Politicians and Pundits Page 7

Top 10 schools where students follow the beltway as closely as their studies

By Explore Editor

What the students are saying about:

Oberlin College

Oberlin College

To say that Obies walk to the beat of their own drum would be an understatement (not to mention a cliché unworthy of this unique institution). As one of the most progressive schools in the country — a trait the school has maintained since becoming the first college in America to accept African-Americans — it attracts an extremely quirky, creative, politically active and socially-conscious student body. Many students say they came here specifically for the political activism, to be around “students who are always attempting to right the wrongs of the world.” That said, Oberlin students sometimes make their political points in unconventional ways. “Nothing is unusual here, from nudity in the quad to puking contests as a means of protesting this or that, to men wearing dresses around campus. We are the social conservative’s nightmare.” With so much self-expression, political correctness and sensitivity are important components of Oberlin’s social atmosphere. This leads some students to worry that people get too carried away with the PC-speak. “I would change how politically correct everyone seems to be; to a point it’s necessary but sometimes it feels so forced and unnatural, like people are just reciting what they're told they should say instead of what they really want to.” Nonetheless, no matter how PC students’ vocabularies may be, intellectual conversations and debates flourish at Oberlin, where students really are “out to change the world.”