U.S. Must Navigate Road Carefully in Palestine-Israel Compromise

Sarah Minion, Contributing Writer
May 9, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The past few weeks have demonstrated what seems to be just the latest episode in a history of failed negotiations. We thought this time was different; we thought we finally had leaders who were committed to being partners for peace, and with hope we looked to Secretary of State John Kerry to bring us... Read more »

Response to “Complaints Over Solarity Naming Flat-Out Ridiculous” Column

Maxime Berclaz, Contributing Writer
May 9, 2014
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This article was written in response to Aidan Apel’s May 2 column in the Review. First off, to address what little content is presented in the piece: The column’s main claim, outside of general accusations of ridiculousness, is that “using word association is an inappropriate standard... Read more »

Smoke-Free Policy Infringes on Students’ Right to Choose

Alexander Ekman, Contributing Writer
May 2, 2014
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At the end of last semester, I started noticing posters in more and more parts of campus. They were full-color photos of Rick Santorum at a podium labeled “NO SMOKING” with no other text. My friends and I spent some time trying to figure out what they meant as the posters multiplied. The argument... Read more »

Student Senate Blurb

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist and Student Senate Liaison
May 2, 2014
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At last week’s plenary, Senate passed a resolution which endorses a tobacco-free campus policy. There were 10 votes in favor, 3 votes against and 1 abstention. A full copy of the resolution can be found on the Senate’s website. An announcement for three student seats on the Board of Trustees Strategic... Read more »

Justice in Higher Ed System Requires Re-evaluation of Equity

Sam White, Contributing Writer
April 25, 2014
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In a 6–2 decision on Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court upheld a Michigan constitutional amendment banning the use of affirmative action in public university admissions. This disheartening ruling not only reflects a national disregard for the all-too-real issues surrounding race and ethnicity... Read more »

There’s No Place Like Oberlin

Aidan Apel, Contributing Writer
April 25, 2014
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Campus is abuzz with discussion of return on investment, tuition increases, transparency and now, inter-departmental murder plots. What’s happening here? Oberlin students have plenty to complain about these days. But now that the sun is coming out and 25 percent of us are about to leave this place... Read more »

Birthright Leaves Young Jews Ill-Equipped to Engage in Difficult Conversations

Yonah London, Contributing Writer
April 20, 2014
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Polarized conversations about Israel are nothing new to me. Nevertheless, when hundreds of Jewish college students and recent college graduates return from Taglit-Birthright trips to Israel every year, I am surprised to find that their conversations about Israel are often as superficial as the ones I... Read more »

MAAS Conference Highlights Importance of Participation

Lydia Smith, Contributing Writer
April 5, 2014
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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 »