The Oberlin Review

Feature Photo: City, Library, Renewal Levies on March 15 Ballot

Feature Photo: City, Library, Renewal Levies on March 15 Ballot

March 4, 2016

With Super Tuesday come and gone, it’s time for Ohioans to turn toward their own state’s primary on March 15. In addition to the presidential candidates, several levies will be on the ballot for renewal. The League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area, a non-partisan voter mobilization organization, held a meeting Thursday at the Oberlin Public Library to discuss Issues 10, 11, 12, 25 and 26. If passed, these issues would all renew existing taxes for five years, though they would not add any new...

Feature Photo: Voter Registration

Review Staff

February 5, 2016

                      Double degree junior Jeremy Poe and College sophomores Mia Antezzo and Eli Hovland, all mem- bers of the Student Voter Coalition, table outside Mudd. The organization, which works to register Oberlin students to vote, tabled on the first floor of Mudd library for voter registration during the Oberlin College Democrats’ showing of the Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton debate held in Azariah’s Café on Thursday. The debate itself was in New Hampshire, which will hold its primary on Tuesday. Ohioans must wait until the primary on March 15 to cast their votes. The SVC includes ABUSUA...

Feature Photo: Kent Wong, UCLA professor and activist

Feature Photo: Kent Wong, UCLA professor and activist

September 25, 2015

Kent Wong, professor at University of California, Los Angeles and director of the Center for Labor Research and Education, gave a talk at the College yesterday titled “Undocumented and Unafraid: A New Civil Rights Movement Led by Immigrant Youth.” Wong discussed his experiences working with undocumented students at both UCLA and Dream Summer, a summer program geared toward helping undocumented youth to succeed and to fight for social change. Wong shared stories about how several of his studen...

Half Waif frontwoman Nandi Rose Plunkett performs for an attentive Cat in the Cream audience. Half Waif previewed songs from its upcoming LP, the yet-to-be-titled follow-up to its debut Kotekan, on Saturday night.

Kenyon Graduate Brings Synth-Pop to Cat

September 18, 2015

College junior Sammy Mellman joined bands Half Waif and Sedna’s not alone. for a cohesive and friendly show at the Cat in the Cream Saturday night, creating a warm atmosphere of sweet tunes and even sweeter friendship. Half Waif, the synth-pop project of Kenyon College graduate Nandi Rose Plunkett, headlined the rainy evening with a dreamy set. In addition to a handful of older material, the Brooklyn-based group, which also features drummer Zack Levine and guitarist Adan Feliciano, premiered...

Featured Photo: Regina Benjamin

Featured Photo: Regina Benjamin

February 27, 2015

Regina Benjamin, former Surgeon General and current professor of Public Health Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana, speaks to an audience in Finney Chapel on Wednesday night as part of the Convocation Series. Benjamin talked about her experiences working as a doctor in rural Alabama and how her interactions with patients informed her work in public health. She discussed at length the impact that seemingly unrelated factors can have on health: illiteracy can make taking the correct medication...

Brooklyn Electronic Act Interrupts Busy Schedule for Intimate Performance

Mohit Dubey

February 6, 2015

The Latin American rhythms and ethereal electronics of Helado Negro will fill the Cat in the Cream this Saturday. Armed with a laptop, a keyboard and smooth vocals in both Spanish and English, Helado Negro, the stage name of Brooklyn-based musician Roberto Carlos Lange, will perform songs from his catalog and his most recent record, Double Youth. College sophomore Josh Goodman described the entrancing, bass-heavy act as “Beach House meets Flying Lotus.” Helado Negro’s set is sure to be one of the more laid-back concerts to take place at Oberlin this semester. Helado Negro’s music is defined by a melding of cultures. Born in Florida to Ecuadorian parents, Lange began experimenting with a fusion of tropical...

Students celebrate last fall’s Solarity event “Toxicity.” The current co- chairs of Solarity said that, although they still want to retain aspects of their “party image,” they are looking to move toward a future of more accessible events

Solarity Aims for Organizational Accessibility

October 10, 2014

In response to a recent increase in membership, the student leaders of Solarity, an organization that strives to unify the student body through large-scale music and dance productions, have made a number of structural and aspirational changes to their organization. Solarity’s co-chairs, College seniors McKenzie Smith and Juliana Ruoff and College junior Ben Lebovic, hope that these changes, which include the division of labor among a larger number of student members, will improve the...

Student Innovators Bridge Digital Divide

Molly Brand

September 26, 2014

After successfully creating a device that allows underfunded schools to engage students with audiovisual content related to their lessons, five College students are attempting to raise $50,000 in order to take their project to the next level. The device, which the students are promoting through LumenEd, the company they founded, operates in communities that do not have access to the internet and is equipped with a digital library of over 1,500 educational videos ranging by grade and core subject. The projector also contains a USB port for teachers who need access to customizable content.  For co-creator and College senior Saksham Khosla, the device, known as the Bright Orange Box, has the potential to make a power...

Athletics Department Adopts New Trans* Policy

Kristopher Fraser, Staff Writer

May 2, 2014

Oberlin’s Transgender Participatory Advisory Commit- tee has drafted a new set of athletic guidelines that requires inclusion and improved conditions for current and future trans* athletes. In late 2011, the NCAA established its own guidelines for trans* athletes. Almost immediately, the College formed a committee to examine those guidelines and institute them at Oberlin. The most significant proposed changes are in the language of Oberlin’s policy, which now reflects the complexity of different gender identities. Students arguing for revision initially provoked the policy change, in keeping with Oberlin’s demonstrated interest in issues of gender and sexuality. “The draft has not only helped change language, bu...

Ohio a Major Hub for Interstate Trafficking

Louis Krauss, Staff Writer

April 19, 2014

The Human Trafficking Collective conducted two sessions this past week, in which the group’s Director Mindi Kuebler educated students and community members about the pervasiveness of human trafficking in Ohio. The state’s key location between major Midwest and East Coast cities makes Ohio a convenient place for traffickers to transfer victims. According to Kuebler, 590 trafficking crisis calls were made to the national trafficking hotline in 2013, adding to a total of 2,502 since 2007. The two most common types of trafficking are labor and sex trafficking. Baby traffick- ing, in which women are forced to bear children, has also become more prominent. Ac- cording to Kuebler, traffickers typically trap their...

Senate to Host Forums in order to Dispel Rumors, Seek Input on Tobacco Ban

Rachel Weinstein, News Editor

April 6, 2014

Despite a semester of setbacks, Student Senate continues to reform the College’s smoking policy in hopes of voting on its amendments before the end of the semester. Last updated on March 14, the proposed policy appears on the Office of Student Wellness website, with a bolded disclaimer stating, “This policy is still in progress and is subject to change.” The proposed policy consists of five sections that explicitly outline the terms of the potential change in policy. Within these sections, the policy elaborates on the locations where smoking would be prohibited, a definition of tobacco and otherwise banned products, the prohibition of accepting money or gifts from tobacco companies by student organizations...

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