Kiss My Sass: Three’s Company

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Opinions editor
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The following is a submission from a real Oberlin student: Dear Sophie, My girlfriend is interested in having a threesome — so much so that she has placed it on her Oberlin bucket list. She considers herself straight and has never experimented with women. I, on the other hand, have... Read more »

Aid Policy Amendment Deserves Full Hearing

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist and Student Senate Liaison
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The backlash over the discovery of Oberlin’s recent changes to the financial aid policy — which has subsequently been delayed for a year — has sparked a variety of activist responses on campus. From petitions to rallies to policy meetings, students have been actively engaged in responding to the... Read more »

Netflix’s House of Cards Plays a Mean Game of Political Chess

Ruby Saha, Columnist
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Against my better judgment, I started watching House of Cards a few weeks ago. I can’t say I expected much, especially after my disappointment with Scandal: Kevin Spacey is not an actor I’ve ever been excited about, and the set-up seemed predictable and staid, mired in politics... Read more »

Cold War Enemies Inject Ideology into Geopolitical Conflict

Sean Para, Columnist
April 20, 2014
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Recent events in Ukraine are truly unsettling. It is disturbing how quickly a political crisis can spiral out of control and lead to violence. Ukraine is being pulled in two directions: east and west. Only time will tell which side prevails. However, both Russia and the United States are, as usual, adding... Read more »

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 »