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Tobacco Ban Underscores College’s Flawed Governance

Jordan Ecker, Contributing Writer
May 5, 2017
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Oberlin students received an email Monday from Vice President and Dean of Students Meredith Raimondo urging “members of the Oberlin community” to please respect the campus’ “tobacco-free” policy. The message wasn’t that there was a ban on cigarettes and that we would be punished ...

Environmental Studies Fails in Interdisciplinary Approach

Sami Mericle and Kiley Petersen
May 5, 2017
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As graduating Environmental Studies majors, we want to address the elephant in the AJLC: Most majors are deeply dissatisfied with the Environmental Studies program. Environmental Studies is a huge draw to the College for potential Oberlin students who, like us, were wowed by the beauty and d...

College Should Prioritize Healthy Working Environment Over Free Speech

Daniel Markus, Arts and Culture Editor
May 5, 2017
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Imagine the following scenario: You work in an office. One day at work, the company brings in a speaker to give a presentation about business development. Midway through, the presenter starts making incredibly disparaging comments about women. What would you do? Most likely, you would file a compla...

Finding Social Footing at College Takes Time, Effort

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer
May 5, 2017
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It wasn’t until recently that I realized how fragile my friendships at Oberlin are. After a fairly solitary first semester, I was excited to develop a group of friends this spring. It was reassuring to have people I could geek out with over music or politics or just hang out with on weekends. ...

I Am a Low-Income Student in Favor of Dining Changes

Mia Bates, Contributing Writer
April 28, 2017
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$500. That is what I owed the school for my entire first year at Oberlin. $500 and two weeks to pay it; otherwise, I could not enroll for my second year. I called my mom immediately and got a reply I had heard for 18 years: “I don’t know where the money is going to come from, lovey.” My parents...

Removing OSCA Options for Low-Income Students Exclusionary, Not Equitable

Nick Rowan Bassman, Contributing Writer
April 21, 2017
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If I were entering the Class of 2021, I would no longer be able to afford Oberlin College. It wouldn’t matter if the College met 100 percent of my demonstrated need. Without the money I’ve saved by living and dining in Oberlin Student Cooperative Association, I wouldn’t be able to afford to ...

Specific Administrator Could Aid Diversity

Kameron Dunbar, Contributing Writer
April 21, 2017
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Last week, the Review’s Editorial Board posited that the Stragetic Plan Implementation Committee for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s suggestion to add a chief diversity officer as “a roundabout way of handling the College’s diversity issues that would ultimately prove ineffective.” As a...

Divisions Between Disciplines Limit Education

Liv Scott, Contributing Writer
April 21, 2017
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“Think one person can change the world? So do we.” Oberlin’s Admissions Office uses this signature slogan to attract prospective students eager to tackle the problems of society. But at Oberlin, we do not learn how to change the world. Despite students’ best efforts to create an envi...

Libertarian Ideology Protects Capital at Workers’ Expense

Jordan Ecker, Contributing Writer
April 21, 2017
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Jacob Britton’s latest attempt at political debate begins, “It was only a matter of time…” Indeed, I suppose it was. I can’t help but feel that the first paragraph of Britton’s latest foray into the wide world of political economy is symptomatic of the bizarre way the right behaves on co...

Branding Masculinity as ‘Bad’ Restricts Change

Jack Rockwell, Contributing Writer
April 14, 2017
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Last week, I watched a close friend mediate a discussion between two students. My friend, who I will call Jaime, was doing an excellent job, periodically interjecting with statements that found a middle ground between two opposing viewpoints. Ever cognizant of their role in the discussion, at one point...

Dialogue Must Acknowledge Israeli Apartheid

Tom Cohn, Contributing Writer
April 14, 2017
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For promoting constructive dialogue on the Israel-Palestine conflict via the Thursday, April 6 “Reclaiming Our Narrative” event, Oberlin Zionists and Africans for Peace deserve everyone’s recognition and gratitude. It was edifying and humbling to hear from Tshepo Ndlovu and Neo Mangope about their...

Students Should Prioritize Anti-War Activism

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
April 14, 2017
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President Donald Trump authorized an airstrike against a Syrian airfield in rebel-held town Khan Sheikhoun on April 6, resulting in more than 80 deaths. The strike came in response to a chemical attack two days prior by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As images and videos from the attack circulated,...

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