Student Senators Call for Financial Aid Transparency, Engagement

Jordan Ecker and Ty Wagner
November 21, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Student Senate

Oberlin College Student Senate is committed to investigating Oberlin’s finances by gathering as much information as possible, synthesizing this information so that students can engage with it, creating discussions about Oberlin’s financial direction particularly involving financial aid and making... Read more »

TIME Misses Point with Poll, Apology

Taylor Field, Staff Writer
November 21, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

TIME magazine announced its fourth annual poll on Nov. 12 in order to determine “Which Word Should Be Banned in 2015?” The poll lists 15 options for words to be banished, and beneath the poll, TIME elaborates on “the type of person who would like to see each nominee launched into... Read more »

Latest Kardashian Photoshoot Has Racial Undertones

Kiley Petersen, Staff Writer
November 21, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Kim Kardashian has broken the internet. Her controversial photoshoot for the winter 2014 edition of Paper magazine, where she poses both nude and in a black dress, blew up on Twitter and Facebook after it was published on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Social media users expressed a variety of opinions, ranging... Read more »

Equality Movement Must Push Beyond Marriage

Sophie Kemp, Contributing Writer
November 14, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

On Nov. 6, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ban on marriage equality in Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. Now, before we all stand around singing along to “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and flaunting FCKH8 apparel, it’s important to have a discussion about the direction... Read more »

GOP Policies an Attack on Millennials

Zachery Crowell, Contributing Writer
November 14, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

During the 2004 election, a gap in voting preferences emerged between those younger than 30 and those older than 65 for the first time since the end of the Vietnam War. This age gap in voting has since persisted, and last week was no exception. However, this trend is not about partisan allegiance, but... Read more »

U.S. Intervention in Iraq, Syria Ineffective

Dylan Tencic, Contributing Writer
November 14, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

During a strategic planning conference with foreign military leaders, President Obama had an encouraging change of perspective on operations in the Iraq and Syria. He acknowledged that the fight against ISIS expands beyond military action and stressed that we are combating an “ideological strain of... Read more »

Nothing to Celebrate: Consent Posters Do More Harm Than Good

Anne Buckwalter, Contributing Writer
November 14, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

During a recent visit to Student Health Services, I noticed something I did not like at all emblazoned on one of the stock posters in the exam room. While I’m sure that many of these posters could be considered problematic due to racism, male supremacy and other fatal flaws, the one I noticed was about... Read more »

Students Offer Personal Responses to Lena Dunham Abuse Allegations

November 7, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Trigger warning: The following article contains detailed personal accounts of childhood sexualized violence. Due to the sensitive nature of these narratives, the authors have chosen pseudonyms.   –––––––––––––––––––   Lena Dunham, OC... Read more »

Syrian Refugee Crisis Warrants Ongoing Attention

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
November 7, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When it comes to matters that do not directly concern it, the Western world has the attention span of a small child. This is, in a way, understandable; people have lives and worries of their own, and the only international events that manage to catch the public’s collective eye are the flashy ones.... Read more »

Amazon’s Monopolistic Practices Threaten Publishing Industry

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
October 31, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Some grudges you form as a kid have a way of sticking with you for life. Few things feel more satisfying than growing up and learning that these long-held views are, at least to some extent, rational. Since I was young, I have held a deep grudge against the company Amazon.com. My local Borders bookstore... Read more »

Fallon in Drag Perpetuates Harmful Gender Stereotpyes

Maggie Menditto, Contributing Writer
October 31, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When I was 11 years old, I walked to the Potomac Video Store and rented the first eight episodes of the popular television show Gilmore Girls. Over the next couple of months, I consumed six seasons of the show, hooked on watching the mother-and-daughter best friends Lorelai and Rory navigate school,... Read more »

ISIS Fears Prevent Sound Strategy

Dylan Tencic, Contributing Writer
October 10, 2014
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

At an Aug. 28 news conference, President Barack Obama made the mistake of being honest with America. Asked to explain what steps the country would take to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, he conceded: “We do not have a strategy yet.” Given the deep-rooted complexities of the controversy,... Read more »