The Oberlin Review

New Strategic Plan Draft Pursues Inclusivity

Madeline Stocker, Editor-in-Chief

February 12, 2016

Published nearly four months after the release of the last draft, the newest version of Oberlin’s Strategic Plan continues to make marked departures from the contents of the 2005 document. Though it remains more of a comprehensive list of goals than a specific implementation plan, the current draft does identify two of the administration’s future initiatives — the development of “theme-based course clusters” and the creation of a guidance system that will offer support to students throughout their first four post-undergraduate years. The draft, which was made public Wednesday evening, focuses considerably on ensuring an “inclusive and equitable learning environment” — certainly more so than its...

Environmentalists Can Learn from ISIS Occupation

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist

September 18, 2015

In an election season defined thus far by a rogue email server, a neurosurgeon once played by Cuba Gooding Jr. in a made-for-TV film and cries to “make America great again,” it should come as no surprise that one of the most serious and consequential foreign policy arguments made by a presidential candidate thus far was largely dismissed on the spot. Though he lags in national polls for the Democratic nomination, former Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley demonstrated clarity of vision and a nuanced understanding of scientific and social history when he tied the rise of the Islamic State — otherwise known as ISIS — with the accumulated effects of climate change. Unsurprisingly, Republicans responded derisivel...

Conservatives Employ Dated Image of America

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist

February 27, 2015

On July 16, 1984, then-Governor of New York Mario Cuomo gave a stirring keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. Though Walter Mondale — the Democratic nominee for President — faced long odds against formidable incumbent President Ronald Reagan, Cuomo brought the crowd to its feet by directly taking on Reagan’s vision of America at the time as a “shining city on a hill.” Cuomo challenged Reagan’s sunny optimism about America’s trajectory by highlighting the experiences of the marginalized poor all across the country. Citing the crippling effects of rampantly growing social and economic inequality, he likened the American narrative to more of a Tale of Two Cities than a “shining city o...

Jeb Bush Nomination Will Foster GOP Inclusivity

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist

February 6, 2015

In 2012, the year that I turned 18, I proudly cast my first official vote for President Obama. Last summer, I supported and worked for Michelle Nunn, the Georgia Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate. And as I consider all of the potential candidates for next year’s presidential election, I can’t imagine voting for anybody but a Democrat. That being said, I truly believe that there are few things more important to ensuring the future vibrancy of America’s social and political institutions than Jeb Bush ending up the Republican nominee for president in 2016. Of course, I don’t hope that Bush — who had a very conservative tenure during his two terms as the governor of Florida — actually ends up as the...

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