The Oberlin Review

FEATURE: “Swerve” Bike Shop Opens Downtown

Angus Chen, Staff Writer

May 13, 2011

Oberlin is now home to a new bike store called “Swerve.” Swerve’s entirely glass front wall and minimalist interior give it a modern look and feel that is largely absent from Main Street. At first glance, the polished wood floors and the stretched glass wall are redolent of the newly renovated Feve across the street. The store’s display is attractive, and there is a small shelf stocked with accessories and essentials like water bottles and helmets. The interior, which is still largely bare of merchandise, continues the minimalist style and is well-lit and spacious. Swerve’s owner, Chris Robinson, has a passion for biking that brought him first to Seattle, where he worked on building fixed-gear bikes (or...

Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series Attracts Local Conservatives, Few Students

John Light, Editor-In-Chief

May 6, 2011

This past week, the Oberlin Republicans and Libertarians took to task the centuries- old adage, “Not to be a socialist at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head.” On Thursday, a crowd gathered in West Lecture Hall to hear an address by Mark Steyn, a free speech advocate known as a regular on Rush Limbaugh’s conservative talk radio show and an often-vocal critic of Islam. Those in attendance were predominantly Tea Partiers and Republicans from across Lorain County. A few odd Oberlin students sat among them, as well as the members of the Oberlin Republicans and Libertarians and their faculty adviser, Associate Professor of Philosophy Timothy Hall. The group invited Steyn as part...

Former Senator Feingold Speaks on Campaign Finance

Caroline Hui, Staff Writer

May 6, 2011

Former Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) came to Oberlin on Wednesday to speak about campaign finance reform, the issue for which he is arguably most well-known. Feingold began his career as a public servant at the age of 29. He served as a member of the Wisconsin State Senate for 10 years before serving three terms in the United States Senate. He was co-sponsor of the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002, which bans corporations from donating money to a specific candidate in an election. He was also the only senator to vote against the PATRIOT Act. In his lecture on campus, Feingold argued against large donations from corporations. He asserted that donations by individuals, rather than organizations, include more people in...

City of Oberlin Develops Plan for a Greener Community

Sarah Washington

May 6, 2011

Oberlin College’s students, staff and faculty are dedicated to making the College a cleaner and greener place through projects such as the construction of the AJLC Environmental Studies building and OSCA’s composting program. Many people might not realize, however, that the town of Oberlin is taking its own steps to create a more eco-friendly community. The city is in the process of drafting its first Climate Action Plan with help from Steve Duppee, Electric Director of the Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System, and Energy Services and Sustainability Initiatives Manager Doug McMillan. Their goal is to create a clear set of green initiatives for the town of Oberlin. “The construction of the plan has included...

Ninde Scholars Program Aids in College Prep

Jessica Lam

April 29, 2011

In 2002, Oberlin residents Dick and Ann Ninde offered a challenge grant toward the goal of making it possible for all Oberlin High School students to attend college. With the help of other community members and the College, the Ninde Scholars Program was founded in 2003 as a collaboration between the College, Oberlin City Schools and the Lorain County Urban League. The Scholars Program aims to honor the Nindes’ commitment to education by offering tutoring and college preparation services. The program has grown greatly in the 8 years since its creation. Some services — such as the College Essay Night — are available for all Oberlin High School students, but the Scholars Program is specifically tailored to a small...

Oberlin First-year Chosen for 2011 Student Freedom Ride

Liv Combe, News Editor

April 22, 2011

When documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson came to campus last month for an early screening of his latest work, Freedom Riders, he also talked about the upcoming Student Freedom Ride that will be taking place in May of this year. Sponsored by PBS’s American Experience and in conjunction with Nelson’s film, a busload of college students — as well as some of the original Riders and Nelson himself — will travel over the span of 10 days from Washington, D.C., down to New Orleans, tracing the original path of the Riders in 1961 who braved violent assault, jailing and even death while working to break down segregation in the Deep South. Out of the more than 1,000 applicants, only 40 were chosen. One of these students...

