Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

The Review publishes every Friday.

Changes to Bylaws Undermine College Values
Andy Manshel, OC ’78 September 30, 2022

To the Oberlin College Board of Trustees, I am writing to try to understand the strategic long-term vision of the trustees of Oberlin College. I learned recently that the Board is planning to revise the College’s bylaws to make clear the faculty’s subsidiary role in the governance of the institution,...

Self-Diagnosis on Social Media Detrimental to Perceptions of Mental Health
Neva Tayler, Columnist • September 30, 2022

As you scroll aimlessly through social media, a video pops up saying, “5 signs you have ADHD.” Quickly losing focus, losing track of time, mood swings, trouble listening, being extremely talkative, losing things easily, or being disorganized — every sign seems to point to you and what you have...

Dashing Through the Road, How Not to Get Slayed, Try Not to Get Hurt, It Will Ruin Your Day
Dashing Through the Road, How Not to Get Slayed, Try Not to Get Hurt, It Will Ruin Your Day
Emily Vaughan, Opinions Editor • September 30, 2022

Editor’s note: The Review and its staff do not condone jaywalking in any form.  Jaywalking: we all know about it. Most of us do it. Some of us love it. Defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “a pedestrian who crosses a street without regard to traffic regulations,” “jaywalker” is a term...

Revisions to Oberlin Bylaws Are Necessary for Clarity on College Operations, Future Success
Lillie Edwards, OC ’75, Vice Chair of the Oberlin Board of Trustees • September 30, 2022

Oberlin’s uniqueness resounds through our history. Since its founding in 1833, Oberlin has become synonymous with academic excellence, world-class musical instruction, and liberal arts as a path to social justice. The balance of these elements makes Oberlin unique. Oberlin’s community — trustees,...

College Should Terminate Contract With Harness Health
Sam Beesley September 30, 2022

Let’s get a few facts straight regarding the outsourcing of Student Health to Harness Health. Harness is a division of Bon Secours Mercy Health, a Catholic healthcare network that follows the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, developed by the United States Conference...

Cliques Inhibit First-Years From Fostering Connections
Sahil Novetzke, Columnist • September 30, 2022

It’s been just a few days shy of a month since I began my first semester of college, and it’s clear as day that cliques are already emerging among my peers. A clique is a group of people, bonded by certain commonalities, that establishes itself as exclusive and typically closes itself off to others....

Update on Conservatory Presidential Initiative Goals
Update on Conservatory Presidential Initiative Goals
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • September 30, 2022

Sept. 9 marked the two-year anniversary of the Conservatory’s 2020 action plan, “Towards a More Equitable and Diverse Conservatory Education:...

Oberlin Gospel Choir Flourishes
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • September 30, 2022

In 1866, just six months after the end of the Civil War, Fisk University was founded in Nashville to provide education to formerly enslaved Black...

Conservatory Establishes OA4 Mentorship Program
Ginger Deppman, Staff Writer • September 30, 2022

The Oberlin Alumni Association of African Ancestry, also known as OA4, is a branch of the Alumni Association founded to establish and maintain...

Students Self Promote Performances Outside Conservatory
Nikki Keating, News Editor • September 23, 2022

The Oberlin Conservatory, with over 540 students and 42 private areas of study has trained many notable alumni. With over 500 performances a...

Robert Nathaniel Dett
Conservatory Performances to Honor Nathaniel Dett
Ginger Deppman, Staff Writer • September 16, 2022

In 1908, Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882–1943) graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with a double major in Piano Performance and Composition....

College Partners with U.N., Global Foundation for Performing Arts
Alexa Stevens, News Editor • September 30, 2022

On Thursday, the Office of the President announced via email that Oberlin had entered into a partnership with both the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the Global Foundation for the Performing Arts. Though UNITAR is collaborating with several institutions of higher education, Oberlin...

Due to an incident last Friday night, Clarity remained closed over the weekend.
Campus Security Responds to Clarity Vandalism
Nikki Keating, News Editor • September 30, 2022

An incident involving unauthorized access, theft, and destruction of property occurred within Clarity on Sept. 24 between 2 and 3:30 a.m. Clarity is a dining space on campus that provides entrées with meat and plant options free of eight common food allergens. As a result of the incident, Clarity closed...

