Executive Powers Grow at Expense of Other Branches of Government

Sean Para, Columnist
March 15, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Recent allegations in Congress against the CIA have highlighted a major trend in U.S. constitutional history in the past century. Since the administration of Theodore Roosevelt, the federal government has gained power relative to state governments, while within the federal government, the executive branch... Read more »

Epigenetics Dramatically Alters How Scientists Think About Their Discipline

Joshua Kogan, Columnist
March 15, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Epigenetics is a field of scientific research that has seen explosive growth over the past decade or so. It is starting to come to the attention of the general public, featured in numerous publications including The New York Times and now The Oberlin Review. I’ve become convinced that... Read more »

A Response to Duke University Student’s Recent “Coming Out”

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Opinions Editor
March 11, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Hot, smoking hot. The photo depicts a young woman — she’s naked from neck to waist save for a simple, pink bra. Her abs are strong and her skin glows. There’s only one way to describe her: hot. The body belongs to a first-year at Duke University who recently “came out” as a porn star in an... Read more »

Ukraine Standoff Brings Attention Back to Great Power Politics

Sean Para, Columnist
March 11, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

What a few weeks ago was just a political crisis within Ukraine has now morphed into a power struggle between the United States, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany over the fate of Eastern Europe. Contradictory stories of the events in Ukraine have been presented — one by the Western... Read more »

Ukrainian Crisis Reflects Large-Scale Global Issues

Sean Para, Columnist
February 28, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The recent political developments in Ukraine highlight the extreme political fragility of many regimes around the world. In the space of a few weeks, a protest movement turned increasingly radical until opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych was run out of government. A true political revolution has... Read more »

Foul-Mouthed Celebrities Should Be Silenced

Ruby Saha, Columnist
February 28, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

There’s something strangely satisfying about watching someone let a stream of four-letter words fly. I’m as prone to quotidian profanity as anyone else, and watching someone like John McEnroe flay an umpire alive is one of my terrible guilty pleasures. There’s an incredible energy that comes... Read more »

Syria Aflame Due to Longstanding and Enduring Historical Problems

Sean Para, Columnist
February 21, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The international community has played a prominent role in the Syrian Civil War thus far, and only with the continued help of the international community will the wretched conflict be brought to a close. The Syrian Civil War has many traits in common with previous conflicts of its kind. It has taken... Read more »

Kiss My Sass: Singing the Valentine’s Day Blues

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Opinions Editor
February 21, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, thank goodness. It’s a day when the happily coupled among us cook meals and stare deeply into each other’s eyes with Peter Gabriel playing softly in the background. Ugh, I just made myself throw up. No, seriously, congrats if this is you. I’m as much a fan of... Read more »

Culture Clash: Intersection of the Political and Apolitical

Isaac Hollander McCreery, Columnist
February 21, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This past Saturday afternoon, when asked about his time in school, director Ryan Coogler emphasized several times that the reason we are in school is to “understand how we relate” to what we love and what we study. When he was younger, he said, it wasn't that he didn't know anything about film; it... Read more »

Insidious Societal Contructs Dictate Our Lives

Sean Para, Columnist
February 14, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Social constructs shape our lives in a profound and little-addressed way. Race, class, gender, the state — these are all constructions. They exist because we, as a society, live by their tenets and allow them to shape our lives. Let us consider, for a first example, the state. While the state seems... Read more »

Kiss My Sass: Eat the Cake, Jay Z!

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Opinions Editor
February 7, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Before Christmas Beyoncé surprised the world with the release of a bitchin’ self-titled album featuring an array of popular artists: Drake, Frank Ocean, her husband Jay Z and Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The album blew my mind with the collection of 17 videos centered on the theme of... Read more »

Full Schedules Detract From What’s Important

Isaac Hollander McCreery, Columnist
February 7, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

There is a common refrain that murmurs its way through Oberlin at the beginning of every semester, one full of wild hope that is always dashed. It’s a hope that, somehow, this time, we’ve learned to do Oberlin differently. It goes something like this: “I’m trying really hard this semester to... Read more »