The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Ranks Third in Peace Corp Volunteers

February 17, 2012

Although Oberlin has historically been well-represented in terms of number of alumni who become Peace Corps volunteers, this year the college placed third on the Peace Corps’s top list of small colleges and universities producing volunteers nationwide, with 24 alumni currently serving. This marks a significant increase from 2011’s No. 18 ranking. “I think Oberlin students like to be challenged and I think that [the] Peace Corps is one way to be challenged professionally as well as personally,” said Peace Corps Regional Recruiter Annabel Khouri. “And I also feel that the culture at Oberlin is one in which students are really concerned about issues beyond our borders, and I think the Peace Corps offers them...

Off the Cuff with Lieutenant Dan Choi

Off the Cuff with Lieutenant Dan Choi

February 10, 2012

What made you decide to join the army, and did “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” give you reservations about joining the service? I joined because I saw Saving Private Ryan and Forrest Gump and a couple of other movies. That was really all it took. … My brother actually wanted to go to West Point and had a brochure for it that he left on the coffee table. He got a nomination but didn’t finish the application because there were so many white people at the school. He told me that WP stands for wh...

State Issue 2 defeated 61-39

Robin Wasserman, Staff Writer

November 11, 2011

This Tuesday, public workers and their supporters across Ohio declared a major victory with the 61–39 defeat of the controversial State Issue 2, which would have restricted public sector workers’ collective bargaining rights. The defeat of Issue 2 is a major victory for the Democratic Party and the labor movement, both of which have fought two statewide campaigns against Senate Bill 5. After Republican Governor John Kasich signed SB-5 into law last March, organizers collected over 900,000 signatures to place SB-5 on the 2010 ballot as Issue 2 before campaigning against the measure. “It’s amazing how fast we did it,” Professor of Politics Marc Blecher, who helped coordinate various efforts against SB-5,...

Mugging of Professor Sparks Evaluation of Campus Security

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

November 11, 2011

Last Sunday afternoon, History professor Gary Kornblith was hosting a Civil War film festival in King 106. As he was bringing in a box of supplies, he passed by two young men sitting by the Rice parking lot entrance; he nodded at them and continued down the hallway. Moments later, Kornblith heard footsteps increasing in speed behind him. Before he realized it, he had been knocked down to the floor, struggling with one of the teens. “I feel these arms around me, and my first reaction was ‘Someone is hugging me,’ and then I realized ‘No.’ Then I’m on the floor … and one of the two kids was trying to get the wallet out of my back pocket,” Kornblith said. With no one else around, the teen was able to...

State Issue 2 faces final vote as Issues 1, 3 put to voters

State Issue 2 faces final vote as Issues 1, 3 put to voters

November 4, 2011

Arising in the middle of the recent heated and often harsh bipartisan debate about class, the role of government and how to move forward in tough economic times, Ohio’s decision this Tuesday, Nov. 8 on three issues will set the stage for political conversation leading into the 2012 elections. The most visible of these issues is State Issue 2, a veto referendum on the controversial Senate Bill 5, which would, among other measures, limit the ability of public sector unions to negotiate for pensions...

Oberlin Students Seek Role in Occupy Movement

Alex Howard, Staff Writer

October 14, 2011

Almost one month after the Occupy Wall Street protest began in New York City, roughly 350 cities across the nation from the Northeast to the West Coast to the South have been occupied by protesters seeking a new economic justice for Americans, operating under the slogan, “We are the 99 percent.” “I think the goal of the movement is to change the consciousness of our country and to have at least some people saying the unfortunate, uncomfortable truths and the muffled truth: that there is class warfare going on in this country and it is initiated by the rich and not the poor, no matter what Mitt Romney has to say,” said College junior Adam Wadley. The Occupy Wall Street movement has no hierarchical structure....

Occupy Cleveland Inspires Despite Small Crowd

Occupy Cleveland Inspires Despite Small Crowd

October 14, 2011

Some 150 people, including at least a dozen Oberlin students, gathered in downtown Cleveland’s Willard Park last Saturday to hold one of Occupy Cleveland’s first general assemblies since the group's formation two days earlier. A series of speakers urged attendees to form outreach groups and involve their communities in the movement. The consensus building style of the assembly was very similar to that used by the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association but drew a far more diverse cross-section...

Oberlin Remembers Troy Davis

Oberlin Remembers Troy Davis

October 7, 2011

“Why wasn’t I on top of this?” “I felt so small last night.” “My heart is beating so fast.” “We can spray-paint a thousand walls…paint can be washed off.” “It makes me think, what’s going to happen when we leave this circle?” These were some of the words spoken by students on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Troy Davis vigil in Tappan Square. At 6 p.m., students began to gather, picking up candles and signs provided by members of the Oberlin College Prison Justice Project,...

HB-194 Threatens Ohio Voting Process

Robin Wasserman

October 7, 2011

A coalition of voting rights groups showed up at the Ohio Attorney General’s office on Sept. 29 to deliver a hard-won gift: over 300,000 signatures in opposition to House Bill 194, enough to delay its enactment until it is submitted to Ohio voters as a referendum in the November 2012 election. HB-194 has met fierce opposition since its passage by the Ohio General Assembly last June. The bill includes numerous provisions intended to “streamline” and “modernize” the Ohio voting process, according to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. The bill would shorten the time period for early in-person and mail-in votes, reduce voting hours on Election Day, eliminate the requirement that poll workers inform voters when...

Oberlin Founds Ishmael Beah Foundation Chapter

Kasey Cheydleur

October 7, 2011

Former child soldier and A Long Way Gone author Ishmael Beah, OC ’04, came to campus last Thursday, Sept. 22 for the first event of the Ishmael Beah Foundation’s Oberlin college chapter kickoff weekend. College sophomore Elizabeth Kuhr started the chapter, which works to provide long-term care for child soldiers and children affected by conflict and violence in Sierra Leone. Since completing A Long Way Gone, the memoir about his time as a child soldier in Sierra Leone, Beah’s commitment to this cause has grown in scope and scale. Through his involvement with the UN, UNICEF, and Human Rights Watch, Beah travels to war-torn and poverty-stricken areas in countries such as Colombia, Uganda and the Congo, alerting...

Culture Fest Promises Lion Dance, Salsa Music, Tasty Treats

Alex Howard, Staff Writer

September 23, 2011

Tappan Square will be transformed into a melting pot of music, food and performances from students and community members at the fourth annual Culture Festival this Saturday, Sept. 24. “This is the first year that the city of Oberlin, the school district, the College, and the Conservatory are all sponsoring the Culture Festival, so it should be a wonderful opportunity for connecting not only with the many different cultures that Oberlin represents, but also with the many different people in our community,” said College senior Rene Kamm, who helped plan the event as well as design its website. “I expect a large turnout and fun times manifested in vibrant performances and delicious food.” Student organizations...

Conference Analyzes Northeast Ohio’s Energy Use

Kate Melanson

September 23, 2011

Last October U.S. Representative for Ohio’s Ninth District Marcy Kaptur secured a National Energy Technology Laboratory Award of $1.1 million to assess the ways in which energy is used in northeast Ohio. On Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, a conference was held at Oberlin College to present the findings financed by this award. As College’s Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Politics, David Orr, explained via e-mail, “The goal [of the conference] was to report back to the public about one year of work to assemble a regional energy plan focused on the 9th Congressional District and targeting renewable energy and efficiency improvements.” Northern Ohio’s Clean Energy Future Conference started in the...

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