The Oberlin Review

Student Senator and College sophomore Meg Parker speaks at Sunday’s Student Senate plenary. Senators are drafting a proposal for a Central Budgeting Committee that will allow students, faculty and staff to participate in the College’s financial decision-making processes under a nondisclosure agreement.

Student Senate Proposes Central Budgeting Committee

April 28, 2017

Student senators are drafting a proposal to establish a Central Budgeting Commit­tee, a standing group that would include and engage students, faculty and staff in the College’s budgeting decisions. Senate’s Financial Prioritization task force hopes to release the proposal this week to leverage student and faculty support before pre­senting it to senior administrators. Senate’s proposal calls for CBC mem­bers’ inclusion on all budgetary documents and information in accordance with a...

Folk Fest Reaches Beyond Genre’s Traditional Boundaries

Sydney Allen, Production editor

April 28, 2017

Since its inception in 1999, community members and College students alike have flocked to Tappan Square for Folk Fest, an annual celebration of the genre featuring multiple live performances and events. Nineteen years ago, the inaugural concert featured a single headliner followed by student acts, but the series has since grown exponentially, drawing several touring acts each year and spreading to venues all over campus. Organized by the Oberlin College Folk Music Club, this year’s Folk Fest kicked off today with a panel discussion around Women in Folk Music, moderated by Professor of Ethnomusicology Jennifer Fraser and featuring members of Isle of Klezbos, an all-women klezmer band participating in the festival. ...

First-year Regan Chasney cradles the ball while running past a defender. The Yeomen conclude their season tomorrow when they host DePauw University at 1 p.m. on Senior Day at the Knowlton Athletics Complex.

Yeomen Record First Conference Win

April 21, 2017

Men’s lacrosse broke its five-game North Coast Athletic Conference losing streak, defeating the Wabash College Little Giants 19–7 Saturday. Riding the momentum, the Yeomen downed the Hiram College Terriers 29–1 Tuesday to improve their record to 6–8 overall and 2–5 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. The Yeomen defense set the pace for Saturday’s game, shutting out the Little Giants in the first half as first-year goalkeeper Calvin Filson went five-for-five on saves. Offensively, the Yeom...

College Bookstore Manager Tammy Herman reorganizes clothes Thursday.
The College’s Purchasing Committee will soon respond to the discovery
that Nike breached the College’s Sweatshop-Free Apparel Code
of Purchasing.

Purchasing Committee Addresses Nike Scandal

April 21, 2017

The College’s Purchasing Com­mittee is preparing a response to a recent discovery that Nike — one of the school’s largest apparel providers — breached Oberlin’s Sweatshop-Free Apparel Code of Purchasing by buying from factories with unsafe working conditions and failing to permit out­side labor monitors from inspecting its contracted factories. Like most apparel companies, Nike doesn’t actually make its own clothes but contracts them out to factories all over the world. Under Oberlin’s...

Associate Dean of the Curriculum David Kamitsuka shows the classroom spaces in StudiOC to faculty members participating in the course cluster program this fall. Four course clusters are available next
semester, three of which are exclusive to  first-years.

Course Catalog Unveils Cluster Plans

April 14, 2017

Though many of the course clusters slated for next school year are not currently available in the course catalog, they will still launch this fall. Despite the hiccup in the “soft opening” of the program, as described by Associate Dean of the Curriculum David Kamitsuka, the program will kick off in the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center's StudiOC classrooms this September. The courses will incorporate professors across disciplines from both the College and Conservatory in an effort to “encourage in...

Senior captain Kinori Rosnow maneuvers past a University of Mount Union defender at a home-field game March 11. The Yeomen are hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s loss in their away game at Denison University tomorrow at 1 p.m.

Yeomen Gear Up for Final NCAC Games

April 7, 2017

The Yeomen are fighting tooth and nail for a winning season as they edge closer to their final games with an overall 4–6 season and 0–3 conference record. Most recently, The College of Wooster Fighting Scots set the team back with a 13–8 loss last Saturday. “The Wooster game was an example of us not putting together a 60 minute game,” Head Coach Topher Grossman said. “Mental lapses in the second quarter put us in a hole that was too big to climb out of. We need to run the table if...

