District Hires New Assistant Superintendent

(published on May 6, 2016)

Throughout the past year, Oberlin City Schools Board of Education has been working through the process of replacing the district’s current school buildings with more efficient facilities. The current school buildings are not serving the community in healthy ways, board members say, and it’s time for a change.

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Sustainability Office Celebrates Milestone, Earth Day

(published April 22, 2016)

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Office of Environmental Sustainability will hold a special event every month until the end of the year. Earth Day Field Day is the next event and is taking place today, April 22. It will feature environmentally-themed outdoor activities. The event coincides with the end of Ecolympics, which the office coordinates yearly.

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Smoking Ban Continues to Stir Controversy

(published December 6, 2013)

The prospect of a tobacco-free campus, which has polarized the student body since its proposal this past November, remains under intensive deliberation. In order for the ban to take effect in 2016, it would require the support of both Student Senate and the administration. If Student Senate votes in favor of the proposal this March, and if the administration approves it in fall 2014, the ban will officially become campus policy.

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Students Fight to Extend Professor Matambo’s Stay

(published November 8, 2013)

In an attempt to prolong Creative Writing Professor Bernard Matambo’s tenure, students of the Creative Writing department have drafted a petition that asks faculty, alumni and fellow students to advocate for Matambo’s permanent position as a member of Oberlin College’s professional staff. Matambo, who was originally hired for a six-year Assistant Visiting Professor position, is scheduled to leave Oberlin after the end of this year.

After learning of Matambo’s impending departure, College senior Sarah Cheshire chose to take matters into her own hands.

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ODE Grant Bridges District Funding Gaps

(published October 11, 2013)

Balancing the needs of students with the steep costs to the state of a public education has continued to prove troublesome for educators nationwide. The Ohio Department of Education is hoping to ameliorate this difficulty by allocating $250 million to schools that present innovative and sustainable educational programs.

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Oberlin Challenges State Law on Guns

(published September 13, 2013)

Oberlin’s chief of police received an email from Brian Kuzawa, a resident of Ashland County, on August 2, the day before the Oberlin Family Fun Fair.  In the email, Kuzawa argued that as an Ohio resident, he maintained the right to openly carry a firearm to the fair, and he planned to do so. While the town of Oberlin has municipal laws that preclude carrying firearms in public places ­­–– such as parks –– the state of Ohio permits it.

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Photorealist Creates Beauty For Victims

(published May 10, 2013)

Audrey Flack, an artist highly regarded for her pioneering work as a photorealist in the 1960s and 1970s, gave a lecture at the Allen Memorial Art Museum last Thursday. Flack’s work uniquely stands out because of her technical virtuosity as a painter, depicting images that appear so tangible they could be taken right out of the painting.

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