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The Oberlin Review

Student Senate Strives to Centralize Activism

Meg Parker, Contributing Writer
February 17
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS, Student Senate

This op-ed is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, Student Senators provide personal perspectives on recent events on campus and in the community. Student Senate is an inherently political body. Former Student Senator and College soph...

Russian Connections Warrant Investigation

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor
February 17
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

One of the most disturbing stories to come out of the brutal 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle was that Russian operatives, publicly encouraged by then-candidate Donald Trump, had allegedly hacked the Democratic National Committee in an attempt to tip the scales towards Trump, a much more pro-Russ...

To Enable Social Mobility, Start Before College

Ben Silverman, Columnist
February 10
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

A study by The Equality of Opportunity Project recently featured in The New York Times painted a dramatic picture of the socioeconomic statuses of students in elite colleges and universities: Students from the top economic 1 percent outnumber those from the bottom 60 percent at 38 top U.S. colleges, a...

Dakota Access Pipeline Latest Case of Environmental Racism

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
December 2
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

While many students were preparing themselves for a Thanksgiving full of feasting and celebrating with loved ones Nov. 21, law enforcement officers at Standing Rock were assaulting protesters with water cannons in below-freezing temperatures. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been assaulted, terrorized ...

Public Protest Can Uphold Democracy

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
November 11
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

The U.S. was simultaneously shocked and horrified by Donald Trump’s win late on election night. In an equally alarming turn of events, Democrats failed to win back control of either the Senate or the House of Representatives. With the Supreme Court likely to soon fall into the hands of conservatives...

Election Results Challenge Language of Politics

CJ Blair, Columnist
November 11
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

In the three years that I have been writing this column, I’ve rarely discussed politics. I always found political op-eds to be pretentious and impersonal, as though the writer spent so long digging for facts that they never considered the emotional significance of their story. But now, in the wake o...

Humanity’s Survival Dependent on Mars Exploration

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
November 4
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

Elon Musk — the founder and CEO of Tesla Motors and private aerospace company SpaceX — conducted a question and answer session on Reddit Oct. 23 to discuss his plan to begin a permanent, self-sufficient colonization of Mars in as little as eight years. Using the largest rocket ever designed, Mus...

Bob Dylan Showcases Radical Innovation in Art

CJ Blair, Columnist
October 28
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

It has long been rumored that Bob Dylan could win the Nobel Prize in Literature, but when the Nobel Committee announced his win two weeks ago, literature enthusiasts and laypeople alike were shocked. New York Times columnist Anna Smith wrote, “When the Nobel committee gives the literature prize to ...

Cool or Drool: Tebow’s Newfound Baseball Career

Dan Bisno, Columnist
September 9
Filed under Columns, SPORTS

Editor’s Note: At the time this article was written, Tim Tebow was unsigned. On Thursday, Sept. 7, Tebow signed a minor-league contract with the New York Mets. It’s time for another semester of Cool or Drool. Whether you enjoy spending your weekends watching endless reruns of ESPN’s SportsCe...

International Political Situation Calls for Democratic Values

Sean Para, Columnist
May 6
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

I’ve written about a range of topics over the past four years, from international affairs to domestic politics to half-baked political theory. This is quite a week on which to end my column for the Review. With Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich dropping their presidential bids, Donald Trump has...

Video Journal a Chance for Reflection

CJ Blair, Columnist
May 6
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

When I left to go to college, my mom made a simple request. She told me to record a one second video on my phone every day and send it to her. She said these videos could be of absolutely anything, from the most exciting events to the most mundane. What mattered was that I sent them consistently so my ...

New York, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down

Sean Para, Columnist
April 23
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The 2016 presidential campaign has been nothing short of absurd, and Tuesday’s New York primary marks yet another twist in the road to the nominations. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump won their respective primaries by about 60 percent each. Trump won in almost every district, with 60.5 percent tot...

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