The Oberlin Review

Off the Cuff: Anthony C. Zinni, Retired Four-Star General, Author

Ian Seeley, Managing Editor

March 11, 2011

What is the greatest military threat to the United States today and how should the U.S. address this threat? Well, I think there may be a couple. I would still say, despite the end of the Cold War and the belief that maybe we were reversing weapons of mass destruction, I still think proliferation is probably the most significant threat and poses an existential threat. In addition to that, obviously extremism, the terrorist attacks we have suffered, although I think that that’s beginning to wane. … I’m increasingly worried about instability in parts of the world that would draw us in; we can see what’s going on in the Middle East now. But even south of our border, states that are under pressure, for whatever rea...

Workshop as Forum for DREAM Act Activists

Jessica Lam

March 11, 2011

As a part of Immigration Action Now week, the Asian American Alliance hosted a workshop on civil disobedience with two immigration reform activists, Adam Kuranishi of the Immigrant Youth Justice League in Chicago and Mohammad Abdollahi of DreamActivist.org. Abdollahi began by sharing his story of being an undocumented immigrant in the United States and how his undocumented status affected everything from his family to his ability to receive a college education. Abdollahi is best known for his civil disobedience actions that were directed at the senators and representatives whose support was needed for the passage of the DREAM Act. For him, the defining moment was when he attempted to transfer to Eastern Michigan...

Savage Refutes Accusations of Prejudice

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 4, 2011

Dan Savage, founder of the It Gets Better Project and author of sex column “Savage Love,” gave what he referred to as the “spacey Theraflu version of his speech” to a crowd of students Thursday in Finney Chapel amidst concern from some student LGBTQ activists. The It Gets Better Project began as a YouTube video of Savage and his husband telling their story to LGBT youth. After posting their video, they waited. The response was, according to Savage, overwhelming. By the fourth day, there were 500 video responses. Since then, over 10,000 videos have been linked to the YouTube site. According to the campaign website, the aim of the project is to reach out to queer youth and show them what the future may ...

Students Rally in Columbus in Support of Union Rights

Elise Shulman-Reed, News Editor

February 25, 2011

Thousands gathered on Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, to support public-sector union employees’ right to collective bargaining. Fifty-five Oberlin students made the trek to the state house to join in the protest. Protesters marched to the state capitol where the Legislature held hearings on Senate Bill 5 — a proposal that would eliminate almost all collective bargaining and prohibit negotiating over health care benefits, among other changes. Ohio’s bill comes on the heels of mass protests against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to strip workers of their bargaining power. In an interview with CNN, Ohio Governor John Kasich said that public employees should have the ability to negotiate on some matters,...

Non-Profits, College, Local Businesses, History Contribute to Downtown Growth

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

February 25, 2011

The East College Street Project has become home to several new businesses in recent months. Although Gary Boyle, City of Oberlin Planning Director, said the city does what it can to make Oberlin attractive to businesses, growth is ultimately in the hands of the private sector. “We set sort of a policy framework and a zoning framework and put the utilities in place to allow certain things to happen, but the private marketplace, the building or property owners and investors, they are the ones that actually do things. It really comes at the initiative of individuals that own property to submit project proposals and have them reviewed by the planning commission, or if need be, city council.” The East College Street...

SURF: Pence and Heartbeat Attack Abortion and Womens’ Healthcare Access

Carmelita Rosner

February 25, 2011

Three pieces of legislation have attacked abortion in the past two months. Ohio’s “Heartbeat” Bill, which significantly limits the time frame in which a woman can get an abortion, was introduced by Republican state legislators in February. The Pence Amendment, a national bill which cuts Planned Parenthood funding, was passed though the House last weekend. If passed, January’s House Resolution 3 would prohibit the use of government money for health benefit coverage that includes abortion. Some of these bills, according to Oberlin College Students United for Reproductive Freedom, don’t just attack abortion — they attack all womens’ “right to quality health care.” The “Heartbeat” Bill, introduced...

