The Oberlin Review

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....

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 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 ...

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