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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...

In Memory of Ammar Abo-El-Naga, OC ’21

In Memory of Ammar Abo-El-Naga, OC ’21

September 7, 2018

The staff of The Oberlin Review extends our condolences to the family and friends of Ammar Abo-El-Naga, who died Aug. 21, 2018 at the age of 18. Ammar, a native of Egypt, studied neuroscience at Oberlin, where he was entering his sophomore year. As a Bonner Scholar, he frequently volunteered at both Oberlin Community Services and the local retirement community, Kendal at Oberlin. He was also active in the Muslim Student Association. A LaunchGood fundraising campaign has been created to help alle...

Brief: Portal Connects Oberlin Students in Dialogue

Sydney Allen, Editor-in-Chief

September 7, 2018

Filed under Campus News

Passersby might have noticed an anomaly in Wilder Bowl yesterday, as a large gold shipping container took residence in the field outside DeCafé with little explanation. Thus, we welcome Oberlin’s very own Portal system, which will be based in Wilder from Sept. 6 to Nov. 10. The Portal, which was coordinated through Oberlin’s CIT department, is an interactive audiovisual room where students, faculty, and staff can video chat with people from around the world. The College is renting the Portal from the art, design, and technology collective Shared Studios and obtained the funding for the initiative through a grant. “The Oberlin College community is invited to use the Portal to engage with individuals in other Po...

Wheelmen Roll Through Oberlin

Wheelmen Roll Through Oberlin

September 7, 2018

The Wheelmen, a national group that focuses on the preservation and celebration of antique bicycles made before 1932, visited Oberlin July 25-29 for their 51st annual National Wheelmen Meet. Many cyclists rode upwards of 100 miles during the meet in total. Others took part in 75-, 50-, or 25-mile routes. The event included four days of festivities, featuring many riders wearing historically accurate clothing to match their bikes, a flash mob of cyclists, a series of workshops o...

Off the Cuff: Melissa Harris and Christian Bolles, Editors-in-Chief

Sydney Allen and Nathan Carpenter

May 11, 2018

Filed under NEWS, Off the Cuff

College seniors Melissa Harris and Christian Bolles are the outgoing Editors-in-Chief of The Oberlin Review. Harris has been involved with the Review since her first semester at Oberlin, when she started out her journalism career as a staff writer. Since then she has worked as a Review Production Editor and News Editor and has interned for publications such as The Chronicle Telegram and Homeland Security Today. Bolles got involved his sophomore year at Oberlin and served as an Arts & Culture Editor before his tenure as EIC. Bolles is most known for his movie reviews. They were interviewed by the incoming Editors-in-Chief, College junior Sydney Allen and College sophomore Nathan Carpenter. This interview has be...

ResEd Decommissions 17 Village Houses

ResEd Decommissions 17 Village Houses

May 4, 2018

As housing selection for the 2018–19 academic year wraps up, many students have been left disappointed as Residential Education struggles to meet demand for Village Housing and private dorm rooms after decommissioning 17 Village Houses due to disrepair. The change is partially a result of Oberlin’s increasing financial austerity, as the College is reluctant to pour more money into dilapidated, depreciating houses each year. All 11 of the Woodland Street Village Housing Units are set to be razed ...

College Goes All In For Oberlin

College Goes All In For Oberlin

April 27, 2018

President Carmen Ambar and Associate Vice President for Athletics Advancement and Delta Lodge Director of Athletics and Physical Education Natalie Winkelfoos pose on a golf cart for yesterday’s All In For Oberlin fundraiser. Ambar and Winkelfoos cruised around campus yesterday asking students and community members to go “All In” for Oberlin and donate toward the fundraising challenge. Organizers sought 1,500 donors, and every dollar donated up to that point was matched with a $100 contribu...

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings Named VP Finance, Administration

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings Named VP Finance, Administration

April 20, 2018

Rebecca Vazquez-Skillings, the current vice president of Business Affairs at Otterbein University, was named Oberlin’s new vice president of Finance and Administration last week, pending the approval of the Board of Trustees during their June meeting. If the board approves, she will officially take over July 1. Interim Vice President of Finance and Administration Alan Norton came out of retirement last May after Vice President of Finance Mike Frandsen’s departure last year. A 10-person search c...

NLRB Sides With OCOPE in Suit Against College

NLRB Sides With OCOPE in Suit Against College

April 20, 2018

The Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees union recently won a suit against the College with the National Labor Relations Board. The charges, filed in January, claimed that the College violated their mutually agreed-upon collective bargaining agreement by placing temporary workers, who make $14 an hour and receive no employment benefits or insurance, in OCOPE positions longer than is stipulated in the contract. The NLRB found the College in violation of the contract during arbitration. ...

Stevens Strategy Presents to General Faculty Amid Controversy

Sydney Allen, News Editor

April 13, 2018

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS, Recent Stories

Editor’s Note: A revised version of the letter mentioned in this article is filed under Letters to the Editors. It can be found online at the following link: https://wp.me/p4BnSC-4ak Stevens Strategy, the academic consulting firm President Carmen Ambar tapped to lead the upcoming Administrative and Academic Professional Review, presented its intended strategy to the General Faculty Council Monday. Amid pre-existing skepticism from faculty members, many who attended the meeting felt the firm came across as unprepared, further heightening concerns. The firm describes itself as “a full-service consulting firm specializing in managing the process of strategic change in colleges, universities, and schools.” Stevens Strat...

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