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James Joyce Teaches Master Class on Seizing Opportunities

CJ Blair, Columnist
September 4, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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, 2015
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...

Driscoll Strawberry Boycott Flawed, Harms Laborers, Not Corporation

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist
April 10, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS, Uncategorized

This is the second part in a three-part series on consumption-centered activism in the U.S. The next section will be published in the April 17 issue of the Review. On the way out of the town where I grew up, Todos Santos, the desert gives way to vast green fields and barns that are marked with the pa...

Subconscious Emotions Reflected in Gait

CJ Blair, Columnist
April 10, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The single most difficult task for people is trying to figure out what someone else is thinking. If, in our everyday lives, we vocalized every thought we had, society wouldn’t be able to function. So much of what we say is implicit, and for that reason, we have to look at subtext and non-verbal cues...

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