The Oberlin Review

Members of Oberlin’s #VotingIsSexy initiative gather to prepare for the March 17 Ohio presidential primary.

#VotingIsSexy Initiative Hopes to Engage Students

February 21, 2020

In light of a perceived lack of voter participation among Oberlin students, College fourth-year Eli Kirshner and others saw Ohio’s upcoming presidential primary on March 17 as an opportunity to start a #VotingIsSexy initiative on Oberlin’s campus. The #VotingIsSexy campaign started in fall 2018 at the University of Michigan. The project was spearheaded by Stephanie Rowden, associate professor at the Penny W. School of Art & Design, and several of her students. At both UM and Oberlin, #Voting...

In The Locker Room with Claudia Olaes, Sophomore Tennis Player and Former State Representative Candidate

March 8, 2019

College sophomore and Oberlin native Claudia Olaes is well known around campus. During her spring semester last year, she decided to take time off from Oberlin in order to run for state representative for District 56 in Ohio’s House of Representatives. Outspoken about her dissatisfaction with bureaucratic approaches in school districts, among other issues, Olaes’ campaign garnered a good deal of support from Oberlin students and community members. She came away with 22 percent of the vot...

A community member picks up their ballot at Tuesday’s primary election in Philips gym.

Issue 1, Joe Miller Sweep on Election Day

May 11, 2018

As the Ohio primary polls closed Tuesday evening, overall pivoting in numbers toward Republican candidates across the state, Oberlin’s District 56 came away with Rob Weber as the uncontested Republican state candidate and Joe Miller as the narrow winner among four Democratic state representative candidates. The ballot also showed that Issue 1, Ohio’s popularly discussed anti-gerrymandering bill, passed with a huge 75 percent approval. Miller’s platform focuses on addressing issues ranging fr...

Claudia Olaes delivers her valedictorian speech during the graduation of the Class of 2018 from nearby Oberlin High School in Oberlin, Ohio. Olaes, a College first-year, has taken a leave of absence to run for state representative in Ohio’s 56th District.

First-Year Looks to Transform Local Politics, Runs for District 56

April 6, 2018

While most Oberlin students are once again settling into campus life after spring break, College first-year Claudia Olaes is running for local office. A pre-med student minoring in Art and Politics, Olaes has taken academic leave this semester to run for the Ohio House of Representatives in District 56. The Democratic incumbent, Dan Ramos, is unable to run for re-election due to term limits, so the Lorain native is campaigning for a vacant seat against three Democrats and one Republican. Olaes may be young, ...

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