Lying Embedded in Political Tradition

James Millette, Professor Emeritus, Africana Studies
May 8, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editor: Poor Brian Williams! Now that we are all sticklers for truth, we just have no place in our noble profession for those who are fiddling with it. Tut! Tut! Time was when it was a hallmark of our profession to place false stories in random places so that they could be picked up as “sources”... Read more »

Mellon Mays Fellows Support SFP Divestment

Mellon Mays Fellows, Classes of 2015–2016
May 8, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: The Oberlin College Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship classes of 2015 and 2016 vehemently condemn the apartheid state of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian land and proudly endorse the Students for a Free Palestine’s divestment proposal. As members of the larger MMUF network,... Read more »

Controversial Events Must Be Met with Reason

Roger Copeland, Professor of Theater and Dance
May 8, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I’m writing to address both of the letters the Review published last week in response to my earlier comments about the generic distinction between “speech” and “violence” (“Violence Requires Multiple Definitions” and “Silencing Survivors Results in Violence,”... Read more »

Oberlin Fails to Support Students

Sam White, Contributing Writer
May 8, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In September, when my dear friends and classmates return for their final year at Oberlin College, I’ll be going elsewhere. I’ll be joining the unspoken masses of Obies taking time off to go anywhere, frankly, that isn’t here. Miraculously, through luck and persistence, I’ll be leaving in good... Read more »

Corporate Appropriation Delegitimizes Youth Culture, Slang

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
May 8, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

There’s a hilarious scene in the first season of Portlandia where one of Fred Armisen’s characters, a bearded, hipster biker with gauges, cycles past a grocery store. He yells from his bike, “Whole Foods is corporate!” and rides away, shouting random “radical” phrases like “Go vegan!”... Read more »

Tuition Hike Bears Consequences for Oberlin’s Accessibility

Editorial Board
May 8, 2015
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

At the “Occu-party” on the grounds outside the Cox Administration Building last Friday afternoon, students protested the recently approved tuition hike for next year, asking, “Can you afford to stay silent?” The Board of Trustees recently approved a $2,400 increase in tuition for the 2015–2016... Read more »

Raising Mice Translates Depression into Compassion, Beauty

CJ Blair, Columnist
May 8, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

There aren’t many teenage girls who would demand to leave school early so they could take care of a dozen wounded feeder mice. Even fewer would do this: call countless rehab centers until they found the right equipment and then nurse all the mice back to health in their own room. Yet my 16-year-old... Read more »

Just Ask Us: To Do List Before Graduation

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz
May 8, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Disclaimer: “Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya” is a satirical column, and the Review does not condone illegal activity of any kind. Hear ye, hear ye. It has come time for our final Review article, and boy, are we sad. As seasoned Oberlin students and soon-to-be graduates, we... Read more »

Improv Community Misrepresented in Arts Article

May 8, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: We, members of the three improv groups noted in the recent article titled “Community of Improv Performers Grows Tighter,” take issue with not only the content, but also the process by which the piece was written (The Oberlin Review, May 1, 2015). Many individual members... Read more »

Violence Requires Multiple Definitions

Jade Schiff, Assistant Professor of Politics
May 1, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Violence, sexual and otherwise, afflicts Oberlin as it does colleges and universities around the world, and our community needs to address it vigorously. But we won’t be able to do so effectively unless we know what we are talking about when we talk about violence. I’m not always... Read more »

Conservative Rural Stereotype Diverts Attention from Urban, Liberal Racism

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
May 1, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

“White people are racist. Not all of them. But white culture is. Our white country is. Our nation is. Our American culture is full of white supremacy. We live in a white supremacist culture that caters to white people, [where everything from] the media to education to art to culture to politics is... Read more »

Silencing Survivors Results in Violence

Anonymous, College junior
May 1, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Dear Professor Copeland: Do you think there are not survivors on this campus? Survivors who were offended and hurt by the words and actions of Christina Hoff Sommers? You said that nothing Sommers said could have offended a survivor ... Are you a survivor? Do you speak on behalf of all survivors?... Read more »