U.S. Must Navigate Road Carefully in Palestine-Israel Compromise

Sarah Minion, Contributing Writer
May 9, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The past few weeks have demonstrated what seems to be just the latest episode in a history of failed negotiations. We thought this time was different; we thought we finally had leaders who were committed to being partners for peace, and with hope we looked to Secretary of State John Kerry to bring us... Read more »

Campus Tobacco-Free Policy Protects, Expands Upon Individual Rights

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist
May 9, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

On April 27, Student Senate passed a resolution endorsing the adoption of a tobacco-free campus policy that includes provisions such as the exclusion of Tappan Square from the ban and allowing the use of e-cigarettes in outdoor spaces. This event serves as a benchmark for — though certainly not the... Read more »

Syria Descends into Chaos

Sean Para, Columnist
May 9, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The Ukrainian crisis has dominated international relations in the last few months. In the Middle East, however, the Syrian civil war continues unabated. The conflict has already begun to destabilize the entire nation. 150,000 Syrians have been killed, and there are nearly 2.5 million Syrian refugees... Read more »

Response to “Complaints Over Solarity Naming Flat-Out Ridiculous” Column

Maxime Berclaz, Contributing Writer
May 9, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

This article was written in response to Aidan Apel’s May 2 column in the Review. First off, to address what little content is presented in the piece: The column’s main claim, outside of general accusations of ridiculousness, is that “using word association is an inappropriate standard... Read more »

How to Flourish During Finals, and Other Clichés

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm and Sam White, Current and Incoming Opinions Editors
May 9, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

It’s that time of the year again: The trees in Tappan Square are exploding with foliage, the daffodils are blooming and the bumblebees are having awkward, turbulent inflight orgies. Meanwhile, Oberlin College students are gearing up for finals, oblivious to all the wonderful and weird things happening... Read more »

Football Fan Looks Forward to Anderson Era

Peter Brubaker, Central Heating Plant
May 9, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: I’m late writing this, as the column that is prompting me to write appeared in a February Oberlin Review. I felt some negativity in the article entitled “Football Ushers in New Era with Anderson” (Feb. 14, 2014). I personally feel that the “New Era” will be a lot... Read more »

Review Article Misrepresents Trans* Policy

Emily Clarke
May 9, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: I was interviewed for Kristopher Fraser’s article “Athletics Department Adopts New Trans* Policy,” in the May 2, 2014 issue. While I am happy that the Review took time to cover the work of the Transgender Participation Advisory Committee, the article did not accurately... Read more »

Thoughts on Toxicity

The Asian American Alliance
May 9, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: When students of color on this campus express any sort of dissent that challenges mainstream social norms, including culture inherent to whiteness, they are systematically and violently silenced. As the publication of record, it is the role of the Review to present an unbiased... Read more »

Tom Reid and the Oberlin College Lanes

Johnnie Kallas, Oberlin Senior
May 9, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: I have known Tom through various social relationships. He is my coach, boss, instructor and mentor. I share many interests with him, ranging from our love for baseball to a mutual admiration of 1960s and 1970s folk rock music. I admire the way that Tom maintains a cool demeanor in just... Read more »

Continuing Campus Conversation About Inclusion

Jade Schiff, Politics Department
May 9, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Perhaps inadvertently, inclusion was a theme of the last issue of the Review, with stories about the new trans* policy and the controversy surrounding Solarity. This illustrates the prominent place of debates about diversity and inclusion in campus politics and College policy... Read more »

With Unpaid Internships, Gainful Employment Favors the Prepared Mind

Editorial Board
May 9, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Finally, the sun is out, and it looks as though it might stay for a while. But for many of us, the sunny season doesn’t correspond to a lull in work — quite the opposite, actually, as students disperse to pursue summer jobs and internships in a variety of fields. Since the 1990s, the internship has... Read more »

Russia Must Achieve Goals in Ukraine Without Invasion

Sean Para, Columnist
May 2, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The crisis in Ukraine continued to gain momentum this past week, while every attempt to avert further escalation failed spectacularly. Last week’s Geneva Accord was a dead letter almost as soon as it was signed. The Russian-backed separatists in the east continue to gain ground, and the regional administration... Read more »