February Senate Update

Machmud Makhmudov and Megs Bautista
March 13, 2015
Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Student Senate has started off the semester diligently working on making the grass visible again; we’re glad to say that we’ve finally succeeded. You’re welcome. This rapid improvement in our efficiency is in no small part due to the election of seven new senators — all of whom were chosen in... Read more »

International Women’s Day Fails to Recognize Global Diversity of Experiences

Editorial Board
March 13, 2015
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Content warning: This editorial contains discussion of sexualized violence. In a country with more CEOs named John than CEOs that are women, the need for an International Women’s Day is clear. This year’s event centered around the hashtags #MakeItHappen and #PaintItPurple to shed light... Read more »

Just Ask Us: Avoid Midterms Stress

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz
March 13, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

You’re stressed. We get it; you’re an Oberlin student (or alumnum, or prospie, or professor, or townsperson, or random internet surfer who was searching for “views in Berlin” and stumbled upon our little website), life is hard and, according to my great-uncle, it’s all downhill from here. Sorry.... Read more »

Temperature Rise Over 50 Years More Dangerous Than It Sounds, Increase in Coral Bleaching Triggered by Heat

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Contributing Writer
March 13, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Climate data for 2014 reveal it was the warmest year in recorded history, with 1998 coming in at a close second. While it may not seem particularly consequential in the midst of a never-ending Oberlin winter, changes in global temperature are incredibly impactful to our planet. Geologists predict a 2... Read more »

Faculty Weigh In On ’Sco Cancellation

Rick Baldoz, Shelley Lee, and Harrod Suarez
March 13, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: In addressing the cancellation of the show by the band Viet Cong, we as scholars and teachers of Asian American studies wish to shed light on why, for some, this was not a benign matter. We hope to shift the tone and substance of discussion toward listening to and learning from one... Read more »

Student Activism Intimidating, Not Oppressive

Ryan Murphy and Elly Higgins
March 13, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the Feb. 13 issue of The Oberlin Review, contributing writer James Tanford wrote an op-ed titled “Student Hypocrisy Part of Problem, Contributes to Injustice” on his problems with student activism. Before reading the op-ed, we hoped to find a criticism of the number of white bodies in activist... Read more »

Watergate Reveals Disparities in Urban, Rural Communities

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
March 13, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

From the way students reacted to the water boil alert that went into effect early Sunday morning on March 8, you would think the apocalypse had begun. Playfully dubbed “Watergate 2k15,” the citywide lack of water affected students and residents alike until the boil alert was lifted Monday evening.... Read more »

Winter Term Creates Air of Detachment

Margo Josephson , Contributing Writer
March 6, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Oberlin fluctuates between a place of safety and an isolated hub of culture trapped in the Midwest. I return to campus each semester with a different mindset. Sometimes I crave the seclusion of the College and its fierce social justice spirit. Other times I panic at the thought of being in the hinterlands,... Read more »

Gear Co-op Leadership Resembles Totalitarian Regime

Nate Sher, Contributing Writer
March 6, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

If you haven’t already heard the noise, the Gear Co-op — a student organization committed to providing non-Conservatory musicians with access to rehearsal space and musical equipment — has hatched. After months of labor, the group has finally requisitioned its fruit, the Wilder 404 practice room,... Read more »

Nemtsov Killing Should Prompt Introspection Alongside Condemnation

Editorial Board
March 6, 2015
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

When prominent Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on a Moscow street last Friday, days before he was slated to lead a major anti-government protest, global leaders rallied behind familiar cries. Nemtsov, an ardent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, had been well known since... Read more »

Food Truck Debate Ongoing, City Council Divided

Mark Chesler, Local resident
March 6, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Prepared remarks delivered at Feb. 2, 2015 Oberlin City Council and Feb. 4, 2015 Oberlin Planning Commission meetings. To the Editors: On Oct. 22, 2014, and Nov. 5, 2014, an obstinate Oberlin Planning Commission tabled adoption of the draft mobile food truck vehicle regulations prepared... Read more »

SFP Stands with Khattab, Odeh on Israel Apartheid Week

Students for a Free Palestine
March 6, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Content Warning: This letter contains references to torture and sexual assault. To the Editors: Lina Khattab is not much different from an Oberlin student. She is 18 years old, studies media at university, dances and is politically active on campus in protesting the Israeli occupation. On... Read more »