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The Oberlin Review

Kasich’s Opioid Regulations Backfire

Jackie Brant, Contributing Writer
February 17, 2017
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Every five hours, someone overdoses on heroin in Ohio. One in every nine deaths from heroin overdoses in the U.S. occurs in Ohio, leading the nation. In Lorain County, approximately 140 people died from heroin overdoses in 2016, according to The Chronicle-Telegram. On the other hand, according to ...

Administration Neglects Mental Health Needs

Marissa Maxfield, Contributing Writer
February 17, 2017
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Psychiatric and counseling services on college campuses typically receive inadequate attention compared to other areas of health care, and Oberlin is no exception. While past disparities can be attributed to the invisibility of mental conditions and suppressive social influence, ignorance is not a viab...

Berkeley Protesters Exercising, Not Curtailing, Free Speech

Nick Bassman, Contributing Writer
February 10, 2017
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Hateful speaker and Breitbart News senior editor Milo Yiannopoulos was prevented from speaking at University of California, Berkeley on Feb. 1 by students and community members in a massive, successful exercise of the First Amendment rights of free speech and free assembly. Yes, you read that correctl...

Corporate Activism Undermines People’s Power

Sami Mericle, Opinions Editor
February 10, 2017
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Joining the rush of activism that has greeted President Donald Trump’s first few weeks in office, corporations — particularly those that cater to liberal millennials — have been eager to prove that they, too, support human rights. Perhaps the most commendable of these has been Starbucks, which recentl...

Philosophy Departments Lack Diversity

Jackie Brant, Contributing Writer
February 10, 2017
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Despite having been warned about unequal gender distribution in the field, I was disappointed when I walked into my first day of Problems of Philosophy last semester and found few women in the room. While I’m admittedly only in my first year, my experience as a Philosophy major has shown me that, even...

Students Demand Administrative Transparency

Andrés González, Kai Joy, Contributing Writers
February 10, 2017
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Oberlin’s administration has a transparency problem. The administrative body and the Board of Trustees have continuously left students out of both mundane and critical decision-making, and students are often first made aware of these decisions when physically confronted with them. The tuition hikes...

Guns, Not Bears, Threaten Ohio Schools

Amber Scherer, Columnist
February 10, 2017
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In the first confirmation vote to ever require a tiebreaker, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary Tuesday. DeVos was one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial cabinet nominees, provoking intense opposition from Senate Democrats and teachers’ unions. During her confirmat...

Oberlin Must Stand by Community Bill of Rights

Ellen Mavrich, Contributing Writer
February 3, 2017
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The arctic ice is melting. The beginning of a great extinction is upon us. The money being invested into fossil fuel infrastructure must be redirected into renewable energy now if we are to truly address the challenges of climate change. The NEXUS pipeline is a fossil fuel project which will accelera...

U.S. Should Rely on Constitution in Turbulent Times

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer
February 3, 2017
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In the months since the presidential election, I have heard people question our system of democracy. This is understandable, as the democratic process led to a result that many find abhorrent and in conflict with the United States’ core values. However, as we seek ways to resist Trump and move forwar...

Neo-Nazi Alt-Right Gains Power with Bannon’s Rise

Nick Bassman, Contributing Writer
February 3, 2017
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President Donald Trump’s towering ego is built on a foundation of constant encouragement from others. It demands that he silence dissent and surround himself with loyalists. No one understands this more intimately than his Chief Strategist, Senior Counselor and National Security Council appointee Ste...

Calling Elected Reps Proves Most Effective

Alec Perlow, Contributing Writer
February 3, 2017
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The etiquette for answering the phone was the first thing interns were taught in the congressional office I worked in during Winter Term. Our D.C. office had three phones set up to receive every call, with no voicemail. During the first two weeks of January, the phones rang sporadically. Almost all th...

Inauguration Protests Set Tenor for Trump’s Presidency

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
February 3, 2017
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On the day of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, I joined thousands of people from across the nation to voice our disapproval of the incoming administration. Many, including myself, had been protesting all month. At 5 a.m. on the morning of Inauguration Day, I met with The Future is Feminist i...

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