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The Oberlin Review

Trump Reverts to Republican Orthodoxy

Ben Silverman, Columnist
April 28, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Former Breitbart News editor and President Donald Trump’s right-hand man Steve Bannon was ousted from his role on the National Security Council on April 5 and has continued to fall in standing in Trump’s inner circle since then, according to reports from The Hill and Vanity Fair, among others. R...

To Enable Social Mobility, Start Before College

Ben Silverman, Columnist
February 10, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

A study by The Equality of Opportunity Project recently featured in The New York Times painted a dramatic picture of the socioeconomic statuses of students in elite colleges and universities: Students from the top economic 1 percent outnumber those from the bottom 60 percent at 38 top U.S. colleges, a...

Trump Reveals True Character in First Debate

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
September 30, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has confounded the country about his core values. His rambunctious arrival on the scene and subsequent climb in the polls left much of the U.S. confused as to why this particular candidate has slid into the political world. Since his candidacy announceme...

Trump’s Media Monopoly Siphons Populist Energy From Sanders Campaign

September 9, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Republican Nominee Donald Trump’s presidential bid — the big­gest political story of the year — has commanded an unprecedented control of the media cycle. By the end of February 2016, Trump had amassed nearly $2 billion in earned media coverage, which includes social media mentions and any ap­pearances...

GOP Support of Cruz Signals End of Party

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
April 15, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The Republican convention is on the horizon, occurring in our nearest city, Cleveland. In two months, the GOP will try to salvage their lot amid a razed political field. The situation that the party leaders face is one in which they can’t truly win. Currently, the three options for a Republican presid...

Obama’s Change Absent after Two Terms

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
February 19, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

At the recent Jan. 12 State of the Union, President Obama delivered a signature, uplifting address, returning to his original message of hope after eight years and ultimately asserting that the state of the union is strong. In this address, President Obama attempted to stifle the discontentment and f...

Despite Declining Popularity, Twitter Serves Purpose for Citizen Journalists

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
November 13, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Twitter is undergoing turbulence. Its struggles to hold users’ interest have caused some to speculate that the 140-character model of sharing news and opinions may have been overvalued by investors and potentially the rest of society. Although Twitter is currently the ninth most popular website in t...

Composers Debut Thought-Provoking Pieces

Composers Debut Thought-Provoking Pieces

Ben Silverman
October 30, 2015
Filed under ARTS, Music

A small group of interested students filed into Warner Concert Hall and gathered up front in anticipation for the Student Composers Concert this past Wednesday. During the concert, Conservatory students showcased original works that ranged from vivid theatrical accompaniments to postmodern, entirely...

Scorecard Empowers Incoming Students

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer
September 25, 2015
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

After the Obama administration’s recent release of College Scorecard, a user-friendly data cache designed to give prospective students access to more information about the institutions to which they are preparing to commit several years of their life, previously uncharted statistics have been brought in...

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