The Oberlin Review

Public Censure

Student Senate

April 18, 2015

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Senator Ty Wagner has been found to be repeatedly absent from working group meetings, late and absent from plenary meetings of the Student Senate and in non-compliance with Student Finance Committee-stipulated time card requirements. Senator’s failure to perform necessary duties will not be tolerated by the Oberlin College Student Senate.

Student Senate December Update

Machmud Makhmudov, Student Senator

December 5, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS, Student Senate

Last month, Student Senate engaged in a variety of unique projects in addition to its regular duties. On Nov. 19, Senate hosted a forum discussion to explore the issue of student hunger during term breaks. Given that many students do not have the resources to return home during fall, winter or spring break, a sizable portion instead stays on campus. Dining halls are not open during these periods, which can make it difficult to feed oneself. Furthermore, not all co-ops are fully functional during this time period either. Students and community members came together during the forum to discuss possible ways to make food accessible to all students who remain on campus during breaks. A few students mentioned the possibility...

Open Letter: SFC Stipend Cuts Limit Campus Discourse

Sam Morrow, Associate Editor, Wilder Voice

November 7, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: This semester, the Student Finance Committee elected to reduce The Oberlin Review and Wilder Voice’s allocated stipend hours, leaving the publications’ operating budgets otherwise unaltered. The only thing affected by the changes this semester is the amount of money pooled for editors of the Review and the Voice. With these cuts, the papers’ circulation will do just fine. Alarmingly, the same cannot be said for their content. Cutting stipends is essentially a problem because you cannot disentangle writing from writers. Though writers have never been paid, those who excel are often promoted to stipended editorial positions. Any piece of writing will eventually lead you to a human being. Pardo...

SFC Responds to Stipend Concerns

Student Finance Committee

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Last spring, the Student Finance Committee voted to allocate fewer stipended hours than requested by The Oberlin Review, among other organizations, than in previous years. In order to ensure that the student body is accurately informed, the SFC feels compelled to respond to recent criticisms of this decision published in the Review (“SFC Cuts Hurt Quality, Accessibility of Publications,” The Oberlin Review, Oct. 3, 2014). We welcome all comments, questions, criticisms and ideas that help improve the quality of life on this campus, but we are concerned when opinions are framed as facts and not all the information is presented. Some of the problems that the Review found with the SFC’s decision i...

Funding Favors Privilege

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor

October 10, 2014

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Financial support is an issue that club sport athletes must face almost daily, and the lack of funding they receive limits the accessibility of these organizations. Although the Student Finance Committee finances the teams somewhat generously each year, with 18 percent of the Student Activity Fund dedicated to the 21 club sports teams via the Club Sports Council, the funding mechanism isn’t exactly functional. For example, each year the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team, the Preying Manti, is given its percentage of that 18 percent of the Student Activity Fund. Yet, when it comes down to it, captains are forced to front money for a substantial portion of the team’s expenses. While the College covers expenses for tra...

SFC Cuts Hurt Quality, Accessibility of Publications

Editorial Board

October 3, 2014

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

At Oberlin, journalism falls largely outside the scope of any department and thus into the hands of student publications. We strive to report on issues that matter, helping students remain informed and empowering them to serve as voices for change within their community. But a recent financial decision endangers all that. This week, the Review Editorial Board is partnering with the editors of Wilder Voice to call attention to recent policy changes by the Student Finance Committee that threaten student journalism at Oberlin. The Committee’s recent budget cuts not only limit our organizations’ accessibility, but also are the result of the SFC’s willfully ignorant and biased decision-making process. In what we feel ...

OPIRG Looks Inward After Charter Amendment

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

April 26, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Last semester, the Student Finance Committee began evaluating Article XI of the Student Financial Charter, which provides for a “special funding mechanism” by which student organizations can tithe an essentially automatic donation from student term bills every semester, provided that they distribute opt-out slips to students via OCMR mailboxes. According to student senators, Ohio Public Interest Research Group is the only student organization that has successfully received funding through this mechanism. In fact, according College senior and student senator Charlotte Landes, the special funding mechanism was likely created specifically for OPIRG. “My understanding is that in the ’70s ... this funding structure...

OPIRG Ready to Start in New Direction

OPIRG Board of Directors

April 19, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: From April 8 to 10, Oberlin students couldn’t move through Wilder Bowl without hearing, “Hey, have you signed the Ohio PIRG petition?” Then ... there was nothing. What happened to the OPIRG petition and why? What does this mean for the group and the school? Permit us, OPIRG’s Board of Directors, to tell our story. The issue revolves around Oberlin’s Alternative Funding Mechanism, which allows students to fund organizations collectively, as they have done with OPIRG for nearly four decades. The AFM’s transparency has attracted controversy since the 1990s. We joined the debate this semester, after the former OPIRG Board resigned. By then, the Student Finance Committee had voted to replace...

Senate Amends Financial Charter

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

April 19, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

This week the process of removing Article XI, the special funding mechanism, from the Student Financial Charter has moved into its final stages. If approved at next month’s General Faculty meeting, the existing Article XI will be replaced by a capital investment fund accessible to student organizations seeking funds for large investment purchases. The existing budgetary loophole allows for student organizations approved under Article XI to gain direct access to student funds without the oversight of the Student Financial Committee. The special funding mechanism allocates a consistent dollar amount to the organization from term bills each semester and in order to receive these funds organizations under this structure...

OPIRG Benefits from Keeping Students in the Dark

The Editorial Board

April 12, 2013

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

This week, Mudd, Wilder Bowl and the Science Center atrium came to feel more like midtown Manhattan than a small liberal arts campus, as Ohio Public Interest Research Group canvassers have become a ubiquitous presence. The canvassers have asked students to sign a petition supporting the continuation of an $8 fee, included in each tuition bill, that goes toward funding OPIRG. Students may opt out of the fee (officially the Alternative Student Funding Mechanism), but that obviously requires that they be aware of it first — Article XI of the Student Finance Charter leaves advertising the opt-out clause to OPIRG itself, and in a recent poll only 13 percent of students said they knew the clause existed. It may seem axiomatic...

Senate Votes to Reform Article XI

Matthew Benenson, Staff Writer

December 14, 2012

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Student Senate unanimously voted to pass a resolution last Sunday urging the Student Financial Committee to “amend or remove Article XI of the Student Financial Charter in a manner that will increase its transparency and the judiciousness with which it is used to allocate student monies.” Article XI deals with the Alternate Student Funding mechanism, which allows chartered student groups to raise money through a student fee if they submit a petition signed by at least 51 percent of the student body on campus every two years. Two chartered groups on Oberlin’s campus utilize this mechanism: the Green EDGE Fund draws a $20 fee from each student and Ohio Public Interest Research Group draws $8. According to College...

SFC Responds to Survey Feedback

Student Finance Committee

November 9, 2012

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Several weeks ago, the Student Finance Committee emailed a survey to the student body to gauge opinions on several issues relevant to our work. We appreciate the time you took to provide us with constructive feedback. We would like to publicly share the results of our survey and take the opportunity to respond to the primary topics of interest for the student body. In allocating money to organizations and individuals, we focus primarily on what a given request would bring back to student life on campus. We seek thoughtfully articulated budgets that demonstrate the ability to effectively execute their goals. With an active student body and a limited pool of resources, these allocation decisions often include difficult...

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