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ADA Compliance Necessary to Support Disabled Students

Taylorlyn Stephan, Contributing Writer
December 9, 2016
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Over 20 percent of reporting Oberlin students self-identifed as disabled or as having a mental illness that causes barriers to access and inclusion on an August survey conducted by Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. So why is there a persistent belief that Oberlin does not have a community o...

Voting by Mail Removes Barriers to Polls

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer
December 2, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

November’s election gave Republicans control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives for the first time since 2007. On the state level, Republican governors and legislators across the country have enacted voting restrictions, such as strict voter ID laws and restricting early voting. N...

Racial Identity Politics Favors White Candidates

Josh Ashkinaze, Contributing Writer
December 2, 2016
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Donald Trump’s victory in the presidential election highlighted that when it comes to identity politics, the largest and most powerful identity group has a natural advantage. White identity politics help, at least in part, to explain Trump’s success. And insofar as racial identity plays a chief r...

Mosquito Control Can Limit Spread of Diseases

Claudia Nunes, Contributing Writer
December 2, 2016
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Health officials reported Monday the first case of Zika virus in the state of Texas that was acquired from a local mosquito rather than from travel outside the state. With this announcement, Texas joined Florida as the only states in the U.S. to report locally acquired Zika virus infections. The Zika...

Right to Choose Endangered by Trump Cabinet

Adriana Teitelbaum, Contributing Writer
December 2, 2016
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Donald Trump’s election has resulted in many people questioning the stability of the progress that’s been made during President Barack Obama’s tenure, including LGBTQ rights and gender and racial equality. Trump has announced his intention to appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court justices and defu...

Media Dismisses Needs of Trump Voters

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
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Soon after election night wrapped up, while the U.S. grimaced and closed the book on the last year and a half, The New York Times issued a letter to its readers addressing the shock and confusion left in the wake of Nov. 8. It included a promise to “rededicate” the paper to the mission of reporting...

Students Must Reject Elitism to Engage Conservatives

Tom Cohn, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the wake of the election there have been a chilling number of reports of white supremacist and misogynistic intimidation, harassment and even physical violence by emboldened Trump supporters. Oberlin students, via the Gibson’s boycott and protest, have come into direct contact with people on the...

Democratic Party Must Consider Needs of Trump Voters

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I worked for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign for several months leading up to the election. It was surprisingly fun work and, as a generally introverted first-year, a big help to transitioning me to life away from home. But I saw a lot that frustrated and upset me. On one campaign trip, I heard...

Activism Should Cultivate Broader Solidarity

Jade Schiff, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
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I was both heartened and worried by the protests outside of Gibson’s over the past few days, a response to the assault and arrest of an African-American student near the store earlier this week. I was heartened because they reflected our students’ and our institution’s fierce commitment to social jus...

American Jews Must Confront Trump’s Bigotry

Roman Broszkowski, Contributing Writer
November 18, 2016
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There’s a saying that three Jews have four opinions. If that’s true, then one is that Donald Trump and his tiny hands are worthy of the presidency. Although Jews overwhelmingly rejected Trump’s message of hate on Nov. 8, one in four did not, according to exit polling. Nearly a quarter of our communi...

Oberlin Must Not Settle for Silence in Wake of Election

Editorial Board
November 11, 2016
Filed under Commentary, Editorials, OPINIONS

Despite a commendable effort by Hillary Clinton supporters, Lorain County went red on Tuesday by fewer than 400 votes. Though many Oberlin students are devastated by the result, for many in nearby residences, President-elect Donald Trump was the clear choice. Now more than ever, we must take advantag...

Cynical Politics Must Not Overwhelm Hope

Anjali Kolachalam, Contributing Writer
November 11, 2016
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Like many of you on campus today, I am still coming to terms with what happened Tuesday. What happened being, of course, that the U.S. elected Donald Trump as our next president. Even writing out that sentence makes me sick. To cope, I rewatched several of President Barack Obama’s speeches, including the...

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