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The Oberlin Review

Progressives Should Focus on Local Activism

Editorial Board
February 24, 2017
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Members of Congress returned to their districts this week for Congressional recess met by hordes of angry constituents. Of Oberlin’s three representatives, only Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown made it through the week relatively unscathed. Protesters accosted 4th District Representative Jim Jordan at...

Student Senate Strives to Centralize Activism

Meg Parker, Contributing Writer
February 17, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS, Student Senate

This op-ed is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, Student Senators provide personal perspectives on recent events on campus and in the community. Student Senate is an inherently political body. Former Student Senator and College soph...

Corporate Activism Undermines People’s Power

Sami Mericle, Opinions Editor
February 10, 2017
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Joining the rush of activism that has greeted President Donald Trump’s first few weeks in office, corporations — particularly those that cater to liberal millennials — have been eager to prove that they, too, support human rights. Perhaps the most commendable of these has been Starbucks, which recentl...

Activism Limited by Disregard for Disability

Auden Granger, Production Editor
December 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Engagement in activism is a key facet of life and education for many Oberlin students. But what does it mean when you can’t access these types of activism? What does it mean when you’re excluded by default from the performances, speeches and workshops that define most students’ social and political...

Liberal Activism Limited by Narrow Scope

CJ Blair, Columnist
December 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As soon as I arrived at Oberlin my first year, I knew I had entered somewhere special. I was drawn to this school largely because of its activist culture and willingness to challenge the status quo. After three years, though, I’ve realized that while Oberlin students are earnest social activists, w...

Opportunities for Input Ignored by Students

Meg Parker, Contributing Writer
October 7, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories, Student Senate

This article is part of the Review’s Student Senate column. In an effort to increase communication and transparency, Student Senators will provide personal perspectives on recent events on campus and in the community. On a campus characterized by political activism, we seem to be lacking in action. Th...

Symbolic Movements Need Active Participation

Ariana Enzerink, Contributing Writer
October 7, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

There’s been a lot of buzz within the Oberlin College athletics community recently about the seemingly unanimous, teamwide decision for the Oberlin College varsity field hockey team to kneel during the national anthem, following the highly publicized lead of Colin Kaepernick and other Black athletes...

Lack of Hands-On Experience Stifles Activism

CJ Blair, Contributing Writer
September 2, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When I landed a job catching butterflies with the Forest Service, I didn’t expect to fall in love with toads. Yet as I worked all summer to restore a butterfly habitat in Michigan, I found myself looking for them under every rock and at the bases of trees during long days in the field. While this summer...

Beyond Solidarity: Linking Campus Movements, Not Moments

Megs Gisela Bautista, College fifth-year and Student Senate Liaison
November 13, 2015
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: To the Black students here at Oberlin College, as well as at the University of Missouri, Yale University, Claremont McKenna College, Howard University, Ithaca College and college campuses around the country, let me be clear: This is not simply an expression of solidarity. After hea...

Boycotts Result in Obsolete Forms of Activism

Cyrus Eosphoros, Columnist
April 24, 2015
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

This is the third and final part in a series on consumption-centered activism in the U.S. The previous two entries in this series were about the pitfalls of boycotts as they happen today: how the idea of boycotting the entire state of Indiana punishes authorities via publicity and actual Indiana reside...

Greater Focus Required for Oberlin Activism

CJ Blair, Columnist
April 18, 2015
Filed under Columns

If there’s one thing Oberlin students know how to do, it’s to ensure that their political beliefs are heard. The truth is that Obies are known in and out of academia as the college students who hurl their most radical politics in the face of whoever’s in throwing distance, without restraint or...

Student Activists Host Weekend of Action

Student Activists Host Weekend of Action

Tyler Sloan, Sports Editor
March 13, 2015
Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories, Uncategorized

The Student Labor Action Coalition collaborated with numerous student groups last Friday, Saturday and Sunday to host a Weekend of Action. Organizers put on more than 30 workshops pertaining to social justice, creative expression and technology over the three-day event in Wilder Hall, providing an opportunity...

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