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Iowa Caucuses Reveal Flaws in Archaic Primary Election System

Sean Para, Columnist
February 5, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This week’s Iowa caucus began the 2016 presidential campaign in earnest. The media has reported on the various candidates’ every move and turn of phrase. The results promise a tough campaign for the candidacy of both parties. Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders by 0.3 percent of the vote, meanin... Read more »

Self-Insight Can Be Gained from Solitude

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 5, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Washington, D.C., is a metropolis of history, politics and tourism that has become one of the most popular residences of Oberlin alumni. Yet despite the draw that D.C. exerts on Obies, I felt out of place when I spent my Winter Term there studying invasive plants. While I left my internship with a wea... Read more »

Broken ExCo System Disrespectful to Students

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist
February 5, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Columnist Note: Some ExCos are taught by community members or College staff and faculty, but the vast majority are both attended and taught by students. I’m addressing the effect that the current ExCo system has on students. I’m also largely writing from the point of view of someone who’s been a ... Read more »

U.S. Must Accept China’s Economic Rise

Sean Para, Columnist
December 11, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The U.S. is no longer in a league of its own among the world powers. The end of the Cold War ushered in a prolonged period of undisputed American hegemony, but the emergence of China as the second-largest economy in the world and an increasingly crucial hub of the global economy — coupled with China... Read more »

Naked Run Helps Students Face Insecurities

CJ Blair, Columnist
December 11, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

If there’s a better way to relieve the stress of finals than streaking through a library, I have yet to find it. Of all the strange traditions at Oberlin, the Naked Run is not only one of the most outrageous but also one of the most polarizing. This isn’t surprising, but those who say it’s too sh... Read more »

Free Speech Still in Student Body’s Best Interest

Aaron Pressman, Columnist
December 11, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

On Dec. 4, College junior Jasper Clarkberg wrote a response titled “Non-Black Allies Must Engage With Protest Critics” to my Nov. 6 column in the Review, “Discouraging Dissent Stifles Intellectual Growth.” I appreciate Clarkberg taking the time to respond to such an important issue and would like ... Read more »

Peace for Syria Feasible with Rebel, State Solution

Sean Para, Columnist
December 4, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The maelstrom that has engulfed Syria continues to reach new heights of violence. Recent attacks by the Islamic State in Paris, Beirut and the Sinai Peninsula have added a sense of urgency in bringing a resolution to the conflict. The refugee crisis also stems partly from the Syrian Civil War — yet an... Read more »

Dismissing Belief in Afterlife Makes Life More Meaningful

CJ Blair, Columnist
December 4, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

I’m afraid of death, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. This fear, coupled with a little nudge from living in Kentucky, was enough to convince me to believe in God when I was a child. But as I continued going to church, I started to look critically at Christianity and question why I believed in ... Read more »

Content Warnings Fail to Reflect Life After Oberlin

Aaron Pressman, Columnist
November 20, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

I have no objection to professors warning students that some information discussed in their classes may be emotionally challenging or difficult to hear. In fact, it is part of a professor’s job is to outline the content of a course and distribute that information to students before the add/drop de... Read more »

Paris Attacks Target Multiculturalism

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
November 20, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The Paris terrorist attacks were shocking, but one particular detail was especially surprising: One of the suicide bombers who attacked the Stade de France was a Syrian refugee, according to his passport. The document lay next to him, suspiciously intact, despite the condition of his body. This led some Fren... Read more »

Classroom Censorship Can Improve Learning Environment

Cyrus Eosphoros, Online Editor
November 13, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Content Warning: This article contains discussion of common triggers (rape, violence, abuse), as well as suicide and hostility to consent. I am sick of appearing reasonable to people who believe common courtesy is a civil rights violation. When we talk about social change, conservative positions... Read more »

Organic Chemistry’s Reputation Built on Unnecessary Anxiety

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

If Principles of Organic Chemistry were assigned a character based on its reputation, it would be the shark from Jaws swimming in a pool of undergraduate minnows. I can’t think of another class so notorious that its reputation extends beyond the people who take it. Every non-science major at Oberlin can tell ... Read more »