The Oberlin Review

Senate Welcomes Collaboration with Student Body

Joshua Rhodes, Contributing Writer

November 1, 2019

 This article is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, student senators will provide personal perspectives on recent events on campus and in the community. It has been 45 days since we received the “Congratulations new senators!” email. Since then, my life has gotten busier than I could have ever imagined. As a senator without an internal position, I will be required to be a part of a committee, attend the general faculty members, hold office hours, be a part of a working group, attend Senate’s weekly Plenary Meeting every Sunday night from 7-9:30 p.m., and attend most Senate-sponsored events. When I was elected as Communications Director, that mean...

Students Should Have High Hopes for New Senate

Abby Kopp, Contributing Writer

March 8, 2019

Coming back from studying abroad last semester, I felt invigorated — I was ready to help improve campus and the Oberlin student experience. This feeling has been heightened by the recent election of new student senators, who seem similarly energized. All the new senators bring unique perspectives and valuable skills to Student Senate. That being said, there’s some work that I’m particularly excited about. Firstly, I’m very excited about the overarching goal adopted by these new senators: transparency. Transparency is absolutely necessary to gain a better understanding of the work the senators do and the ways in which they can support students. I’ve attended several listening sessions run by senators in the...

Senate Supports Students In the Face of Institutional Change

Henry Hicks, Contributing Writer

November 9, 2018

This article is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, student senators will provide personal perspectives on recent events on campus and in the community. Since completing its election process in September, Student Senate has begun working on a slew of tasks: continuing previous semesters’ work with career-related advising for international students, taking steps to improve transparency with the student body, and advocating for students in response to many of the new dining changes on campus this semester. Senators have divided themselves into five different working groups as a way of divvying up tasks and tackling broader topics, including Health a...

Student Senate Expects Further Momentum in 2018–2019

Tess Joosse, Staff Writer

May 4, 2018

After a year of milestones and challenges, Oberlin Student Senate is looking forward to continued progress on a number of initiatives in the next academic year. “Senate has made many major strides forward as an organization this year,” said Eddy Tumbokon, College first-year and Student Senate Communications Director. “We’re experiencing new degrees of cooperation with the Board [of Trustees], and I think that’s something to be proud of. Senate has also revamped our working group models to a much more structured and intentional framework. Working groups now regularly meet and bring in non-senators, administrators, staff, and community members.” Among those working groups, the Student Community Working Gro...

Focus on Student Empowerment Crucial for Success

León Pescador

April 6, 2018

This article is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, Student Senators will provide personal perspectives on recent events on campus and in the community. Student empowerment continues as a driving force for Senate this semester. This year, we appointed dozens of students to general faculty committees, such as the influential Educational Policies and Planning Committee. This semester, students gained co-chairmanship of the Student Life Committee. The effect of student appointments to committees is twofold: first, students who demonstrate passion and dedication to an issue can better represent and articulate their interests. Second, fewer senators on co...

Student Senators Call for Financial Aid Transparency, Engagement

Jordan Ecker and Ty Wagner

November 21, 2014

Oberlin College Student Senate is committed to investigating Oberlin’s finances by gathering as much information as possible, synthesizing this information so that students can engage with it, creating discussions about Oberlin’s financial direction particularly involving financial aid and making the Steering Committee more accessible to the Senate and to students themselves. Here’s why. Over and over again, when asking questions about the school’s financial situation, we as Student Senators have been told: “Oberlin College needs more revenue to remain a prestigious institution.” “Changes must be made.” “We are spending too much money on financial aid.” Yet students across campus feel nickel-and-dimed...

Senate Working Groups Continue Improvements

Machmud Makhmudov

November 7, 2014

Student Senate has seen a busy semester thus far, electing 15 senators and pursuing a variety of diverse projects. With only two of these 15 new senators having previously served on Senate, the group collectively provides a fresh perspective on improving the student experience at Oberlin. We are dedicated to maintaining a higher level of visibility on campus this semester and into the future, particularly through our working groups. The majority of Student Senate’s work occurs through General Faculty committees and working groups. Students, faculty and community members are all eligible to join our working groups. If you’d like to join a working group, please see the Student Senate website for a listing of meeting...

Letter to the Editors: Protestors Are Creating Issues Where None Exist

Zachary Evans, College Senior

December 13, 2013

Ever since the fake racial hate incidents last March, there have been protests against some perceived "injustice" on the part of Oberlin's administration. These protests have made a lot of noise, but there are other viewpoints on campus: 1) Oberlin's administration does not perpetrate any form of injustice, nor is it "structurally" unjust. On the contrary, Oberlin College bends over backward not to harm the interests of any individual or group. 2) The demands of the protesters are ridiculous. Students do not have the financial and administrative experience necessary to properly allocate college funds. Boycotting the state of Israel is morally wrong and based on the lie that Israel is an apartheid; it is not, since...

Correction of Student Working Group Proposals

Alison Williams and Eric Estes

September 27, 2013

To the Editors: Thank you for your coverage of the student working groups. We are writing to clarify a matter that was addressed in the Sept. 20, 2013 Review article “Administration Begins Implementation of Several Working Group Proposals.” As the article rightly points out, the working groups proposal called for more budget support related to workshops and trainings. Dean Estes was correct that the MRC budget allocation for workshops and trainings was increased significantly (by 80 percent) to try and meet some of the rising demand for those work- shops and trainings. Dean Williams is also correct that more will need to be done in future budget years given the significant increase in demand for these important...

Administration Begins Implementation of Several Working Group Proposals

Oliver Bok

September 20, 2013

The Oberlin administration is incrementally implementing many of the proposals put forward by student working groups in the wake of the bias incidents last spring. Although several of the proposals have been accepted, several remain to be seen. In response to the student proposals, the administration agreed to construct a new fitness center in the southwest basement area of South Hall. Vice President and Dean of Students Eric Estes described the new gym as being in the “planning stages” and said that he hoped the facility would be ready for use by the end of the semester. “There were a lot of conversa- tions last semester about mental health and wellness on campus. Exercise is a huge part of that, so [not...

Student Proposals Presented: Moving Forward

Madeline Stocker, Staff Writer

May 10, 2013

After the formal presentation of student proposals that took place April 28, a question and answer section followed in which members of the audience had a chance to voice questions and concerns to the members of each working group. Although most of the information regarding the proposals themselves had been covered in the meeting, many students were curious as to how the proposals might be implemented in the future. Because the groups are still endeavoring to get their proposals, they are hesitant to disclose any information, fearing their statements may be detrimental to their cause. Choosing to remain cautious, they largely avoided specifics throughout the meeting, making sure that they did not release any information...

Working Groups Present Proposals, Again

Madeline Stocker, Staff Writer

May 3, 2013

Oberlin community members gathered at Wilder Hall last Sunday, April 28, for a presentation of proposals from six different student working groups. The groups, which represented the Conservatory, the Natural Sciences, the Athletics department, documentation and communication, as well as training, workshops and curriculum at Oberlin, grew from the Multicultural Resource Center retreat in late February. During the plethora of meetings at Afrikan Heritage House on March 4, the working groups collectively decided to adapt themselves to a specific type of institutional change, one that centered on diversity, social justice and inclusion at Oberlin College. The working groups met daily during the following weeks, with...

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