The Oberlin Review

Off the Cuff: Ron Paul, Libertarian and Former Presidential Candidate

Julia Herbst and Rosemary Boeglin

April 12, 2013

You recently announced on your Twitter that you’re going to have a homeschooling curriculum geared at K–12 students. You said on the website that the second phase of ‘the Revolution’ should be about education and that homeschooling is an important part of that. Why do you think that? Well, we talk about ‘the Revolution,’ which, really, that term came up in 2007 as [part of ] the ... presidential campaigns. [The idea was] that we had to have a revolution — a peaceful intellectual revolution — to get people to have their minds changed. ... So in many ways my whole effort, in Senate and in being involved in politics, was always that: to try to get people to look at the ideas. Being in office was alway...

Reporter Relays Experience with Fracking Industry

Madeline Stocker

April 12, 2013

Concerned students, professors and numerous community members gathered Monday, April 8, to hear Tim Wilber’s lecture on high-volume hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. Wilber, author and self-proclaimed “old-school journalist,” focused his lecture not only on anti-fracking techniques, but also on the social influences of hydraulic drilling. This lecture comes at a critical time, as many in Oberlin currently stand in opposition to state legislation prohibiting citizen control over the location of fracking sites. John Elder, co-chair of Kendal at Oberlin Residents Association Council, member of Communities for Safe and Sustainable Energy and former Oberlin trustees, put Wilber’s mention of lack...

Ron Paul Promotes Libertarian Ideals

Julia Herbst, News Editor

April 12, 2013

Ron Paul, former Congressman and three-time presidential candidate, spoke to a packed house in Finney Chapel on Sunday night, the first of two speakers hosted this week by the Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians. He covered a range of topics in his address, titled “Liberty, Defined,” including his views on the economy, foreign policy and personal freedom. Paul, who was introduced by Nick Miller, College senior and president of the OCRL, received a standing ovation by much of the crowd as he walked onstage. He began by directly addressing the college students in the audience. “All the young people and all the young at heart who love liberty, thank you for inviting me,” said Paul. “It is great...

OPIRG Organizes Hunger Cleanup in Oberlin

Elizabeth Kuhr, Staff Writer

April 5, 2013

As a part of a larger U.S. Public Interest Research Group movement, the OhioPIRG Homelessness and Hunger Campaign at Oberlin College has mobilized a local Hunger Clean-up. The six students are currently working to provide healthier and larger quantities of food at local pantries. One of the co-organizers, College first-year Alex Berger joined the campaign after noticing the overwhelming homeless population in Denver, Colorado, during this past winter term. “I was walking around downtown and noticed all the homeless people,” said Berger, “I realized I needed to do something about it.” She turned to the Oberlin Hunger and Homelessness Campaign, whose self-proclaimed mission is “to help reduce hunger...

Community Organizes Against Hate Incidents

Elizabeth Kuhr and Duncan Standish

March 15, 2013

Reacting to this semester’s hateful speech and actions, many Oberlin students have begun organizing in an effort to address various community concerns. Among these are a late-night walking escort service called Walk-Line, a group trying to foster more unity between North and South campus and several Multicultural Resource Center-supported Allyship workshops. In the weeks since the all-campus rally, march and convocation discussion, the Multicultural Resource Center has been busy organizing and planning. “We’re doing what we usually do, in a broadened way,” said Lorena Espinoza Guerrero, the MRC’s LGBTQ community coordinator. “We’ve been open way past regular hours. We wish we could be open more, but...

Kenya Reads to Open New Community Center

Kasey Cheydleur

March 15, 2013

Kenya Reads is more than just a literacy program for Kenyan students in the slum of Kiamaina — it aspires to fundamentally change a community through education and opportunity. Started by two Oberlin students, College juniors Shauna Godfrey and Pete Njamunge, Kenya Reads is the culmination of years of planning. By providing a mentorship program, a community center and library and financial assistance with the cost of uniforms and books, Kenya Reads hopes to help students of all ages. "There are also a lot of barriers to access of education,” said College junior Ty Dilinger, who is one of the main organizers of Kenya Reads. “You need school uniforms to get in school and a lot of kids can't afford them, and can't...