Hall Auditorium is scheduled for an addition in the future. The College created $25 million in debt by issuing bonds to help fund the addition and other renovation projects across campus.

College Takes on Millions in Additional Debt

April 7, 2017

The College received a $41-million loan last Thursday from the Ohio Higher Educa­tional Facility Commission, a governmental group that issues revenue bonds to colleges and universities. A significant por­tion of this money will be used to pay for the Philips gym ex­pansions, the renovation of Carr Pool, an addition to Hall Audito­rium and other building renova­tions on campus. According to outgoing Vice President for Finance and Ad­ministration Mike Frandsen, the College will take on $25.3...

Student Senators Kirsten Mojziszek, sophomore, and Jesse Docter, junior, spoke at Senate’s weekly plenary meeting Sunday. Senate elected junior Senators Thobeka Mnisi and Josh Koller to a  ve-member task force to consider adding a student representative to the Board of Trustees.

Student Senate Selects Task-Force Representatives

March 31, 2017

Student Senate chose junior student senators Thobeka Mnisi and Josh Koller to join a five-member taskforce to investigate the merits of adding a student representative to the Board of Trustees. The task force will also include three board members, currently unnamed, and could begin meeting as early as next week. Mnisi and Koller will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of having a student on the board, hoping to convince trustees of its importance. By the end of the semester, the task force will...

Student Senator and College junior Josh Koller speaks at Sunday’s Student Senate plenary meeting. The Board of Trustees agreed to create a task force to begin the search for a student representative to sit on its board, an effort Senate has long pushed for.

Trustees to Investigate Adding Student Rep

March 10, 2017

After months of pushing from student senators and activists, the Board of Trustees agreed to cre­ate a task force that will investigate adding student representatives to the board. The breakthrough results from a proposal sena­tors sent the board last Wednesday asking for the creation of a task force. The board then held its ex­ecutive session Friday afternoon, after which sena­tors received email confirmation that their propos­al had been accepted — a drastic change from the seven-month...

Implementation Committees Inch Toward Final Plans

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

March 3, 2017

A year has passed since the College formed implementation committees for the Strategic Plan, and in that time progress has widely varied by group. Committees like Resource Management have made strides, while others wait idly for their turn with movement contingent on other groups’ plans. “Compared to previous plans, the implementation is actually off to a faster start,” President Marvin Krislov said. “It’s a five-year plan and not all recommendations will be moving forward at the same pace. ... Some of these recommendations also relate to the groups, so Resource Management is going to help define how much we can do in certain areas and how quickly. We think the progress is actually moving quite well, and...

Members of Pyle discuss co-op business during Thursday lunch. OSCA will no longer buy goods from Gibson’s or include the
business on its charge list but declined to sign a letter recently distributed by student activists.

OSCA Cuts Business Ties with Gibson’s Bakery

February 24, 2017

Oberlin Student Cooperative Association is exploring different responses to the College’s January decision to resume business with Gibson’s Bakery after protests erupt­ed following an altercation that led to the arrest of three College students in November. In budget preparations for spring 2017, OSCA decided to for­mally end business ties with Gibson’s by removing them from its charge list. Although the group did minimal business with the bakery, the deci­sion ends the running tab that...

Student Senate met for the first time since elections in Wilder Hall Sunday evening. The new group is introducing a focus on student activism.

Student Senate Pivots in Favor of Activism

February 17, 2017

As a group of newly elected representatives settle in, Student Senate is increasingly embracing its institutional influence and activist sentiments — a shift from just a few years ago when student interest and participation in Senate was at a low. Last week’s Senate election brought 25 students to the spotlight as they jockeyed and campaigned for one of the eight open seats on the 15-person Senate. Engaging in student activism was a common theme across the board. At Sunday evening's plenary...

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