The Oberlin Review

CISPA Challenges Internet Privacy

Joseph Dilworth, Staff Writer

April 27, 2012

The controversial Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which passed with a 248-168 vote in the House of Representatives yesterday, April 26, is indicative of the growing deterioration of online privacy that has captured the attention of internet users across the nation. While social media sites such as Facebook have demonstrated support for CISPA, President Obama promised before the House’s decision to veto the bill if it passed. CISPA would give online businesses and the federal government protection to share cyber threats with one another in attempts to prevent hacking. The bill would allow confidential customer records to be handed over from Internet companies to various branches of the federal government...

Electric Car Greener Alternative to Gas-Powered Vehicles

Electric Car Greener Alternative to Gas-Powered Vehicles

April 20, 2012

The City of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and Clean Fuels Ohio hosted a workshop and showcase from 9:30 to 3:00 today discussing city planning for electric vehicles and the newest models of electric cars by Chevy and Nissan. Despite reports of the technology’s death due in large part to oil lobbyists and car companies as documented in “Who Killed the Electric Car?”, many have kept their faith alive in an alternative to gas-powered vehicles. One such believer, John Peterson, director of Oberlin’s...

Student Community Invites Discussion on Racial Issues

Student Community Invites Discussion on Racial Issues

April 20, 2012

Discomfort and discontent with hate crimes occurring at Ohio State University and the perceived racism and prejudice existing within the Oberlin community have elicited discussion and action from students this week in the form of petitions, letters, and community meetings. Vandalism at Afrikan Heritage House Afrikan Heritage House, a safe space for people of African descent and for the preservation of African and African-American culture, has been the victim of a number of different instance...

“Frack Yes!” Talk Incites Protest

“Frack Yes!” Talk Incites Protest

April 13, 2012

Hydraulic fracturing advocates and opponents met Wednesday, April 11, for a screening of Gasland followed by a lecture titled “Frack Yes!” given by Daniel Simmons, director of regulatory and state affairs at the Institute for Energy Research. Students in the audience waved red flags in silent protest and snickered audibly throughout Simmons’ speech. Associate Dean of Student Life Adrian Bautista at one point stopped the speaker and implored the audience to express their dissent within preset...

Shooting, Aftermath Illuminate Dark History of Racial Discrimination

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

April 6, 2012

Unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was followed, shot and killed by self-declared neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman on February 26 in Sanford, Florida. In the weeks since, dialogue surrounding Martin’s death and the implications of racialized violence and institutionalized prejudice in the U.S. has elicited responses of outrage, frustration, solidarity and support from communities of color, allies, politicians, pundits and students across the nation. As a part of this national conversation, members of Oberlin’s community have responded by raising awareness, organizing vigils for reflection and creating venues for dialogue. Though a tragedy in itself, Martin’s death should be seen in the context of a...

Constitutionality, Necessity of Affirmative Action Resurfaces

Alex Howard, News Editor

March 9, 2012

With the recent Supreme Court decision to hear the case of Fisher v. University of Texas, the debate about the constitutionality of affirmative action programs and the necessity of ensuring a diverse student body in educational communities has resurfaced. A white student, Abigail Fisher, is suing the University of Texas for purportedly denying her admission on the grounds that she is Caucasian. The University of Texas denies these claims and, furthermore, argues that affirmative did not preclude her from receiving an undergraduate education since Fisher will graduate from Louisiana State University this spring. Fisher’s lawyers have been joined by affirmative action critics and conservative advocacy groups, argu...

MCAT Changes Structure, Requires Wider Breadth of Knowledge

Joseph Dilworth, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

Aspiring doctors typically enter medical school with strong backgrounds in the natural sciences, but recent changes to the Medical College Admission Test suggest that universities are seeking candidates with broader, well-rounded educational backgrounds. Beginning in 2015, the MCAT will include several new sections including psychological, social, and biological foundations of behavior; critical analysis; and reasoning skills. The decision was made after three years of review and marks the first change to the exam in over 20 years. “The MCAT exam has to keep up with the field of medicine, which changes rapidly,” said Ricci Sylla, a resident at Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center, in an informational vide...

Ohio Primaries Predict National Trends, Withhold Clear GOP Victor

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 9, 2012

The state of Ohio is the paradigmatic bellwether state. Since 1896, citizens of Ohio have voted for the victor of presidential elections over 93 percent of the time and have the longest perfect streak of any state in the union. The media storm surrounding the outcome of Ohio’s Republican Primary on Tuesday can be accounted for largely because of this phenomenon. According to Assistant Professor of Politics Michael Parkin, Ohio’s ability to predict or influence the path of federal electoral politics is rooted in state particulars. “Ohio has a large impact on federal elections because it has a lot of Electoral College votes and they are almost always up for grabs. As a swing state, presidential candidates devote...

Bolton Lecture Sparks Controversy, Call for Dialogue

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

March 2, 2012

John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and frequent political pundit for the Wall Street Journal and Fox News, spoke to a crowd — the majority of which were Ohio residents — on Wednesday night about his understanding of the immediate threats to the United States’s national security. Chief among his concerns were the threat of international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. For many students in attendance, though, the message communicated by Bolton was one of provocative political rhetoric designed to impart neoconservative viewpoints with shaky epistemic foundations. Associate professor and chair of philosophy Tim Hall, faculty advisor for the Oberlin College Repu...

Oberlin City Council Approves Resolution to Rescind Corporate Personhood

Oberlin City Council Approves Resolution to Rescind Corporate Personhood

February 24, 2012

In 2010, the United States Supreme Court made a landmark decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission extending First Amendment rights to corporations and unions by prohibiting the government from restricting political expenditures by these organizations. A number of municipalities and even states have proposed resolutions to reject the decision and recommend an amendment to the United States Constitution to rescind corporate personhood. On Tuesday, the City of Oberlin became the most...

Cycling Route to Follow Path of Underground Railroad

Aimee Stern

February 24, 2012

A new historic bike path that passes through various communities and historic landmarks associated with the Underground Railroad is coming to Oberlin. The Adventure Cycling Association, a nonprofit organization with over 40,000 members and a mission to inspire people of all ages to travel by bicycle, recently announced the details of the 518-mile Detroit Alternate, a supplementary trail to the main Underground Railroad Bicycle Route, which departs from Alabama, winds through Oberlin and ends in Ontario. “We knew that there were many Underground Railroad sites and communities that wouldn’t be incorporated,” said Winona Bateman, the media director of the ACA. “Therefore, we decided that as long as there was...

Out Spoken Provides LGBTQ Student Support

Kasey Cheydleur

February 17, 2012

Out Spoken is a support group for LGBTQ students started last semester by Katharine Hahn from the Counseling Center and Asher Kolieboi from the Multicultural Resource Center. “It is really designed to be an open support group. We don’t cover content or read articles or have speakers or anything like that. Every week people just bring in what’s up for them that week — what’s happening that they want support for — and they offer support for each other,” said Hahn. Kolieboi said that while there are many groups on campus for LGBTQ students, there is no group that is purely geared toward support. This group fills that void. “A lot of the groups on campus that are LGBTQ folks are either politicall...

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