The Oberlin Review

Heated Senate Plenary Meetings Draw Audience

Madeline Peltz, Staff Writer

March 14, 2014

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Since Fearless and Loathing began recording Student Senate plenary meetings in February, Student Senate’s agenda has been a topic of much debate on campus. Persistent conflict in light of disagreements concerning the purpose and structure of the body has left some skeptical of progression any time soon. “It seems that they are unwilling to negotiate and put aside their differences to actually do the job they were elected to do,” said a student that attended last week’s plenary and preferred to remain anonymous. Senate has been fraught with tension since the beginning of the term. The semester’s first meeting concluded without committee assignments completed due to arguments surrounding the fairness of...

Under ‘Review:’ The Paper of Record Takes a Look in the Mirror

Rosemary Boeglin, Editor-in-Chief

February 28, 2014

Filed under Features, NEWS

In this installment of “Inside Campus Publications,” the Review turns the critical lens onto its own journalistic and organizational practices. This April marks The Oberlin Review’s 140th anniversary, and to properly honor the legacy of one of the nation’s longest-running student newspapers, its staff is using this occasion to assess the publication’s ability to live up to its role as newspaper of record for both the city of Oberlin and Oberlin College. College President Marvin Krislov put it frankly: “One of your questions was about diversity and inclusion, and I would just say — and I know you’re the Review — but I don’t think the Review does particularly well with that.” In last week’s ...

The Grape Looks Inward after Editorial Resignations

Rosemary Boeglin, Editor-in-Chief

February 25, 2014

Filed under Features, NEWS, Uncategorized

This is part one of a series exploring the role and reputations of campus publications. This week’s installment focuses on The Grape and the recent resignation letters of two editors that prompted the remaining staff to re-examine their publication. In next week’s issue, the Review will shift the critical lens onto its own journalistic and organizational practices, as well as those of other student publications. The Grape has no mission statement. When asked about the publication’s purpose, the two current editors-in-chief of the satirical rag looked at each other, scrambling for an answer. After a brief pause, College senior Max Cohn looked up in a moment of clarity. “I think The Grape is, at its best, a ...

State Minimum Wage Increases Still Lagging

Kristopher Fraser, Staff Writer

February 14, 2014

Filed under Features, NEWS

President Obama spoke about raising the minimum wage for all federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour in his 2014 State of the Union address, a change that could have a great impact for a small town like Oberlin. Yet in an interview with The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Governor John Kasich voiced his skepticism regarding a minimum wage hike. “Look, we want everybody to make more money. I’ll tell you how people are going to make more money: get better education. That’s the key to this great divide that we have,” said Kasich. Krista Long, owner of Ben Franklin’s, expressed that while she is in favor of an increase in minimum wage, she does not believe it should be granted to everyone. “With a big ...

SNAP Cuts Increase Demand on Local Pantries

SNAP Cuts Increase Demand on Local Pantries

February 14, 2014

Recent financial cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are causing an exponential increase in the number of citizens forced to frequent food pantries across the nation. In Lorain County, where 14.2 percent of the population is food insecure, only 6.8 percent of the population is eligible for the financial benefits provided by the remaining SNAP programs. On Nov. 1, the expiration of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act resulted in a 5.5 percent drop in maximum food stamp...

Tensions High at Divestment Symposium

Tensions High at Divestment Symposium

February 14, 2014

Nearly 100 members of the Oberlin community gathered in Dye Lecture Hall to discuss responsible investment in a two-part symposium on Sunday. Hosted by the College administration, faculty and academics from other institutions such as George Washington University were invited to appear on the panel and help facilitate a conversation about divestment and Oberlin’s financial goals for the future. Students Responsible Investment Organization was also invited to speak about the College’s investment...

Feature Photo: Keystone Protest

Feature Photo: Keystone Protest

February 8, 2014

Students, faculty and Oberlin residents gathered in Tappan Square on Monday, Feb. 3, to protest the State Department’s recent evaluation of the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The report concluded that greenhouse-gas emissions and future tar sands expansion would not be affected by the approval or disapproval of the pipeline. Double-degree first-year Hayden Arp, the demonstration's organizer, said that the event was one of over 200 that occurred across the country in response to environmental activist we...

Obies Rebuild Detroit Community Hub

Ben Smith, Contributer

February 8, 2014

Filed under Campus News, Features, Uncategorized

Students traveled to Detroit for yet another Winter Term this January hoping to rebuild a city of lost jobs, industries and much of its population since the recent recession. In an effort to restore the city’s communities, nearly 20 Obies found themselves in a small, rundown house on Broadstreet Avenue, located on Detroit’s west side. For generations, Auntie Na’s House has operated as the base for unofficial community outreach programs. According to College junior and trip organizer Jackson Kusiak, Auntie Na’s was a special place for many members of the community. “[The house] could provide something as simple as a one-time meal or a substantial long-term place to stay,” said Kusiak. In recent years, the h...

Between a Rook and a Hard Place

Kristopher Fraser

December 13, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

The Oberlin College Chess Club is working to restore its once distinguished reputation. For the second consecutive year, Oberlin will attend the Pan American Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, striving to beat last year’s record of fourth place in the division. The tournament will take place in Lubbock, Texas, from Dec. 27–30. In the 1990s, Oberlin’s team was considered the most successful chess team in the country. The College hosted a collection of state and national tournaments, but mysteriously stopped meeting at some point in the latter half of the decade. Three years ago, College juniors Kalind Parish and Ali Amiri decided to revive the organization, of which they are now currently co-chairs. Parish...

Barnard Residents Sidestep Substance Abuse

Barnard Residents Sidestep Substance Abuse

November 22, 2013

This week marks Oberlin’s annual Alcohol Awareness Week. Over the past few days, several events around campus have examined the role that alcohol plays in both social and academic life and the abuse that sometimes accompanies it. The events this week were designed to open a dialogue about the effects these substances can have. The residents of Barnard Hall comprise a part of this dialogue. Located next to East Hall and across from Stevenson Dining Hall, these 40 students have chosen to live...

Solarity’s Next Generation Sheds Rave Image

Solarity’s Next Generation Sheds Rave Image

November 22, 2013

Solarity may be a nascent organization, but its reputation has grown considerably since Neon Garden, the inaugural event in 2011. And so too has its controversy on campus. Throughout its operation, Solarity has been dubbed “polarizing,” a trait that students can identify, but not necessarily explain. “It’s hard for me to say, because I think I’ve heard things through the rumor mill and I’m not sure which ones are credible and which ones aren’t,” College fifth-year Arielle Lewis-Zvala...

New 3D Printer Outputs Intricate Designs

New 3D Printer Outputs Intricate Designs

November 22, 2013

The College received an object last month, the success of which has recently been the topic of worldwide discussion. The 3-D printer, a machine that has the capability to layout, form and print three-dimensional objects made from plastic, arrived on campus in early October and is now available for use by the student body. Although a seemingly novel concept, three-dimensional printing has been in practice since the early 1980s, when the technology was patented by a Mr. Charles Hull. Starting...

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