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City Council Should Focus on Abolishing, Not Rerouting, NEXUS Pipeline

Editorial Board
December 4, 2015
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In a special meeting on Monday, Nov. 30, City Council decided to hire the law offices of D.C.-based Carolyn Elefant to represent the city of Oberlin in a lawsuit aimed at rerouting the NEXUS pipeline. The proposed 250-mile pipeline, to be constructed and operated by Houston-based Spectra Energy, is slated to ru...

REC Reinvestment Upholds Oberlin’s Commitment to Sustainability

Editorial Board
November 20, 2015
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The most pressing issue facing newly-elected City Council members is the allocation of Renewable Energy Certificates, a benefit of Oberlin’s EPA Green Power Partnership. RECs were originally intended to be reinvested in renewable energy and carbon reduction initiatives for communities to expand their...

Boynton, Mizzou Scandals Reveal Growing Dispute over Journalistic Ethics

Editorial Board
November 13, 2015
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Journalistic ethics have been under close examination this past week. It seems like everyone has something to say about activists at the University of Missouri calling for privacy in the face of national media coverage as racial tensions forced the resignation of the University’s president and chancellor of the...

Marijuana Legislation Must Account for Racial Injustice

Editorial Board
November 6, 2015
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

With an almost two-to-one ratio vote on Issue 3, Ohio did not legalize recreational marijuana on Tuesday. By a much smaller margin, Issue 2 passed. The state-sponsored Issue 2 was a direct response to ResponsibleOhio’s marijuana legalization proposal, which would have created an oligopoly of 25 total...

Administration’s Silence on Cosby Suggests Apathy

Editorial Board
October 30, 2015
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Bill Cosby still holds an honorary degree of humanities from Oberlin College, bestowed on him and his wife Camille at the grand opening of the Kohl Jazz Building in April 2010. Since 2000, Cosby has been accused of raping, assaulting or drugging a total of 57 women. In light of the allegations which ...

BuzzFeed, Startups Leading Shift Toward Curated Journalism

Editorial Board
October 9, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 2015
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

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, 2015
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

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, 2015
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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, 2015
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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, 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...

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