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Controversial Speakers Deserve Fair Platform

Will Cramer, Contributing Writer
March 10
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Author Charles Murray was invited last week to speak at Middlebury College in a move that was certain to invite controversy. Notorious for his 1994 book The Bell Curve, which suggests that IQ rather than economic opportunities or access to basic services such as health care is the most effective indicato...

Philosophy Department Responds to Gender Disparities

Jackie Brant, Contributing Writer
March 10
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As I argued in the Review several weeks ago, women are underrepresented in philosophy, both in Oberlin’s department and the field as a whole (“Philosophy Departments Lack Diversity,” Feb. 10, 2017). Since then, I had the opportunity to meet with Professor Katherine Thomson-Jones, chair of Oberl...

Museums Lack Accessibility

Katie Lucey, Contributing Writer
March 3
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In art museums around the world, one warning sign is ubiquitous in every gallery: “Please do not touch the art.” But what if a visitor’s sense of touch is the best way for them to interact with art? Institutions of culture and learning should offer programs that encourage a physical relationsh...

Trump Raises Military Budget at Expense of Citizens

Jordan Joseph, Contributing Writer
March 3
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In his budget proposal released Monday, President Donald Trump proposed increasing federal funding for the military by $54 billion at the expense of important domestic and international programs and agencies. This budget, if approved by Congress, would severely hurt American citizens. The proposal itse...

Academics, Communities Benefit from Developing Relationships

Chie Sakakibara, Contributing Writer
March 3
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Academics who study marginalized communities often wonder whether their research will actually benefit the communities they study. It wasn’t until I traveled to Alaska as a doctoral student 14 years ago that I was forced to confront this question as an academic myself. “Promise us that you are not going to di...

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
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

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 ...

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