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The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

President Ambar Speaks at Carnegie Hall alongside U.N. General Assembly President Csaba Körösi and GFPA President Benjamin Woodroffe.
UNITAR Partnership Brings Opportunity to Oberlin
Editorial Board December 9, 2022

On Friday, Dec. 2, the Oberlin Orchestra and Choir performed at Carnegie Hall before the United Nations General Assembly, kicking off the College’s partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research and the Global Foundation for the Performing Arts. This cohort of students represented...

Protests Erupt in China After Urumqi Fire
December 9, 2022

Editor’s Note: Given the political content of this article, the Editorial Board has agreed to publish this article anonymously. We feel that the content of the piece and its relevance justifies its publication, and by virtue of the uniquely extenuating circumstances described in the piece, have decided...

Messy dorms pose health and safety hazards.
Students Must Take Responsibility For Dorm Cleanliness
Henry Larson, Columnist • December 9, 2022

Perishable food left in the kitchen sink. Trash in the lounge. Hair and soap scum coating the bathroom floor. Scenes like these are disgustingly familiar for many at Oberlin, all because some students lack the proper respect for hygiene. It’s understandable that this would be the case: this is a lot...

Small businesses in Oberlin offer a variety of Christmas gifts and decor.
Celebrate Christmas With Crafting, Not Consumerism
Hanna Alwine, Columnist • December 9, 2022

Faster than anyone could have anticipated, December is upon us  — and with it, the holiday season — in all its red and green-tasseled glory. The streets of Oberlin are lined with twinkling lights. A decorated tree sits in Tappan Square. Last week, Santa paid a visit to The Hotel at Oberlin and rode...

Stevenson Dining Hall is a central location for students to eat meals and socialize.
Stevenson Dining Hall Important to Oberlin Social Life
Catherine Saccone December 9, 2022

Oberlin is a school full of kind and wonderful people. I still wave at a girl who walked me home from class two semesters ago and at a guy whose necklace I complimented over a year ago. There are even people I smile and wave at while not really remembering why — it’s just become a part of what we...

Contract grading guarantees students the safety of a B grade, with higher grades given according to the professor’s standards of good work.
Contract Grading Detrimental to Oberlin Academics, Student Success
Zachary Stout December 9, 2022

Contract grading is a set of grading policies that some classes and professors at Oberlin use: if a student meets a minimum set of requirements, they will automatically earn a B+ or similar grade. Despite its benefits of reduced stress, this system of grading is detrimental because it limits preparation...

Students pose for a group photo at a rest stop in Pennsylvania on their way back to Oberlin from Carnegie Hall.
Performers Reflect on United Nations Gala Concert
Delaney Fox, Conservatory Editor • December 9, 2022

Zach Wuorinen, third-year Double Bass Performance major:   As a classical double bassist, there are many rites of passage that our community...

Director Raphael Jiménez conducts the Oberlin Orchestra and Choir at Carnegie Hall.
Oberlin Performs at Carnegie Hall for U.N. General Assembly
Kushagra Kar and Emma Benardete December 9, 2022

Anticipating Greatness After months of anticipation, Oberlin students took to the Ronald O. Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall and performed live...

Sending Gratitude to McGregor Skybar
Sending Gratitude to McGregor Skybar
Delaney Fox, Conservatory Editor • December 2, 2022

Maybe it’s the lingering spirit of Thanksgiving, but I’m really feeling thankful this week. As a student in the Conservatory, there are so...

Lyric Anderson teaches a secondary private lesson.
Conservatory Students Teach In Secondary Lesson Program
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • December 2, 2022

Every week, students in the Conservatory share their music in more ways than one. Through the Secondary Private Lessons program, Conservatory...

The Oberlin Orchestra and Choir rehearsed in Finney Chapel Wednesday night.
Oberlin Orchestra and Choir Prepare for U.N. Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall
Kushagra Kar, Editor-in-Chief • November 18, 2022

The Conservatory of Music Orchestra and Choir will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Friday, Dec. 2. The concert is a closed...

