The Oberlin Review

Khalid and Zoë Decide Everything: Rodent Rampage

Khalid McCalla and Zoë Martin del Campo

October 23, 2020

These opinions do not reflect the views of The Oberlin Review staff. However, we are amazing and knowledgeable about many things, so we’re glad that you trust us to settle these debates.    Question: Which is the more happenin’ spot: Slow Train Cafe or The Local Coffee & Tea? Admittedly, neither of us are big coffee people and we have rarely frequented either of these establishments. Between the two of us, we’ve only been to these places a handful of times. No worries though, because we are committed to giving you a verdict — and this one was pretty easy for us to come to. We decided that all coffee shops should be evaluated on three things: their social and work atmosphere, their coffee, and...

Khalid and Zoë Decide Everything: The Great Tendie Debate

Zoë Martin del Campo and Khalid McCalla

October 9, 2020

These opinions do not reflect the views of  The Oberlin Review staff. However, we are amazing and knowledgeable about many things, so we’re glad that you trust us to settle these debates.    Question: If you had to fight a shark in the ocean, a lion in the savannah, or an alligator in a swamp which one u fightin? [sic] Woah. Starting off with a bang.  An issue with all of these scenarios is that the animal has home field advantage. With that knowledge, fighting a shark in the ocean was easily eliminated. Humans are not aquatic creatures, so not only would you be fighting a shark, but you would have to tread water at the same time. Even if you drop Michael Phelps in the middle of the ocean, he is n...

Khalid and Zoë Decide Everything

Khalid McCalla and Zoë Martin del Campo

October 2, 2020

Have you and a friend or relative ever gotten into a silly argument? Well, do I have good news for you! Starting next week, your favorite Sports Editors will also become the deciders of any and all of your squabbles, tiffs, debates, and quarrels.   Disney vs. Nickelodeon vs. Cartoon Network? We’ll settle the debate. Do you put water on the toothbrush or are you a dry brusher? There is one correct answer. Does frosting make a muffin a cupcake? A question that has puzzled mankind for centuries. A day at the Arb or a day at Crocker Park? We know which one is best for boredom.   If you’re interested in submitting to the column, please fill out this google form. Disclaimer: Our decisio...

Let’s Talk About Depression

Kushagra Kar, Opinions Editor

September 30, 2020

There’s a frickin’ pandemic going on — it’s okay to be depressed. It’s lonely, people can literally transmit a deadly disease to you by accident, and we still have classes, jobs, and responsibilities to follow through on. Even without the existential dread brought on by a pandemic, depression is straight up not a good time. Talking about it and seeking support, therefore, sound like fairly decent ideas.  I want to preface all of this by acknowledging that everyone’s experiences, thoughts, and support systems are inherently different, and always valid. My struggle with depression was, for quite some time, about validating my own experiences and recognizing I am capable of finding safe spaces to articulate my t...

Democratic Party Should Shift Attention to Texas in Future

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

March 6, 2020

 Texas on Super Tuesday in the wake of numerous accusations of rampant voter suppression across the state. This voter suppression could have contributed significantly to Biden’s win in the state. This result is alarming and something that the Democratic Party must take notice of and capitalize on in future elections. Texas is one of 21 states in the U.S. ruled by a Republican “trifecta,” meaning that the Texas House of Representatives, the State Senate, and the office of the governor of Texas are all currently controlled by Republicans. There has been a Republican trifecta in Texas since 2003, essentially giving Republicans relatively unchecked power in the state.  This trifecta allowed significant changes ...

Don’t Buy Into Mass Coronavirus Hysteria

Leo Hochberg, Columnist

March 6, 2020

 Coronavirus has now spread to 81 countries after breaking out in Wuhan, China just a few weeks ago, with over 97,800 confirmed cases and 3,332 confirmed deaths as of March 5. As is typically the case with contagious diseases, false news, overblown risk assessments, and conspiracy theories have spread quickly, inducing plague-level fears surrounding a disease that is only slightly more of a risk to the global population than the common flu. And while everyone should doubtlessly be taking coronavirus seriously, the hysteria surrounding the disease, on both a social and governmental level, has realistically done more direct damage to global quality of living than the disease itself. Here’s why that hysteria is so d...

