The Oberlin Review

Vocational School Resists City Annexation

Vocational School Resists City Annexation

September 25, 2015

The city of Oberlin wants to expand city limits to include the Lorain County Joint Vocational School, but the school doesn’t want to join. JVS is currently located in Pittsfield Township, an unincorporated part of Lorain County that does not levy an income tax to residents or day workers. The city of Oberlin believes it has a legal right to take possession of JVS. If Oberlin successfully annexes the school, JVS employees will have to pay Oberlin income tax. According to Oberlin City Manager Eric...

Division Between Oberlin, Real World Exaggerated

Jake Nash, College senior

September 4, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Dear first-years, Throughout my time here at Oberlin, I have grappled with the question of whether what I am doing here really matters. I have spent weeks writing essays that only two pairs of eyes will ever see. I’ve had drunk conversations that neither of us remembered the next morning. My concern is that Oberlin is an environment where ideas are exchanged but seldom applied outside of college life. Discussions with friends have confirmed that I am not the only one who has lingering suspicions that a liberal arts education at a well-funded college campus that is seemingly walled-off from the surrounding corn fields is not a productive or valid way to learn about the real world. I am sure that during your time ...

Shifting Sports Culture

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor

May 8, 2015

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

As the end of my sophomore year winds down, and my tenure as Sports editor comes to a blissful conclusion as I move to News, I have been reflecting on how the Oberlin Athletics Department has evolved over the last two years. Playing on the women’s varsity soccer team, I have experienced firsthand what it really means to be part of a budding program. The team won only one game in 2012 and scored seven goals throughout the entire season. Statistically, my first year was not significantly better, with just four wins and 12 goals to our collective name. But this year, with an 11-person sophomore class, complemented by seven very talented first-years, our young team has started to evolve. Of course, this has not been w...

Oberlin Tuition Hike an Injustice

Zachery Crowell, SLAC Co-Chair

April 10, 2015

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Beginning next year, the cost to attend Oberlin will be a staggering $64,224. This price is $2,436 more than the current $61,788 to attend. This price hike translates into a four percent increase over one year, which is well over twice the current rate of inflation. What can the justification be for raising prices? We are already one of the most expensive institutions in the United States. More precisely, this year we ranked 7th in tuition and 15th in total cost of attendance. Our financial situation has only improved since 2009. In fact, our endowment is currently up at $808 million or $280,000 per student, while we complete a second multi-million dollar construction project in just under two years....

Oberlin Community Services Expands

Oberlin Community Services Expands

March 6, 2015

Oberlin Community Services is working on a new strategic plan called Planting Seeds for Growth and Sustainability to help reshape and expand its services to fit the needs of southern Lorain County communities. Executive Director Cindy Andrews, a former member of OCS’s Board of Directors, took charge of OCS’s operations about a year ago. Prior to Andrews’ arrival, OCS supplied two forms of support: emergency assistance and food services. One of Andrews’ first plans was to reach out to the...

Students File Complaint After Conductor Uses Racial Epithet

Elizabeth Dobbins, News Editor

March 6, 2015

Filed under Community News, NEWS

Three students from the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra submitted a complaint to the Conservatory dean’s office after a rehearsal on Feb. 23, where guest conductor Jaap ter Linden told an anecdote in which he repeatedly used a racial slur. During the incident, Linden recited and joked about a children’s rhyme that includes a racial epithet in both the title and the text. He went on to suggest that those uncomfortable with this language should substitute the epithet with the word “frog.” An official complaint was filed with Meredith Raimondo, the special assistant to the president for equity, diversity and inclusion, and other instructors filled in for Linden for the remainder of the three-week cycle, ending March...

Just Ask Us: DeCafé Not Worth Price

Jolie DeFeis and Mike Plotz

February 27, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Disclaimer: “Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya” is a satirical column, and the Review does not condone illegal activity of any kind.  There comes a time in every Oberlin student’s life when a decision must be made: Should I steal that shit from DeCafé? Of course, stealing is wrong when put into simplistic terms, but alas, we do not live in such a black and white world. The real question is whether DeCafé and Campus Dining Services are already stealing from us — and we believe the answer is yes. Here at “Just Ask Us,” we are 100 percent certain that CDS is stealing from us. Here in the Opinions section, we’re sure you’re used to reading opinions, but first, let’s break down the facts. Everyone know...

Marijuana Group Pushes for Oberlin Lab

Marisa Aikins

February 20, 2015

Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The city of Oberlin is now a contender to house a marijuana testing facility. ResponsibleOhio, a nonprofit organization campaigning to legalize marijuana for medical and personal use for adults over the age of 21, is pushing for the facility to be located within city limits. Although homegrown marijuana will be allowed conditionally, the majority of ResponsibleOhio’s proposed amendment to the Ohio constitution focuses on creating legalized marijuana stores and testing facilities that will be centralized and heavily regulated. The Marijuana Control Commission, a regulatory body that the amendment would create, will regulate the 10 growing locations and at least five testing facilities across Ohio. The marijuana...

Fervent Progressivism Blocks Other Views

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The Oberlin College community is almost notorious for its open embrace of views that lie largely outside the mainstream American political culture. Students are known as extremely accepting of people and opinions that would be ostracized elsewhere, giving Oberlin a reputation of “open-mindedness.” But unfortunately for a minority of students on campus, the “open-mindedness” of the community goes only one way: toward a rejection of unpopular views in favor of unwavering adherence to the political left. This was something that attracted me to Oberlin — coming from a community almost as well known for its conservatism as Oberlin is for its liberalism, I looked forward to finally being around people who agreed...

Social Movements Must Incorporate Environmental Justice

CJ Blair, Columnist

February 20, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

There’s no doubt that Oberlin is a place known for its conscientious and progressive students. While Oberlin’s sustainable Adam Joseph Lewis Center and a handful of environmental organizations demonstrate concern about environmental issues, day-to-day conversations between students tend to favor social, rather than environmental, justice. This is by no means a bad thing, but such conversations often fail to see the ways in which environmentalism is just as pressing a concern as social justice, as well as how the two are inextricably tied. If it sounds like I’m going to condemn the social justice initiatives on campus, let me assure you that I’m not. The way in which Oberlin responded to the horrendous incidents...

City Meets Target, Halves Carbon Emissions

City Meets Target, Halves Carbon Emissions

February 20, 2015

The city of Oberlin has met its target of cutting 2012 greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2015. Oberlin emitted 113,832 metric tons of greenhouse gases in 2012 and is projected to emit 56,866 metric tons in 2015, according to analysis done by the consulting firm Cameron-Cole. “In three years, we halved the entire city’s greenhouse gas emissions,” said Sean Hayes, the executive director of the Oberlin Project. The Oberlin Project is an organization that seeks to help Oberlin make progress...

Winter Term Contextualizes Social Justice Concepts

Erin Ulrich, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I think it goes without saying that Oberlin is a stimulating place; the social rigor parallels that of the academic, resulting in an inevitably challenging yet invigorating environment. However, what I find more often than not (as I know many other people do) is how isolating the Oberlin bubble can be and how exaggerated this is during Winter Term. As an opportunity to depart from the bubble for an entire month, Winter Term is a prime time to apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to the real world. I was particularly excited about my first Winter Term experience this past January; I felt as though I had been specifically primed for exactly what I was going to do outside of Oberlin. For the month of...

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