George Jones Memorial Farm offers students and members of the community opportunities to participate in its
community-supported agriculture program.
College-George Jones Memorial Farm Lease Ending
Ava Miller, Senior Staff Writer • December 9, 2022

The lease between the College -owned property of George Jones Memorial Farm and a nonprofit called City Fresh will end July 1, 2023. This termination comes after five years of tenantship.  “As a lease naturally expires, the College is reviewing the most effective uses of the properties to support...

At Oberlin College, Title IX processes can include an Adaptive Resolution Process, a Formal Resolution Process, or neither.
Title IX Legislation Has Protected Student Access to Education for 50 Years
Alexa Stevens and Jackie Brick December 9, 2022

June 23 of this year marked the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Education Amendments of 1972, which includes a provision known as Title IX. On Dec. 5, Survivors of Sexual Harm and Allies hosted an information session about the legislation. At this session, SOSHA invited guests from firm Marsh...

F1rst Fridays Program Provides Support to First-Gen Students
Nikki Keating, News Editor • December 9, 2022

On the first Friday of every month, the Center for Student Success hosts F1rst Fridays, an event targeted toward first-generation students at Oberlin — students whose parents did not attend a four-year college. Students can engage in activities meant to support them in  a space where they can get...

The Ohio minimum wage has seen an annual increase since 2007.
Oberlin Student Workers Affected by January Minimum Wage Increase
Alexa Stevens and Isaac Imas December 9, 2022

On Jan. 1, 2023, the Ohio minimum hourly wage will increase from $9.30 to $10.10 for non-tipped workers and from $4.65 to $5.05 for tipped workers. This increase will only apply to “employees of businesses with annual gross receipts of $372,000 or more per year,” according to a press release by the...

As part of the Sustainable Infrastructure Project, new trees were planted to replace those that had been removed during construction.
K&R Landscaping Replace Trees for SIP Initiative
Cal Ransom, This Week Editor • December 9, 2022

The Sustainable Infrastructure Project’s second phase is wrapping up this week with the planting of new trees along Woodland Street. These trees are being planted where construction took place in the summer of 2022, when pipelines were being placed on campus and where geothermal wells were installed....

The Wilson Bruce Evans Home, built in 1856 and located at 33 East Vine Street, is undergoing a renovation.
Wilson Bruce Evans Home Historical Society Commemorates African-American History at Oberlin
Yasu Shinozaki December 9, 2022

The Wilson Bruce Evans Home Historical Society celebrated the kickoff of a major restoration project Nov. 12. The organization plans to restore the Wilson Bruce Evans Home, a registered national historic landmark built and inhabited by Wilson Bruce Evans, a Black abolitionist who was active in the...

Security Report
December 9, 2022

Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022 Campus safety officers and the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm on the first floor of the Firelands Apartments. Friday, Dec. 2, 2022 Officers and the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm on the second floor of Kahn Hall. Officers and the Oberlin...

A Short History of Downtown Oberlin
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: Batten Down The Hatches
Comic: Batten Down The Hatches
Holly Yelton, Illustrator
Comic: Jingle Bell Stop!
Comic: Jingle Bell Stop!
Holly Yelton, Illustrator
Oberlin Theater Presents Or, Brings Hilarity to Campus
Eloise Rich December 9, 2022

The intricate set, characterized by contrasting blues and oranges, pillows, rugs, and a candelabra, as well as dramatic lighting that casts dark shadows on the floor, is almost enough on its own to make Or, a worthwhile way to spend this weekend. However, the fast-paced and witty play of espionage...

Obies Answer Your Love and Dating Questions
Obies Answer Your Love and Dating Questions
Juliana Gaspar, Arts & Culture Editor • December 9, 2022

Tinder. Some hate it, some love it. You find yourself aimlessly swiping, not really paying attention, and might even accidentally Super Like someone. Then you match with that one person you’ve had a crush on since the beginning of your first year. What now? Lucky for you all, we crowdsourced answers...

