Just Ask Us: Avoid Midterms Stress

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz
March 13, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

You’re stressed. We get it; you’re an Oberlin student (or alumnum, or prospie, or professor, or townsperson, or random internet surfer who was searching for “views in Berlin” and stumbled upon our little website), life is hard and, according to my great-uncle, it’s all downhill from here. Sorry.... Read more »

Exploring Nuances: A Column on Columns

CJ Blair, Columnist
March 6, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

When you sign on to write a weekly column for your college’s newspaper, it’s all but guaranteed that you’ll occasionally struggle to think of topics. When that happens, you can either sit out for a week, or you can write something no one would really expect, like a column about writing columns.... Read more »

Students Should Acknowledge Ethical Downsides of Coffee

Chloe Vassot, Columnist
March 6, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

On college campuses across the country, and especially at Oberlin, you can be sure of coming across that ever-present couple: the student and the coffee cup. Whether you prefer DeCafé or Slow Train, add a heap of sugar or take it black, coffee is often a polarizing topic — but not, I’ll argue,... Read more »

Just Ask Us: DeCafé Not Worth Price

Jolie DeFeis and Mike Plotz
February 27, 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.  There comes a time in every Oberlin student’s life when a decision must be made: Should I steal that shit from DeCafé? Of course, stealing is wrong... Read more »

Running Offers Chance for Catharsis, Contemplation

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 27, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

While daily exercise is universally encouraged, there’s still plenty of trepidation about running. I’ve had 90-pound friends who threw shot put on the track team because they didn’t want to run, and others who look visibly ill when I even mention going for a run. The fact is that people will bend... Read more »

Conservatives Employ Dated Image of America

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist
February 27, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

On July 16, 1984, then-Governor of New York Mario Cuomo gave a stirring keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. Though Walter Mondale — the Democratic nominee for President — faced long odds against formidable incumbent President Ronald Reagan, Cuomo brought the crowd to its feet by... Read more »

Social Movements Must Incorporate Environmental Justice

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 20, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

There’s no doubt that Oberlin is a place known for its conscientious and progressive students. While Oberlin’s sustainable Adam Joseph Lewis Center and a handful of environmental organizations demonstrate concern about environmental issues, day-to-day conversations between students tend to favor... Read more »

Valentine’s Day Too Often Compromises, Cheapens Intimacy

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 13, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

If there’s a holiday that’s further out of touch with the reality of what it celebrates than Valentine’s Day, I haven’t found it yet. While the marriage of the commercial and the emotional is a trend far from alien to American holidays, this connection is more contrived and unwarranted with V-Day... Read more »

Just Ask Us: Winter Term is Orientation 2.0

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz
February 13, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Since Oberlin’s inception in 1833, it has oft been discussed what the best time to be at Oberlin is. Here at Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya, we’ve been doing the cutting-edge research so you don’t have to (you’re welcome, reader). We dove headfirst into the extensive (and public) Oberlin... Read more »

Jeb Bush Nomination Will Foster GOP Inclusivity

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist
February 6, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In 2012, the year that I turned 18, I proudly cast my first official vote for President Obama. Last summer, I supported and worked for Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. And as I consider all of the potential candidates for next year’s presidential election, I can’t... Read more »

Wolf Tracking Gives Practice in Intuition

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 6, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Some of the first comments I heard about Winter Term at Oberlin were all the places you can go to get away from the deplorable January cold. I’ll admit I was tempted to follow that advice, but all bets were off when I found a wolf-tracking program in northern Minnesota. The course examined predators... Read more »

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 »