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The Oberlin Review

End of Semester Too Late to Effectively Address Stress

The Editorial Board
November 22
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...

Playboy Hoax Creates Opportunity to Discuss Sexual Violence

The Editorial Board
September 20
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

This past Tuesday, social networkers were in awe of Playboy’s enlightened take on its infamous list of Top Party Schools. The guide spread like wildfire across the internet by college students and other supporters of the emergence of an anti-rape culture, one in which consent is verbalized “early,...

College Faces Financial, Ethical Dilemma

The Editorial Board
September 13
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

In light of the College’s recently assigned “negative outlook” by preeminent credit rating agency Moody’s, it is unclear if it will be able to respond in full — or at all — to renewed student concerns regarding its ethically questionable capital investments and the termination of a need-blind...

“Hoax” Declaration Mischaracterizes Bias Incidents, Stifles Productive Dialogue

The Editorial Board
September 6
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The College aired its dirty laundry to the nation last semester when media outlets swarmed campus to report on the rash of bigoted graffiti cropping up in academic and residential buildings. The coverage of the events focused primarily on an alleged sighting of a person in Klan robes, though evidence...

Student Senators Should Be Subject to Pay Limits

The Editorial Board
May 10
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Following the controversy surrounding Student Senate Liaison Eliza Diop’s billing issues and subsequent resignation, Senate is initiating a reform of the rules regarding the payment of its members. Diop claims that the time card discrepancy was a simple misunderstanding of the work senators can legitimately...

On Reproductive Rights, Obama Abandons His Base Once Again

The Editorial Board
May 3
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Back in November, Barack Obama rode a massive victory in the battle for the female vote 55 percent to 44 percent for Mitt Romney nationally, and that gap was even larger in swing states like Ohio — to a second term in office. Admittedly, Mitt Romney (and, really, every level of the GOP) made things...

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