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Historic Prison Strike Protests Legal Slavery

Sami Mericle, Opinions Editor
October 28, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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...

Candidates Neglect Climate Change Dialogue

Amanda Tennant, Contributing Writer
October 7, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

With only a few weeks left until the general election, the candidates have debated a variety of domestic and foreign topics. Yet climate change and the United States’ role in combating it has barely been addressed by the two leading political party candidates; this lack of attention to one of the most i...

Bass Event at Clinton Office Highlights Disunity of Oberlin Gay Community

Brendan Eprile, Contributing Writer
October 7, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

Regardless of your stance on the *NSYNC versus Backstreet Boys debate, former *NSYNC member Lance Bass’ Sept. 27 visit to the Clinton campaign offices in Oberlin was exciting. It didn’t hurt that he was joined by Robbie Kaplan, the attorney responsible for the Supreme Court ruling that overturn...

Local Ballot Measures Shape Student Lives

Hannah Rasmussen, Contributing Writer
October 7, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

As Nov. 8 approaches, all eyes are on the presidential race. Almost every student on campus has been hounded by the questions: “Are you registered to vote?” and “Have you changed your address?” from eager activists. These questions are important because, as most people know, Ohio is a swing stat...

Opportunities for Input Ignored by Students

Meg Parker, Contributing Writer
October 7, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories, Student Senate

This article 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 events on campus and in the community. On a campus characterized by political activism, we seem to be lacking in action. Th...

Symbolic Movements Need Active Participation

Ariana Enzerink, Contributing Writer
October 7, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

There’s been a lot of buzz within the Oberlin College athletics community recently about the seemingly unanimous, teamwide decision for the Oberlin College varsity field hockey team to kneel during the national anthem, following the highly publicized lead of Colin Kaepernick and other Black athletes...

Trump Reveals True Character in First Debate

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
September 30, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has confounded the country about his core values. His rambunctious arrival on the scene and subsequent climb in the polls left much of the U.S. confused as to why this particular candidate has slid into the political world. Since his candidacy announceme...

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