The Oberlin Review

Eulogy for ObieHub, Democracy As We Know It

Madi Mettenburg, Production Editor

March 30, 2018

Today and all days after this, we mourn the death of ObieHub. Tragically struck down too young by the cold, unfeeling hand of the oppressors, our fallen son was far more than a candidate in a CIT PRESTO-renaming competition. ObieHub was the hero we needed in a time of chaos and distrust, chosen to lead our school as a symbol of hope, resilience, and pornography. But first, let us celebrate its life; I began chronicling the journey of ObieHub in the op-ed “ObieHub Rams Expectations Hard” (March 2, 2018, The Oberlin Review). Here, I outlined our hero’s origins as an administration-chosen name, appearing to us after an earlier poll was sent out requesting the help of students in renaming PRESTO. Though many of thi...

ObieHub Rams Expectations Hard

Madisyn Mettenburg, Production Editor

March 2, 2018

To anyone disillusioned with democracy — which is to say, anyone who has been keeping up with even a fraction of the hellstorm coming out of Washington — the Oberlin College administration’s decision to let the people pick a name for the new student website may have seemed fraught. PRESTO, Oberlin’s beloved, clunky mess of a registration website, was certainly due for an upgrade. Its preferred browser was Internet Explorer, and without the student-made class directory called OPrestissmo, it was nearly impossible to navigate. In keeping with Oberlin aesthetics, PRESTO’s longevity may have stemmed from its cool factor of being so useless and obsolete — vintage, if you will — but regardless, it was time f...

Gar Alperovitz, Historian and Professor of Political Economy Oberlin

Gar Alperovitz, Historian and Professor of Political Economy Oberlin

November 17, 2017

Gar Alperovitz came to Oberlin as one of the speakers in The State of American Democracy: A National Conversation, a three-day, non-partisan discussion about the state of democracy in the U.S. The conference examines how the U.S. ended up in its current polarized state, and how we can bolster the resilience, fairness, and stability of our democratic institutions. Alperovitz is a historian, political economist, activist, writer, and former government official. He was the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of...

Civic Participation

Civic Participation

February 10, 2017

Ariel Miller

Two-Party System Denies Voters Choice

Russell Jaffe, Contributing Writer

October 28, 2016

When my father was driving my brother and me back from one of our winter club hockey games when I was a kid, he asked us to vote on where we should stop for dinner. My brother and I — still young enough to enjoy vast quantities of fast food without feeling sick — instantly agreed on Burger King. However, my father, despising the chain, shook his head and took us to a diner after explaining that our votes didn’t count unless we lived in a swing state. In retrospect, this was my first real lesson in the American electoral process. Naturally, my brother and I were upset to see our majority vote ignored, but my father had just taught us an important truth that no patriotic middle school would ever dare admit: American...

Just Ask Us: Revolutionary Voting Practices

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz, Columnists

April 10, 2015

Welcome to another week of “Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya” with Jolie and Mike. We know you’ve been missing us, but get used to it, because we’re getting ready to leave The Oberlin Review and go out on our own as an independent premiere newspaper in Detroit. You can catch us there this time next year. Speaking of Detroit, Mike is a finalist for a Challenge Detroit Fellowship (yes, that’s right, our very own Mike Plotz is a finalist for the most prestigious post-grad opportunity of all time. You might have heard it referred to as the “New Rhodes”). To make it to the next round, Mike needs to garner a certain number of votes, so we’ve thought a lot about voting and formed some opinions. We believe that v...

Voting Measures Further Disenfranchise Minorities

Editorial Board

October 10, 2014

In a three-sentence order handed down last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court further disenfranchised Ohio’s minority voters by upholding sweeping new limitations on the state’s early voting period. The order, a temporary stay granted by the Court’s conservative majority which suspends two lower court rulings, upheld Republican-backed voting restrictions signed into law by Governor John Kasich in February. The law specifically eliminated the early in-person voting period known as “Golden Week,” during which Ohio residents could register to vote and cast early ballots on the same day. These restrictions coincide with further measures enacted by Secretary of State Jon Husted just days later, which slashed Sundays...

Climate Marches Necessary to Spark Democratic Action

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer

September 26, 2014

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon graced the public spotlight last Sunday as images emerged of him proudly sporting a U.N. baseball cap and a graphic T-shirt that read, “I’m for Climate Action.” Next to him stood New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Vice President Al Gore and primatologist Jane Goodall, who was toting her trusty toy monkey mascot. The event bringing such a group of esteemed individuals together? The People’s Climate March, at which an estimated 310,000 people gathered in New York City to demand immediate action on climate change issues. The march, organized to coincide with the U.N. Climate Change Summit, was planned with great goals in mind. With the march now behind us,...

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