The Oberlin Review

Largest U.S. Climate Rally Heavily Attended by Oberlin Students

Duncan Standish

February 22, 2013

Some 50,000 people, including dozens of Oberlin students, gathered for the "Forward on Climate" rally in downtown Washington, D.C., last Sunday, Feb. 17, to urge President Obama to reject the permit for TransCanada to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline has been contentious since its proposal a few years ago, lying at the intersection of arguments about energy dependence, climate change and job creation. The environmental network 350 — as well as the Sierra Club, the Hip Hop Caucus and a host of other advocacy groups — organized the event. Former White House advisor Bill McKibben, 350.org founder Van Jones and others spoke near the Washington Monument; the crowd then marched to the White House. Zia...

First One Town Meeting Heavily Attended

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

February 15, 2013

The One Town Campaign, an organization formed by students, alumni and community members in response to the No Trespass policy and other town-gown divides, met for its first meeting Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the Oberlin Public Library. By three minutes past its official start time of 6:30 p.m., the room was at capacity and students were asked to give up their seats to community members and fill up the floor space. Oberlin alumni, students and two community members facilitated the meeting, which was heavily attended, notably by Chief of the Oberlin Police Department Tom Miller, Director of Safety and Security Marjorie Burton and Dean of Students Eric Estes. The meeting’s primary focus was to re-evaluate the College’s...

Iconic West Side Market Reopens After Fire

Matan Zeimer

February 15, 2013

This first part of a two-part series takes a look at the produce section of the West Side Market. Next week, part two will take readers inside the main market space at the start of business hours. On the northwest corner of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue in the neighborhood of Ohio City sits a large building home to the West Side Market, an icon of Cleveland. Its tall clock tower, crowned with a green-tinted dome, makes the light-orange brick, marble and concrete building identifiable from many blocks away. Before the 7 a.m. opening of the marketplace, a handful of cars already sit, emitting wisps of exhaust, as they wait with their engines idling in the parking lot on the northeast side of the building. By 8:30 ...

Hundreds Stand in Solidarity After Incidents of Hate Speech

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

February 15, 2013

This past week, numerous instances of racist, anti-Semitic and queerphobic notes and graffiti were discovered across campus. The first occurrence, discovered Saturday, Feb. 9, in the Science Center, involved several slurs. Lorena Espinoza, LGBTQ community coordinator at the Multicultural Resource Center, found the second in the MRC three days later on Tuesday, Feb. 12. As a response to vandalism in the Science Center — including the replacement of “Black” for “Nigger” on Black History Month posters, drawings of swastikas, damage to Year of the Queer posters and reported destruction of the Chinese calendar — students gathered in Wilder Hall on Monday to discuss the acts, share their experiences and grievances...

Tensions Increase over No Trespass List

Rosemary Boeglin

February 8, 2013

Recent conversations surrounding the College’s trespass policy have drawn attention to dividing lines between the town and school. Students, alumni and community members formed the One Town Campaign in response to the trespass policy, which they say maintains a disciplinary double standard for students and community members, encourages racial profiling, shields itself from public accountability, hoards resources, contributes to negative perceptions of community members and limits their full use of the town. Melissa George, OC’12 and member of the One Town Campaign, grew up in Oberlin. She said that her main concerns with the No Trespass List are the divide it creates and the resources it denies to community members. “[I...

Demonstration Highlights Concern Over Natural Gas

William Passannante, Staff Writer

December 14, 2012

Around 150 demonstrators interrupted last Friday’s trustees’ dinner in the Science Center atrium to present a letter expressing concern about the College’s plan to use natural gas to fuel the central heating plant. Demonstrators gathered earlier at Wilder Bowl to listen to several speakers. “This is the rally for responsible energy use,” one student said to the crowd. College senior David Roswell, an Environmental Studies and Politics major, spoke to the crowd at the rally about some of the problems he sees in the College’s plan. Roswell said that in trying to “get off” a coal-powered central heating plant, the College “did all these studies, and they got really great answers to all the...