Arboretum Wetland Construction Complete, Reopen to Public
Alexa Stevens, News Editor • September 30, 2022

After about a year of partial closure, the Arboretum is reopening in full. Construction was initially forecasted to conclude in December of 2021, but was delayed due to material and labor shortages and weather-related setbacks. The renovated Arboretum features a wetland designed to meet the recommendations...

Voters can cast ballots on Election Day, Nov. 8, or during early voting beginning Oct. 12.
Tax Bills, Amendments to State Constitution on Midterm Ballot
Isaac Imas, Production Editor • September 30, 2022

The annual Oberlin Community Candidates Night took place on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Candidates presented their platforms and answered questions from College students and community members, providing insight into the November midterm election. The ballot will also feature two proposed amendments to the Ohio...

Career Center Implements Changes to Junior Practicum
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • September 30, 2022

The Career Exploration and Development Center is launching Junior Practicum 2.0 this semester. This updated version of Junior Practicum aims to be more accessible and to increase opportunities for students to gain experience applying to jobs and internships. The new Junior Practicum will do away with...

Mobile Senior Center Continues Operations in First Church, Expands to LaGrange
Sofia Tomasic, Senior Staff Writer • September 23, 2022

The Oberlin Senior Center closed permanently in March 2020 due to financial hardship. In September 2021, The Neighborhood Alliance, a nonprofit organization that provides family support services to the Oberlin community, launched a test replacement program called the Mobile Senior Center in collaboration...

Last Tuesday night, candidates spoke to students and community members about their platforms and positions on a variety of issues.
Midterm Election Candidates Speak to Oberlin College, Community
Isaac Imas, Production Editor • September 23, 2022

The annual Oberlin Community Candidates Night was held this past Tuesday evening in Dye Lecture Hall. OCCN is an opportunity for individuals running for federal, state, and local office in the midterm elections to introduce themselves to Oberlin voters and answer their questions. This year was the first...

How do I Register to Vote?
Cal Ransom, This Week Editor
Latest Episode
This week's show is a special episode about Juneteenth, made up of segments by The Weekly team: Nina Auslander-Padgham, Eric Schank, and Casey Troost. First, Nina and Eric present a segment on the Oberlin Juneteenth festival, how it is different this year, and address potential town and gown tensions as more students participate in the parade. Afterwards, Nina Auslander-Padgham interviews Annessa Wyman, an Administrative Assistant at the College, about her personal involvement in planning Juneteenth festivities for the last decade. Finally, Casey Troost's segment is on the history and meaning of Juneteenth with interviews with African American locals: Ms. Margaret Christian, honoary Juneteenth board member and local historian; featured poet LaTonya Fenderson Warren; Valerie Lawson, chairperson of the Juneteenth executive board; Adenike Sharpley, professor of Dance at Oberlin; and Shelley Shepard. This episode originally aired on WOBC Oberlin, 91.5 FM, Oberlin College and Community radio at 3:00 pm EST on August 2nd, 2021.
Comic: The Longest Week
Comic: The Longest Week
Holly Yelton, Illustrator
Comic: Rainy Day Traffic
Comic: Rainy Day Traffic
Holly Yelton, Illustrator
ExCo instructors Nina DiValentin and Piper Morrison demonstrate contact improv.
Contact Improv Facilitates Deep, Mindful Touch During COVID-19
Leela Miller, Senior Staff Writer • September 30, 2022

This semester, College fourth-years Nina DiValentin and Piper Morrison are facilitating a mixed-level contact improvisation class through Oberlin’s Experimental College. Contact improvisation is a dance form that centers around giving and receiving weight and moving organically and harmoniously with...

Girlpool plays a show at the ‘Sco.
Girlpool’s Nostalgia Invoking Farewell Marked by ’Sco Concert
Kathleen Kelleher, Arts & Culture Editor • September 30, 2022

This past Monday, LA-based indie rock group Girlpool graced the ’Sco with its third-to-last performance as a band. Led by friends Avery Tucker and Harmony Tividad, the group formed in 2013, releasing its debut album Before the World Was Big in 2015. Forgiveness, Girlpool’s latest album, came out...

