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March 9, 2018

I was told not too long ago that when I walk into rooms people are pressed against the walls by my massive ego. After first chuckling at this pitiful attempt at a “drag,” I had two thoughts: (1) White men have no room to talk about anyone’s ego when they habitually self-indulge in mediocrity, and (2) Is this what bubbles to the surface of someone’s mind when they see me? I cannot control how people perceive me, nor do I necessarily want to, but I do think that if a person is going to make a statement as obnoxious as the one aforementioned yo

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Mar 12, 2018

Divisions exist across campus that create binaries, and one of them is the athlete/non-athlete binary that other Oberlin students have previously written about. I noticed the social divide between athletics and activism since my first-year at Oberlin in 2014 when I occupied spaces of protest and no athletes were present, and when I attended varsity games that my activist friend group never attended. I, then, come to this opinion on activism and athletics as a club sport athlete, student leader activist, and devoted fan of varsity athletics.<

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March 9, 2018

It goes without saying that the meal plans at this school are ridiculously expensive, and regardless of which one you choose you’re getting screwed over. However, if you’re deciding on a plan and meet the following “requirements for eligibility”—you became an Oberlin student before Fall 2017, you’re going to be living on-campus next semester, and you don’t want to join a Co-Op because you have strong feelings against either cooking or beans—then you should absolutely choose the 40 meals/month plan. While all of the meal plan options are desi

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Feb 23, 2018
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This month, Black people around the globe remember important people and events in the history of the African diaspora with Black History Month. Last week, on February 9th, Ratsy Jo Kemp (the owner of Ratsy’s Store) posted on her store’s Instagram a picture of two shirts for sale – in bold black letters across white fabric, one read “Master” and the other “Slave” (The shirts were hanging at the center of the store, on the wall behind the cashier – practically under a spotlight. The post had a handful of hashtags, with some of the most c

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March 9, 2018

I took public speaking back in high school for two years, so I think that I am pretty good at judging a person’s body language and presentation skills. I was once told that communication is ten per…

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Feb 23, 2018
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The realities of Valentine’s Day have long been disputed, and whether you are a true believer in love and the story of St. Valentine, or you’re a sucker for the cupid that was cultivated by mega co…

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