The Oberlin Review

Agave to Reopen Under New Ownership

Agave to Reopen Under New Ownership

February 10, 2017

The doors of Agave Burrito Bar & Tequilaria will swing open later this month when the downtown staple returns under new management. On Jan. 25, Nikki and Jon Stipp purchased Agave from previous owner Joe Waltzer, OC ’98, who has owned the restaurant since 2003. Waltzer said he was ready to move on after 19 years as the owner of both Agave and Black River Cafe. “I’ve been here doing this for 19 years, and didn’t want to do that for the rest of my life,” Waltzer said. “I meant...

Community, Council Mulls Divisive Renewable Energy Credits

Community, Council Mulls Divisive Renewable Energy Credits

February 10, 2017

Oberlin residents will now get to decide for themselves how their share of the city’s Renewable Energy Credits should be spent. Following a divisive resolution made last August to redistribute 85 percent of the $2.6 million the city earned in Renewable Energy Credits to the city’s ratepayers, City Council decided Monday night in a unanimous vote to create the Community Choice Fund, which ratepayers will be able to return all or part of their rebate to. RECs are certificates that prove a...

Former Student-Athlete Faces Felony Charges

Louis Krauss, News Editor

February 10, 2017

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Former College student-athlete Hannah Tyburski is facing felony charges for her involvement in a 2015 murder case that resulted in the death of her older sister. Hannah was in the midst of her spring semester of sophomore year in 2015 when her mother, Janet Tyburski, was charged with suffocating her sister, Rachele, at their home in Lakewood, Ohio. Soon after, Janet allegedly picked up Hannah from Oberlin to assist in moving the body of the deceased sister to a field in North Ridgeville. Hannah has since been indicted for tampering with a corpse, a crime that can carry up to 36 months in prison. The case has been ongoing since the 26-year-old’s death. Most recently, a county judge in Elyria, Ohio approved...

Remembering Oberlin Artist Harley, Founder of Terra Candella

Remembering Oberlin Artist Harley, Founder of Terra Candella

February 10, 2017

“I am, above all else, a passionate and lifelong student of Art.” – Harley October 15, 1940 – January 10, 2017 If they happened to be taking a late-night walk during the late ’70s, Oberlin residents might glimpse a bearded figure with a cigar jutting from his mouth, moving about in the brightly lit, second floor art studio above the stores flanking one side of the town square. On a hot summer’s night one might, drawing closer, hear the faint strains of Italian opera. The studio, fil...

Officials Reaffirm City’s Sanctuary Status

Officials Reaffirm City’s Sanctuary Status

February 3, 2017

In light of President Donald Trump’s executive actions to defund sanctuary cities and bar refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries last week, the city of Oberlin has committed itself to protecting its immigrant and refugee population. Both City Council and community members expressed disdain over Trump’s executive action, which could potentially affect federal funding, since Oberlin has been a sanctuary city since 2009. Although each sanctuary city has its own procedures, the general...

College, Gibson’s Resume Business As Trials Ensue

Louis Krauss, News Editor

February 3, 2017

Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Following last semester’s arrest of College sophomore Elijah Aladin, which sparked intense protests in light of accusations of racial profiling, Aladin is once again facing felony charges and could be indicted by a Lorain County grand jury. Aladin was arrested Nov. 11 following an alleged shoplifting incident and was charged with robbery, a felony charge, when the situation escalated to a physical altercation between him and employee Allyn Gibson. In the most recent development, Aladin was expected to receive a misdemeanor charge for pleading guilty to shoplifting after both his lawyer and City Prosecutor Frank Carlson agreed to drop the felony charges as part of a diversion program. However, municipal court...

Downtown Storefronts Continue Turnovers

Downtown Storefronts Continue Turnovers

February 3, 2017

The commercial face of East College Street has transformed over the past year — Magpie Pizza was replaced by India Garden last year, Tree Hugger’s Cafe closed last fall and, most recently, Cowhaus Creamery has closed at its former location, soon to be replaced by Dave’s Cosmic Subs. City Councilmember Bryan Burgess said that turnover for businesses on East College Street is a fairly regular occurrence, estimating that it happens about once or twice per year. Josh Rosen, OC ’01, of the Ea...

Police Chief Juan Torres Resigns Abruptly

Olive Sherman

February 3, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Following an abrupt departure by former Oberlin Police Chief Juan Torres, City Manager Robert Hillard is now tasked with finding his replacement. Torres originally planned to leave in April due to a family member’s illness back in Virginia, but was forced to resign in late December as the situation escalated. Lieutenant Michael McCloskey, Torres’s second in command, has been serving as the city’s interim police chief since Torres’s unexpected departure. “If he moved [his resignation] forward in the way that he did, I can only assume it’s more imperative that he take care of his family right now instead of waiting until April,” City Councilmember Kelley Singleton said. As city manager, Hillard bears...

Lake Ridge Busing Service Faces Termination

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

February 3, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

In a controversial move likely to inconvenience many Oberlin families, the Oberlin City School District is considering canceling the busing service provided to students who attend Lake Ridge Academy, a private school in North Ridgeville, Ohio. Under Ohio law, the district is required to either provide transportation for parents who want to send their child to a non-district school within a 30-minute radius or provide payment in lieu of transportation if the district decides offering the service would be “impractical.” Oberlin currently transports 14 students to Lake Ridge Academy each day and buses 15 back. At an Oberlin City School Board meeting Jan. 24, Oberlin City Schools Superintendent David Hall suggested...

Lorain Grapples with Government Cutbacks

Lorain Grapples with Government Cutbacks

December 9, 2016

County officials have chosen to defer to the will of the voters and implement budget cuts instead of a tax hike, which will include cutting funding to law enforcement as Lorain County’s heroin epidemic rages on. The county commissioners’ office rejected a proposal Wednesday morning that would have raised the sales tax in Lorain by .25 percent. The increase would have gone against voters’ decision on the Nov. 8 ballot, but was under consideration regardless because of the county’s dire...

Council Adds Parking Spots in 2017 Budget

Council Adds Parking Spots in 2017 Budget

December 9, 2016

City Council passed its 2017 budget at its meeting Monday evening, outlining which public works projects the city hopes to undertake. Monday’s meeting was a quick formality to pass the final budget, but the council and various municipal city workers spent around 10 hours over two meetings last week to create a final draft. In recent years, the priciest and most involved projects have been rebuilding roads. This budget cycle, the council targeted East College Street, which has been litte...

Off the Cuff: Rob Hillard, City Manager

Off the Cuff: Rob Hillard, City Manager

December 9, 2016

Rob Hillard began his job as Oberlin’s new city manager Monday. In his new position, Hillard will run the city administration and make recommendations to City Council. Hillard served as the city manager for Allegan, MI, from 2005 to 2016. Previously, he worked as the city manager for Yellow Springs, Ohio — home of Antioch College — from 2000 to 2005. The City Council unanimously selected Hillard for the job Oct. 27 after a 10-month search. After narrowing the search to two candidates earlier —...

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