Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

The Review publishes every Friday.

When Work-Study Doesn’t Work
Kayla Kim, Columnist • November 13, 2021

Like many students at Oberlin, my financial aid hinges on my participation in the Community-Based Work-Study Program. This means I’m required to get a job so I can pay for part of my tuition with that income. However, receiving a work-study financial aid package does not guarantee a work-study job....

27 COVID-19 Cases Indicates Insufficient Mitigation Strategy
Anisa Curry Vietze, Arman Luczkow, Gigi Ewing, and Kushagra Kar November 12, 2021

From the beginning of the pandemic, we've been impressed with the swiftness of the College's COVID-19 response, the comprehensiveness of its layered health strategy, and the innovation it brought to safely welcoming students back to campus. However, as the College now struggles to meet the high standards...

We Must Uplift Iranian Student Voices
Ava Miller, Columnist • November 12, 2021

As an Iranian-American, I've lived my life between two worlds. My mom's family is from Iran and speaks Farsi. My dad's family is from a conservative town in rural northern Illinois. Living in an Irish-Catholic suburb of Chicago forced me to assimilate into a culture that didn't fully represent my background.  Growing...

Dear President Ambar, Engage With Families of Iran’s Victims
Azadeh Pourzand, OC '07 • November 12, 2021

My name is Azadeh Pourzand, OC '07. When I started at Oberlin College as a first-year in 2003, I was a new immigrant to the United States, having essentially fled my beloved birthplace, Iran. Given that both my parents were human rights defenders in Iran, they both experienced persecution, intimidation,...

Oberlin Students Fail to Show Up for Local Elections
Oberlin Students Fail to Show Up for Local Elections
Emma Benardete, Contributing Opinions Editor • November 12, 2021

"Where Was Voter Turnout Lowest? Oberlin College," reads a Chronicle-Telegram headline from Friday, Nov. 5. For the first time since 2011, Oberlin precincts 7 and 8, which encompass the vast majority of the College's student housing, saw voter turnout rates in the single digits — 2.92 percent and 1.56...

Mahallati Editorial Needs Context
John Elder, OC '53 • November 12, 2021

I cannot help but be deeply sympathetic with the participants in the Nov. 2 protest — against Professor of Religion and Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Middle East and North African Studies Mohammad Jafar Mahallati — who mourn the death of their friends and family members. And I understand the power of...

Evidence Against Mahallati Irrefutable
Anisa Curry Vietze, Kushagra Kar, Gigi Ewing, and Arman Luczkow November 5, 2021

Since Oct. 9, 2020, the Review has published seven articles addressing allegations against Professor of Religion and Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Middle East and North African Studies Mohammad Jafar Mahallati. The first piece we published, on Oct. 9, 2020, detailed allegations that Mahallati assisted...

College Doesn’t Value Student Feedback
Reginald Goudeau, Columnist • November 5, 2021

I feel like a broken record when discussing mental health at Oberlin. But then again, each week, there are always new things that have gone wrong. While I believe that the school values feedback in some capacity, after two public forums were scheduled for inconvenient times last week, I’m no...

Bridging the Gap Could Provide Valuable Experience for Students
Emma Sullivan November 5, 2021

“If you truly wish to carry on the Oberlin legacy of service and social justice, then you need to run to — and not away from — the noise,” said former First Lady Michelle Obama in her 2015 Commencement address. “Today, I want to urge you to actively seek out the most contentious, polarized,...

We Must Take Action to Protect AVI Workers
Gabe Stefanides November 5, 2021

We are failing. AVI Foodsystems is violating the rights of people working for them on campus, and we are not protecting the workers. Our collective privilege has made us blind to the hooks of capitalism present and persistent here on campus. The disruption of my ignorance began in the spring...

Students Move Into Uncleaned Homes, Causing Concern
Ava Miller, Columnist • November 5, 2021

Torn-apart furniture, chipped paint, and 30–40 poop pellets from an unknown animal. That was the first impression College third-year Jack Povilaitis got of his Union Street house while moving in early this August. Povilaitis remembers the dismay he felt the first time he saw his bedroom. “The...

