The Oberlin Review

Students Take in Election Results at ‘Sco Watch Party

Students Take in Election Results at ‘Sco Watch Party

November 9, 2018

College junior Ezra Andres-Tysch views the 2018 midterm elections at a watch party in the ’Sco. The election season brought a red wave to Ohio as the Governorship, Attorney General, and nearly every high-ranking state position went Republican, with the exception of Democrat Sherrod Brown for the U.S. Senate. In Ohio House District 4, Oberlin’s district, Democrat Janet Garrett lost for the third time to incumbent Republican Jim Jordan. Ohio also rejected Issue 1, which would have reduced drug ...

Voter Suppression Threatens Democracy

Ilana Foggle, Columnist

November 9, 2018

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

After more than a year of local and state politicians campaigning around the country, the midterm elections are finally over and the results are in. The much-discussed “blue wave” dominated in states like Nevada, Wisconsin, and Michigan, but failed to reach key races in Florida, Texas, Georgia — and Ohio. Regardless of whether or not you are pleased with Tuesday’s outcome, now is not the time to rest. The midterm election results show us a couple of things. First, there are many voters in key states who are discontent with the Republican Party and have mobilized to create change. This phenomenon was exemplified in Texas, where Democrats campaigned on both a state and national level for Representative Beto...

Scuffles Between Musicians and Politicians Highlight National Divide

Levi Dayan

November 9, 2018

Filed under ARTS, Arts, Music

Another election season means, as always, another round of politicians being told to stop using artists’ music without permission. Most recently, Pharrell Williams issued a cease and desist letter to President Trump after rally organizers used his song “Happy” at a campaign event in Indiana. In his letter to the president, Williams’ attorney Howard King denounced the song choice in the wake of October’s fatal shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. “There was nothing ‘happy’ about the tragedy inflicted upon our country on Saturday and no permission was granted for your use of this song for this purpose,” King wrote. The same week, after “Don’t Stop The Music” played at another rally, Rihanna...

Speak Up, Support Survivors, Vote in November

Ilana Foggle, Columnist

October 12, 2018

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Leading up to the midterm elections, Ilana Foggle will be writing articles for the Review about local candidates and issues to increase awareness of Oberlin and Ohio politics. Editor’s Note: This article contains mention of sexual assault, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, and victim-shaming. Meet Jim Jordan. Republican Jim Jordan has been the representative for Ohio’s 4th Congressional District since his election in 2006. In 2015, Jim Jordan founded the House Freedom Caucus, a group of the most active conservative and libertarian members of Congress. Since his election, Jim Jordan has voted against reauthorizing the Violence Against Women Act and funding enforcement of equal pay for women. He has voted to r...

Issue 11 Benefits All

Mary B. McKee, Oberlin Resident

October 12, 2018

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

After years of study and debate, the local school board, to its credit, has finally put the bond issue on the ballot to start building a single-campus school designed to meet the needs of our small but special district. Despite careful stewardship over the last 50 years, we cannot further extend the health and life of the four school buildings we currently struggle to heat, cool, and maintain — all built at a time when there were about twice as many students, all sitting (often sweating) in rows upon rows of desks trying to hear the teacher, see the chalkboard, and follow along in the textbook. Times change, and we must adapt. New teaching methods, pathways to learning, modern approaches to architecture, engineering,...

Voting Difficult for Off-Campus Students

Kevin Weidenbaum, Director of Client Services Emeritus

October 12, 2018

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

If you are a student registered to vote in Ohio and are living off-campus, you might encounter some difficulty when voting at your precinct’s location if you can’t provide the proper identification. Utility bills, bank statements, paychecks, and government documents are generally valid if they include the current street address where you are living (and registered) and are dated within the past year. If all your mail is directed to your OCMR number, then you have a problem. Please note that out-of-state driver’s licenses, passports, Oberlin College ID cards, leases, and Social Security cards are not adequate to receive a regular ballot. Students living off-campus received an email Sept. 25 from the Dean of Students...