TikTok Lesbian Drama Cultivates Curiosity in Queer Relationships
Juliana Gaspar, Arts & Culture Editor • September 30, 2022

TikTok, a platform that curates niche content for its users’ personal interests, has risen in popularity over the past two years. This algorithmic personalization has allowed for different circles to take shape within the app, and the part of the platform known as “Lesbian TikTok” has been at the...

Oberlin Shansi AAPI Experience Grant recipient Joel Tang performed at Cat in the Cream Sept. 22.
Artists Emphasize Importance of Telling AAPI Stories
Dlisah Lapidus September 30, 2022

Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander voices have been historically underrepresented in the arts and media. Although hostility and violence towards Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders has been prevalent in the United States for centuries, the especially targeted anti-Asian hate crimes during...

The FireFish sculpture goes up in flames.
Students Revel in Absurdity of Annual FireFish Festival
Leela Miller, Senior Staff Writer • September 23, 2022

The annual Lorain FireFish Festival took place in Downtown Lorain last Saturday. The festival is a lively celebration of art, culture, and community that culminates in the ceremonial burning of a giant fish sculpture. Programming included glassblowing demonstrations, a New Orleans-style jazz band, stilt...

Carl T. Rowan (center, 2nd row) with his McClelland Hall classmates at Oberlin College, 1946-47.
History of Oppression: Dressing for Rich White Majority
Malcolm Bamba, Arts & Culture Editor • September 23, 2022

Dressing for success goes beyond colloquialism — it’s a term of deep cultural significance. Watershed moments for students historically underrepresented in academic institutions are underscored by the legacy of knowing that success is how you choose to show up.  Oberlin’s relationship with...

College Experience Inspires Student Produced Music
Emma Benardete, Editor-in-Chief • September 23, 2022

It’s no secret that Oberlin is a very musical place. Between the Conservatory, the Arts and Sciences Orchestra, and various a capella groups, there are always plenty of music performances on campus. However, there is another side of the Oberlin musical scene that doesn’t get nearly as much attention:...

Kurt Rosenwinkel and his band play at the Cat in the Cream.
Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet Performs at Cat in the Cream
Maeve Woltring, Arts & Culture Editor • September 23, 2022

This past Tuesday, a brigade of College students, Jazz Studies department members, and Oberlin community members could be found grooving in the dimly lit confines of the jam-packed Cat in the Cream. Thanks to the efforts of the Oberlin Jazz Society, the Cat’s stage was host to the iconic Kurt Rosenwinkel...

Basement of Hales Home to Third-Year Studio Art Majors
Leela Miller and Juliana Gaspar September 23, 2022

Studio Art majors enrolled in Oberlin’s Advanced 2D Projects course are excited to have art-making spaces all to themselves in the basement of Hales Gymnasium. College third-years Clea Gunn and Martina Taylor show off the original work on their walls and the beautiful clutter that blankets their...

Shawn Lisann, ready to perform a card-trick.
Magic Fosters Community, Encourages Creativity
Shawn Lisann September 23, 2022

Throughout its nearly 200-year history, Oberlin College and Conservatory has been a mainstage for world-class musicians, comedians, dancers, studio artists, and more. However, there is one artistic tradition that has yet to find its time in the Oberlin spotlight: magic. Magic was the cause of some truly...

John Berkman
University of Toronto Professor John Berkman Gives Mead-Swing Lecture on First Nations Land Claims in Canada
Sofia Tomasic, Senior Staff Writer • September 30, 2022

On Thursday, Professor of Moral Theology at the University of Toronto John Berkman gave a talk in King Building titled “First Nations Land Claims in Canada: Religious and Political Factors.” This lecture was part of the Mead-Swing Lecture Series and covered some of the impediments to reconciliation...

Allegra Kirkland
Allegra Kirkland, OC ’12, Teen Vogue Politics Director Talks Journalism
Alexa Stevens, News Editor • September 23, 2022

Allegra Kirkland, OC ’12, is the politics director at Teen Vogue. During her time at Oberlin, Kirkland served as a News Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Review. Before joining the Teen Vogue staff, Kirkland worked as a reporter and Senior Editor for Talking Points Memo, an independent news organization...

