The Oberlin Review

OTC: Mike Keith, Oberlin College Transportation Department

OTC: Mike Keith, Oberlin College Transportation Department

May 4, 2018

Mike Keith has worked at Oberlin College for the past seven years. He started out as part of the custodial staff in Dascomb Hall, and has since moved to transportation services for the College. During his time at Dascomb Hall, Keith was known for being a warm and enthusiastic member of the community and for going out of his way to welcome students. He has been dubbed by many students and signs off his emails as “Dascomb Mike”. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Where are...

Closing Dascomb Dining Presents As Many Problems As It Solves

Editorial Board

March 9, 2018

While the administration’s potential decision to shut down Dascomb Dining Hall may reduce costs during a time of financial stringency, the decision has far-reaching implications that jeopardize the already-delicate balance of Campus Dining Services. Despite President Carmen Ambar’s transparency in announcing the possible change at her recent budget presentation, there are numerous logistical concerns that the administration has yet to adequately answer. First, Ambar did not sufficiently address how the school plans to disperse Dascomb diners to other dining facilities. To compensate for the closure of Dascomb, the administration plans to expand DeCafé and Lord-Saunders Dining Hall hours, as if Lord-Saunders and ...

300-Meal Plan Scams First-Years Out of Tuition, Meals

Ilana Foggle, Contributing Writer

March 2, 2018

On April 21, 2017, I came to “All Roads Lead to Oberlin” after putting down my deposit for Oberlin a week earlier. I wanted to meet fellow incoming Obies, learn more about my home for the next four years, and convince my dad that, contrary to popular belief, going to Oberlin would not make me turn into an elitist hipster. After an early morning flight, my dad and I trudged onto campus. I was wide-eyed, excited, and eager to commence the next chapter of my life. We started the day with a speech from Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Tim Elgren. He talked about his hopes and dreams for our incoming class and what made Oberlin so unique. In the middle of his speech, at least a dozen Oberlin students barged throug...

Stevie Food Belongs in Bellies, Not on Display

Kara Kralik

September 28, 2012

The other day my friend and I were at Stevie and wanted to get some fruit to take home. There were no apples available in the large fruit containers in the main room. There were only oranges and bananas, but my friend had spotted some shiny Granny Smiths and Red Deliciouses in one of the side rooms where the beverage fountains are located. We went over to grab some apples, but were stopped by a student employee, who informed us that we were not allowed to take the apples. She said she was sorry, but she was on duty and we couldn’t take the apples. While I am aware that taking food out of Stevie is against the rules (although widely practiced), it seemed that we would not even have been allowed to take the apples to...

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