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Student Input Valuable in Presidential Search

Kameron Dunbar, Contributing Writer
November 4
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

This op-ed is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, Student Senators will provide personal perspectives on recent campus and community events. Senate Liaison Thobeka Mnisi and I submitted a letter to Vice President, General Counsel and...

Humanity’s Survival Dependent on Mars Exploration

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
November 4
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

Elon Musk — the founder and CEO of Tesla Motors and private aerospace company SpaceX — conducted a question and answer session on Reddit Oct. 23 to discuss his plan to begin a permanent, self-sufficient colonization of Mars in as little as eight years. Using the largest rocket ever designed, Mus...

Rosenfeld Anti-Semitism Lecture Unproductive, Misinformative

Josh Koller, Contributing Writer
November 4
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I’ve been taught to honor, admire and respect educators across the board, but due to Dr. Alvin H. Rosenfeld’s propensity for denying facts and vilifying groups of people, I feel that I cannot extend him the usual respect. Dr. Rosenfeld, professor of Jewish Studies and English at Indiana University, B...

Textbook Prices Reduce Course Accessibility

Sami Mericle, Opinions Editor
November 4
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When I decided not to buy the 9th edition of Quantitative Chemical Analysis this semester, I saved money but bought myself more hassle. Unwilling to buy the book used from Amazon for $146 or rent it from the bookstore for around $90, I purchased the 8th edition, hoping it would be similar enough to us...

Donald Trump’s “Rigged” Election Rhetoric Guarantees Fallout, Violence

Nick Bassman, Contributing Writer
November 4
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville, MS, was set aflame Tuesday night, the brick exterior spray-painted white with the words “Vote Trump.” This is not the first hate crime committed in Trump’s name, and as the election approaches, I fear it will not be the last. Voter intimidation i...

Historic Prison Strike Protests Legal Slavery

Sami Mericle, Opinions Editor
October 28
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the 21st century, it is unbelievable that much of the U.S. population can be legally enslaved. A national prison strike protesting just that has reached at least 29 prisons in 22 states, garnering appallingly little media attention since it commenced on Sept. 9. The strike was staged to commemorat...

Feminism Will Become Law Under Clinton

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer
October 28
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As a country, we’ve finally made it through all three presidential debates. The matches were tense and personal, which gave us a deep look at the candidates’ characters. One resorted to insult, accusation and primal displays of arrogance while the other prioritized policy over performance. She may not make gre...

Bob Dylan Showcases Radical Innovation in Art

CJ Blair, Columnist
October 28
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

It has long been rumored that Bob Dylan could win the Nobel Prize in Literature, but when the Nobel Committee announced his win two weeks ago, literature enthusiasts and laypeople alike were shocked. New York Times columnist Anna Smith wrote, “When the Nobel committee gives the literature prize to ...

Clinton Proposes Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer
October 28
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

A defining issue of the presidential election has been immigration, largely due to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s controversial proposal to halt illegal immigration to the U.S. by building a wall on the Mexico–U.S. border. Immigration is an issue that the Oberlin community has also ...

Two-Party System Denies Voters Choice

Russell Jaffe, Contributing Writer
October 28
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When my father was driving my brother and me back from one of our winter club hockey games when I was a kid, he asked us to vote on where we should stop for dinner. My brother and I — still young enough to enjoy vast quantities of fast food without feeling sick — instantly agreed on Burger King. ...

Environmentalists Must Rally Behind Clinton

Kelly McCarthy, Contributing Writer
October 7
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

No good thing comes without a cost. More than a century of rapid technological advancement has sent global temperatures skyrocketing at a rate 10 times faster than precedented by natural history. We’re also seeing increasingly unpredictable weather patterns, rising sea levels and pollution of our...

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