The Oberlin Review

New Career Communities Pilot Announced

New Career Communities Pilot Announced

December 7, 2018

Associate Dean of Students and Interim Director of the Career Development Center Dana Hamdan unveiled the pilot for the Career Communities program in a series of four information sessions earlier this week and last. The program will launch this spring and will allow roughly 120 juniors and seniors to participate in a one-credit, co-curricular course that culminates in a funded summer internship. “The Career Communities initiative makes it possible for us to address Oberlin’s ‘mi...

Jesse Milan, Jr., AIDS Activist

Jesse Milan, Jr., AIDS Activist

November 30, 2018

Jesse Milan Jr. is the president and CEO of AIDS United, an organization dedicated to fighting the AIDS epidemic in the United States. He delivered a convocation address Tuesday titled “You are the Keeper of the HIV Movement,” which discussed the ways young people can engage in the HIV/AIDs movement. Milan has lived with HIV for 35 years and has been involved with activism in the public health sector for over 30 years. A lawyer by training, he currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for...

Karega Sues College, Claiming Discrimination

Sydney Allen, Editor-in-Chief

November 16, 2018

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Joy Karega, a former assistant professor of Rhetoric and Composition at Oberlin, filed a lawsuit against the College last Friday claiming breach of contract and employment discrimination on the basis of race and gender. The lawsuit, filed with the U.S. District Court in Cleveland, seeks $855,000 in damages. In February 2016, The Tower, a conservative, pro-Israeli magazine, posted a series of alleged anti-Semitic posts found on Karega’s personal Facebook page, sparking national and local controversy. Karega was placed on academic leave that month and was ultimately fired November 2017, following a nine-month review process. Her termination initiated a national conversation around academic liberties and free speech. ...

Students Take in Election Results at ‘Sco Watch Party

Students Take in Election Results at ‘Sco Watch Party

November 9, 2018

College junior Ezra Andres-Tysch views the 2018 midterm elections at a watch party in the ’Sco. The election season brought a red wave to Ohio as the Governorship, Attorney General, and nearly every high-ranking state position went Republican, with the exception of Democrat Sherrod Brown for the U.S. Senate. In Ohio House District 4, Oberlin’s district, Democrat Janet Garrett lost for the third time to incumbent Republican Jim Jordan. Ohio also rejected Issue 1, which would have reduced drug ...

Josh Keating, OC ’07, Slate Editor

Josh Keating, OC ’07, Slate Editor

November 9, 2018

Josh Keating, OC ’07, is a writer and editor at Slate magazine focusing on international news and foreign policy. He returned to campus in October to meet with students, faculty, and staff and to discuss his new book Invisible Countries, which investigates ideas around nationhood, borders, and what defines a country. Keating has been interested in geography and borders since childhood, when he followed global news events like the fall of the Berlin Wall. Over the course of his research f...

Leadercast Conference Highlights Female Entrepreneurs

Sydney Allen, Editor-in-Chief

November 2, 2018

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

The Oberlin Business Partnership, in collaboration with the Office of Innovation and Impact, sponsored the second annual Leadercast Women’s conference this week at the New Russia Township Lodge. The event was designed to promote female leadership in entrepreneurial fields and featured a number of speakers, panelists, video broadcasts, and group discussions. The event featured a live presidents panel with Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar and Lorain County Community College President Marcia J. Ballinger, sponsored by the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. The panel moderator, Tiffany Tarpley from Cleveland’s NBC Channel 3, highlighted the novelty that the two college presidents...

Library Renaming Caps Inauguration

Library Renaming Caps Inauguration

October 12, 2018

Mudd’s main library center has been renamed to honor renowned feminist and civil rights activist Mary Church Terrell, OC 1884. Terrell was a founding member of the National Association of Colored Women and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The renaming ceremony took place last Saturday, Oct. 6 as part of Oberlin President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s inauguration festivities. An exhibit honoring Terrell and her work is currently on display in Mudd library. In...

Conservatory Thefts Prompt Security Concerns

Conservatory Thefts Prompt Security Concerns

October 5, 2018

After at least six thefts inside Conservatory practice rooms and lockers, Campus Safety will be increasing its security presence in the Conservatory complex with more rounds and potential additional security measures. Over the past few weeks, at least four students returned to their practice spaces after brief intervals to find money taken from their wallets. Students also reported that their lockers, which often house personal belongings and instruments costing up to tens of th...

Community Member Arrested After Langston Thefts

Community Member Arrested After Langston Thefts

September 28, 2018

Oberlin resident Que Freeman, 20, was arrested by members of the Oberlin Police Department and charged with three counts of receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony, on Sunday, Sept. 23. Over a three-to-five-day period, Freeman allegedly broke into Harkness House and Langston Hall and removed student property including two laptops, Beats headphones, a debit card, and various other Apple products. Freeman was apprehended after College sophomore Kyra Aviles returned to her Langston single...

Oberlin Creates Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

Oberlin Creates Opportunities for Entrepreneurs

September 21, 2018

Oberlin’s Entrepreneurship Club and Center for Innovation and Impact are launching their first Startup Weekend today, giving students and faculty members the opportunity to develop a project pitch in a fast-paced, three-day period. The event kicked off this afternoon with a presentation from Rue Mapp, founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro, a non-profit organization that focuses on conservation and the celebration of African-American connection and participation with nature. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour competiti...

Oberlin Portal Visits San Marcos

Oberlin Portal Visits San Marcos

September 21, 2018

College sophomore Sarah Goodstein video chats with students from a Portal at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX. The Portal is currently operated by Texas State Galleries, an on-campus gallery within the university’s School of Art and Design. The discussion centered around innovative art methods and mediums.

Alan Jones, Fourth Meal Cashier

Alan Jones, Fourth Meal Cashier

September 21, 2018

Alan Jones, 56, is a Campus Dining Services employee who works as a cashier and server at Oberlin’s Fourth Meal from 10–11:30 p.m. in the Rathskeller. Better known as “DJ Al,” Jones is known around campus for his catchy playlists and welcoming attitude. For many students, Jones is a staple of Oberlin’s dining scene. Jones is from Lorain, Ohio, and has been working at Oberlin on and off for years. Last year, he had the opportunity to appear on Wheel of Fortune during the show’s Veteran...

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