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Complex Financial Aid Situation Re- quires Honesty, Constructive Intent

Editorial Board
April 25, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

On Sunday, April 13, students drafted a resolution, later endorsed by Student Senate, arguing that the College’s proposed financial aid policy amendment should be formally revoked and, furthermore, that any future changes to College policy be under the purview of attending students. The resolution...

Lack of Transparency Surrounding Changes to Aid Policy Unacceptable

Editorial Board
April 20, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Since students learned of the controversial financial aid policy change, tensions have been high. Within hours of their discovery, students were organizing demonstrations and circulating information. Obies are angry, and they have a right to be. Whether or not the policy change affects them, they likely...

Staff Seeks Balance Between Free Speech and Community Standards in Online Comment Moderation

The Editorial Board
April 13, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Last week, an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times argued that Oberlin is turning into “[a symbol] of the widespread scourge of campus political correctness and the glorification of victimhood,” due to the administration’s recent discussion regarding the use of trigger warnings in the classroom. Beside...

‘Review’ Applauds SIC’s Adherence to Core Values

Review Editorial Board
April 5, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Part of Oberlin’s appeal is its salacious, open-minded, body- and sex-positive outlook on sexual expression. Throughout its history this college has proven to be at the forefront of issues related to gender and sexuality, such as its (well-timed) 1969 decision to adopt co-ed dorms. The Sexual Informati...

College, Senate Must Clarify Underpinnings of Proposed Tobacco Ban

The Editorial Board
March 11, 2014
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Oberlin students aren’t known to sit idly by when issues of personal liberty are at stake — which is why Student Senate’s upcoming vote on a campus-wide ban on tobacco products has raised a flurry of opinions from supporters and detractors, smokers and non-smokers alike. Should the College adopt...

End of Semester Too Late to Effectively Address Stress

The Editorial Board
November 22, 2013
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

As college students, we are subject to intensely formulaic cycles of stress, generally culminating in a few hellishly busy weeks at the end of the semester during which we eschew social conventions, like changing our sweatpants regularly, in favor of consuming unnatural amounts of caffeine. For most...

Turnover Muddles Collective Memory

The Editorial Board
November 15, 2013
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Prospective students have descended upon campus in the past few weeks to determine if Oberlin is the school at which they can imagine spending four formative years. The perception these impressionable high schoolers will walk away from their visit to Oberlin with will be informed not only by tours and...

Humanities Majors Must Gain Foothold in Workforce

The Editorial Board
November 8, 2013
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Last week The New York Times published an article citing declining in- terest in the humanities at colleges across the nation. Quoting faculty from Stanford and Harvard, as well as our fellow small liberal arts school Bard College, the Times article adds to the plethora of recent reports about the (in)sig...

Obies Shouldn’t be Fairweather Fans of Sex and Body Positivity

The Editorial Board
November 1, 2013
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Since its inaugural year in 1990, the rules of Safer Sex Night have taken various forms (save a few constants: sweat, glitter, butt cheeks — but no nipples). The College banned the once infamous “Tent of Consent” in 2005, along with booze sales at the actual event in 2001. The educational aspect...

Review Moves Boldly into 21st Century with Relaunch of Website

Editorial Board
October 11, 2013
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

After years of struggling with a finicky, and at times downright defunct, website, the Review received word this week that the Student Finance Committee has allocated funds for the rebirth of oberlinreview.org. Although we indeed ad hoc’d for these funds, it was hardly out of a burning desire to focus...

Shutdown Rooted in Partisanship, Moralizing of Opposition

The Editorial Board
October 4, 2013
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Disappointment with Congressional performance might seem hard to quantify this week, as an uncompromising House of Representatives rendered the government defunct and the American public dismayed on Tuesday by failing to reach an agreement that would sustain governmental operations. Though frustration...

Education More Than Return on Investment

The Editorial Board
September 27, 2013
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The Obama administration recently announced plans to formulate a ranking system for institutions of higher education, taking into consideration a new set of key factors, including graduate’s earning potential, percentage of lower-income students, tuition cost and graduation rates. Ideally, the president...

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