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The Oberlin Review

Finding Social Footing at College Takes Time, Effort

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer

May 5, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

It wasn’t until recently that I realized how fragile my friendships at Oberlin are. After a fairly solitary first semester, I was excited to develop a group of friends this spring. It was reassuring to have people I could geek out with over music or politics or just hang out with on weekends. That’s all I’ve ever wanted from friends: casual, easygoing relationships. In high school, at least, that’s all friends were for me. My real support came from my family, so I never sought it out at school. But now, away from my home and family, I’m realizing how much time it takes for people to get to know each other well enough to become the family we all need. I feel unsettled away from home. I’...

Emotional Focus Puts Facts Second in Politics

Amber Scherer, Columnist

March 10, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Since the election, President Donald Trump’s opponents have struggled to find their role in the new era. Political norms seem irrelevant and liberals are struggling to make themselves heard. Two weeks ago in the Review, Will Cramer suggested that activists rely on intuition over facts to make arguments, particularly in regard to immigration reform (“Immigration Raid Discourse Requires Moral Intuition,” Feb. 24, 2017). I agree that appealing to people’s compassion and morality can be persuasive. I also share in Cramer’s frustration about the cold, empirical politics of establishment Democrats. But this perspective, fairly prevalent among Oberlin progressives, could exacerbate the anti-truth trend in American...

Guns, Not Bears, Threaten Ohio Schools

Amber Scherer, Columnist

February 10, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the first confirmation vote to ever require a tiebreaker, the Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as education secretary Tuesday. DeVos was one of President Donald Trump’s most controversial cabinet nominees, provoking intense opposition from Senate Democrats and teachers’ unions. During her confirmation hearing, DeVos was asked about her stance on firearms on school campuses, which is particularly relevant to states like Ohio that allow concealed carry on school campuses. “I think probably there, I would imagine that there’s probably a gun in the school to protect from potential grizzlies,” she said, further stating that she believes state and local authorities have jurisdiction over firearm policies in school...

U.S. Should Rely on Constitution in Turbulent Times

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer

February 3, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In the months since the presidential election, I have heard people question our system of democracy. This is understandable, as the democratic process led to a result that many find abhorrent and in conflict with the United States’ core values. However, as we seek ways to resist Trump and move forward, we must follow the leads of former President Barack Obama, former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former acting Attorney General Sally Yates and commit ourselves to abiding by the Constitution. From the moment the election results were announced, Obama and Clinton have been two of the staunchest advocates for a peaceful transition of power. Clinton accepted her loss in a stirring concession speech, aski...

Democratic Party Must Consider Needs of Trump Voters

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer

November 18, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

I worked for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign for several months leading up to the election. It was surprisingly fun work and, as a generally introverted first-year, a big help to transitioning me to life away from home. But I saw a lot that frustrated and upset me. On one campaign trip, I heard students jeer “Killary!” and “Grab her by the pussy!” at my co-workers. Some campaign workers ignored it; others responded in kind. I heard things from both sides that genuinely frightened me. This is all to say that the vitriol and division of the campaigns were in no way exclusive to the candidates themselves. We view these politicians as so powerful — almost as something more than human — but they’re on...

Feminism Will Become Law Under Clinton

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer

October 28, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

As a country, we’ve finally made it through all three presidential debates. The matches were tense and personal, which gave us a deep look at the candidates’ characters. One resorted to insult, accusation and primal displays of arrogance while the other prioritized policy over performance. She may not make great TV, but Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is the model of poise and compassion in the face of ugliness. During the second and third debates, Clinton heatedly challenged Republican nominee Donald Trump’s mistreatment of women. She admonished his unforgiving position for women who receive abortions and condemned his alleged sexual misconduct. Call me biased, but I don’t blame her for her indignation. ...

Clinton Brings Lifetime of Service to Presidency

Amber Scherer, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, Recent Stories

One of my first conversations while phone banking for the Clinton campaign was also one of my most memorable. An elderly man picked up. I gave him my pitch, then paused for his response. He was polite but hesitant. I asked which candidate he planned to support in November. Eventually, overly conscious of the silence, I offered, “Yeah… it’s a difficult choice.” We said goodnight, I finished my shift, and I sat quietly, vaguely irritated. What’s so difficult about it? Nothing, really — and I could have said as much. I want to share what I wish I’d said to that man. Hillary Rodham Clinton should be the next President of the United States. Her qualifications are rooted in a lifetime of service, and he...

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