Advice from Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.


March 8, 2013

On the Oberlin Community... “ Keep embracing each other and don’t be divided.” “In this new world order, living apart is no longer an option. Co-existence is our only hope.” “Oberlin has a legacy of multiculturalism and multiracialism that stands second to none in the country.” “You can’t let anyone steal your joy.” “[Continue] to recruit and interact and retain with a broad base of students and faculty ... and teach subjects that challenge limitations of our culture.” “People of color, lesbians, gays, they’re all a part of our community.” “I’d be glad to meet the students at some point in time.” On Acts of Hatred... “Those who engage in hate acts must be exposed. The...

Q&A with Jeaninne Bell: Legal Scholar, Hate Crime Expert

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 8, 2013

What is your experience with legal cases specifically related to hate speech? Well, I’m an academic, so I’ve written about hate speech. Everything from cross burning to … noose hanging to interactions between hate speech and how it affects the individuals. I have a book on crime, which is different from hate speech. I have a couple books on hate crime. What particular things constitute hate speech? Defining the term, what things specifically imply hate speech? Hate speech can be defined legally, but it is unconstitutional for the government to regulate hate speech. So that’s something that’s important. A case, RNC vs. St. Paul, was a Minnesota case that went up to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Co...

Bigoted Vandalism, Harassment Lead to Systemic Reform

Rosemary Boeglin and Julia Herbst

March 8, 2013

After publication: The College released a statement Thursday night, stating that as a result of ongoing conversations and the current juncture in the investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is initiating an investigation of recent bias incidents on campus.   Information has emerged that two students were removed from campus last week in connection with the recent flurry of vandalism and hate speech at Oberlin. One of the students, a white male, confirmed to a Review editor last week that he has not been on campus for “several days” and maintained that he was not responsible for the racist, anti-Semitic and anti-LGBTQ messages that appeared around campus, stating, “I hope the real culp...

One Town Demands Information on College Trespass Policy

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 1, 2013

At the One Town Campaign’s second meeting on Tuesday at the First Church in Oberlin, attendees and organizers called for a community solution to concerns raised about the College’s trespass policy. Campaign members see the policy as problematic in part because concrete information regarding the policy and its purpose, enforcement and adjudication are obscured from public knowledge. In addition to a review of the school’s trespass policy, the Campaign organizers, students, staff and members of the community in attendance on Tuesday — as well those at the first meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 13 — seek a larger reevaluation of the College’s relationship with the town and its residents. Though conversations...

West Side Market Reopens After Fire

Matan Zeimer

February 22, 2013

When you step into the main building of the West Side Market, which houses close to 80 vendors, you step into one of Cleveland’s main cultural centers. Warmly colored tiles cover every part of the indoor market. The stalls are close to 15 feet tall, but the market’s ceiling arches way above them. Light falls from the curved ceiling. Lamps craning over the aisles are adorned with historical photographs documenting events dating to the construction of the building in 1908. It is hard to believe that the scene here would have looked much different in 1912 when the market first opened for business. The market reopened on Monday after closing for 19 days due to an electrical fire — the longest closure since its opening....

Alum Pushes for Carriage Barn Restoration

Julia Herbst and Scott Hulver

February 22, 2013

Behind Johnson House sits a lone structure with boarded-up windows and a damaged roof. The building, known as the Johnson House Carriage Barn, has fallen into a state of disrepair and is no longer in use. Steve McQuillin, OC ’75, the historic preservationist who renovated Johnson House in the 1980s, has recently initiated efforts to garner support to renovate the building. The building once belonged to the Johnson family, one of the wealthiest families in Oberlin, and is where Henry Thomas, the family’s servant, lived. It is thought that the barn was built by Cleveland architect George H. Smith in 1885, who also designed Johnson House and many of homes on Cleveland’s Millionaire’s Row homes as well...

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