Kathryn Gin Lum
Kathryn Gin Lum, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History at Stanford University
Nikki Keating, News Editor • September 16, 2022

Kathryn Gin Lum is an associate professor visiting from Stanford University with a focus in Religious Studies and History. This Wednesday, as a part of the College’s Race and Religion Lecture Series, Gin Lum gave a presentation to Oberlin students on her book, Heathen: Religion and Race in American...

Solomon Leonard by Conservatory Pond
Solomon Leonard, Jazz and Hip-Hop Violist
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • September 23, 2022

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, second-year Viola Performance major Solomon Leonard engages with a variety of musical genres inside and outside of the Conservatory. Leonard studies and performs in both the Classical and Jazz divisions at Oberlin, and participates in one of the Performance and Improvisation...

Courtney-Savali Andrews
Q&A with Courtney-Savali Andrews, Professor of Ethnomusicology
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • September 16, 2022

Courtney-Savali Andrews, OC ’06, is the newly appointed assistant professor of African American and African Diasporic Musics in the Conservatory. This semester, her courses include Introduction to African American Music, an interdisciplinary course that blends music history, ethnomusicology, and Africana...

Gabi Allemana, right, Marley Howard, left
The Crimson Collective Centers New Voices
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • April 23, 2022

The Crimson Collective, known formally as the Oberlin Femininity and Black American Music Collective, is the creative brainchild of double-degree  second-year Jazz Vocalist Marley Howard and  double-degree first-year Jazz Vocalist Gabi Allemana. The Collective seeks to center the artistic voices and...

Alex Corona’s exhibition Alma-Vision/Camposanto debuted at IngenuityFest last weekend.
Alex Corona, Mexican Multimedia Artist in Cleveland
Malcolm Bamba and Dlisah Lapidus September 30, 2022

Alex Corona is a Cleveland-based first generation Mexican artist whose multimedia exhibition Alma-Vision/Camposanto was on view at IngenuityFest 2022 from Sept. 23–25. IngenuityFest is an annual art and experiential event. Alma-Vision/Camposanto is the first project of Babel Box Theater, the new Ohio...

Hannah Belmont, College Third-Year and Comedian
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • September 16, 2022

College third-year Hannah Belmont is a Theater major from Chicago. She has been performing stand-up comedy for a little over a year, and in that time she has hosted and performed in countless shows and events around Ohio. Last semester, she led a stand-up comedy ExCo and formed the Stand Up Comedy Coalition,...

Lily and Kathleen unintentionally matched outfits this Wednesday.
Lilyanna D'Amato, Review Arts and Culture Editor
Kathleen Kelleher, Arts & Culture Editor • May 20, 2022

In 16 days, my beloved co-editor, College fourth-year Lilyanna D’Amato, will be graduating with a degree in Comparative American Studies. She laughs at my feeblest jokes and says “slay” when I say “slay.” Sometimes we match our outfits by accident. She wrote her thesis on One Direction and...

In The Locker Room with Lacrosse, Football Dual-Sport Athlete Leander Herman
In The Locker Room with Lacrosse, Football Dual-Sport Athlete Leander Herman
Zoe Kuzbari and Andrea Nguyen September 30, 2022

Third-year Leander Herman is a dual-sport athlete on both the lacrosse and football teams who still finds time to participate in ultimate Frisbee on campus. A Computer Science major, he loves playing board games, spending time with friends, and playing ice hockey. This interview has been edited for...

Jon Schafer dribbles a ball at a men’s soccer game against Grove City College.
In the Locker Room with Jon Schafer, Soccer Captain and Musician
Andrea Nguyen, Kayla Kim, and Zoe Kuzbari September 23, 2022

After missing multiple seasons due to injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic, fourth-year midfielder Jon Schafer is finally playing his first full season of soccer, leading as one of the team captains alongside fourth-year Zack Butter and second-year Anthony Pacewicz. Off the field, Schafer is a Politics...

Miguel Siwady in Lane 7 swimming at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.
In the Locker Room with Miguel Siwady, World Junior Swimming Championships Competitor
Kayla Kim, Contributing Sports Editor • September 16, 2022

While most first-years were adjusting to classes and attending meetings with their Peer Advising Leaders at the beginning of the school year, Miguel Siwady was swimming at the 2022 FINA World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru where he placed 22nd in the 1,500-meter finals. He represented Honduras, where...

