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Campus Must Support OCOPE Negotiations

Editorial Board
May 6, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The remainder of this month is all about countdowns. Six hours until reading period begins. Six days until the first day of finals. Eleven days until the majority of our student body makes a break for it, and eighteen days until those graduating pack their things and hit the road that, for many, will n... Read more »

Communication, Cooperation Needed for Medical Leave Reform

Editorial Board
April 29, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

College fifth-year Libby Salemi went on medical leave during the second semester of her first year. After dealing with panic attacks that made it impossible to focus on her studies, she decided to take a break and try to diagnose her disorder. Upon returning to campus for her sophomore year, Salemi ... Read more »

Police Department Should Assist, not Arrest, Addicts

Editorial Board
April 22, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The city of Amherst Police Department is the latest law enforcement agency to adopt a treatment-focused approach to low-level drug offences. As reported by the Oberlin News Tribune on April 8, Amherst Police Chief Joe Kucirek has instituted an informal policy whereby addicts who turn themselves in w... Read more »

ResEd Responsible for Students’ Sense of Safety in Living Spaces

Editorial Board
April 15, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

As in semesters past, the northeast wing of South Hall’s second floor — a space the Office of Residential Education has designated “all female” — is reserved for female students in search of peace of mind and a safe haven from a patriarchal campus and society. At the beginning of this ... Read more »

Panama Papers Coverage Strengthened by Prioritizing Local Media

Editorial Board
April 8, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Over 11.5 million documents have been released since April 3 in what has become the largest leak of secret documents in history. Dubbed the “Panama Papers,” this 2.6 terabyte leak surpasses WikiLeaks’ 2010 Cablegate, which consisted of 250,000 cables from the U.S. State Department. The PDF docum... Read more »

With Focus on Elite Schools, Media Ignores Disadvantaged Students

Editorial Board
April 1, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

April 1 is a long-awaited day for many high school students: the day colleges notify applicants of admission decisions. Yet the image of the anxious high school senior waiting by the mailbox or frantically refreshing their email fails to represent the reality for a majority of prospective and current U.S.... Read more »

Athletics Department Must Address Accessibility Concerns

Editorial Board
March 11, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

In an announcement to the student body on March 3, Director of Athletics and Physical Education Natalie Winkelfoos introduced “The Zen Zone” pilot program to Philips gym. From the hours of 9–11 a.m. and 1–3 p.m. every weekday, The Zen Zone will prohibit music filtered through speakers — only perso... Read more »

HB 48 Would Threaten Safety, Wellbeing on Campus

Editorial Board
March 4, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

“Guns Everywhere” is the apt nickname for the Ohio House Bill 48, which passed the House of Representatives on Nov. 17 and was introduced to the State Senate a day later. If passed, HB 48 would allow concealed-carry guns on college campuses and daycares, among other places like school safety zones... Read more »

Media Reinforces Myth of Clinton’s Inevitable Win

Editorial Board
February 26, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

After polling neck and neck with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly won all six tie-breaker coin flips in the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1. Some called it the Miracle Six, as the probability of six heads or tails in a row is less than two percent. After fa... Read more »

For Scalia, Legacy and Humanity Inextricable

Editorial Board
February 19, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Cibolo Creek Ranch in the Chinati Mountains of western Texas is about as distant a scene as possible from the courthouses of Washington, D.C., which is probably why former Justice Antonin Scalia chose to accept the invitation for a free vacation there from ranch owner John Poindexter. After Poindext... Read more »

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
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

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 »