The Oberlin Review

Downtown Storefronts Continue Turnovers

Downtown Storefronts Continue Turnovers

February 3, 2017

The commercial face of East College Street has transformed over the past year — Magpie Pizza was replaced by India Garden last year, Tree Hugger’s Cafe closed last fall and, most recently, Cowhaus Creamery has closed at its former location, soon to be replaced by Dave’s Cosmic Subs. City Councilmember Bryan Burgess said that turnover for businesses on East College Street is a fairly regular occurrence, estimating that it happens about once or twice per year. Josh Rosen, OC ’01, of the Ea...

Frustration Grows Over Implementation Committee’s Effectiveness

Eliza Guinn, Staff Writer

December 9, 2016

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Tensions have flared over stagnant progress within the Strategic Plan Implementation Committees over the last few weeks. Comparative American Studies Associate Professor Shelley Lee was on the Committee for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, but reportedly resigned due to frustration with the committee. Lee declined the Review’s request for comment. College sophomore and Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member Kameron Dunbar said that while the committee plans to have a series of recommendations produced by the end of the semester, it is unlikely to actually occur. “I think we need to reconsider: Why are we together? Why are we doing this? We need to put together a document to go through General Faculty,...

Council Chooses Hillard for City Manager

Council Chooses Hillard for City Manager

October 28, 2016

After months of uncertainty surrounding Oberlin’s lack of a permanent city manager, City Council unanimously selected Robert Hillard to fill the position Thursday evening. Hillard was previously the city manager for Allegan, MI, where he served from 2005–2016. The pick comes as a bit of a surprise, as Hillard was added to the list of candidates for the position after two other finalists took positions in other municipalities. According to city councilmember Bryan Burgess, Hillard’...

City Council Approves New Member Manual

City Council Approves New Member Manual

October 7, 2016

After two years of discord, City Council approved an orientation manual to help new members and promote a cooperative environment at their meeting Monday. The manual covers the basics of Oberlin’s government and recommends how to best have productive meetings. The idea came from Councilmember Sharon Pearson, who believes it will improve overall communication and effectiveness in council. “I think it will help us in our efforts to work as a team with respect,” Pearson said. “It will...

Alumni Influenced Governance Process, Karega Says

Eliza Guinn, Staff Writer

September 30, 2016

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Breaking nearly two months of silence, Professor of Composition and Rhetoric Joy Karega returned to campus for a student-organized meeting in Afrikan Heritage House Wednesday night. Karega told those in attendance she was planning to teach this semester before the Oberlin Chapter of Alums for Campus Fairness sent a letter to the Board of Trustees in late July. According to Karega, the faculty-led review held in June recommended neither dismissal nor suspension, and the College only suspended her after receiving the letter. She was originally put on leave last semester following the publication of Facebook posts that many found anti-Semitic. “The review process has stalled because many within and beyond the...

Microburst Winds Knock Out Power Lines, Trees

Microburst Winds Knock Out Power Lines, Trees

September 16, 2016

More than 3,000 Oberlin residents lost power Saturday afternoon as a result of a microburst — a particularly severe storm characterized by winds up to 100 mph. Microbursts are similar to tornados, but differ in the winds and rain that push downward, collapsing trees rather than uprooting them up like a tornado would. Following the storm, the city dis- patched the Oberlin Fire Department and workers for Oberlin Municipal Light and Power System to clear the roads of fallen trees and repair the...

Implementation Committees Address Strategic Plan

Oliver Bok and Eliza Guinn

September 9, 2016

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Implementation committees for the Strategic Plan have started meeting. That much is clear. Everything else — from who is on the implementation committees to how the implementation committees will interact — is far more obscure. The process is byzantine, but the stakes are high. The Strategic Plan is intended to guide the Board of Trustee’s decisions for the next five-ten years. Among other proposals, the plan recommends developing “theme-based course clusters,” creating a new advising system and increasing diversity in both the faculty and student body. The plan advises “analyzing current operational and capital expenditures, determining appropriate tradeoffs, and reallocating resources.” Implementation comm...

City Resolution Counters ‘Guns Everywhere’ Bill

Eliza Guinn

April 15, 2016

Filed under Community News, NEWS

Oberlin City Council fired a warning shot past the Ohio House of Representatives April 4 when they released a resolution opposing House Bill 48. The resolution cited Oberlin’s Bill of Rights and the powers it grants the council to exercise home-rule and self-governance. “The prohibition of the ability of municipalities to determine where a person may carry a concealed handgun within those municipalities has undermined a sense of safety within those communities and has contributed to the accidental injuries to and deaths of innocent persons,” the resolution states. The “Guns Everywhere” Bill, sponsored by Representative Ron Maag, would expand the areas where permit holders could carry concealed guns to...

Fairchild Chapel to Become Multifaith Prayer Space

Eliza Guinn

April 8, 2016

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life at Oberlin has been working since the fall of 2015 to recreate Fairchild Chapel as a multifaith prayer space for Oberlin’s campus. College senior Rand Zalzala, the student coordinator for this project, said that the ORSL’s current focus is to make the space as available and welcoming as possible to members of any and all religious affiliations. Resources like meditation cushions, prayer rugs, prayer beads and religious texts have been made available for students, College employees and community members to use at any time. “I think that many people want to practice on campus,” Zalzala said. “But they don’t have the space to do it.” The ORSL is trying to...

Police Drive Home Safety Issues

Eliza Guinn

February 12, 2016

Filed under Community News, NEWS

To curb traffic violations, the Oberlin Police Department started their Bike, Pedestrian and Drivers Safety Education and Enforcement Campaign Feb. 4 in response to numerous complaints. The campaign has included the distribution of educational materials and an increased police presence, especially in Oberlin’s central business district. Chief of Police Juan Torres said that the initiative’s top priorities are education, information distribution and enforcement of the rights and duties of citizens. The additional officers downtown will log the warnings and tickets they issue so that the OPD can do a statistical review at the end of the month. “The campaign is based on the recognition that bicyclists, pedes...

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