The Oberlin Review

Alumni, Students Try Reversing Staff Cuts With Petition

Alumni, Students Try Reversing Staff Cuts With Petition

September 21, 2018

Alumni and current students are attempting to reverse the College’s decision to eliminate the position of Associate Director of the Student Union most recently held by Tom Reid, OC ’80. In an online petition that has garnered more than 1,000 signatures, supporters are demanding Reid’s reinstatement and criticizing the decision as an unwise cost-cutting measure. “I was totally shocked that Tom Reid was let go,” Johnnie Kallas, OC ’14, said. “This is a tremendous loss for the communi...

MENA Students Seek Space, Recognition on Campus Dual-degree

Roman Broszkowski, Senior Staff Writer

September 14, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Uncategorized

Amid potential budget cutbacks, students are joining together to create a union that both supports students of Middle Eastern and North African descent and advocates for the expansion of MENA studies at Oberlin. Two groups of students, one geared toward creating a space for people of MENA descent and another aimed at developing the MENA Studies department, are taking action to make the region more visible on campus. College senior Aatifah George is the co-chair of the new Middle Eastern and North African Students Association. “It’s needed for a lot of reasons,” she said. “We are a community of color, but we’re not treated that way; we’re basically invisible.” In the United States, the government’s classification ...

Career Center Unveils New Career Strategy

Career Center Unveils New Career Strategy

September 14, 2018

The Career Development Center is preparing to implement a new Career Communities Strategy in an effort to help students secure jobs after graduation. The initiative will create communities based on shared fields of interest and will be led by an expert advisor who has experience working in relevant industries. “The Career Communities Strategy … is about helping students make those connections between what they’re studying to potential career industries of interest,” said Lori Young, Director of th...

Community Members Debate Next Steps for NEXUS

Roman Broszkowski, Staff Writer

September 7, 2018

Filed under Community News

After failing to stop construction of the NEXUS pipeline, protesters and environmental activists are regrouping and planning for what comes next. Some are looking specifically at how to protect Oberlin, some argue that the way forward lies in regional coalitions, and others believe that only radical restructuring, such as creating a landfill gas pipeline, can produce a desired outcome. Pipeline construction was completed over the summer. On July 25, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rejected a request for a rehearing of the construction approval. The request was filed by multiple groups, including the City of Oberlin and Communities for Safe and Sustainable Energy. Reverends Steve Hammond and John Elder founded CSSE in 2012...

OTC: Tré Quarles, OC ’18

OTC: Tré Quarles, OC ’18

September 7, 2018

Gabby Greene: What brought you back to Oberlin? Tré Quarles: When I was given the opportunity that I could work here over the summer, I thought that was a great idea as far as having set employment for a certain amount of time after graduation, which isn’t always certain. I do love Oberlin and I love working here; I love the community, I love the vibe, and I like seeing how it changes, but also how it maintains its spirit throughout time. I also would be interested in getting a permanent posi...

College Students Join McDonald’s Boycott

College Students Join McDonald’s Boycott

May 4, 2018

Members of Oberlin Animal Rights held a two-hour protest and posted flyers outside Oberlin’s North Main Street McDonald’s Monday to protest inhumane animal conditions and food sourcing as part of a nationwide campaign against the franchise. Although OAR’s effort was a small, three-person protest, the national mission of the campaign is to exert pressure on McDonald’s and convince the chain to adopt stricter regulations for suppliers in their treatment of chickens. “We’re working in conjunction with...

GFC, President Announce Final AAPR Steering Committee Members

Roman Broszkowski, News Editor

April 27, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

The General Faculty Council and Office of the President announced the final 32 members of the Academic and Administrative Program Review Steering Committee — which will handle the external review process with the consulting firm Stevens Strategy — by email Wednesday. The committee includes Student Senate Chair and College junior Kameron Dunbar, who was appointed in spite of an informal agreement among student senators to not nominate any sitting senators. The selection process also faced opposition from some faculty members who wanted half of faculty representatives to be elected rather than appointed by the administration. The GFC, the group responsible for selecting the AAPR Steering Committee appointments, receive...

New Dis/Ability Group Forms, Aims to Make Oberlin More Accessible

New Dis/Ability Group Forms, Aims to Make Oberlin More Accessible

April 27, 2018

A group of students concerned with a lack of resources for and advocacy around dis/ability at Oberlin have announced the formation of Obility, a new dis/ability rights student activist group. Having held their first meeting yesterday in Wilder Hall, the group seeks to organize to address the array of challenges the disabled community at Oberlin faces. While obstacles concerning students with disabilities have always existed at Oberlin, these issues came into the spotlight last fall, when the turbulent d...

SFC Pivots to Ad-Hoc Fund After Board Rejects Fee Increase

Roman Broszkowski, News Editor

April 20, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

The Board of Trustees rejected the Student Senate’s proposal to increase the student activity fee by $63 per semester next fiscal year. The decision — made at a March 22 board meeting — also called for the Student Finance Committee to repropose the fee raise when the board begins discussions for FY 2020 funding allocations. Senate initially presented the fee increase to the board March 9. The Office of the Student Treasurer initially drafted the proposal so that the SFC could keep up with student organizations’ budget demands and to bolster the diminishing funding pool. Student Senate Chair and College junior Kameron Dunbar presented the proposal to the board, and he added that he was disappointed in the boar...

Karpatkin’s Letter Maintains Hypocrisies, False Accusations

Daniel Markus, Managing Editor

April 6, 2018

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In recent weeks, the Review has published numerous pieces regarding gun control in the wake of the murder of 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, by Nikolas Cruz. Initially, we published “Founding Fathers Would Approve of AR-15 Sales,” (The Oberlin Review, March 2, 2018) by Jacob Britton. Briefly, his piece argues that the AR-15, used in the Parkland, Sandy Hook, and Santa Barbara mass shootings, among others, would have been right at home in the 18th century when there were “guns even more dangerous around.” Unsurprisingly, this argument elicited several responses, including “Current Gun Control Debates Give Inadequate, Ineffective Solutions” (The Oberlin Review, March 9, 20...

Publication of Numerous Articles Attempts to Censor Conversation

Jonathan Karpatkin

March 30, 2018

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: By publishing no fewer than three responses to Jacob Britton’s letter on AR-15s, The Oberlin Review showed that its interest is not in dialogue but in punishment for holding dissenting opinions. The commentary by the two editors of the Review in particular is built on straw horses and unfinished arguments. When Roman Broszkowski and Julia Peterson write about grenades, they twist Britton’s argument. They jump from arguing about the individual right to bear arms as established by District of Columbia v. Heller to attacking the stance that all weapons should be legal, a stance which Britton does not take. Grenades aren’t firearms, nor AR-15s, nor have they been used prolifically in mass violence. Bri...

Britton Cherrypicks Statistics, Presents Narrow View

Roman Broszkowski and Julia Peterson

March 9, 2018

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Last week, the Review published a letter to the editors that raised a number of points about gun violence (“Founding Fathers Would Approve of AR-15 Sales,” The Oberlin Review, March 2, 2018). Given that several claims in this letter do not stand up under closer scrutiny, we felt compelled to respond and offer the evidence and context that Jacob Britton’s letter lacks. In his article, Britton states, “The fact that the United States has significantly lower homicide rates than other countries with stricter gun laws should be enough for anyone to remember that safety is in the hands of those who are the most responsible.” While it is true that El Salvador, the country with the highest rate of intentional homicide...

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