Alumni group currently raising relief money for the College's Union workers after the college bargained with the unlon in bad faith.
BOT Chair Now
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Terrell Library, 2014
Posted Apr 18, 2021 at 10:57. Revised Jun 8, 2021 at 18:07.
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WP has over 60,000 addon components (plugins) that give WordPress powerful flexibility despite the core software being a design abortion of the first magnitude. JD says this because WordPress’s development environment is seriously lacking in good variable typing and scoping — a deficiency that allows WP to run a bit faster, but at the expense of opening doors for contributing programmers to unintentionally mess each other up. Good variable typing and scoping can catch many programming errors at compile time.
If JD were teaching an Applied Computer Science 101 course and the students responsible for the design flaws described above were in his class, they would take home an “F.”
The purpose of this blog is to tell the other side of the Gibson’s Bakery, OSCA, the Kosher-Halal Co-op, and UAW stories to Oberlin Alumni lest they believe the College’s heavily redacted and whitewashed version of events. Please tell your fellow Obies how the Trustee-Politburo has damaged the College’s reputation, the worth of our degrees, the Gibsons, the college’s union workers, K-H, and the OSCA Co-op tradition. No pandemic, sleazy PR, or conflating of libel and slander with free speech can divert attention from the BOT’s negligence in these matters. Speak up and insist that the BOT arrest its compulsive, neo-Puritan righteousness, which has already eradicated either THOUSANDS of $36,000 scholarships or 225 Steinway concert grand pianos — just to wreck a tiny bakery, a cooperating union, K-H, and the OSCA Student Co-op!