AMP Ohio Scraps Plans to Build Meigs County Gas Plant

Lila Leatherman, News Editor

February 18, 2011

After years of planning and discussion, American Municipal Power–Ohio has decided not to build its gas-powered power plant in Meigs County, Ohio, choosing instead to buy a gas plant that is currently in construction outside Fremont, Ohio. The city of Oberlin, though a member of AMP, was not scheduled to receive power from the proposed Meigs County Plant. Oberlin withdrew its support from the plant in February 2008 following student protests and a lengthy City Council meeting. The Council made its decision because of environmental and financial concerns. Elisa Young, an anti-coal activist who has spoken at Oberlin several times, addressed environmental and social concerns about a coal-fired power plant during...

Active Minds at Oberlin Responds to Loughner Shooting

Carmelita Rosner

February 18, 2011

While Oberlin students were away on Winter Term, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner of Tucson, AZ shot 19 people, including U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Arizona). A few months earlier, he dropped out of college for what many suspected to be mental health issues. Officials at the college recommended that he see a doctor, but he did not, possibly because of a stigma against those with mental health issues. At Oberlin College, the Active Minds mental health group is working to erase that stigma. “It is hard to say whether these events were ‘avoidable,’” said College senior Patrick Doherty, chair of Active Minds at Oberlin. “Rather than focus on what could have happened, we at Active Minds want to continue...

The College Confirms: Former DC Mayor Fenty Will Teach Next Fall

Caroline Hui, Monica Klein, and John Light

February 11, 2011

A version of this article that ran on February 11th stated that Fenty will co-teach a Politics class this spring semester. That was incorrect. Fenty will co-teach POLT 105 next fall and will make an as-yet-unscheduled appearance in Professor Paul Dawson's POLT 209 class this spring Former mayor of Washington, D.C. Adrian Fenty, OC ‘92, will join the College staff as a visiting professor and a career advisor in the African American Studies Department, the College’s Office of Communications announced on Jan. 19. Fenty sought a second term as mayor, but lost in the primaries in September to former Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray. “There are a lot of people in America – who many of us would think are very...

Obies at War: Alumni, Family Find Reasons for Enlistment

Piper Niehaus, Editor-In-Chief

December 11, 2009

Though many people join the armed forces following the example of an older family member, Bill Krissoff, OC ’68, did the opposite. Krissoff’s sons both became commissioned officers in the Marine Corps and, after years of being an orthopedic surgeon in private practice, he followed in their footsteps. “In most cases, sons are inspired by their father. In my case, I have been inspired by both sons’ dedication and commitment to service in the Marine Corps,” Krissoff explained. Krissoff’s older son Nathan was killed by a roadside bomb on Dec. 9, 2006 while on patrol with Marines in Al Anbar Province near Fallujah, Iraq. His younger son, Austin, continues to serve. Krissoff hoped that, in the Marines,...

Green Energy Forum

Sam Szabo, Holly Roney, and Elise Shulman-Reed

December 4, 2009

When College President Marvin Krislov signed off on Oberlin College’s Climate Action Plan this fall, he committed the school to achieving carbon emission neutrality by the year 2025. Although the plan is technically unofficial and nonbinding, on Wednesday, faculty and commu- nity members engaged in a green energy forum to talk about how to make it happen. Students filled West Lecture Hall to listen to a panel composed of environmental studies professors, a former Oberlin City Council member, Oberlin’s director of facilities planning and construction, and the manager of the Lorain County landfill discuss Oberlin’s unprecedented goal. First to speak was Rumi Shammin, assistant professor of environmental studies....

Gas to Power New AMP Plant

Holly Roney and Elise Shulman-Reed

December 4, 2009

The lights in Ohio might soon start to get a little greener. On Nov. 25, American Municipal Power announced that it would be converting its American Municipal Power Generating Station project from a pulverized coal facility to a natural gas combined-cycle facility. As stated in AMP’s press release, the project, which involved 81 communities in Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia, was terminated after November cal- culations found that the project would see a 37 percent increase in price. Although environmental activists have been against the coal plant since the project was first announced six years ago, AMP executives have said this was not the cause of its decision. The AMPGS project would have been the...

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