In Congressional Race, Let the Boys Fight; A Woman Will Prevail

Ilana Foggle, Columnist

February 28, 2020

 For the past year and a half, we have seen constant coverage of one primary and one primary only: the Democratic presidential primary. At this point, many Oberlin students and community members have already decided who they will be voting for as the Democratic nominee for president. Yet, if you asked Oberlin students who is running for Congress in our district, most would be at a loss for words.  Perhaps this is due to the fact that students see no scenario in which a Democratic opponent unseats Republican incumbent Representative Jim Jordan in our heinously gerrymandered district. Well, for the first time since Oberlin was gerrymandered into Ohio’s 4th congressional district, I can say with absolute confidence that we ...

Trump’s Strike Against Iranian General Has Proven Ineffective

Leo Hochberg, Columnist

February 14, 2020

 You’ve doubtlessly heard that on Jan. 3, President Trump ordered an execution strike, killing Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, along with Iranian politician and commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and several others at the Baghdad airport. In the following days, many speculated: Are we headed towards another undesirable Middle East conflict? Is this the beginning of a dangerous and illegal shadow war between Iran and the U.S., rife with rebounding political assassinations? Have years of growing tensions between the two countries now triggered an irreversible wave of violence that will kill and maim countless Iraqi and Iranian civilians? Thankfully, for the time being, the answer appears to be “no.” When Iran r...

Simply Voting Is No Longer Enough

Leo Hochberg, Columnist

February 7, 2020

 Today, citizens and residents of the U.S. are more angry, emotional, and divided than we’ve ever been — and, doubtless, there’s plenty to be angry about. Children remain separated from their parents and locked away in prison camps on the southern border; successive conservative administrations have all but annihilated the pro-poor welfare policies of the mid-20th century; and now, the president has been acquitted by spineless politicians who seek to avoid accountability for aiding and abetting high crimes and misdemeanors. The racist and colonialist foundations of the U.S., which have driven this country in a conservative arc for centuries, have now given rise to an administration so thoroughly invested in m...

It’s Time for Amy Klobuchar to Drop Out

David Mathisson, Columnist

February 7, 2020

 Amy Klobuchar just finished fifth in the Iowa caucuses with 12.3 percent of the vote. A near nonfactor in the presidential race until December, Klobuchar could certainly spin such a performance as a victory. But a more apt term for her performance would be pre-defeat. She’s spent more time in Iowa — her downstairs neighbor — than in every other state combined. That’s left little time for campaigning anywhere else. The next primaries will take place in the notably more progressive New Hampshire and Nevada, then South Carolina, where Joe Biden’s dominance over the moderate lane will likely block her. After that comes the 46 states where only Michael Bloomberg — another moderate in the race — has advertised. T...

On Addressing Student Stress, Oberlin Must Put Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

David Mathisson, Columnist

December 17, 2019

Recently, Student Senate presented findings on mental health to the Board of Trustees. I’d like to thank fellow Senators, including College third-year Emma Edney and College second-years Raavi Asdar and Kofi Asare, for leading Senate’s efforts in this area. They identified a distinct connection between the mental health of students and investment in student happiness. Their presentation made it clear that Oberlin must expand resources available in times of crisis; invest in areas that impact Oberlin students’ day-to-day happiness — i.e. housing and dining; invest in adding more events to the community social scene; and eventually upgrade Wilder Hall so it can justifiably be called a student union. Investments...

Hong Kong Protesters Hold Tight to ‘One Country, Two Systems’

Leo Hochberg, Columnist

December 13, 2019

 The youngest generation of Hong Kong’s citizens has never seen anything like the summer and fall of 2019. Protests that broke out in March of this year in response to a controversial criminal extradition bill have since morphed into a massive, complex, and well-organized civil uprising. Looming over Hong Kong’s civilian protest movement is the specter of mainland China, to which Hong Kong was repatriated in 1997 after a century and a half of British colonial rule. Hong Kong has since received special status within China — commonly referred to as “one country, two systems” — allowing the city to maintain a liberal economy, protection from the Chinese Communist Party’s influence, and limited participatory democ...

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