Maher’s Islam Comments Divisive, Misguided

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist
October 10, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria over the summer has drawn global attention to the world’s Muslim population and, in some cases, resulted in flagrant displays of Islamophobia. Currently, no nation recognizes the group as a legitimate and autonomous entity because of the far-reaching... Read more »

OARE Commends Divestment Policy

Oberlin Alumni for a Responsible Endowment
October 10, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Last week, the Oberlin College Board of Trustees released a groundbreaking policy for divestment. In a statement, the Office of Communications said: “In accordance with the College’s history of action in response to ‘instances of human suffering, natural calamity and injustice,’... Read more »

ISIS Fears Prevent Sound Strategy

Dylan Tencic, Contributing Writer
October 10, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

At an Aug. 28 news conference, President Barack Obama made the mistake of being honest with America. Asked to explain what steps the country would take to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, he conceded: “We do not have a strategy yet.” Given the deep-rooted complexities of the controversy,... Read more »

Misconceptions Delegitimize Seasonal Depression

CJ Blair, Columnist
October 10, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This week not only ushers in a slew of students stressing over midterms but also signals that Oberlin is about to begin its annual descent into the unending bleakness of winter. Especially at a college with such a geographically diverse student body, the emotional shock of this cold can be unforgiving... Read more »

Laws Against Hitchhiking Reflect Misguided Fears

Andrew Fedorov, Contributing Writer
October 10, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Hitchhiking, as both an activity and a means of travel, fills you with a sense of liberation. Once you’ve done it, you know that any day, you can leave your present situation behind and just step out, stick out your thumb and go anywhere you can think of. While traveling, I spent a couple days in Paris... Read more »

False Science Hurts College Reputation

Rachel Berkrot, Zia Kandler, and Mae Kate Campbell
October 10, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: We are writing this letter because we are disturbed, upset and above all embarrassed by an event that took place at Oberlin College last Wednesday. As part of the Oberlin Illuminate Debate Series, two of America’s most widely recognized climate change skeptics came to “debate”... Read more »

Intent of Racial Slur Can Be Changed

Bob Gross
October 10, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I think the word “redskins” has been rehabilitated and no longer can be considered a racial slur. When used as a mascot name, it presents Native Americans in a positive way. Look at the Washington, D.C. professional football team: Native Americans are not depicted scalping white... Read more »

Immigration Coverage Ignores Racialized History

Sam White, Opinions Editor
October 10, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the time since August, when 18-year-old Michael Brown joined the rapidly growing ranks of Black men unlawfully killed by police, several long-overdue discussion topics have graced the media’s spotlight: police brutality, institutional diversity and representation, officer accountability and, above... Read more »

Voting Measures Further Disenfranchise Minorities

Editorial Board
October 10, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

In a three-sentence order handed down last Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court further disenfranchised Ohio’s minority voters by upholding sweeping new limitations on the state’s early voting period. The order, a temporary stay granted by the Court’s conservative majority which suspends two lower... Read more »

Just Ask Us: Favored Fir Finds Fresh Frontier in Front of Oberlin Inn

Mike Plotz and Jolie De Feis
October 10, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

We are here to introduce our biweekly column in the Review! Rose Stoloff, Editor-in-Chief and part-time dog owner, is so excited about this project that she is willing to advocate on our behalf — just ask her! We even have an official email so that you can send us compliments and Gchat us during... Read more »

SFC Cuts Hurt Quality, Accessibility of Publications

Editorial Board
October 3, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

At Oberlin, journalism falls largely outside the scope of any department and thus into the hands of student publications. We strive to report on issues that matter, helping students remain informed and empowering them to serve as voices for change within their community. But a recent financial decision... Read more »

Ebola Deaths Warrant Awareness, Not Fear

Anah Soble, Contributing Writer
October 3, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When crises occur, public reactions — no matter the ideological leanings — are often completely misguided. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Sept. 30 that a patient in isolation in a Dallas hospital contracted the Ebola virus while traveling in Liberia. The agency is keeping... Read more »