Maher’s Islam Comments Divisive, Misguided

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist
October 10, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria over the summer has drawn global attention to the world’s Muslim population and, in some cases, resulted in flagrant displays of Islamophobia. Currently, no nation recognizes the group as a legitimate and autonomous entity because of the far-reaching... Read more »

Misconceptions Delegitimize Seasonal Depression

CJ Blair, Columnist
October 10, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This week not only ushers in a slew of students stressing over midterms but also signals that Oberlin is about to begin its annual descent into the unending bleakness of winter. Especially at a college with such a geographically diverse student body, the emotional shock of this cold can be unforgiving... Read more »

Just Ask Us: Favored Fir Finds Fresh Frontier in Front of Oberlin Inn

Mike Plotz and Jolie De Feis
October 10, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

We are here to introduce our biweekly column in the Review! Rose Stoloff, Editor-in-Chief and part-time dog owner, is so excited about this project that she is willing to advocate on our behalf — just ask her! We even have an official email so that you can send us compliments and Gchat us during... Read more »

Students Must Mobilize Against Proposed Pipeline Through Oberlin

CJ Blair, Columnist
October 3, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Early during Orientation, another student told me that there were plans to build a natural gas pipeline that would go straight through Oberlin. When I heard this, I almost laughed, because I knew it wouldn’t happen. Surely the students of one of the world’s most politically active colleges would... Read more »

Ray Rice Coverage Blames Victims of Domestic Violence

Maggie Menditto, Columnist
September 26, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Accompanied by his wife Janay Palmer at a May 23 press conference, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice spoke to reporters about a violent physical altercation that had transpired between the two in an Atlantic City casino. Apologizing for what he called the couple’s “situation,” Rice took the... Read more »

Protests Challenge Oberlin Students to Provide Unreciprocated Tolerance

CJ Blair, Columnist
September 26, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

I was sitting in Professor Erik Inglis’s Art History class last week when he proclaimed the goal of the day’s lecture was to ask how Jesus came to be represented as he is today. He meant this, of course, in a pictorial sense, but my mind flashed back to 18 years spent living in the Bible Belt, inspiring... Read more »

College Athletes Must Lead by Example

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist
September 26, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In my experience, varsity athletes at Oberlin integrate well into the broader campus community. While some may disagree, I’d bet that most would safely acknowledge that we’re not the dominant cultural force on campus, as is the case at many larger state schools. At the very least, I can speak for... Read more »

Swing Dancing Gives Introverts Opportunity to Find Social Footing

CJ Blair, Columnist
September 19, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Oberlin may be known in particular for its stellar musical community, with its Creative Writing and Art departments following not too far behind. But what about dance? I’m not gonna pretend I know much about the Dance department at Oberlin, but I can tell already that social dance is a surprisingly... 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 »

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 »