Modern Music Guild Hosts Experimental Music Workshop
Leela Miller, Senior Staff Writer • December 9, 2022

Oberlin showed off its vibrant electronic music scene last Friday when New York-based interdisciplinary artist, composer-performer, and improviser eddy kwon performed on campus. kwon’s concert included two parts: a solo piece that explored music as ritual, incorporating elements of movement, spoken...

Students Bring Crochet Into Classrooms: A Photo Essay
Students Bring Crochet Into Classrooms: A Photo Essay
Dlisah Lapidus, Arts & Culture Editor • December 9, 2022

If you’ve attended a 9 a.m. Politics seminar or a 1:30 p.m. Environmental Science lecture, you may have seen a classmate or two pull out a skein and some needles. Perhaps you’ve looked over at the person sitting beside you, their eyes glued to your professor, while an entire scarf emerges out of...

Digital Platforms Cultivate Shared Vocabulary Among Students
Dlisah Lapidus, Arts & Culture Editor • December 9, 2022

The term “meme” was coined by British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins as a cultural parallel to the agency biological genes have over their reproduction. The theoretical claim is that memes are carriers of cultural information that can replicate, transfer, and evolve and are also subject to...

Flipping Through Pages of Oberlin Student Journals
Juliana Gaspar, Arts & Culture Editor • December 2, 2022

After my latest breakup, journaling gave me a reason to get up in the morning. This may come across as dramatic, and maybe it is. By the time my best friend recommended journaling, I was already tired of hearing about it. My whole TikTok ‘for you page’ was full of advice from content creators with...

Fae Ordaz’s stop motion animation features a handmade Melpomene figurine.
Winter Term Offers Opportunities for Unique Experiences
Leela Miller, Senior Staff Writer • December 2, 2022

Winter Term is a unique annual opportunity for Oberlin students to dig deep into an area of specific personal interest. At no other point in the academic year are students given as much freedom — or faced with as much daunting possibility — as they are during Winter Term. Although many students...

Stepping into Style with Obie Shoes: A Photo Essay
Dlisah Lapidus, Arts & Culture Editor • December 2, 2022

Oberlin is an undeniably stylish place. Through clothing, students visually reflect the vibrant character of the campus.  Fashion and personal style is not solely expressed through shirts, pants, and outerwear. Arguably, the most important component of one’s outfit is what grounds them: shoes!...

Mapping Oberlin College Architecture Through History
Hanna Alwine December 2, 2022

Liberal arts colleges have a very specific reputation, not only in their methods of instruction but also in their architecture. If you’re like the majority of people, you’d probably picture a liberal arts campus as something akin to Hogwarts — buildings fashioned from heavy gray stonework, libraries...

Jenna Ortega stars as Wednesday Addams in Tim Burton’s series Wednesday on Netflix.
Audiences Are Overthinking Netflix’s Wednesday
Dlisah Lapidus, Arts & Culture Editor • December 2, 2022

Tim Burton’s Wednesday brings the beloved Addams family into the modern age. The show is a valiant attempt at appealing to the gloomy, horny, chronically online generation, but many Wednesday Addams fanatics found the show to be a reduction of her legendary character. The Netflixization of Charles...

Cindy Milstein
Cindy Milstein: Queer Jewish Anarchist, Activist, and Writer
Sofia Tomasic, Senior Staff Writer • December 9, 2022

Cindy Milstein, a queer Jewish anarchist, activist, and writer, came to Oberlin last Friday to talk about their latest work, an anthology they edited titled There is Nothing So Whole as a Broken Heart: Mending the World as Jewish Anarchists. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Could...

