The Oberlin Review

Musings from the World’s Youngest Curmudgeon: My City Is Better Than Oberlin

Alex Posa, Columnist

December 11, 2009

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

It’s the last week of classes, and outside of the extreme stress of finals and term papers, the lack of a real reading period, and all these emails I’m getting from Barack Obama, I have nothing to complain about. Except for the weather. The cold, dreary, Seasonal Affective Disorder-inducing weather. Many of you will be heading home to more miserably cold weather. I, on the other hand, will be headed to the best city in the country: Gainesville, FL. This city of 115,000 was named the best place to live by Money magazine in 1995 and again in 2007 by Cities Ranked and Rated for good reason. Our mild winters more than make up for the oppressive heat in the summer. And the summers are brutal: 100 days out of every...

Glad We Had This Talk

Julia Chauvin, Columnist

December 4, 2009

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

So what if you’re too busy to be properly in a relationship? What if you just don’t have the time to do proper relationship things, like spend time together? It’s getting to the end of the semester; clearly, this is the time to do work if you haven’t done any all year, and that means you are stressed and busy. For God’s sake, there are only two weeks left in the semester! What are you supposed to do? Are you supposed to do all of your work and be in a productive, healthy relationship at the same time? I think that the best part about this question is that my answer is, “Hell if I know!” I know the answer if you are someone who is on top of your work. Then you wouldn’t have to write a 25-page paper...

Musings from the World’s Youngest Curmudgeon: When You Talk in the Library, God Kills a Kitten

Alex Posa, Columnist

December 4, 2009

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

As the end of the semester gets closer and closer, my anxiety goes up and up, as does the amount of time I spend talking to myself and weeping openly. That is my cross to bear, but what should not be is people talking in the library. I no longer live on the horribly depressing quiet floor, and as people practice instruments in Noah, I have to go to the library to study. I need complete silence to study, so I walk up to the third floor, supposedly a haven for quiet studying. Often, it is in fact silent, and most of the people are courteous — this is especially true of the regulars. However, there are some evil, terrible sub-humans who are such self-absorbed narcissists that they talk. Their population seems to increase...

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