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The Oberlin Review

Bibbins Renovations Add Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Bibbins Renovations Add Gender-Neutral Restrooms

Melissa Harris, News editor
March 3
Filed under Campus News, NEWS

Though all of Oberlin’s dormitories contain gender-neutral bathroom facilities, many academic buildings have lagged in adding such spaces. is summer, renovations to Bibbins Hall, the Conservatory’s primary building, will address students’ concerns with the installation of gender-neutral bathrooms. Conservatory...

Students Advocate for More Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Students Advocate for More Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Melissa Harris, Production Editor
September 30
Filed under Campus News, Features, NEWS

When Conservatory students William Adams and Zoe Cutler brought up the lack of gender-neutral bathrooms in the Conservatory last year to Title IX coordinators, the initial feedback gave them hope. Administrators said they would consider making additional gender-neutral bathrooms a component of last...

Con Opens Doors to College Musicians with New Jazz Ensemble

Sam Rueckert
February 19
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

As an aspiring musician who has recently committed to taking every possible musical opportunity, I now realize that I have very little experience with auditioning. Yesterday I went to my second real audition since I’ve gotten to Oberlin. My friend Justin invited me to audition to drum in a jazz...

Roots Residency Brings Punch Brothers Back to Campus

Sam Rueckert, Staff Writer
October 9
Filed under ARTS, Features, Music

In a Bibbins Hall classroom, Punch Brothers banjoist Noam Pikelny and singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan sat amid the muffled sounds of various instruments and voices echoing through the hallway. “[There’s] something very inspiring about being in the confines of a building like this [and] seeing...

Soprano Delivers Heartfelt, Varied Performance

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer
September 18
Filed under Uncategorized

I’ve reviewed a fair number of concerts during my time at Oberlin, but not one has left me as inspired and touched as I was this past week. Soprano Anne Gross graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 1986; since then, she has traveled and performed around the world. Pianist Thomas Bandy, an opera and...

Lu Delivers Masterful Chopin Performance

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer
September 11
Filed under ARTS, Music

Since graduating from the Conservatory in 2006, pianist Tian Lu has traveled around the world honing her craft. This past week, she returned to Oberlin to perform a recital consisting entirely of works by the influential Polish composer Frédéric Chopin. Lu received her undergraduate degree as well...

Sinfonietta Performs 20th-, 21st-Century Pieces

Colin Roshak, Staff Writer
May 8
Filed under ARTS, Music

After a year of memorable performances, the Conservatory’s Sinfonietta ensemble concluded with an inspiring and varied program directed by Timothy Weiss this past week. The concert began with a piece titled “Planos” by the Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas which was scored for piano, clarinet,...

Students File Complaint After Conductor Uses Racial Epithet

Elizabeth Dobbins, News Editor
March 6
Filed under Community News, NEWS

Three students from the Oberlin Baroque Orchestra submitted a complaint to the Conservatory dean’s office after a rehearsal on Feb. 23, where guest conductor Jaap ter Linden told an anecdote in which he repeatedly used a racial slur. During the incident, Linden recited and joked about a children’s...

Co-op Provides Accessible Practice Area, Equipment

Laura Paddock
November 7
Filed under Campus News, NEWS

A single drumstick impales the scuffed ceiling of the windowless and empty Wilder 404. The room, however, will not be empty for long. Beginning this semester, room 404 will house the Gear Co-op, a cooperative dedicated to providing musical equipment and practice space for students who would oth...

Conservatory Council Promotes Student Wellness

Conservatory Council Promotes Student Wellness

Laura Paddock
September 19
Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Recent Stories

The recently-revived Conservatory Council of Students will launch a number of initiatives this year, joining forces with the administration in an attempt to foster a more welcoming environment within the Conservatory. The Council, which was dormant for nearly a decade prior to its reinstatement in...

The Invincibility Fallacy: Balancing Musical Ability with Physical Agility

Nora Kipnis, Arts Editor
March 14
Filed under ARTS, Features

One Wednesday during senior double-degree student Eliza­beth Castro-Abrams’s second semester at Oberlin, she suddenly felt an excruciating pain in her wrist. She complained of the pain to her violin teachers, who told her to ice and stretch, but it didn’t stop. Student Health Services wasn’t much...

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