Dr. Porchia Moore, Assistant Professor of Critical  Museum Studies at the University of Florida
Dr. Porchia Moore, Assistant Professor of Critical Museum Studies at the University of Florida
Nikki Keating, News Editor • December 2, 2022

Dr. Porchia Moore is assistant professor and rotating program head of critical museum studies at the University of Florida’s School of Art + Art History and an activist-scholar in museums. Her work focuses on critical race theory as a tool for interrogating museums and the narratives they construct....

Shuming Chen
Assistant Professor Shuming Chen Receives $55,000 in Grant Funds for Chemistry Research
Alexa Stevens, News Editor • November 18, 2022

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Shuming Chen was recently awarded a $55,000 grant from the American Chemical Society for her project “Probing Complex Post-Transition State Bifurcations in Reactions Between Boroles and Unsaturated Hydrocarbons.” Chen is conducting this research in...

Music Journalist and Bassoonist Stephanie Manning
Music Journalist and Bassoonist Stephanie Manning
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • November 18, 2022

Stephanie Manning is a fourth-year Conservatory student pursuing Bassoon Performance with a dual concentration in Arts Management and Journalism. She is a frequent reporter for Cleveland Classical, an online publication that aims to support classical music in northeast Ohio. She plans to continue music...

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...

Ivy Fu experiments in the TIMARA makerspace.
Ivy Fu, Multimedia Artist and Graham Grindlay Grant Recipient
Maeve Woltring December 9, 2022

Ivy Fu is a fifth-year double-degree student majoring in TIMARA and Art History major. Throughout her years at Oberlin, she has created, conducted, and installed myriad multimedia projects, including Trace, an augmented-reality installation and Junior TIMARA recital that synchronized a scripted story...

Issa Okamoto sings at her high school graduation.
Issa Okamoto, College First-Year, Social Media Influencer
Celia Perks November 18, 2022

College first-year Issa Okamoto is a social media influencer who has gained 370.1 thousand followers on TikTok and 22.3 thousand followers on Instagram. Okamoto has been involved with music for the majority of her life, specifically in opera and theater, and has hopes of being in the Conservatory for...

Behind the Scenes of OMTA’s Original Production, Portal
Juju Gaspar, Arts & Culture Editor • November 4, 2022

College second years Lila Iyengar Lehman, Charley Schmidt, and Jaka Jacklin separately shared their experiences working in tech for show Portal. the show is co-directed by College second-year Abigail Nordan and College third-year Becca Dulaney, and runs from Nov. 5 and 6. The Portal cast and crew were...

Maggie Balderstone at a game against Penn State Behrend.
In the Locker Room with Maggie Balderstone, Basketball Captain, Student Photographer
Andrea Nguyen and Delaney Fox December 9, 2022

Third-year Sociology and History major Maggie Balderstone is captain of the women's basketball team. When they’re not on the court, they’re working as a student photographer for Oberlin Athletics. Their photos can be seen on, as well as their Instagram account: @mmbphotography15. This...

Walter Moak at the NCAA Division III National Championships.
In The Locker Room with Walter Moak, Oberlin Cross Country’s National Championship Runner
James Foster, Staff Writer • December 2, 2022

Walter Moak is a second year on the cross country and track and field teams. Most recently, he competed at the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships under an at-large bid, the first Oberlin men’s team athlete to run in this event since 2015. Moak ran the 8-kilometer in freezing Michigan weather,...

Heather Benway dribbles in a game against Denison University
In The Locker Room with Heather Benway, Soccer Forward, Track Jumper
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • November 18, 2022

Second-year women’s soccer player Heather Benway was named North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year on Nov. 10 for her outstanding performance this season. In addition to soccer, she is also on the track and field team. Though undecided, Benway is planning to major in Neuroscience...

Kayla Kim poses with a statue of Brutus Buckeye at The Ohio State University
in October 2020.
Sports Journalism As Told By Editor on Autism Spectrum
Kayla Kim, Contributing Sports Editor • December 9, 2022

Two months ago, I was formally diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, concluding years of questions, tests, consultations, and confusion about who I was and why I had always felt so different. My reflections on my new diagnosis helped me answer a question that I’ve had since I started contributing...

