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Which Barbie Are We, Really?

The Editorial Board
March 18, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Recently, The Oberlin Review received a harshly worded letter, condemning our This Week editor’s joke about the difficulty of mathematics. In 1992, the Mattel company debuted a Barbie that uttered, among a variety of other phrases, the succinct line “Math is Tough!” The Oberlin Review, t...

Editorial Board: What the Hell Is Student Senate? (Do We Know?)

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

This Sunday, Oberlin’s Student Senate is holding a panel titled “What the Hell Is Senate?” We are curious to hear how the senators will choose to answer that question. The chief problem with Senate, as it has been observed by student senators in the past, is the same problem that plagues many...

Obies: Too Progressive for Our Own Good

The Editorial Board
March 4, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Last Wednesday, noted feminist and progressive activist Gloria Steinem came to speak at Oberlin as a part of our Convocation series. The Editorial Board applauds Steinem and her contributions to promoting women’s rights and addressing various forms of discrimination. Reflecting on her talk, howe...

Editorial Board Condemns Ohio Senate Vote

The Editorial Board
March 4, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate narrowly voted on Senate Bill 5, effectively disarming the collective bargaining power of unions across the state. In an unprecedented move, six Republican senators defected, voting alongside Democrats in an attempt to back away from a vote that will inevitably prove detrimental...

Endorsing the Enemy?

The Editorial Board
February 25, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

A question frequently posed in the days leading up to Karl Rove’s visit last semester resurfaced this week when Sergeant Benjamin Anthony, a supporter of the Israeli army, visited campus: Is it proper for our College to give a voice to speakers with whom many members of the student body do not ...

“Heartbeat” Bill Restricts Rights

The Editorial Board
February 18, 2011
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, Republican state representatives introduced the “heartbeat” bill, a piece of legislation designed to ban abortions on fetuses with a detectable heartbeat. Using the tired rhetoric of pro-life groups in the past, Republicans argue that new scientific developments have allo...

Al Jazeeras’s Moment

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

Al Jazeera, the Qatari satellite broadcaster that has served as the voice for Arab discontent since its founding in 1996, is having a busy winter. Unlike most Middle-Eastern media, the majority of which is state-run, Al Jazeera is influenced very little by its patron government’s politics. And ...

Students, Put Your Mouse Where Your Mouth Is

The Editorial Board
December 11, 2009
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

We are Oberlin: Fearless, Tray-less, and now, Tomato-less. And because not enough people have voted on Student Senate’s Green Referendum, we are also quorum-less. It’s not especially surprising that yet another Student Senate referendum has failed to reach quorum during its allotted time; in fact,...

Free the Knowledge

The Editorial Board
December 4, 2009
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Finally, open access has come to Oberlin. The General Faculty has made a smart move to spread the wealth of scholarship produced here to anyone with a computer — for free. This decision comes as many other institutions of higher education around the country adopt similar policies. Giving a wider...

Afghans Need Infrastructure

The Editorial Board
December 4, 2009
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

A spokesperson for the Taliban called President Obama’s plan for Afghanistan “no solution.” Meanwhile, responses from American politicians have varied since Obama announced on Tuesday night that he would send 30,000 more troops to the country. Democrats came out against the proposal, while Republicans...

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