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Support for ESAs Combats Ableism

Melissa Harris, Production Editor
December 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As a long-time sufferer of emotional and mental disorders who struggles with depression and anxiety especially, I have sought almost every form of treatment under the sun: antidepressants, therapy, meditation, yoga, exercise. The list goes on. However, coming to college has made me realize an integral p... Read more »

Activism Limited by Disregard for Disability

Auden Granger, Production Editor
December 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Engagement in activism is a key facet of life and education for many Oberlin students. But what does it mean when you can’t access these types of activism? What does it mean when you’re excluded by default from the performances, speeches and workshops that define most students’ social and political... Read more »

Liberal Activism Limited by Narrow Scope

CJ Blair, Columnist
December 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As soon as I arrived at Oberlin my first year, I knew I had entered somewhere special. I was drawn to this school largely because of its activist culture and willingness to challenge the status quo. After three years, though, I’ve realized that while Oberlin students are earnest social activists, w... Read more »

NIMBY Activism Will Not Halt NEXUS Pipeline Project

Adriana Teitelbaum, Contributing Writer
December 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

While many activists and public officials have been focusing their outrage on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Spectra Energy’s NEXUS pipeline is a more immediate threat lurking below public radar for Ohio and other Midwestern residents. By 2018, the NEXUS pipeline could potentially occupy over 255 mile... Read more »

Heartbeat Bill Disturbingly Unconstitutional

Jordan Yonkofski, Contributing Writer
December 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The Ohio Congress passed the anti-abortion “Heartbeat Bill” Tuesday in a move that gravely threatens the constitutional rights of pregnant people. The bill prevents a pregnant person from getting an abortion once the heartbeat of the fetus can be detected. This would outlaw a majority of abortions,... Read more »

Trump’s Personality Distracts from Policy Issues

Daniel Nerenhausen, Contributing Writer
December 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The time of simple post-election anger and condemnation has passed, leaving the party of progress and activism faced with a profound question: What, in practice, does it mean to fight President-elect Donald Trump? Much of the reaction I have observed thus far, particularly here on campus, has been indi... Read more »

ADA Compliance Necessary to Support Disabled Students

Taylorlyn Stephan, Contributing Writer
December 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Over 20 percent of reporting Oberlin students self-identifed as disabled or as having a mental illness that causes barriers to access and inclusion on an August survey conducted by Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. So why is there a persistent belief that Oberlin does not have a community o... Read more »

Voting by Mail Removes Barriers to Polls

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer
December 2, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

November’s election gave Republicans control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives for the first time since 2007. On the state level, Republican governors and legislators across the country have enacted voting restrictions, such as strict voter ID laws and restricting early voting. N... Read more »

Racial Identity Politics Favors White Candidates

Josh Ashkinaze, Contributing Writer
December 2, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election highlighted that when it comes to identity politics, the largest and most powerful identity group has a natural advantage. White identity politics help, at least in part, to explain Trump’s success. And insofar as racial identity plays a chief r... Read more »

Mosquito Control Can Limit Spread of Diseases

Claudia Nunes, Contributing Writer
December 2, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Health officials reported Monday the first case of Zika virus in the state of Texas that was acquired from a local mosquito rather than from travel outside the state. With this announcement, Texas joined Florida as the only states in the U.S. to report locally acquired Zika virus infections. The Zika... Read more »

Right to Choose Endangered by Trump Cabinet

Adriana Teitelbaum, Contributing Writer
December 2, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Donald Trump’s election has resulted in many people questioning the stability of the progress that’s been made during President Barack Obama’s tenure, including LGBTQ rights and gender and racial equality. Trump has announced his intention to appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court justices and defu... Read more »

Media Dismisses Needs of Trump Voters

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Soon after election night wrapped up, while the U.S. grimaced and closed the book on the last year and a half, The New York Times issued a letter to its readers addressing the shock and confusion left in the wake of Nov. 8. It included a promise to “rededicate” the paper to the mission of reporting... Read more »

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