In 1964, I graduated from Oberlin College, an Ohio school to which I was drawn because it had the first mock political convention, was co-ed and had a bit over 2,000 students.
It, I found out, was also the second most liberal campus in Ohio…Antioch being more left wing.
That doesn’t mean conservatives–or what passed for conservatives in the Oberlin College political arena–were powerless.
The Oberlin College Young Republicans (what “College Republicans” were called then) was the largest political organization on campus with membership in the high 200′s, maybe low 300′s.
After watching the liberals steal the 1962 student council elections while the votes were being counted, our party, SCOPE (which wags said stood for “Sandy Campbell Opposes Practically Everything”), made sure we had watchers for the next go round.
Six of the twelve students elected to the council six were Young Republicans.
That was the headline on the Oberlin Review article written by Roberta Martin.
We cut a deal with at least one of the liberals for YR Dennis Bathory’s election to head the student council and managed to get what we wanted, which was a Republican Mock Convention. I was its chairman.
The speakers we brought in counterbalanced to some extent all the liberal speakers we were exposed to, although one would hardly suggest that New York’s U.S. Senator Jacob Javits was a conservative. Russell Kirk, the publisher of the National Review, however, was. And watching Pennsylvania U.S. Hugh Scott shut up the hissers in Finney Chapel was hilarious. He said, “You have very loud radiators in here. We’ll wait until they vent.” Or something like that. (Pennsylvania Governor William Scranton won our nomination, thanks to Harold Wolman’s management of his campaign.)
In any event, Oberlin College had and has a liberal student body.
This brings me to my title.
One Oberlin College graduate has achieved national fame.
So, why do I think liberal and radical Oberlin College grads (think SDS leader Renny Davis, a year ahead of me at Oberlin) cringe every time Malkin appears on talk radio or Fox News?
Because of the reaction of students when she spoke on campus in February of 2006 as part of the Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series sponsored by Steven Shapiro, Class of 1983. That she had a bodyguard in front of her probably speaks volumes of the mood of tolerance for diversity of political thought on campus.
Outside the C-SPAN broadcast lecture “Safety and Security stood by and pamphlets on civil discourse were handed out,” the Oberlin Review reported.
Why, I would ask, would that be necessary?
But, I did write above how United State Senator Hugh Scott was hissed in 1963, didn’t I?
“Not much has changed since I went here,” Malkin told the Oberlin Review.
The Review couldn’t or at least didn’t get a flattering photo of her. I wonder if that reflected the political bent of its staff.
And, looking at Wikipedia, I see Malkin is not listed among its “Notable Alumi.”