The Oberlin Review

Former G.W. Zoo owner Joe Exotic, star of the Netflix series

“What are you watching, Obies?” Survey Results: “Tiger King” Places In Top Three Across Categories

April 14, 2020

Editor’s note: This article is part of the Review’s ongoing series responding to the “What are you watching, Obies?” survey created by Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies Leah Vonderheide. For the full survey results, read Professor Vonderheide’s introductory article. Somehow, it’s unsurprising that a gun-toting, gay zoo owner with a bleached mullet has caught the attention of Obies, wherever they may be sheltered-in-place. In Visiting Assista...

Oberlin Students Should Consider Decreasing Meat Consumption

Haven King-Nobles, College Senior

April 5, 2019

Imagine a world identical to ours, except for one aspect: No one eats meat. For whatever reason, however, billions of farm animals — many not unlike our pets — are still raised in horrific and unnatural conditions and then slaughtered after a few months. In this world, nothing is done with the meat these animals produce. It is simply thrown out. I think most of us have the intuition that such a world would be a moral atrocity. But how different is that world from our own, especially given that we waste roughly 40 percent of our food anyway? Does our demand for cheap meat — particularly from affluent households in affluent countries — justify the cruelty of factory farming? Roughly 70 billion land animals...

College junior Haven King-Nobles and College sophomore Leo Hochberg protest outside Oberlin’s McDonalds as part of a nationwide movement against the chain.

College Students Join McDonald’s Boycott

May 4, 2018

Members of Oberlin Animal Rights held a two-hour protest and posted flyers outside Oberlin’s North Main Street McDonald’s Monday to protest inhumane animal conditions and food sourcing as part of a nationwide campaign against the franchise. Although OAR’s effort was a small, three-person protest, the national mission of the campaign is to exert pressure on McDonald’s and convince the chain to adopt stricter regulations for suppliers in their treatment of chickens. “We’re working in conjunction with...

Domesticated Animals Deserve Compassion

William Cramer, Contributing Writer

September 30, 2016

Editor’s note: This op-ed contains description of animal torture and slaughter. Bon Appétit, the company in charge of Oberlin’s Campus Dining Services, ceased buying pork raised in gestation crates in early 2016, according to their website. Gestation crates are used in many factory farms to confine a sow to lie her side, preventing her from moving. Companies often forcibly impregnate these sows in order to increase pork production. The pregnancy lasts around three months, after which her piglets are allowed to suckle until they are old enough to be slaughtered. Undercover PETA journalists have found that pigs are castrated, have the ends of their teeth removed with pliers and are then driven to the slaughterho...

College first-year Caracol Haley dissects a rat for her Organismal Biology class. Instead of having students dissect rats, the instructor of one of the lab sections this semester has decided to challenge them to create their own organ.

Professors Discuss Pros, Cons of Dissection in Intro Labs

April 17, 2015

Students in five lab sections of a 100-level biology class dissected rats last week, but those in the sixth section did not. Instead, the section, taught by Associate Professor Taylor Allen of the Biology department, presented ideas for fictional organs for the human body. “The project seeks to deepen students’ understanding of body plans and physiological processes, as well as to develop skills related to creative problem solving, innovative thinking and scientific collaboration,” Allen...

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