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Dubya Exposed, in More Ways Than One

The Editorial Board
February 15, 2013
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, 2013
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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, 2012
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, 2012
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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, 2012
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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, 2012
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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, 2012
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

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...

Solar Array an Important Step Toward Sustainability

The Editorial Board
April 27, 2012
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Environmentally conscious Obies can finally rejoice! This week, the Office of Communications announced plans to construct a 2.27 MW solar array on 10 acres of agricultural land adjacent to the Athletic Fields. As part of the College’s ongoing efforts to lower energy use and to achieve carbon neut...

Editorial: High Expectations Make for Enlightened Campus Drug Culture

The Editorial Board
April 20, 2012
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If you — student, professor, prospie or visiting parent — notice students greeting each other with calls of “Happy holidays” and sleepy grins today, don’t be surprised. But don’t be too quick to judge either. As much as Oberlin gets a rep as a hippie school, that is no longer the primary...

Drag Ball Revamp Deviates from Tone of Event’s Past

The Editorial Board
April 6, 2012
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By the way, Drag Ball is this weekend. You might have missed the Facebook reminders (because there really were none), the posters (also few and far between), and most unfortunately, if you just arrived on campus this September, you might not know the Ball is a thing at all. As seniors who remember...

Seize Spring Days for New Oberlin Experiences

The Editorial Board
March 16, 2012
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The days are full of sunshine, the grass is growing green, and when the balmy breezes start blowing over Plum Creek, it’s hard not to feel like Oberlin is letting out a contented sigh. (Especially since the weather around this time last year was a nonstop mix of snow and rain.) As your editorial staff...

Editorial: In Our Backyard? No Fracking Way!

The Editorial Board
March 9, 2012
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

One thing is on some restless students’ minds as springtime rolls in. By most accounts, it’s a dirty business. It seems like everywhere around us people are doing it — right in our own muddy Ohio backyard. Let’s talk about fracking. The process of induced hydraulic fracturing is getting energy...

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