The Oberlin Review

News Brief: Hotel Lawsuit Settled

Sydney Allen, Production editor

April 22, 2016

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...

Local News Bulletin

April 15, 2016

Survivor Support Week Survivor Support Week is a series of events put on by College senior Amethyst Carey, College senior Zia Kandler, College junior Laura Shriver and College junior Lexie Bean. The week, April 11–16, is centered on healing for survivors of sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence. April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, and the students organizing the series found it important to provide educational resources that recognize the needs of survivors. Activities include support groups for survivors to discuss their experiences with others and panels where others share their stories of survival. Career Center to Conduct Needs Assessment The Career Center is conducting a nee...

News Brief: Gateway Center Opening Postponed

News Brief: Gateway Center Opening Postponed

April 8, 2016

The $35 million Peter B. Louis Gateway Convention Center opening date has been postponed yet again as it continues to undergo construction. The Hotel at Oberlin, as it will be known, has been the topic of much debate between the city and the College due to several permit issues that have twice pushed back the original opening date, which was supposed to be in January. An excavation permit for concrete pouring and an occupancy permit are still needed before the hotel is allowed to open. The College...

Local News Bulletin

April 8, 2016

County to Hold 14th Prescription Drug Turn-in Day Lorain County will hold its 14th prescription drug turn-in day on Saturday, April 30 at 16 law enforcement offices throughout the county. Residents can go to dispose of medications that have either expired or that they no longer use. The program also helps keep the medications from polluting the water supply or being sold on the street. No personal information will be asked of those who dispose of the drugs. Raimondo to Replace Estes in Interim Meredith Raimondo will serve as the College’s interim vice president and dean of students. She is currently the special assistant to the president for equity, inclusion and diversity and the Title IX coordinator. She...

Junior Billy Lennon lofts up the ball as he prepares to serve to his Denison University opponent. The Yeomen were defeated Saturday 4–5 by the visiting Big Red but were able to bounce back Sunday to defeat the New York University BobCats 5–4.

Men’s Tennis Splits Doubleheader

April 8, 2016

The men’s tennis team hosted a doubleheader last weekend, facing North Coast Athletic Conference rival the Denison University Big Red Saturday and a non-conference matchup against the New York University BobCats Sunday. The Yeomen fell 5–4 in the first match but rallied to take home a 5–4 victory on Sunday. Saturday kicked off with doubles action as sophomore Michael Drougas and junior Ian Paik easily beat Denison’s sophomore Jamie McDonald and first-year Blake Burstein 8–3 to take the...

Review Security Notebook

April 1, 2016

Thursday, March 24 8:09 p.m. Officers and the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Firelands Apartments. Smoke from cooking activated the alarm, which was then reset. Friday, March 25
 10:19 p.m. Officers and the Oberlin Police Department responded to a call regarding patrons fighting at the Oberlin Inn. All parties involved left the area prior to the officers’ arrival. 9:33 a.m. Facilities staff reported damage to the roof of Severance Hall. A roofing company discovered approximately 50 clay tiles damaged, estimating approximately $3,000 in repairs. Saturday, March 26 1:50 p.m. A student reported the theft of their bicycle from the south side of South Hall. The bike is black with purple handgrips ...

Singer-songwriter Safia Nolin sings songs from her debut album Limoilou with guitarist Joseph Marchand at the Cat in the Cream Monday. Her songs, written in French, focus on themes of depression and growing up in a working-
Matías Berretta
Staff Writer
Chair of the Creative Writing Program Kazim Ali began a poetry reading by Margaret Ross and Robin Beth Schaer on March 10 by asking those in attendance if they recognized the metrical pattern of the radiator’s rhythmic banging — a tro- chaic beat. This was a fitting observation, as both Ross and Schaer’s work draws on the rhythm of their experiences.
Shane McCrae, assistant professor of Creative Writing, giddily introduced Margaret Ross. McCrae confessed that when he met Ross at a workshop with Jorie Graham at Harvard University, he experienced the kind of jealousy a poet feels when they meet a 19-year-old who’s better than they were at the same age. McCrae lauded Ross as a genius, insist- ing that hers was the poetry of the future — unsurprising for those who’d received an email from McCrae a week earlier, titled “Genius is Coming,” in which the poet referred to Ross as the Sex Pistols before they became the Sex Pistols.
Staring straight ahead under the harsh white stage lights, Ross recited her poems from memory. Her performance was bone chilling, bordering on creepy, cold yet exhilarating. Ross’s facial ex- pressions showed her consideration for each word; her affectation was very much a part of her recitation.
Ross’s work rewards repeated engage- ment. On first read, its density may cause
one to gloss over moments of beauty, like in “A Timeshare”: “Yes though / if there’s such a thing as time at all I never saw it / move and if that’s so then what am I / So afraid of?” Although she may seem unfamiliar with the constructs of Earth, many of Ross’s poems are precise, fairly literal observations of the world through her eyes. For example, in “The Line,” she describes the play of light and shadow at dawn: “...Dawn / cuts out the trunk and drains its shadow.” Ross’s style is clear and severe. From the rich sensory details she provides, it’s clear that she is consistently observing the world around her with great detail. Her eye is a laser; even shifting shadows don’t escape its purview.
The delivery of Ross’s poems did not match how they looked on the page.
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Her performance was bone chilling, bordering on creepy, cold yet exhilerating.
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While her lines cut a harsher look on the paper, Ross followed the rhythm of the syntax, stringing her words together delicately.
Ross explained that she’s a slow writ- er. The subjects she writes about tend to marinate in her head for a long time before she puts them down on the page. The world she weaves in her poems,
which may be quite ordinary to her, re- mains a wonder for those who listen.
Ali introduced Robin Schaer by read- ing from Cesare Cassarino’s theory book Modernity at Sea: Melville, Marx, Conrad in Crisis, from which he drew the concep- tual framework of the “ship as society,” a hermetic space that serves as a micro- cosm for society at large. Ali explained that like Herman Melville, Schaer is not so much concerned with the epic or narrative as she is with the quotid- ian moments that make up our lives. Ali finished his introduction by pointing out that although the visiting poet’s sur- name could be taken to mean either “li- oness” or “poetry,” in Farsi, he felt a more accurate title for Schaer would be “Lion- ess of Poetry.”
Schaer’s performance was a smooth, lyrical story of exploration and its perils. Take “Middle Flight”: “In Brazil, a priest / hitched himself to a thousand balloons / and was gone. He must have whispered céu / as he climbed aloft (only in English are heaven / and sky different words).” Schaer’s use of language — deceptively simple and accessible — allows for the emergence of deeply engaging and com- plex narratives.
History also informs Schaer’s piec- es. In “Natural History,” written for the poet’s son, she writes, “There are seven white rhinos when you are born / A year later, six. I try to tally the animals van- ished in my lifetime / and lose count.”
Schaer is interested in exploring de-
struction not for the sake of spectacle, but in order to better understand and learn how to survive disaster. Schaer herself is no stranger to environmen- tal crisis. The poet was working as a
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While her lines cut a harsher look on the paper, Ross fol- lowed the rhythm of the syntax, stringing her words together delicately.
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deckhand aboard The Bounty, a 180- foot, fully-rigged ship, when it was lost at sea during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The captain and a fellow crewmember went down with the ship. Much of her acclaimed book, Shipbreaking, draws on this experience. For instance, her use of ‘we’ exclusively refers to the ship’s crew. She writes, “She was safer at sea / we were not safer at sea ... we were alive / we drowned ... we were never found.”
During the brief question and answer session, Schaer explained that when constructing her poems, the constraints of a metrical pattern offer a helpful frame- work because she only needs to focus on filling in the spaces. After writing her lines in meter, she breaks up the metrical pattern as she sees fit. The final result is a poem that flows from line to line, the ghost of meter ever-present in her work.
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Canadian Singer Serenades Cat

