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The Oberlin Review

Environmental Studies Fails in Interdisciplinary Approach

Sami Mericle and Kiley Petersen
May 5, 2017
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As graduating Environmental Studies majors, we want to address the elephant in the AJLC: Most majors are deeply dissatisfied with the Environmental Studies program. Environmental Studies is a huge draw to the College for potential Oberlin students who, like us, were wowed by the beauty and d...

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...

Historic Prison Strike Protests Legal Slavery

Sami Mericle, Opinions Editor
October 28, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the 21st century, it is unbelievable that much of the U.S. population can be legally enslaved. A national prison strike protesting just that has reached at least 29 prisons in 22 states, garnering appallingly little media attention since it commenced on Sept. 9. The strike was staged to commemorat...

Opinions Section Crucial in Age of Post-Truth

Sami Mericle, Opinions Editor
September 2, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

When I interviewed for the position of the Review’s Opinions Editor at the end of last semester, I stumbled over the first question: “Why do you want the job?” At the time, I couldn’t honestly answer that I thought Opinions was a crucial component of the paper. I’m a fact-oriented person, ...

Sexual Abuse, Not Homosexuality, Deplorable

Sami Mericle, Production Editor
April 15, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Last week, prosecutors accused former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of sexually abusing at least four boys while he was a high school wrestling coach. While Hastert should face jail time for his actions, the media must resist using homophobic undertones when condemning his alleged crime. Hastert p...

Sports Budgets Should Address Women’s Disadvantages

Sami Mericle, Production Editor
February 26, 2016
Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

While reading two Review articles regarding the College’s failure to create a women and trans hour in Philips gym, I was faced with another instance of gender inequality within the realm of athletics at Oberlin. These articles (“Women, Trans, Non-Binary Gym Hour Cancelled” and “Gaining Accessibil...

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