The Oberlin Review

CDS Implements Minor Changes after Media Frenzy

Harrison Wollman, Staff Writer

February 12, 2016

Little has changed for Campus Dining Services in the three months since representatives met with students from the South Asian, Vietnamese and Chinese student associations — except for the media attention, of course. Despite the national spotlight placed on Oberlin College, CDS and the student associations, Director of Business Operations and Dining Services Michele Gross seemed unfazed that her branch of Oberlin’s administration — which contracts the food service management company Bon Appétit — had found its way into the limelight. When asked to comment on the media coverage, Gross gave a tempered response. “My focus is on making sure we meet the varied needs of the community, and that we actively...

Legislation to Address Hazardous Lead Levels

Sydney Allen, Staff Writer

February 12, 2016

Amid rising national concerns regarding toxic lead levels in drinking water, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown met with federal and local officials in Cleveland on Friday to discuss the issue. Sebring and Chagrin Falls, Ohio, have been the latest cities to issue warnings about unsafe levels of lead found in their water systems. Numerous properties in the area, including schools, are being investigated for their lead levels. “As we work to respond to the immediate crises in Sebring and Flint, we must also remember that the problem of lead contamination stretches far beyond just our water systems,” Brown said in an email to the Review. “Too many of Cleveland’s children are exposed to lead through paint in older ho...

Off the Cuff: Jason Sokol, History Professor and Author

Off the Cuff: Jason Sokol, History Professor and Author

February 12, 2016

 Jason Sokol, OC ’99, is an Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. He earned a Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Berkeley. Sokol has written two books, There Goes My Everything: White Southerners in the Age of Civil Rights and All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn, and is working on a third. On Tuesday, Sokol gave a talk at Afrikan Heritage House titled “America’s Long History of Racial Hypocrisy,” which addre...

Ratsy’s, Adored Thrift Store, Moves Uptown

Audrey Rowland

February 12, 2016

Oberlin’s premier thrift store just moved into downtown. Ratsy’s is now located directly across from The Feve at 27 South Main Street. “I’d been down at the antique store for 10 years,” Ratsy Kemp, who goes only by her first name, said. “When I’d first moved in there, I had met the guy who owns the antique store, Alan Campbell. I had just moved here from California and had decided to live in Oberlin. I bought a house here without knowing anybody, and I was selling clothes on eBay.” Impressed by her organization, Campbell soon offered her space in his store, and while the old location had its benefits, toward the end of last year Ratsy began to consider moving. When the business at 27 South M...

New Strategic Plan Draft Pursues Inclusivity

Madeline Stocker, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2016

Published nearly four months after the release of the last draft, the newest version of Oberlin’s Strategic Plan continues to make marked departures from the contents of the 2005 document. Though it remains more of a comprehensive list of goals than a specific implementation plan, the current draft does identify two of the administration’s future initiatives — the development of “theme-based course clusters” and the creation of a guidance system that will offer support to students throughout their first four post-undergraduate years. The draft, which was made public Wednesday evening, focuses considerably on ensuring an “inclusive and equitable learning environment” — certainly more so than its...

Police Drive Home Safety Issues

Eliza Guinn

February 12, 2016

To curb traffic violations, the Oberlin Police Department started their Bike, Pedestrian and Drivers Safety Education and Enforcement Campaign Feb. 4 in response to numerous complaints. The campaign has included the distribution of educational materials and an increased police presence, especially in Oberlin’s central business district. Chief of Police Juan Torres said that the initiative’s top priorities are education, information distribution and enforcement of the rights and duties of citizens. The additional officers downtown will log the warnings and tickets they issue so that the OPD can do a statistical review at the end of the month. “The campaign is based on the recognition that bicyclists, pedes...

NEXUS Pipeline May Violate Town Bill of Rights

Jake Berstein

February 12, 2016

As the date of construction looms closer, Oberlin citizens continue to push back against what they believe is Spectra’s Energy disregard of the Oberlin Community Bill of Rights. Spectra Energy has been working to break ground on a natural gas pipeline, but Oberlin residents — and residents throughout Ohio — do not want the pipeline to exist as planned. Local landowners who would be affected by the pipeline have been working with the College’s Students for Energy Justice to create community charters, like the Oberlin Bill of Rights, that would outlaw the transportation of natural gas through their cities. Though plans for the pipeline are constantly in flux, residents are becoming more disheartened as the pipeline...

News Brief: Residents Form Energy Co-op

Adam Gittin and Kerensa Loadholt

February 5, 2016

Oberlin residents have begun forming Lorain County’s first solar energy co-op, Oberlin People’s Energy Cooperative, which will give consumers more resources and information about installing solar panels on their homes. The initiative is spearheaded by Ohio Solar United Neighborhoods, a local nonprofit working to organize solar co-ops across the state. Chaired by Carl McDaniel, OC’64, the Oberlin’s People Energy Cooperative will educate community members on alternative energy sources and help homeowners in the switch to solar, a shift that can cut costs y up to 20 percent, according to OH SUN. The exact price of solar energy system installation is dependent on a homeowner’s energy consumption. While s...

Off the Cuff: Lori Young, Director of Oberlin College Career Center

Off the Cuff: Lori Young, Director of Oberlin College Career Center

February 5, 2016

Lori Young is the new director of the Oberlin College Career Center. She comes to Oberlin from ReadyNow!, a leadership training and consulting business that she founded in 2014. Young holds a BA in communications from Ashland University and a master’s in college student personnel from Bowling Green State University. She has worked in career services at Case Western University, Baldwin-Wallace University and the University of Georgia, and in leadership development departments at the Cleveland Cli...

News Brief: Estes to Become Brown VP

Review Staff

February 5, 2016

  Vice President and Dean of Studies Eric Estes will be leaving at the end of this semester to become the vice president for campus life and student services at Brown University. He came to Oberlin College in 2004 as an associate dean of studies and director of the Multicultural Resource Center. Here, he advocated for student activism and organizing and brought students and faculty together for community building. He has led the Division of Student Life, which includes 16 departments and offices, since 2011. During his time at Oberlin, Dean Estes has become one of the most recognizable administrators on campus. He has increased the staff in the Counseling Center and Office of Disability Services and serv...

Krislov Responds to ABUSUA Demands

Kerensa Loadholt, News Editor

February 5, 2016

While the list of ABUSUA student demands has attracted excessive media attention over the past eight weeks, it wasn’t until recently that College President Marvin Krislov issued an official response to the 14-page document. In his email, which was sent to the student body Jan. 20, Krislov says the administration is taking the necessary steps to improve campus race relations, and subsequently invites all faculty and staff to join them in their efforts. “Racism and all forms of injustice hinder us from achieving our mission and must be challenged by the College wherever they undermine our goals for academic, artistic and musical excellence,” Krislov said in the email. However, while the email expresse...

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