Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

City Council Candidates Prepare for Election

Sydney Allen, Alex Davies, and Jack Rockwell

October 6, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS

Oberlin City Council elections are coming up next month, and with eight candidates vying for seven seats, local campaigning is in full swing. Five of the candidates are incumbents, two have served on Council before, and one is a new candidate. Every two years, the city holds elections for all seven council seats. The Review sat down with some candidates to discuss their campaigns, experience, and hopes for Oberlin before the Nov. 7 election. Council President Bryan Burgess, Vice President Sharon Pearson, and councilmembers Ronnie Rimbert, Kelley Singleton, and Linda Slocum will each be running as incumbents. William Jindra and Kristin Peterson, who have each served on council before, are also running. Heather Adelman will...

Election Day Rattles Oberlin as Trump Prevails

Election Day Rattles Oberlin as Trump Prevails

November 11, 2016

Waves of fear and shock spread across campus Tuesday night as an unlikely reality set in: Donald Trump is going to be America’s next president. More than 300 students attended the ‘Sco’s election watch party, many of whom sat in tearful silence with head in hands as Trump won every crucial battleground state. Crowds in the ’Sco and Azariah’s mustered occasional cheers when Hillary Clinton took brief leads, but the events eventually ended with students returning home distraught, some loudly co...

Republicans Dominate Down the Ticket in Ohio

Jack Brewster, Staff Writer

November 11, 2016

Filed under Community News, NEWS

Donald Trump overwhelmingly won Ohio and edged out Hillary Clinton in Lorain County, but he was not the only Republican candidate in the state and county to claim victory on Tuesday. Senator Rob Portman and Representative Jim Jordan, both Republicans, were re-elected to the Senate and the House of Representatives for Ohio’s fourth district, respectively. Dan Ramos, a Democrat, was re-elected as state representative to Ohio’s 56th district, which includes Oberlin. Portman declared victory early Tuesday night and finished more than one million votes ahead of his opponent, Democrat Ted Strickland. In Lorain County, Portman defeated Strickland by more than 17,000 votes, garnering 53.8 percent of the vote compared to S...

Campaigns Vie for Lorain Votes

Campaigns Vie for Lorain Votes

October 28, 2016

As a battleground county in a swing state, Lorain County will play a critical role in the bitter struggle to decide the next president Nov. 8. Both the Republican and Democratic campaigns have headquarters downtown in the City of Lorain, in addition to a Hillary for Ohio base here in Oberlin. On Thursday afternoon, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine spoke at a rally in Lorain High School. "You guys are more than a battleground, you’re a checkmate state," Kaine was qu...

Student Senate Candidate Statements

September 3, 2016

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

The Oberlin Review does not endorse any candidate in the upcoming Student Senate election. According to an Aug. 28 email from Student Senate, there are nine of fifteen positions open for the upcoming year. The ballot will be sent to the student body by 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4 and will remain open until 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.  Jack Brewster College junior Throughout my three years at Oberlin, I have not only committed myself to being a diligent student; I have also taken advantage of the many programs and organizations that Oberlin offers. I am a member of the varsity baseball team. I work for PRSM (Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct), a program that educates students and faculty on how t...

Issue 3 Flops in Election Day Turnaround

Issue 3 Flops in Election Day Turnaround

November 6, 2015

After the proposed legalization policy went up in smoke, many Ohioans were left wondering why the pro-marijuana support had seemingly vaporized behind the polls. The push for marijuana legalization, which previously accrued 90 percent approval from those vying for medical marijuana and 53 percent from recreational cannabis supporters, was shot down by 64.1 percent of voters last Tuesday. Issue 3 flopped after the language of Issue 2, an initiative fast-tracked to counteract the legalization amendment,...

Marijuana Legislation Must Account for Racial Injustice

Editorial Board

November 6, 2015

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

With an almost two-to-one ratio vote on Issue 3, Ohio did not legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday. By a much smaller margin, Issue 2 passed. The state-sponsored Issue 2 was a direct response to ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana legalization proposal, which would have created an oligopoly of 25 total investors in 10 proposed growing plots, concentrating the revenue from legalization in their already-wealthy hands. A recent poll from Quinnipiac University showed a 53 percent approval rate for recreational marijuana and a 90 percent approval rate for medicinal marijuana. Yet Issue 3 may not have passed because many voters were concerned that Black and other minority communities affected most by the drug war and criminalization...

Green Energy Credits Should Be Spent Investing in Future

Charles Peterson, Oberlin resident

October 30, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The Oct. 19 City Council work session [on] Oberlin’s Renewable Energy Credits was a clear demonstration of the differences in vision among Oberlin’s City Council. The issue at hand is what to do with the hundreds of thousands of dollars in green energy credits earned by the city. This was a policy started in earnest in 2007 with City Council’s decision to sell RECs. This initiative is designed to generate revenue to contribute to the expansion of Oberlin’s sustainable energy initiative as members of the Clinton Climate Initiative. Before the Council is a proposal presented by the staff of Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System for a “rebate” back to the average citizen of, at this coun...

Slocum’s Leadership Experience Will Translate to City Council

John and Linda Gates, Oberlin residents

October 30, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The commitment, skills and leadership experience that Linda Slocum brings to her candidacy for the office of City Council member equip her in unparallelled ways to represent the citizens of Oberlin and to work with a team of leaders to execute effective decision-making that will benefit the Oberlin community. Linda’s years of dedicated leadership in the League of Women Voters exemplify her belief in fostering an informed and participatory democracy. She values studying complex issues, and she is committed to learning, listening and working to bring consensus among people with varying ideas. Linda’s shared leadership in the Interfaith Hospitality Network demonstrates her ability to organize and wo...

Student Senate Election Statements

Student Senate

September 18, 2015

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Student Senate elections are live until 11:59 p.m. today. The ballot link was sent via email to the student body on Monday, Sept. 14. Elijah Aladin Obies, I am a dedicated and ambitious first-year student with high hopes to bring change to Oberlin. My vision, if elected to the Student Senate, is to ease the transition for incoming students by improving the effectiveness of existing facilities. During orientation, for example, I heard whispers about frequent nervous breakdowns and mental health issues, yet there was little information about the resources available to help with these issues. I discovered that, while we have a health center, it’s separated from most of the campus! This should better publiciz...

OFD Requests Support of Charter Amendment 27

Dennis Kim, Oberlin Fire Department

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: On behalf of your Oberlin firefighters, we respectfully ask for your support for Charter Amendment 27, an amendment to Section XIX of the City of Oberlin Charter that will be presented on the Nov. 4 election ballot. This proposed change was submitted on behalf of the fire department, as it would authorize Oberlin City Council to consider the hiring of your part-time firefighters through the unclassified service rather than the current classified service used by Civil Service. Your part-time firefighters are the essential core of the city’s ability to provide fire and rescue service to the community. It is their professional service that assures that the department can accommodate our community’s...

School Board Asks for Vote on Issue 3

Barry Richard, President, Oberlin School Board

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: At its July 15, 2014 meeting, the Oberlin School Board voted to place a one mill continuing permanent improvement levy, Issue 3, on the Nov. 4 ballot. If approved, this millage amount will generate approximately $182,000 in additional yearly revenue for the district. The estimated cost on a $100,000 home is approximately $3 per month, or $36 per year. These monies can only be used for expenses that have a life of five years or more (e.g. roof, boiler, doors, textbooks, band and orchestra equipment, sidewalks, parking lots, furniture, etc.). The reasons for this request are as follows: (1) The cost of maintaining our buildings has exceeded the amount collected by our current PI funds for the last...

Established 1874.