The Oberlin Review

Political Face-Offs Supersede Philippine Drug Crisis

Melissa Harris, Production Editor

September 9, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brought his nation into the international spotlight this week by slandering U.S. Presi­dent Barack Obama, calling him a “son of a whore.” I am hugely disheartened by Duterte’s justification of his attack on the U.S. presi­dent, as well as Obama’s response of cancel­ling his meeting with Duterte. Obama was supposed to meet with Duterte Tuesday in Laos to discuss drug-re­lated extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. When Duterte was running for president, he made a promise to eradicate both drug deal­ers and users in his country. Since his inau­guration June 30, over 2,400 people have been killed by extrajudicial means, which means that governmental authorities have...

Obama’s Change Absent after Two Terms

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer

February 19, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

At the recent Jan. 12 State of the Union, President Obama delivered a signature, uplifting address, returning to his original message of hope after eight years and ultimately asserting that the state of the union is strong. In this address, President Obama attempted to stifle the discontentment and frustration in politics, denouncing popular notions of the U.S.’s shortcomings. “Anyone claiming that America’s economy is in decline is peddling fiction,” he said in response to his critics. At the New Hampshire primary, however, voters responded with a repudiation of their president’s assessment of the country. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump secured decisive victories for the far left and right, respectively, a...

Amid Policy Issues, We Should Observe Lunar New Year

Anh Lê, Oberlin parent

February 19, 2016

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: My son, Minh-Jeffrey Lê, attends Oberlin College as a senior. I arrived in the United States as a young immigrant child, grew up mostly in Michigan and regard myself proudly as a “Midwesterner” and a Vietnamese American. I now reside in San Francisco, CA. I applaud President Obama for meeting with the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in California. The challenge to the Asian region’s security from the conflicts over territorial claims regarding the Spratly Islands between China and Vietnam, as well as China and other neighbors, reminds us of the continuing potential threat of war looming over this oiland gasrich region, also a vital maritime trade route. In 2014,...

Scorecard Empowers Incoming Students

Ben Silverman, Contributing Writer

September 25, 2015

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

After the Obama administration’s recent release of College Scorecard, a user-friendly data cache designed to give prospective students access to more information about the institutions to which they are preparing to commit several years of their life, previously uncharted statistics have been brought into the public eye. The announcement of this initiative, which brought to light data such as median earnings after 10 years and the tendency of alumni to default on their debt, was met with heavy opposition from presidents of lower-tier and elite colleges alike. Those who represent under-performing schools are rightly afraid that they may be weeded out in the future, and some elite colleges fear the corporatization ef...

College Scorecard Can Disrupt Higher Ed’s Prestige Economy

Editorial Board

September 18, 2015

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

One of the Obama administration’s goals was to rank every college and university — all 7,000-odd private and public institutions of higher education in the nation — by their comparative student debt and earning potential. College administrators nationwide opposed the initiative, fearing such a ranking system would favor institutions with robust STEM or vocational programs. The answer to the controversy was a compromise: On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Education revealed a website called College Scorecard, which consolidates average annual cost, graduation rate and salary post-graduation for each institution. No rankings are assigned; the scorecard is just an easy-to-navigate treasure trove of financial fac...

Nemtsov Killing Should Prompt Introspection Alongside Condemnation

Editorial Board

March 6, 2015

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

When prominent Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on a Moscow street last Friday, days before he was slated to lead a major anti-government protest, global leaders rallied behind familiar cries. Nemtsov, an ardent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, had been well known since Boris Yeltsin’s presidency for his liberal politics and calls for democratic reform. Just hours before his assassination, Nemtsov gave an interview calling for honest elections and an end to the Kremlin’s “censorship [and] propaganda.” It was no surprise, then, when world leaders, including U.S. President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, called for transparency as Putin announced that he would...

ISIS Fears Prevent Sound Strategy

Dylan Tencic, Contributing Writer

October 10, 2014

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

At an Aug. 28 news conference, President Barack Obama made the mistake of being honest with America. Asked to explain what steps the country would take to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, he conceded: “We do not have a strategy yet.” Given the deep-rooted complexities of the controversy, the president had reason to appear indecisive, but the public has clamored around his lack of conviction. The president responded to these criticisms roughly two weeks later, presenting to the nation an exaggerated four-point plan to expand U.S. military involvement in the Middle East and combat ISIS. He asserted that ISIS “is a terrorist organization, pure and simple. It has no vision other than the slaughter of...

Paul Criticizes Obama Policy Without Offering Alternative

Machmud Makhmudov, Contributing Writer

September 12, 2014

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Summer wasn’t the only thing bringing the heat for the Obama administration this summer. The midterm elections — deeply implicated by the beginning of unofficial auditions for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination — have bolstered Republican attacks against the president. Furthermore, a number of concurrent foreign policy crises have soured public opinion of America’s standing in the world, damaging President Obama’s approval rating and enabling Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) — widely thought to be a candidate for president in 2016 — to unleash a number of attacks on the current administration. From the effective disintegration of the border between Ukraine and Russia, to a perceived distancing from our ally...

Affordable Care Act Implemented in Lorain County

Madeline Peltz

February 28, 2014

Filed under Community News, NEWS

After Ohio’s Department of Medicaid and the Controlling Board granted Governor John Kasich’s request to use $2.56 billion of federal funding to expand Medicaid’s accessibility in Ohio, changes to the cost and structure of residential health care plans have became apparent in more remote residential areas. In Lorain County, 44,000 people are now eligible for Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Clients served by Oberlin Community Services, a local non-profit, are largely eligible for these assorted welfare programs. “I know people [for] whom it’s almost unaffordable now to get healthcare. They have to do something, because starting next year there’s going to be pretty hefty fines [for failure to enroll in...

Editorial: Obama Joins Debate Over Washington Redskins Name

Rose Stoloff, Sports Editor

October 11, 2013

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

The Washington Redskins’s name has been contested for decades, and on Saturday, one new voice joined the debate: President Barack Obama. “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history –– that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” he said in an interview with the Associated Press. The Washington Redskins are one of many professional sports teams whose name and mascot plays on offensive Native-American stereotypes. The Washington’s, however, is arguably the most offensive. Prior to writing this editorial I had assumed “redskin” was an insensitive way to describe the skin color of Native Americans....

Education More Than Return on Investment

The Editorial Board

September 27, 2013

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

The Obama administration recently announced plans to formulate a ranking system for institutions of higher education, taking into consideration a new set of key factors, including graduate’s earning potential, percentage of lower-income students, tuition cost and graduation rates. Ideally, the president hopes that the new ranking system — to be announced before the start of the 2015 academic year — will serve as the basis for federal aid to colleges and universities. Ohio is one of the few states in the country to have already adopted programs that award funding based on graduation rates and “educational outcomes.” Congressional support for this plan is currently unclear, but if the legislation passes, federal...

Stop Resisting Change

Sean Para, Columnist

May 10, 2013

Filed under Columns, OPINIONS

People should stop resisting the healthcare law and other reforms. State governments around the nation have consistently opposed implementing the new law. States such as Oklahoma, Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana have either created opposition to the bill in their courts or declined to set up the mandatory health-insurance exchanges. Even after the Supreme Court upheld the bill, resistance remains. This is indicative of a larger trend to oppose the administration’s reform agenda that goes back to the beginning of the administration. The conservative opposition has become increasingly distanced from most of America’s goals, dreams and basic needs. The example used here, the Healthcare Reform Bill, is going to bring...

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