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Review article was an incomplete picture
Honor Code gives freedom

Review article was an incomplete picture

To the Editor:
The article in the November 21 edition of the Review entitled "Oberlin's town-gown relationships leave some people looking for more" left me looking for more.

Specifically, it left me looking for mention of the College bowling lanes, arguably one of the best examples of the College's outreach into the community. The published piece cited the College's inaccessibility to townspeople stemming from most College facilities being off-limits to them and the athletic club at Philips Gym being costly to join. Had any of the subjects interviewed for the story pointed the author in the direction of College Lanes, the essay might have painted a less dim view of town-gown relations.

The bowling lanes in Hales Annex play host to a wide variety of community oriented recreational, educational and sporting programs, all at low cost. A dozen public leagues meet weekly at the lanes, with many members noting the benefit of getting to know the student staff. The facility is also used regularly by: the city recreation playground program; elementary, middle and high school gym classes; the NICHE and PATH home school organizations; the Seventh Day Adventist Church school; and the Murray Ridge School for the Retarded, as well as numerous church groups, birthday parties, teen lock-ins, day care and pre-school field trips, and informal walk-ins looking for some family fun. College Lanes has a highly respected developmental junior bowling program, with volunteer and College-supported coaches providing instruction to area youths of all ages and abilities, from 5-year-old beginning "bumper bowlers" to teenage phenoms such as 16-year-old Erin Landford, one of the top junior bowlers in the nation.

Unfortunately, this magnificent town-gown program seems to be more widely recognized outside of Oberlin than locally. It is sad that your article missed an opportunity to help correct that.

-Tom Reid Assistant Director Student Union

Honor Code gives freedom

To the Editor:
With finals approaching, it seems an appropriate time to remind everyone, students and faculty, about the Oberlin Honor Code. Oberlin is one of a dwindling number of colleges in the United States that continues to function under an Honor Code. Our honor system provides freedom for both students and faculty by allowing practices such as unproctored exams and take home finals. However, with this freedom also comes responsibility.

It is the responsibility of professors to be clear about directions for exams and papers. Acceptable collaboration among students should be explicitly defined and time limits should be clearly stated. It is the responsibility of the students to ask for clarification if they are unsure about what constitutes a violation. One common violation is plagiarism. Pains should be taken to carefully cite all quotations and paraphrasing. The writing tutors on the second floor of Mudd are available to answer specific questions.

One of the more difficult responsibilities under the Honor Code falls to the students. When we sign the honor pledge on our exams and papers we agree not only to be honest ourselves, but to report others we witness cheating. While this is one of the hardest things for a student to face, this obligation is essential if we, as an academic community, expect the Honor Code to work.

So, during finals, please keep in mind that the Honor Code applies to all work done by students. Violations of the Honor Code can be reported confidentially to any member of the committee or through OCMR 22. All cases are heard by the Student Honor Committee and the decisions are reviewed by the Faculty Honor Committee, chaired by Gil Miranda.

More detailed information on the Honor Code can be found on pages 54-59 of the student handbook. If you have any questions please feel free to ask any one of us, Nicolette Love, the honor code liasion, or a professor.

-Emily Harville College senior
-Danielle Hirsch College sophomore
-Josh Walker College sophomore
-Julie Chor College sophomore
-Jen Prehn College senior
-Allison Falender College sophomore
-and the rest of the Honor Committee


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Volume 126, Number 11, December 5, 1997

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