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Black Professors Pressured into Solidarity

Meredith M. Gadsby, Associate Professor of Africana Studies
April 23, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: On April 10, my colleague Marc Blecher sent an email addressed to me and carbon copied to a select group of tenured Africana-identified faculty, along with Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega. The note reads as follows: “Hi, Meredith. I see you’re ‘Still... Read more »

Not All Dissent Stems from Cognitive Dissonance

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer
April 23, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

It’s human nature to believe that one’s opinions are factually correct. After all, why would you believe something that isn’t true? Unless we get into the messy philosophical debate about whether reality can be proven at all, some things are provable: the earth is round and bacteria exist. Most ... Read more »

College Fails to Address Antisemitism on Campus

Sidney Rosenfeld, Professor Emeritus of German
April 23, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Editor’s Note: Professor Rosenfeld prefers using “antisemitism” instead of “anti-Semitism,” the latter of which he considers a misnomer. To the Editors: Twenty years ago, in March 1996, invited to campus by Third World House, Kwame Ture ([previously known as] Black Panther leader Stokel... Read more »

College Must Examine Karega Case without Bias

Booker C. Peek, Emeritus Associate Professor of Africana Studies
April 23, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Oberlin College faculty members meet this Monday to address the issues of anti-Semitism, racism and bigotry on campus. At least to some extent, Professor Joy Karega’s posts on the internet that have been deemed anti-Semitic, not just anti-Zionist, with calls coming from many quart... Read more »

New York, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down

Sean Para, Columnist
April 23, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The 2016 presidential campaign has been nothing short of absurd, and Tuesday’s New York primary marks yet another twist in the road to the nominations. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won their respective primaries by about 60 percent each. Trump won in almost every district, with 60.5 percent tot... Read more »

Sanders’ Stance on Guns Hypocritical

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 23, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

If there is one word I have been using with growing bitterness this semester, it is “systemic” — systemic harm, systemic injustice, systemic oppression. I feel disgust almost every time I hear the word because systemic injustice is so entrenched in our society. Another zealous user of the word “systemic... Read more »

Police Department Should Assist, not Arrest, Addicts

Editorial Board
April 22, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The city of Amherst Police Department is the latest law enforcement agency to adopt a treatment-focused approach to low-level drug offences. As reported by the Oberlin News Tribune on April 8, Amherst Police Chief Joe Kucirek has instituted an informal policy whereby addicts who turn themselves in w... Read more »

ResEd Responsible for Students’ Sense of Safety in Living Spaces

Editorial Board
April 15, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

As in semesters past, the northeast wing of South Hall’s second floor — a space the Office of Residential Education has designated “all female” — is reserved for female students in search of peace of mind and a safe haven from a patriarchal campus and society. At the beginning of this ... Read more »

Sexual Abuse, Not Homosexuality, Deplorable

Sami Mericle, Production Editor
April 15, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Last week, prosecutors accused former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of sexually abusing at least four boys while he was a high school wrestling coach. While Hastert should face jail time for his actions, the media must resist using homophobic undertones when condemning his alleged crime. Hastert p... Read more »

Consumers Should Consider Going Vegetarian

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 15, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When you think about the current state of the world, sometimes you can only conclude that humans are particularly good at being particularly awful. One aspect of our society that leads to this way of thinking is our domestic livestock system and the animals that are forced to live and die within it for t... Read more »

RIO Reclaims College’s Financial Autonomy

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
April 15, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Over the weekend, I participated in a workshop led by the Responsible Investment Organization, exploring endowments and how to sustainably and responsibly invest. There are three main reasons why I think students should join RIO. First, there may be no other time in your life when you can leverage more... Read more »

GOP Support of Cruz Signals End of Party

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
April 15, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The Republican convention is on the horizon, occurring in our nearest city, Cleveland. In two months, the GOP will try to salvage their lot amid a razed political field. The situation that the party leaders face is one in which they can’t truly win. Currently, the three options for a Republican presid... Read more »