The Oberlin Review

National Political Climate Inspires Push for Legal Aid

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

February 10, 2017

Student senators are campaigning for the College to provide free legal aid to students who need it by fall 2017. The push by Senate began in fall 2015 but has recently gained increased urgency with the Gibson’s Bakery arrests and Trump’s immigration plans highlighting the need for litigation services on campus. “How can you expect to be a full-time student and have a healthy mental health, academic performance, etc., while trying to come up with thousands of dollars to retain an attorney?” said Josh Koller, College junior, Student Senator and Legal Aid working group co-chair. The Legal Aid working group, originally founded in fall 2015 by Koller and former Student Senate Liaison Megs Bautista, OC ’16,...

Lake Ridge Busing Service Faces Termination

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

February 3, 2017

In a controversial move likely to inconvenience many Oberlin families, the Oberlin City School District is considering canceling the busing service provided to students who attend Lake Ridge Academy, a private school in North Ridgeville, Ohio. Under Ohio law, the district is required to either provide transportation for parents who want to send their child to a non-district school within a 30-minute radius or provide payment in lieu of transportation if the district decides offering the service would be “impractical.” Oberlin currently transports 14 students to Lake Ridge Academy each day and buses 15 back. At an Oberlin City School Board meeting Jan. 24, Oberlin City Schools Superintendent David Hall suggested...

A van enters the Lorain County Jail in Elyria. The Sheriff’s department will have to make deep cuts after county commissioners opted not to hike taxes.

Lorain Grapples with Government Cutbacks

December 9, 2016

County officials have chosen to defer to the will of the voters and implement budget cuts instead of a tax hike, which will include cutting funding to law enforcement as Lorain County’s heroin epidemic rages on. The county commissioners’ office rejected a proposal Wednesday morning that would have raised the sales tax in Lorain by .25 percent. The increase would have gone against voters’ decision on the Nov. 8 ballot, but was under consideration regardless because of the county’s dire...

Sophomore sprinter and pole vaulter Imani Cook-Gist bested her own 60-meter dash record, posting a time of 7.89 seconds at the Case Western Reserve University Spartan Holiday Classic last Saturday. Cook-Gist was named the NCAC Sprinter/Hurdler of the Week.

NCAC Accolades Pour in for Track, Field

December 9, 2016

Four athletes were recognized by the North Coast Athletic Conference as Athletes of the Week and one sprinter broke a program record as both track and field teams dominated at their season-opener at Case Western Reserve University. “I can’t remember a time where four of us have done this at the same time, which is just a testament to how hard we’ve worked and how good we feel right now,” said junior thrower Monique Newton. In an unprecedented sweep, the Yeowomen took NCAC player of...

Junior thrower and three-time All-American Monique Newton launches the shot put. A Sacramento, CA native, Newton is also a track and field team captain.

Track, Field Set for Spartan Holiday Classic

December 2, 2016

Last year’s indoor season brought four individual North Coast Athletic Conference Championships for the track and field team, and the squad looks to get on that same path to success tomorrow as it kicks off the winter season at the Case Western Reserve University Spartan Holiday Classic. “We worked really hard in pre-season and after working out for three or four months, you just want to compete against people that aren’t your teammates, and you want to see people from other schools,”...

A student talks to the administrative assistant in the Dean of Studies Office. The office will be terminated at the end of the school year.

College to Eliminate Dean of Studies Office

December 2, 2016

In an effort to consolidate and restructure offices on campus, administrators have decided to eliminate the Dean of Studies Office. The decision is part of the Strategic Plan’s implementation and efforts to create a more streamlined and helpful advising system. The Strategic Plan stipulates that the College needs to “adopt the framework of connected learning — an educational model that supports every student in the intentional integration of coursework, advising, mentoring, internships,...

Sophomore Linnea Halsten races at the Great Lakes Regional Championships, where she recorded a 21 minute, 27.2 second finish in the 6k last Saturday. Her ninth-place finish earned her a spot at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, KY, tomorrow.

Halsten Heads to NCAA Championships

November 18, 2016

After recording a ninth-place finish at the Great Lakes Regional Championships last Saturday, sophomore Linnea Halsten will represent Oberlin at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Louisville, KY, tomorrow. Halsten, a Madison, WI, native, finished the 6k race in 21 minutes, 27.2 seconds to earn an at-large bid, while the women’s team ended its season finishing in sixth place among the 31-team field. “We didn’t perform like we really wanted to; we wanted to go to nationals as a team an...

Frandsen: College’s Financial Trajectory Unsustainable

Sydney Allen, Production Editor

November 18, 2016

The College’s financial situation is unsustainable without substantive cuts, administrators say, and by filling out a survey, College community members will help decide where those cuts will fall. Vice President for Finance and Administration Mike Frandsen said in a research management meeting last Friday that Oberlin’s current financial model is unsustainable, and would leave the College with an increasing deficit in the coming years if the financial system stayed the same. Frandsen’s reports showed a projected deficit of $3.1 million in 2017 that then increases to $5.7 million by 2021. The Resource Management Working Group, an implementation committee for the 2016–2021 Strategic Plan, sent out a survey...

Sophomore Sara Chang (left) and senior Maggie Middleton jump for a block against the top-seeded Tigers in the first round of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at Wittenberg University last Friday.

Volleyball Takes Set from Top-Seeded Tigers

November 11, 2016

Despite taking the third set from the top-seeded Wittenberg University Tigers 25–22, the Yeowomen dropped the match 3–1 in the first round of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. Putting up a valiant fight against the No. 7 Tigers was encouraging for the Yeowomen, who finished their season 7–20 overall and 1–7 in the NCAC. “We played some of the best volleyball we’ve played all year and we ended up taking a set off them, which I’ve never done in the six years I’ve been...

Community members check in with staff members at the polling center in Philips gym. The other polling centers in Oberlin included
the Zion Community Development building and Kendal at Oberlin.

County Rejects Tax Levy for Rehab Facilities

November 11, 2016

Widespread opioid abuse has plagued Lorain County in recent years, but voters still rejected a measure to fund a single rehabilitation facility in a county that has zero on Tuesday. Issue 35, the proposed tax levy, would have designated money for the Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services Board of Lorain County. The levy would also have increased resources for addicts in Lorain County, as there are currently very few options for those who want to detox or need support remaining clean. Lorain County...

First-year Marija Crook races in the women’s 6k. The cross country teams will participate in The College of Wooster 5k Twilight Challenge tonight and then head to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet Nov. 12.

Cross Country Looks to Find Stride at Regionals

November 4, 2016

The cross country team enters the final stretch of its seasons as the Yeomen and Yeowomen race to the Great Lakes Regional in Holland, MI, next Saturday. Both squads will look to improve upon their performances at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship meet in Terre Haute, IN, last Sunday, where the women finished second and the men earned seventh. “Our goal was to win conference — which we definitely could have done,” said first-year Marija Crook, who was awarded NCAC Newcomer...

Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine gives a speech at Lorain High School Thursday. The candidates are bitterly battling for Ohio’s 18 electoral votes.

Campaigns Vie for Lorain Votes

October 28, 2016

As a battleground county in a swing state, Lorain County will play a critical role in the bitter struggle to decide the next president Nov. 8. Both the Republican and Democratic campaigns have headquarters downtown in the City of Lorain, in addition to a Hillary for Ohio base here in Oberlin. On Thursday afternoon, Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine spoke at a rally in Lorain High School. "You guys are more than a battleground, you’re a checkmate state," Kaine was qu...

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