Preying Manti members face Miami University’s defense.
Frisbee Teams Compete in First Home Competition
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • September 30, 2022

Last weekend, Oberlin College hosted its 22nd annual Force Freedom Ultimate Frisbee tournament. Both of Oberlin’s teams, the women’s and trans Preying Manti and the Flying Horsecows, participated in the action. To begin the day, the Flying Horsecows were divided randomly into two smaller teams,...

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were doubles partners at the Laver Cup.
Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Model Healthy Rivalry, Friendship
James Foster September 30, 2022

Just three weeks after Serena Williams, tennis’s greatest female athlete, retired, a fellow tennis legend followed suit. On Sept. 23, Roger Federer, the Swiss maestro who has captivated audiences for decades, played his final match at the Laver Cup in doubles alongside one of his most formidable rivals,...

Jackie Oh dribbles past Transylvania University in last Sunday’s game.
Field Hockey Wins Against Transylvania In Last Non-Conference Game
Kayla Kim, Contributing Sports Editor • September 30, 2022

In 80 minutes of action, the longest game of the season so far, field hockey won in a hard fought shootout against Transylvania University last Sunday. After a goalless double overtime, both teams engaged in strokes for a best of five, with Oberlin winning 3–1. Oberlin’s defensive players took...

Women’s soccer fourth-year Camille Franklin kicks a field goal.
Women's Soccer Beats Football In Penalty Kick-Off
Zoe Kuzbari, Contributing Sports Editor • September 30, 2022

Last week, women’s soccer took on the football team on Bailey Field in a penalty kick/field goal competition. Each team had three players from their roster attempt shots and also selected a coach to end the contest. This friendly competition was the first time many of the athletes had played the opposing...

Zoe and Téa Kuzbari smile for a photo taken by their mom at the Haverford vs. Oberlin game.
Sisters Compete Against Each Other
Zoe Kuzbari, Contributing Sports Editor • September 23, 2022

This past weekend, the volleyball team hosted the Oberlin Invitational Tournament in Philips gym. The teams participating included John Carroll University, Chatham University, and Haverford College — where my younger sister Téa attends and also plays volleyball. The Oberlin vs. Haverford game marked...

MiLB Unionizes, Joins MLBPA
MiLB Unionizes, Joins MLBPA
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • September 23, 2022

Minor League Baseball joined the Major League Baseball Players Association after the MLB voluntarily accepted its union earlier this month. While the formal unionization took less than a month, players have put forth efforts to increase pay and improve working conditions for decades. Since its inception...

Cross country athletes compete in last year’s Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational.
Cross Country Team Competes in Rochester Invitational
Kayla Kim, Contributing Sports Editor • September 23, 2022

Last Saturday, the cross country team participated in the Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational, hosted by the University of Rochester. Both the men’s and women’s teams placed 14 out of 25 in their respective categories. Oberlin’s fastest finishers in the 6-kilometer race were second-year Sage Reddish,...

Magnus Carlsen competes in a chess tournament.
Chess World Unpacks Carlsen, Niemann Scandal
Andrea Nguyen and Zach Marshall September 23, 2022

Imagine Naomi Osaka hitting the ball once and walking off the court, or Tom Brady throwing a football to a teammate and leaving with no explanation. This is exactly what happened in the chess world recently, creating its largest scandal in years. On Sept. 5, 31-year-old Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen...

DeShaun Watson prepares to throw a football.
NFL Fails to Hold Star Players Accountable to Their Actions
Zoe Kuzbari and Walter Thomas-Patterson September 16, 2022

A new football season has arrived and with that, an acknowledgement that athletes face considerable scrutiny nowadays. Football, baseball, soccer, basketball — these sports and many others put their players on a pedestal, only for them to be torn down by millions of fans if they fail to match the hype. This...

Britney Griner reacts during a game.
Biden Administration Negotiates Britney Griner Release
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • September 16, 2022

Last February, WNBA player Brittney Griner was detained in Russia for possession of marijuana. She had flown into Russia to play for the UMMC Ekaterinburg, the overseas women’s basketball team she plays for during her offseason. While going through customs, officials found a vape pen with less than...

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