The Oberlin Review

Reorganization Offers Opportunity to Build Residential Community

Editorial Board

April 26, 2019

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...

College Must Prioritize Student Happiness

Editorial Board

May 11, 2018

As the academic year comes to a close and further consequences of, and navigation through, Oberlin’s financial austerity ensue, the administration and student government must prioritize student happiness to ensure that both mental health and morale are addressed as fully as possible in the immediate and coming years. With Student Senate and the Office of the Student Treasurer’s anticipated changes to the structure and efficiency of the Student Finance Committee, the College may be in a comfortable position to do just that. Most Oberlin students would laugh if you asked them whether the student body was generally happy. It’s a symptom of pressure-cooker academics paired with with the more student-centric fabric...

ResEd Neglects Student Needs in Housing Registration

Editorial Board

May 4, 2018

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 Undergoes Structural Changes

Alexis Dill, News Editor

October 27, 2017

Residential Education Office are transitioning roles for the remainder of the academic year after Interim Associate Director Kourtney Arcaba accepted a position as director of student help and resource exchange in the Dean of Students Office, where she also serves as assistant dean. Now that ResEd is down one full-time staff member, Assistant Vice President of Student Life Adrian Bautista said he and his colleagues intend to spend the next several months searching for a replacement for the 2018–19 academic year. “We will continue to evaluate our services to campus stakeholders — faculty, staff, and students — and review existing data to determine how resources, including staff, may best be allocated,” Bautis...

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