The Oberlin Review

Repairs of Campus Crucial for Enrollment, Retention

El Wilson, Opinions Editor

February 16, 2018

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Among Oberlin’s new efforts to increase enrollment and retention rates are some much-needed renovations of Oberlin’s buildings. A key example of this is Wilder Hall lobby. The administration decided to begin these renovations after Student Senate conducted a survey that revealed that Oberlin students want far more accessible and communal spaces on campus. Oberlin is in desperate need of more communal spaces and major building renovations. However, the administration’s priorities are out of order. I am on the management team of SWAP: The Book Co-Op, which is located in the basement of Harkness House. SWAP is an amazing place where students can exchange textbooks without exchanging money. The co-op’s main goal ...

Discussion of Enrollment, Retention Must Include Dorms

Editorial Board

November 17, 2017

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Enrollment and retention are two of the most immediate issues that Oberlin College must address. That much has become clear over the last few years, as the College has seen its Moody’s credit rating drop and budget deficit soar due in large part to unexpected enrollment shortfalls. Naturally, the College’s administration is looking to address these problems that have a significant impact on College finances — the PAL program is a prime example. Created by Associate Dean of Students Dana Hamdan, PAL seeks to address feelings of discontent and isolation among first-year students that have negatively impacted retention. One aspect of student life that has been overlooked in discussions of how to address student unhappin...

Student Criticism Crucial to Oberlin’s Future

Henry DuBeau, Contributing Writer

November 17, 2017

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

This article is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, student senators will provide personal perspectives on recent events on campus and in the community. As I see it, part of the Oberlin experience involves the desire to leave Oberlin at one point or another. I’ve been known to say that you’re not a true Obie until you’ve considered transferring — in jest, to be clear. But I have known many students who have come close to leaving permanently. And for me personally, a large part of my desire to study abroad was simply to take a break from this campus. Of course, everyone has their own reasons for wanting to leave, and sometimes those reasons d...

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