Oberlin Fails to Support Students

Sam White, Contributing Writer
May 8, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In September, when my dear friends and classmates return for their final year at Oberlin College, I’ll be going elsewhere. I’ll be joining the unspoken masses of Obies taking time off to go anywhere, frankly, that isn’t here. Miraculously, through luck and persistence, I’ll be leaving in good... Read more »

Corporate Appropriation Delegitimizes Youth Culture, Slang

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
May 8, 2015
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There’s a hilarious scene in the first season of Portlandia where one of Fred Armisen’s characters, a bearded, hipster biker with gauges, cycles past a grocery store. He yells from his bike, “Whole Foods is corporate!” and rides away, shouting random “radical” phrases like “Go vegan!”... Read more »

Conservative Rural Stereotype Diverts Attention from Urban, Liberal Racism

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
May 1, 2015
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“White people are racist. Not all of them. But white culture is. Our white country is. Our nation is. Our American culture is full of white supremacy. We live in a white supremacist culture that caters to white people, [where everything from] the media to education to art to culture to politics is... Read more »

Media Paints Inaccurate Portrayal of Baltimore

Kyle Tribble, Contributing Writer
May 1, 2015
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All my life, my mother has stressed to me the importance of having “common sense.” Whether it was getting my homework in on time, treating my elders with respect or simply making responsible choices, there have been myriad lessons my mom has imbued in me during my short life, most of which I still... Read more »

Clinton’s Benefits Outweigh Her Problems

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
April 24, 2015
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In case you live under a rock, Hillary Clinton is running for President of the United States. After Clinton announced her bid for the Oval Office on April 12, Jada Pinkett Smith, the successful actress, musical artist, businesswoman and mother of three kids — two with their own social-media empires,... Read more »

Temp Workers Need Student Support

Max Berclaz, Contributing Writer
April 24, 2015
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Following the name and mission of last year’s Defending Oberlin Financial Accessibility protests, students are once again facing off against the College’s plans to make Oberlin a less economically just institution. While the majority of the movement has focused on combating the upcoming $2,500 raise... Read more »

Mainstream LGBTQ Movement Must Accept All Sexual Identities

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
April 18, 2015
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 »