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The Oberlin Review

Court Rules Against Construction in Ohio City, Gives Oberlin Hope

Eliza Guinn, Production Editor

December 1, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Construction on the NEXUS pipeline halted in the Northeast Ohio city of Green after the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals voted in a 2–1 decision to block the company from building within city limits. Members of Oberlin City Council and Students for Energy Justice, an organization at the College, are continuing work to raise awareness and protesting with hopes of achieving the same result. Green spent $350,000 of the city’s annual budget of $32 million fighting the pipeline’s construction. Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer claims he opposed the plan since he was hired more than two years ago, and this court ruling provides a reprieve — likely of several months — before any further arguments or court actions ensu...

City Council Rejects NEXUS Offer For Easement

City Council Rejects NEXUS Offer For Easement

November 3, 2017

City Council held an emergency meeting Saturday, deciding to reject a $3,500 offer from NEXUS for means of access. The offer would have given NEXUS the legal right to use city property without owning it, granting the company the ability to begin building its pipeline. The Oberlin Community Bill of Rights, which was created in 2013, prohibits the creation of infrastructure relating to fracking in the city. City Councilmember Bryan Burgess added that the city also does not have authorization to...

2017 Candidates and Issues: Heather Adelman, Bryan Burgess, Sharon Pearson, and Linda Slocum

Charles Peterson, Associate Professor of Africana Studies

October 27, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I am writing this letter in support of the candidacies of Heather Adelman, Sharon Pearson, Linda Slocum, and Bryan Burgess for Oberlin City Council. I fortunately have some experience in Oberlin politics, and can honestly say it is at its most effective and most true to the character of the community when it surges forward. Adelman, Pearson, Slocum, and Burgess have shown an investment in new ideas, policies, and directions that open up the lungs of Oberlin, allowing the city to breathe in new opportunities. Every element of their broad, varied, and deep experiences feeds their service and commitment to the rich possibilities of our community. Whether in the areas of sustainable environmental policy, progr...

Student Input Necessary to Avoid Finger Pointing

Editorial Board

April 28, 2017

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Following last week’s tuition hikes, the sentiment bears repeating: The administration needs to include students in conversations about major institutional decisions, financial or otherwise. The scenario played out much like similar situations often have in the past. Behind closed doors, administrators privately pivoted in favor of a 2.8-percent tuition hike and higher flat-rate housing and dining costs under the guise of “improving equity.” Students protested, organized events and held meetings about where to go from here as constituents in an institution without adequate representation. Administrators sent emails. And more emails. The justifications for these hikes have largely fallen flat on a student...

City Resolution Counters ‘Guns Everywhere’ Bill

Eliza Guinn

April 15, 2016

Filed under Community News, NEWS

Oberlin City Council fired a warning shot past the Ohio House of Representatives April 4 when they released a resolution opposing House Bill 48. The resolution cited Oberlin’s Bill of Rights and the powers it grants the council to exercise home-rule and self-governance. “The prohibition of the ability of municipalities to determine where a person may carry a concealed handgun within those municipalities has undermined a sense of safety within those communities and has contributed to the accidental injuries to and deaths of innocent persons,” the resolution states. The “Guns Everywhere” Bill, sponsored by Representative Ron Maag, would expand the areas where permit holders could carry concealed guns to...

GovHR to Take Control of City Manager Search

Vergil Demery

February 26, 2016

Filed under Community News, NEWS

Oberlin City Council agreed last week to hire GovHR USA to assist in its search for a permanent city manager. GovHR, a corporate firm based in Northbrook, IL, was chosen over three other applicants to help vet candidates for the position. City Council Member Kelley Singleton cited GovHR’s experience in college towns, specifically Williamstown, MA, and the number of women it employs as reasons for choosing the company. The consulting firm has assisted with similar searches in cities across 22 states. For example, in November of last year GovHR facilitated the hiring of a replacement city manager in Ferguson, MO, after protests and government intervention following the police shooting of Michael Brown. City Council...

Oberlin’s Future Reliant on Changing Status Quo

Bryan Burgess, Councilman

October 30, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Oberlin has a wonderfully diverse citizenry, and that diversity has been well represented on City Council during my tenure. Members of Council come from an array of backgrounds but work together for a common purpose — the betterment of the Oberlin community. Although we sometimes have differing views, I believe that is preferable to unanimity in groupthink. We have experienced a paradigm shift in terms of the economy, energy and politics such that the previous approaches will only serve to exacerbate our problems. Old Oberlin appreciated sprawl development, relied upon an expanding economy, expected plentiful cheap energy and maintained a general satisfaction with the status quo. This is still a pe...

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