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

Mia Bates, Contributing Writer
April 28, 2017
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

$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
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

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
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

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
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

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
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

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
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

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
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

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,...

Positive Rights, Not Capitalism, Require Violent State

Jacob Britton, Contributing Writer
April 14, 2017
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

It was only a matter of time before a fellow Oberlin student would respond to my right-leaning op-ed condemning wealth distribution. Jordan Ecker begins his refutation by stating that my article is a mere “rehashing of key libertarian talking points,” then goes on to respond with his own rehashing...

Census More than Identity Title

Marissa Maxfield, Contributing Writer
April 7, 2017
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The U.S. Census Bureau released a version of its plans for the 2020 census last week, and for the first time, it proposed tallying gender identity and sexual orientation. Shortly after, Census Bureau Director John Thomson announced that the question was a mistake that was never meant to be included....

Libertarian Economics Crudely Misguided

Jordan Ecker, Contributing Writer
April 7, 2017
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Jacob Britton’s “Wealth Distribution Fails to Invigorate Economy” is a five-paragraph rehashing of key libertarian talking points (The Oberlin Review, March 31, 2017). It may prove heuristically useful, then, to offer a step-by-step rebuttal of each argument to demonstrate the overwhelming inadequacy of l...

Wealth Distribution Fails to Invigorate Economy

Jacob Britton, Contributing Writer
March 31, 2017
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As Americans we hear all too often from talk radio hosts, comedians and politicians about how the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in terms of economic inequality. Perhaps most famously, Senator Bernie Sanders spoke on this issue during his 2016 presidential campaign, frequently mentioning that the ...

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