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RIO Reclaims College’s Financial Autonomy

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
April 15, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

Poetry Promotes Honesty, Reveals Feelings

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 26, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

“Poetry is more than just words in a strange order, CJ.” These were the words of my uncle, a well-known poet in my hometown, after reading my earliest attempts at poetry. I had written a handful of poems in high school but didn’t start writing in earnest until I decided to try and enter Oberli...

Socialism Should Be Reconsidered for Our Political System

Sean Para, Columnist
February 26, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Socialism has long been misunderstood in the U.S., too often vilified as an ideology associated with the repression of the Soviet Union. The Red Scare symbolized the peak of anti-Socialism in the U.S. However, those witch hunts came out of a misunderstanding of what socialism really means. It has long been ...

Oberlin Mistakes Quantity for Quality

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer
February 26, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The last time the anti-affirmative-action Supreme Court case Fisher v. University of Texas hit the news, it was because former Justice Antonin Scalia had put his foot in his mouth about it again. “There are those who contend that it does not benefit African Americans to get them into the University ...

Primary Results Mark Turning Point for 2016

Sean Para, Columnist
February 19, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

If this year’s Iowa Caucus was a dramatic beginning to the presidential election season, last week’s New Hampshire primary was a true game changer. Both the Republican and Democratic primaries were won by radicals who have built their campaigns around anti-establishment sentiment and promises of major...

Expectations Prove Damaging to Emotional Health

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 12, 2016
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Too often it’s easy to think that what you hope for and what will happen can be the same thing. Everyone is guilty of placing hope in a certain version of the future, expecting to make it real. Expectation sounds pretty ridiculous described this way, but somehow very few people see anything wrong w...

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