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Gym Expansion Will Increase Campus Accessibility

Dan Lev, Contributing Writer
September 23
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After reading Louis Krauss’ article on the possible Philips extension in the Sept. 16 issue of the Review, “Trustees to Consider Philips Gym Expansion,” I wanted to offer my voice as a captain of the Oberlin College men’s soccer team and a former student senator. I believe an extension to P...

Only One Candidate Stands for Progress

Ziya Smallens, Contributing Writer
September 23
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It’s no secret that many Oberlin students voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary. Many remain skeptical of Hillary Clinton, citing an inability to trust her. I respect the instincts of my peers, but in today’s media climate, the facts struggle to break through the noise. In scrutinizi...

Over-Militarization Causes Gun Violence

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer
September 16
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Gun control measures have historically been enforced by racist laws that have been used to explicitly discriminate against marginalized people, as Josh Ashkinaze pointed out in his Sept. 9 Review article “Progressives Should Oppose Gun Control.” He calls it “deeply ironic” that “progressives” support a movement with such a ...

Restorative Justice Requires Rehabilitation

Nick Bassman
September 16
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Content warning: This op-ed contains discussion of sexual assault. To Judge Aaron Persky: This is not the first open letter or protest you’ve received on this topic, and it won’t be the last. Convicted rapist Brock Turner was released from prison Sept. 2 after serving three months of the six-mon...

University of Chicago Balances Free Speech, Trigger Warnings

Jack Derwin, Contributing Writer
September 16
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As the training ground for students on the brink of entering full adulthood, the values of higher education are often the subject of scrutiny and controversy. One such controversy was prompted by a University of Chicago welcome letter sent to the university’s incoming first-years on Aug. 24 this year...

Dakota Access Pipeline Protests Mirror Oberlin’s Anti-Pipeline Campaign

CJ Blair, Contributing Writer
September 16
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The federal government’s request to halt the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline was met by cheers from the thousands of Native people gathered in protest at Standing Rock last Friday. This order, however, coming on the heels of a ruling that dismissed the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s anti-pipeline...

Abortion Access Event Celebrates Triumph in Face of Adversity

Julia Peterson, Production Editor
September 16
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Editor’s Note: This article contains language pertaining to abortion rights, and personal stories from women who have received abortions. It's hard to be optimistic about abortion access. Clinics are at constant risk of being defunded and have to jump through arbitrary hoops to remain open. Patients...

Trump’s Media Monopoly Siphons Populist Energy From Sanders Campaign

September 9
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Republican Nominee Donald Trump’s presidential bid — the big­gest political story of the year — has commanded an unprecedented control of the media cycle. By the end of February 2016, Trump had amassed nearly $2 billion in earned media coverage, which includes social media mentions and any ap­pearances...

Political Face-Offs Supersede Philippine Drug Crisis

Melissa Harris, Production Editor
September 9
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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brought his nation into the international spotlight this week by slandering U.S. Presi­dent Barack Obama, calling him a “son of a whore.” I am hugely disheartened by Duterte’s justification of his attack on the U.S. presi­dent, as well as Obama’s response...

Progressives Should Oppose Gun Control

Josh Ashkinaze, Contributing Writer
September 9
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While we may associate gun sup­porters with angry white men in leather jackets and gun control supporters with hippies and peace signs, these stereo­types are only a product of recent times. Throughout American history, gun con­trol proponents were the powerful and the racist, not liberals and peaceniks. Recognizing...

Next Oberlin President Must Promote Unity

Kameron Dunbar, Contributing Writer
September 9
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The angst sweeping the country has trickled down to the microcosm of Oberlin. The year has been divisive for the country as a whole. We have a presidential candi­date calling for an entry ban on an entire religious group. Political polarization is at an all-time high. People are dissatisfied. What we...

Disability Informs Personal Identity, Politics

Auden Granger, Production Editor
September 9
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I’m disabled. If this article already makes you feel un­comfortable, you’re not alone. Disability is the kind of subject you’re expected to deal with privately and secretly. You’re not supposed to talk about it — unless you’re “overcoming” it, preferably in a hyper-visible way that...

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