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Buyout Signals Death of Academic Freedom

Roger Copeland, Professor of Theater and Dance
May 8, 2016
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In what must surely be one of the greatest lawyer jokes of all time, Groucho and Chico parody the jargonized mumbo-jumbo of legally-binding contracts in the “contract scene” in the Marx Brothers’ A Night at the Opera. Struggling to make sense of an inscrutable document, Chico and Groucho have the follo... Read more »

Blame Monsanto, not GMO Technology

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
May 6, 2016
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By now, it’s commonplace to hear diehard Oberlin food justice activists, and even mainstream Americans, talk about the agricultural company Monsanto with anger and hatred. Its name has become synonymous with “genetically modified organisms,” and the term GMO has come to signify “harmful” i... Read more »

Internet Activism Can Flourish Without Trauma

Andy Goelzer, Contributing Writer
May 6, 2016
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About two weeks ago I published a blog entry on my website, GQzine, called “Dear Diary, Humiliation, Grief, and a Call to Action.” I wrote about an experience I had at a meeting about privilege and oppression in the Oberlin Dance department because I felt I had the right to publicly share my poin... Read more »

Mercy Endangers Patients with Religious Ideals

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer
May 6, 2016
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Editor’s Note: This op-ed contains discussion of medical malpractice, ableism, transphobia and homophobia. In February of this year, The Guardian acquired a leaked report describing how a single Mercy Health Partners hospital in Muskegon, MI, endangered the lives of five pregnant women in 17 months (... Read more »

Can You Teach an Old Essay New Tricks?

Adam Gittin, News Editor
May 6, 2016
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When I was walking through Tappan Square the other morning, not at all minding the puddles, I stumbled over a disembodied marble hand. All around in the grass there were broken pieces of statuary. Half a torso, a hunk of thigh and the noseless face of a bearded man joined me in the shadow of an e... Read more »

Scholarship Missing from Karega’s Theories

Wendy Beth Hyman, Associate Professor of English
April 29, 2016
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When I first was made aware of Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega’s postings on social media by a colleague, I was disgusted by her claims that Israel and “Zionist Jews” were somehow behind ISIS, Charlie Hebdo, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and even 9/11. Even ... Read more »

Blind Faith in Medical Establishment Harms Patients

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 29, 2016
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I will remember my second year at Oberlin as a saga of losing faith in all the institutions and forms of authority I once trusted. I may have arrived at this particular realization late, but the harm that occurs in the U.S. medical system, and by the doctors that make up this system, seems exception... Read more »

Campus Dangerously Divided Over Discussion of Anti-Semitism

Jade Schiff, Assistant Professor of Politics
April 29, 2016
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I am outraged and devastated by what my colleague, Associate Professor of Africana Studies Meredith Gadsby, wrote in her April 23 letter to the Review “Black Professors Pressured into Solidarity.” These are difficult times on campus. We feel ourselves painfully divided, and it is not clear how we ... Read more »

Not All Dissent Stems from Cognitive Dissonance

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer
April 23, 2016
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It’s human nature to believe that one’s opinions are factually correct. After all, why would you believe something that isn’t true? Unless we get into the messy philosophical debate about whether reality can be proven at all, some things are provable: the earth is round and bacteria exist. Most ... Read more »

Sanders’ Stance on Guns Hypocritical

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 23, 2016
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If there is one word I have been using with growing bitterness this semester, it is “systemic” — systemic harm, systemic injustice, systemic oppression. I feel disgust almost every time I hear the word because systemic injustice is so entrenched in our society. Another zealous user of the word “systemic... Read more »

Sexual Abuse, Not Homosexuality, Deplorable

Sami Mericle, Production Editor
April 15, 2016
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Last week, prosecutors accused former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of sexually abusing at least four boys while he was a high school wrestling coach. While Hastert should face jail time for his actions, the media must resist using homophobic undertones when condemning his alleged crime. Hastert p... Read more »

Consumers Should Consider Going Vegetarian

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 15, 2016
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When you think about the current state of the world, sometimes you can only conclude that humans are particularly good at being particularly awful. One aspect of our society that leads to this way of thinking is our domestic livestock system and the animals that are forced to live and die within it for t... Read more »