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Buyout Signals Death of Academic Freedom

Roger Copeland, Professor of Theater and Dance
May 8, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In what must surely be one of the greatest lawyer jokes of all time, Groucho and Chico parody the jargonized mumbo-jumbo of legally-binding contracts in the “contract scene” in the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera. Struggling to make sense of an inscrutable document, Chico and Groucho have the follo... Read more »

International Political Situation Calls for Democratic Values

Sean Para, Columnist
May 6, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

I’ve written about a range of topics over the past four years, from international affairs to domestic politics to half-baked political theory. This is quite a week on which to end my column for the Review. With Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich dropping their presidential bids, Donald Trump has... Read more »

Blame Monsanto, not GMO Technology

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
May 6, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

By now, it’s commonplace to hear diehard Oberlin food justice activists, and even mainstream Americans, talk about the agricultural company Monsanto with anger and hatred. Its name has become synonymous with “genetically modified organisms,” and the term GMO has come to signify “harmful” i... Read more »

Internet Activism Can Flourish Without Trauma

Andy Goelzer, Contributing Writer
May 6, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

About two weeks ago I published a blog entry on my website, GQzine, called “Dear Diary, Humiliation, Grief, and a Call to Action.” I wrote about an experience I had at a meeting about privilege and oppression in the Oberlin Dance department because I felt I had the right to publicly share my poin... Read more »

College Should Remember Commitment to Intellectual Freedom

Anh Lê, Parent
May 6, 2016
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: This has been an intense school year at Oberlin College. Such is not a surprise. Oberlin is renowned and highly respected for its tradition and legacy of encouraging intellectual inquiry, free thought, rigorous debate and exchange of ideas. I wish to offer my perspective regarding the... Read more »

Mercy Endangers Patients with Religious Ideals

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer
May 6, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Editor’s Note: This op-ed contains discussion of medical malpractice, ableism, transphobia and homophobia. In February of this year, The Guardian acquired a leaked report describing how a single Mercy Health Partners hospital in Muskegon, MI, endangered the lives of five pregnant women in 17 months (... Read more »

Video Journal a Chance for Reflection

CJ Blair, Columnist
May 6, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

When I left to go to college, my mom made a simple request. She told me to record a one second video on my phone every day and send it to her. She said these videos could be of absolutely anything, from the most exciting events to the most mundane. What mattered was that I sent them consistently so my ... Read more »

Campus Must Support OCOPE Negotiations

Editorial Board
May 6, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The remainder of this month is all about countdowns. Six hours until reading period begins. Six days until the first day of finals. Eleven days until the majority of our student body makes a break for it, and eighteen days until those graduating pack their things and hit the road that, for many, will n... Read more »

Can You Teach an Old Essay New Tricks?

Adam Gittin, News Editor
May 6, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When I was walking through Tappan Square the other morning, not at all minding the puddles, I stumbled over a disembodied marble hand. All around in the grass there were broken pieces of statuary. Half a torso, a hunk of thigh and the noseless face of a bearded man joined me in the shadow of an e... Read more »

Communication, Cooperation Needed for Medical Leave Reform

Editorial Board
April 29, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

College fifth-year Libby Salemi went on medical leave during the second semester of her first year. After dealing with panic attacks that made it impossible to focus on her studies, she decided to take a break and try to diagnose her disorder. Upon returning to campus for her sophomore year, Salemi ... Read more »

Scholarship Missing from Karega’s Theories

Wendy Beth Hyman, Associate Professor of English
April 29, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When I first was made aware of Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega’s postings on social media by a colleague, I was disgusted by her claims that Israel and “Zionist Jews” were somehow behind ISIS, Charlie Hebdo, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and even 9/11. Even ... Read more »

Blind Faith in Medical Establishment Harms Patients

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 29, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I will remember my second year at Oberlin as a saga of losing faith in all the institutions and forms of authority I once trusted. I may have arrived at this particular realization late, but the harm that occurs in the U.S. medical system, and by the doctors that make up this system, seems exception... Read more »