The Oberlin Review

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...

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...

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