The Oberlin Review

ObieChunks Offers Late-Night Cookie Option

William Passannante, Staff Writer

October 12, 2012

College sophomores Michael Plotz and Alex Hilden want you to get your chunk on. The two are the driving force behind ObieChunks, a new late-night cookie delivery service. The concept behind ObieChunks is simple, but effective. Customers place orders by messaging the group’s Facebook or e-mail accounts. Between midnight and 2 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a delivery person brings them fresh-baked, homemade cookies. “We thought it would last a month,” said Hilden. “[I was] all right with making $10 a week. I thought that was as big as it was going to get.” Hilden couldn’t have been more wrong. On recent nights ObieChunks has sold between 150 and 200 cookies. Even with three to four paid delivery people,...

City Fresh Expands Local Food Options

Peter D'Auria

October 12, 2012

City Fresh, a program run through the alumni-founded nonprofit New Agrarian Center, delivers local, sustainably grown produce to Oberlin and 16 other locations from June to October. The NAC is comprised of George Jones Farm and the City Fresh program. The program’s mission, according to the NAC website, is to improve inner-city residents’ access to local food. “For financial reasons or transportation reasons or location, many people don’t have good access to healthy food,” said Gina Makris, managing director of Lorain County City Fresh. “So we find the people, and we bring it to them.” City Fresh delivers to Cuyahoga, Lorain and Erie counties. Thirty percent of its customers live below the poverty...

New Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures Maps International Faculty Connections

Adiel Kaplan

September 28, 2012

The Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures held its inaugural reception last Friday, when organizers presented plans for an ambitious new database called ObieMAPS. The OCLC, which was created this past spring through a $950,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation, officially launched this semester under the direction of Sebastian Faber, professor of Hispanic Studies and chair of Latin American Studies. The Center aims to strengthen Oberlin’s international outreach with easier access to study abroad programs, culture and language programs, and community outreach. The OCLC has begun working on several projects. One of these is ObieMAPS, a database which according to the OCLC website will allow “anyone on or off...

Jean Barker Program to Foster Intergenerational Connections

September 28, 2012

The Jean Barker Intergenerational Connections Program, which was established to facilitate relationships between College students and elderly members of the community, will soon begin pairing interested students with members of the Welcome Nursing Home, the John Frederick Oberlin Society and Kendal at Oberlin, a local retirement community. Recent graduates Alex Tutant, OC ’12, and Inyang Udo, OC ’12, created the Jean Barker Intergenerational Connections Program to address issues of ageism after being inspired by the Social Justice Institute workshop. The program was named after Jean Barker, OC ’57, an avid supporter of the Oberlin College Dialogue Center, who worked with Tutant and Udo to set up the project....

Debate Introduces Congressional Candidates to Lorain County Voters

Matthew Benenson, Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

Three candidates for the newly drawn Fourth Congressional District came to Oberlin on Tuesday for a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area. With over 100 Lorain County residents and students in attendance, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, Democratic challenger Jim Slone and Libertarian challenger Chris Kalla sat down at First Church to talk to about their stances on the economy, education, health care and the environment. Andrew Young, editor of Elyria’s Chronicle Telegram, Roy Church, Lorain County Community College president, and Bruce Simonson, College Geology professor and League member, asked the questions. Following the prepared questions, Sharon Soucy, Oberlin City Council vice...

Education Levy Renewals Put to Voters

Robin Wasserman, News Editor

September 28, 2012

Three educational levy renewals will be on the ballot for Oberlin residents this November. If passed, Oberlin City Issues 44 and 45 would continue to provide significant funds for Oberlin City Schools, while Issue 41, a county-wide ballot measure, would continue to help fund the Lorain County Joint Vocation School. Issue 44 currently provides almost 10 percent of the Oberlin City Schools’ operating budget. “It goes to support all operations of the school district,” said John Schroth, superintendent for Oberlin City Schools. “Without it, we would have to make drastic cuts to programs.” Issue 44 is the renewal of a .75 percent income tax that was originally approved in 2007. Before, schools were partially...

