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The Oberlin Review

Editorial Board Condemns Ohio Senate Vote

The Editorial Board

March 4, 2011

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

On Wednesday, the Ohio Senate narrowly voted on Senate Bill 5, effectively disarming the collective bargaining power of unions across the state. In an unprecedented move, six Republican senators defected, voting alongside Democrats in an attempt to back away from a vote that will inevitably prove detrimental in the senators’ future election campaigns. Voting in favor of high-bracket tax cuts may benefit a senator in the future, promising hefty contributions from large corporations and businessmen during the campaign season. A vote eliminating collective bargaining, however, is a destructive act that puts workers at a strong disadvantage in dealing with their employers. Senators who voted for the Bill will feel the...

Endorsing the Enemy?

The Editorial Board

February 25, 2011

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

A question frequently posed in the days leading up to Karl Rove’s visit last semester resurfaced this week when Sergeant Benjamin Anthony, a supporter of the Israeli army, visited campus: Is it proper for our College to give a voice to speakers with whom many members of the student body do not agree? Oberlin has faced this issue with past speakers; some of us remember the controversy surrounding former House Speaker and Republican leader Newt Gingrich’s speech in September 2008, as well as the student protests during the talk by Richard Lindzen, an MIT Professor of Meterology and well known critic of global warming. Fox News contributor Michelle Malkin, OC ’92, also visited campus several years ago as p...

“Heartbeat” Bill Restricts Rights

The Editorial Board

February 18, 2011

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, Republican state representatives introduced the “heartbeat” bill, a piece of legislation designed to ban abortions on fetuses with a detectable heartbeat. Using the tired rhetoric of pro-life groups in the past, Republicans argue that new scientific developments have allowed us to hear a discernable heartbeat earlier than ever — a fact they are touting as further proof that life begins at conception — or at least, 18 days after. Regardless of the age-old debate over whether a fetus is a “living being,” many women are entirely unaware of their pregnancy 18 days in. And for most fetuses, a heartbeat is discernable within a mere six weeks. After just six weeks, many women assume they...

Al Jazeeras’s Moment

The Editorial Board

February 11, 2011

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Al Jazeera, the Qatari satellite broadcaster that has served as the voice for Arab discontent since its founding in 1996, is having a busy winter. Unlike most Middle-Eastern media, the majority of which is state-run, Al Jazeera is influenced very little by its patron government’s politics. And in the last month, it seems the broadcaster has come into its own — not just regionally, but internationally. As journalists, we find it inspiring (yet not entirely surprising) that tireless, public interest reporting appears to bring down dictators far more efficiently than American armies ever have. This journalistic coming-of-age story began in Tunisia slightly less than two months ago, on Dec. 17, when a government offi...

Students, Put Your Mouse Where Your Mouth Is

The Editorial Board

December 11, 2009

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

We are Oberlin: Fearless, Tray-less, and now, Tomato-less. And because not enough people have voted on Student Senate’s Green Referendum, we are also quorum-less. It’s not especially surprising that yet another Student Senate referendum has failed to reach quorum during its allotted time; in fact, this seems to be an unfortunate trend in recent history. We’d like to think, however, that a ballot specifically devoted to environmental issues would garner more significant student interest. Among other things, the Green Referendum helps decide the way that Oberlin handles sustainability in the new first-year residence hall on North Professor Street. It asks students to approve a pledge to conserve energy and...

Free the Knowledge

The Editorial Board

December 4, 2009

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Finally, open access has come to Oberlin. The General Faculty has made a smart move to spread the wealth of scholarship produced here to anyone with a computer — for free. This decision comes as many other institutions of higher education around the country adopt similar policies. Giving a wider public access to the scholarship that takes place at Oberlin is a move toward democratizing knowledge; scholarship and academic accomplishments should not be limited to colleges that can pay the increasingly high price of traditionally published scholarly journals. And yet, much work remains to be realized. The systems of publishing and dissemination of scholarly writing and research have only recently begun to catch up...

Afghans Need Infrastructure

The Editorial Board

December 4, 2009

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

A spokesperson for the Taliban called President Obama’s plan for Afghanistan “no solution.” Meanwhile, responses from American politicians have varied since Obama announced on Tuesday night that he would send 30,000 more troops to the country. Democrats came out against the proposal, while Republicans supported it, but objected to the withdrawal timeline that Obama set out. Yet unless the international community addresses Afghanistan’s social issues, there will, indeed, be no solution. Regardless of the number of troops that go to Afghanistan, more important things must not fall through the cracks. For the cost of sending one American soldier to Afghanistan, it is possible to build 20 schools. The influence...

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