Oberlin’s Dining Services Letting Down Students
Zach Bayfield November 5, 2021

It’s no secret that over the past few years, the quality of Oberlin’s dining services has been consistently declining. I’m a fourth-year, and every year that I’ve been on this campus, meal plans have become more and more overpriced while the food quality has worsened. This semester, the...

Students and volunteers sort through trash during a waste audit organized by the College throughout the week to determine future sustainability and recycling practices.
Volunteers Dig Through Dumpsters for Campus Waste Audit
Eric Schank, Production Editor & Senior Staff Writer • November 12, 2021

This week, volunteers riffled through dumpsters from six buildings around campus, sorting trash and potentially recoverable materials by hand to conduct a waste audit for the College. This assessment will help determine ways in which the College could potentially resume recycling, which was paused in...

College Alters Maya Lin’s Vision for Post Fossil Fuel Landscape
Kush Bulmer, News Editor • November 12, 2021

After two and a half years of construction on the natural landscape project in front of The Hotel at Oberlin, the College has decided to reevaluate the project’s implementation and partially replace it with a lawn. While the College maintains that 80 percent of artist Maya Lin’s original...

Low Voter Turnout Marks Oberlin City Elections
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Senior Staff Writer • November 12, 2021

Oberlin voters headed to the polls Nov. 2 to vote in the 2021 general election, which included several local city and county issues. There was a low voter turnout with only 19.97 percent of residents participating, compared with 28.58 percent in 2019, the last off-year election, and turnout was...

Recent Bike Accidents Prompt Messages of Caution
Lauren Krainess, Staff Writer • November 12, 2021

Three bicycle accidents involving and injuring students have been reported to Campus Safety this semester, with two occuring in the last week. These accidents took place at various locations on campus, and at least two of them involved a car. While none of the accidents resulted in fatalities, Campus...

New Internship Commitment Promises Students $5,000
New Internship Commitment Promises Students $5,000
Erika Scharf November 12, 2021

The College recently introduced a new commitment scholarship for incoming students, which will go into effect in fall 2022. The scholarship includes up to $5,000 in financial support for summer opportunities, including internships, research- and performance-based experiences, and other pre-professional...

Security Report
November 12, 2021

Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 3:04 p.m. A student reported the theft of their laptop from Azariah’s Café between the hours of 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Nov. 3. The laptop is an HP Envy x360 with a green alien sticker and is valued at approximately $900. Friday, Nov. 5, 2021 2:48 p.m. Campus Safety...

On Nov. 2, protesters set out portraits of their family and friends who were persecuted in the ongoing political killings in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Allegations & Denial: A History Obscured
Kushagra Kar, Anisa Curry Vietze, and Gigi Ewing
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:  DeCafé  Standoff
Comic: DeCafé Standoff
Comic: Shhh, Go Back to Sleep
Comic: Shhh, Go Back to Sleep
Holly Yelton, Illustrator
Crossword: Test Your Oberlin Knowledge
Crossword: Test Your Oberlin Knowledge
November 12, 2021

Down 1. Pump your organs (not Mercy Allen Hospital) 2. Oberlin’s sauciest dance group 4. Annual City of Oberlin event organized in collaboration between an Oberlin College student organization and community members 5. Where to go to get free Plan B 6. Original name of the Oberlin Arboretum 9....

OBurlesque officers pose following the Halloween Spooktacular dress rehearsal.
OBurlesque Returns to Campus in Halloween Show
Lilyanna D'Amato , Arts & Culture Editor • November 12, 2021

Tonight Oberlin’s sexiest dance collective, Oberlin Burlesque, will return to the stage for the first time in nearly two years. Hosted by the Cat in the Cream, the group’s Halloween Spooktacular performance will feature a plethora of tantalizing numbers, each focused on curating an empowering,...