Community Symposium Provides Forum for Student Concerns

Abby Hawkins, Staff Writer

April 22, 2011

The Community at Oberlin Symposium kicked off last Sunday, April 17, with a panel discussion titled “OBerlin Wall?: Perspectives on a North/South Campus Divide.” The 30 students in attendance expressed their observations and frustrations on the stereotypes that exist of north and south campus residents, the different communities built within them and how to simultaneously unite and diversify the entire spectrum of campus life, among other issues. The Symposium, organized by the Oberlin College Student Senate, is an ongoing two-week panel series on topics that students thought needed addressing in a public forum, according to responses to the Fall 2010 Student Senate referendum. The panels are composed of Senate...

The Role of Religion in a Secular Bubble: Part 2

Julia Herbst

April 22, 2011

While the specifics of each student’s situation vary, being religious at Oberlin can be a challenging and even isolating experience for many. Presidential scholar of Islam Jafar Mahallati has seen this isolation manifest in Muslim students soon after their arrival on campus. “In my conversations with Muslim students, one of the religious minorities on campus, I have realized that upon their arrival, some of them feel very isolated and homesick,” he said. “With the Muslim Student Association and courses offered on Islam, however, they become self-confident… They learn, again in a new way, that the religious ‘others’ are not a threat, but in fact a blessing.” Another challenge for some reli...

Student Senate Discusses Plans for Community in 2025

Erica Reyes, Staff Writer

April 15, 2011

On Monday, Student Senate met with Cheri Ryan and Lizette Torres of the Public Services Institute to discuss the city of Oberlin’s 2025 Strategic Plan, which is made up of the city’s ideas for improvements for matters ranging from energy efficiency to storm water management. Ryan and Torres, Field Coordinator and Administrative Associate for PSI, respectively, asked the students their opinions about the positive aspects of Oberlin, the aspects that could be improved upon and, overall, what the students hoped Oberlin would be like in the next 10 to 15 years. This workshop is part of an ongoing effort, which began in late March, to ensure that the city, its residents and its businesses are set for the future. In...

In Their Own Words: Experiences of Obies in Japan

Liv Combe, News Editor

April 15, 2011

When the magnitude nine earthquake struck Japan on March 11, the ensuing tsunami and disasters brought international attention to the country. As the death toll continued to rise, Dean of Study Away Ellen Sayles had to decide whether or not Oberlin students in Japan would have to cut short their time abroad. With students on three different programs and in three different locations, Sayles worked on contacting the students and their families to ascertain their safety immediately after the tsunami, and then set to work deciding if the students could stay in Japan. The Office of Study Away’s policy on bringing students back from overseas is generally only applicable for countries in which the U.S. Department of...

Friendship Day Held to Promote Global Peace

Julia Herbst

April 6, 2011

This Friday marks Oberlin’s second annual Friendship Day, a festival developed through collaboration between the Religion department and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. “Basically, the idea of Friendship Day is to create a kind of ritual for looking at friendship,” said the Director of the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and co-leader of the Friendship Initiative Reverend Greg McGonigle. “When we talk about friendship, we don’t really mean it in a sentimental way, or certainly not in a Facebook way, in which you friend all these different people but it really doesn’t mean anything. It’s really about thinking about being intentional about building friendships where there’s conf...

Community Rallies Against Senate Bill 5 in Tappan Square

Community Rallies Against Senate Bill 5 in Tappan Square

March 18, 2011

On Tuesday afternoon at the bandstand in Tappan Square, over 100 members of Oberlin College and the Lorain County community gathered outside in the rain to rally against Senate Bill 5, which would eliminate all of Ohio public employees’ right to collectively bargain for adequate benefits, fair wages and safe working conditions. Governor John Kasich and Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate introduced the bill, which affects public school teachers, police officers, firefighters and librarians....

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