The Oberlin Review

DeCafé Should Strive to Be Like OSCA

Aliza Weidenbaum, Oberlin Resident

February 14, 2020

 Contrast the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association and DeCafé. Which one pumps more throwaway packaging into the world? Which one has employees whose positions could be cut to save the College money? Which one makes you stand in line and think about money every time you want another little bit of food?  You’re in college — a college you applied to and got accepted to. You’re paying tuition. You’re paying for your dorms. The College wants you to feel nourished. So they should provide food in bulk, 24-hour access ways. Skip the capitalist itemization. Skip the wasteful individualized packaging. Skip the materialist excesses of long-distance luxury items. Oh yeah, this will end up looking more like O...

The preliminary site plan for a new shopping center at the intersection of Ohio State Route 58 and U.S. Route 20 in Oberlin. City Council voted to rezone the land for commercial development at its last public hearing.

City Council Rezones Land for Potential Retail Center

December 13, 2019

Last week, Oberlin City Council voted 7–0 to rezone land at the intersection of Ohio State Route 58 and U.S. Route 20, opening up the plot to be developed into a shopping center by the Carnegie Management and Development Corporation. The vote followed a public hearing, which many community members who spoke against the possibility of a new commercial building. Residents’ concerns mirrored those raised at two previous meetings on the topic, and included how these plans might contradict the cit...

Letters to the Editors: Issue 11

Laura Slocum, Amy (Pechaitis) Burgess, Chris M. Mason, Jim Walsh, Debbi Walsh, John Elder, Michele Andrews, Robin Diedrick, Judith Poirson, Monica Smith, and Aliza Weidenbaum

November 2, 2018

In Favor While discussion continues about Issue 11, we must remember that we are part of a strong and diverse committee, including many parents of school-aged children who are tired of commonplace argument and committed to action. In this day and age we know that family, school, and community influences on student achievement are great, and that the environmental quality of schools affects educational performance. Study after study demonstrates that facilities themselves have an impact on things such as student behavior, grades, teacher retention, and community satisfaction. Some may think that retrofitting current buildings for present use is the answer. We have done our homework and find the more prudent invest...

Ohio Residents Should Consider Whaley for Governor

Aliza Weidenbaum, Oberlin Resident

November 10, 2017

To the Editors: Of all the candidates running for Ohio Governor, Nan Whaley is my favorite. I see something refreshing — presidential — in her. She brings experience as the Mayor of Dayton, moral clarity, and a spark of youth. She has a knack for facilitating help that’s both speedy and systemic. She has helped lots of homeless veterans find permanent housing, many kids get better pre-K education, thousands of people get mentors, mentors get training, and lots of new Dayton residents feel welcomed, supported, and encouraged to start businesses. When Nan Whaley sees a problem, she responds as a governor should. Nan Whaley will be in Oberlin soon — Nov. 13, the Monday following Oberlin’s local elections. Mar...

We Should Question the Term ‘Low-Income Student’

Aliza Weidenbaum, Oberlin resident

February 5, 2016

To the Editors: Certainly, it makes sense to provide immediate money for student necessities — from travel tickets for international study to cash for Oberlin Winter Term groceries. Since no student can control the womb nor circumstances from which they come, let’s think twice before using the term “low-income students.” No student is three-fifths of a human being, as slaves were once considered. Let’s continue to reject the notion that children and young adults be classified by family financial status. Let’s continue to reject notions of financial segregation. Let’s not feed immoral ideas; let’s feed the language of equality and the language of human wholeness. This moral principle should drive ...

Please Don’t Feed the Pipelines

Aliza Weidenbaum, Oberlin resident

December 11, 2015

To the Editors: As someone fully opposed to fossil fuel pipelines, I am thrilled that the city of Oberlin is able to engage the help of such an experienced attorney as Carolyn Elefant in litigating to prevent pipelines (not merely rerouting them). We need all the help that we can get. What still needs editorial focus is that Oberlin College built a new gas plant — yes, a new fossil gas-burning — when it can be expected to know better. It is precisely new gas plants — like Oberlin College’s — that “demand” gas from pipelines. Please don’t feed the pipelines. Consider Ball State University in Indiana — much less famous than Oberlin and much bigger, with around 21,000 students — which fac...

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