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Expectations Prove Damaging to Emotional Health

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 12, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Too often it’s easy to think that what you hope for and what will happen can be the same thing. Everyone is guilty of placing hope in a certain version of the future, expecting to make it real. Expectation sounds pretty ridiculous described this way, but somehow very few people see anything wrong w... Read more »

Politicians Should Embrace Internet Memes

Politicians Should Embrace Internet Memes

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
February 12, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Everyone with a social media account and more than two friends or followers has seen political memes. They’re clever ways to convey a simple point, which can then be reiterated, with slight variation, by another person who laughs at the meme. The dankest meme now is “Bernie or Hillary?” (dankn... Read more »

Flint Crisis Demands Reflection on Campus, Community Relationship

Editorial Board
February 12, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

With his approval rating plummeting and amid public calls for his resignation, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder addressed lawmakers on Wednesday to propose a $54.9 billion budget for the state, the majority of which would go to reversing the lead contamination in Flint’s water and repairing Detroit’s... Read more »

Student Senate Election Statements

Student Senate
February 12, 2016
Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Ailing “Eileen” Cao College sophomore Endorsed by the International Student Association and the Chinese Students Association I am Ailing Cao, and my friends call me Eileen. My pronouns are she/her/hers. I come from Shanghai, China. I am a sophomore interested in comparative politics. I’v... Read more »

Black Representation in the Arts Crucial to Dismantling Racism

Editorial Board
February 5, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Black entertainers will abound at the 88th Academy Awards in February. Comedian and actor Chris Rock will host alongside presenters and performers including Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart, The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams. But with the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations on Jan. 14, media e... Read more »

Let’s Make Campus Politics More Constructive

Marc Blecher, Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies
February 5, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I was lucky to come of age during a time of social and political radicalism. The 1960s movements for democracy, justice and peace taught me the profound value and significance of political engagement. They are the reason I chose a career in the academy. I’ve also been fortunate enough to be able to ... Read more »

Peer Support, Solidarity Only Provided During Campus Crises

Robert Bonfiglio, Contributing Writer
February 5, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Two winters ago, in a student study room at a Dartmouth College medical building, I got bored with my Winter Term project and took a break to watch a documentary on the Belle and Sebastian album If You’re Feeling Sinister. I had been trying to find the album on YouTube, but ended up happening upon this documen... Read more »

Iowa Caucuses Reveal Flaws in Archaic Primary Election System

Sean Para, Columnist
February 5, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This week’s Iowa caucus began the 2016 presidential campaign in earnest. The media has reported on the various candidates’ every move and turn of phrase. The results promise a tough campaign for the candidacy of both parties. Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders by 0.3 percent of the vote, meanin... Read more »

Self-Insight Can Be Gained from Solitude

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 5, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Washington, D.C., is a metropolis of history, politics and tourism that has become one of the most popular residences of Oberlin alumni. Yet despite the draw that D.C. exerts on Obies, I felt out of place when I spent my Winter Term there studying invasive plants. While I left my internship with a wea... Read more »

Broken ExCo System Disrespectful to Students

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist
February 5, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Columnist Note: Some ExCos are taught by community members or College staff and faculty, but the vast majority are both attended and taught by students. I’m addressing the effect that the current ExCo system has on students. I’m also largely writing from the point of view of someone who’s been a ... Read more »

We Should Question the Term ‘Low-Income Student’

Aliza Weidenbaum, Oberlin resident
February 5, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Certainly, it makes sense to provide immediate money for student necessities — from travel tickets for international study to cash for Oberlin Winter Term groceries. Since no student can control the womb nor circumstances from which they come, let’s think twice before using the term “low... Read more »

U.S. Must Accept China’s Economic Rise

Sean Para, Columnist
December 11, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The U.S. is no longer in a league of its own among the world powers. The end of the Cold War ushered in a prolonged period of undisputed American hegemony, but the emergence of China as the second-largest economy in the world and an increasingly crucial hub of the global economy — coupled with China... Read more »