In November I attended Parents' Weekend, as
my son is a junior at Oberlin. The president and dean noted that
the campus treasures diversity of opinion, particularly in the aftermath
of September 11. Having recently received Oberlin Reflections, I
find that while this may be the theory, it is not fully practiced.
Leafing through its pages, I noted poignant reminisces of individuals
caught in the maelstrom of the World Trade Center. However, any
reference of a political nature made within the document related
to anti-war protests, "militarism"-assumed racism, and
other "politically correct" issues. This was reflected
in the editorial of The Oberlin Review, the section on the students'
response on campus, and in other articles. Nowhere in this publication
was there any sense of patriotism or support for the president or
our armed forces. Considering the fact that 88 percent of Americans
support the president in our war against terrorism, one would think
this perspective would be evidenced in Oberlin Reflections. Perhaps
the fundamentalism of political correctness on the campus precludes
any discussion of a "just war" in this publication. It
is clear, however, that not all perspectives are represented in
campus publications, if Oberlin Reflections is an example.
Max L. Kleinman
Livingston, New Jersey