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Editorial: Oberlin Community Deserved More Information

The Editorial Board

April 29, 2011

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Last week, a combined racial and homophobic slur was spray-painted onto the side of Dascomb, an action that elicited an immediate reaction from the College and student body. The Editorial Board wholeheartedly supports the silent vigil and what it stood for; rather than embark on a witch hunt, those organizing the event sought to bring people together to symbolize the Oberlin community’s sentiment that the slurs were hurtful, regardless of their context. When a hateful message appears in our community, we must be able to show support in whatever way we can without fear of judgment, and it is important to remember that the best response to an incident such as this is to look for ways to improve our support netw...

Re-evaluating Evaluations

The Editorial Board

April 22, 2011

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Even at a school as academically outstanding as Oberlin, it’s not uncommon to hear students complaining about the ways in which their classes are taught. Often, the first thing a student will do after leaving a frustrating class is to vent to a friend about what exactly needs to be changed about a course; members of the Editorial Board have found themselves spending the length of an unbearable lecture making a mental laundry list of easy things the professor could do to turn a terrible class into a productive one. End-of-semester course evaluations become a fantasy of revenge, a sole outlet through which students can express frustration over a course to someone who has the power to change it. Why is the syst...

A Barbie-Free Response to Professor Mehta

The Editorial Board

April 16, 2011

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First, the Editorial Board would like to thank Dr. Mehta for his well researched and thorough critique. Numbers speak louder than accusations, and his breakdown of the genre distribution of Review articles in the past volume was both accurate and eye-opening to the Editorial Board. Second: Dr. Mehta, you are correct in your underlying point. The recent letters to the editor we have received regarding the presence or lack of science coverage in our paper demonstrates a strong demand at Oberlin campus for such articles. That many of the authors of these letters are both science majors and, clearly, strong writers also show that there is no dearth of passionate, coherent science writers at Oberlin. There are, unfortunately,...

Which Barbie Are We, Really?

The Editorial Board

March 18, 2011

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Recently, The Oberlin Review received a harshly worded letter, condemning our This Week editor’s joke about the difficulty of mathematics. In 1992, the Mattel company debuted a Barbie that uttered, among a variety of other phrases, the succinct line “Math is Tough!” The Oberlin Review, this letter explained, is “still back there with Math Barbie.” Math Barbie!? This whole time we had been thinking of ourselves as Malibu Barbie, the most popular plastic blonde bombshell of all time. Suddenly, with this condemnation, we were relegated down to the realm of Math Barbie, who lived on the lowest rung of Barbiedom and mainly hung out with Canadian Mountie Barbie. Who’s ever heard of her? (No one, obviousl...

Editorial Board: What the Hell Is Student Senate? (Do We Know?)

The Editorial Board

March 11, 2011

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This Sunday, Oberlin’s Student Senate is holding a panel titled “What the Hell Is Senate?” We are curious to hear how the senators will choose to answer that question. The chief problem with Senate, as it has been observed by student senators in the past, is the same problem that plagues many representative governmental bodies: Members are elected on platforms reflective of their pet projects and are, for whatever reason, unable to work with those who hold actual power to create change. And at Oberlin, power lies with the individuals who, rightly or wrongly, are often demonized: the trustees, President Krislov, Ron Watts and other College administrators. For at least a year, Senate’s operations have been...

Obies: Too Progressive for Our Own Good

The Editorial Board

March 4, 2011

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Last Wednesday, noted feminist and progressive activist Gloria Steinem came to speak at Oberlin as a part of our Convocation series. The Editorial Board applauds Steinem and her contributions to promoting women’s rights and addressing various forms of discrimination. Reflecting on her talk, however, we found that her ideas and points were hardly revolutionary; in fact, Steinem’s brand of feminism and the values she expounds seemed dated in relation to the strongly liberal ideas commonplace at Oberlin College. Steinem and her rhetoric are a time capsule, a peek into a time when women were married with kids by their early 20s and only men could pursue a lucrative career. Her brand of feminism predates even Bett...

Editorial Board Condemns Ohio Senate Vote

The Editorial Board

March 4, 2011

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

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