Oberlin Project Plans Green Downtown

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

“If you … fast-forward 10 or 20 or 30 years, given the way the economy works in the Rust Belt, [Oberlin] is going to be a pretty sad little town,” said David Orr, executive director of the Oberlin Project and professor of Environmental Studies and Politics. “It’s going to take extraordinary efforts to create a town that is sustainable [and] prosperous, … and I think that it is within our grasp to do that.” Orr’s outlook on Oberlin’s future may be unsettling, but his optimism creates space for the Oberlin Project. Though educational projects will hopefully build Oberlin’s resilience in the long term, the Oberlin Project is introducing concrete physical changes to the town in order to promote economic...

The Oberlin Project: How sustainability education might transform a community

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

September 21, 2012

This article is the first in a three-part series on the impact of the Oberlin Project. Down an ash road north of the athletic fields and tucked away in a grove of trees lies a 10-acre clearing filled with a forest of evenly-spaced, upright metal poles and the din of construction. It is the future site of a new super-sized, on-campus solar array¬ — one of many initiatives the Oberlin Project has had a hand in organizing. For the seemingly indefinable Oberlin Project this solar array appears unusually concrete, but the Oberlin Project is not as nebulous as general perception may lead one to believe. It’s just complex. “What the Project is really doing is providing a sort of larger vision and way of having a...

Cleveland Gambles on Casino to Boost Local Economy

Allegra Kirkland, Editor-in-Chief

September 21, 2012

The signs on the front doors of the Horseshoe Cleveland provide a friendly reminder to visitors: “No Smoking, No Weapons.” Inside, the casino floor is crowded with security officers making their rounds and waitresses in black miniskirts and gold corsets taking drink orders on iPads. A couple shares a delighted embrace as coins pour out of a clanging Dashing Dolphins slot machine. In many regards, the Horseshoe Cleveland feels like any other casino in the United States. There are the crystal chandeliers and odd showroom furniture — white velvet sofas and puffy vinyl bar chairs. Retirees sit in front of the Sex and the City slots, sipping on white wine. Voices are drowned out by the clinking of the slots and the...

Increasing Student Loan Rates Mired in Partisan Controversy

Aimee Stern

May 4, 2012

There are currently 7.4 million undergraduate students relying on loans subsidized by the federal government to help pay for college. Presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are currently debating the issue of raising interest rates from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent, but ultimately members of Congress will decide. Although both candidates and members of Congress hope to keep the interest rates from doubling, Obama is considering vetoing a bill, drafted by Republicans in Congress, which would draw funding from public health funds. Democrats in Congress have proposed that the money needed to keep interest rates low should come from increasing taxes on the wealthy. Currently, about half of the students enrolled...

Oberlin Chapter of GCC Launches Cross-Cultural Blog

Abby Collier

May 4, 2012

The Oberlin chapter of the nonpartisan organization Global China Connection recently launched a new cross-cultural blog to address cultural complexities encountered by students engaging in global interaction. According to the GCC website, the mission of the organization is to “connect future leaders from all nations and assist them in developing the skills and friendships necessary to succeed both in China and internationally.” The Oberlin chapter of the GCC organization was started in the summer of 2009 when Eric Hardy, OC ’91, presented the idea to GCC’s director of network expansion, Mark Stothers. Terence Hsieh, double-degree fifth-year and GCC Oberlin leader, sees the mission of GCC shifting toward...

Obama to Kick Off Campaign in Ohio

Joelle Lingat, Staff Writer

May 4, 2012

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are visiting Ohio State University on May 5 to officially launch his campaign for reelection this November. “Since we received the news that the President was coming here, our team has been working around the clock. We have been flyering, chalking, making posters, tweeting, posting, literally everything that we can do to get students to the rally,” wrote a spring fellow, Sara, on the Obama for America website. A recent poll released by Quinnipiac University showed that out of the 1,130 Ohio voters surveyed, Obama has garnered 44 percent favor while Romney has generated a close 42 percent. A historic swing state, Ohio is a popular destination for presidential...

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