Fundraiser to Help Oberlin Community Services

Sophia Fast

December 14, 2012

The Oberlin Pottery Co-op is making over 500 mugs for the fourth annual Empty Mugs fundraiser this Monday, Dec. 17. Conservatory students will perform an hour-long brass and organ concert consisting of holiday songs before ending the concert with a sing-a-long. “This event is a really great stress-free environment to put on a concert,” said Caitlin Featherstone, a Conservatory senior who will be performing at the fundraiser. “ It’s just so much fun, especially the sing-along at the end.” Immediately following the music, the Oberlin Pottery Co-op sells handcrafted mugs for $10 each. Local businesses provide a free beverage with each purchased mug. Last year, Agave provided hot chocolate, Slow Train...

Palestinian Activist Discusses Nonviolent Resistance

Julia Herbst, News Editor

December 7, 2012

Students, faculty and community members packed into Wilder 101 on Tuesday night to hear Palestinian activist Iyad Burnat discuss nonviolent resistance methods used by his town against the Israeli Defense Forces. The event, co-sponsored by Students for a Free Palestine, Oberlin Peace Activists League, Third World Co-op, Asian American Alliance, the Edmonia Lewis Center and the Oberlin Community Peace Builders, was heavily attended by members and allies of SFP. Members of Kent State’s Students for Justice in Palestine also were in attendance. Burnat spoke briefly how about he first became involved with nonviolent activism at age 15 in 1987 during the First Intifada, or Palestinian uprising, which was primarily nonviolent...

Panel Discusses Future of Natural Gas

Robin Wasserman, News Editor

November 30, 2012

Four panelists discussed issues surrounding the use of natural gas last Monday in the second event of a four-part series on how to reach the College’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. Associate Professor of Psychology Cindy Frantz said that “natural gas is not an acceptable long-term solution,” but that it is still the most likely short-term source of energy for the College as it heads toward carbon neutrality. The panel, which Frantz said had been organized in response to students’ request for a dialogue on natural gas, addressed issues that confront how the College can use natural gas as a transition fuel. “We’re stuck, I’d say, between a rock and a hard place and a dagger and a gun,” said Frantz...

Panel Discusses Future of Natural Gas

Robin Wasserman, News Editor

November 30, 2012

Four panelists discussed issues surrounding the use of natural gas last Monday in the second event of a four-part series on how to reach the College’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. Associate Professor of Psychology Cindy Frantz said that “natural gas is not an acceptable long-term solution,” but that it is still the most likely short-term source of energy for the College as it heads toward carbon neutrality. The panel, which Frantz said had been organized in response to students’ request for a dialogue on natural gas, addressed issues that confront how the College can use natural gas as a transition fuel. “We’re stuck, I’d say, between a rock and a hard place and a dagger and a gun,” said Frantz...

Slow Train Team to Open New Coffee Shop

Stephanie Atwood

November 2, 2012

Even though it is a stormy Monday morning, the Slow Train Cafe is bustling. With a lengthy line to order coffee and all but one small corner table occupied, the café is approaching maximum capacity. This increasing demand for space has driven the managers of Slow Train to open a new café underneath Swerve Bike Shop on Main Street. Scheduled to open early next week under the same management, The Local will cater to those seriously interested in coffee as a drink and not just as a social space. “Somebody was going to be smart enough to open up another shop,” said Blake New, co-manager of the Slow Train Cafe. “So we figured, why [shouldn’t it] be us?” According to co-manager Zach Tesler, OC ’06, the...

Student Groups Work to Fix Public Transit

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

November 2, 2012

January 2010 marked the effective end of the Lorain County Transit system. Its already reduced 12 routes were cut to two. A twice a week Dial-A-Ride service was implemented soon afterward, but the extreme reduction of the LCT caused an estimated 300 people to lose their jobs. Student and community groups are working to supplement and bring back LCT routes, but the issues created by a lack of public transportation remain unresolved almost three years later. There are still transportation options in the area, such as the college-run Airport Oberlin Shuttle, which makes weekday runs to the airport, and the Brecksville Road Transit, which offers service to and from the airport for academic breaks. However, College junior...

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