Students Should Vote in Local Elections

Ezra Andres-Tysch, College Junior

October 12, 2018

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

I was deeply disturbed by “Oberlin Students Must Evaluate Their Place in Local Elections” by Opinions Editor Jackie Brant (The Oberlin Review, Oct. 5, 2018). She makes the case that students should not vote in Ohio for the midterm elections because — as part-time Ohioans — we cannot possibly understand the stakes or feel the repercussions of our vote. Brant illustrates her point in great detail using Issue 11, a complex education funding proposal that Oberlin residents and students can vote on this November, as a frame. Brant says Issue 11 is an example of how Oberlin students may overstep in the election, voting on a proposal that will not affect them but could be quite impactful to the full-time resident...

Unity, Cooperation, Community this Voting Season

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies

October 12, 2018

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

A week ago we celebrated the inauguration of Oberlin College’s 15th president, Carmen Twillie Ambar, the first Black and second female president. She wasted little time in her acceptance speech to remind us that over 180 years ago when it was legal to own slaves, Oberlin College’s founding fathers voted to be the first college to admit both women and Blacks. While today we might think that the vote was an easy unanimous one just for men to do the right thing, President Ambar underscored the fact that the Board of Trustees was actually split, requiring the chairman — Finney at the time — to break the tie. Nevertheless, Oberlin College did do what history commanded, and we can boast of our College’s long and...

Group Forms to Oppose Issue 11

Debbi Walsh, Members, Oberlin Concerned Citizens

October 12, 2018

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

We represent a growing group of residents who believe that the proposed new Oberlin City Schools building (Issue 11) is not in the best interest of the community. We have established a group called Oberlin Concerned Citizens to collectively express our views. If you are curious about our concerns and interested in alternative options to a new building, please visit oberlinconcernedcitizens.org. Melissa Ballard Lorrie Chmura Debbi Walsh Joan Webster Members, Oberlin Concerned Citizens

Oberlin Students Impact Local Politics

Saul Kester, Contributing Writer

October 12, 2018

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Barbara Turnbull lights up when she talks about Democratic candidate Janet Garrett. The third-year Oberlin College student, a communications fellow for the Janet Garrett for Congress campaign, believes in her candidate. It’s why she does the work, advertising events and photos on social media, as well as canvassing and phone banking, to elect Democrats up and down the ballot for the upcoming Nov. 6 midterm election. Conversely, Turnbull grimaces when she talks about Republican Jim Jordan, the incumbent Congressman for Ohio’s 4th congressional district, which includes Oberlin College. Jordan has been implicated in covering up sexual misconduct at Ohio State University in the 1980s, when he was working as an assistant...

Oberlin Students Must Evaluate Their Place in Local Elections

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

October 5, 2018

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

As critical midterm elections approach, Oberlin students need to again consider where and how we will vote. Many of us are transient residents both in Oberlin and Ohio more generally; thus, we need to think about what our role in these communities should be. Consider Issue 11, which will be on Oberlin’s ballot this November. It’s the first phase of a levy that would consolidate Oberlin City Schools into a single building by 2025, increasing the tax burden of many Oberlin homeowners. Because of its impact on local taxes, Issue 11 is highly controversial. Many Oberlin residents feel that their taxes are already too high, and that has driven people out of town in the past. A significant percentage of the city’s...

Understanding Kavanaugh’s Flawed Jesuit Education

Kameron Dunbar and Mattie Gittings

September 28, 2018

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Editor’s Note: This article contains discussion of sexual misconduct and sexual assault. The motto “Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam” — which translates to “to the greater glory of God” — is a beloved trademark of the Jesuit schooling experience. Fordham Preparatory School and the University of Detroit Jesuit High School & Academy, our respective alma maters, instilled in us this vision of living a life for others. Another graduate of an all-boys Jesuit school, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, is now a nominee for the Supreme Court. Watching the weeks of coverage culminating in yesterday’s hearing — where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford detailed how Kavanaugh, in the midst of his Jesuit education, assaulted her, has be...

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