The Oberlin Review

Reorganization Offers Opportunity to Build Residential Community

Editorial Board

April 26, 2019

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

There are few Oberlin departments that require as much love, attention, and resources as the Office of Residential Education. Oberlin’s residential facilities are perceived by students as generally subpar compared to our peer institutions. Many students don’t feel their residential spaces are meaningful sources of support or community, and the office seems to be perpetually understaffed — as evidenced by the pending search for a new director. Furthermore, the office itself is not widely held in high regard by students, who often talk publicly about negative experiences they’ve had with ResEd, both on social media and in the Review. Few students have personal relationships with ResEd staff, and even Resident...

Residential Education To Reorganize Dorm Arrangements

Residential Education To Reorganize Dorm Arrangements

April 26, 2019

The Office of Residential Education is planning to introduce a series of changes to the nature of living spaces over the next five years in hopes of increasing programming, faculty integration, and feelings of community. As of next year, Zechiel House will become a First-Year Residential Experience dorm, Barnard House will hold the Sci-Fi themed halls currently located in North Hall, and Noah Hall will be a designated substance-free and quiet space which was previously located in Barnard. During this time of ...

Residents Question Facilities Communication

Residents Question Facilities Communication

March 15, 2019

Editor’s note: This article contains description of blood and physical injury. Concerns about campus housing — including a window shattering in Langston Hall and ceiling leaks and mold in Firelands Apartments — have left some students unhappy with the lack of communication and transparency provided by the Office of Residential Education about its facilities. On Sunday, Feb. 24, College junior Samantha Clanton was trying to close her dorm window in Langston Hall when the glass broke and he...

ResEd Misplaces South Hall Master Key

ResEd Misplaces South Hall Master Key

September 14, 2018

Editor’s note: Editor-in-Chief Nathan Carpenter is a student staff member for the Office of Residental Education, and was uninvolved with the reporting and editing of this story. A master key to South Hall, one of Oberlin’s largest traditional housing facilities, has been missing for several months. This key is able to access any room in South Hall, which has a capacity of 220 students. “The College became aware of a master key being missing toward the end of the [spring] semester,” said A...

ResEd Neglects Student Needs in Housing Registration

Editorial Board

May 4, 2018

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

In the midst of the housing selection process this week and next, students have been surprised to find that their choices were more limited than usual. Rising juniors discovered that singles were mostly taken by their allotted registration period, while other upperclassmen found themselves without the Village Housing that typically comes with seniority. Though navigating Residential Education’s housing process is typically stressful and daunting to students in any given year, ResEd made a crucial error in planning when it eliminated multiple Village Housing options without adding a reasonable amount of alternative choices. Houses may be typically reserved for seniors, but the trickle-down effect is felt by all studen...

ResEd Decommissions 17 Village Houses

ResEd Decommissions 17 Village Houses

May 4, 2018

As housing selection for the 2018–19 academic year wraps up, many students have been left disappointed as Residential Education struggles to meet demand for Village Housing and private dorm rooms after decommissioning 17 Village Houses due to disrepair. The change is partially a result of Oberlin’s increasing financial austerity, as the College is reluctant to pour more money into dilapidated, depreciating houses each year. All 11 of the Woodland Street Village Housing Units are set to be razed ...

ResEd Responsible for Students’ Sense of Safety in Living Spaces

Editorial Board

April 15, 2016

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

As in semesters past, the northeast wing of South Hall’s second floor — a space the Office of Residential Education has designated “all female” — is reserved for female students in search of peace of mind and a safe haven from a patriarchal campus and society. At the beginning of this module, without prior warning or a clear reason, ResEd decided to place four cis male students into a vacant quad on the same hall. While the men have been respectful of the shared space, they should have been placed in rooms elsewhere. College sophomore Alana Sheppard, along with her roommate and floormates who deliberately sought asylum on the floor for personal reasons, are now left feeling unsafe in their own livin...

Domestic Partnership Policy Invasive, Exclusive

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist

September 4, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Two things happened in my life last May, within weeks of each other: I proposed, and my fiancée graduated. She decided to live in Oberlin. I decided to live with her. Technically, we could have gotten married already. We might have even been able to manage it the day I proposed if we had borrowed a car. But we’d decided to wait until after I got out of college in spring 2018. We were engaged, anyway, ring and all; we’d made our intention to marry as clear as possible. How hard could convincing the school of that fact be? I want to note that every person I interacted with from ResEd was absolutely lovely. Over the course of the summer I got polite responses to my panicked and probably incoherent emails at...

Student Senator Provides Information on Laundry Price Increases

Nicholas Olson, Student Senator

December 5, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS, Student Senate

To the Editors: It is no secret that the cost of higher education is rising overall, and with this trend of price increases, little fees or costs for services rise slightly as well. Students frequently express concern about the lack of transparency around these increases and wonder what their money is going to. It should be no surprise that students have been alarmed at the 50-cent price increase for laundry. Students often feel “nickel-and-dimed” by the College as they notice rises in little necessities, especially in these cases where the increase is literally nickels and dimes. As a student senator, I have spoken with several students and read reactions online in social media about how students are interpreting...

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