The Oberlin Review

Third-Party Candidate Ends OH-4 Campaign After Contractor Presents Invalid Signatures

June 13, 2020

Chris Gibbs, an Independent candidate running for US Congress in Ohio’s 4th district, announced on May 17 that he is suspending his campaign. The announcement came after the Lorain County Board of Elections determined he did not collect the requisite number of signatures to appear on the November ballot.  Last spring, Gibbs announced that he would run as an Independent against Republican Representative Jim Jordan, a vocal supporter of the president and a founder of the far-right House Freedom Caucus. Gibbs voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election but grew dissatisfied with Trump’s policies over the last few years. As a farmer, Gibbs is especially frustrated with Trump’s trade war with China, which has d...

Kutzen Allegations an Opportunity for Greater Oversight

Editorial Board

September 11, 2015

Following news in early July that Trustee Thomas Kutzen, OC ’76, had been charged with fraud by the SEC and had stepped down as chair of the Investment Committee, the Office of Communications released a statement about the incident — that is, if one can call three short paragraphs released nearly two weeks after the story broke a statement. It included all the basics: Kutzen’s hedge fund AlphaBridge Capital Management neither confirming nor denying the SEC’s findings, his record of service to Oberlin and so on. Tucked at the end of a paragraph was a small but important note: “Kutzen has now retired from active service as a voting member of the Board but will continue to support the institution in a variety of...

SEC Reaches Settlement with Trustee Charged with Fraud

Oliver Bok, News Editor

September 4, 2015

After allegedly committing fraud within his hedge fund, Thomas Kutzen, OC ’76 and chair of Oberlin’s Investment Committee, resigned in early July from the Board of Trustees. Kutzen is the founding CEO of AlphaBridge Capital Management, a hedge fund that cheated investors by inflating the value of the fund’s assets and repeatedly deceiving the firm’s internal auditor, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In January 2014, after the scale of the overvaluation of AlphaBridge’s assets had become apparent, the auditor decreased the official net asset value of the fund from $138 million to $48 million — a 65 percent decrease. Since AlphaBridge collected a management fee of two percent...

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