The Oberlin Review

General Zinni Speaks in Finney to Student Opposition

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 11, 2011

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General Anthony Zinni, retired four-star General in the United States Marine Corps and a former Commander-in-Chief of U.S. Central Command as well as current chairman of the board for BAE Systems, an aerospace company, spoke in Finney Chapel yesterday. His lecture focused on leadership strategies drawn from his latest book Leading the Charge. College President Marvin Krislov introduced Zinni, the first General ever to speak at Oberlin. In his introduction, Krislov characterized Zinni as “no ordinary general” and that speaking to Oberlin students made him “certainly fearless.” Zinni, who spoke directly opposite a white banner with the words “Merchant of Death” printed across it, detailed briefly what mak...

Off the Cuff: Anthony C. Zinni, Retired Four-Star General, Author

Ian Seeley, Managing Editor

March 11, 2011

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What is the greatest military threat to the United States today and how should the U.S. address this threat? Well, I think there may be a couple. I would still say, despite the end of the Cold War and the belief that maybe we were reversing weapons of mass destruction, I still think proliferation is probably the most significant threat and poses an existential threat. In addition to that, obviously extremism, the terrorist attacks we have suffered, although I think that that’s beginning to wane. … I’m increasingly worried about instability in parts of the world that would draw us in; we can see what’s going on in the Middle East now. But even south of our border, states that are under pressure, for whatever rea...

Weeklong Events Bring Slow Food Awareness to Campus

Liv Combe, News Editor

March 11, 2011

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Over the course of this coming week, March 7-12, Oberlin will host a wide variety of students, organizations, staff and community members focusing on one of the more unifying aspects of human culture: food. Food Committee Co-Chairs College junior Erin Swenson-Klatt and College senior Julia Munson began organizing this weeklong event back in November. They began by reaching out to organizations on campus that deal with food and food issues and soon Swenson-Klatt and Munson found themselves with a schedule of programs including film screenings, panel discussions and cheese tastings. “One of the reasons we’re putting on a Food Week right now is that interest in food issues is just blossoming,” said Swenson-Klatt,...

Workshop as Forum for DREAM Act Activists

Jessica Lam

March 11, 2011

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As a part of Immigration Action Now week, the Asian American Alliance hosted a workshop on civil disobedience with two immigration reform activists, Adam Kuranishi of the Immigrant Youth Justice League in Chicago and Mohammad Abdollahi of DreamActivist.org. Abdollahi began by sharing his story of being an undocumented immigrant in the United States and how his undocumented status affected everything from his family to his ability to receive a college education. Abdollahi is best known for his civil disobedience actions that were directed at the senators and representatives whose support was needed for the passage of the DREAM Act. For him, the defining moment was when he attempted to transfer to Eastern Michigan...

New Members Address Effectiveness of Senate

Julia Herbst

March 11, 2011

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On Sunday, March 13, Student Senate will host a panel called “What does Senate do?” in an attempt to educate the student body about Senate’s purpose, goals and past achievements. This comes in the face of criticism, as many students are currently questioning the very effectiveness of the Senate. All 15 members of Senate and Associate Dean of Community Life Shozo Kawaguchi will sit on the panel and seek to answer questions about what Senate does. “I often hear people say that Senate does nothing,” said new Senator and Conservatory junior Rebecca Hargrove. “I think that’s from the people that don’t really know all of the things [Senate has] to go through. You just find out new policies and they don’t...

Old Barrows Survives Another Year Despite Threats of Closing

Caroline Hui, Staff Writer

March 11, 2011

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Old Barrows co-op will remain open next year, according to an email from the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association to Old Barrows members on March 4. The College had planned to replace Old Barrows — affectionately called “Old B” by its members — with a co-op in the language maze next fall. This new co-op was postponed per the Lorain County Health Department’s recommendation. “The Lorain County Health Department has been working with OSCA to improve OSCA’s cleanliness and food safety in the kitchens,” the e-mail said. “The Lorain County Health Department strongly recommended that we postpone this new co-op until we have made clear steps towards the improvement of kitchen cleanliness and food...

Forensics Team Heads to Nationals

Forensics Team Heads to Nationals

March 11, 2011

In addition to the sports teams and individual athletes, the Forensics team — Oberlin’s debate squad — will join the ranks of those heading to Nationals. Created three years ago, the Forensics team has about a dozen members, half of whom actively take part in the debate tournaments. Three members of the team have qualified for Nationals this year: President and Co-Chair College sophomore Erica Rothberg, Co-Chair and College junior Curtis Cook and College junior James Kim. Rothberg stressed...

Savage Refutes Accusations of Prejudice

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 4, 2011

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Dan Savage, founder of the It Gets Better Project and author of sex column “Savage Love,” gave what he referred to as the “spacey Theraflu version of his speech” to a crowd of students Thursday in Finney Chapel amidst concern from some student LGBTQ activists. The It Gets Better Project began as a YouTube video of Savage and his husband telling their story to LGBT youth. After posting their video, they waited. The response was, according to Savage, overwhelming. By the fourth day, there were 500 video responses. Since then, over 10,000 videos have been linked to the YouTube site. According to the campaign website, the aim of the project is to reach out to queer youth and show them what the future may ...

Students Protest Senate Bill 5 in Wilder Bowl

Jessica Lam, Staff Writer

March 4, 2011

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With chants of “Kill the bill” and “I say budget, you say bullshit,” a march for solidarity with the unions to be affected by Senate Bill 5, along with a discussion panel with several faculty members from the politics department and the president of OCOPE, took place on Monday in Wilder Bowl. S.B. 5, a bill facing the state legislature in Ohio similar to the controversial legislation being debated in Wisconsin, would limit the collective bargaining rights and prohibit negotiation over health care benefits of unions. Senate Bill 5 has passed the Senate, and the House will begin committee hearings on the bill next week. Republican Governor John Kasich, who claims that these measures are necessary to fix Ohio’s...

OSCA No Longer Allowed to Serve Leftovers

Ian Seeley, Managing Editor

March 4, 2011

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On March 1, the Lorain County General Health District denied the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association’s application to continue functioning as a licensed risk level IV food service operation. OSCA will now operate as a risk level III operation instead. In practical terms, this means that co-ops can no longer save leftover food and serve it for future meals. Despite its new risk level status, OSCA is still allowed to feed its 620 members, although some cooking practices will likely be adjusted. In an e-mail sent to OSCA staff by OSCA Food Safety Coordinator Rachel Beiser, Beiser wrote, “This change will require very careful planning by head cooks to find the balance between providing enough food for ...

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

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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...

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