MAAS Conference Highlights Importance of Participation

Lydia Smith, Contributing Writer
April 5, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Two weeks ago, I attended the 18th Biennial Midwest Asian-American Student Conference, which was hosted by Oberlin’s Asian-American Alliance. MAASC was the first conference I’ve attended that focuses specifically on Asian-American students and issues, so I was grateful for the opportunity to take... Read more »

Intra-Campus Discussions More Effective Face-to-Face than on Facebook

Nate Levinson, Sports Editor
April 5, 2014
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Part of what makes Oberlin a great place is that people are so willing to engage in dialogue about serious issues, but the forum this discussion takes place in has the power to detract from the opinions being expressed. Most dialogue that take place in person is constructive, but as students have taken... Read more »

Syrian Crisis Fading From Public Eye

Ahmed El Meleegy, Contributing Writer
April 5, 2014
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Could it actually be that a conflict that is featured so much in the news and policy journals is growing increasingly irrelevant? As Syria shows, the answer is yes. It isn’t that the lives are not significant. It is that the players who can make a difference have other preoccupations. Take... Read more »

Israel, Palestine Must Move Toward Future of Collaboration

Jonathan Jue-Wong, Contributing Writer
March 15, 2014
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I did not grow up with an innate love or loyalty to the state of Israel. My first memory of “Israel” as a nation stemmed from a political cartoon I found when I was perhaps six or seven years old. In the cartoon, two military pilots are seated in F-16 fighters — one is American, the other Israeli,... Read more »

Clarifying What We Mean by “Community” at Oberlin

Machmud Makhmudov, Student Senator and Contributing Writer
March 15, 2014
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Of the few moments that I can recall from freshman orientation, I still distinctly remember my first time sitting in North Quad. It was the type of warm, end-of-summer night that lasts forever while making no promises of any more to come. I sat in the middle of the grassy field with the rest of the newest... Read more »

Open Letter to Student Senate

Matthew Kendrick, College senior, Honor Committee Co-Chair
March 11, 2014
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Dear Senators, I, Matthew Kendrick, am solely responsible for the content of this letter. The letter in no way represents, reflects or summarizes the opinions of the Student Honor Committee, any of its other members, the Office of the Dean of Students or its employees, the faculty and administration... Read more »

Weekly Senate Update

Jesse Kohler, Student Senate Liaison
March 11, 2014
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During last week’s plenary, Senate heard the Student Finance Committee budget allocation appeal from Solarity, a chartered student organization that hosts large-scale music and dance productions. After a question-and-answer period, Senate decided to deny the appeal and uphold the SFC’s initial allocation.... Read more »

Student Senate Deploys Working Groups to Tackle Campus Issues

Machmud Machmudov, Student Senator and Liaison
March 11, 2014
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Student Senate has begun another semester, starting with an election held during the first few weeks of the semester to fill six open seats. A total of 804 voters participated in the election, marking one of the highest turnout rates in recent elections. Thank you to everybody who voted, ran or campaigned. The... Read more »

Oberlin College Ranked U.S.’s Worst Return on Investment

Aidan Apel, Contributing Writer
March 11, 2014
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It has been known for years now that Oberlin College is an elite college that provides a fantastic education but has what Business Insider determines as the worst return on investment in the country. And for some reason, nobody seems to care. Oberlin students should care, and here’s why:... Read more »

Surprising Neurological Effects of Alcohol Consumption

Josh Kogan, Contributing Writer
February 28, 2014
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In my attempt to write scientific articles relevant to college students, the first thing that came to mind was to write about how alcohol and other drugs affect our minds and bodies. However, when I actually sat down to write, I realized it was very hard to write an article without sounding preachy.... Read more »

Misguided Sex-Robot Opera Hits All the Wrong Notes

Jennifer Bower, Contributing Writer
February 28, 2014
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Two weeks ago, I saw the opera Nova, an original collaboration between Paul Schick, professor of German, Lewis Nielson, professor of Composition and Jonathon Field, associate professor of Opera Theater. I first learned about Nova through some friends who were participating in the musical side of the... Read more »

Investment Platform Betters Student-Trustee Relations

Machmud Makhmudov, Contributing Writers
February 28, 2014
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On Oct. 17 Clyde McGregor, OC ’74, chair of the Oberlin Board of Trustees, announced via an article in Oberlin OnCampus that the board had approved a resolution for an impact investment platform. The platform will promote responsible investment of the College’s endowment through a sub-committee... Read more »