The Oberlin Review

Steinem Speaks on Forty Years of Feminism

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-In-Chief

March 4, 2011

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Gloria Steinem arrived in Oberlin in style on Wednesday, urging students toward direct action and offering aspiring activists, organizers and those hungry for change a glimpse of what half a century of relentless advocacy and activism could accomplish. On Wednesday night, Steinem delivered the second convocation of the semester as part of Oberlin’s celebration of Women’s History Month. It was Steinem’s second appearance on the stage of Finney Chapel — in 1972 she spoke there with Margaret Sloan on the topics of racism and sexism. “Ms. Steinem has played and continues to play an integral role in the struggle in America and around the world for women’s rights and human rights,” said President Marvin...

Haiti Trip Success Despite Perceived Lack of College Support

Eva Sachs, Staff Writer

February 25, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

All Hands Volunteers, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to survivors of natural disasters around the world, sent seven Oberlin students to Haiti for two weeks over Winter Term. As of Feb. 18, the organization has been working in the area for a year. Much of the work involved volunteering at orphanages and clearing rubble from home sites. College sophomore Annabel Moorman, who worked at a rubble site for the entirety of the two weeks, said, “I saw the site start to finish. It was really rewarding to see how happy the family was after that.” College senior Joe Brophy, the driving force in organizing the trip, heard of AHV through a fellow Immerse Yourself in Service leader. Several of the student...

Illness Afflicts Tank Co-op

Ian Seeley, Managing Editor

February 25, 2011

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Last week, several students in Tank Co-op began reporting flu-like symptoms, prompting the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association to close the co-op for further inspection. In a statement, OSCA President Dylan Rees said, “Those who were ill have made a full recovery, and no additional cases of illness have been reported.” “OSCA staff and members of Tank are continuing to take all necessary precautions to prevent further illness,” Rees wrote. Rees’s statement also said that the Lorain County Health Department believed OSCA handled the situation “quickly and effectively.” The illness outbreak occurred shortly after Dorothy Kloos, a Registered Sanitarian for the Lorain County General Health District,...

Sabo removed from Student Senate

Sabo removed from Student Senate

February 25, 2011

College senior Pete Sabo was removed from the Student Senate last week, according to former Senate Liaison Marlo Barrera, College junior. Student Senators adhere to a point system that penalizes them for failure to carry out various responsibilities. Failure to attend a General Faculty meeting, for example, warrants five points, according to the Senate’s website. “Senators get points as a way to monitor that [they] are doing their jobs,” Barrera said in an email. “Although flawed in...

Students Rally in Columbus in Support of Union Rights

Elise Shulman-Reed, News Editor

February 25, 2011

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

Thousands gathered on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, to support public-sector union employees’ right to collective bargaining. Fifty-five Oberlin students made the trek to the state house to join in the protest. Protesters marched to the state capitol where the Legislature held hearings on Senate Bill 5 — a proposal that would eliminate almost all collective bargaining and prohibit negotiating over health care benefits, among other changes. Ohio’s bill comes on the heels of mass protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to strip workers of their bargaining power. In an interview with CNN, Ohio Governor John Kasich said that public employees should have the ability to negotiate on some matters,...

Non-Profits, College, Local Businesses, History Contribute to Downtown Growth

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

February 25, 2011

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The East College Street Project has become home to several new businesses in recent months. Although Gary Boyle, City of Oberlin Planning Director, said the city does what it can to make Oberlin attractive to businesses, growth is ultimately in the hands of the private sector. “We set sort of a policy framework and a zoning framework and put the utilities in place to allow certain things to happen, but the private marketplace, the building or property owners and investors, they are the ones that actually do things. It really comes at the initiative of individuals that own property to submit project proposals and have them reviewed by the planning commission, or if need be, city council.” The East College Street...

SURF: Pence and Heartbeat Attack Abortion and Womens’ Healthcare Access

Carmelita Rosner

February 25, 2011

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Three pieces of legislation have attacked abortion in the past two months. Ohio’s “Heartbeat” Bill, which significantly limits the time frame in which a woman can get an abortion, was introduced by Republican state legislators in February. The Pence Amendment, a national bill which cuts Planned Parenthood funding, was passed though the House last weekend. If passed, January’s House Resolution 3 would prohibit the use of government money for health benefit coverage that includes abortion. Some of these bills, according to Oberlin College Students United for Reproductive Freedom, don’t just attack abortion — they attack all womens’ “right to quality health care.” The “Heartbeat” Bill, introduced...

Waiting for “Superman” Draws Crowd, Criticism From Ohio Educators

Waiting for “Superman” Draws Crowd, Criticism From Ohio Educators

February 18, 2011

Over 200 students discussed America’s educational system with President Marvin Krislov and a panel of top Ohio and Oberlin educators after a film screening of Waiting for “Superman” Wednesday night. The screening, which kicked off the Oberlin Young Educators’ Pedagogy Symposium, showcased Waiting for “Superman,” a documentary by An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim. After welcoming a crowd of more than 200 at West Lecture Hall, OYE, who organized the event, emphasized...

Active Minds at Oberlin Responds to Loughner Shooting

Carmelita Rosner

February 18, 2011

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While Oberlin students were away on Winter Term, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner of Tucson, AZ shot 19 people, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona). A few months earlier, he dropped out of college for what many suspected to be mental health issues. Officials at the college recommended that he see a doctor, but he did not, possibly because of a stigma against those with mental health issues. At Oberlin College, the Active Minds mental health group is working to erase that stigma. “It is hard to say whether these events were ‘avoidable,’” said College senior Patrick Doherty, chair of Active Minds at Oberlin. “Rather than focus on what could have happened, we at Active Minds want to continue...

Community Service Fair Showcases Local Volunteer Opportunities

Eva Sachs, Staff Writer

February 18, 2011

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

This semester, the College continues to live up to its motto of “learning and labor.” On Tuesday, The Science Center was cluttered with tables and people presenting and learning about volunteer organizations. The Community Service Fair, a yearly event put on by the Bonner Center for Service and Learning, was in full swing. The fair, along with its fall semester counterpart, the Community Connections Fair, is in its seventh year. A wide range of organizations filled the Science Center Atrium, from student and local artistic groups such as the Plum Creek Review and the Big Parade to senior centers such as Kendal at Oberlin to child tutoring and mentoring organizations like Du Bois, a summer math and soccer camp. Ma...

The College Confirms: Former DC Mayor Fenty Will Teach Next Fall

Caroline Hui, Monica Klein, and John Light

February 11, 2011

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A version of this article that ran on February 11th stated that Fenty will co-teach a Politics class this spring semester. That was incorrect. Fenty will co-teach POLT 105 next fall and will make an as-yet-unscheduled appearance in Professor Paul Dawson's POLT 209 class this spring Former mayor of Washington, D.C. Adrian Fenty, OC ‘92, will join the College staff as a visiting professor and a career advisor in the African American Studies Department, the College’s Office of Communications announced on Jan. 19. Fenty sought a second term as mayor, but lost in the primaries in September to former Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. “There are a lot of people in America – who many of us would think are very...

Oberlin Student May Face Domestic Terrorism Charges

Oberlin Student May Face Domestic Terrorism Charges

February 11, 2011

College senior Isabelle Rozendaal and four others were arrested last January for protesting mountaintop removal mining at Coal River Mountain in Marfork, West Virginia. Though criminal charges against them have been dropped, the “Marfork Five” still face a civil suit that may require them to pay up to $75,000 in damages to Marfork Coal Co., a subsidiary of Massey Energy Co. According to legal support for the Five, Massey’s tactics in the case could also be a foreshadowing of a domestic terrorism...

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