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BuzzFeed, Startups Leading Shift Toward Curated Journalism

Editorial Board
October 9
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Scrolling through your Facebook newsfeed, you might find a BuzzFeed article about kittens above an update on Shaun King and racial injustice — two posts that are seemingly unrelated. But as social media has helped bring millennial culture to the forefront, journalism itself has begun to change in both definitio...

Hampshire’s Holistic Admissions Evaluates What Matters

Editorial Board
October 2
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Admission to Hampshire College got a little simpler, a bit harder and a whole lot more innovative last year — and it has the results to prove it. The private liberal arts college in Amherst, MA, decided not to accept SAT and ACT scores from applicants for the class of 2019, pushing past the “test-...

In Planned Parenthood Debate, Local Inaccessibility Overlooked

Editorial Board
September 25
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As House and Senate leaders traverse the caustic battleground that is this year’s federal appropriations bill, it’s evident that the future of Planned Parenthood’s funding has been precarious. But last night marked a possible turn in the road for the reproductive health organization, as Senate ...

College Scorecard Can Disrupt Higher Ed’s Prestige Economy

Editorial Board
September 18
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One of the Obama administration’s goals was to rank every college and university — all 7,000-odd private and public institutions of higher education in the nation — by their comparative student debt and earning potential. College administrators nationwide opposed the initiative, fearing such a ...

Kutzen Allegations an Opportunity for Greater Oversight

Editorial Board
September 11
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Following news in early July that Trustee Thomas Kutzen, OC ’76, had been charged with fraud by the SEC and had stepped down as chair of the Investment Committee, the Office of Communications released a statement about the incident — that is, if one can call three short paragraphs released nearl...

Mental Health Initiatives Reveal Where Student Opinion Heard Loudest

Editorial Board
September 4
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Laundry prices and ObieID password changes notwithstanding, few things at Oberlin are as widely maligned as the College’s mental health resource infrastructure. While Student Health Services as a whole receives a significant amount of criticism from students year after year and while the College make...

Tuition Hike Bears Consequences for Oberlin’s Accessibility

Editorial Board
May 8
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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...

Tsarnaev’s Sentencing Provokes Moral Questions Surrounding Death Penalty

Editorial Board
May 1
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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 brough...

Post-Graduation Plans Draw Unnecessary Judgment

Editorial Board
April 24
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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...

BuzzFeed Controversy Highlights Risk of Advertising in Journalism

Editorial Board
April 18
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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 Dove...

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

Editorial Board
April 10
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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 made in its acco...

Safe Spaces Foster Inclusive, Productive Campus Conversation

Editorial Board
April 3
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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 easy to blame...

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