The Oberlin Review

Proposed Journalism Concentration Deserves Support

Editorial Board

November 1, 2019

 “We decided to take an approach to the story that a national outlet might not, and reach out to the university,” Andrew Howard, a managing editor for The State Press, Arizona State University’s student newspaper, said in an October interview with The New York Times. “I’m not sure we ever expected to get the scoop that we did.” Howard was referring to his publication’s story about Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, and his resignation from the Trump administration due to involvement in inappropriate pressure politics with Ukraine. The Press was the first publication of any kind to break the news. “Just a college paper” — it’s a phrase used to diminish the importance of college...

Oberlin Primary Election Looks to Renew Key Tax Levies

Oberlin Primary Election Looks to Renew Key Tax Levies

April 26, 2019

Ohio’s primary election on May 7 will decide whether the city of Oberlin will renew two pre-existing taxes — an income tax that supports the city’s general fund and a tax levy for the benefit of the public library. The five-year, 0.2 percent income tax levy supports the operating and capital improvement expenses that go toward the City’s general fund. The levy is estimated to generate $618,889 in 2019 alone and city officials predict that this number will stay consistent for years to co...

Student Senate Election Statements

Student Senate

September 18, 2015

Student Senate elections are live until 11:59 p.m. today. The ballot link was sent via email to the student body on Monday, Sept. 14. Elijah Aladin Obies, I am a dedicated and ambitious first-year student with high hopes to bring change to Oberlin. My vision, if elected to the Student Senate, is to ease the transition for incoming students by improving the effectiveness of existing facilities. During orientation, for example, I heard whispers about frequent nervous breakdowns and mental health issues, yet there was little information about the resources available to help with these issues. I discovered that, while we have a health center, it’s separated from most of the campus! This should better publiciz...

Community-College Ties Strengthened by City Council Representation

David Sokoll, OC '10

September 4, 2015

Dear new and returning Oberlin students, Crafting this letter, I began as any good student would: I googled “letter to the editor.” It turns out these things are for sharing an opinion on a local issue. Today, the issue I’d like to talk about is our local government, and my opinion is that myself and other young adults are alienated from formal democracy in Oberlin and beyond. I graduated from Oberlin College in 2010, and while most of my classmates scattered to pursue their dreams, I chose to pursue mine right here in town. Since then, I have been involved in community organizations and non-profits throughout Lorain County. I have worked for food justice by bringing fresh local produce to residents of all ...

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