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Flint Crisis Demands Reflection on Campus, Community Relationship

Editorial Board
February 12, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

With his approval rating plummeting and amid public calls for his resignation, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder addressed lawmakers on Wednesday to propose a $54.9 billion budget for the state, the majority of which would go to reversing the lead contamination in Flint’s water and repairing Detroit’s... Read more »

Black Representation in the Arts Crucial to Dismantling Racism

Editorial Board
February 5, 2016
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Black entertainers will abound at the 88th Academy Awards in February. Comedian and actor Chris Rock will host alongside presenters and performers including Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart, The Weeknd and Pharrell Williams. But with the announcement of this year’s Oscar nominations on Jan. 14, media e... Read more »

Winter Term Committee Must Revise Grant Policy

Editorial Board
December 11, 2015
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With the end of the semester fast approaching, many students are organizing housing and transportation funds for Winter Term. While some students can afford to front the costs of living and dining for the month of January, many require funding or scholarships to supplement projects that do not receive pa... Read more »

City Council Should Focus on Abolishing, Not Rerouting, NEXUS Pipeline

Editorial Board
December 4, 2015
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In a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 30, City Council decided to hire the law offices of D.C.-based Carolyn Elefant to represent the city of Oberlin in a lawsuit aimed at rerouting the NEXUS pipeline. The proposed 250-mile pipeline, to be constructed and operated by Houston-based Spectra Energy, is slated to ru... Read more »

REC Reinvestment Upholds Oberlin’s Commitment to Sustainability

Editorial Board
November 20, 2015
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The most pressing issue facing newly-elected City Council members is the allocation of Renewable Energy Certificates, a benefit of Oberlin’s EPA Green Power Partnership. RECs were originally intended to be reinvested in renewable energy and carbon reduction initiatives for communities to expand their... Read more »

Boynton, Mizzou Scandals Reveal Growing Dispute over Journalistic Ethics

Editorial Board
November 13, 2015
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Journalistic ethics have been under close examination this past week. It seems like everyone has something to say about activists at the University of Missouri calling for privacy in the face of national media coverage as racial tensions forced the resignation of the University’s president and chancellor of the... Read more »

Marijuana Legislation Must Account for Racial Injustice

Editorial Board
November 6, 2015
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With an almost two-to-one ratio vote on Issue 3, Ohio did not legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday. By a much smaller margin, Issue 2 passed. The state-sponsored Issue 2 was a direct response to ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana legalization proposal, which would have created an oligopoly of 25 total... Read more »

Administration’s Silence on Cosby Suggests Apathy

Editorial Board
October 30, 2015
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Bill Cosby still holds an honorary degree of humanities from Oberlin College, bestowed on him and his wife Camille at the grand opening of the Kohl Jazz Building in April 2010. Since 2000, Cosby has been accused of raping, assaulting or drugging a total of 57 women. In light of the allegations which ... Read more »

BuzzFeed, Startups Leading Shift Toward Curated Journalism

Editorial Board
October 9, 2015
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Scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, you might find a BuzzFeed article about kittens above an update on Shaun King and racial injustice — two posts that are seemingly unrelated. But as social media has helped bring millennial culture to the forefront, journalism itself has begun to change in both definitio... Read more »

Hampshire’s Holistic Admissions Evaluates What Matters

Editorial Board
October 2, 2015
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Admission to Hampshire College got a little simpler, a bit harder and a whole lot more innovative last year — and it has the results to prove it. The private liberal arts college in Amherst, MA, decided not to accept SAT and ACT scores from applicants for the class of 2019, pushing past the “test-... Read more »

In Planned Parenthood Debate, Local Inaccessibility Overlooked

Editorial Board
September 25, 2015
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As House and Senate leaders traverse the caustic battleground that is this year’s federal appropriations bill, it’s evident that the future of Planned Parenthood’s funding has been precarious. But last night marked a possible turn in the road for the reproductive health organization, as Senate ... Read more »

College Scorecard Can Disrupt Higher Ed’s Prestige Economy

Editorial Board
September 18, 2015
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

One of the Obama administration’s goals was to rank every college and university — all 7,000-odd private and public institutions of higher education in the nation — by their comparative student debt and earning potential. College administrators nationwide opposed the initiative, fearing such a ... Read more »