The Oberlin Review

Student Senate Condemns OCACF Actions

September 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Mental Health Initiatives Reveal Where Student Opinion Heard Loudest

Editorial Board

September 4, 2015

Laundry prices and ObieID password changes notwithstanding, few things at Oberlin are as widely maligned as the College’s mental health resource infrastructure. While Student Health Services as a whole receives a significant amount of criticism from students year after year and while the College makes regular efforts to respond in due course, the way Oberlin handles mental health issues seems to consistently receive low marks. These resources are understandingly in high demand, since any environment in which academic pressure and personal stresses collide necessitates an effective outlet for seeking help. In line with the issue’s persistence, Dean of Students Eric Estes’ Aug. 25 email to students — which foc...

Senate Endorses Financial Accessibility

Senate Endorses Financial Accessibility

May 8, 2015

Student Senate passed a resolution supporting the tuition protests and recent action around financial accessibility during plenary last Sunday. This resolution was passed a week after tuition activists brought a different resolution, which called for a tuition freeze, before Senate. Senate discussed this original resolution but did not pass it, an action that inspired a letter to the editor last week condemning Senate’s inaction and questioning the organization’s relevance (“Silence on Tuition...

Student Health Implements Saturday Hours

Molly Brand, Staff Writer

May 8, 2015

Student Health Services will now be open on Saturdays in addition to its normal Monday to Friday hours. The first Saturday hours were held May 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the pilot program will continue through the end of the semester and next year. On May 2, five students took advantage of the new hours, which was a good showing, according to Vice President and Dean of Students Eric Estes. “I’m sure [participation] will increase,” Estes said in an email to the Review. One administrative assistant and two nurse practitioners will be present at these Saturday hours, according to member of the student health working group and College junior Avalon McKee. All regular services will be provided, includin...

Silence on Tuition Hike Proves Senate’s Irrelevance

May 1, 2015

To the Editors: The Oberlin College Student Senate is a 15-member body, elected to relay the complex and pressing needs of the student population to their institution. Yet, if one were to read the description on its website, one could be forgiven for questioning whether Senate is in fact a “governance organization for the student body.” What do they govern? Senate has no power to enforce and little leverage in any capacity that cannot simply be waved off by administration. Arguably its greatest tool is communication: They speak with the president, send all-campus emails and pass resolutions. But if the Senate can only speak, for whom do they speak? Last week, Senate failed to make any collective statement of...

Senate Forum Focuses on New Student Support Fund

Senate Forum Focuses on New Student Support Fund

May 1, 2015

Students discussed the allocation of the Student Support Initiatives Fund during a Student Senate-led forum on Tuesday evening. Board of Trustees Chair Clyde McGregor donated $500,000 to create the fund for students of color, low-income, at-risk or disabled students. Other donors have since pledged more money to the fund, increasing the total to about $700,575. The fund was created after College senior and Student Senator Megs Bautista had breakfast with President Krislov to convey her concerns...

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