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 »

How to Flourish During Finals, and Other Clichés

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm and Sam White, Current and Incoming Opinions Editors
May 9, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

It’s that time of the year again: The trees in Tappan Square are exploding with foliage, the daffodils are blooming and the bumblebees are having awkward, turbulent inflight orgies. Meanwhile, Oberlin College students are gearing up for finals, oblivious to all the wonderful and weird things happening... Read more »

Russia Must Achieve Goals in Ukraine Without Invasion

Sean Para, Columnist
May 2, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The crisis in Ukraine continued to gain momentum this past week, while every attempt to avert further escalation failed spectacularly. Last week’s Geneva Accord was a dead letter almost as soon as it was signed. The Russian-backed separatists in the east continue to gain ground, and the regional administration... Read more »

Toxicity Controversy Divides Students Over Non-Issue

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist
May 2, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This week, a widely circulated letter titled “A Response to ‘Toxicity’” has raised controversy regarding Solarity’s decision to name its spring event Toxicity. The document cites examples of several manmade disasters that have caused tragedy and suffering for people across the world. It subsequently... Read more »

Complaints Over Solarity Naming Flat-Out Ridiculous

Aidan Apel, Columnist
May 2, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Earlier this week, a statement endorsed by the Asian American Alliance, Edmonia Lewis Center, Vietnamese Student Association, As I Am and the Japanese Student Association condemned Solarity for having the theme of its spring event be Toxicity. According to the statement, Toxicity glorifies human-made... Read more »

Latest Game of Thrones Episode Perpetuates Rape Culture

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Opinions editor
April 25, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This past Sunday night I was doing what most college students do on Sunday nights: homework. Just kidding, I was speeding through my work to make time for Game of Thrones. It’s a show that has enraptured the nation with copious amounts of blood, sex and dragons. Spoiler alert: In the last... Read more »

Oligarchy Fails as Prevalent International System of Government

Sean Para, Columnist
April 25, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The recent conflict between Russia and the United States over Ukraine has led to a massive authoritarian crackdown in Russia, where the last independent media outlets and sources of opposition to government policy were silenced. Many Americans decry Russia’s corrupt and oppressive government, run by... Read more »

Supporting Athletics a Home Run for All

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist and Student Senate Liaison
April 25, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

It’s not unusual for me to find myself sitting with a group of friends that includes talented musicians, accomplished thespians, passionate political activists and — as hard as it may be to imagine at Oberlin — even a vegetarian or two. Beyond being students, they all share another characteristic:... Read more »

Kiss My Sass: Three’s Company

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Opinions editor
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The following is a submission from a real Oberlin student: Dear Sophie, My girlfriend is interested in having a threesome — so much so that she has placed it on her Oberlin bucket list. She considers herself straight and has never experimented with women. I, on the other hand, have... Read more »

Aid Policy Amendment Deserves Full Hearing

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist and Student Senate Liaison
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The backlash over the discovery of Oberlin’s recent changes to the financial aid policy — which has subsequently been delayed for a year — has sparked a variety of activist responses on campus. From petitions to rallies to policy meetings, students have been actively engaged in responding to the... Read more »

Netflix’s House of Cards Plays a Mean Game of Political Chess

Ruby Saha, Columnist
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Against my better judgment, I started watching House of Cards a few weeks ago. I can’t say I expected much, especially after my disappointment with Scandal: Kevin Spacey is not an actor I’ve ever been excited about, and the set-up seemed predictable and staid, mired in politics... Read more »