” Ambar said. “How can I make...

Johnnetta Cole, OC ’57

Johnnetta Cole, OC ’57

October 5, 2018

Oberlin alumna Johnnetta Cole, ’57, delivered the opening remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony of President Carmen Twillie Ambar earlier today. Cole was the first female African-American president at Spelman College and also served as the President of Bennett College. She has been the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and was awarded the Legend in Leadership Award for Higher Education from the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute earlier this...

Ambar Announces Budget Plans to Faculty, Staff

Ambar Announces Budget Plans to Faculty, Staff

February 16, 2018

President Carmen Ambar and other senior administrators have launched an 11-day presentation campaign in which all College and Conservatory faculty, administrative and professional staff, Student Senate, student media, and other constituencies will see the largest overview of Oberlin’s financial situation to date, along with Ambar’s proposed plan to rectify Oberlin’s ever-worsening deficit. The College managed to reduce its deficit from $5 million to $3 million this year, largely due to a las...

Krislov Named President of Pace University

Krislov Named President of Pace University

February 17, 2017

Oberlin College’s top administrative spots are up for grabs as searches ensue to replace President Marvin Krislov and Vice President of Finance and Administration Mike Frandsen. Krislov, who announced his impending departure in September, will leave for a new post as president of Pace University in New York City beginning Aug. 1. His decade of service as the College’s 14th president leaves a legacy of, alongside notable controversies that gained traction in national media, capital-planning...

Election Day Rattles Oberlin as Trump Prevails

Election Day Rattles Oberlin as Trump Prevails

November 11, 2016

Waves of fear and shock spread across campus Tuesday night as an unlikely reality set in: Donald Trump is going to be America’s next president. More than 300 students attended the ‘Sco’s election watch party, many of whom sat in tearful silence with head in hands as Trump won every crucial battleground state. Crowds in the ’Sco and Azariah’s mustered occasional cheers when Hillary Clinton took brief leads, but the events eventually ended with students returning home distraught, some loudly co...

Students Must Re-examine Role of Presidency

Editorial Board

September 16, 2016

Marvin Krislov announced Sept. 6 that he will be stepping down as president of the College, effective June 30, 2017. The news has received mixed reactions from students, many of whom hope that a new president might allow the College to reaffirm its commitment to progressive activism and accessibility to all students. College sophomore Kameron Dunbar wrote for the Review last week on the qualities he hopes the next president will embody: “They must maneuver strategically while maintaining a level of ethics and decorum essential to running an institution heavily rooted in a commitment to social justice. … Oberlin’s next president should look like, think like and reflect the values of a changing America, a changing ...

Next Oberlin President Must Promote Unity

Kameron Dunbar, Contributing Writer

September 9, 2016

The angst sweeping the country has trickled down to the microcosm of Oberlin. The year has been divisive for the country as a whole. We have a presidential candi­date calling for an entry ban on an entire religious group. Political polarization is at an all-time high. People are dissatisfied. What we need now, at least at Oberlin, is a unifier. With President Marvin Krislov’s announcement of his forthcoming departure, the community is thinking about his successor. No matter who they are, there are several qualities they must possess. Oberlin’s next president must be a unifier. They must be able to unite Oberlin in new ways. They must be able to balance the concerns of students, faculty, staff, alumni and all...

Media Outlets Highlight Trump’s Hypocrisy

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

December 11, 2015

I think it’s no surprise to anyone at Oberlin that Donald Trump is, in no particular order, racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, a xenophobic bigot, a white supremacist, a man with atrocious hair and an absolutely terrible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidency. A list of his actions in the past 177 days since he announced his candidacy reads like a badly-written joke: Ban all Muslims from the U.S.; Mexican immigrants are all drug dealers, criminals and rapists; Megyn Kelly has blood coming out of her “wherever.” One of my favorite tweets about Trump, posted on Nov. 22, is from user @mamasnark and reads: “Basically, Trump is what would happen if the comments section became a human and ran for president....

Clinton’s Benefits Outweigh Her Problems

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor

April 24, 2015

In case you live under a rock, Hillary Clinton is running for President of the United States. After Clinton announced her bid for the Oval Office on April 12, Jada Pinkett Smith, the successful actress, musical artist, businesswoman and mother of three kids — two with their own social-media empires, Willow, Jaden and the oft-forgotten Trey — discussed her feelings on Clinton in a thoughtful Facebook post. On April 18, Pinkett Smith discussed her apprehensions about voting for a white woman for President. “Her announcement conjured many old hurts and scars,” she wrote. “Hillary’s announcement reminded me that the relationship between black and white women on the political platform has been deeply complicated,...

Jeb Bush Nomination Will Foster GOP Inclusivity

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist

February 6, 2015

In 2012, the year that I turned 18, I proudly cast my first official vote for President Obama. Last summer, I supported and worked for Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. And as I consider all of the potential candidates for next year’s presidential election, I can’t imagine voting for anybody but a Democrat. That being said, I truly believe that there are few things more important to ensuring the future vibrancy of America’s social and political institutions than Jeb Bush ending up the Republican nominee for president in 2016. Of course, I don’t hope that Bush — who had a very conservative tenure during his two terms as the governor of Florida — actually ends up as the...

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