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Limited Number of Humanities Classes Pigeonholes Students

Jackie Brant, Columnist
April 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Registration season is a stressful time for many students. We worry about when our registration slot will be, if we will get into the classes we need and, if we don’t, if we will be able to successfully navigate add/drop period. As a first-year this spring, I had the second-to-last registration...

Trump Recklessly Tempts War

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
April 21, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

International tensions are on the rise as North Korea and the United States trade increasingly threatening demonstrations of military power. In one deliberate provocation, President Donald Trump supposedly sent an aircraft carrier to the Korean peninsula in a move that North Korea condemned as “rec...

PRSM Workshops Exacerbate Hierarchy

Jackie Brant, Columnist
April 14, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

It has become common practice for colleges and universities across the U.S. to mandate sexual misconduct workshops for incoming students. At Oberlin, all new students are required to attend the first round of Preventing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct workshops, and all athletes are required to attend...

LA Legislature Misses Mark on HIV

Jackie Brant, Columnist
April 7, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In a fight to end the stigmatization of HIV and AIDS, Democratic lawmakers in Los Angeles are seeking to pass legislation that would reduce the charge for not telling your partner that you have HIV before engaging in unprotected sex from a felony to a misdemeanor. This law would also apply to situations...

Congress Votes to Invade Privacy

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
April 7, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In a frightening shift toward the dystopian, Congress recently voted to kill vital protections for internet privacy, with President Donald Trump officially approving the bill Monday. These protections, approved at the end of Obama’s term but not yet enacted, would have been the only line of defense a...

Drop in International Applications Reflects Political Shift

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor
March 31, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

One of the harsh realities faced by many in the wake of President Donald Trump’s election is that the United States is not a friendly country. Until Election Day, political rhetoric about the U.S. being a country of immigrants, a cultural “melting pot” was common. Ostensibly, a lot of people —...

Red Tent Chapter Reaches Beyond Name

Jackie Brant, Columnist
March 31, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Many students around the country are facing increased levels of political and social distress in the wake of the tumultuous presidential election and subsequent increase in hate crimes. In response to this, juniors Hannah Cook and Caitlin McCuskey are seeking to build a safe space for women and nonb...

Activists Must Tackle Bigotry on Local Level

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor
March 10, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Donald Trump’s presidency endangers many people in the United States, citizens and non-citizens alike. Over the past week and a half, this threat has materialized in a very real way for the Oberlin and greater Lorain County communities. Earlier this month, a swastika and hate speech were carved...

Global Redistribution of Wealth Could End Poverty

Russell Jaffe, Columnist
March 10, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

The futurists once had a dream: Through technological advancement, all of humanity’s needs would someday be provided for automatically, leaving us free to pursue our passions and aspirations. In the 1930s, for example, economist John Keynes predicted that his grandchildren — now the people of today’s...

Emotional Focus Puts Facts Second in Politics

Amber Scherer, Columnist
March 10, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Since the election, President Donald Trump’s opponents have struggled to find their role in the new era. Political norms seem irrelevant and liberals are struggling to make themselves heard. Two weeks ago in the Review, Will Cramer suggested that activists rely on intuition over facts to make argument...

Internet Levels Authority in Media Industry

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

The New York Times ran an ad during the Oscars two weeks ago, featuring the words “The truth is…” followed by various assertions made by political candidates and pundits over the past year. The final line read “The truth is hard.” The commercial is part of a new Times campaign painting the...

Progressives Learn From Tea Party

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor
March 3, 2017
Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Democrats have a tough time getting into the trenches. This has been clear from the beginning of the Obama era, when the Tea Party was able to thwart a number of progressive policy initiatives, despite being a political minority. It became frustratingly apparent when Senate Republicans successfully ...

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