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Obama Fails to Convince (Birth) Control Freaks

The Editorial Board
February 17, 2012
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The recent controversy over federal health insurance law and contraception, with socially conservative institutions like the Catholic Church demanding the right to exclude contraceptive coverage from their employees’ insurance plans, gives us a number of promising editorial angles to pursue. We could...

Internet Defeats Piracy Bills

The Editorial Board
February 10, 2012
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

This Winter Term, you didn’t need to be on campus, in the country, or even tuned into the news to witness the beginnings of events that stand to have far-reaching implications for Oberlin students. You just needed to want to Google something or look up a Wikipedia article on Jan. 18. That day, several...

Editorial: Mugging Shouldn’t Fray Town-Gown Connection

The Editorial Board
November 11, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The attack last Sunday on History Professor Gary Kornblith was bizarre and virtually unprecedented. A professor being mugged by what looked like two 15 year olds? In the middle of the day? In an academic building? It’s hard to imagine that something like this could happen on our campus, and even harder...

Editorial: Rushdie’s Comments Highlight Potential of Literary Thinking

The Editorial Board
October 14, 2011
Filed under Editorials, Literature & Poetry, OPINIONS

“How do you write about a world that makes no sense?” Sir Salman Rushdie’s question nearly faded into the fabric of his convocation speech — partly an account of literature’s functions through history, partly a commentary on modern politics and media from an internationally meta-renowned storyteller...

Editorial: Oberlin Journalism Lacks Academic Support

The Editorial Board
October 7, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The assertion in this week’s Diatribe that the Diatribe itself represents a “tasteless ornament to [this] publication’s already insubstantial content” leaves us feeling somewhat conflicted. While we as editors spend a substantial amount of time, energy and thought on the Review every week, we...

“It Takes Balls to Execute an Innocent Man”

The Editorial Board
September 23, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

On September 21, the state of Georgia executed Troy Anthony Davis for the murder of Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail. Davis’s story attracted worldwide scrutiny when the prosecution’s case against him unraveled after his conviction, with seemingly no acknowledgement from Georgia’s criminal...

Sour Memories of 9/11

The Editorial Board
September 16, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Last Sunday, on the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, New York Timescolumnist Paul Krugman decided to remember the occasion on his blog in a way that, shall we say, turned a few heads. In a post titled “The Years of Shame,” Krugman wrote that because of its exploitation for purp...

Editorial: Oberlin’s Favorite Super Senior

The Editorial Board
May 13, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

When this year’s graduating class were first-years four years ago, we entered college alongside another first-year of sorts — when Marvin Krislov began as Oberlin’s 14th president in July of 2007, one month before the class of 2011 arrived on campus for Orientation. Being the president of Oberlin...

Editorial: New Name, Same Section

The Editorial Board
May 13, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

As some of our readers may have noticed, a few weeks ago The Oberlin Review rebranded our “Commentary” section with the moniker “Opinions.” Although the content of the section will remain the same, and the two words mean the same thing, the Review nevertheless decided that a name change would...

The End of an Era

The Editorial Board
May 6, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Last Sunday, President Obama announced to the world that Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks of September 11, had been killed in an attack conducted by the United States. For the most part, current Oberlin students came of age in a time of fear and uncertainty created by bin...

Editorial: Oberlin Community Deserved More Information

The Editorial Board
April 29, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Last week, a combined racial and homophobic slur was spray-painted onto the side of Dascomb, an action that elicited an immediate reaction from the College and student body. The Editorial Board wholeheartedly supports the silent vigil and what it stood for; rather than embark on a witch hunt, thos...

Re-evaluating Evaluations

The Editorial Board
April 22, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Even at a school as academically outstanding as Oberlin, it’s not uncommon to hear students complaining about the ways in which their classes are taught. Often, the first thing a student will do after leaving a frustrating class is to vent to a friend about what exactly needs to be changed abou...

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