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The Oberlin Review

Activism Necessary to Resist Trump Presidency

Maureen Coffey, Business Manager
November 11, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I never really considered the implications of a Donald Trump presidency until Tuesday. I knew he was running. I watched his speeches, rallies and debates. All of the signs were there, and yet until early Wednesday morning, I had not truly considered a Trump presidency. We can — and I’m sure many wil...

Students Reject Dissenting Opinions

Melissa Harris, Production Editor
November 11, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Obies and their family members congregated in the Carnegie Building’s Root Room to hear NPR Radiolab host Robert Krulwich, OC ’69, give a talk titled “Oberlin Itches, So I Scratch: A Private 50 Year Fight With My College” at The Friends of the Library’s annual dinner Saturday night. While Krulwic...

Public Protest Can Uphold Democracy

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
November 11, 2016
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

The U.S. was simultaneously shocked and horrified by Donald Trump’s win late on election night. In an equally alarming turn of events, Democrats failed to win back control of either the Senate or the House of Representatives. With the Supreme Court likely to soon fall into the hands of conservatives...

Misogyny Played Pivotal Role in Election

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
November 11, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I did not expect this election to make me cry. I expected my cynicism to protect me in a jaded, painless bubble that denied the horrifying reality of a non-Clinton outcome. This election has made clear a variety of truths about the previously unspoken, but nevertheless present, assumptions and prejudice...

Election Results Challenge Language of Politics

CJ Blair, Columnist
November 11, 2016
Filed under Columns, Commentary, OPINIONS

In the three years that I have been writing this column, I’ve rarely discussed politics. I always found political op-eds to be pretentious and impersonal, as though the writer spent so long digging for facts that they never considered the emotional significance of their story. But now, in the wake o...

Student Input Valuable in Presidential Search

Kameron Dunbar, Contributing Writer
November 4, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

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