The Oberlin Review

ESPN Should Join Jemele Hill in Anti-Trump Stance

Nathan Carpenter, Opinions Editor

September 22, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

There is a pervasive narrative in the United States that sports and politics should not mix — that we should leave our entertainment unsullied by the hard work of navigating the often-taxing challenges of living together in society. That inherently contradictory argument does not stand up to any kind of scrutiny. The birth of sports itself was political in nature — to pretend otherwise is to ignore reality. Nations came to the first Olympic games under flags of truce, and used the competitions to assert political strength over their rivals. Since then, while many have tried to obscure these elements of sports, its cultural history, impact, and relevance cannot be denied. Debate over the separation of sports and politics reigni...

Harvey, Irma Highlight Need to Address Climate Change

Nathan Carpenter, Opinions Editor

September 15, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Over the past weeks, evidence has mounted that the future of the world with respect to climate change is bleak. In the United States alone, Houston and Florida have been leveled at the hands of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, respectively. Other tropical storms have veered off at the last moment, barely missing land. While avoiding these additional disasters has doubtlessly saved lives, there is still little cause for hope. The reality is that the state of the environment is declining sharply and rapidly, and the consequences of that deterioration are severe. If effective action is going to be taken on climate change, it must be taken now — assuming that our window has not already closed. It was terrifying, then, wh...

Administration Revives Research Status

Administration Revives Research Status

September 8, 2017

Research Status, a program that awards grants to Oberlin Faculty, giving them the opportunity to conduct research on a full-time basis for a period of up to one year, is being reinstated in a more limited form this semester. The decision comes after a controversial announcement last semester that the Research Status program was being suspended indefinitely in a move to reduce Oberlin’s spending. Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Tim Elgren and Dean of the Conservatory Andrea Kalyn email...

First Years Find Support Through PAL Program

Nathan Carpenter, Opinions Editor

September 1, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Many Obies remember their first-year orientation experiences well. Mine was hot, sweaty, and overwhelming — most people who I’ve spoken to can relate. There was a lot of information thrown at me in a short amount of time, and most of it didn’t stick. Nearly all of the valuable learning experiences during my first semester came as a result of relationships with older students that I was lucky enough to develop. However, that support system was not guaranteed to me, and I cannot imagine what it would have been like to navigate Oberlin and living away from home for the first time without it. Clearly, there was a leadership void that needed to be filled, particularly at a time when Oberlin’s finances a...

Bill Combats Imaginary Voter Fraud

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor

April 28, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

In December, I wrote in the Review that the election of President Donald Trump and Republicans nationwide signaled an impending battle for voting rights across the country (“Voting by Mail Removes Barriers to Polls,” Dec. 2). Now, that fight has come to Ohio. The 12 members of the Ohio House’s Government Accountability and Oversight Committee voted House Bill 41 out of committee along partisan lines Wednesday. It will now go to a vote of the entire State House, where Republicans hold an overwhelming majority. The intent of HB 41 is to restrict the ease of in-person early voting in Ohio, ostensibly with the goal of reducing voter fraud. The state’s current early voting policy is that photo ID is not requ...

Activists Must Tackle Bigotry on Local Level

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor

March 10, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Donald Trump’s presidency endangers many people in the United States, citizens and non-citizens alike. Over the past week and a half, this threat has materialized in a very real way for the Oberlin and greater Lorain County communities. Earlier this month, a swastika and hate speech were carved into the door of a synagogue in Lorain. A Facebook page called Oberlin Illegal Immigrant Tipline began encouraging people to report undocumented immigrants in our community. These dehumanizing acts of hate are local, immediate examples of how Trump’s rhetoric is inciting violence in increasingly personal and intense ways. We as a country put a virulent racist in the White House, and now we’re seeing the impact of that...

Progressives Learn From Tea Party

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor

March 3, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

Democrats have a tough time getting into the trenches. This has been clear from the beginning of the Obama era, when the Tea Party was able to thwart a number of progressive policy initiatives, despite being a political minority. It became frustratingly apparent when Senate Republicans successfully blocked federal Justice Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court for an unprecedented 293 days. Facing partisan impediments at nearly every turn over the past eight years, congressional Democrats chose to take the high road. They chose to place their faith in the system, believing that if only they could weather the storm, the ship would right itself, and the Republican Party would be exposed and punished for the...

Russian Connections Warrant Investigation

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Opinions Editor

February 17, 2017

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

One of the most disturbing stories to come out of the brutal 2016 U.S. presidential election cycle was that Russian operatives, publicly encouraged by then-candidate Donald Trump, had allegedly hacked the Democratic National Committee in an attempt to tip the scales towards Trump, a much more pro-Russia candidate than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In the wake of the election, significant evidence has emerged of further inappropriate actions by Trump’s campaign team and Russia — actions that could easily be characterized as treasonous. On Tuesday, for example, The New York Times published a story revealing private contact between Russian intelligence officials and senior members of Trump’s team, incl...

Republicans Undermine Confirmation Process

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer

February 3, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

President Donald Trump announced one of the most significant moves of his young and turbulent presidency Tuesday night when he nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Many on the left believe Gorsuch’s nomination should be blocked in much the same way that Republicans obstructed the hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to the Court. Other prominent progressives, such as Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, have already expressed concern over Gorsuch’s judicial record on Twitter. As a progressive, I shared in the outrage over Republican obstruction to Garland last year. I found it absurd that conservatives were blowing off the normal Constitutional proces...

Voting by Mail Removes Barriers to Polls

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer

December 2, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

November’s election gave Republicans control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives for the first time since 2007. On the state level, Republican governors and legislators across the country have enacted voting restrictions, such as strict voter ID laws and restricting early voting. Now, President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will have the opportunity to make that platform national. Any action, legislative or otherwise, that seeks to disenfranchise voters must be met by vigorous resistance. In the coming years, it will be especially important to be aware of attempts to discourage democratic participation on a national level, particularly as important legislation like the Voting Rights Ac...

Clinton Proposes Comprehensive Immigration Reform

Nathan Carpenter, Contributing Writer

October 28, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

A defining issue of the presidential election has been immigration, largely due to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s controversial proposal to halt illegal immigration to the U.S. by building a wall on the Mexico–U.S. border. Immigration is an issue that the Oberlin community has also made a priority, though in a far different direction than Trump: In 2014, Oberlin made the decision to consider undocumented students as domestic, rather than international, applicants, making an Oberlin education far more accessible to them. Oberlin students understand the importance of a multicultural society and embrace opportunities to engage with people of different identities and backgrounds. Democratic presidential nominee Hillar...

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