The Oberlin Review

OSCA, College Negotiate Future of Old Barrows

Eliza Guinn

March 4, 2016

OSCA employees returned from strike amid negotiations between the College and the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association that will likely decide the future of the Old Barrows Co-op. “OSCA employees were on strike until we had a chance to meet with the Board of Directors. We met with the Board of Directors on February 21 to express our concerns and ended our strike,” OSCA Business Coordinator Kevin G. Gilfether said. OSCA rents all of its buildings from the College, and moving or shutting down the Old Barrows Co-op has been a topic of discussion since 2011. The building is currently fit for living but will most likely be condemned within the next 20 years. Representatives from the College have been holding...

Off the Cuff: Jim Collins, Professor of English, Film, TV, Theatre

Off the Cuff: Jim Collins, Professor of English, Film, TV, Theatre

March 4, 2016

Jim Collins is acting dean for the arts, a professor of film, television and theatre and concurrent professor of English at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches courses on postmodernism, media theory and digital culture. He is the author of Uncommon Cultures: Popular Culture and Postmodernism, Architecture of Excess: Cultural Life in the Information Age and most recently Bring on the Books for Everybody: How Literary Culture Became Popular Culture. His next book in progress is called Pl...

Oberlin Youth Council Tackles Accessibility, Transportation

Adam Gittin, News Editor

March 4, 2016

After 15 years of inactivity, the Oberlin Youth Council, a group working to bring civic-minded students of diverse backgrounds together to consider issues faced by the community, has reformed. These middle school, high school and college students take time out of the school week to meet at the public library and discuss what they can do to make Oberlin a better place to live. Accessibility was a recurring topic at this Wednesday’s meeting. The council’s first two goals are to make Philips gym more open to non-College students and to increase Oberlin’s public transportation resources. “I grew up here, and also my parents work at the College, so I got to see what it was like when somebody didn’t know that...

Carlyle Flower Shop Flourishes Under Morrison, Toss

Carlyle Flower Shop Flourishes Under Morrison, Toss

March 4, 2016

Lorraine Morrison loves kites. “They’re wonderful,” she says, a glimpse of amazement in her eye as she paints the air with her palms. The owner of Carlyle Flower Shop at 17 West College Street knew just what would add character to her store, even if former owner Grace Harlow disapproved of her kites. Morrison is reserved and deliberate in her speech, but her memory is vivid. She knows Oberlin better than most. Her flower shop, nestled between other historic shops like Gibson’s Bakery and...

Black Hole Collision Confirms Last Piece of Einstein’s Puzzle

Black Hole Collision Confirms Last Piece of Einstein’s Puzzle

February 26, 2016

A team of scientists announced earlier this month that they had detected gravitational waves, tiny ripples in spacetime, caused by the collision of two black holes more than a billion lightyears away from Earth. The discovery, which many researchers hailed as one of the most significant in a century, is the physical representation of the last of the predictions that would confirm Einstein’s theory of general relativity. “Not only is it the culmination of a theoretical and experimental effort...

Local Planned Parenthood to Remain Active After Budget Cuts

Harrison Wollman

February 26, 2016

Ohio Governor John Kasich recently signed a bill to cut funding for Ohio’s Planned Parenthood Clinics. House Bill 294 prevents the state from funding health organizations that perform or promote abortions. This action will block about $1.3 million in grants that Planned Parenthood would normally receive from Ohio’s Department of Health. While the bill has yet to be made into law, Diego Espino, the vice president of community engagement for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, expects the repercussions from the signing to extend to local levels. When asked how the Lorain County Planned Parenthood branch would specifically be affected, Espino explained that while a large majority of the day-to-day functions will...

Off the Cuff: Elizabeth Kolbert, Journalist, Author, Activist

Off the Cuff: Elizabeth Kolbert, Journalist, Author, Activist

February 26, 2016

Elizabeth Kolbert began working for The New York Times as a stringer in 1983 and has written for The New Yorker for 15 years. For her work on global warming and climate change, she traveled to Alaska and Greenland to better understand the debate over global warming. Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, which grew out of a three part series in The New Yorker, won the 2006 National Magazine Award in the Public Interest category. The Review sat down with Kolbert...

Shift Project to Open Office Space Downtown

Shift Project to Open Office Space Downtown

February 26, 2016

The Oberlin Project will open its most recent endeavor, the Shift Project, on Feb. 22. Set to run until March 18, it will support local entrepreneurship by offering students and community members a working space. The Shift Project is a follow-up to SEED Ventures. Both were conceived at LaunchU, Oberlin College’s annual startup accelerator and pitch competition. Like its predecessor, Shift will be located at 29 South Main Street. Shift is an office space designed to be the perfect work environment...

Board of Education Agrees to Contract Locally

Kerensa Loadholt, News editor

February 19, 2016

Though still lacking the go-ahead to officially pursue construction, Oberlin City Schools has taken another step toward building a new elementary school. Oberlin City Schools Board of Education officials recently entered an agreement with the Oberlin Community Benefits Coalition to hire locally for the project, which has been in the works for the past two years. Under the resolution reached by the two groups, the School Board must hire local community residents, subcontract local, minority owned and woman-owned businesses and purchase materials and services from local suppliers. “Oberlin Community Benefits Coalition seeks a joint written declaration of intent with Oberlin City Schools Board of Education committing...

Local News Bulletin

February 19, 2016

Man Brings Paraphernalia to Court Oberlin man Arvis Townsend was arrested on Feb. 10 for bringing drug paraphernalia into the Elyria Municipal Court. He was stopped by an officer working at the court’s front metal detector, which sounded after Townsend passed through with a spoon, needles and a tourniquet. He was charged with possession of drug abuse instruments and the items were turned over to the Elyria Police Department as evidence. Townsend currently faces a felony charge. He has previously been arrested on multiple drug charges, burglary and disorderly conduct by intoxication. Car Strikes Pedestrians in Hospital Parking Lot A driver struck four pedestrians in the Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain...

Review Security Notebook

February 19, 2016

Sunday, Feb. 7 12:56 a.m. Staff reported an unauthorized party taking place at a village house on South Professor Street. Loud music was heard from outside. The party was closed down and approximately 150 party attendees were dispersed. 11:02 a.m. Officers and Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at a Union Street apartment. Smoke from cooking was the cause of the alarm. Alarm was reset with no problems. 9:04 p.m. A student reported an activated smoke detector at a village house on Woodland Street. Officers and Oberlin Fire Department responded. The alarm was activated by smoke from cooking. The smoke was cleared and the alarm reset. Tuesday, Feb. 9
 8:37 p.m. Officers and Oberlin Fire...

Routine Board Retreat Ends in Employee Strike

Adam Gittin, News editor

February 19, 2016

The Oberlin Student Cooperative Association’s four non-student employees are striking after a heated discussion with students about structural change. Members of Third World Co-op used the OSCA Board Retreat last Sunday at the Oberlin Public Library as an opportunity to voice their frustrations with OSCA and its employees (the non-students who work for OSCA are employees, while the students who work for OSCA are staff). Two employees were singled out by name. The students from TWC then presented a list of demands and staged a walkout back to their co-op. “A summary of the demands is as follows: that OSCA’s employees leave more decision-making room for student staff; that [student name omitted for privacy], a former TWC member, be compensated for ...

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