Mainstream LGBTQ Movement Must Accept All Sexual Identities

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
April 18, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Growing up in private Catholic schools from elementary until high school was full of both challenges and rewards. I was lucky enough to receive an excellent education that prepared me for college. I was unlucky enough, however, to receive inaccurate sex ed in both my health and religion classes. As... Read more »

Asexuality Denial Furthers Heteronormative, Anti-Queer Arguments

Natalie Pierson, Contributing Writer
April 18, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Disclaimer: This piece does not reflect the opinions, experiences and feelings of all or even most asexuals. This is solely my own experience and how I feel. I learn something new about sex almost every day. Whether it’s rim jobs, golden showers or just how much the bottom/top dynamic says... Read more »

Industrialization Affects Global Community, Weather Patterns

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Contributing Writer
April 10, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

2014 was the hottest year in recorded history, and scientists are scrambling over one another to attribute the temperature hike to something, or someone in particular. “Over the past 30 years or so, man-made emission centers have shifted from traditional industrialized countries to fast-developing... Read more »

Censorship Perpetuates Misogynistic Ideals

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
April 3, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Trigger Warning: The following op-ed contains a mention of blood and derogatory language referring to women. When Toronto-based spoken-word poet and author Rupi Kaur posted a photo of herself on Instagram with period-stained sweatpants, Instagram’s decision to remove the image and the resulting... Read more »

Lawmakers Stain Hoosier Name

Anne Buckwalter, Contributing Writer
April 3, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Elected officials in Indiana are disgracing the reputation of the Hoosier state. The fight against LGBT equality in Indiana flared up over a year ago, when legislators proposed an amendment to the Indiana constitution, HJR-3, that would have defined marriage as between one man and one woman. An Indiana... Read more »

Pronouns a Right, Not a Preference

Noelle Hedges-Goettl, Contributing Writer
April 3, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Here at Oberlin, we have this wonderful practice of introducing ourselves with not just our name but also our “PGPs” or “Preferred Gender Pronouns.” Usually, this takes the form of a simple statement. “Hello, Noelle, she/her/hers, nice to meet you.” But when holding initial introductions... Read more »

Musicians Push for Equality in DIY Scene

Jake Rivas, Contributing Writer
April 3, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Oberlin’s DIY music scene has come to reflect the student body’s commitment to progressive politics. Recently, a document circulated throughout the music scene cataloging the numerous active bands on campus that are willing to play shows. That document grew to include more than 40 bands, ranging... Read more »

Temperature Rise Over 50 Years More Dangerous Than It Sounds, Increase in Coral Bleaching Triggered by Heat

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Contributing Writer
March 13, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Climate data for 2014 reveal it was the warmest year in recorded history, with 1998 coming in at a close second. While it may not seem particularly consequential in the midst of a never-ending Oberlin winter, changes in global temperature are incredibly impactful to our planet. Geologists predict a 2... Read more »

Student Activism Intimidating, Not Oppressive

Ryan Murphy and Elly Higgins
March 13, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the Feb. 13 issue of The Oberlin Review, contributing writer James Tanford wrote an op-ed titled “Student Hypocrisy Part of Problem, Contributes to Injustice” on his problems with student activism. Before reading the op-ed, we hoped to find a criticism of the number of white bodies in activist... Read more »

Watergate Reveals Disparities in Urban, Rural Communities

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
March 13, 2015
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From the way students reacted to the water boil alert that went into effect early Sunday morning on March 8, you would think the apocalypse had begun. Playfully dubbed “Watergate 2k15,” the citywide lack of water affected students and residents alike until the boil alert was lifted Monday evening.... Read more »

Winter Term Creates Air of Detachment

Margo Josephson , Contributing Writer
March 6, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Oberlin fluctuates between a place of safety and an isolated hub of culture trapped in the Midwest. I return to campus each semester with a different mindset. Sometimes I crave the seclusion of the College and its fierce social justice spirit. Other times I panic at the thought of being in the hinterlands,... Read more »

Gear Co-op Leadership Resembles Totalitarian Regime

Nate Sher, Contributing Writer
March 6, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

If you haven’t already heard the noise, the Gear Co-op — a student organization committed to providing non-Conservatory musicians with access to rehearsal space and musical equipment — has hatched. After months of labor, the group has finally requisitioned its fruit, the Wilder 404 practice room,... Read more »