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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 ...

Mending Town-Gown Divide Begins with Council Elections

Sam Price, Contributing Writer

October 30, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

While at Oberlin, I have met students who are extremely passionate about issues concerning social justice and grassroots activism. People regularly attend meetings, rally against discrimination that occurs on campus and post passionate statements online. Yet when I attended the Oberlin Community Candidates Night on Monday, Oct. 26, I was baffled by the lack of Oberlin students present. After the candidates answered various questions, I talked to community members and handed out fliers to promote a project that other Oberlin students and I created: a series of environmentally-based auditory interviews with City Council candidates. The purpose of these interviews is to help the Oberlin community become aware of the various pos...

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...

Just Ask Us: Revolutionary Voting Practices

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz, Columnists

April 10, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

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...

Jeb Bush Nomination Will Foster GOP Inclusivity

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist

February 6, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In 2012, the year that I turned 18, I proudly cast my first official vote for President Obama. Last summer, I supported and worked for Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. And as I consider all of the potential candidates for next year’s presidential election, I can’t imagine voting for anybody but a Democrat. That being said, I truly believe that there are few things more important to ensuring the future vibrancy of America’s social and political institutions than Jeb Bush ending up the Republican nominee for president in 2016. Of course, I don’t hope that Bush — who had a very conservative tenure during his two terms as the governor of Florida — actually ends up as the...

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