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March 9, 2018
Why Students Are Choosing to Leave—or Come to—Oberlin as Enrollment Challenges Persist

Twenty-seven is a big number to Oberlin College. Retaining just twenty-seven students who had planned to leave the College last Spring—only enough to fill a single lecture course—impacted Oberlin’s revenue significantly enough that President Ambar chose to highlight the achievement during her March 1st presentation on Oberlin’s finances.

“We found the faculty member, the staff member, the coach, the whoever-it-is that was connected with that student and said ‘Hey, we really want you to return, what can we do to help make that happen

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March 9, 2018
How Oberlin’s former director of the Tech Department splits her time between “Middle Earth” and the Midwest

It began at a hotel. She ordered a hot cocoa, and though hesitant, decided to indulge herself by adding a dollop of whipped cream into her cup. As she took her first sip, I asked my first question — “Was the college’s decision to remove the tech store completely ‘out of left field’?”– a question that has been unanswered since Oberlin College decided to close its only tech store indefinitely after 30 years of service. This decision went unannounced until long term employees like Linda Iroff were told their jobs were being terminat

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March 9, 2018
A History of Oberlin Activism

The broad-strokes history of Oberlin civil rights activism is well known—it was the first institution to admit African Americans and women, a prominent stop on the underground railroad, and was vigorously involved in the civil rights movement, anti-war protests, and more. The specifics of these experiences, however, are harder to find. It is easy to go about day to day life at Oberlin without even considering the movements and leaders that have come out of and been a part of Oberlin’s history. They are nevertheless significant. Oberlin stude

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Feb 23, 2018

Note: this article was submitted prior to the February 20th City Council meeting, where the settlement offer from Enbridge Inc. was discussed for the second time.

Since 2014, Enbridge Inc. has had plans to construct a 255-mile pipeline that would transport fracked natural gas from eastern Ohio, through Michigan, and into Canada. Locally, the so-called NEXUS pipeline is routed to go through the southern part of Oberlin, potentially putting dozens of residences on Reserve Avenue, the Oberlin Fire Department, and Splash Zone al

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March 9, 2018
Reanimating Splitchers and the 'Sco

As a second-semester Senior, I have been preparing myself for that tight-rope crossing I must perform in a few months’ time. What I had not been preparing myself for is looking back. This school ha…

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Feb 23, 2018
With inaugural guest Khalid Taylor, Student Life Program Coordinator

Khalid Taylor (OC ‘17) is the Multicultural Resource Center’s newest Student Life Program Coordinator and The Grape’s first guest in a series of student (graduate) spotlights—and, according to …

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Feb 23, 2018
The Sensual Triad

Welcome to Sex Talk, a column in which Sexual Information Center staffers give the low-down on all things sex. I’m Angie, a staffer at the SIC, and I’m here to let you know about a lil thing ca…

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Feb 23, 2018

On February 8th, 2018, Kyle J. Gutierrez was struck and killed by an unidentified vehicle on North Main Street, in the heart of Oberlin’s campus. For many students, this was just the latest report,…

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Feb 23, 2018

“He just didn’t show up one day.” That’s how Lee Khoury said his friends learned that their creative writing professor Bernard Matambo had resigned last November following accusations of sexual mis…

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Feb 23, 2018
Tell Rob Portman to go fuck himself

Tragically, 17 children were killed in Parkland, Florida this month. This horrific school shooting reminds us of the violence that has been terrorizing America for far too long. Even though most Am…

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