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The Oberlin Review

First-Year Program Encourages Community, Confidence

First-Year Program Encourages Community, Confidence

September 29, 2017

The Office of the Dean of Students initiated a new advising and orientation model this semester. The program, the Peer Advising Leader initiative, pairs student advisors with first-years in a semester-long program to help them adjust to college life. Unlike the ambassador program — the orientation model from previous years that paired first-years with older students — the PAL program extends far beyond orientation to include an optional semester-long course called Introduction to Oberlin Life an...

Board Proposes School Consolidation

Jenna Gyimesi, Staff Writer

September 22, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS

The wear on Eastwood Elementary, Prospect Elementary, Langston Middle School, and Oberlin High School over the years has prompted the Oberlin Board of Education to propose the construction of a $36 million building to house the students of all four schools. The idea has been up in the air for nearly a decade, but it never became a real possibility until recently. The plan is partially incentivized by the prospect of long-term financial gain, both in maintenance and efficiency costs. “A study done about a decade ago explored the age of our current buildings and enrollment and proposed several suggested facility plans to consider,” Oberlin City School Board President Anne Schaum said. “Among other things, the...

Former Professor Faces Federal Charges

Jenna Gyimesi, Staff Writer

September 8, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS

Former Oberlin Professor Robert Roche was formally indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and theft of government funds last Wednesday. An Apache Native American himself, Roche serves as the executive director of the American Indian Education Center and is a prominent national activist in the fight to end racism against indigenous peoples. However, he may have harmed and stolen from the very people he has fought to defend. Roche and his alleged co-conspirator, Craig McGuire of Cleveland, are accused of embezzling over $180,000 in federal grant money. Roche allegedly pocketed about $77,000 for personal use. McGuire pled guilty in April to charges raised against him. The upcoming trial will be presided over by Jud...

Oberlin Congregates in Mourning Charlottesville

Oberlin Congregates in Mourning Charlottesville

September 1, 2017

Millions of people around the country and world experienced utter shock Aug. 12 as hundreds of white nationalists marching and rallying in Charlottesville, VA, dominated social media and news stations. The protesters carried torches, shouted racist and anti-Semitic remarks, and sparked violence and terror across the University of Virginia’s campus. The events in Charlottesville affected Oberlin community members, students, and faculty alike. A small group partook in a vigil in Tappa...

Old B Kitchen Closes Doors After 40 Years

Old B Kitchen Closes Doors After 40 Years

May 5, 2017

A passerby can often find students sprawled across Old Barrows co-op’s front lawn with makeshift plates and homemade food on the days Oberlin’s erratic weather permits. But pizza night and special meals will soon be a thing of a past for this co-op’s members with the deteriorating kitchen shutting down for good at the end of this semester. Meetings and negotiations concerning Old Barrows, better known as Old B, began in fall 2015 and lasted throughout spring 2016. The decision to close Old...

Council Mulls Bringing Medical Marijuana to Town

Council Mulls Bringing Medical Marijuana to Town

April 14, 2017

City Council is considering bringing the medical marijuana industry to Oberlin in hopes of revitalizing the local economy. Councilmembers in favor of a resolution allowing manufacturers and distributors to set up camp in town are hopeful that others will get on board with the proposal. A law passed in Columbus last fall legalized medical marijuana in Ohio, making it available to patients with 23 specific conditions including HIV and AIDS, spinal cord disease and injury, Crohn’s disease and posttraum...

City Resists State’s Income-Tax Collection

City Resists State’s Income-Tax Collection

April 7, 2017

City officials are staunchly resisting a recent proposal by Ohio Governor John Kasich that would give the state centralized control of each city’s business income tax. Local officials fear the program is a stepping-stone to state regulation of local matters, leading Oberlin City Council to pass a resolution in opposition to the proposed program at Monday's meeting. The city receives $7.5 million in income taxes each year, but only about $250,000 comes from business income tax. The tax money goes ...

Local Petitions Challenge REC Choice Fund Options

Jenna Gyimesi

March 31, 2017

Filed under Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

Local community members are pushing to overturn a recent initiative that would give city residents the option of donating revenue from renewable energy back to the city. A committee of city residents created two petitions that, if passed, would put the city’s Community Choice Fund back on next year’s ballot. The fund allows residents to donate their share of the city’s Renewable Energy Credits back to the City to invest in further sustainable energy projects. Last year, City Council decided that Oberlin would return 85 percent of the proceeds from the sale of RECs to city residents and give 15 percent of the proceeds to sustainability projects, which comes out to around $100 per year for each resident. Renewable...

Oberlin Project Ends Eight-Year Run

Oberlin Project Ends Eight-Year Run

March 10, 2017

For eight years, the Oberlin Project has innovated green programs while endeavoring to stimulate economic activity in a collaborative effort between the College and city. In light of completing its many goals, the program will close its office this summer. The Oberlin Project was initiated, in part, through the efforts of Environmental Studies and Politics Professor and Special Assistant to the President of the College David Orr. The project had a specific set of goals upon its establishment, i...

Established 1874.