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Scholarship Missing from Karega’s Theories

Wendy Beth Hyman, Associate Professor of English
April 29, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When I first was made aware of Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega’s postings on social media by a colleague, I was disgusted by her claims that Israel and “Zionist Jews” were somehow behind ISIS, Charlie Hebdo, the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 and even 9/11. Even ... Read more »

Blind Faith in Medical Establishment Harms Patients

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 29, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I will remember my second year at Oberlin as a saga of losing faith in all the institutions and forms of authority I once trusted. I may have arrived at this particular realization late, but the harm that occurs in the U.S. medical system, and by the doctors that make up this system, seems exception... Read more »

Campus Dangerously Divided Over Discussion of Anti-Semitism

Jade Schiff, Assistant Professor of Politics
April 29, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I am outraged and devastated by what my colleague, Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Meredith Gadsby, wrote in her April 23 letter to the Review “Black Professors Pressured into Solidarity.” These are difficult times on campus. We feel ourselves painfully divided, and it is not clear how we ... Read more »

Not All Dissent Stems from Cognitive Dissonance

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer
April 23, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

It’s human nature to believe that one’s opinions are factually correct. After all, why would you believe something that isn’t true? Unless we get into the messy philosophical debate about whether reality can be proven at all, some things are provable: the earth is round and bacteria exist. Most ... Read more »

Sanders’ Stance on Guns Hypocritical

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 23, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

If there is one word I have been using with growing bitterness this semester, it is “systemic” — systemic harm, systemic injustice, systemic oppression. I feel disgust almost every time I hear the word because systemic injustice is so entrenched in our society. Another zealous user of the word “systemic... Read more »

Sexual Abuse, Not Homosexuality, Deplorable

Sami Mericle, Production Editor
April 15, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Last week, prosecutors accused former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of sexually abusing at least four boys while he was a high school wrestling coach. While Hastert should face jail time for his actions, the media must resist using homophobic undertones when condemning his alleged crime. Hastert p... Read more »

Consumers Should Consider Going Vegetarian

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 15, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When you think about the current state of the world, sometimes you can only conclude that humans are particularly good at being particularly awful. One aspect of our society that leads to this way of thinking is our domestic livestock system and the animals that are forced to live and die within it for t... Read more »

GOP Support of Cruz Signals End of Party

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
April 15, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The Republican convention is on the horizon, occurring in our nearest city, Cleveland. In two months, the GOP will try to salvage their lot amid a razed political field. The situation that the party leaders face is one in which they can’t truly win. Currently, the three options for a Republican presid... Read more »

‘Autism Speaks’ Fails to Support Autistic People

Auden Granger, Production Editor
April 8, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Welcome to April, the time of year that I have affectionately christened “Anger Month” and that others refer to as “Autism Awareness Month,” a project sponsored by the notoriously awful organization Autism Speaks. April is the month when a world that already characterizes autistic people as dangerous, i... Read more »

For-Profit Healthcare Not the Fault of Disabled People

Cyrus Eosphoros, Contributing Writer
April 8, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein’s staff tweeted against the Affordable Care Act Wednesday: “Obamacare guarantees $400bn in profits for insurance companies by creating a captured market. A profiteering, private system isn’t reform.” A statement claiming that 17 million people ... Read more »

We Must Distinguish Between Anti-Zionism, Anti-Semitism

Rachel Swack, Contributing Writer
April 3, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When news first broke that an Oberlin professor posted anti-Semitic content on Facebook, I was skeptical. In our culture there is a huge conflation of criticism of the Israeli state and Zionism with anti-Semitism. I thought that perhaps Professor Karega had criticized the government of Israel and wa... Read more »

Personal Facebook Posts Not Grounds for Dismissal

Justin Emeka, OC ’95 and Associate Professor of Theater and Africana Studies
April 1, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As an Oberlin alumnus, and now an Oberlin professor who was recently granted tenure, much of my identity has been forged in the heated exchange of ideas that exist at Oberlin College. In my first year as a student, I remember meeting Brother Jed, a white conservative Christian from a nearby community who wou... Read more »