The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Schools Well-Prepared for Start of Online Classes

Langston Middle School reminds students of COVID-19 safety precautions as virtual learning commences this week.

Gigi Ewing, News Editor

September 9, 2020

Oberlin City Schools are welcoming students back to virtual classes this week as the school district reopens remotely. The district’s plan has all grades operating fully online until Nov. 6, when they will reassess next steps. OCS will provide technological support for families in need.  When OCS...

Suspect in Custody Following Aggravated Robbery at Subway

Surveillance footage shows last Wednesday’s Subway restaurant robbery. Suspect Jonathan Hughes was taken into custody last Friday.

Katherine MacPhail, Editor-in-Chief

September 9, 2020

A man stole roughly $40 from the downtown Oberlin Subway last Wednesday night. Police took 25-year-old suspect Jonathan Hughes into custody within 48 hours of the incident. He is currently being held at the Lorain County Jail on a $50,000 bond for aggravated robbery — a first-degree felony.  Sub...

Student-Led COMA Fund Provides Support for Obies in Need

The Coronavirus Oberlin Mutual Aid Fund logo.

Olive Hwang, Production Editor

September 9, 2020

The Coronavirus Oberlin Mutual Aid Fund, a student-led initiative to assist low-income and first-generation Obies during the pandemic, has raised $45,000 of its $60,000 goal. In the two months since its inception this June, the project has seen an outpouring of community support. COMA will supplement t...

College and UAW Reach Severance Agreement, UAW Drops Labor Charge

A socially-distanced parade lined up on Aug. 15 to say goodbye to all workers who were laid off due to outsourcing of custodial and dining services.

Anisa Curry Vietze, Editor-in-Chief

September 4, 2020

After negotiating the post-employment terms for outsourcing 108 dining and custodial employees, the College and the United Auto Workers union have settled on a transition agreement that includes three months severance pay and one year of health insurance. Additionally, the UAW has dropped the charge ...

College Works to Return Lost Items to Students

Fall semester students can visit the Williams Field House to search for their belongings among unmarked boxes.  Many items have yet to find their homes following student's abrupt departure from campus last March due to the spread of COVID-19.

Alexa Stevens, Production Editor

September 4, 2020

Some students who left boxes of personal items in their rooms during the rushed move-out last spring returned to campus to find that many of their belongings were missing, misplaced, or damaged. During the next two to three weeks, staff members hope to reunite students with their items, but some stud...

ObieReal Seeks to Provide Realistic COVID-19 Guidance for Student Life

Senate’s ObieReal campaign gives guidance on student life during COVID-19, including the formation of pods.

Arman Luczkow, Production Editor

September 4, 2020

A new Student Senate campaign, ObieReal, aims to help students living on campus reduce the spread of COVID-19. Earlier this summer, the College introduced the ObieSafe program, which outlines regulations for limiting the spread of COVID-19 among Oberlin students, staff, and faculty. Recognizing that s...

Amid Travel Restrictions, 139 International Students Study Remotely

Gigi Ewing, News Editor

September 4, 2020

Many international students have been unable to travel to the U.S. to continue their education on Oberlin’s campus this fall. Of the 317 people with F-1 student visas enrolled in the fall semester, 139 are studying remotely. For international students who stayed in the country through the break — o...

Local Businesses Anticipate Student Patronage After Challenging Summer

Patrons order coffee at Slow Train Cafe, which is currently open for socially-distanced walk-through service.

Kushagra Kar, Opinions Editor

September 4, 2020

After downtown businesses suffered a slow summer of canceled events, College programming, and a state-wide stay-at-home order, the arrival of students this past week brings financial hope to some. However, College students’ return also prompts concerns about COVID-19 spread.  “It’s a twofol...

A Strong Year for Admissions Despite Uncertainty

Ella Moxley, News Editor

September 4, 2020

Despite the challenges that universities around the country have faced regarding depressed enrollment levels for incoming classes, Oberlin has had a successful year recruiting and enrolling new students.  The beginnings of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. aligned closely with the timing of admis...

Students and Faculty Work to Ensure Safe and Accessible Voting

College fourth-year Daniel Fleischer receives his absentee ballot in the mail. The College encourages all students to consider absentee voting this fall.

Ella Moxley, News Editor

September 4, 2020

For remote and unenrolled students who wish to cast their ballots in Ohio, and for anyone who hopes to avoid long lines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, absentee voting is the way to go this year. Therefore, many local advocates have refocused their efforts on helping students navigate the often-confusing pr...

Orientation, First Week of Classes Go Remote Due to Test Processing Delays

College students stand in a socially-distanced line to enter Stevenson Dining Hall. Scheduled visits to a dining hall are the only time students are permitted to leave their dorm room until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result.

Katherine MacPhail, Editor-in-Chief

August 28, 2020

Some students who arrive on campus this week are quarantining for longer than expected while they await their COVID-19 test results. Tempus, the Chicago-based company that processes the College’s tests, originally promised to deliver test results within 24–48 hours but is experiencing delays due ...

Conservatory Hosts a Summer of Remote Programming

For the culmination of their summer program, six Oberlin Organ Academy students played across the country in a Virtual Student Concert. The Organ Academy — which typically takes place on campus — was offered remotely this year due to the spread of COVID-19.

Drew Dansby, Production Editor

August 5, 2020

Oberlin’s Conservatory — which typically offers a range of workshops, camps, and other programming on campus each summer — did not host any students in-person this year due to the spread of COVID-19. While several programs were cancelled altogether, others moved to online to preserve opportuni...

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