Just Ask Us: National Library Day

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz
November 21, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This article is a little sentimental for us because it is how this whole column began. One day, early in the semester, before the temperature with wind chill was negative 6 degrees and the albino squirrels were still alive, Mike was sitting in the Charles W. McCandless Main Level of Mudd library (in... Read more »

Unwanted Schedules Offer Hidden Opportunities

CJ Blair, Columnist
November 21, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Getting into college can be a chore, especially when high school students are aiming for colleges like Oberlin. When all that’s taken care of and students are admitted into prestigious schools, it makes sense that they would feel entitled to the resources at hand when they arrive. This may be the primary... Read more »

Yik Yak Teaches Students Value of Concise Writing

CJ Blair, Columnist
November 14, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

As long as there has been language, there have always been two ways to say something: the long way and the short way. Whether for comedy, argument or presentation, there’s a delicate balance between saying too much and not saying enough. While it’s easy when writing a paper or telling a joke to overstay... Read more »

Self-Awareness, Humor Can Make Oberlin Approachable

CJ Blair, Columnist
November 7, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Oberlin is known globally for its art programs, liberal views and political activism. But what about its sense of humor? If this is a school that does so much good for the world, why are its students often labeled unreachable and intimidating by outsiders? There’s room for debate about that, but I’m... Read more »

Just Ask Us: GoYeo or Stevie?

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz
November 7, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Welcome back to the second installment of “Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya” with Jolie and Mike. We know it’s been a hard and long two weeks (my God, three weeks!) with this pesky break keeping us apart from one another, but we’re happy to be back, and it is our firm opinion that you are, too. Browsing... Read more »

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 »