Retiring Student Senator Offers Advice

Aaron Appel, College senior
September 12, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: Welcome/welcome back, Obies! Hope you’re getting (back) into the swing of things. I’m Aaron (or Appel), and since last fall, I’ve been one of your student senators. Before I start rambling about Senate, I want to say that I’m not speaking on behalf of the group itself, but... Read more »

Putin’s Government Prioritizes Russian State at Expense of People

Andrew Fedorov, Contributing Writer
September 12, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Since the early 1940s, my grandfather has kept track of the price of bread. During the Second World War, while living in Chelyabinsk, a major industrial city in Russia’s Ural Mountains, he starved to the point of puffing up. Since then, he has tracked the state of the world by checking how his local... Read more »

On Radiolab, Privileged Voices Prevail

Lisa-Qiao MacDonald and Tanya Tran
September 12, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Radiolab: dedicated to curiosity, storytelling and getting to the “fact of the matter.” What does it look like, though, when the search for “truth” — supposedly objective and just — ends up privileging certain voices and narratives over others? It looks like Western people speaking... Read more »

Celebrities Bring Rebranded Feminism to Pop Culture

Maggie Menditto, Contributing Writer
September 12, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In an August interview with The Guardian, Taylor Swift “came out” as a feminist in mainstream media: “As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. For so long it’s been made... Read more »

Albino Squirrel Ill-Suited as Mascot

Remington Schneider, College senior
September 12, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I am afraid that Oberlin College has lost sight of the importance of its motto, “Learning and Labor.” As of January 2014, the Athletics department added an albino squirrel as a mascot to supplement our pre-existing mascot, the Yeoman or Yeowoman. The albino squirrel started appearing... Read more »

WRLC Thanks Day of Service Volunteers

Kate Pilacky, Western Reserve Land Conservancy
September 12, 2014
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: I’d like to thank Oberlin College Grounds Department, the Bonner Center for Service and Learning and the dozen or so freshmen and supervisor students for the hard work and tools they provided to transform the wooded park area behind Kahn Hall on the Day of Service during Labor Day... Read more »

College Rankings Devalue Breadth of Knowledge, Ignore Human Element

Editorial Board
September 12, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The days are getting shorter and crisper, and right on schedule, a host of disillusioned columnists are beginning to attack this year’s quantification of the unquantifiable. On Tuesday, US News & World Report released the 2015 edition of its widely acclaimed annual rankings of the nation’s... Read more »

Progressive Passions Define Archetypal Oberlin Student

CJ Blair, Contributing Writer
September 12, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

During a college-visit odyssey throughout the Midwest during my junior year of high school, my family decided there was time to tour a school that wasn’t on our list: Oberlin College. My mom had thrown her back out that morning, and we knew Oberlin was well out of our price range, so we were pretty... Read more »

Paul Criticizes Obama Policy Without Offering Alternative

Machmud Makhmudov, Contributing Writer
September 12, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Summer wasn’t the only thing bringing the heat for the Obama administration this summer. The midterm elections — deeply implicated by the beginning of unofficial auditions for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination — have bolstered Republican attacks against the president. Furthermore, a number of... Read more »

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 »