College Rankings Devalue Breadth of Knowledge, Ignore Human Element

Editorial Board
September 12, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The days are getting shorter and crisper, and right on schedule, a host of disillusioned columnists are beginning to attack this year’s quantification of the unquantifiable. On Tuesday, US News & World Report released the 2015 edition of its widely acclaimed annual rankings of the nation’s... Read more »

With Unpaid Internships, Gainful Employment Favors the Prepared Mind

Editorial Board
May 9, 2014
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Finally, the sun is out, and it looks as though it might stay for a while. But for many of us, the sunny season doesn’t correspond to a lull in work — quite the opposite, actually, as students disperse to pursue summer jobs and internships in a variety of fields. Since the 1990s, the internship has... Read more »

White House Task Force on Sexual Assault Better Late than Never

Editorial Board
May 2, 2014
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Yale, Dartmouth, Florida State, Brown. It seems that almost every week, there is a new story about a college mismanaging reports of sexual assault on its campus. Amid anger and frustration with the lack of support and justice for survivors, the Obama administration announced guidelines on Monday that... Read more »

Complex Financial Aid Situation Re- quires Honesty, Constructive Intent

Editorial Board
April 25, 2014
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On Sunday, April 13, students drafted a resolution, later endorsed by Student Senate, arguing that the College’s proposed financial aid policy amendment should be formally revoked and, furthermore, that any future changes to College policy be under the purview of attending students. The resolution... Read more »

Lack of Transparency Surrounding Changes to Aid Policy Unacceptable

Editorial Board
April 20, 2014
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Since students learned of the controversial financial aid policy change, tensions have been high. Within hours of their discovery, students were organizing demonstrations and circulating information. Obies are angry, and they have a right to be. Whether or not the policy change affects them, they likely... Read more »

Staff Seeks Balance Between Free Speech and Community Standards in Online Comment Moderation

The Editorial Board
April 13, 2014
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Last week, an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times argued that Oberlin is turning into “[a symbol] of the widespread scourge of campus political correctness and the glorification of victimhood,” due to the administration’s recent discussion regarding the use of trigger warnings in the classroom.... Read more »

‘Review’ Applauds SIC’s Adherence to Core Values

Review Editorial Board
April 5, 2014
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Part of Oberlin’s appeal is its salacious, open-minded, body- and sex-positive outlook on sexual expression. Throughout its history this college has proven to be at the forefront of issues related to gender and sexuality, such as its (well-timed) 1969 decision to adopt... Read more »

College, Senate Must Clarify Underpinnings of Proposed Tobacco Ban

The Editorial Board
March 11, 2014
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Oberlin students aren’t known to sit idly by when issues of personal liberty are at stake — which is why Student Senate’s upcoming vote on a campus-wide ban on tobacco products has raised a flurry of opinions from supporters and detractors, smokers and non-smokers alike. Should the College adopt... Read more »

End of Semester Too Late to Effectively Address Stress

The Editorial Board
November 22, 2013
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As college students, we are subject to intensely formulaic cycles of stress, generally culminating in a few hellishly busy weeks at the end of the semester during which we eschew social conventions, like changing our sweatpants regularly, in favor of consuming unnatural amounts of caffeine. For most... Read more »

Turnover Muddles Collective Memory

The Editorial Board
November 15, 2013
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Prospective students have descended upon campus in the past few weeks to determine if Oberlin is the school at which they can imagine spending four formative years. The perception these impressionable high schoolers will walk away from their visit to Oberlin with will be informed not only by tours and... Read more »

Humanities Majors Must Gain Foothold in Workforce

The Editorial Board
November 8, 2013
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Last week The New York Times published an article citing declining in- terest in the humanities at colleges across the nation. Quoting faculty from Stanford and Harvard, as well as our fellow small liberal arts school Bard College, the Times article adds to the plethora of recent reports... Read more »

Obies Shouldn’t be Fairweather Fans of Sex and Body Positivity

The Editorial Board
November 1, 2013
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Since its inaugural year in 1990, the rules of Safer Sex Night have taken various forms (save a few constants: sweat, glitter, butt cheeks — but no nipples). The College banned the once infamous “Tent of Consent” in 2005, along with booze sales at the actual event in 2001. The educational aspect... Read more »