Post-Graduation Plans Draw Unnecessary Judgment

Editorial Board
April 24, 2015
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

With the announcement that Michelle Obama will speak at this year’s Commencement, graduation is looking more exciting. But for those of us in the class of 2015, any excitement about accepting a diploma is compounded with anxiety about what comes next. And that’s more than just a question we’re... Read more »

Clinton’s Benefits Outweigh Her Problems

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
April 24, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In case you live under a rock, Hillary Clinton is running for President of the United States. After Clinton announced her bid for the Oval Office on April 12, Jada Pinkett Smith, the successful actress, musical artist, businesswoman and mother of three kids — two with their own social-media empires,... Read more »

Trigger Warnings Fail to Serve Intended Purpose

CJ Blair, Columnist
April 24, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Last Friday night, I was lucky enough to see the Oberlin Theater Department’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. I was blown away at how the actors, musicians and stage crew modernized Brecht’s complex, meandering play and injected it with as much energy as such a difficult script could... Read more »

Temp Workers Need Student Support

Max Berclaz, Contributing Writer
April 24, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Following the name and mission of last year’s Defending Oberlin Financial Accessibility protests, students are once again facing off against the College’s plans to make Oberlin a less economically just institution. While the majority of the movement has focused on combating the upcoming $2,500 raise... Read more »

Boycotts Result in Obsolete Forms of Activism

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist
April 24, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This is the third and final part in a series on consumption-centered activism in the U.S. The previous two entries in this series were about the pitfalls of boycotts as they happen today: how the idea of boycotting the entire state of Indiana punishes authorities via publicity and actual Indiana... Read more »

Liberal Professors Promote Anti-Right Propaganda

Wayne Lela, Concerned citizen
April 24, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The controversy surrounding the appearance by speaker Christina Hoff Sommers brought to mind a relatively old (1991) quote from a well-known liberal attorney, author and professor named Alan Dershowitz, who back then was so disturbed by the lack of respect for free speech in certain... Read more »

Identity Does Not Define Experiences

Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura, College senior
April 24, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: My name is Taiyo Scanlon-Kimura. I take he, him and his. I am a mixed-race Japanese American. I am cisgender and heterosexual; I am from Ohio and a strictly middle-class background. (I received a federal Pell Grant one year and not others because my family is right on the cusp of certain... Read more »

Free Speech Not Equivalent to Violence

Roger Copeland, Professor of Theater and Dance
April 24, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I was appalled by last week’s letter to the editor, titled “In Response to Sommers’ Talk: A Love Letter to Ourselves” (The Oberlin Review, April 17, 2015). Published three days in advance of Christina Hoff Sommers’ public lecture at Oberlin, it read in part:... Read more »

Alum Comments on National Security Panel

Cynthia Stewart, OC '73, and Oberlin resident
April 24, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I attended the Navigating National Security symposium at the Apollo and read the interviews with five of the panelists in last week’s Review (“Off the Cuff: Navigating National Security: Intelligence Gathering in the Information Age,” The Oberlin Review, April 17,... Read more »

In Response to Sommers’ Talk: A Love Letter to Ourselves

Oberlin community members
April 18, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Content Warning: This letter contains discussion of rape culture, online harassment, victim blaming and rape apologism/denialism. Dear community members: The Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians are bringing Christina Hoff Sommers to speak on Monday, April 20. This Monday happens... Read more »

Public Censure

Student Senate
April 18, 2015
Filed under OPINIONS, Student Senate

Senator Ty Wagner has been found to be repeatedly absent from working group meetings, late and absent from plenary meetings of the Student Senate and in non-compliance with Student Finance Committee-stipulated time card requirements. Senator’s failure to perform necessary duties will not be tolerated... Read more »

BuzzFeed Controversy Highlights Risk of Advertising in Journalism

Editorial Board
April 18, 2015
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith came under fire this week after he deleted an article written by staff writer Arabelle Sicardi which critiqued Dove Personal Care’s latest ad. In her April 8 post, published with the subheading, “Once again, soap is acting condescending,” she criticized... Read more »