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Mental Health Services Gets Revamped

Elizabeth Kuhr, Staff Writer

February 15, 2013

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Last week, Dean of Students Eric Estes e-mailed the student body with several new mental health initiatives that have been put into place, including a student advisory group, several grief workshops and a peer-to-peer outreach program. These initiatives are part of a renewed commitment by students, faculty and staff alike to create more awareness regarding mental health on campus. “We really want to create awareness, reduce stigma,” said Director of Student Health and Counseling Services John Harshbarger. “What we’re taking a look at is how we can support each other in this community and continue to do that in ways that feel really good to all of us.” Spearheaded by a handful of groups and departments o...

Documentary Highlights Flaws of Justice System

Tania Mukherjee

February 15, 2013

Filed under Features, NEWS, Theater & Film

Last Tuesday night, the award-winning documentary Crime After Crime, based on the story of incarcerated domestic violence victim Deborah Peagler, was screened in Craig Lecture Hall. The event was co-sponsored by the Program Board, Forum Board, Peace and Conflict Connections Group, Oberlin College Dialogue Center, Multicultural Resource Center and the Office of Religious and Student Life, and was attended by many students, faculty and community members. The film’s director, Yoav Potash, and Joshua Safran, OC ’97, one of Peagler’s pro bono attorneys, were present at the event to talk about the film and domestic violence. The 95-minute documentary, which has received accolades like Official Selection to the 2011...

Animal Rights Activists Speak on ‘Eco-Terrorism’ Branding

Robin Wasserman, News Editor

December 14, 2012

Filed under Features, NEWS

Will Potter, journalist and author of the new book Green is the New Red, and animal rights activist Jake Conroy spoke Monday on government and corporate oppression in relation to animal rights activism. Conroy, who spent three years in prison after organizing against animal testing at Huntingdon Life Sciences, discussed his experiences in the prison system. The event was sponsored by Oberlin Animal Rights. Potter emphasized that the influence of corporations has allowed nonviolent actions of the environmental movement to be branded as “eco-terrorism” by the government and media. He described how the FBI threatened him after he began handing out leaflets against Huntingdon Life Sciences, a corporation that performed...

Fundraiser to Help Oberlin Community Services

Sophia Fast

December 14, 2012

Filed under Campus News, Community News, Features, NEWS

The Oberlin Pottery Co-op is making over 500 mugs for the fourth annual Empty Mugs fundraiser this Monday, Dec. 17. Conservatory students will perform an hour-long brass and organ concert consisting of holiday songs before ending the concert with a sing-a-long. “This event is a really great stress-free environment to put on a concert,” said Caitlin Featherstone, a Conservatory senior who will be performing at the fundraiser. “ It’s just so much fun, especially the sing-along at the end.” Immediately following the music, the Oberlin Pottery Co-op sells handcrafted mugs for $10 each. Local businesses provide a free beverage with each purchased mug. Last year, Agave provided hot chocolate, Slow Train...

Panel Discusses Future of Natural Gas

Robin Wasserman, News Editor

November 30, 2012

Filed under Campus News, Community News, Features, NEWS

Four panelists discussed issues surrounding the use of natural gas last Monday in the second event of a four-part series on how to reach the College’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. Associate Professor of Psychology Cindy Frantz said that “natural gas is not an acceptable long-term solution,” but that it is still the most likely short-term source of energy for the College as it heads toward carbon neutrality. The panel, which Frantz said had been organized in response to students’ request for a dialogue on natural gas, addressed issues that confront how the College can use natural gas as a transition fuel. “We’re stuck, I’d say, between a rock and a hard place and a dagger and a gun,” said Frantz...

Spontaneous Tappan Party Celebrates Election

Spontaneous Tappan Party Celebrates Election

November 9, 2012

When CNN projected an Obama victory late Tuesday night, the ’Sco exploded. The approximately 100 students in attendance cheered, hugged, screamed, laughed and began belting out the national anthem. “Everything is better!” said College sophomore Annie Winneg. The festivities had only just begun. A plastic garbage barrel’s hollow, persistent thumping provided a baseline for the screams and car horns which erupted into the previously quiet night. Packs of cheering people wandered in a...

