The Oberlin Review

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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