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The Oberlin Review

To Enable Social Mobility, Start Before College

Ben Silverman, Columnist
February 10
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...

OSCA, College Negotiate Future of Old Barrows

Eliza Guinn
March 4
Filed under Campus News, NEWS

OSCA employees returned from strike amid negotiations between the College and the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association that will likely decide the future of the Old Barrows Co-op. “OSCA employees were on strike until we had a chance to meet with the Board of Directors. We met with the Board of...

Con Opens Doors to College Musicians with New Jazz Ensemble

Sam Rueckert
February 19
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

As an aspiring musician who has recently committed to taking every possible musical opportunity, I now realize that I have very little experience with auditioning. Yesterday I went to my second real audition since I’ve gotten to Oberlin. My friend Justin invited me to audition to drum in a jazz...

Students Push for Agreement on College Taxes

Oliver Bok, News Editor
December 12
Filed under Campus News, Community News, NEWS

The College owns roughly $200 million of property and pays no tax on the majority of it. Some student activists want that fact to change. Since nonprofits like the College are exempt from property taxes, the College pays no tax on buildings related to education, such as classroom buildings and dorm...

Why Time Hasn’t Killed Dylan

CJ Blair, Columnist
October 2
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

For 50 years, Bob Dylan has been asking his audience “How does it feel?” and in all that time, he’s always had someone to ask. While his original fanbase might be withering away, his name is rescued from obscurity by an endless turnover of new listeners. Unlike any other music icon, Bob Dylan is ...

College Scorecard Can Disrupt Higher Ed’s Prestige Economy

Editorial Board
September 18
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

One of the Obama administration’s goals was to rank every college and university — all 7,000-odd private and public institutions of higher education in the nation — by their comparative student debt and earning potential. College administrators nationwide opposed the initiative, fearing such a ...

Committee Weighs Possible Budget Reduction

Oliver Bok, News Editor
September 11
Filed under Campus News, NEWS

The College’s financial position isn’t healthy, and the community will have to make tough decisions about where to put resources in the near future. At any rate, that’s the conclusion that many members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee — the group of students, faculty, staff, trust...

College Must Accommodate Health Emergencies

Goo Mattison, College sophomore
February 13
Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

Editors’ Note: College sophomore Goo Mattison posted the following letter on Facebook on Jan. 25 and has given permission for it to be printed in its entirety. The recent dissatisfaction with Oberlin College’s health services has been a major issue on campus this year, with the Oberlin Mental He...

Valentine’s Day Too Often Compromises, Cheapens Intimacy

CJ Blair, Columnist
February 13
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

If there’s a holiday that’s further out of touch with the reality of what it celebrates than Valentine’s Day, I haven’t found it yet. While the marriage of the commercial and the emotional is a trend far from alien to American holidays, this connection is more contrived and unwarranted with V-Day...

Bryn Mawr Debacle Highlights Weight-Centric Approach to “Health”

Editorial Board
February 6
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Trigger Warning: This editorial contains discussion of eating disorders and body image.  A troubling Health Center email sent to students with “elevated” BMIs, encouraging them to “Give a HOOT” about their body size, generated protests and unfavorable press at Bryn Mawr College in late J...

Personal Definition of Home Provides Contentment, Stability

CJ Blair, Columnist
December 12
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The brief period between Thanksgiving and winter break is an interesting one for students. With the quick turnaround between break, finals and another break, many Obies find themselves shuffling between one familiar place and another faster than they might have ever done before. This constant change...

Rolling Stone Errors Highlight Poor Journalism, Perpetuate Rape Culture

Editorial Board
December 12
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Trigger Warning: This editorial contains discussion of sexualized violence.  After weeks of controversy over the veracity of a Rolling Stone article on rape at the University of Virginia, an anonymous source came forward on Tuesday claiming that the deputy managing editor of the magazine, Sean Woods, h...

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