Personal Definition of Home Provides Contentment, Stability

CJ Blair, Columnist
December 12, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The brief period between Thanksgiving and winter break is an interesting one for students. With the quick turnaround between break, finals and another break, many Obies find themselves shuffling between one familiar place and another faster than they might have ever done before. This constant change... Read more »

Lack of Internship Funding Presents Accessibility Issue

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
December 12, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Getting a job is largely dependent on the quality of one seemingly simple document: the résumé. Yet for many college students, résumé building comes at a price. Internships, aside from being personally rewarding, are advantageous in accruing a body of work experience; however, students who struggle... Read more »

Police Racism Dehumanizes Black Youth

Aliyah Abu-Hazeem, Contributing Writer
December 12, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I’ve been thinking a lot lately, not only about the Ferguson decision, but also about the senseless violence that has been occurring across the nation. My thinking has, unconsciously, enabled my silence. I am not silent because I have nothing to say. In fact, I have much to say. Far more than this... Read more »

Krislov’s Response Fails to Address Concerns

Kiley Petersen, Staff Writer
December 12, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov, the Board of Trustees and the Oberlin administration have been put under a lot of pressure by students during the past several weeks, from the “Hands Up, Walk Out” call for action to the protest at the Board of Trustees function on Dec. 4. Their response... Read more »

Rolling Stone Errors Highlight Poor Journalism, Perpetuate Rape Culture

Editorial Board
December 12, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Trigger Warning: This editorial contains discussion of sexualized violence.   After weeks of controversy over the veracity of a Rolling Stone article on rape at the University of Virginia, an anonymous source came forward on Tuesday claiming that the deputy managing editor of... Read more »

OSCA Lacks Awareness of Oppressive Systems

Cara Welch-Rubin, Contributing Writer
December 12, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The following critique of the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association is not the first time anyone has raised these issues. Many people have experienced or continue to experience various forms of classism, white supremacy, ableism and other manifestations of oppression within OSCA. My critique only serves... Read more »

Psychology Project Exemplifies Racial Microaggressions

Jasmine Eshkar, College senior
December 12, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: When I read the description for my final project in my Psychology Research Methods II class, I was appalled and frustrated to find that it mentioned incarceration in ways that perpetuated racist and classist notions about who is incarcerated and why. The project description explained... Read more »

Student Senate December Update

Machmud Makhmudov, Student Senator
December 5, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS, Student Senate

Last month, Student Senate engaged in a variety of unique projects in addition to its regular duties. On Nov. 19, Senate hosted a forum discussion to explore the issue of student hunger during term breaks. Given that many students do not have the resources to return home during fall, winter or spring... Read more »

Controversial Albums Reflect New Challenges in Music Business

Kevin Sloan, Contributing Writer
December 5, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Up until this fall, few people might utter the names U2 and Barry Manilow in the same sentence. Someone who rocks out to “Sunday Bloody Sunday” probably doesn’t also boogie to “Copacabana.” But in 2014, these two artists have much in common. They have both seen careers studded with platinum-selling... Read more »

Online Prejudice Reveals Weak Allyship

Samantha Smylie, Contributing Writer
December 5, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When the St. Louis County prosecutor announced late on Nov. 24 that a grand jury found that “no probable cause exists to file any charge against Officer [Darren] Wilson,” millions around the country were in shock, outraged at the decision not to indict the Ferguson, MO police officer who killed Mike... Read more »

Keystone XL Debate Prioritizes Politics over Economic, Environmental Realities

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
December 5, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In navigating the political obstacle course necessary for its approval, the Keystone XL pipeline has all but proved itself “the little pipeline that could.” At this point, the pipeline’s creation seems almost inevitable. Though a bill to approve the construction of the pipeline was defeated... Read more »

Representative Media Coverage Requires Voices of Citizen Journalists

Editorial Board
December 5, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Hours after a Staten Island grand jury announced Wednesday that a white NYPD officer would not be indicted in the death of Eric Garner, a black father of six who stopped breathing while held in a banned chokehold, The Huffington Post published a headline that stood out in the media frenzy: “A Grand... Read more »