Kiss My Sass: Three’s Company

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Opinions editor
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The following is a submission from a real Oberlin student: Dear Sophie, My girlfriend is interested in having a threesome — so much so that she has placed it on her Oberlin bucket list. She considers herself straight and has never experimented with women. I, on the other hand, have... Read more »

Aid Policy Amendment Deserves Full Hearing

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist and Student Senate Liaison
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The backlash over the discovery of Oberlin’s recent changes to the financial aid policy — which has subsequently been delayed for a year — has sparked a variety of activist responses on campus. From petitions to rallies to policy meetings, students have been actively engaged in responding to the... Read more »

Netflix’s House of Cards Plays a Mean Game of Political Chess

Ruby Saha, Columnist
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Against my better judgment, I started watching House of Cards a few weeks ago. I can’t say I expected much, especially after my disappointment with Scandal: Kevin Spacey is not an actor I’ve ever been excited about, and the set-up seemed predictable and staid, mired in politics... Read more »

Birthright Leaves Young Jews Ill-Equipped to Engage in Difficult Conversations

Yonah London, Contributing Writer
April 20, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Polarized conversations about Israel are nothing new to me. Nevertheless, when hundreds of Jewish college students and recent college graduates return from Taglit-Birthright trips to Israel every year, I am surprised to find that their conversations about Israel are often as superficial as the ones I... Read more »

Cold War Enemies Inject Ideology into Geopolitical Conflict

Sean Para, Columnist
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Recent events in Ukraine are truly unsettling. It is disturbing how quickly a political crisis can spiral out of control and lead to violence. Ukraine is being pulled in two directions: east and west. Only time will tell which side prevails. However, both Russia and the United States are, as usual, adding... Read more »

Lack of Transparency Surrounding Changes to Aid Policy Unacceptable

Editorial Board
April 20, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Since students learned of the controversial financial aid policy change, tensions have been high. Within hours of their discovery, students were organizing demonstrations and circulating information. Obies are angry, and they have a right to be. Whether or not the policy change affects them, they likely... Read more »

Continuing the ROI Conversation

Richard T. Berman, Danielle Young
April 20, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: In Erik and Michele Andrews’ April 4 letter, “Response to Apel’s ROI Article” (The Oberlin Review, April 4, 2014), they spoke about the importance of Oberlin’s graduates preparing for their futures. We appreciated their thoughts and are also impressed that their student... Read more »

Staff Seeks Balance Between Free Speech and Community Standards in Online Comment Moderation

The Editorial Board
April 13, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Last week, an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times argued that Oberlin is turning into “[a symbol] of the widespread scourge of campus political correctness and the glorification of victimhood,” due to the administration’s recent discussion regarding the use of trigger warnings in the classroom.... Read more »

MAAS Conference Highlights Importance of Participation

Lydia Smith, Contributing Writer
April 5, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Two weeks ago, I attended the 18th Biennial Midwest Asian-American Student Conference, which was hosted by Oberlin’s Asian-American Alliance. MAASC was the first conference I’ve attended that focuses specifically on Asian-American students and issues, so I was grateful for the opportunity to take... Read more »

Intra-Campus Discussions More Effective Face-to-Face than on Facebook

Nate Levinson, Sports Editor
April 5, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Part of what makes Oberlin a great place is that people are so willing to engage in dialogue about serious issues, but the forum this discussion takes place in has the power to detract from the opinions being expressed. Most dialogue that take place in person is constructive, but as students have taken... Read more »

Syrian Crisis Fading From Public Eye

Ahmed El Meleegy, Contributing Writer
April 5, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Could it actually be that a conflict that is featured so much in the news and policy journals is growing increasingly irrelevant? As Syria shows, the answer is yes. It isn’t that the lives are not significant. It is that the players who can make a difference have other preoccupations. Take... Read more »

Corrections to EDGE Fund Articles

Evan Tincknell
April 5, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: My name is Evan Tincknell, and I have been a Green EDGE Fund board member for the past three years. The following is my own personal response and does not necessarily reflect the sentiment of the Green EDGE Fund as a group. Over the course of this semester, the Review has... Read more »