The Oberlin Review

Institutional Change Difficult, Requires Student Input, Resilience

Kameron Dunbar, Contributing Writer

September 7, 2018

Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

This article is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, student senators will provide personal perspectives on recent events on campus and in the community. At this point, it should be no surprise that things are changing at Oberlin. Faculty and staff have taken benefit cuts, several staffers have been eliminated, and students are seeing all sorts of differences in dining and living spaces. Hell, even the albino squirrels have returned to reclaim their piece of the Oberlin pie. Students shouldn’t be alarmed at these changes. President Ambar started her tenure last year laying bare the financial landscape of the College, implying that our current fiscal...

Fusions Restaurant Owners Emphasize Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity in Culinary Offerings

Fusions Restaurant Owners Emphasize Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity in Culinary Offerings

September 7, 2018

Many students at Oberlin value the creation of safe spaces for different identities, a priority often shared by establishments in downtown Oberlin and greater Lorain County. Oberlin’s Fusions Restaurant is no exception — it has been committed to creating an accessible dining experience since its opening in November 2017. But where and what is Fusions? And how exactly does a restaurant foster a safe space? I came to know Fusions in January 2018 when Santos Martinez, the owner Belinda Martinez’s...

Asian Food Authenticity Panel Challenges White, API Students

Melissa Harris, Editor-in-Chief

December 1, 2017

Filed under ARTS, Food, Recent Stories

Asia Night Market, Oberlin’s annual December tradition where students of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage celebrate their culture and cuisine, will take place tomorrow night in the Root Room of Carnegie Building from 6-8 p.m. The event, this year in its sixth iteration, is one of the only collaborations between many of the API student organizations on campus. These organizations will prepare traditional food from their respective countries of origin in order to share the role food plays in informing their cultural identities with the campus community. In recent years, API students have tried to bridge the gap between consumption and understanding the food served at Asia Night Market by organizing panels, lectures, and...

Oberlin Alum Explores Family, Food, Humanity in Memoir

Oberlin Alum Explores Family, Food, Humanity in Memoir

September 15, 2017

In his new book Heavy: An American Memoir, Professor of English and African American Studies at the University of Mississippi, Kiese Laymon, OC ’98, discusses his “family’s relationship to food, sexual violence, and weight.” Heavy explores Laymon’s interpretation of the lessons he learned as a child from his mother and grandmother, and the role of language as a powerful protective force for Black folks in white spaces. Last Monday, Oberlin was fortunate enough to host Professor Laymon for a ...

OSCA Prioritizes Accessibility in Iron Chef

Rachel Mead and Daniel Markus

April 7, 2017

Filed under ARTS, Features, Food

Led by head cooks College junior Sunshine Figlio and College first-year Nikhil Villani, Fairchild co-op emerged as the champion of OSCA’s annual Iron Chef competition on April 1. Inspired by the television game show series of the same name, OSCA Iron Chef is an annual cook-off competition among Oberlin’s dining cooperatives featuring a “secret ingredient” that must be included in their dishes. This year, the ingredient was basil, which provided a refreshing twist compared to the secret ingredients of previous competitions. “We were tired of co-op staples,” College sophomore and OSCA Education and Training coordinator Kira Zimmerman said. “Last year was squash, which folks are already used to eating on t...

Feature Photo: India Garden

Feature Photo: India Garden

April 22, 2016

India Garden Head Chef Babul flips naan for the restaurant’s inaugural batch of customers. India Garden, the new Indian restaurant located at 65 East College Street, opened for business Thursday. The establishment takes the place of Magpie Pizza, which relocated to Sheffield Village in November 2015. The restaurant offers traditional northern Indian cuisine, desserts and fresh breads. It will serve dinner until 10 p.m. every day of the week. Owners Ramesh Sharma and Sanjeev Sharma run another India...

