The Oberlin Review

Just Ask Us: GoYeo or Stevie?

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz

November 7, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Welcome back to the second installment of “Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya” with Jolie and Mike. We know it’s been a hard and long two weeks (my God, three weeks!) with this pesky break keeping us apart from one another, but we’re happy to be back, and it is our firm opinion that you are, too. Browsing the internet, as we do daily, and scouring Yik Yak, which we also do daily, it occurred to us that there should be no more beating around the bush. We must answer the question that’s been on everyone’s mind: Would you rather say “GoYeo!” at the end of every sentence or eat Stevie food for the rest of your life? (Question obtained courtesy of Yik Yak and the wildly creative mind of Remington Runnfeldt...

New Bakery Comes to Main Street

New Bakery Comes to Main Street

November 7, 2014

The Blue Rooster Bakehouse, which is taking the place of B. McK’s Public House in downtown Oberlin, will open Nov. 15, stocked with cakes, pies, pastries, bagels and other baked goods. Wendy Boes, who runs the bakery with her husband Leo, said she hoped that her establishment would create a unique niche in the Oberlin community. “Everything we’re making is really homey and scratch-made — what your grandma’s kitchen would be like,” she said. “I think the fact that you can sit dow...

Obies Must Support Public Transit

Jillian Hostetler, College sophomore

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: It’s no secret that the millennial generation is recognized as an agent of change. Millennials are already hailed as people who will take the ideas of past generations and make them a reality. As Oberlin students, this is something many of us realize. In a lot of ways, we have already taken action to benefit the world around us. We are known as a place where people have strong opinions that they stand up and fight for. We know what we want the world around us to look like, so we aim to change whatever holds us back, whether that is a social norm or a public policy. Earlier this year, Governor of Ohio John Kasich approved a $3 billion transportation plan, with most of the money going towards...

Sachs Convocation Exemplifies Biased, Neoliberal Agenda

Ana Patricia Robelo, Megan Gisela Bautista, and Gian-Carlo Toriano Parel

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Dear President Marvin Krislov: We are three of the students who helped organize a direct action in opposition to the convocation that took place on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. We cannot speak for everyone who organized, participated or wanted to but were not able to engage in the action, but we — speaking only for ourselves — were disappointed yet unsurprised that economist Dr. Jeffrey Sachs was invited to speak to share his research on global sustainability on Wednesday evening. Furthermore, we feel that the administration failed to report a transparent characterization of this speaker to the community, especially considering Sachs’s role as a major foreign economic advisor to transitioning nations in the 1980s...

School Board Asks for Vote on Issue 3

Barry Richard, President, Oberlin School Board

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: At its July 15, 2014 meeting, the Oberlin School Board voted to place a one mill continuing permanent improvement levy, Issue 3, on the Nov. 4 ballot. If approved, this millage amount will generate approximately $182,000 in additional yearly revenue for the district. The estimated cost on a $100,000 home is approximately $3 per month, or $36 per year. These monies can only be used for expenses that have a life of five years or more (e.g. roof, boiler, doors, textbooks, band and orchestra equipment, sidewalks, parking lots, furniture, etc.). The reasons for this request are as follows: (1) The cost of maintaining our buildings has exceeded the amount collected by our current PI funds for the last...

Open Letter: Co-op Savings Essential

Bob Weiner, Class of 1969

October 31, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Dear President Marvin Krislov: You must be flooded with everything, but as a co-Clinton administration official with you, I do want you to know that I’m an old Oberlin co-oper (I was the system treasurer!), and I agree that the savings for co-op members need to stay to help them with college. They helped me in a critical way. My father, who was covering my tuition, died between my freshman and sophomore year, and my uncle picked up the family wish to get me through school with tuition. But that was it for money. So I joined a co-op my sophomore year. I had to pay for all expenses other than tuition and room, and the savings from being in a dining co-op — and working to earn them, first as the meat buyer and then...

Just Ask Us: Favored Fir Finds Fresh Frontier in Front of Oberlin Inn

Mike Plotz and Jolie De Feis

October 10, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

We are here to introduce our biweekly column in the Review! Rose Stoloff, Editor-in-Chief and part-time dog owner, is so excited about this project that she is willing to advocate on our behalf — just ask her! We even have an official email so that you can send us compliments and Gchat us during your classes. Our reporting style is unique and follows the philosophy that facts plus fiction equals truth. Don’t believe us? Just ask New York Times staff writer Paul Krugman, who has called us “remarkably original and fun.” For our first installment, we are here to inform you about the Oberlin Inn tree. We know you’re thinking: “But the Oberlin Inn project knocked down all of the trees.” Wrong! Oberlin Colle...

Students Must Mobilize Against Proposed Pipeline Through Oberlin

CJ Blair, Columnist

October 3, 2014

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Early during Orientation, another student told me that there were plans to build a natural gas pipeline that would go straight through Oberlin. When I heard this, I almost laughed, because I knew it wouldn’t happen. Surely the students of one of the world’s most politically active colleges would do everything in their power to prevent a project like this. When I joined Oberlin Anti-Frack, however, I realized that this was true only for a small group of students; the campus as a whole was far from being united and ready to mobilize against the pipeline. With several crucial dates in the battle against the Nexus Pipeline just days away, it is without question the most important time to make sure Oberlin students...

Radiolab Event Highlights Best of Oberlin College

Marty Frazier, OC '07

September 26, 2014

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: As a high school teacher, I’m constantly regaling students with the wonders of Oberlin and encouraging them to apply. Posters and pennants fly from my classroom windows, and the new viewbook sits prominently on my front table. Students grow tired of these entreaties, and when I begin a sentence with “Back at Oberlin,” many eyes roll reflexively back into sockets, as teenage eyes are sometimes wont to do. So when a group of high school seniors accompanied me to the Radiolab event this past Friday, I panicked that perhaps I’d let nostalgia oversell my Oberlin experience to them. What if our journey to this promised world revealed my memories as completely fraudulent? Walking into an electrified,...

News Brief: Inn Construction Begins

News Brief: Inn Construction Begins

September 12, 2014

Demolition of the Oberlin Inn began in earnest this week, marking the start of a 15-month period of construction on the corner of Main and College streets. The new facility, which will open in its entirety in the fall of 2016, will include a refurbished 70-room hotel, conference facility, retail space, restaurant, lobby area and admissions wing, all combined into one 100,000-square foot complex. According to former Vice President for the Office of Finance and Administration Ron Watts, the Inn will ser...

Local Photographers Explore Race, Gender Identity

Local Photographers Explore Race, Gender Identity

September 12, 2014

The framed photographs hung on the wall like windows into the subjects’ lives: an old man wearing sunglasses and throwing a yo-yo, a young woman holding a wide-eyed cat, a child waving goodbye while trapped by the photo’s edge. These portraits can be found in the exhibit Seeing Community: Visions from NEO, which opened June 27 and runs through Sept. 19. The exhibit showcases the work of 16 local photographers displayed in the Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery located in the College’s Dewy War...

Oberlin Recycling Pickup Set to Return in October

Oberlin Recycling Pickup Set to Return in October

September 12, 2014

The city of Oberlin estimates municipal recycling pickup services will resume by the middle of October, returning after last February’s garage fire destroyed all six of Oberlin’s garbage and recycling trucks, limiting recycling services to two dropoff centers. Members of the student-run Resource Conservation Team have been offering limited additional recycling services to the College and town since March. “We are still surprised that the city hasn’t come up with anything, or the Co...

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