SFP Installation Sparks Debate

Maansi Sahay Seth and Maggie Bussard
September 26, 2014
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Oberlin Students for a Free Palestine launched an installation on Wednesday in Wilder Bowl titled “2,133 Black Flags” in observance of Palestinian casualties during Operation Protective Edge this summer. On its Facebook page, SFP stated that the installation, which featured a large banner posted... Read more »

College Neglects Needs of Non-Conservatory Music Ensembles

Nathaniel Sher, Contributing Writer
September 26, 2014
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If you’ve ever strolled through Wilder Bowl — maybe to get to Mudd, maybe to leave Mudd, maybe to stare at Mudd’s ominous face only to turn around and go back to bed— you’ve probably heard the rumbles of bass and drums bleeding through the thin walls of Wilder 404, Oberlin’s only practice... Read more »

Climate Marches Necessary to Spark Democratic Action

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
September 26, 2014
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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon graced the public spotlight last Sunday as images emerged of him proudly sporting a U.N. baseball cap and a graphic T-shirt that read, “I’m for Climate Action.” Next to him stood New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Vice President Al Gore and primatologist... Read more »

Feminism Hindered by Mainstream Accessibility, Ignores Political Struggle

Sophie Kemp, Contributing Writer
September 19, 2014
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When I was 14 years old, I adhered to an ultra-apologetic feminism. I was the kind of “feminist” that always explained to boys and skeptics that feminism was for everyone. I constantly reminded people that feminists aren’t just bra-burners and that misandry isn’t real. My feminism at 14 was... Read more »

Putin’s Government Prioritizes Russian State at Expense of People

Andrew Fedorov, Contributing Writer
September 12, 2014
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Since the early 1940s, my grandfather has kept track of the price of bread. During the Second World War, while living in Chelyabinsk, a major industrial city in Russia’s Ural Mountains, he starved to the point of puffing up. Since then, he has tracked the state of the world by checking how his local... Read more »

On Radiolab, Privileged Voices Prevail

Lisa-Qiao MacDonald and Tanya Tran
September 12, 2014
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Radiolab: dedicated to curiosity, storytelling and getting to the “fact of the matter.” What does it look like, though, when the search for “truth” — supposedly objective and just — ends up privileging certain voices and narratives over others? It looks like Western people speaking... Read more »

Celebrities Bring Rebranded Feminism to Pop Culture

Maggie Menditto, Contributing Writer
September 12, 2014
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In an August interview with The Guardian, Taylor Swift “came out” as a feminist in mainstream media: “As a teenager, I didn’t understand that saying you’re a feminist is just saying that you hope women and men will have equal rights and equal opportunities. For so long it’s been made... Read more »

Progressive Passions Define Archetypal Oberlin Student

CJ Blair, Contributing Writer
September 12, 2014
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During a college-visit odyssey throughout the Midwest during my junior year of high school, my family decided there was time to tour a school that wasn’t on our list: Oberlin College. My mom had thrown her back out that morning, and we knew Oberlin was well out of our price range, so we were pretty... Read more »

Paul Criticizes Obama Policy Without Offering Alternative

Machmud Makhmudov, Contributing Writer
September 12, 2014
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Summer wasn’t the only thing bringing the heat for the Obama administration this summer. The midterm elections — deeply implicated by the beginning of unofficial auditions for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination — have bolstered Republican attacks against the president. Furthermore, a number of... Read more »

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

Sarah Minion, Contributing Writer
May 9, 2014
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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 »