College and Churches Partner to Offer Free Food

College and Churches Partner to Offer Free Food

March 6, 2015

Several student senators worked with Community and Government Relations Assistant Tita Reed and First Church Pastor David Hill to organize a program to offer students free meals during the break. The program is intended to assist students who can’t afford to return home for break and need help paying for food. The meals will be provided by several of Oberlin’s local churches, including Christ Episcopal, First United Methodist Church, the First Church in Oberlin UCC and the Unitarian Universalist...

Just Ask Us: DeCafé Not Worth Price

Jolie DeFeis and Mike Plotz

February 27, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Disclaimer: “Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya” is a satirical column, and the Review does not condone illegal activity of any kind.  There comes a time in every Oberlin student’s life when a decision must be made: Should I steal that shit from DeCafé? Of course, stealing is wrong when put into simplistic terms, but alas, we do not live in such a black and white world. The real question is whether DeCafé and Campus Dining Services are already stealing from us — and we believe the answer is yes. Here at “Just Ask Us,” we are 100 percent certain that CDS is stealing from us. Here in the Opinions section, we’re sure you’re used to reading opinions, but first, let’s break down the facts. Everyone know...

The Epicurean: The Greenhouse Tavern Jewel of Cleveland Culinary Scene

Matt Segall, Columnist

February 27, 2015

Filed under ARTS

I can often be heard saying, “The Greenhouse Tavern is the best restaurant I’ve ever been to,” and I’m not a liar. Local hero Jonathan Sawyer’s flagship establishment tops many locals lists, and after many visits, it remains on the top of mine too. Yes, its food is some of the best I’ve had. Yes, its service is refined. It hit all the marks. But GHT is more than the food on the plate and the attentive people who bring it to you; it is the crown jewel of Cleveland’s celebrated restaurant scene. One of The Greenhouse Tavern’s main focuses is sourcing ingredients from local producers, at which they succeed wherever they can. While not the first spot to catch wind of the farm-to-table movement in Cleveland...

The Epicurean: Procuring the Perfect Taco

Matt Segall, Column

February 13, 2015

Filed under ARTS

This week we’re taking a break from snowy Ohio to explore California’s epicurean landscape.   The success of personalities like Guy Fieri, who touts outrageous dishes including deep-fried meatball subs and bacon and ham– topped cheeseburgers, seems to suggest an upward trend in overindulgent food pairings. However, as popular as Guy and his bleached soul patch are, most people I know couldn’t stomach the dishes he promotes. I have hope that epicurean simplicity will re-emerge. The prevalence of taquerias supports the notion that a few simple ingredients can go a long way. Even Chipotle, the fast food spin on a typical Californian taqueria, has grown rapidly in popularity over the past decade. This sugges...

Attendance at CDS Policy Symposium Essential for Food Justice

Aliya Tuzhilin, Helena Bader, Eleanor Catlin, and Ayami Kan

November 21, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Oberlin students and CDS employees have the incredible opportunity to help write a food policy for Oberlin College that will guide the College and CDS in its purchasing and employment practices. This Saturday, we, the Real Food Challenge, are hosting a symposium to discuss a draft of the food policy we have written. This policy is based upon the values of the Real Food Challenge, which is a national movement working to increase the amount of local, sustainable, humane, ecological and fair food purchasing and practices on college campuses across the country. This symposium is a forum for students to voice their opinions on food purchasing, campus sustainability, labor rights and other food-related issues....

Crunchbutton Comes to Oberlin

November 21, 2014

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

It took three minutes and 52 seconds for the new Oberlin branch of Crunchbutton, an online food ordering service and app, to receive its first order after going live Monday. Students can order from a menu of popular local food items and Crunchbutton employees will deliver the order to their location. Customers can also post reviews and comments on the Crunchbutton site to review food or suggest new places to include. Crunchbutton currently delivers from The Feve, Tooo Chinoise and McDonald’s, and plans to add Lupita’s, Agave Burrito Bar and Tequilaria, the Slow Train Cafe, Kim’s and Mickey Mart by the end of the week. Select items from IGA will also be available in the near future. The goal, according to Crun...

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