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The Oberlin Review

Immigration Raid Discourse Requires Moral Intuition

Will Cramer, Contributing Writer
February 24
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have been arresting undocumented immigrants across the country for the past week, targeting those with and without criminal records. These raids mark a policy shift from former President Barack Obama’s executive orders that worked to ensure that law-abiding i...

With New EPA Head, Environmental Protection Falls to Citizens

Johan Cavert, Contributing Writer
February 24
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Despite his ideological opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency, Senate confirmed former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to head the agency last Friday. Pruitt’s confirmation is further evidence that President Donald Trump and the Republican Party will neglect the health of our planet...

Oberlin Lacks Reason to Place Trust in Board

Jeremy Poe, Contributing Writer
February 24
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The Board of Trustees has seemingly done away with traditional public forums for students to speak to trustees, and the student body has yet to receive an explanation. Eliminating such access to the board is unprecedented and a significant cause for concern. The trustees seem determined to continue i...

Disobedience Checks Unjust Laws

Russell Jaffe, Contributing Writer
February 24
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Is it ever acceptable to break the law? This question has gained new urgency under the oppression of the Trump presidency. For example, is it morally acceptable to hide our neighbors and friends from violent deportation raids? Can we destroy government property to slow the progress of unconstitutional proposals lik...

Cities Resist Trump’s Unconstitutional Order

Jackie Brant, Contributing Writer
February 24
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Since President Donald Trump assumed office in January, one of his top priorities has been the strict enforcement of immigration laws, including the zealous deportation of undocumented immigrants. His main action to this point has been to issue several flawed executive orders, including one that bars...

Oberlin Should Look to Universities as Financial Models

Jordan Joseph, Contributing Writer
February 17
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It’s no secret that the College is facing a dire financial situation caused in part by an over-reliance on tuition as revenue. This crunch was exacerbated due to the unusually high number of enrollment withdrawals over the summer. Unfortunately, administrators have decided to place the brunt of the ...

Kasich’s Opioid Regulations Backfire

Jackie Brant, Contributing Writer
February 17
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Every five hours, someone overdoses on heroin in Ohio. One in every nine deaths from heroin overdoses in the U.S. occurs in Ohio, leading the nation. In Lorain County, approximately 140 people died from heroin overdoses in 2016, according to The Chronicle-Telegram. On the other hand, according to ...

Administration Neglects Mental Health Needs

Marissa Maxfield, Contributing Writer
February 17
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Psychiatric and counseling services on college campuses typically receive inadequate attention compared to other areas of health care, and Oberlin is no exception. While past disparities can be attributed to the invisibility of mental conditions and suppressive social influence, ignorance is not a viab...

Berkeley Protesters Exercising, Not Curtailing, Free Speech

Nick Bassman, Contributing Writer
February 10
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Hateful speaker and Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos was prevented from speaking at University of California, Berkeley on Feb. 1 by students and community members in a massive, successful exercise of the First Amendment rights of free speech and free assembly. Yes, you read that correctl...

Corporate Activism Undermines People’s Power

Sami Mericle, Opinions Editor
February 10
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Joining the rush of activism that has greeted President Donald Trump’s first few weeks in office, corporations — particularly those that cater to liberal millennials — have been eager to prove that they, too, support human rights. Perhaps the most commendable of these has been Starbucks, which recentl...

Philosophy Departments Lack Diversity

Jackie Brant, Contributing Writer
February 10
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Despite having been warned about unequal gender distribution in the field, I was disappointed when I walked into my first day of Problems of Philosophy last semester and found few women in the room. While I’m admittedly only in my first year, my experience as a Philosophy major has shown me that, even...

Students Demand Administrative Transparency

Andrés González, Kai Joy, Contributing Writers
February 10
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Oberlin’s administration has a transparency problem. The administrative body and the Board of Trustees have continuously left students out of both mundane and critical decision-making, and students are often first made aware of these decisions when physically confronted with them. The tuition hikes...

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