Tuition Hike Bears Consequences for Oberlin’s Accessibility

Editorial Board
May 8, 2015
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At the “Occu-party” on the grounds outside the Cox Administration Building last Friday afternoon, students protested the recently approved tuition hike for next year, asking, “Can you afford to stay silent?” The Board of Trustees recently approved a $2,400 increase in tuition for the 2015–2016... Read more »

Tsarnaev’s Sentencing Provokes Moral Questions Surrounding Death Penalty

Editorial Board
May 1, 2015
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Content Warning: This editorial contains discussion of the death penalty and execution. Two years after the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has reached the sentencing phase of his trial, but most of Massachusetts opposes the death penalty for him. Convicted on all 30 counts... Read more »

Post-Graduation Plans Draw Unnecessary Judgment

Editorial Board
April 24, 2015
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With the announcement that Michelle Obama will speak at this year’s Commencement, graduation is looking more exciting. But for those of us in the class of 2015, any excitement about accepting a diploma is compounded with anxiety about what comes next. And that’s more than just a question we’re... Read more »

BuzzFeed Controversy Highlights Risk of Advertising in Journalism

Editorial Board
April 18, 2015
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BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith came under fire this week after he deleted an article written by staff writer Arabelle Sicardi which critiqued Dove Personal Care’s latest ad. In her April 8 post, published with the subheading, “Once again, soap is acting condescending,” she criticized... Read more »

Columbia’s Review of Rolling Stone Article Promotes Questioning Survivors Beyond Comfort

Editorial Board
April 10, 2015
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Content Warning: This editorial contains discussion of sexual assault. Six months after the initial publication of Rolling Stone’s exposé “A Rape on Campus,” the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University released a 25-page review detailing the missteps Rolling Stone... Read more »

Safe Spaces Foster Inclusive, Productive Campus Conversation

Editorial Board
April 3, 2015
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Content Warning: This editorial discusses potentially triggering issues like rape, sexualized violence, abuse, suicide and offensive language. Dubbed the “Me Me Me Generation” by Time Magazine in its May 2013 issue, millennials receive no shortage of bad press. It’s almost too... Read more »

International Women’s Day Fails to Recognize Global Diversity of Experiences

Editorial Board
March 13, 2015
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Content warning: This editorial contains discussion of sexualized violence. In a country with more CEOs named John than CEOs that are women, the need for an International Women’s Day is clear. This year’s event centered around the hashtags #MakeItHappen and #PaintItPurple to shed light... Read more »

Nemtsov Killing Should Prompt Introspection Alongside Condemnation

Editorial Board
March 6, 2015
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When prominent Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on a Moscow street last Friday, days before he was slated to lead a major anti-government protest, global leaders rallied behind familiar cries. Nemtsov, an ardent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, had been well known since... Read more »

Feminized Gun Marketing Exacerbates Rape Culture

Editorial Board
February 27, 2015
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Many women learn early on how to defend themselves in dangerous situations: hold their keys between their knuckles in dark parking garages; keep mini-canisters of pepper spray in their purses. From a young age, just as everyone learns to look both ways before crossing the street, women are taught not... Read more »

Williams Controversy Highlights Perils of Fame in Objective Journalism

Editorial Board
February 20, 2015
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Media lenses turned inward last week when NBC announced its Feb. 10 decision to suspend Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. Revelations that the Emmy Award–winning news personality had repeatedly misrepresented his experiences reporting on a 2003 Iraq War mission left the news network reeling,... Read more »

By Ignoring Parallels with Present, Audiences Undercut Black Retellings of History

Editorial Board
February 13, 2015
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Fresh from the success of a powerful Winter Term production that filled Hall Auditorium last weekend, members of the cast of Dessa Rose reunited Wednesday for one final performance, this time before a markedly different audience: minimum-security inmates at Grafton Correctional Institution. “I... Read more »

Bryn Mawr Debacle Highlights Weight-Centric Approach to “Health”

Editorial Board
February 6, 2015
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Trigger Warning: This editorial contains discussion of eating disorders and body image.  A troubling Health Center email sent to students with “elevated” BMIs, encouraging them to “Give a HOOT” about their body size, generated protests and unfavorable press at Bryn Mawr College in... Read more »