“Why didn’t the College complete the installation over the summer, when the building was empty?”
In the history of Oberlin, this might be the most Oberlin thing ever.
The College Fix reports:
Oberlin student miffed at male maintenance workers entering ‘Women & Trans Collective’
An Oberlin College student is highly perturbed that “cisgender male” maintenance workers were permitted to install radiators in a dorm reserved for “women and transgendered persons”
In the op-ed pages of The Oberlin Review, Peter Fray-Witzer says Baldwin Cottage got an email about the radiators from Coordinator for Multicultural and Identity-Based Communities Josh Matos on October 7: “Contractors will be entering rooms between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. to install the radiators.”
Fray-Witzer says he was unaware of any pending installations, but even worse — the maintenance crews were “more than likely to be cisgender men” who would be invading his “personal space” at that of his dorm mates.
The Women and Trans Collective inhabits Baldwin Cottage, where cisgender men are not permitted on the second and third floors. Further, “many residents choose not to invite cisgender men to that space.”
“Why didn’t the College complete the installation over the summer, when the building was empty? Why couldn’t they tell us precisely when the workers would be there? Why were they only notifying us the day before the installation was due to begin?” Fray-Witzer wonders.
Apparently, Oberlin has an obligation to make students feel “comfortable and safe.”
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