Criticisms of Hip-Hop Reflect Misconceptions

James Tanford, Contributing Writer
February 27, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I see the small, judgmental glint in my friend’s eye as he looks over my music playlist. Common. The Roots. Kanye West. Joey Bada$$. Lupe Fiasco. Hopsin. Black Star. He’s thinking, he listens to rap? He hands me my phone back, disgusted, and proceeds to lecture me on how this “music”... Read more »

KXL Gives Hope for Further Legislation

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
February 27, 2015
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Although I’m not usually a fan of dramatic and symbolic political acts, I couldn’t help but feel pleased on Tuesday night when President Obama kept to his word and vetoed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring oil from Alberta, Canada, to Steele City, NE. Despite the expected outcome,... Read more »

Content Warnings Needed as Accommodations

Cyrus Eosphoros, Staff Writer
February 27, 2015
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Content Warning: This post contains discussion of common triggers, ableism on the part of the Oberlin administration and descriptions of media and conversations containing suicide, rape and parental abuse.  The first movie I had to watch for a literature class this semester contained, among... Read more »

Awareness Vital in Eating Disorder Treatment

Rose Stoloff, Editor-in-Chief
February 20, 2015
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Trigger Warning: This article contains discussion of eating disorders. Over the summer I found myself sitting in my bed at three in the morning writing an email to my mother, confessing to her that I had been living with an eating disorder for the last three years. That night, while trying... Read more »

Fervent Progressivism Blocks Other Views

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
February 20, 2015
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The Oberlin College community is almost notorious for its open embrace of views that lie largely outside the mainstream American political culture. Students are known as extremely accepting of people and opinions that would be ostracized elsewhere, giving Oberlin a reputation of “open-mindedness.” But... Read more »

Papal Support for LGBTQ Issues, Evolution Misleading

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
February 20, 2015
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As a former Catholic, I can tell you that the pope is a big deal. He’s the head honcho, second only to Jesus, in modern Catholics’ “What Would _____ Do.” So what the pope chooses to endorse or to condemn is a sign of what direction the mainstream church is heading. I grew up in a liberal African-American... Read more »

Winter Term Contextualizes Social Justice Concepts

Erin Ulrich, Contributing Writer
February 20, 2015
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I think it goes without saying that Oberlin is a stimulating place; the social rigor parallels that of the academic, resulting in an inevitably challenging yet invigorating environment. However, what I find more often than not (as I know many other people do) is how isolating the Oberlin bubble can be... Read more »

Student Hypocrisy Part of Problem, Contributes to Injustice

James Tanford, Contributing Writer
February 13, 2015
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I hate receipts. Pure, unadulterated hate. Every year, 250 gallons of oil, 10 million trees and 1 billion gallons of water are wasted in the United States alone to remind people that at 3 a.m. they bought a pack of Skittles and a six-month-old issue of People magazine. I daydream about ways... Read more »

Tabloids Promote Harmful View of Transgender Identity

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
February 6, 2015
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Recent headlines in gossip magazines like InTouch, People and Us Weekly proclaim the news that former Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner is transitioning to live openly as a woman. While I tend to regard tabloid news with as much respect and credibility as Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccine... Read more »

In Wake of Charlie Hebdo, Free Speech for Some

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
February 6, 2015
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For obvious and grim reasons, January was a difficult month for France. Thinking about the massacre at the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Jan. 7, and the complex and heated reactions that followed, has made my mind run in confused circles. The recent attacks revealed many contentious... Read more »

Lack of Internship Funding Presents Accessibility Issue

Vida Weisblum, Arts Editor
December 12, 2014
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Getting a job is largely dependent on the quality of one seemingly simple document: the résumé. Yet for many college students, résumé building comes at a price. Internships, aside from being personally rewarding, are advantageous in accruing a body of work experience; however, students who struggle... Read more »

Police Racism Dehumanizes Black Youth

Aliyah Abu-Hazeem, Contributing Writer
December 12, 2014
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I’ve been thinking a lot lately, not only about the Ferguson decision, but also about the senseless violence that has been occurring across the nation. My thinking has, unconsciously, enabled my silence. I am not silent because I have nothing to say. In fact, I have much to say. Far more than this... Read more »