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Editorial Board

October 7, 2016

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

During the Board of Trustees’ quarterly campus visit this week, Student Senate and former student members of the Steering Committee pushed for trustees to approve the addition of student representatives to the body. The Editorial Board endorses this effort and believes that including student voices will create a more meaningful and effective learning environment that will aid the administration in achieving its mission statement and better satisfy students’ needs. Student representation on college boards is not unprecedented. The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges reports that as of 2010, “50.3 percent of the public colleges and universities that responded and 8.5 percent of respondin...

Opportunities for Input Ignored by Students

Meg Parker, Contributing Writer

October 7, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories, 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. On a campus characterized by political activism, we seem to be lacking in action. There are a multitude of things students wish would be changed, from transportation needs to racial equity to increased funding for Title IX and the Sexual Information Center. All that wishing culminates in just that: a wish. Obies, if we’re going to talk the talk, we need to walk the walk. There are so many ways students can get involved at varying levels of commitment. Oberlin’s governance requires students, faculty an...

Oberlin ACF Actions Polarize Campus

Josh Koller, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories, Student Senate

This is the first installment in the Review’s new 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. Oberlin College’s student body is never at rest, nor should it be, given the current state of global, national and campus-wide affairs. The event generating the most noise at the beginning of this week was the panel centered on anti-Semitism held by Oberlin Alums for Campus Fairness on Sept. 22. Along with my fellow Student Senators, I took part in sending an open letter to the student body condemning the actions of ACF. Some people may wonder why Senate chose to take this stance, and...

Symposium Features Constructive Dialogue

Melissa Landa, President, Oberlin Alums for Campus Fairness

September 30, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

To the Editors: On behalf of the Oberlin Chapter of Alums for Campus Fairness, I want to thank all who attended our symposium, “Building a Hate-Free Campus Through Civil Discourse.” More than 60 people participated in the event, including students, faculty, administrators, clergy and town residents. Despite some pre-event concerns voiced by students, the symposium was productive. For 45 minutes before the symposium began and during the 45-minute question-and-answer session, interactions occurred among students, alumni and the speakers — Kenneth L. Marcus, Chloe Simone Valdary and Stacey Aviva Flint. In spite of difficult questions, student criticism of ACF and complex and sensitive topics, the tone remained ...

Alumni Misrepresent Student Experiences

J Street U Oberlin Board

September 30, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In light of the recent [Oberlin Alums for Campus Fairness] symposium, “Building a Hate-Free Campus through Civil Discourse,” it is important for students to come together and engage with the complicated dynamics of anti-Semitism, Israel-Palestine politics on campus and alumni involvement in the narratives portrayed about Oberlin. Student Senate wrote a letter with the intent to engage with these topics (“Student Senate Condemns OCACF Actions,” Sept. 23, 2016, The Oberlin Review). J Street U’s lack of involvement in the letter was due to numerous circumstances, including differences of opinion with some of its content and limited time to contribute effectively. While individuals associated ...

Student Senate Condemns OCACF Actions

September 20, 2016

Filed under Student Senate

The original version of this letter listed Oberlin J Street U as a consultant. Since the letter's publication, members of Oberlin J Street U have requested that the organization's name be removed. For more information, read our full coverage of Student Senate's letter, ACF's symposium and students' responses. In consultation with current and former members of ABUSUA and Students for a Free Palestine, Student Senate drafted a letter condemning the actions of certain alumni over the last year; including the surveillance, intimidation, marginalization and harassment of students. The text of the letter is below. Oberlin students, Since late 2015, a group of Oberlin alumni have driven a narrative of rampant ant...

Student Senate Candidate Statements

September 3, 2016

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

The Oberlin Review does not endorse any candidate in the upcoming Student Senate election. According to an Aug. 28 email from Student Senate, there are nine of fifteen positions open for the upcoming year. The ballot will be sent to the student body by 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 and will remain open until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.  Jack Brewster College junior Throughout my three years at Oberlin, I have not only committed myself to being a diligent student; I have also taken advantage of the many programs and organizations that Oberlin offers. I am a member of the varsity baseball team. I work for PRSM (Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct), a program that educates students and faculty on how t...

Petition Proposing Student Health Relocation Circulates Campus

Petition Proposing Student Health Relocation Circulates Campus

April 29, 2016

In what could be the culmination of a year-long effort, student senators are attempting to rally support for their petition to move Student Health Services and the Counseling Center to a more central location on campus. Student Senate’s Student Health Working Group issued the petition April 18 via Facebook and email. It states that the current location of Student Health Services and the Counseling Center “prevents these resources from effectively serving students.” At press time, 530 students...

Incoming North-South Fund to Address Campus Divide

Adam Gittin, News editor

April 29, 2016

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The Office of the President is slated to give Student Senate a lump sum of $5,000 as funding for future initiatives to help better unify north and south campus. During a meeting with student senators on March 14, College President Marvin Krislov mentioned that he and other administrators had been discussing what they called the “north-south divide,” and offered to establish a fund for the organization to use. “This is kind of [Krislov’s] brainchild,” said College sophomore Josh Koller, Senate elected co-chair of the Student Finance Committee. “He asked us about the northsouth — be it perceived or real — this divide on campus and if we felt that $5,000 could be used to do something about it.” Koller...

Student Senate Election Statements

Student Senate

February 12, 2016

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Ailing “Eileen” Cao College sophomore Endorsed by the International Student Association and the Chinese Students Association I am Ailing Cao, and my friends call me Eileen. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I come from Shanghai, China. I am a sophomore interested in comparative politics. I’ve been involved in the Chinese Students Association and the International Student Organization. I eat in Pyle Co-op and have just been elected as a food buyer for the co-op. I want to be a Senator because I want to create a direct channel for international students to communicate with the Student Senate and the College. In the future, I plan to gather more reliable information about the needs of all international students at ...

Board of Trustees Condones Violence

Students for a Free Palestine

October 9, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: It has now been two and a half years since Student Senate, reflecting the will of the Oberlin student body, passed a resolution to divest from six companies that profit from and perpetuate Israel’s occupation of Palestine. For a year and a half, the response from the Board of Trustees to this divestment resolution was one of silence and inaction. In that time, Israeli forces killed over 2,100 Palestinians — including 1,500 civilians and 500 children — during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. During the 51-day assault, Israeli forces targeted Gaza’s schools, hospitals, factories, mosques and water and power plants. Whole neighborhoods, such as Shuja’iyya, were destroyed; generations...

Student Senate Election Statements

Student Senate

September 18, 2015

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Student Senate elections are live until 11:59 p.m. today. The ballot link was sent via email to the student body on Monday, Sept. 14. Elijah Aladin Obies, I am a dedicated and ambitious first-year student with high hopes to bring change to Oberlin. My vision, if elected to the Student Senate, is to ease the transition for incoming students by improving the effectiveness of existing facilities. During orientation, for example, I heard whispers about frequent nervous breakdowns and mental health issues, yet there was little information about the resources available to help with these issues. I discovered that, while we have a health center, it’s separated from most of the campus! This should better publiciz...

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