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ObieSafe Weekly: February 2, 2021

February 2, 2021 2:30 PM

Office of Communications

Keep up the great work; Winter Oberland kicks off this Friday

Obie Safe Weekly: Caring for Our Community. (The squirrel mascot is wearing a mask.)

Coronavirus Testing Results
January 26 – February 1
New Tests 1,494
New Positives 1
% Positive 0.07%
The data reported above reflect Oberlin’s testing protocol only. Cumulative totals and information on testing procedures are available at the ObieSafe website.

Juniors, you‘ve got this (illustration)

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Created for ObieSafe by the talented Beth Wolfensberger Singer P’19.

Every college term on campus is built of many moving parts. Picture: Students look up at a huge tower of Jenga blocks the size of a building. One says, "Looks sturdy enough to me."

Last fall, some of those parts got removed. Picture shows 4 blocks labelled "normal class formats," "fall sports," "traditional performances," and "the Sco."

Others were held in place, added, or shifted for strength. Another 4 blocks are labelled "zoom classes," "regular testing," "community agreements," and "single rooms."

In the end, the strategy held. Now it's time to stack the odds in our favor again. Picture: With some blocks removed, the Jenga tower still stands. One student says, "See you in the summer, A & S sophomores. Thanks for helping!? Another says, "Welcome, juniors. You've got this."

We welcome the return of the ObieSafe illustrations by Boston-based artist Beth Wolfensberger Singer P’19.

Keep up the great work

President Ambar's video

President Carmen Twillie Ambar extends a special thank-you to the campus for continued testing and adhering to Full Measure and the Community Agreement. While test results have been spectacular, it’s important that we don’t get complacent. Watch the message.

Winter Oberland kicks off this Friday

Winter OberlandJoin us from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 5, for the kickoff of Winter Oberland in Wilder Bowl. The festivities include a fire and ice sculpture, a skating rink, fire pits, and free hot chocolate. Winter Oberland runs from February 5 through March 14. Student groups and employees can reserve private time on the ice rink from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday by contacting Brice Wilson at

Students browse art selections in a museum hallway.
Art rental in fall 2020. Photo credit: Jack Lichtenstein '23

The pandemic doesn't stop traditions

Spring Art Rental, Black History Monthconservatory recitals, livestream performances from the Cat, Ex-Cos, a cappella groups: they’re all happening this semester! Be sure to check the Events Calendar for virtual and in-person events.

Faculty and staff can pick up new masks

Beginning this week, you may pick up a pack of five masks at your February test. Plan to pick up your masks at your scheduled February test. Please do not go to the testing center to pick up your masks until your scheduled test for the month.

Questions we’ve been asked

Q. What will Add/Drop be like?

A. The Add/Drop period will begin on Monday, February 1, and end on Wednesday, February 10. Due to public health concerns, Add/Drop will be virtual. Similar to the fall, syllabi will be available for review on Blackboard. In some cases, you will also find supplemental materials and a Zoom link to attend the live class session. Read more in the Academic Advising and Course Registration section of the Spring 2021 FAQ.

Q. Are students expected to leave campus between spring and summer in May?

A. Students will be expected to move completely out between spring and summer terms. Students will not be residing in the same room for the summer term that they are staying in for the spring term. We will be able to offer students a more desirable option for the summer term. We will have a process for students who have extenuating circumstances to stay on campus similar to the process used after Thanksgiving. Read more in the ResEd/Housing/Dining section of the Spring 2021 FAQ.

Rescheduling your tests through OberView

To reschedule or cancel an appointment, please log in to the COVID-19 Test Appointment Scheduling page through OberView, click on your name in the upper right corner of the page, and select Appointments. You will then see your scheduled appointments and reschedule as necessary from there. If you have any issues with the scheduling task, please email for further assistance. 

Get in touch with the ObieSafe team

Have something to share in a future issue of ObieSafe Weekly? Email with story ideas or information you’d like to have considered for publication.

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