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College sophomore Caleb Knapp, College juniors Johan Cavert and Rachel Sanders, and College senior EmmaLia Mariner ask Eric Wagenfeld questions about the Americans with Disabilities Act following his talk.

Talks Spark Discussion of Disability Rights

February 15, 2019

Eric Wagenfeld, Oberlin’s director of Disability Resources, delivered a talk Monday afternoon called “Understanding the ADA,” which explained the implications and meaning of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law passed in 1990. The talk was the first in a series of lectures sponsored by the Student Senate Health and Wellness Working Group. The series is just one component of a growing resurgence of discussion surrounding disability rights on campus. Several upcoming events...

Community Member Pleads Not Guilty to Assault

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

February 15, 2019

Oberlin resident Leo Evans III, 31, pleaded not guilty on Feb. 8 to charges of abduction, disrupting public services, and assault. Evans has previously been employed by both The Feve and The Local Coffee & Tea. The events in question allegedly occurred Nov. 13, 2018 and involved Evans and an Oberlin student with whom he had been in a relationship. On Nov. 18, an Oberlin community member heard Evans and the student arguing about the events of Nov. 13 outside of Kim’s Grocery and Carryout and informed police. Officers located the student and accompanied them to Evans’ place of residence to retrieve their personal belongings later that night. The student pressed formal charges against Evans. An arrest warrant was...

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...

Rabbi Shlomo Elkan and wife Devorah Elkan standing in front of their home with two of their children holding books from the book drive.

Chabad Sponsors Book Drive

November 30, 2018

Chabad at Oberlin College Student Group is hosting “People of the Book Project: Bringing Books into Prison” through Sunday, Dec. 2. The group is seeking gently used books that will then be donated to libraries in the Lorain County correctional system. Rabbi Shlomo and Devorah Elkan, co-directors of Chabad at Oberlin, are leading the collection. Shlomo Elkan, who does volunteer work in the Lorain County prison system, is familiar with the obstacles incarcerated individuals face when tr...

SOAR student leaders pose with Associate Dean of Students Dana Hamdan in Wilder Hall.

Sophomores Guided Through SOAR

November 16, 2018

The newly-created Sophomore Opportunities and Academic Resources program will offer sophomores academic and career advising tailored to their specific interests. Participants will be paired with a SOAR leader — a junior or senior knowledgeable and experienced in their major — who will guide them through how to declare a major, create an academic plan, and pursue job and internship opportunities in their field of interest. The program will kick off with a two-day retreat on Feb. 1 and 2, and pa...

Oberlin Community News Bulletin

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

November 16, 2018

Community Voices Requested about Climate Action The Oberlin Environmental Dashboard Communications team wants to hear from community members about the ways in which they are taking action against climate change. A workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. at the Oberlin Public Library to highlight the ways local people are contributing to the Oberlin Climate Action Plan, which is set to reach carbon neutrality in 2050. Margaret Papworth Remembered with Music Margaret Papworth, the former secretary to the dean of the Conservatory, will be honored at a recital Saturday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Oberlin. Papworth, who died in February 2006, worked at Oberlin for 53 years, ...

Khalid Taylor and Elliot Director share a conversation in the MRC.

MRC Faces Staffing Shortage

November 9, 2018

Four full-time staff members resigned from positions at the Multicultural Resource Center within the last six months. The office was once staffed by five full-time staffers. The MRC is currently run by Assistant Vice President Adrian Bautista, who is serving as the interim director, Student Life Community Coordinator Khalid Taylor, OC ’17, and LGBTQ Community Coordinator Elliot Director, who will discontinue work Nov. 30. Director, the most recent staff member to resign, submitted a resigna...

CoWork Oberlin Provides Community Workspace

Jenna Gyimesi and Maranda Phillips

November 2, 2018

LaunchHouse and the Oberlin Business Partnership are joining forces to open CoWork Oberlin, a coworking space that offers both seasoned and up-and-coming entrepreneurs an area to collaborate on projects in a supportive environment. The workspace, located at 235 Artino Street, will host a grand opening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. next Thursday, Nov. 8. LaunchHouse is a coworking community that has already established two successful coworking spaces in Cleveland. “[LaunchHouse was founded with the mission of] bringing people together in one space, and to provide networks, and create a community,” said co-founder of LaunchHouse Todd Goldstein. He hopes this new location will help fulfill that mission. The space will s...

President Carmen Twille Ambar who was recently inaugurated as the 15th President of Oberlin College.

“Boldness. Tradition. Vision.”

October 5, 2018

Carmen Twillie Ambar was inaugurated as the 15th president of Oberlin College in a historic moment today. The weekend’s inauguration events are spread out over three days are inspired by themes of boldness, tradition, and vision. Ambar hopes that her career also embodies these principles. “For me, the notion of trying to lead higher education and to be bold in our efforts to reimagine liberal arts is a part of how I thought about my own efforts,” Ambar said. “How can I make...

Johnnetta Cole

Johnnetta Cole, OC ’57

October 5, 2018

Oberlin alumna Johnnetta Cole, ’57, delivered the opening remarks at the Inauguration Ceremony of President Carmen Twillie Ambar earlier today. Cole was the first female African-American president at Spelman College and also served as the President of Bennett College. She has been the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African Art and was awarded the Legend in Leadership Award for Higher Education from the Yale Chief Executive Leadership Institute earlier this...

Janet Garrett Gears up For Another Congressional Campaign

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

September 21, 2018

Democratic Congressional candidate Janet Garrett visited Oberlin Sept. 14 to speak with members of the community and drum up support for the upcoming election. Oberlin students are encouraged to vote in this election in particular because of the potential for upset. Garrett is running against Jim Jordan, who has represented Ohio’s 4th Congressional District since 2007. Jordan is a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus — the farthest-right group in the Republican Party — and has recently announced his intention to run for Speaker of the House. This campaign represents Garrett’s third run at Jordan’s seat. College sophomore Ilana Foggle works on Garrett’s campaign and is confident that Garrett would b...

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