The Oberlin Review

No Need To Agree With Me: Thoughts on the Oberlin College Black History Celebration

Lisa Mon'a Brown, Columnist

February 18, 2011

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Our generation seems to be completely disconnected to its history. Fewer than 50 years ago, several restrictive laws that had banned interracial marriages, segregated bus passengers and enforced residential segregation were still in effect. Despite the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954, the schools in my own hometown were not racially integrated until more than 10 years later when busing students became more common. Many of our very own parents could not even go to school with one another because of the color of their skin. In saying this, I am suggesting that we, as a generation, are not that far removed from the Civil Rights Movement, the era of women’s suffrage, and, dare I say it, slavery. History...

Paying The Rent With A Liberal Arts Degree

Beatrice Rothbaum, Editor-In-Chief

February 11, 2011

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In times of economic uncertainty, it makes sense to question big investments, particularly those with no immediate benefit and dubious long-term returns. And so, once again, the debate over the value of a liberal arts education is now in style. Recent patterns in higher education indicate cause for alarm: In the last 20 years, the number of liberal arts colleges shrunk by nearly 40 percent and the portion of liberal arts majors nearly halved. During the same period, the popularity of professional programs like business and teaching has rapidly increased. “There’s no denying that the fight between the cerebral B.A. vs. the practical B.S. is heating up,” Newsweek writer Nancy Cook explained last April in an article...

No Teacher Left Behind

Monica Klein, Opinions Editor

February 11, 2011

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In his State of the Union Speech on Jan. 27, President Obama asked us (or, those of us who are unemployed and currently searching for post-collegiate jobs) to enter the academic sector. “Become a teacher!” he bellowed, and the halls of Congress shook with thunderous applause. One might wonder whether this explosion of enthusiasm stemmed not from an appreciation for future teachers, but rather from the attendees’ inner thankfulness that they themselves were spared from the current academic job circuit. When Obama took office in 2008, he fortunately rid the country of Bush’s failed educational reform system, the No Child Left Behind Act — a program, ironically, in which undereducated students and underfunded...

The Pull of Passivity: Reconsidering the Rationality of Religion

Monica Klein, Opinions Editor

December 11, 2009

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Religion is irrational. The religious adhere, after all, to unprovable theories that often stem from a fictional, outdated book. And yet those who scorn the religious are often oblivious to the literature that they themselves adhere to, often with an even more dogmatic reverence. The largest difference between Darwin’s Origin of Species and the Bible may be the attitudes of their readers. Both books offer explanations for human behavior. In admittedly oversimplified terms, one argues that human behavior stems from an inherent need to survive, while one implies that scientific explanation does not dictate human behavior. Yet adherents to the Bible see this explanation as acceptably incomplete. They acknowledge,...

Student Senate Sends Updates

Student Senate

December 11, 2009

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Student Senate has been at work covering a wide array of issues this week, starting with a resolution to share its office space in Wilder 222 with the nascent Office of Student Communications, which should serve as an advertising and information hub for student groups and events. The compost working group, chaired by College junior and Senator Samantha Bass, is working through a 10-year plan for composting at Oberlin with facilities administrators, while the coal working group gathered 1,248 signatures from students that were presented to the trustees at Thursday’s forum voicing solidarity and urging quick action to get Oberlin off coal. The educational plans and policies committee is revisiting 9-9-9 requirements...

Glad We Had This Talk

Julia Chauvin

December 11, 2009

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Well, folks, welcome to finals. And this is a last-minute column to go ahead and parallel all of your last-minute papers and studying. But what do I have to tell you that you don’t already know? We’ve gone over having sex with your friends, with yourself, with your ex, with your friend’s siblings, with your sibling’s friends. What else is there? I could tell you about the hundreds of things to do on the Internet that aren’t your work, but you probably already know about all of the ones that I do. We could talk about television. I certainly wouldn’t be upset about that. I’m maybe a little addicted to Glee. It was an accident, I swear! It’s just everything in a television show I could ever want: crappy...

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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