The Oberlin Review

City’s School Board to Consider Consolidation

City’s School Board to Consider Consolidation

September 30, 2016

The City’s public schools are all over 50-years old and in substantial need of repair, forcing the Oberlin Public School board to consider a multitude of plans to revamp the run-down buildings, including even tearing down a few schools. In the coming months, the board will put together a committee tasked with finding the best way to update the aging infrastructure. “Something has to be done to the buildings to upgrade them and get them up to par,” Superintendent Dr. David Hall sai...

Local Officer Cleared of Charges

Louis Krauss, News Editor

September 30, 2016

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

Oberlin Police Chief Juan Torres said he would not pursue further action in response to a report of local police harassment. City residents Monique Brooks-Cochran and her fiancé Arvis Townsend, who are both Black, filed the complaint after officer Bashshar Wiley allegedly harassed and monitored their family over the last four years. Townsend, who has been arrested five times and had 49 encounters with Oberlin Police between 2012 and 2016 for charges including drug possession and robbery, complained that Wiley would frequently park his patrol car in front of his house for no reason and go out of his way to serve him warrants, sometimes doing so in the middle of the night. “It’s like every time he sees me he’s...

Students Advocate for More Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Students Advocate for More Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

September 30, 2016

When Conservatory students William Adams and Zoe Cutler brought up the lack of gender-neutral bathrooms in the Conservatory last year to Title IX coordinators, the initial feedback gave them hope. Administrators said they would consider making additional gender-neutral bathrooms a component of last summer’s renovations to Bibbins Hall’s first floor, Cutler, a junior, and Adams, a sophomore, returned this fall to find the situation unchanged. “One of the big things that seemed obvious...

Off the Cuff: Cindy Frantz, Psychology Professor

Off the Cuff: Cindy Frantz, Psychology Professor

September 30, 2016

Cindy Frantz is a Psychology professor who studies social psychology with an emphasis on bias and discrimination. Frantz teaches classes about implicit bias and ran a workshop with faculty and staff on reducing implicit bias Thursday. Frantz also researches environmental psychology, works with the Environmental Studies Program and directs the Community Based Social Marketing Research Project, an initiative that finds ways to help reduce carbon emissions at the College. This interview has been edi...

Trustees to Consider Philips Gym Expansion

Trustees to Consider Philips Gym Expansion

September 16, 2016

The Board of Trustees will decide whether to approve the long-planned expansions to Philips gym at meetings taking place Oct. 6–8. The additions include renovating Robert Carr Pool and building a health and wellness center to house a new weight room, cardio facility, yoga room and general class-meeting space. According to Delta Lodge Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos, a pool renovation has been needed for several years. Winkelfoos said she thinks an additional building will help serve a...

Clinton Campaign Volunteers Flock to Oberlin Office

Clinton Campaign Volunteers Flock to Oberlin Office

September 16, 2016

Oberlin became the new home for one of Hillary Clinton's campaign offices Thursday, thrusting the town into the forefront of a heated battle for president in the waning days before the general election. On Thursday, Clinton’s Ohio team hosted a party to inaugurate the opening of its Oberlin office, which is located on South Main Street in the basement of the FirstMerit Bank Building. “We are opening our 54th office in Ohio this week,” Hillary for America Ohio Communications ...

Report Unpacks Campus Climate on Disability

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

September 16, 2016

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Confusion, resentment, frustration, inadequate understanding and a passionate desire for change — these are some of the terms the Working Group on Disability and Access used to describe the current campus climate on disability. The working group released its preliminary report via email on Aug. 31 in one of its first steps toward addressing accommodation, access and inclusion on campus. Elizabeth Hamilton, chair of the German Language and Literatures department and Section 504/ADA coordinator, spear- headed the project and hopes that it can begin deconstructing barriers of access that impede many students, faculty and staff from participating in everyday life at Oberlin. “This has been a labor of love,”...

Off the Cuff: Michele Norris, Author and Former NPR Host

Off the Cuff: Michele Norris, Author and Former NPR Host

September 16, 2016

Michele Norris is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning journalist who spent nine years as the host of All Things Considered, NPR’s longest-running program. After graduating from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Norris began working as a print journalist at the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Norris then accepted a job at ABC News, where she worked for 10 years. Norris was NPR’s first African-American female host, and was awarded Journalist of the Year by...

Microburst Winds Knock Out Power Lines, Trees

Microburst Winds Knock Out Power Lines, Trees

September 16, 2016

More than 3,000 Oberlin residents lost power Saturday afternoon as a result of a microburst — a particularly severe storm characterized by winds up to 100 mph. Microbursts are similar to tornados, but differ in the winds and rain that push downward, collapsing trees rather than uprooting them up like a tornado would. Following the storm, the city dis- patched the Oberlin Fire Department and workers for Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System to clear the roads of fallen trees and repair the...

Students Rally as OCOPE Negotiations Continue

Students Rally as OCOPE Negotiations Continue

April 29, 2016

Students, faculty and College employees from multiple labor unions gathered outside Hall Auditorium earlier today in support of campus workers currently engaging in contract negotiations with the College. The Oberlin College and Professional Employees, a union of campus workers, met with administrators Friday morning to continue a series of negotiations that began April 12 and are slated to end June 30. OCOPE, founded 46 years ago, represents 190 administrative assistance, office workers and libraria...

Feature Photo: India Garden

Feature Photo: India Garden

April 22, 2016

India Garden Head Chef Babul flips naan for the restaurant’s inaugural batch of customers. India Garden, the new Indian restaurant located at 65 East College Street, opened for business Thursday. The establishment takes the place of Magpie Pizza, which relocated to Sheffield Village in November 2015. The restaurant offers traditional northern Indian cuisine, desserts and fresh breads. It will serve dinner until 10 p.m. every day of the week. Owners Ramesh Sharma and Sanjeev Sharma run another India...

News Brief: Hotel Lawsuit Settled

Sydney Allen, Production editor

April 22, 2016

Filed under Campus News, Community News, Features, NEWS, Uncategorized

After last week’s lawsuit between the city of Oberlin and the College involving the Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center, the drama has finally come to an end. A settlement agreement was reached Wednesday between both parties. The Oberlin City Council unanimously approved the settlement, which resolves all remaining issues surrounding the completion of the Gateway Center. The settlement comes after Oberlin College took legal action against the city for withholding the permits that would allow the center to open. The settlement stipulated that there will be a 15-foot sidewalk as well as 14 angled parking spaces along East College Street. In addition, the College has agreed to pay for and install all restriping for the...

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