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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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Off The Cuff: Sex Educators Marshall Miller and Rachel Dart

Off The Cuff: Sex Educators Marshall Miller and Rachel Dart

February 11, 2011

What got you interested in sex education? Rachel Dart: My best friend in high school was a sex educator. I thought what she did was awesome, and went to her with all of my questions. Later, when I was in school at NYU, I started working with their peer educator program and began teaching sex education workshops. Marshall Miller: When I was a sophomore at Brown they announced a new major: sexuality and society. I was immediately interested. I wrote my thesis on HIV prevention and after I fi...

Aladdin’s Eatery Opens, Replaces Java Zone

Rosemary Boeglin, Staff Writer

February 11, 2011

While Oberlin was in recess for winter term, Aladdin’s Eatery, a Middle Eastern restaurant franchise, moved into the space formerly inhabited by Java Zone. Aladdin’s Eatery had scoped out Oberlin as a prospective location for some time before having the opportunity to expand their franchise here. Jamie Samaha, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of Aladdin’s Eatery Systems Inc., said via email. “Our president, Fady Chamoun, has had his eye on Oberlin for the last five years. It’s his favorite college town where he feels that customers appreciate our concept and our food. Then the opportunity came when Java Zone became available.” The Review was unable to reach Sami Ahwal, the former owner of...

Increased Number of Obies Go Abroad

Sam Szabo, Staff Writer

December 11, 2009

Although students considering studying abroad during their college career know they are not alone, a new report shows just how common the decision is for Oberlin students. According to the report, Oberlin had the second-highest number of students studying abroad this year among baccalaureate institutions. On Nov. 16, the Institute of International Education released the 2009 edition of its Open Doors Report on International Exchange. In this year’s report, Oberlin stood out with 616 students going abroad this past year. Although bested by Minnesota’s Saint Olaf College, Oberlin received special commendation as one of 23 colleges or universities nationwide to send more than 80 percent of its total student population...

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