The Oberlin Review

Senate Working Groups

Student Senate

April 26, 2013

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

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

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 [email protected] 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

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

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

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

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 [email protected] 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...

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

Sarah Konowitz

April 5, 2013

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

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

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

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

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...

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