The Oberlin Review

Midwest Direct misprinted hundreds of absentee ballots, causing delays for many Oberlin students.

In the Midst of Absent Ballots for Ohio’s Absentee Voters, Obies Continue GOTV Initiatives

October 23, 2020

Many voters who expected to receive their absentee ballots last week are experiencing delays or received faulty ballots. This issue has affected nearly 800 College students, according to Associate Professor and Chair of Geology Zeb Page.  The delays stem from a third-party company called Midwest Direct that Lorain County Board of Elections and other BOEs in Ohio and Pennsylvania contracted to print and ship absentee ballots. The BOEs contracted the third-party company because an unprecedented t...

Public School Funding Back on the Ballot

Anisa Curry Vietze, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2020

This Election Day, Oberlin voters will decide whether or not to renew two separate tax levies which fund the Oberlin public schools. The levies — Issues 21 and 22 on the ballot — are both property taxes and would last for five years before going back on the ballot. “Prior to this election, the issues have gone before the public, and when those issues were voted on previously, they were passed.” said Melissa Linebrink, Oberlin City Schools marketing and communications consultant. “With the renewal, it just means that we're going to the public again, just to ask them for their continued support. We’re not asking for new money, it’s going to be the same amount that they had been paying tax-wise before....

Shannon Freshour and Jim Jordan debate for the Ohio 4th Congressional seat

Jim Jordan, Shannon Freshour Debate the Economy, Pandemic

October 9, 2020

Republican incumbent Jim Jordan and Democratic challenger Shannon Freshour debated in St. Mary’s, Ohio this past Tuesday. The candidates are running for United States Congress in Ohio’s 4th District, which represents Oberlin.  During the debate, the candidates covered various issues, including typical campaign topics like Social Security, health care, and the Second Amendment. The candidates also discussed more recent issues such as whether or not Ohio Governor Mike DeWine overstepped by...

The Oberlin College Athletics department has created a new voting initiative called Yeo the Vote. Photo courtesy of GoYeo.

New Initiative Pushes Student-Athletes to Vote

September 18, 2020

With over 400 student-athletes in Oberlin’s community, the Athletics department wants to make a difference this election season. Yeo the Vote, a new initiative this election year, aims to reach 100 percent student-athlete voter registration.  “This initiative supports our institution’s commitment to empowering our students with the knowledge and opportunities to confront complex issues,” Associate Vice President for Athletics Advancement and Delta Lodge Director of Athletics and Physic...

College fourth-year Daniel Fleischer receives his absentee ballot in the mail. The College encourages all students to consider absentee voting this fall.

Students and Faculty Work to Ensure Safe and Accessible Voting

September 4, 2020

For remote and unenrolled students who wish to cast their ballots in Ohio, and for anyone who hopes to avoid long lines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, absentee voting is the way to go this year. Therefore, many local advocates have refocused their efforts on helping students navigate the often-confusing process of voting by mail.  One group working on the problem is Voter Friendly Campus, a working group of faculty and staff that helps students register and vote. Usually, VFC works to promote a...

Congressional Candidates Campaign in Oberlin

Ella Moxley, Senior Staff Writer

March 13, 2020

Despite fears over the novel coronavirus — or COVID-19 — community spread, Democratic candidates running in Ohio’s fourth Congressional district have ramped up their campaign efforts. Some candidates, including Shannon Freshour and Jeffrey Sites, have increased their presence in Oberlin in recent weeks. Freshour, Sites, and Mike Larsen will all be on the ballot during Tuesday’s contest for the Democratic congressional nomination. The winner will face incumbent Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, the founder of the far-right House Freedom Caucus who has represented the district since 2007. Independent candidate Chris Gibbs also plans to run in the general election against Jordan. Sites, a warehouse assistant manager a...

