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Journalists Must Remain Adversarial

Editorial Board
February 3, 2017
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

“You’re not supposed to be sycophants,” Barack Obama told journalists in his final press conference as president. “You’re supposed to be skeptics; you’re supposed to ask me tough questions.” President Obama’s message could not be more timely for those covering President Trump’s administra...

Standing Rock Serves as Model for Future Protests

Editorial Board
December 9, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

In a major victory for the Standing Rock Sioux, the Army Corps of Engineers announced Sunday that it would reroute the Dakota Access Pipeline away from native land. Though the Sioux’s success is still tentative — President-elect Donald Trump could pressure the Army to reverse the decision when he takes...

Zuckerberg Must Accept Responsibility for Hoax Stories

Editorial Board
December 2, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Facebook’s responsibility to regulate fake news on its site, particularly the false stories that gained traction during the election cycle, has sparked national debate about what role the platform should play in politics. While the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has distanced himself from the popu...

Administration Should Back Sanctuary Petition

Editorial Board
November 18, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The symbolic solidarity of declaring Oberlin College a sanctuary campus for undocumented students is reason enough for President Marvin Krislov and his administration to take action, but the actual impact that creating such a policy could have is invaluable. Amid a growing national movement for colleges ...

Oberlin Must Not Settle for Silence in Wake of Election

Editorial Board
November 11, 2016
Filed under Commentary, Editorials, OPINIONS

Despite a commendable effort by Hillary Clinton supporters, Lorain County went red on Tuesday by fewer than 400 votes. Though many Oberlin students are devastated by the result, for many in nearby residences, President-elect Donald Trump was the clear choice. Now more than ever, we must take advantag...

Republican Legislation Undermines Voting Rights

Editorial Board
November 4, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a final plea from the Ohio Democratic Party and the Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless on Monday for a stay on voting provisions that disproportionately disenfranchise low-income, racial minority and disabled voters. The laws, created by the state’s Republican-le...

Freedom of Speech Threatened in Dakota Access Pipeline Protests

Editorial Board
October 28, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

When the Bundy Brothers were being acquitted for their January occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, several activists and journalists were getting thrown behind bars for protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, a 1,172-mile long route that would transport 470,000 ba...

Student Representatives Mutually Beneficial for Board, Students

Editorial Board
October 7, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

During the Board of Trustees’ quarterly campus visit this week, Student Senate and former student members of the Steering Committee pushed for trustees to approve the addition of student representatives to the body. The Editorial Board endorses this effort and believes that including student voices will ...

Protest Votes Selfish With Trump at Stake

September 30, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

Ohio’s electoral votes have favored the winning candidate in 93 percent of presidential elections since 1900, and most polls currently show Republican nominee Donald Trump winning Ohio by a small margin this November. With so much at stake in the Buckeye state, now is not the time for a protest v...

Rankings Contribute to College Commodification

Editorial Board
September 23, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

U.S. News & World Report released its annual rankings of 1,374 colleges and universities in the United States on Sept. 13, amplifying the nightmare that is the college-application process. As if the pressure of getting accepted to college in general is not enough, the importance of an institut...

Students Must Re-examine Role of Presidency

Editorial Board
September 16, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

Marvin Krislov announced Sept. 6 that he will be stepping down as president of the College, effective June 30, 2017. The news has received mixed reactions from students, many of whom hope that a new president might allow the College to reaffirm its commitment to progressive activism and accessibility to...

Council Needs Quicker Decision on City Manager

Editorial Board
September 9, 2016
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The city manager search that has now stretched for nine months re­sembles an episode of Amy Poehler’s Parks and Recreation, except there’s no season finale in sight. Interim City Manager and Finance Director Sal Talarico has stepped up since former City Manager Eric Norenberg re­signed last Dec...

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