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U.S. Fails to Learn from Mistakes in Middle East

Sean Para, Columnist
September 11
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

A remarkable and nigh-apocalyptic period of tumult and war is occurring in the Middle East. An order that grew out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire and was cemented after the WWII has collapsed across the region. The first step in this process was the disastrous 2003 invasion of Iraq, which destroy...

Embracing Intellectual Diversity Improves Decision-Making, Problem-Solving Skills

CJ Blair, Columnist
September 11
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

When you look outside your dorm room window, the trees you see are probably maples, oaks or honey locusts. While this is not a guarantee, they are far and away the most likely choices, with only a handful of other possibilities. After a summer of reading a field guide to trees like it was the Bible,...

James Joyce Teaches Master Class on Seizing Opportunities

CJ Blair, Columnist
September 4
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Few transitions are stranger than starting summer break after a year of college. Admittedly, I thought going to Oberlin would grant me a lifetime exemption from boredom and access to any internship I wanted. But being an Obie doesn’t change the fact that many workplaces don’t accept first-years, leavi...

Great Power Politics Return to International Relations

Sean Para, Columnist
September 4
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Last year was a watershed year in international relations. We are seeing its dramatic effects this year and will continue to do so in many ways, as 2014 marked a return to previous Great Powers’ political relationships. First of all, the Ukraine Crisis and ensuing civil war in Donbass laid bare ...

Domestic Partnership Policy Invasive, Exclusive

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist
September 4
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Two things happened in my life last May, within weeks of each other: I proposed, and my fiancée graduated. She decided to live in Oberlin. I decided to live with her. Technically, we could have gotten married already. We might have even been able to manage it the day I proposed if we had borrowed...

Trump’s Proposed Wall Ineffective, Unnecessary

Josh Ashkinaze, Columnist
September 4
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The idea of America needing a big wall to keep out Mexicans is the political equivalent of aluminum: unattractive but recyclable. It’s not surprising then that Donald Trump wants to build a “great, great” wall to stem the flow of illegal immigration. His platform might be fuzzy, but as the firs...

Raising Mice Translates Depression into Compassion, Beauty

CJ Blair, Columnist
May 8
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

There aren’t many teenage girls who would demand to leave school early so they could take care of a dozen wounded feeder mice. Even fewer would do this: call countless rehab centers until they found the right equipment and then nurse all the mice back to health in their own room. Yet my 16-year-old...

Just Ask Us: To Do List Before Graduation

Jolie De Feis and Mike Plotz
May 8
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Disclaimer: “Just Ask Us and We’ll Tell Ya” is a satirical column, and the Review does not condone illegal activity of any kind. Hear ye, hear ye. It has come time for our final Review article, and boy, are we sad. As seasoned Oberlin students and soon-to-be graduates, we know what is best fo...

Free Speech Defenders Underestimate Power, Violence of Language

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist
May 1
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

An awful lot of problems spring from one question: Does speech do harm comparable to physical injury? Roger Copeland’s letter to the editors (“Free Speech Not Equivalent to Violence,” The Oberlin Review, April 24, 2015) has given us one side. I disagree with him. But beyond that, I’m worried about ...

Trigger Warnings Fail to Serve Intended Purpose

CJ Blair, Columnist
April 24
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Last Friday night, I was lucky enough to see the Oberlin Theater Department’s production of The Caucasian Chalk Circle. I was blown away at how the actors, musicians and stage crew modernized Brecht’s complex, meandering play and injected it with as much energy as such a difficult script could allow....

Boycotts Result in Obsolete Forms of Activism

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist
April 24
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This is the third and final part in a series on consumption-centered activism in the U.S. The previous two entries in this series were about the pitfalls of boycotts as they happen today: how the idea of boycotting the entire state of Indiana punishes authorities via publicity and actual Indiana reside...

Greater Focus Required for Oberlin Activism

CJ Blair, Columnist
April 18
Filed under Columns

If there’s one thing Oberlin students know how to do, it’s to ensure that their political beliefs are heard. The truth is that Obies are known in and out of academia as the college students who hurl their most radical politics in the face of whoever’s in throwing distance, without restraint or...

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