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Editorial Board

May 19, 2017

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

Oberlin students are often presented as coddled, spoiled and so obsessed with political correctness that we have lost touch with reality, choosing to embrace a liberal utopia instead of facing the “real world.” If four years working at The Oberlin Review have taught us anything, it is that this portrayal could not be further from the truth. Stories like alleged cultural appropriation in dining halls have been lifted by national media outlets in a way that grossly misrepresents reality on campus. Major news organizations would have most believe that protests wildly erupted in food fights, with students quivering in dorm rooms for shelter. In reality, students were proactive. They identified a problem, initiated d...

Waving Can Promote Sense of Community

CJ Blair, Columnist

November 6, 2015

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Forty percent of my social interactions are unreciprocated waves. There are times when I think that I’m the only one who feels this way, but in my second year at Oberlin, I’ve learned that plenty of other people share my uncertainty about waving. College is one of the most ambulatory times in a person’s life, and on a small campus like Oberlin’s, it’s all but certain that students will pass by someone they know on their way to class. When they do, they have the choice of acknowledging or ignoring this person, and the decision they make can demonstrate their uncertainty about how exactly to handle such a brief interaction. Social interaction has always been a struggle for me, and every time I pass someone...

Fervent Progressivism Blocks Other Views

Chloe Vassot, Contributing Writer

February 20, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The Oberlin College community is almost notorious for its open embrace of views that lie largely outside the mainstream American political culture. Students are known as extremely accepting of people and opinions that would be ostracized elsewhere, giving Oberlin a reputation of “open-mindedness.” But unfortunately for a minority of students on campus, the “open-mindedness” of the community goes only one way: toward a rejection of unpopular views in favor of unwavering adherence to the political left. This was something that attracted me to Oberlin — coming from a community almost as well known for its conservatism as Oberlin is for its liberalism, I looked forward to finally being around people who agreed...

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