The Oberlin Review

OCOPE Resolution in Support of UAW

Julie Weir, President, OCOPE Reference & Academic Commons Assistant

March 13, 2020

We, the members of Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 502, stand in solidarity with our United Automobile Workers union brothers and sisters, and we wholeheartedly support them in their fight to preserve their jobs and the dignity of labor at Oberlin College. We strongly condemn the administration’s plan to lay off unionized custodial and food service workers and to replace them with outsourced labor, and we oppose any union-busting techniques. Furthermore, we are convinced that Oberlin’s future is best secured when the College treats all of its workers like the valuable members of the campus community they are — rather than as expendable units of labor.  ...

LGBTQ+ Solidarity More Important Now Than Ever

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

October 11, 2019

 The Supreme Court is in the process of hearing three different cases from New York, Georgia, and Michigan that will decide the future of LGBTQ+ rights in the workplace. Two of the three cases have been combined because both plaintiffs were fired immediately after coming out as gay in their workplace; the third case involves a transgender woman who was fired immediately after coming out to her superiors and informing them that she would be transitioning in the future.  Despite the differences in the cases, all three claim that being fired on the basis of sexuality or gender identity violates the rights guaranteed to the plaintiffs by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and constitutes discrimination on the ba...

Peer Support, Solidarity Only Provided During Campus Crises

Robert Bonfiglio, Contributing Writer

February 5, 2016

Two winters ago, in a student study room at a Dartmouth College medical building, I got bored with my Winter Term project and took a break to watch a documentary on the Belle and Sebastian album If You’re Feeling Sinister. I had been trying to find the album on YouTube, but ended up happening upon this documentary that details the simplicity and beauty of the lyrics. The lead singer, Stuart Murdoch, suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome early on in his life, explained how his simple lyrics came to be so meaningful. “I wanted to write about normal people doing normal things because I was not normal,” he said. “I was not part of the game.” Everyone feels this: being left out of the game. Murdoch’s lyrics expre...

Staff, Faculty of Color Stand with Campus Protesters

November 20, 2015

An open letter from staff and faculty of color at Oberlin College and Conservatory: To the students at Missouri State, Yale, Ithaca, Claremont McKenna and elsewhere: As you have raised your voices against racism to demand better, we have been overcome by heartbreak and inspiration. It is heartbreaking that in 2015 Black and other students of color still encounter racial insensitivity, invalidation, intimidation and even violence on the campuses that promised to be enlightened and welcoming places of learning for them. Yet it has been inspiring and humbling to witness your courage and unity in confronting not just your campus cultures but also your most powerful officers to demand accountability for all students. It i...

Alumni Leaders Support Students’ Call for Diversity, Sensitivity

Lorri Olan, Chuck Spitulnik, and Andy Rowan

November 20, 2015

To our friends in the Oberlin community: We are the three officers of the Oberlin Alumni Association and are proud to be part of Oberlin’s long and proud tradition of standing upright and facing issues and challenges related to social justice, racial equality and inclusiveness, broadly defined. We are proud of the role Oberlin has played in defining the country’s consciousness about these issues, from the early days of admitting African-American students and women on a fully equal basis to more recent struggles over wars, civil rights, gender recognition and a variety of important social questions. Oberlinians have always, as First Lady Michelle Obama admonished the Class of 2015 to do, run to the conflict, not away f...

Beyond Solidarity: Linking Campus Movements, Not Moments

Megs Gisela Bautista, College fifth-year and Student Senate Liaison

November 13, 2015

To the Editors: To the Black students here at Oberlin College, as well as at the University of Missouri, Yale University, Claremont McKenna College, Howard University, Ithaca College and college campuses around the country, let me be clear: This is not simply an expression of solidarity. After hearing one hair-raising story after another accounting the casual, interpersonal, implicit, deliberate and institutional erasure and dehumanization of Black culture, Black power and Black lives, we are here to say: We are with you; you have nothing to lose but your chains. I cannot begin to speak for the experiences of Black students confronting anti-Blackness on college campuses; that would facilitate the erasure of the nu...

Board Dismisses Concerns of SFP

Students for a Free Palestine

November 13, 2015

To the Editors: Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine wrote to the editors of The Oberlin Review earlier this semester. In the Oct. 9 letter, “Board of Trustees Condones Violence,” we reviewed the Board of Trustees here at Oberlin College, criticizing the lack of transparency as SFP submitted an application to divest from six corporations that profit from Israeli occupation. After eight months of evasion, the Board gave us a response: It rejected our divestment application. Again, the Board fails to communicate with students. How is the student body to think that our voices are being heard when after eight months, the Board of Trustees responded to a 20-page divestment proposal with four paragraphs? The vag...

Feature Photo: March 4

Feature Photo: March 4

March 6, 2015

Associate Dean Pablo Mitchell and Professors of Comparative American Studies Afia Ofori-Mensa and Shelley Lee discuss the second anniversary of March 4, 2013 at an event sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center on Thursday. Two years ago, the Oberlin administration canceled classes and held solidarity events in response to several anonymous racist messages posted online and around campus, as well as a reported sighting of a person in KKK regalia. “The sit-in in the Science Center that...

College senior Sophie Meade (left), College juniors Karalyn Grimes and Laura Shriver and others lift a mattress to show their solidarity with survivors of sexual and domestic violence. In line with the national Carry That Weight Day of Action, several students and faculty members carried mattresses, blankets and pillows around campus as a visual
demonstration of the burden of being a survivor of sexualized violence.

Obies ‘Carry That Weight’ on Day of Action

October 31, 2014

Trigger warning: This article contains discussion of sexualized and domestic violence. Armed with mattresses, pillows and blankets, several students and faculty members visualized the burden of sexualized violence this past Wednesday and showed their solidarity for survivors by carrying — and sometimes dragging — their bed-related items around campus. The widespread visualization was part of the Carry That Weight Day of Action, a national event in which students, staff and faculty at colle...

SFP on Anti-Semitism, Complicity and Action

Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine

October 3, 2014

To the Editors: The night of Sept. 23, Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine installed 2,133 black flags in Wilder Bowl in an effort to raise campus consciousness regarding the military offensive enacted this summer against the Palestinian people in Gaza. Each flag represented the life of a Palestinian murdered by the Israeli Defense Forces in July and August of 2014. Many of our peers have raised concerns regarding the implications of this action. Thus far, we have identified three main points of contention. We would like to address them as follows: 1. The installation is anti-Semitic because it occurred during Rosh Hashanah. This has been perhaps the primary critique of the action: that the mourning of Pal...

More than a thousand students gathered in Finney Chapel for a convocation in response to persistent hate-related crimes on last spring’s Day of Solidarity. Zoe Madonna

One Year Later, Campus Commemorates March 4

March 9, 2014

Students and faculty commemorate the one-year anniversary of Day of Solidarity this week, hosting a series of events and forums in an effort to extend the conversations sparked last spring. “Some people remember March 4 as the day classes were canceled, and yes, that’s part of what happened, but we have to remember why and what it’s connected to,” said College sophomore and Student Senator Kiki Acey. In commemoration of last year’s Day of Solidarity, a day which was organized in response...

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