Obie Anonymous: An Interview with Founder of ‘What Should We Call Oberlin’

Julia Herbst, News Editor

October 12, 2012

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS, Off the Cuff

How did you come up with the idea for the website? My other friends at different colleges posted links to their [Tumblrs] on Facebook and I remember that someone at Oberlin posted one to Carnegie Mellon’s [Tumblr] and I was thinking, “Hey, this is pretty funny. Oberlin could use one of these.” How do you come up with the ideas for specific GIFs? I try to make them as universally applicable to people as possible. What are people complaining about? What are people happy about? And a lot of them I get from submissions. At the beginning it was pretty much all me, but once you get past the fourth or fifth page, the volume of submissions just grew and grew and now I get a lot of submissions. Unless they’re ...

ObieChunks Offers Late-Night Cookie Option

William Passannante, Staff Writer

October 12, 2012

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

College sophomores Michael Plotz and Alex Hilden want you to get your chunk on. The two are the driving force behind ObieChunks, a new late-night cookie delivery service. The concept behind ObieChunks is simple, but effective. Customers place orders by messaging the group’s Facebook or e-mail accounts. Between midnight and 2 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, a delivery person brings them fresh-baked, homemade cookies. “We thought it would last a month,” said Hilden. “[I was] all right with making $10 a week. I thought that was as big as it was going to get.” Hilden couldn’t have been more wrong. On recent nights ObieChunks has sold between 150 and 200 cookies. Even with three to four paid delivery people,...

City Fresh Expands Local Food Options

Peter D'Auria

October 12, 2012

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

City Fresh, a program run through the alumni-founded nonprofit New Agrarian Center, delivers local, sustainably grown produce to Oberlin and 16 other locations from June to October. The NAC is comprised of George Jones Farm and the City Fresh program. The program’s mission, according to the NAC website, is to improve inner-city residents’ access to local food. “For financial reasons or transportation reasons or location, many people don’t have good access to healthy food,” said Gina Makris, managing director of Lorain County City Fresh. “So we find the people, and we bring it to them.” City Fresh delivers to Cuyahoga, Lorain and Erie counties. Thirty percent of its customers live below the poverty...

Jean Barker Program to Foster Intergenerational Connections

September 28, 2012

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

The Jean Barker Intergenerational Connections Program, which was established to facilitate relationships between College students and elderly members of the community, will soon begin pairing interested students with members of the Welcome Nursing Home, the John Frederick Oberlin Society and Kendal at Oberlin, a local retirement community. Recent graduates Alex Tutant, OC ’12, and Inyang Udo, OC ’12, created the Jean Barker Intergenerational Connections Program to address issues of ageism after being inspired by the Social Justice Institute workshop. The program was named after Jean Barker, OC ’57, an avid supporter of the Oberlin College Dialogue Center, who worked with Tutant and Udo to set up the project....

Debate Introduces Congressional Candidates to Lorain County Voters

Matthew Benenson, Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

Filed under Community News, Features, NEWS

Three candidates for the newly drawn Fourth Congressional District came to Oberlin on Tuesday for a debate hosted by the League of Women Voters of the Oberlin Area. With over 100 Lorain County residents and students in attendance, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, Democratic challenger Jim Slone and Libertarian challenger Chris Kalla sat down at First Church to talk to about their stances on the economy, education, health care and the environment. Andrew Young, editor of Elyria’s Chronicle Telegram, Roy Church, Lorain County Community College president, and Bruce Simonson, College Geology professor and League member, asked the questions. Following the prepared questions, Sharon Soucy, Oberlin City Council vice...

Oberlin Project Plans Green Downtown

Elizabeth Dobbins, Staff Writer

September 28, 2012

Filed under Campus News, Community News, Features, NEWS

“If you … fast-forward 10 or 20 or 30 years, given the way the economy works in the Rust Belt, [Oberlin] is going to be a pretty sad little town,” said David Orr, executive director of the Oberlin Project and professor of Environmental Studies and Politics. “It’s going to take extraordinary efforts to create a town that is sustainable [and] prosperous, … and I think that it is within our grasp to do that.” Orr’s outlook on Oberlin’s future may be unsettling, but his optimism creates space for the Oberlin Project. Though educational projects will hopefully build Oberlin’s resilience in the long term, the Oberlin Project is introducing concrete physical changes to the town in order to promote economic...

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