The Oberlin Review

Climate Conference Draws Leading Activists

Climate Conference Draws Leading Activists

September 30, 2016

Some of the biggest names in environmentalism will come to town for The Hotel at Oberlin's first major event this week. In response to growing national awareness and urgency about climate change, the College will host “After Fossil Fuels: The Next Economy,” a conference Oct. 6–8 on transitioning to a clean-energy economy. According to David Orr, the event’s organizer and special assistant to the College president on sustainability and the environment, the conference will address ways...

Yeomen Still Looking for First Win

Yeomen Still Looking for First Win

September 30, 2016

The Yeomen were dealt a tough Homecoming defeat last Saturday against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops, falling 29–16. The game, which celebrated the Yeomen’s 125th year of football, left the team in search of its first win as it dropped to 0–4 overall and 0–3 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. “It was a rough loss because we were in it with them the entire time,” said first-year defensive tackle Justin Godfrey. “At any point either of us could’ve pulled ahead.” The...

College Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2025

College Aims for Carbon Neutrality by 2025

September 23, 2016

Scattered across the campus, various devices hint at environmental awareness, from the glowing orbs in each dorm that tell students how much energy they use to the composting bins filled to the brim in Stevenson Dining Hall. The Office of Environmental Sustainability hosted a Carbon Neutrality Forum Tuesday to showcase exactly how the College is planning fulfill its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. To reach the 2025 goal, the College brought in the environmental consulting firm Ever- Green Energy ...

Report Unpacks Campus Climate on Disability

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

September 16, 2016

Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

Confusion, resentment, frustration, inadequate understanding and a passionate desire for change — these are some of the terms the Working Group on Disability and Access used to describe the current campus climate on disability. The working group released its preliminary report via email on Aug. 31 in one of its first steps toward addressing accommodation, access and inclusion on campus. Elizabeth Hamilton, chair of the German Language and Literatures department and Section 504/ADA coordinator, spear- headed the project and hopes that it can begin deconstructing barriers of access that impede many students, faculty and staff from participating in everyday life at Oberlin. “This has been a labor of love,”...

Field Hockey Takes Hits on Road

Field Hockey Takes Hits on Road

September 16, 2016

The field hockey team has taken some hard falls. The Yeowomen were shut out 5–0 in their fourth game of the season on Tuesday against North Coast Athletic Conference rivals, the Kenyon College Ladies, in Gambier, Ohio. Despite holding an overall record of 0–4, 0–2 in conference play, Oberlin looks to an upcoming home game for a chance to earn its first win. The Yeowomen will face the Earlham College Quakers on Saturday at 11 a.m. and look to avenge a 3–0 loss in 2015. That loss came as...

Poor Communication Plagues Campus

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

September 2, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Using Oberlin as a case study to address issues such as free speech, anti-Semitism and institutional racism, Nathan Heller explored the mindset of the modern student activist in the May 30 issue of The New Yorker this year. His article, “The Big Uneasy,” highlights the institutional disunity between teachers, students and the administration in stark, troubling ways. There is a difference in understanding between students and professors that is causing a rift in the relationship and disaffecting both parties. That is how articles like Edward Schlosser’s “I’m a Liberal Professor, and My Liberal Students Terrify Me” gain prominence (Vox, June 3, 2015). “Edward Schlosser” is a pseudonym for a selfdesc...

Tobacco Ban Carries Little Weight with Smokers

Tobacco Ban Carries Little Weight with Smokers

September 2, 2016

In years past, Oberlin students lit their cigarettes on campus and left a trail of smoke on the way to class and huddled around trash cans for makeshift ashtrays. The tobacco ban that went into effect July 1 was intended to curb that behavior, but according to some students, it has been less than successful. “I’ve seen tons of people smoking outside on stairways and all over campus,” said Diana Schwam, South Hall RA and Conservatory sophomore. “I get that it’s a restriction, and for...

Career Center to Assess Student Needs

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

April 22, 2016

Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

The Career Center’s “needs assessment” — an initiative looking to identify ways for the center to improve its facilities — is the first step in the College’s stated endeavor to improve career services for students and recent graduates. The survey portion of the assessment, which comes on the heels of the Strategic Plan’s commitment to help students and recent alumni achieve “meaningful career objectives,” will soon be administered to current juniors and seniors. “I knew coming in that I wanted to be informed about what was really happening with students and recent alumni and what their biggest needs are — to help empower, enable and prepare them to make a successful transition into the workplace,”...

College Sues City Over Gateway Center

College Sues City Over Gateway Center

April 15, 2016

After postponing its opening date for several months, Oberlin College officials filed a lawsuit last week against the city of Oberlin in an attempt to get the $38 million Peter B. Lewis Gateway Center the permits it needs to open. The suit comes after the city repeatedly rejected Oberlin College’s proposed parking plans for the convention center, which has forced the school to postpone the opening twice so far. The complaint stated that the city was unreasonably withholding the permits and is...

¡Presente! Kicks Off with First Outreach Event

¡Presente! Kicks Off with First Outreach Event

April 1, 2016

Oberlin’s Latinx employee group ¡Presente! is holding its first official student and faculty outreach event Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cat in the Cream. The group was formed in an effort to raise awareness and support for the Latinx community on campus. ¡Presente! has been active throughout the year in connecting faculty and employees; however, this is the first event to which students will be invited. The employee group has grown substantially from its modest start in January 2015, when...

Marijuana Legislation Takes New Direction

Marijuana Legislation Takes New Direction

February 26, 2016

Last week, Legalize Ohio 2016 announced that it was suspending its efforts to collect petition signatures for an amendment to legalize and regulate marijuana use for recreational and medical purposes. Instead, the group is reorganizing to join efforts by the Marijuana Policy Project — the largest organization focusing on marijuana reform in the U.S. — to get medical marijuana legislation on the ballot in this year’s general election. The push for across-the-board legalization took a hit...

Legislation to Address Hazardous Lead Levels

Sydney Allen, Staff Writer

February 12, 2016

Filed under Community News, NEWS, Recent Stories

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...

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