The Oberlin Review

Oberlin Professor Unveils Critically Acclaimed Novel

Oberlin Professor Unveils Critically Acclaimed Novel

October 27, 2017

Editor’s note: This article contains mention of drug use, murder, and cancer. Dan Chaon, Delaney Professor of Creative Writing, read from his latest novel, the dark, cunning Ill Will, and fielded questions as part of the Friends of the Oberlin College Libraries’ series on Wednesday night. In Ill Will, Chaon plays with perspective, form, and genre, earning a glowing review from The Washington Post which described it as “the scariest novel of the year.” In person, what came through especial...

City Council Candidates Prepare for Election

Sydney Allen, Alex Davies, and Jack Rockwell

October 6, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS

Oberlin City Council elections are coming up next month, and with eight candidates vying for seven seats, local campaigning is in full swing. Five of the candidates are incumbents, two have served on Council before, and one is a new candidate. Every two years, the city holds elections for all seven council seats. The Review sat down with some candidates to discuss their campaigns, experience, and hopes for Oberlin before the Nov. 7 election. Council President Bryan Burgess, Vice President Sharon Pearson, and councilmembers Ronnie Rimbert, Kelley Singleton, and Linda Slocum will each be running as incumbents. William Jindra and Kristin Peterson, who have each served on council before, are also running. Heather Adelman will...

Gibson’s Trial Ends After 10-Month Legal Battle

Sydney Allen and Jack Rockwell

September 1, 2017

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Three Oberlin College students who had been locked in a legal battle with Allyn and David Gibson of Gibson’s Bakery and Food Market since November 2016 reached a plea deal with Elyria prosecutors Aug. 14. All three students, junior Elijah Aladin and sophomores Endia Lawrence and Cecelia Whettstone, pleaded guilty at the trial and received misdemeanor charges and a fine. Aladin pleaded guilty to attempted theft, aggravated trespassing, and underage purchase of alcohol. Lawrence and Whettstone each pleaded guilty to attempted theft and aggravated trespassing. Throughout the case, Aladin maintained that he was innocent of theft and robbery, stating that the fake ID he was charged for possessing was explicit proof...

Branding Masculinity as ‘Bad’ Restricts Change

Jack Rockwell, Contributing Writer

April 14, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Last week, I watched a close friend mediate a discussion between two students. My friend, who I will call Jaime, was doing an excellent job, periodically interjecting with statements that found a middle ground between two opposing viewpoints. Ever cognizant of their role in the discussion, at one point they apologized for taking up too much space in their role as mediator, saying, among other things, “Sorry for being so masculine in the discussion.” My friends and I assured Jaime that they were not taking up too much space, but I was taken aback by the use of the word “masculine.” Why would someone apologize for something that could be an intrinsic part of their identity? Men frequently take up too much space...

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