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Anonymous asked: Hey! What do students who can't get home for Thanksgiving do over the short holiday? Any suggestions for not living off of Extra Cheesy Goldfish for three days?

Pleaseeee don’t live off Extra Cheesy Goldfish alone. At least dip them in cranberry sauce or something. (I kid. Oberlin will keep you fed, I promise.)

The campus dining halls will be open the following hours over the holiday weekend:


Stevenson: 11:30am-1:30pm for lunch and 5-6:30pm for dinner

Dascomb: 7:30am-11am for breakfast and 11am-2pm for lunch

Decafe: 9am-5pm


Stevenson: 9-11am for breakfast and 1-3pm for a special Thanksgiving meal

Friday and Saturday:

Stevenson: 12-1pm for lunch and 5-6:30pm for dinner


Stevenson: 12-1pm for lunch and 5-7:30pm for dinner

Lord/Saunders: 5:30-7pm for dinner

Decafe: 4-11pm

You can also take a look at the Thanksgiving hours for the library (general gist: limited hours from Wednesday to Saturday, closed on Thursday). Get a bunch of movies, or have a game night, but all in all, contently relax with your full tummy and some friends and their full tummies through Sunday.

If you want to get out of your room, most places downtown will be open on Friday and it looks like the Apollo will be screening movies every day, too.

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: Hello! As a freshman this year, I was wondering exactly when the week begins/ends for meal plans. For example, is it 4:00pm every Sunday, or something like that? Thanks so much!

The meal plans reset on Monday morning, so you can use your meals from Monday breakfast through Sunday’s fourth meal. 

If you’re in OSCA, you are eligible to use your meal anytime from Monday lunch to Sunday dinner, since your one-CDS-meal per week only works in Stevenson and Lord/Saunders (Dascomb is the home of breakfast Monday through Friday and fourth meal Sunday through Thursday).

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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amb-o asked: Ok so I'll be coming to Oberlin real soon like in the following week and my Dad is going crazy with dorm furniture. He wants to get me a mini fridge aand a microwave etc etc. I wanna know how necessary those items are and how late are cafeterias open?

SO SOON. Can’t wait!

Your dad doesn’t need to worry. There will be a microwave in the kitchen of your dorm, which is good because you can’t actually have one in your room. You can have a minifridge, though it’s not necessary because there will be a communal fridge in your dorm’s kitchen as well.

You can rent a microfridge from the college through their rental program, which is a small fridge/freezer/microwave combo that is available in some of the dorms. Read more on the dorms that are capable of these units, pricing, and more on the residential education website.

Information about campus dining service hours can be found on the residential education website. The latest you can get food in a dining hall is 11:30pm.

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: Does CDS have coffee/is it good?

CDS does have coffee in all its dining spaces. Stevenson, Lord/Saunders, and Dascomb all do flavored coffees, but if you’re looking for more traditional (and more varieties of) drip coffees, you might be more interested in purchasing your coffee from Decafe or the Science Cart (the quick to-go breakfast and lunch spot in the Science Center atrium). The Cat in the Cream also sells some coffee as well. Out of all these options, only Decafe and the Cat are not part of the CDS meal plan, though Decafe will take Flex Points.

If you venture off campus, your coffee fixes can be supplied at several places downtown, including but not limited to Black River Cafe, The Feve, and Slow Train Cafe (they also sell ground coffee by the half and full pound as well).

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: I'm living in a co-op so how many meals per week do I get? And if I want can I have a meal or two with CDS or is that not included? Thanks!

All co-ops do lunch and dinner Monday-Friday, plus brunch and dinner on the weekend. Some co-ops will do an organized (read: prepared, warm) breakfast, but more often than not there will be cereal/granola/yogurt/fruit around the co-op for the mornings. Eating in a co-op means that you also have 24 hour access to the kitchen, so if you’re hungry at 3am, you *could* head to the kitchen and make yourself a snack or find yourself a tasty thing.

You will have one CDS meal per week that can be used at Stevenson or Lord/Saunders. If you want additional meals, you can purchase meal tickets at the Wilder Desk or pay for them with Obie Dollars (essentially, an Oberlin-specific debit card).

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: Any tips for deciding between co-op living/dining and FYE/CDS eating? I'm a first year con student.

Depending on how you schedule yourself and your practice time, it is definitely a possibility. OSCA has a built-in set of time requirements (4-5 additional hours of time per week if you’re in dining, and add another hour to that if you’re in housing as well) that are relatively flexible based on your class and work, but they’re something to factor into your schedule on the whole. CDS has more flexibility when it comes to meal times, though; OSCA lunch and dinner are served at 12:20pm and 6:20pm (additionally some co-ops have breakfast around 8:20am), whereas you’d have a window of time to visit CDS around meal times.

So, depending on your required studio classes and ensembles (which I understand change depending on the semester, but are a constant throughout your time at Oberlin), it might be a bit of a problem when it comes to co-op dinners. You can sign up for a saved plate (the cooks set aside a plate of food from the meal that you can pick up when you arrive), but that eliminates part of the community aspect of being in a co-op: bonding over mealtimes.

The main encouragement I have regarding OSCA and campus housing/dining is the built-in communities that exist and continually develop during your first year at Oberlin. First-year experience halls and program houses and co-ops will all help you meet more people during your first year here, but they can also be insular. The best of both worlds would be to join OSCA for dining only and living in campus housing (your choice of FYE, program, or traditional — they all have communities, they’re just different), so you could would have a community around where you live and where you eat, and meet twice as many people. But as a conservatory student, your time might be limited/stretched/spent on other community-building activities, and a co-op might not be a wise time investment. 

I don’t know how much that helps, but if you want hear more from conservatory students who have been a part of OSCA, shoot me an email (maayan.plaut[AT]oberlin.edu) and I can get you in touch.

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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Anonymous asked: what percentage of first years eat in co-ops? Is it easy to be a vegetarian/eat healthy in traditional dining?

OSCA holds around 100 spots (out of around 625 spots) for incoming first year students (the incoming class averages around 800 between the college and con). So… math time. Around 1/6th of the spots in OSCA are held by first year students, and around 1/8th of incoming first years will be participating in OSCA.

It is relatively easy to be healthy and veggie within campus dining services, too. We were ranked 3rd in a recent Huffington Post article on healthiest campus dining halls earlier this year and placed second in the student-voted Most Vegetarian Friendly campuses in 2009 (and we got an honorable mention in most vegan small college campuses this past year).

- Ma’ayan Plaut ‘10, Social Media Coordinator

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