ISIS Fears Prevent Sound Strategy

Dylan Tencic, Contributing Writer
October 10, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

At an Aug. 28 news conference, President Barack Obama made the mistake of being honest with America. Asked to explain what steps the country would take to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, he conceded: “We do not have a strategy yet.” Given the deep-rooted complexities of the controversy,... Read more »

Laws Against Hitchhiking Reflect Misguided Fears

Andrew Fedorov, Contributing Writer
October 10, 2014
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Hitchhiking, as both an activity and a means of travel, fills you with a sense of liberation. Once you’ve done it, you know that any day, you can leave your present situation behind and just step out, stick out your thumb and go anywhere you can think of. While traveling, I spent a couple days in Paris... Read more »

Immigration Coverage Ignores Racialized History

Sam White, Opinions Editor
October 10, 2014
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In the time since August, when 18-year-old Michael Brown joined the rapidly growing ranks of Black men unlawfully killed by police, several long-overdue discussion topics have graced the media’s spotlight: police brutality, institutional diversity and representation, officer accountability and, above... Read more »

Ebola Deaths Warrant Awareness, Not Fear

Anah Soble, Contributing Writer
October 3, 2014
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When crises occur, public reactions — no matter the ideological leanings — are often completely misguided. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed on Sept. 30 that a patient in isolation in a Dallas hospital contracted the Ebola virus while traveling in Liberia. The agency is keeping... Read more »

Feminism Needs Men On Board, Not In Control

Kiley Petersen, Staff Writer
October 3, 2014
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In what Vanity Fair hailed as a “game-changing” speech, actress Emma Watson, appointed a U.N. women goodwill ambassador in July, addressed the U.N. in New York on Sept. 21 to launch a campaign called HeForShe. HeForShe extends a “formal invitation” for male involvement in eliminating gender... Read more »

College Fiscal Plan Edges Out Low-Income Co-opers

Taylor Field, Staff Writer
October 3, 2014
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At this week’s Board Night in Oberlin’s co-ops, representatives of OSCA’s Board of Directors introduced a caucus based on the covert changes made to Oberlin College’s financial aid policy last semester, reopening discussion on the detrimental impact these changes will have on co-op accessibility. The... Read more »

SFP Installation Sparks Debate

Maansi Sahay Seth and Maggie Bussard
September 26, 2014
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Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine launched an installation on Wednesday in Wilder Bowl titled “2,133 Black Flags” in observance of Palestinian casualties during Operation Protective Edge this summer. On its Facebook page, SFP stated that the installation, which featured a large banner posted... Read more »

College Neglects Needs of Non-Conservatory Music Ensembles

Nathaniel Sher, Contributing Writer
September 26, 2014
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If you’ve ever strolled through Wilder Bowl — maybe to get to Mudd, maybe to leave Mudd, maybe to stare at Mudd’s ominous face only to turn around and go back to bed— you’ve probably heard the rumbles of bass and drums bleeding through the thin walls of Wilder 404, Oberlin’s only practice... Read more »

Climate Marches Necessary to Spark Democratic Action

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
September 26, 2014
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon graced the public spotlight last Sunday as images emerged of him proudly sporting a U.N. baseball cap and a graphic T-shirt that read, “I’m for Climate Action.” Next to him stood New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Vice President Al Gore and primatologist... Read more »

Feminism Hindered by Mainstream Accessibility, Ignores Political Struggle

Sophie Kemp, Contributing Writer
September 19, 2014
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When I was 14 years old, I adhered to an ultra-apologetic feminism. I was the kind of “feminist” that always explained to boys and skeptics that feminism was for everyone. I constantly reminded people that feminists aren’t just bra-burners and that misandry isn’t real. My feminism at 14 was... Read more »

Putin’s Government Prioritizes Russian State at Expense of People

Andrew Fedorov, Contributing Writer
September 12, 2014
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Since the early 1940s, my grandfather has kept track of the price of bread. During the Second World War, while living in Chelyabinsk, a major industrial city in Russia’s Ural Mountains, he starved to the point of puffing up. Since then, he has tracked the state of the world by checking how his local... Read more »

On Radiolab, Privileged Voices Prevail

Lisa-Qiao MacDonald and Tanya Tran
September 12, 2014
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Radiolab: dedicated to curiosity, storytelling and getting to the “fact of the matter.” What does it look like, though, when the search for “truth” — supposedly objective and just — ends up privileging certain voices and narratives over others? It looks like Western people speaking... Read more »