Marvel’s newest film, Eternals, released in the United States on Nov. 5.
Marvel’s Eternals Doesn’t Quite Live Up to Hype
Kushagra Kar, Editor-in-Chief • November 12, 2021

Star Wars’ introductory text crawl works because John William’s score steals the show from the boring yellow exposition. The entirely uninspired story dump ahead of Marvel’s latest film, on the other hand, doesn’t have quite the same impact. Devastatingly, this was the first sign...

Dances for Solidarity Opens Oberlin Chapter
Maeve Woltring, Arts & Culture Editor • November 12, 2021

This past Tuesday, the first interest meeting for Oberlin’s chapter of Dances for Solidarity was held on the porch of Wilder Hall. Dances for Solidarity, a New York-based letter writing campaign that works to destigmatize incarcerated individuals through artistic mediums and movement, was founded...

Big Parade Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Big Parade Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Jocelyn Blockinger November 12, 2021

This past weekend, Big Parade celebrated its 20th anniversary. With the absence of last year’s parade due to COVID-19, along with the coincidental timing of this year’s Parents and Family Weekend, the event was a welcome opportunity for students and community members alike to come together...

This weekend, Oberlin Opera Theater will perform Mozart’s 1788 recomposition of Handel’s famous retelling of the ancient Greek love story between Acis, a young shepherd, and Galatea, a beautiful sea nymph.
Oberlin Opera Theater Hosts First Show Since 2019
Sydney Rosensaft, Senior Staff Writer • November 12, 2021

Yesterday, the Oberlin Opera Theater hosted its first fully-staged, in-person performance since fall 2019. George Handel’s Acis and Galatea. The show, featuring Conservatory students in the Vocal Studies Division and the Oberlin Orchestra, is directed by Professor of Opera Theater Jonathon...

Associate principal bassoonist of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Martin Garcia.
On the Record with Master Bassoonist Martin Garcia
Kathleen Kelleher, Production Editor • November 5, 2021

Martin Garcia, associate principal bassoon in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra since 2011, will host a master class for Oberlin College and Conservatory Students Monday, Nov. 8. Garcia, a Fulbright grant recipient from Donna, Texas, has played with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, the...

On July 31, the performer credited with revitalizing Northeast Ohio’s Burlesque scene lit up the Solstice stage — Oberlin students will not be soon forgetting the name Bella Sin.
On The Record with Bella Sin, Burlesque Superstar
Maeve Woltring, Arts & Culture Editor • August 6, 2021

This past Saturday, Burlesque superstar Bella Sin graced the Solstice stage in Oberlin’s Heisman Club Field House. Sin is an on icon of Burlesque, a type of variety show that involves elaborate dance and intricate and erotic costumes. Sin was declared one of “Cleveland’s Most Interesting People”...

On the Record with Deesha Philyaw, Author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
On the Record with Deesha Philyaw, Author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Nico Vickers, Managing Editor • July 30, 2021

Author and columnist Deesha Philyaw came to campus on Monday to discuss her new collection of short stories, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Since its publication in September  2020, the collection has won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020 Story Prize for Fiction, and the 2020 Los...

Bryan Burgess On His Return to City Council
November 12, 2021

Former President of City Council Bryan Burgess was re-elected as a City councilmember on Nov. 2 following a two-year hiatus from the position. Burgess took the hiatus after exhausting his term limit of five consecutive two-year terms. Burgess currently chairs the City’s Planning Commission...

Eboni Johnson, College Librarian, Enters City Council
Eboni Johnson, College Librarian, Enters City Council
November 5, 2021

On Tuesday, Eboni A. Johnson, outreach and programming librarian at Oberlin College Libraries, was elected to Oberlin City Council in an uncontested election, winning a narrow plurality of the vote. Johnson is one of two new members of City Council, and the only one with no former Council experience....

Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies Charles Peterson
Professor Charles Peterson on Teaching and Scholarship
October 29, 2021

Associate Professor and Chair of Africana Studies Charles Peterson was named the new director of the Gertrude B. Lemle Teaching Center on July 1. The Center is the College’s teaching and scholarship center that helps faculty share their perspectives and teaching practices and connect to their students...

College third-year and YeoFit instructor Andreea Procopan skydives.
In The Locker Room with Andreea Procopan, YeoFit Trainer
Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor • November 12, 2021

College third-year Andreea Procopan began her fitness journey at Oberlin by trying out different YeoFit classes. She’s an international student who grew up in Moldova and only played one sport in high school for a very short period of time. She now teaches multiple classes and has even created her...

Second-year field hockey player Susan Robinson-Cloete competes on Oberlin’s home turf.
In The Locker Room with Susan Robinson-Cloete, Field Hockey Forward and Student Researcher
Kayla Kim November 5, 2021

Susan Robinson-Cloete is a second-year on the field hockey team who plays forward and scored the winning goal in the last game of the season. After playing goalie her entire career before Oberlin, Susan was moved to forward for the first time in a field position. The game against Transylvania University...

Young Belle Smith stands in a goal.
In the Locker Room with Soccer Superstar Belle Smith
Zoe Kuzbari, Sports Editor • October 29, 2021

College fourth-year Belle Smith has been playing soccer for the past decade and just finished up her final season as a collegiate athlete. As she moves on to the next chapter of her life, she reflects on her experience as a member of the Oberlin women’s soccer team and looks forward to having some...

Oberlin College football’s offensive line sets up at the line of scrimmage.
Oberlin Football Looks to Make Last Impact in 2022 Season
Zach Bayfield November 12, 2021

Despite a challenging 2021 season, Oberlin football is looking to end the year on a high note. Two weeks ago the Yeomen beat Hiram 31–28, and are hoping to secure a second win this Saturday against the Allegheny College Gators. The team has improved significantly, but its record has not reflected this,...

College second-years on the volleyball team Andréa Jones and Taylor Gwynne.
Volleyball Second-Years Earn NCAC Honorable Mentions
Zoe Kuzbari, Sports Editor • November 12, 2021

Last Friday, College second-year volleyball players Taylor Gwynne and Andréa Jones were both selected as Honorable Mentions by the North Coast Athletic Conference.  Gwynne tallied 712 assists this season and finished third in the NCAC with an average of 8.79 assists per set. She now holds the record...

Oberlin High School football team.
Oberlin Schools Have No Plan for New Stadium
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • November 12, 2021

In fall 2019, Oberlin Phoenix Field, which had been home to the Oberlin High School football team and the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, was demolished to make way for the construction of Oberlin Elementary School. Because of this, the three teams that competed at the stadium for decades were forced...

College fourth-year on the cross country and track and field team Anna Scott competes in a meet.
Cross Country Looks To Build On Momentum After Recent Conference Success
River Schiff, Senior Staff Writer • November 12, 2021

The Oberlin cross country and track and field team placed fifth at the North Coast Athletic Conference on Oct. 30, despite predictions they would place sixth. The women’s cross country has a long legacy of success, with six straight NCAC titles and nine overall (2006, 2009-14, 2018-19) and six consecutive...

Fourth-year pitcher Zander Norris takes the mound during the 2021 season.
Oberlin Baseball Reflects on Negative Reputation
Zoe Kuzbari and Zoë Martin del Campo November 5, 2021

Editor’s note: This article mentions sexual assault and rape culture.    On campus, the reputations of Oberlin men’s sports teams vary greatly. Recently, the baseball team has come under the spotlight for their team culture after Yik Yak posts directly named and accused specific individuals...

Fourth-year men’s basketball player Wolf Moser dribbles up the court.
Preview of Yeomen Basketball 2021–22 Season
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • November 5, 2021

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, the Oberlin men’s basketball team will play their first game of the season against Waynesburg University. The Yeomen are coming off a successful 2019–20 season where they went 15-12 overall — the team’s first winning season since 1992 — but the squad has seen significant...

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