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Peace for Syria Feasible with Rebel, State Solution

Sean Para, Columnist
December 4
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The maelstrom that has engulfed Syria continues to reach new heights of violence. Recent attacks by the Islamic State in Paris, Beirut and the Sinai Peninsula have added a sense of urgency in bringing a resolution to the conflict. The refugee crisis also stems partly from the Syrian Civil War — yet an...

Dismissing Belief in Afterlife Makes Life More Meaningful

CJ Blair, Columnist
December 4
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

I’m afraid of death, and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one. This fear, coupled with a little nudge from living in Kentucky, was enough to convince me to believe in God when I was a child. But as I continued going to church, I started to look critically at Christianity and question why I believed in ...

Content Warnings Fail to Reflect Life After Oberlin

Aaron Pressman, Columnist
November 20
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

I have no objection to professors warning students that some information discussed in their classes may be emotionally challenging or difficult to hear. In fact, it is part of a professor’s job is to outline the content of a course and distribute that information to students before the add/drop de...

Paris Attacks Target Multiculturalism

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
November 20
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The Paris terrorist attacks were shocking, but one particular detail was especially surprising: One of the suicide bombers who attacked the Stade de France was a Syrian refugee, according to his passport. The document lay next to him, suspiciously intact, despite the condition of his body. This led some Fren...

Classroom Censorship Can Improve Learning Environment

Cyrus Eosphoros, Online Editor
November 13
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Content Warning: This article contains discussion of common triggers (rape, violence, abuse), as well as suicide and hostility to consent. I am sick of appearing reasonable to people who believe common courtesy is a civil rights violation. When we talk about social change, conservative positions...

Organic Chemistry’s Reputation Built on Unnecessary Anxiety

CJ Blair, Columnist
November 13
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

If Principles of Organic Chemistry were assigned a character based on its reputation, it would be the shark from Jaws swimming in a pool of undergraduate minnows. I can’t think of another class so notorious that its reputation extends beyond the people who take it. Every non-science major at Oberlin can tell ...

Discouraging Dissent Stifles Intellectual Growth

Aaron Pressman, Columnist
November 6
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The first tenet listed in Oberlin College’s mission statement is to “graduate ... students who have learned to think with intellectual rigor, creativity, and independence.” Yet it seems to be increasingly common on campus for students who make up the majority opinion to stifle dissent. We must allo...

Can I Appropriate My Own Culture?

Cyrus Eosphoros, Online Editor
November 6
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Día de los Muertos has been a culturally important feature of my life for as long as I can remember. My first grade class wandered off to the neighboring cemetery to see the wreaths, photographs and stuffed animals people laid out on family graves. Afterward, I’d accompany my dad to take photos of them. ...

Russia Prevents Ukraine from Joining West

Sean Para, Columnist
November 6
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The calm that has settled over eastern Ukraine in the past two months has been billed by many as a victory for the West. Russia, as the narrative goes, has failed to take over the territory as it had originally intended. The Russian economy has been battered by sanctions and the drop in oil prices, a s...

Waving Can Promote Sense of Community

CJ Blair, Columnist
November 6
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Forty percent of my social interactions are unreciprocated waves. There are times when I think that I’m the only one who feels this way, but in my second year at Oberlin, I’ve learned that plenty of other people share my uncertainty about waving. College is one of the most ambulatory times in a person...

Captagon Floods Market, May End Civil War

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
October 30
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

I don’t think any of us know what the life of a typical Saudi prince is like, but I think everyone would be surprised with what one Saudi prince was up to on Monday. Abd al-Muhsen bin Walid bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud was detained at Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut for trying to smuggle tw...

Mental Illness Comprises Part of My Personality

Cyrus Eosphoros, Online Editor
October 9
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Erin Jones sparked the #MedicatedAndMighty hashtag after she decided to resume psychiatric treatment and posted a photo on Facebook: The selfie of her with her new prescriptions spread to Twitter and the phrase took on a life of its own. The hashtag has expanded beyond people taking photos with blue...

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