The Oberlin Review

Dear Senator Sherrod Brown, Please Run

Ilana Foggle, Columnist

November 30, 2018

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The time has come for politicians all over the country to decide whether or not they will be running for president in 2020. The process is starting now, before candidates officially declare their candidacy, so they can put together presidential exploratory committees, build campaign teams, and start hitting the campaign trail. People like Senators Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, and Elizabeth Warren, as well as former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, have already begun the process of declaring their candidacy. However, there is one person who is missing from this robust list of qualified candidates: Senator Sherrod Brown. Unlike many of my past articles, this article is not a call-to-action for Oberlin...

Voting Difficult for Off-Campus Students

Kevin Weidenbaum, Director of Client Services Emeritus

October 12, 2018

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

If you are a student registered to vote in Ohio and are living off-campus, you might encounter some difficulty when voting at your precinct’s location if you can’t provide the proper identification. Utility bills, bank statements, paychecks, and government documents are generally valid if they include the current street address where you are living (and registered) and are dated within the past year. If all your mail is directed to your OCMR number, then you have a problem. Please note that out-of-state driver’s licenses, passports, Oberlin College ID cards, leases, and Social Security cards are not adequate to receive a regular ballot. Students living off-campus received an email Sept. 25 from the Dean of Students...

Oberlin Students Must Evaluate Their Place in Local Elections

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

October 5, 2018

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

As critical midterm elections approach, Oberlin students need to again consider where and how we will vote. Many of us are transient residents both in Oberlin and Ohio more generally; thus, we need to think about what our role in these communities should be. Consider Issue 11, which will be on Oberlin’s ballot this November. It’s the first phase of a levy that would consolidate Oberlin City Schools into a single building by 2025, increasing the tax burden of many Oberlin homeowners. Because of its impact on local taxes, Issue 11 is highly controversial. Many Oberlin residents feel that their taxes are already too high, and that has driven people out of town in the past. A significant percentage of the city’s...

Leona Grigsby Finds Excellent Candidate in Charlita Anderson White

Leona Grigsby

March 30, 2018

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Magistrate Charlita Anderson White is a glowing example of professionalism, intuition, and legal knowledge. She is the only candidate with 19 years as a domestic relations court jurist. I met her almost 20 years ago while I was assigned to her courtroom to interpret for Deaf participants. Her patience, fairness, knowledge of the law, and her compassion impressed me. I always felt privileged to be assigned to her courtroom. She has a wonderful way of reassuring Court participants. Children, parents, lawyers, and witnesses have been confident that they are safe and their rights have been being protected for over 19 years. She has presided over trials, pre-trials, motion hearings, and many other procee...

Committee Forms to Begin Presidential Search

Louis Krauss, News Editor

October 28, 2016

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS, Recent Stories

The College will soon finalize the members of the Presidential Search Committee, which will eventually select the replacement for current President Marvin Krislov. After announcing the six trustees on the committee Oct. 10, elections were held for five additional representatives, one from each group — students, College faculty, Conservatory faculty, Administrative and Professional Staff and alumni. These elections will pick a slate of three nominees who will then interview with the six trustees to determine a finalist. Elections for non-student representatives are ending today. Unlike the four other groups, student nominees will not be chosen by a general election. Instead, Student Senate decided to send...

Student Senate Election Statements

Student Senate

February 12, 2016

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Ailing “Eileen” Cao College sophomore Endorsed by the International Student Association and the Chinese Students Association I am Ailing Cao, and my friends call me Eileen. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I come from Shanghai, China. I am a sophomore interested in comparative politics. I’ve been involved in the Chinese Students Association and the International Student Organization. I eat in Pyle Co-op and have just been elected as a food buyer for the co-op. I want to be a Senator because I want to create a direct channel for international students to communicate with the Student Senate and the College. In the future, I plan to gather more reliable information about the needs of all international students at ...

Iowa Caucuses Reveal Flaws in Archaic Primary Election System

Sean Para, Columnist

February 5, 2016

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This week’s Iowa caucus began the 2016 presidential campaign in earnest. The media has reported on the various candidates’ every move and turn of phrase. The results promise a tough campaign for the candidacy of both parties. Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders by 0.3 percent of the vote, meaning that the two politicians will likely have a state-by-state duel in the coming months, a far cry from the bloodless nomination that former Secretary of State Clinton expected to obtain when she announced her candidacy. The Republican field remains scattered, with Ted Cruz narrowly winning the caucus with 27.6 percent of the vote, followed by Donald Trump and Marco Rubio with 24.3 percent and 23.1 percent of the vote respec...

Informed Opinion Necessary for Election Voting

David Ashenhurst, Oberlin resident

October 30, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: All elections matter. Even-year, odd-year, primary, general. Presidential, statewide and local. Issues and candidates ( for every office), every time. All elections matter — every one — no exceptions. Many of you are preparing to cast your ballots on three very important statewide issues; when you go to the polls on Tuesday, please stay long enough to vote in every contest about which you have an informed opinion. And if you don’t yet have informed opinions, please spend some time this weekend acquiring them. Oberlin has 14 candidates, six incumbents and eight challengers, for seven City Council seats. (Two incumbents for Oberlin City School Board are running without opposition.) I’...

Personal Agendas Should Not Interfere with City Council Governance

Richard McDaniel, Oberlin resident

October 30, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: When members of the Oberlin College community and the town community at large go to the polls on Nov. 3 to elect our Oberlin City Council, we should all bear in mind the unnecessary distractions and deep divide in city government caused earlier this year by a dysfunctional group of four Council members. This quartet attacked an outstanding city manager and his administration based solely upon what many, myself included, adjudged to be no more than petty personal agendas and grudges. They denied the community all manner of transparency in their doings by repeatedly refusing to participate in public sessions to discuss their problems. Their individual and collective actions were inappropriate, irresponsi...

Oberlin Will Benefit from Slocum’s Commitment to Democracy

Jaqui Willis, Oberlin resident

October 30, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I am writing in support of Linda Slocum, candidate for Oberlin City Council. Mrs. Slocum has been involved in many facets of the Oberlin community.  She is aware of the problems we as a community face. Her background experiences of organizing the League of Women Voters has led her to listen to citizens, gather information on all sides of an issue and then formulate workable policy. Please vote for my friend and colleague Linda Slocum. – Jaqui Willis Oberlin resident  

Students Need to Vote in Local Elections

John Petersen, OC '88 and Paul Sears Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology

October 30, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: This Tuesday, registered Ohio voters will cast their ballots. Oberlin College students often ask themselves, “Is it appropriate for me to vote on local issues?” This is a complex question that students must answer for themselves. While any town with a college inevitably experiences some degree of town-gown friction, the reality is that positive collaboration between students and other community members has dominated city and College relationships since both were collectively founded in 1833. In recent years, students, faculty, staff and townspeople have worked closely together to address the question of how a city and college in the Rust Belt might collaborate to build a vibrant and resilient ec...

Student Vote Critical for REC Investment Decision

Carl McDaniel, OC ’64, Visiting Professor, Oberlin City Public Utilities Commissioner

October 30, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: A major issue of concern to Oberlin students is now before City Council: what to do with several million dollars earned from exchanging renewable energy credits. A bit of history is informative. In 2008, four newly-elected Council members, elected in part because of student votes, caused the city to reverse the action of the previous Council that had committed the city to a 50-year contract guaranteeing continued reliance on coal-based electricity. Council’s action then not only switched Oberlin’s dependence on coal to “green” sources of electricity but also earned the city many RECs. Three incumbent candidates running for City Council today — Soucy, Broadwell, Rimbert — voted then ...

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