April 1, 2016

Singer-songwriter Safia Nolin opened her performance at the Cat in the Cream on Monday with “La Laideur,” from her debut album Limoilou. The song’s calming but somber chords resonated with Nolin’s lyrics well: “Toute seule, je m’en vais toute seule / Sans peur, j’avance sans peur / Mais j’ai menti parce qu’au fond / j’ai peur,” (All alone, I go alone / Without fear, I advance without fear / But I lied because in my heart / I’m scared), she sang. Such sentiments are charact...

The community-owned Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System plant generates and provides electric power to its 3,100 residential and commercial customers. Oberlin College is working toward its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025.

Faculty Look to Achieve Carbon Neutrality

March 11, 2016

With 20/20 hindsight, several major stakeholders in Oberlin College’s Environmental Policy Implementation Plan are working to find new ways to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025. The plan, which was adopted in November, calls for a number of implementation strategies including further integrating education on environmental issues into the College’s curriculum. Although a number of these strategies have been realized, those charged with implementing the plan are pushing for a more intentional...

Benjamin Shepherd, Photo Editor

Campus Accessibility Services Expand Outreach

March 11, 2016

The Office of Disability Services has implemented two new programs this semester to improve and publicize assistance available for students registered with the office. One of these new programs is Studying Independently Together, Tuesdays in Mudd library. “We have actually started this [within the last week] and are already getting a good response,” said Jane Boomer, director of the Office of Disability Services. Another program, held Thursdays in Stevenson Dining Hall, reserves a room...

Player Of The Week: Natalie Rauchle

Player Of The Week: Natalie Rauchle

March 11, 2016

Sophomore Natalie Rauchle charges at goal last Wednesday in the Yeowomen’s game against the visiting University of Mount Union. Rauchle earned North Coast Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week honors after her 10-point week. The Edina, MN, native recorded nine goals and one assist in the Yeowomen’s games against Baldwin Wallace University and Sewanee: The University of the South. This week Rauchle had three goals in Oberlin’s loss to the University of Mount Union, marking the fourth consecutive...

Review Security Notebook

March 4, 2016

Thursday, Feb. 25
 12:31 a.m. Safety and Security officers were requested to assist an intoxicated student outside of Wilder Hall. After officers spoke to the student, and the student was escorted to Barrows Hall for the night. 1:43 p.m. An officer on patrol observed an ambulance at Dascomb Hall. Officers met with paramedics who were called to assist an ill staff member. The individual was transported to Mercy Allen Hospital by ambulance. 4:40 p.m. Staff reported a vehicle accident in the west Service Building parking lot. The driver of a College vehicle was backing out and turned too short, accidentally hitting a dumpster. There were no injuries. 9:37 p.m. Safety and Security officers were requested to ...

Local News Bulletin

March 4, 2016

Annual Campaign to Fight Hunger Kicks Off On Feb. 29, the Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio launched its annual Harvest for Hunger Campaign. The food bank’s goal is to raise enough money and collect enough food to fund one million meals across Lorain, Erie, Crawford and Huron counties by April 9. The first event was held in Lorain and was set up by Tony Gallo, honorary chairman of the food bank and president of the Lorain County Chamber of Commerce. Contributions from local organizations and food drives run by schools, businesses and individual families are the main source of food for the bank. There are over 100 parties involved in the push for one million meals. Trump Campaign Goes Local ...

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