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The Oberlin Review

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...

RIO Reclaims College’s Financial Autonomy

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
April 15
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Over the weekend, I participated in a workshop led by the Responsible Investment Organization, exploring endowments and how to sustainably and responsibly invest. There are three main reasons why I think students should join RIO. First, there may be no other time in your life when you can leverage more...

Adopting Realist Worldview Helps to Cope with Depression

CJ Blair, Columnist
April 8
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Over the past year I’ve started to notice a feeling that I have never before experienced. It comes after periods of high stress or depressive episodes and disappears before I can make sense of it. It’s similar to the feeling I had while reading William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, a novel...

Federal Government Adopts Hypocritical Policy on War Crimes

Sean Para, Columnist
April 8
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The list of Russian violations of international treaties and human rights in the past two and a half decades is astounding in its lawlessness. The two Chechen Wars from 1994–1996 and from 1999–2009 resulted in an incredible number of civilian casualties, so many so that some have called it a geno...

Your Satisfaction Will Follow “U”

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
April 1
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In late March, somebody on Reddit posted a question: “What event divided your life into ‘before’ and ‘after’?” One answer was, “I think I’m still in the ‘before’ stage of my life, if I’m being honest.” And this resonated with me because I probably am too. But it would be nice to...

U.S. Should Extend Compassion to Refugees

Sean Para, Columnist
March 11
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Across the world, societies in both developed and developing countries are struggling to cope with the largest migration crisis since the World War II. The enormity of the current worldwide refugee problem is hard to come to terms with — about 60 million people are refugees. In 2015, 1.3 million people cla...

GOP’s Failure in 2016 Would Create Seismic Shift in American Politics

Sean Para, Columnist
March 4
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The 2016 election is increasingly revealing the seismic shifts that have taken place in American politics over the past decades, as well as the possibility of a new political order. Donald Trump’s surge to the front of the race for the Republican nomination may fracture the GOP for generations to come...

Tinder’s Appeal Lies in Ambiguous Use

CJ Blair, Columnist
March 4
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Nothing captures the vexing emotional landscape of college better than Tinder. It’s an app that’s elegant in its simplicity, but its effects are totally scattershot. It is awkwardly situated between the realms of online dating and hookup culture and it never settles on either side. Maybe this ambi...

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