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Let’s Make Campus Politics More Constructive

Marc Blecher, Professor of Politics and East Asian Studies
February 5, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I was lucky to come of age during a time of social and political radicalism. The 1960s movements for democracy, justice and peace taught me the profound value and significance of political engagement. They are the reason I chose a career in the academy. I’ve also been fortunate enough to be able to ... Read more »

Peer Support, Solidarity Only Provided During Campus Crises

Robert Bonfiglio, Contributing Writer
February 5, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Two winters ago, in a student study room at a Dartmouth College medical building, I got bored with my Winter Term project and took a break to watch a documentary on the Belle and Sebastian album If You’re Feeling Sinister. I had been trying to find the album on YouTube, but ended up happening upon this documen... Read more »

Media Outlets Highlight Trump’s Hypocrisy

Kiley Petersen, Opinions Editor
December 11, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I think it’s no surprise to anyone at Oberlin that Donald Trump is, in no particular order, racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist, a xenophobic bigot, a white supremacist, a man with atrocious hair and an absolutely terrible Republican candidate for the 2016 presidency. A list of his actions in the pa... Read more »

During Reading Period, Students Should Examine, Treat Dangerous Sleep Habits

Nina Li, Contributing Writer
December 11, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As a student, exams are one of the most important things in my academic career. However, school and tests don’t always go as well as I expect, especially because I suffer from insomnia. At first I didn’t think my sleeping habits were a problem, because they did not affect me much. I’ve had inso... Read more »

Non-Black Allies Must Engage With Protest Critics

Jasper Clarkberg, Contributing Writer
December 4, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

On Nov. 6, Aaron Pressman wrote a column accusing “students who make up the majority opinion” of stifling dissent on campus (“Discouraging Dissent Stifles Intellectual Growth,” The Oberlin Review). I have heard this “millennial college students don’t want to debate” criticism from many places recen... Read more »

Kylie Jenner’s Photoshoot Undermines Experiences of Disabled People

El Wilson, Contributing Writer
December 4, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Dear Kylie Jenner, I don’t care if you’re a trendy fashion model. I don’t care if you’re rich and famous. I don’t care that the photo shot by Steven Klein was well-composed. I don’t care that it symbolized how your fame limits you. Posing in a golden wheelchair in a photoshoot for Int... Read more »

After Paris, Education Remains Critical

James O’Leary, Contributing Writer and Frederick R. Selch Assistant Professor of Musicology
November 20, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

A close friend and colleague from Paris sent me a dispatch from her university. She wrote: “I’m just coming out of the Sorbonne, where the French president and members of the government had come to participate in the ‘silent minute’ with us and our students (we lost three students in the atta... Read more »

Opposing Religious Views Should Not Polarize Society

James Miller, Contributing Writer
November 13, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The Western world and Oberlin College have fallen into a state of ideological blindness that grows harder to discuss as time passes. I’m not talking about typical political battles. I am talking about a subject that both Fox News and Bill Maher love to exaggerate, dividing the country in a “cult... Read more »

Despite Declining Popularity, Twitter Serves Purpose for Citizen Journalists

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
November 13, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Twitter is undergoing turbulence. Its struggles to hold users’ interest have caused some to speculate that the 140-character model of sharing news and opinions may have been overvalued by investors and potentially the rest of society. Although Twitter is currently the ninth most popular website in t... Read more »

Mending Town-Gown Divide Begins with Council Elections

Sam Price, Contributing Writer
October 30, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

While at Oberlin, I have met students who are extremely passionate about issues concerning social justice and grassroots activism. People regularly attend meetings, rally against discrimination that occurs on campus and post passionate statements online. Yet when I attended the Oberlin Community Candidate... Read more »

Capitalist Demands Limit Growth

Jasper Clarkberg, Contributing Writer
October 9, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Last week Student Senate Liaisons College fifth-year Megs Bautista and double-degree junior Jeremy Poe announced the possibility of the Board of Trustees reducing the College’s endowment payout. This move would solidify Oberlin’s overall long-term financial position while gutting its short-term budget.... Read more »

Privilege Means Choosing Silence

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
September 25, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

To speak has always been a political act. The urge to protect one’s right to speak, the most basic method of communication — in a way the most intimate, most direct route from your mind to another’s — is inherently understandable and incontestable. The unwavering belief in this right is par... Read more »