The Oberlin Review

Limited Number of Humanities Classes Pigeonholes Students

Jackie Brant, Columnist

April 21, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Registration season is a stressful time for many students. We worry about when our registration slot will be, if we will get into the classes we need and, if we don’t, if we will be able to successfully navigate add/drop period. As a first-year this spring, I had the second-to-last registration window. By the time I got to pick my classes, there was only one class with spots available in each of my majors, Philosophy and Politics, one of which required a prerequisite that I did not have. Though everyone reassures students that we can fix our schedules during add/drop, that consolation does not save us the stress of waiting months for add/drop over the summer. It also never guarantees that we will get our...

LA Legislature Misses Mark on HIV

Jackie Brant, Columnist

April 7, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In a fight to end the stigmatization of HIV and AIDS, Democratic lawmakers in Los Angeles are seeking to pass legislation that would reduce the charge for not telling your partner that you have HIV before engaging in unprotected sex from a felony to a misdemeanor. This law would also apply to situations in which HIV positive individuals donate blood or semen. While the stigmatization of HIV and AIDS is an issue that needs to be addressed, the lawmakers’ proposal is not a suitable answer to the problem. Proponents of the bill argue that with the advancements of modern medicine, HIV is treatable. Currently, there are 18.2 million people worldwide on medications for the illness. These medications are generally effective,...

Cities Resist Trump’s Unconstitutional Order

Jackie Brant, Contributing Writer

February 24, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Since President Donald Trump assumed office in January, one of his top priorities has been the strict enforcement of immigration laws, including the zealous deportation of undocumented immigrants. His main action to this point has been to issue several flawed executive orders, including one that bars federal funds from sanctuary cities except when mandated by law. This order, signed on Jan. 25, gave rise to many questions. Is the order constitutional? What qualifies as a sanctuary city or university? Can locations avoid the official label of “sanctuary” while still working to protect their undocumented community members? While revisions to the order continue to roll in almost weekly, its unconstitutionality has already b...

Kasich’s Opioid Regulations Backfire

Jackie Brant, Contributing Writer

February 17, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Every five hours, someone overdoses on heroin in Ohio. One in every nine deaths from heroin overdoses in the U.S. occurs in Ohio, leading the nation. In Lorain County, approximately 140 people died from heroin overdoses in 2016, according to The Chronicle-Telegram. On the other hand, according to The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio has lower rates of oxycodone and hydrocodone overdoses than many other states. Oxycodone and hydrocodone are prescription opioids, usually distributed in pill form. These painkillers are closely linked to heroin and can have similar effects on users when abused. While the relatively low rates of oxycodone and hydrocodone overdoses in Ohio are seemingly positive statistics, these low rates could be rel...

Philosophy Departments Lack Diversity

Jackie Brant, Contributing Writer

February 10, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Despite having been warned about unequal gender distribution in the field, I was disappointed when I walked into my first day of Problems of Philosophy last semester and found few women in the room. While I’m admittedly only in my first year, my experience as a Philosophy major has shown me that, even at a school so focused on gender equality, philosophy as a field is still heavily dominated by men. This is largely true at all levels of education and across the world, from ancient times until now. Women as a group have yet to successfully break into the philosophy field. According to Humanities Indicator’s article “Gender Distribution of Degrees in Philosophy,” in 2014 only 28 percent of master’s degrees ...

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