The Oberlin Review

Student Senate Should Allow Fee-Based Funding Of OPIRG And Others

Sarah Konowitz

April 5, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

As a student concerned with on-campus and community activism, I was upset to hear about a recent Student Senate decision that limits Oberlin students’ right to collective action. During my four years here, I’ve appreciated how Oberlin students focus on grassroots activism and empowerment. I chose this school not only for its rigorous academic curriculum and vibrant arts culture, but also for the forward-thinking social and political values of the student body. Right now, Oberlin students have an alternative funding mechanism that allows us, through a petition signed by a majority of the student body, to collectively decide to fund a program or organization with a student fee. This is how Oberlin students fund...

College to Institute New Health Services Fee

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

April 5, 2013

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Dean of Students Eric Estes met with Student Senate last month to announce the institution of a $200 health services fee to be introduced next school year. The funds will go toward hiring an additional full-time counselor for the Counseling Center, hiring a staff member to coordinate Student Health Services and initiatives on campus, extending Student Health Services hours and reducing the cost of other health services. The fee will be covered by financial aid for both lower- and moderate- income students. Estes stated in an email to the Review, “If there was going to be a fee, we wanted to make sure financial aid protected moderate and needy students, and that a big chunk of the fee went to fund new and enhanced...

OSWell Organizes Workshops, Expands Programs

Taylor Field and Matan Zeimer

March 15, 2013

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Last week, the Office of Student Wellness organized a series of events under the umbrella title “Anxiety and Beyond: Anxiety Awareness Week.” This series, which was motivated by a national trend in college students reporting more anxiety, came at an ideal time for the Oberlin community as it responded to repeated acts of hate speech on campus. “It’s a need across college campuses to better support students about identifying anxiety and linking to support and learning self care,” said Lori Morgan Flood, associate dean and director of wellness and health promotion. Despite the cancellation of classes last Monday and the events that followed due to the hate-related incidents, OSWell decided to continue with...

Update from Student Senate

Oberlin College Student Senators

March 15, 2013

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

In light of the recent displays of bias and hate speech, we want to assure you that we, your student senators, are here for you, along with so many other resources on campus. Oberlin College and community offer a wide variety of options to support students and faculty during this time. We encourage you to express your concerns, emotions and reactions to your peers, your professors, staff and deans. We are always accessible through e-mail, office hours, our plenary sessions every Sunday at 7 p.m. in Wilder 215 and around the Oberlin community. The most important thing in shocking events like these is that we respect and comfort one another, that we affirm the varying ways people react and respond to such acts, and ultimately,...

Senate Votes to Reform Article XI

Matthew Benenson, Staff Writer

December 14, 2012

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Student Senate unanimously voted to pass a resolution last Sunday urging the Student Financial Committee to “amend or remove Article XI of the Student Financial Charter in a manner that will increase its transparency and the judiciousness with which it is used to allocate student monies.” Article XI deals with the Alternate Student Funding mechanism, which allows chartered student groups to raise money through a student fee if they submit a petition signed by at least 51 percent of the student body on campus every two years. Two chartered groups on Oberlin’s campus utilize this mechanism: the Green EDGE Fund draws a $20 fee from each student and Ohio Public Interest Research Group draws $8. According to College...

Student Groups Work to Fix Public Transit

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

November 2, 2012

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

January 2010 marked the effective end of the Lorain County Transit system. Its already reduced 12 routes were cut to two. A twice a week Dial-A-Ride service was implemented soon afterward, but the extreme reduction of the LCT caused an estimated 300 people to lose their jobs. Student and community groups are working to supplement and bring back LCT routes, but the issues created by a lack of public transportation remain unresolved almost three years later. There are still transportation options in the area, such as the college-run Airport Oberlin Shuttle, which makes weekday runs to the airport, and the Brecksville Road Transit, which offers service to and from the airport for academic breaks. However, College junior...

Dialogue Explores Line Between Public and Private

Joseph Dilworth, Staff Writer

March 16, 2012

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Within a small college community such as Oberlin, the line between what’s personal and what’s public often becomes blurred. Campus organizers hoped to more clearly distinguish the two during a public discussion held Monday in Craig Lecture Hall. The event, titled “Vandalism. Adderall. ObieTalk.,” was planned by the Student Senate in conjunction with the Dean of Students Office, the Judicial and Community Boards and the Student Honor Committee. Organizers hoped that the forum, moderated by the Oberlin College Dialogue Center, would foster open dialogue on these hot-button issues. “The planners of the forum hoped to get people talking about community on campus,” said Ilyssa Meyer, College junior and ...

Letter: Student Senator Resigns

Savitri Sedlacek

May 13, 2011

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Dear Senators, As you may already know, I have decided to resign from Student Senate. It has been a pleasure to work with the student government and the Oberlin administration in different capacities over the past two years. In my final year at Oberlin I hope to focus my attention on establishing the Student Communication Hub, and making it a real and vital part of student life on campus. I believe by using my skills and energy in this manner, I will be able to help the campus in a more meaningful way than I have been able to while serving as a Student Senator. While serving on student government has been filled with moments of both frustration and accomplishment, I hope that as Senate moves forward we will continue...

Editorial Board: What the Hell Is Student Senate? (Do We Know?)

The Editorial Board

March 11, 2011

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

This Sunday, Oberlin’s Student Senate is holding a panel titled “What the Hell Is Senate?” We are curious to hear how the senators will choose to answer that question. The chief problem with Senate, as it has been observed by student senators in the past, is the same problem that plagues many representative governmental bodies: Members are elected on platforms reflective of their pet projects and are, for whatever reason, unable to work with those who hold actual power to create change. And at Oberlin, power lies with the individuals who, rightly or wrongly, are often demonized: the trustees, President Krislov, Ron Watts and other College administrators. For at least a year, Senate’s operations have been...

New Members Address Effectiveness of Senate

Julia Herbst

March 11, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

On Sunday, March 13, Student Senate will host a panel called “What does Senate do?” in an attempt to educate the student body about Senate’s purpose, goals and past achievements. This comes in the face of criticism, as many students are currently questioning the very effectiveness of the Senate. All 15 members of Senate and Associate Dean of Community Life Shozo Kawaguchi will sit on the panel and seek to answer questions about what Senate does. “I often hear people say that Senate does nothing,” said new Senator and Conservatory junior Rebecca Hargrove. “I think that’s from the people that don’t really know all of the things [Senate has] to go through. You just find out new policies and they don’t...

Student Senate Sends Updates

Ilyssa Meyer

March 4, 2011

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

There were good vibes all around last Sunday night in Wilder 215 as we sat down to our first plenary with the new Senators. Senate now consists of eight students who have previously served and seven who are new to the job, creating a perfect blend of experience and fresh ideas. I truly believe last semester was somewhat of a transcendent time in the way Senate is perceived on campus. At our last plenary before the elections, we had more non-Senators than Senators in the room, speaking to the fact that people have begun to utilize Senate as a resource for activism and progress in Oberlin and beyond. As Liaison, I plan to continue on the progressive path that Senate set out on last semester, making the body not only an...

Sabo removed from Student Senate

Sabo removed from Student Senate

February 25, 2011

College senior Pete Sabo was removed from the Student Senate last week, according to former Senate Liaison Marlo Barrera, College junior. Student Senators adhere to a point system that penalizes them for failure to carry out various responsibilities. Failure to attend a General Faculty meeting, for example, warrants five points, according to the Senate’s website. “Senators get points as a way to monitor that [they] are doing their jobs,” Barrera said in an email. “Although flawed in...

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