Several students watched the Japan vs. Croatia World Cup game.
FIFA World Cup Builds Community, Connections
Juliana Gaspar, Arts & Culture Editor • December 9, 2022

The FIFA World Cup soccer tournament kicked off year 22 on Nov. 20 and has brought unlikely connections and community to Oberlin’s campus. Walking through the Science Center in the last few weeks, one might see jerseys plastered on open laptops, hear an isolated cheer echo through the mostly silent...

Graduating Athlete Reflects on Life at Oberlin
Zoe Kuzbari, Contributing Sports Editor • December 9, 2022

If it’s your first — or maybe second — year of college, you might be wondering about all the dos and don’ts, tips and tricks, and ins and outs you should know about Oberlin Athletics. As you navigate your new home here in Ohio, I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned along my way as a fifth-year...

Jack Povilaitis and Max Anastasio commentate from the press box.
Oberlin’s Student Commentators Talk Reviewing Games
Andrea Nguyen and James Foster December 9, 2022

Maybe you’ve seen them in the press box, dressed up in berets and suits for soccer games, or maybe you’ve recognized their voices on livestreams. For whatever the occasion, you’re watching fourth-years Jack Povilaitis, Max Anastasio, Oliver Ripps, and John Schooner in action as student commentators...

Track and Field competed at the Case Western Reserve University Spartan Holiday Classic.
Oberlin Track and Field Dominates at Case Western Classic
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • December 9, 2022

This past weekend, the Oberlin College track and field teams kicked off their seasons in impressive fashion at the ninth-annual Case Western Reserve University Spartan Holiday Classic, blowing opposition out of the water and setting records in the process. Fourth-year thrower Iyanna Lewis was the...

Oberlin’s swimming and diving teams competed at the Midseason Invite.
Swim Shatters Oberlin Records in Midseason Invite
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • December 2, 2022

The Oberlin swim and dive team was extremely successful at its Midseason Invite, which took place at the Robert Carr Pool in Philips Gym and spanned three days. The Yeowomen took home first place, and the Yeomen placed second out of 12 competing teams. The team made 27 top 10 times, broke four school...

A vigil was held Nov. 14 after a shooting at the University of Virginia.
Victims Reduced to Statistics in UVA Tragedy Reports
Kayla Kim and Zoe Kuzbari December 2, 2022

On Nov. 13, a shooting occurred on a charter bus at the University of Virginia. Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry, three varsity football players, were killed. Additionally, Mike Hollins, another football player, and Marlee Morgan, a second-year student, were injured. In the weeks following,...

John Elrod poses at a Newcastle United FC game.
Experiencing Power of Soccer in My Semester Abroad
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • December 2, 2022

During a November trip to England, I saw a soccer match of my favorite English club, Newcastle United FC, and experienced the power of a single goal. For 66 minutes, Newcastle battled hard with Chelsea FC before midfielder Joe Willock put the home team in front with a rocket of a goal from the edge of...

Qualifications of YouTube Boxers Spark Controversy
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • December 2, 2022

Four years ago, U.K. YouTubers Joe Weller and KSI got into an argument online and decided to settle their differences in the ring. Many fight experts across the globe viewed the event as no different from the thousands of celebrity boxing contests that had taken place before — just two B-list personalities...

Football concluded its season in a game against The College of Wooster.
Football Season Concludes with Senior Day Loss to Wooster
James Foster, Staff Writer • November 18, 2022

Oberlin’s 2022 football season concluded Saturday, Nov. 12 in a 56–13 defeat to The College of Wooster. Wooster, seeded fifth in the North Coast Athletic Conference, was one of the top teams Oberlin football faced this season. However, the Yeomen initially rebounded well from resounding defeats in...

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