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Failure of Gun Control Bill a National Embarrassment

The Editorial Board
April 19
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Even in an age when Congress has a lower approval rating than most reality television stars, this has to move the needle even ever so slightly, doesn’t it? The gun control legislation inspired by the Newtown massacre — yes, the gun control legislation that had already been shamelessly watered...

OPIRG Benefits from Keeping Students in the Dark

The Editorial Board
April 12
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

This week, Mudd, Wilder Bowl and the Science Center atrium came to feel more like midtown Manhattan than a small liberal arts campus, as Ohio Public Interest Research Group canvassers have become a ubiquitous presence. The canvassers have asked students to sign a petition supporting the continuation...

Health Services Fee Has Potential for Positive Change

The Editorial Board
April 5
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

According to the Office of Financial Aid’s website, the cumulative cost of one year for a full-time student at Oberlin is set to rise $831 next year, as the price jumps to a jaw-dropping $59,474. It’s hard to justify a price tag that huge, and certainly many items contributing to the rapidly rising...

Status Quo Reigns Supreme at Vatican

March 15
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on Wednesday, the event was hailed as a sign that the Catholic church was finally, mercifully beginning to evolve to reflect the interests of its 21st-century membership. Bergoglio — or Francis I, as he will be known from here on out — is a native...

Workplace Flexibility Best for Both Employer, Employee

The Editorial Board
March 1
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Perhaps it was unfair to place Marissa Mayer on a pedestal she never asked for. When the 37-year-old Google wunderkind convinced Yahoo! to make her the youngest Fortune 500 CEO — while she was pregnant, no less — she was preemptively hailed as a role model for working mothers. It seemed as though,...

Dubya Exposed, in More Ways Than One

The Editorial Board
February 15
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Last week, the public got a sneak peak at the products of George W. Bush’s post-presidency hobby: his self-portraits. A hacker, who goes by the alias Guccifer, broke into the e-mail accounts of multiple Bush family members, sharing private documents that included photos of the paintings in question,...

After Too Many Free Passes, Obama Must Answer for White Paper

The Editorial Board
February 8
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

First, it was the financial disaster he inherited upon taking office. Then it was the impossibly obstinate three-ring circus known as the House of Representatives. Then it was his re-election campaign. Then it was the entirely self-imposed fiscal cliff crisis. For the past four years, left-of-center...

Election Results Should Be Wake-up Call to GOP

The Editorial Board
November 9
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

If ever there was a vulnerable incumbent, Barack Obama would seem to fit the bill. With unemployment hovering around eight percent and a still-lagging economy, the GOP was handed a golden opportunity to wrest the White House back into its control (for a nice contrast, look at the electoral upheaval that...

Lectureship Series Well-Meaning Yet Fundamentally Divisive

The Editorial Board
September 28
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The always-divisive Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series began anew on Thursday, kicking off its 2012–2013 calendar with a talk by political commentator Bill Whittle advertised as “What We Believe: Why the Right is Right” — although Whittle was quick to de-emphasize the second part of that...

‘Documentary’ Sheds Disturbing Light on Racial Perceptions of Obama

The Editorial Board
September 28
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

You didn’t watch Dreams From My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception so much as it washed over you in a wave of disbelief. A pseudo-documentary purporting to expose the “true origin of Obama’s life and politics,” Dreams From My Real Father tells the story of how President Obama’s father...

Angry Mob at Art Rental Reveals Oberlin’s Ugly Side

The Editorial Board
September 21
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Art rental is one of the most treasured Oberlin traditions, not just for the opportunity it presents — priceless art spending a semester in your dorm or apartment — but for the event itself: renting a tent from the Outings Club and camping out in the courtyard, imbibing illegal substances on school...

Editorial: ObieTalk Useless If Obies Don’t Talk

The Editorial Board
May 4
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Well, ObieTalk is all over the place. Where it used to exist mostly online and in the gossip-filled first-year dorm rooms, the anonymous forum has now been featured on the Oberlin blogs, on the front page of the Review, and was even the topic of a student forum facilitated by the Oberlin College Dia...

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