The Oberlin Review

Senate Response to Diop’s Resignation

Student Senate

May 10, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

We are writing to provide an update on the issues of compensation on Student Senate. Following recent events, College junior Eli Diop has resigned from Student Senate. In the past week, we have completed our audit of all senators’ timecards and have passed a measure to deduct any wrongly paid hours from future timecards, have passed five bylaw changes pertaining to the amount and oversight of senator pay and have published e-mails, minutes and documents pertaining to the issues of senator compensation on the Senate website (www.oberlin.edu/senate). We want to take the opportunity to respond to the letter “Clarifying the Recent Compensation Issue on Student Senate” from former senator Eli Diop in the May 3 issue...

Divestment passes in Senate

Kate Gill

May 10, 2013

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Student Senate passed a resolution on Sunday, May 6, urging the College to divest from companies that support the Israeli occupation of Palestine, financially and otherwise. This resolution, penned by Students for a Free Palestine and amended by the Senate, underwent five rounds of voting, which spanned three hours. The resolution instructs the College to divest from six companies –– Caterpillar, Hewlett-Packard, Group 4 Securicor, SodaStream, Elbit Systems and Veolia — all of whom, according to the resolution, profit directly from Israel’s “ongoing violations of international law and human rights and have an economic stake in the continuation of these violations.” Since its emergence, the resolution...

Divestment Harmful To Peace Process

Anna Band, Mira Taichman

May 10, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Formally launched in 2005, BDS is an international movement that stands for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. This past Sunday, Student Senate endorsed Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine’s BDS-inspired campaign that calls for divestment from six companies that profit from Israeli occupation. There is common concern that opponents of BDS view Israel with uncritical, unconditional support. This fear is unfounded. One can have a nuanced, critical view of Israel and still recognize the dangers of BDS. In fact, it is BDS, with its policies of delegitimization and censorship, that leaves no room for nuance. The passage of this proposal is an embarrassment to the student body, offensive to many students...

Student Senators Should Be Subject to Pay Limits

The Editorial Board

May 10, 2013

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Following the controversy surrounding Student Senate Liaison Eliza Diop’s billing issues and subsequent resignation, Senate is initiating a reform of the rules regarding the payment of its members. Diop claims that the time card discrepancy was a simple misunderstanding of the work senators can legitimately bill for, spurring the conversation on ambiguities in the Senate bylaws. But the reform could also address a much larger problem that has gone unchecked in Senate and SFC for years — until very recently, members of both groups could bill for unlimited hours each pay period, a privilege no other student workers enjoy. At a Compensation Task Force held by Senate on Sunday, senators voted to cap billable hours...

Student Senate Addresses Errors With Compensation

Oberlin College Student Senate

May 3, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

The following account documents the events of the past three weeks, which have resulted in a proposal for bylaw changes regarding student senator compensation. In order to be transparent and accountable to the student body, we have chosen to provide the following context for these proposed changes. The proposed changes themselves and our rationale for pursuing this particular course of action are listed at the end of this letter. The Senate Treasurer as of fall 2012, College senior Steve Bii, and Operations Manager as of spring 2013, College sophomore Peter Arden, are required to review the timecards. This semester, they were admittedly lax in their duties; they didn’t re- view the timecards together until March....

Senate Working Groups

Student Senate

April 26, 2013

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The Oberlin Transparency Working Group – Chair: Eliza Diop The Oberlin Transparency Working Group looks to increase transparency between administration, staff, faculty and students in areas of finance, policy, organization and feedback. In light of the recent events of the semester, the Oberlin Transparency Working Group is looking to expand its mission to include more transparency in seeing Administrative progress toward addressing the needs and concerns of students, and changing policies on campus to address them. We look forward to turning the Oberlin Transparency Working Group site into a hub where faculty, staff and administrative steps toward policy changes can be viewed by students, and also a space wher...

Student Senate Reports on Working Groups

Eliza Diop, Liaison to the Student Senate

April 19, 2013

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The new group of Student Senators had their first plenary February 24. Since then, as the Liaison to the Student Senate, I can say that the journey the Senators have traveled and the experiences we underwent have tested our organizing skills, our patience, our accountability and our strength as students and as members of a representative body. Like our peers and fellow community members, the events that have taken place since the beginning of the semester have been both difficult to understand and challenging to endure. However, I am proud to say that we, in unity with the administration and the student body, are keeping our focus on goals for community building, engaging allyship, and fostering a deeper understanding...

Student Senate Update

Student Senate

April 19, 2013

Filed under OPINIONS

Applications to join the Student Finance Committee for the 2013-2014 school year are currently available and are due on April 21. Please either check your OCMail account for an application or email senate@oberlin.edu to have one sent to you. A newly established local shuttle is now available for use! The shuttle will depart from the Wilder Student Union in half-hour intervals every Friday and Saturday, stopping at Walmart, IGA, and Johnny’s/Drug-Mart. Rides are available for a dollar a day. Koffee with Krislov is scheduled for Monday, April 29th at 10:00 P.M. in Azariah’s Café. This is an opportunity to speak directly with President Marvin Krislov and ask him any question that you may have. A General Faculty...

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...

Student Senate Reports on Working Groups

Student Senate

April 19, 2013

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Student-Trustee Relations Working Group Chair: James Foust The Student-Trustee Relations Working Group has had a great start to its semester. The Trustee Forum, Trustee Listening Session and trustee dinners during the week of March 4–9 were all successful in terms attendance and in terms of content. Given the events of March 4, 2013 and the acts of hate leading up to this day, the energy at the Trustee Forum was higher than at forums in the past and the focus was on student concerns reflecting the climate at Oberlin and how trustees should, and need to, exercise their role in creating visible and tangible change to acknowledge the needs of all students, but especially those communities most affected by the incide...

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...

Update from Student Senate

Student Senate

April 12, 2013

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The Office of the President has donated $5,000 to the creation of a Community-Building Fund for the Oberlin College Community. If you have suggestions as to how this money should be allocated, please contact Student Senate at senate@oberlin.edu. Using the Community-Building Fund, Student Senate is organizing two special TGIFs for the purpose of unifying the existing Oberlin community and also warmly welcoming admitted students during All Roads Lead to Oberlin. The Senate has voted (12–3) to approve the new Student Financial System charter, which eliminates Article XI — otherwise known as the Alternative Funding Mechanism — from the previous charter. The charter is now up for a vote of approval by the Student...

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