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 »

Brine Storage, Not Fracking, Warrants Concern

Sophia Ottoni-Wilhelm, Contributing Writer
March 6, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Just last week, Ohio’s Supreme Court ruled that the decision to ban hydraulic fracking can only be made by the state government and no longer by county and city municipalities. As staff writer Bob Downing summarized in the Akron Beacon Journal on Feb. 17, “The decision takes local control... Read more »

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
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

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
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

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
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

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 »