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Freshman Year: COVID Edition

Joshua Bowen November 20, 2020

“This is my first day on campus, my first day as a first-year, my first day of the rest of my college life,” I thought as a woman in Chernobyl-level protective gear rummaged around somewhere near my...

Uncovering The Lives of Oberlin Dining Hall Staff

Sydney Rosensaft and Ella Pike November 13, 2020

You walk through the glass doors of Mudd Center and turn left along the well-worn path to Azariah’s Café. At the counter, the two regular baristas, Tyler and Sam, greet you with a, “Good morning!...

Democrats Must Change Strategies in Georgia

Booker C. Peek, Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies November 13, 2020

“America won” last week with our elections, in which almost 150 million of us voted in or out those politicians and issues we favor or oppose. Yes, some outcomes are still uncertain, but one isn’t:...

Khalid and Zoë Decide Everything: The Free Foot Debacle

Khalid McCalla and Zoë Martin del Campo November 13, 2020

These opinions do not reflect the views of  The Oberlin Review staff. However, we are amazing and knowledgeable about many things, so we’re glad that you trust us to settle these debates.    Question:...

Time to Pack Up… Again

Editorial Board November 11, 2020

The time is fast approaching for students to start packing.  A few weeks ago, an email from the Dean of Students office alerted students that anyone living in College housing needs to pack all of their...

Tales of a Teen in Quarantine

Kushagra Kar, Opinions Editor November 11, 2020

Editor’s note: This article centers the experience of the COVID-19 quarantine of one student, and is not necessarily representative of a universal experience of Oberlin College’s quarantine plan.  A...

Khalid and Zoë Decide Everything: Sex, Witches, and Weenies

Khalid McCalla and Zoë Martin del Campo November 6, 2020

These opinions do not reflect the views of The Oberlin Review staff. However, we are amazing and knowledgeable about many things, so we’re glad that you trust us to settle these debates.    Editor’s...

Being Black in a World of Darkness

Reginald Goudeau October 30, 2020

To say this semester has been rough on my mental health would be the understatement of the century. I feel a constant wave of exhaustion and a minute drive to do anything these days. I work primarily out...

Proud Union Traditions: Celebrating Fifty Years of OCOPE

Phyllis Jones, OC ’72 October 30, 2020

In 1970, faced with increasing workplace inequities, a group of women working for Oberlin College decided to take matters into their own hands — to organize and fight back. The result was the Oberlin...

In Defeat, Trump Should Step Down Gracefully

Booker C. Peek, Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies October 30, 2020

A peaceful, orderly America after next week’s election will easily be one of America’s greatest achievements ever, if not the world’s. Because we are arguably the most powerful, respected, and envied...

This Election is a Referendum on The Great American Experiment

Julian Mitchell-Israel October 30, 2020

The daily thunder had just begun to echo, and the clouds were not yet within sight in the middle of Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. As I reached over to close the window I commented to a friend, “there aren’t...

Defund Oberlin Police to End History of Racial Oppression

Drew Dansby, Production Editor October 30, 2020

The movement for Black Lives does not exist only in large cities or suburban enclaves. The Oberlin Police Department is a small town microcosm of America’s racist system of policing. The time is long...

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