The Oberlin Review

Panel Addresses Pitfalls of U.S. School

Rosemary Boeglin, News Editor

September 23, 2011

On Tuesday, Oberlin Young Educators, in conjunction with the Oberlin College Democrats and Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians, hosted Education Nation, a panel to address issues in education policy reform, such as graduation rates, teacher wages and curriculum.  College senior Rene Kamm, co-chair of OYE, said the group began planning for the panel in May, in order to bring attention to the pitfalls of the American education system. “[Part of] our mission is to get people involved in education outreach, and the other aspect is to create a physical, open and inclusive forum on the issue of education and education reform — for the purpose of raising awareness and hopefully to build a critical mass o...

Ronald Reagan Political Lectureship Series Attracts Local Conservatives, Few Students

John Light, Editor-In-Chief

May 6, 2011

This past week, the Oberlin Republicans and Libertarians took to task the centuries- old adage, “Not to be a socialist at 20 is proof of want of heart; to be one at 30 is proof of want of head.” On Thursday, a crowd gathered in West Lecture Hall to hear an address by Mark Steyn, a free speech advocate known as a regular on Rush Limbaugh’s conservative talk radio show and an often-vocal critic of Islam. Those in attendance were predominantly Tea Partiers and Republicans from across Lorain County. A few odd Oberlin students sat among them, as well as the members of the Oberlin Republicans and Libertarians and their faculty adviser, Associate Professor of Philosophy Timothy Hall. The group invited Steyn as part...

Letter to the Editors: OC Republicans and Libertarians Respond to Letter

James Kuntz

April 6, 2011

To the Editors: Despite his concerns, Owen Henry is mistaken in suggesting (1) that the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education receives funding solely from conservative organizations and (2) that the FIRE exclusively defends conservative individuals and causes. In regard to finances, Owen is correct that the FIRE receives funds from conservative organizations, such as the Sarah Scaife Foundation and the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. He is also correct in assuming that such funding would represent a substantial conflict of interest and increase the risk of a political bias within the FIRE, if these were the FIRE’s sole sources of funds. However, in 2010, approximately 68 percent of the FIRE’s funding...

Oberlin College Republicans and Libertarians to Host Free Speech Expert

James Kuntz

March 18, 2011

To the Editors: American colleges and universities have long been regarded as bastions of free speech and free thinking, Oberlin College included. Throughout the school’s almost 200-year history, Oberlin students have been celebrated for speaking against political, religious and cultural persecution, and to this day school administrators present the College as a stronghold of unrestricted inquiry that furthers core democratic values. Despite this reputation, America’s colleges and universities often maintain illiberal and unconstitutional policies that deny these same fundamental rights to students and faculty. To ensure that Oberlin College policies do not escape scrutiny and that students and faculty remain...

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