Adrian Fenty spends a lot of time these days distinguishing himself from Ward 4 Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis, whom he’s challenging in this fall’s Democratic primary. As chair of the council’s Committee on Economic Development, Jarvis is best known for championing downtown development projects. Fenty, meanwhile, promises to focus on Ward 4’s own retail district, Georgia Avenue. The political foes do share at least one loyalty, however: They’re both graduates of Oberlin College, a small Ohio liberal-arts school. When Jarvis learned that former Oberlin President F. Frederick Starr, now a fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, had contributed to Fenty’s campaign, Fenty says, Jarvis called Starr to ask why he’d slighted her. Fenty claims that Starr responded by saying that he thought it was time for new council leadership. Jarvis, on the other hand, says that Starr never realized until her call that the council race was a clash of Obies—and that he’s since wished her campaign well, too. —Andrew Katz