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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...

Republicans Undermine Confirmation Process

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer
February 3, 2017
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President Donald Trump announced one of the most significant moves of his young and turbulent presidency Tuesday night when he nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Many on the left believe Gorsuch’s nomination should be blocked in much the same way that Republicans o...

Support for ESAs Combats Ableism

Melissa Harris, Production Editor
December 9, 2016
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As a long-time sufferer of emotional and mental disorders who struggles with depression and anxiety especially, I have sought almost every form of treatment under the sun: antidepressants, therapy, meditation, yoga, exercise. The list goes on. However, coming to college has made me realize an integral p...

Activism Limited by Disregard for Disability

Auden Granger, Production Editor
December 9, 2016
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Engagement in activism is a key facet of life and education for many Oberlin students. But what does it mean when you can’t access these types of activism? What does it mean when you’re excluded by default from the performances, speeches and workshops that define most students’ social and political...

Liberal Activism Limited by Narrow Scope

CJ Blair, Columnist
December 9, 2016
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As soon as I arrived at Oberlin my first year, I knew I had entered somewhere special. I was drawn to this school largely because of its activist culture and willingness to challenge the status quo. After three years, though, I’ve realized that while Oberlin students are earnest social activists, w...

NIMBY Activism Will Not Halt NEXUS Pipeline Project

Adriana Teitelbaum, Contributing Writer
December 9, 2016
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While many activists and public officials have been focusing their outrage on the Dakota Access Pipeline, Spectra Energy’s NEXUS pipeline is a more immediate threat lurking below public radar for Ohio and other Midwestern residents. By 2018, the NEXUS pipeline could potentially occupy over 255 mile...

Heartbeat Bill Disturbingly Unconstitutional

Jordan Yonkofski, Contributing Writer
December 9, 2016
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The Ohio Congress passed the anti-abortion “Heartbeat Bill” Tuesday in a move that gravely threatens the constitutional rights of pregnant people. The bill prevents a pregnant person from getting an abortion once the heartbeat of the fetus can be detected. This would outlaw a majority of abortions,...

Trump’s Personality Distracts from Policy Issues

Daniel Nerenhausen, Contributing Writer
December 9, 2016
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The time of simple post-election anger and condemnation has passed, leaving the party of progress and activism faced with a profound question: What, in practice, does it mean to fight President-elect Donald Trump? Much of the reaction I have observed thus far, particularly here on campus, has been indi...

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