Simply Voting Is No Longer Enough

Leo Hochberg, Columnist

February 7, 2020

 Today, citizens and residents of the U.S. are more angry, emotional, and divided than we’ve ever been — and, doubtless, there’s plenty to be angry about. Children remain separated from their parents and locked away in prison camps on the southern border; successive conservative administrations have all but annihilated the pro-poor welfare policies of the mid-20th century; and now, the president has been acquitted by spineless politicians who seek to avoid accountability for aiding and abetting high crimes and misdemeanors. The racist and colonialist foundations of the U.S., which have driven this country in a conservative arc for centuries, have now given rise to an administration so thoroughly invested in m...

Iowa Caucuses Must End

Ilana Foggle, Contributing Writer

February 7, 2020

 As I am writing this, nearly 72 hours after the Iowa caucuses took place, roughly 97 percent of the caucus results have been released. Senator Bernie Sanders and Mayor Pete Buttigieg are neck-and-neck, with Senator Sanders receiving 26.1 percent of the vote and Mayor Buttigieg receiving 26.2 percent of the vote.  When I originally decided to write about the Iowa caucuses, I thought I would be breaking down the results and predicting what they indicate about who will become the future Democratic nominee for president. Obviously, that will not be happening after the chaos that ensued in Iowa on Monday night. Perhaps I could write about Pete Buttigieg’s unexpected surge in Iowa or Bernie Sanders’ consistent bas...

Chris Gibbs speaks to Ohioans at The Corner Joint on Wednesday. Gibbs aims to run as an Independent in the fourth congressional district race in Nov. 2020.

Independent Congressional Candidate Visits Oberlin on Listening Tour

December 13, 2019

Chris Gibbs, who is planning to run for Representative Jim Jordan’s seat in Congress as an Independent, met with potential constituents at The Corner Joint on Wednesday. Gibbs is currently traveling around Ohio’s fourth congressional district, which includes Oberlin, on a listening tour as part of the exploratory phase of his campaign. Gibbs is a farmer, the former chair of the Shelby County Republican Party, and a former supporter of President Donald Trump. After becoming frustrated with politi...

Associate Professor and Chair of Geology Zeb Page in his office. Page wrote a program to reconcile local student voting engagement numbers against data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement.

Student Voting Participation Higher Than Previously Reported, Says Professor

December 6, 2019

Since 2012, reports generated by the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement have calculated voter participation at Oberlin College as below national averages for college students across the country. Now, independent research undertaken by Associate Professor and Chair of Geology F. Zeb Page reveals that the NSLVE numbers may be inaccurate. Page was initially motivated to examine the NSLVE numbers because of a hunch. “When we look at [low turnout numbers], we imagine our student bod...

Ohio Remains a Swing State

Editorial Board

November 15, 2019

 This weekend marks exactly four months before the Democratic presidential primary election in Ohio. The fate of the 2020 presidential election hinges partly on the outcome of swing states, such as Ohio, so it is crucial for the Democratic Party to swing this state in their favor this time around.  In the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by eight points in Ohio. However, the final tally does not tell the whole story, as the race was extremely close or skewed toward Clinton in several counties across the state. In Lorain County, Clinton won by only a tenth of a percent, but in Cuyahoga County — Cleveland’s home county — she won with 65 percent of the vote. Despite winning al...

City Council Candidates Engage With Voters

Rachel Serna-Brown and Anisa Curry Vietze

October 4, 2019

Eleven local candidates running for Oberlin City Council met with voters at The First Church in Oberlin for Tuesday’s Community Candidates Night. The event was organized by Oberlin’s chapter of the League of Women Voters with the goal of giving voters the opportunity to ask the candidates questions about local issues. In previous years, Community Candidates Night has showcased candidates for other offices in addition to City Council, such as Ohio State Senate, the county auditor’s office, and local judicial spots. College Science Librarian Alison Ricker — who is a member of Oberlin’s LWV and helped organize the event — explained why this year’s event only focused on council. “The only candidates who spoke were ...

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