The Oberlin Review



March 13, 2020

House Bill 6 Poses Serious Environmental, Health Risks

Klara Jacobs, Contributing Writer

December 6, 2019

 The debate over Ohio House Bill 6 — which outlines a seven-year program that will subsidize Ohio’s two major nuclear power plants — has implications far beyond what one may presume. Effective as of October, HB 6 suggests that this subsidy will produce a large-scale increase in environmental and economic payoff from the plants.  The two plants, Perry and Davis-Besse, are run by FirstEnergy Solutions, a bankrupt subsidiary of Ohio’s major energy production company. FirstEnergy threatened to shut down the plants in 2020 unless subsidies were provided for their continuation. Ohio lawmakers approved HB 6 in July, meaning that fees, capped at 85 cents per month, will be added to taxpayers’ electricity bills. ...

Vel Scott

Vel Scott: Chef and Health Advocate

February 15, 2019

Vel Scott is a food and health advocate based in Cleveland. Her organization, Vel Scott’s Healthy You, facilitates workshops and other trainings in the greater Cleveland area, helping people to understand more about their food, where it comes from, and how to live a healthy lifestyle. She also runs Vel’s Purple Oasis, an urban farm in Cleveland that allows locals to become directly involved in food production through volunteering. This past Tuesday, Scott visited Oberlin as a guest chef, cooking in...

Student’s Cardiac Event Raises Awareness

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

February 8, 2019

The Oberlin community demonstrated its knowledge, composure, and compassion when quickly responding to Conservatory sophomore Olivia Bentley who she unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest in Keep Cottage on Nov. 12. Since then, Bentley has been diagnosed with catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia, a form of arrhythmia. It is an inherited condition, and Bentley and her family members have now undergone genetic testing to see who else may have CPVT. Prior to this, Bentley did not suspect that she had such a condition. “I have fainted two times before this,” she said. “But with this condition, it just looks like a seizure. Even this time it was described as seizure-like symptoms.” Bentley...

Mercy Allen Hospital will be begin construction on a new wing, set to open winter 2019.

Construction Starts on New Mercy Hospital Wing

November 2, 2018

Community stakeholders, including Oberlin College President Carmen Twillie Ambar and Mercy Health representatives, broke ground on the construction of a proposed medical office building at a ceremony on Friday, Oct. 12. The new space will house the existing Mercy Health Oberlin Primary Care and Mercy Health Walk-in Care offices, which currently offer College students access to health care outside of Student Health Services’ open hours. Mercy will also use the building to invest in new services such ...

Divisive Paleo Diet Impractical for Many

Isabel Hulkhower, Columnist

March 13, 2015

If you’ve spent any time down the rabbit hole of outlandish food trends, you’ve undoubtedly come across the paleo diet. Paleo is an extremely rigid lifestyle plan in which dieters only eat foods cave people would have been able to hunt or gather, such as meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. The diet forbids the consumption of anything else, including things like grains of any sort, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, soy, most cooking oils and processed food. The diet gets its name from the Paleolithic era, which started about 2.6 million years ago, and ended with the advent of agriculture around 8,000 BCE. This style of eating then went the way of the dinosaurs until 1975, when gastroenterologist W...

Running Offers Chance for Catharsis, Contemplation

CJ Blair, Columnist

February 27, 2015

While daily exercise is universally encouraged, there’s still plenty of trepidation about running. I’ve had 90-pound friends who threw shot put on the track team because they didn’t want to run, and others who look visibly ill when I even mention going for a run. The fact is that people will bend over backwards to avoid running. Many times, if they’re physically capable of doing so, the alternate route they choose is more tumultuous — and certainly less efficient —than just lacing up and hitting the streets. However, despite widespread skepticism, running is a rare outlet for undisturbed thought. I’d say running is a love/hate activity, but I know better than that. When I started running with my dad...

Awareness Vital in Eating Disorder Treatment

Rose Stoloff, Editor-in-Chief

February 20, 2015

Trigger Warning: This article contains discussion of eating disorders. Over the summer I found myself sitting in my bed at three in the morning writing an email to my mother, confessing to her that I had been living with an eating disorder for the last three years. That night, while trying in vain to fall asleep, something clicked in my brain. I was done hiding my disease, done suffering alone and ready for help. Her response the next morning: “I already knew; I love you.” My eating disorder crept up on me during the summer before my sophomore year at Oberlin. It snaked its way into my life so maliciously and silently that I never even recognized it for what it was. I wasn’t planning on losing weight; I neve...

Bryn Mawr Debacle Highlights Weight-Centric Approach to “Health”

Editorial Board

February 6, 2015

Trigger Warning: This editorial contains discussion of eating disorders and body image.  A troubling Health Center email sent to students with “elevated” BMIs, encouraging them to “Give a HOOT” about their body size, generated protests and unfavorable press at Bryn Mawr College in late January. “We want YOU to be in the Fitness OWLS (Onward to Weight Loss Success) Program,” read the message, noting that the program was a partnership between the Bryn Mawr health center and the school’s athletic department and dining services. Health Center Director Kay C. Kerr issued a written apology for the message last Saturday, but not before the incident drew renewed attention to discussions of health and wellne...

Nonprofit to Promote Public Health in Oberlin

Melissa Harris

September 26, 2014

Lorain County Health & Dentistry, a nonprofit organization that works to provide affordable healthcare, is requesting a grant to build a community health clinic in southern Oberlin. If the grant is approved, the new clinic will provide both primary and preventative medical care, oral health and vision services and discount fees for uninsured patients who qualify based on Federal Poverty Guidelines. The clinic, which would be located at 260 South Main Street, would also feature a prenatal and women’s health center, pediatric services, adult and family medical care, and general dentistry. In addition, the clinic would offer behavioral services, which are expected to help alleviate the stigma associated with attending...

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