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Organic Chemistry’s Reputation Built on Unnecessary Anxiety

CJ Blair, Columnist
November 13, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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...

Appalachian Stereotypes Ignore Region’s Complex Social History

CJ Blair, Columnist
October 9, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Being a Kentuckian at Oberlin puts me in a strange position. While my home state is only four hours away, every day quietly affirms that it’s farther than anywhere else in the country. This feeling stems from my ties to Kentucky’s Appalachian region, one of the most enigmatic places on Earth. Though...

Orthorexia a Growing Concern

Isabel Hulkower
October 2, 2015
Filed under Columns

Eating disorders on college campuses are nothing new. The combination of stress and new surroundings can be extremely triggering, and scores of students across the country struggle with issues surrounding food, eating, anxiety and control. Disorders like anorexia and bulimia are well-known within mainstream...

Abandonment of Ukraine Allows Conflict to Drag On

Sean Para, Columnist
October 2, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Mass media has covered little of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine over the past few months. Since the success of February’s Minsk-2 accords, large-scale fighting has abated in Eastern Ukraine. Nonetheless, violence continues. Small numbers of soldiers in both the Ukrainian and rebel armed forces are stil...

Marathons Inspire Runners to Accept Daunting Challenges

CJ Blair, Columnist
October 2, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

When you tell someone that you’re a runner, they’re probably not going to say that they’d like to be a runner too. Even though this isn’t always true for short distances, telling someone that you ran a marathon sends everyone but other marathoners and proud masochists reeling in confusion. To 99 per...

Why Time Hasn’t Killed Dylan

CJ Blair, Columnist
October 2, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

For 50 years, Bob Dylan has been asking his audience “How does it feel?” and in all that time, he’s always had someone to ask. While his original fanbase might be withering away, his name is rescued from obscurity by an endless turnover of new listeners. Unlike any other music icon, Bob Dylan is ...

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