The Oberlin Review

Shopping Center Plans Raise Concern at City Council Hearing

Shopping Center Plans Raise Concern at City Council Hearing

November 1, 2019

Plans are in motion to develop a 28-acre shopping center at the intersection of Ohio State Route 58 and U.S. Route 20 in Oberlin. The proposition was met with resistance from community members at a City Council hearing on Oct. 21. The property belongs to Oberlin Fire Chief Robert Hanmer, who intends to sell it to Carnegie Management and Development Corporation if the plans are approved. Carnegie Management expects to spend $10–15 million on construction, and predicts that the development could brin...

Off The Cuff: Greggor Mattson, Cleveland Immersion Program Professor

Off The Cuff: Greggor Mattson, Cleveland Immersion Program Professor

November 1, 2019

Associate Professor of Sociology Greggor Mattson teaches the Cleveland Immersion Program, a two-credit module course offered over fall break which educates students on the greater Cleveland area. Students learn about the history, challenges, and opportunities that Cleveland has to offer and visit the city for a day. Mattson is an urban sociologist who has written about gentrification and LGBTQ+ communities. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Can you tell us a little bit ab...

OSCA Negotiations Stable Despite Confusion

OSCA Negotiations Stable Despite Confusion

October 4, 2019

Ongoing negotiations between the College and the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association have not been affected by recent meal cancellations, according to Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo and OSCA President and College third-year Gio Donovan. These negotiations were sparked by the Academic and Administrative Program Review, which recommended that the College and OSCA work together to craft a sustainable financial relationship. In an email to Keep co-op members, the Dining Loose...

OTC: Rev. Erica Saunders, Peace Community Church Pastor

OTC: Rev. Erica Saunders, Peace Community Church Pastor

September 20, 2019

Rev. Erica Saunders is one of the first openly transgender women to be ordained in the Baptist Church. She joined the Oberlin community last July as the new pastor for Peace Community Baptist Church. She is passionate about her work in congregational ministry and LGBTQ+ education and advocacy. Saunders earned her B.A. from Queens University of Charlotte and her M.Div. from Wake Forest University School of Divinity. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What brought you to Oberli...

Off The Cuff: Keith Tarvin, Professor of Biology

Off The Cuff: Keith Tarvin, Professor of Biology

September 6, 2019

Professor of Biology Keith Tarvin published a study last Wednesday which has been covered by major news outlets such as CNN, The New York Times, and NPR. The study, titled “Eavesdropping grey squirrels infer safety from bird chatter,” finds that squirrels use the tone of bird chatter to determine whether an environment is safe. Previous studies had only observed squirrels response to alarmed bird calls. Tarvin earned his B.A. from Hendrix College, an M.S. from the University of Arkansas, a Ph...

Mikaela Fishman, This Week Editor

Mikaela Fishman, This Week Editor

May 10, 2019

Mikaela Fishman is a senior Visual Arts major and the This Week editor for the Review. She researches, writes, and creates the graphic design for the centerfold spread of each issue. Her spreads have covered fun topics from creative dorm rooms, student doodles, bathroom reviews, to informative topics like election information and grassroots activism at Oberlin. She has been a beloved member of the Review staff and will be missed next year.  Editor’s Note: This interview contains mentions of the death of a family me...

OTC: Sydney Allen, Review Editor-in-Chief

OTC: Sydney Allen, Review Editor-in-Chief

May 10, 2019

College senior and Review Editor-in-Chief Sydney Allen is a classic Obie with a wide range of interests. Throughout her tenure as a writer and editor, Allen has covered a broad range of campus and community news, including the launch of the Academic and Administrative Program Review, controversy about Gibson’s, and much more. When she’s not editing articles in the Burton Hall basement, Allen can be found on the field as a member of the varsity women’s lacrosse team, working with students a...

Jason Dorwart, Director of “Body of Bourne”

Jason Dorwart, Director of “Body of Bourne”

April 12, 2019

Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater Jason Dorwart specializes in theater history, dramaturgy, disability studies, film theory, and improv. He served on the Board of Directors and as an acting company member of the award-winning Phamaly Theatre Company in Denver, which exclusively features actors with disabilities. Dorwart earned his Ph.D. at UC San Diego, where he helped develop and perform in the Workplace Interactive Theatre, a touring diversity initiative which promotes discussions about hi...

Short Film Documents Government Shutdown in Oberlin

Short Film Documents Government Shutdown in Oberlin

April 5, 2019

In just 12 minutes, the documentary film 35 Days explores the challenges presented by the government shutdown this past January and the Oberlin community’s response. The film shows the perspectives of local air traffic controllers who worked without pay and Oberlin Community Services staff who contended with food insecurity, which was exacerbated in the shutdown’s wake. It also recounts how businesses like Slow Train Cafe and IGA supported their fellow community members through this challeng...

Empathy Café Facilitates Student Communication

Empathy Café Facilitates Student Communication

March 8, 2019

Empathy Café is an initiative of the Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue, designed to help students develop positive communication skills. The program was started last year, and grew out of the YBCD’s drop-in hours after staff members recognized the need for more programs that help people practice conflict resolution.  Ombudsperson Kim Jackson Davidson spoke about the inception of this program. “We felt like there was something missing as the core reason for people to walk to this...

Ti Ames, Director of Kander Lab Series Show “The Brothers Size”

Ti Ames, Director of Kander Lab Series Show “The Brothers Size”

March 8, 2019

Ti Ames is a fourth-year Africana Studies and Theater major from Charlottesville, Virginia. They are directing The Brothers Size for their senior capstone project. The play is a part of The Brother/Sister Plays, a trilogy by Tarell Alvin McCraney, who co-wrote the 2017 Oscar Best Picture Moonlight. The play explores Yoruban spirituality and the Orishas, who are the personification of forces in nature and human endeavors. Their spiritual roles have been translated through different cultures and are promin...

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