Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

The Review publishes every Friday.

Grieving Students Need Support
Anisa Curry Vietze, Kushagra Kar, Gigi Ewing, and Arman Luczkow October 15, 2021

On Jan. 18, College first-year Helen Hastings was killed in Texas in a gun accident. Hastings' friends — many of whom were first-years themselves — were left to cope with their loss entirely on their own, working to keep up with schoolwork while processing the tragedy.  "The school did nothing...

Why Must International Students Assimilate?
Aishwarya Krishnaswamy October 15, 2021

I remember flying into Cleveland from Mumbai two years ago, excited at how drastically my life was about to change and how lucky I was to be able to live my dreams. Three months into my stay at Oberlin, as my giddy excitement began to wane, I realized that while most of my identities were accepted and...

Delayed Pay for Review Editors Unacceptable
Reginald Goudeau, Columnist • October 15, 2021

Editor's note: The concerns raised in this article were addressed between the initial writing of the piece and publication. All Special Issue staffers have been compensated for their work.  I could say that I didn’t want things to come to this, but deep down, I knew this article would be necessary...

Standardized Testing Should Remain Optional
Emma Benardete, Contributing Opinions Editor • October 15, 2021

Last year, the Admissions Office initiated a three-year pilot of test-optional admissions cycles in response to the difficulty of scheduling and sitting for standardized tests like the SAT during the pandemic. Given the inequitable nature of these tests, it is my hope that Oberlin will recognize the...

Transitional Housing Poor Solution to Over-Enrollment
Andréa Jones October 15, 2021

As we enter the 2021–22 school year, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic seems more manageable than it did last year. While I now have some hope for a normal college experience, the start of the semester has hardly been smooth, with many students unable to receive the housing they wanted. Some students have...

Male Workers Allowed Into Baldwin, Unsettling Residents
Peter Fray-Witzer October 15, 2021

On Oct. 7, residents of Baldwin Cottage received an email from Josh Matos, the area coordinator for Multicultural and Identity-Based Communities. “I am reaching out to you to give you an update on the radiator project,” Matos wrote. “Starting tomorrow (Friday, 10/8) the contractors will be entering...

My Experience Relying on Mutual Aid
Reginald Goudeau, Columnist • October 8, 2021

Recently, my financial troubles have been the most consistent and substantial barrier to my happiness. Since my second year, I’ve worked multiple jobs at a time, which takes quite a toll. Unfortunately, a big chunk of my earnings goes toward tuition, and another goes toward helping my family. Due to...

Iranian Baha’is Face Persecution: My Cousin’s Story
Gigi Ewing, Managing Editor • October 8, 2021

I am a Baha’i, a member of a world religion whose adherents strive for unity, peace, and social transformation. Because of the ongoing persecution of 350,000 other Baha’is in Iran, including my family members, I am unable to visit my homeland. Oppression of the Baha’is, Iran’s largest...

Dear Administrators: Drop the Outdoor Mask Mandate
Dear Administrators: Drop the Outdoor Mask Mandate
Emma Benardete, Contributing Opinions Editor • October 8, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website reads, “In general, you do not need to wear a mask in outdoor settings.” They suggest you should consider wearing a mask outdoors at crowded events, especially if around unvaccinated people. Despite the CDC’s lenient stance, Oberlin...

Post-Grad Careers Jeopardized by Three-Semester Plan
Arman Luczkow, Opinions Editor • October 8, 2021

When COVID-19 first sent students scrambling back home in March of 2020, I was devastated. Although it had taken me a while to feel at home in Oberlin, by my second year I’d come to love the College. There wasn’t anywhere else I’d rather be. Now, as a fourth-year, that feeling seems beyond...

Every Afghan is My Family: Watching From Afar as My Home is Under Siege
Arman Luczkow, Opinions Editor • August 20, 2021

The past few weeks have seen devastating developments for many Afghans. As U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan, the Taliban surged across the country. It wasn’t long before the Afghan government collapsed and the president fled. On Sunday, Aug. 15, the Taliban seized the capital city of Kabul. To...

Delayed Housing Assignments Are Latest ResEd Misstep
Editorial Board August 20, 2021

Ask any Obie how they feel about the Office of Residential Education, and they’ll probably recount numerous pent-up grievances. ResEd’s laundry list of mishaps from the past year includes their inability to reconnect students with their belongings, RAs feeling unsupported during COVID-19, and students...

4.	Oberlin City Schools recently unveiled the new Oberlin Elementary School, which opened at the start of this academic year to all elementary-aged students in the city.
Oberlin City Schools Unveil New Elementary School, Green Updates
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Senior Staff Writer • October 15, 2021

The newly completed Oberlin Elementary School, which cost $17.8 million, was unveiled in a ceremony on Sep. 12 as students fully returned to in-person classes. The opening marks the completion of the first phase of Oberlin City Schools’ five-year school consolidation plan, aimed at combining the entirety...

2.	The City of Oberlin recently received over $400 thousand from the American Rescue Plan Act to implement COVID-19 relief programs and improve city infrastructure.
American Rescue Plan Act Funds Community Improvement
Kush Bulmer, News Editor • October 15, 2021

Oberlin City Council has begun discussions on how best to allocate the first tranche of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act, which President Joe Biden signed into law on March 11 to assist the nation’s COVID-19 recovery. The City received $429,426.97 through ARPA at the end of June. In its Oct....

In spring 2020, Oberlin ended recycling for many common items in order to accommodate social distancing measures for sanitation workers.
Opt-in Policy, Recycling Pledge Now Part of Oberlin City Recycling
Eric Schank, Production Editor & Senior Staff Writer • October 15, 2021

In March 2020, the City of Oberlin suspended recycling collection services due to COVID-19, but resumed collection on an opt-in basis on Nov. 9, 2020. The new program dramatically decreases the scope of recycling in Oberlin, as it shifts to an opt-in system, removes most large-scale recycling services,...

Oberlin Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Oberlin Celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Kush Bulmer, News Editor • October 15, 2021

Oberlin residents and students gathered and held signs in Tappan Square to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day this Monday. In 2017, the City of Oberlin formally recognized the second Monday of October, previously celebrated as Columbus Day, as a holiday for the recognition and celebration of Indigenous...

Joshua D. Angrist
Off the Cuff with Nobel Laureate Joshua Angrist
Ella Moxley, News Editor • October 15, 2021

On Monday, Joshua D. Angrist, OC ’82, was named a winner of the 2021 Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, better known as the Nobel Prize in Economics. Angrist was honored for his work in developing better methods to establish causality in social sciences. Angrist...

Security Notebook
October 15, 2021

Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021 1:18 p.m. A student reported their bicycle missing as of sometime in May 2021. The bike is a gray Cannondale with green lettering, unregistered and of unknown value. 9:40 p.m. A custodial manager reported students   up the outside of King Building. Campus Safety officers...

A Comprehensive Oberlin Bucket List
Ashley Xu, 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 Freshman Horde
Comic: The Freshman Horde
Clair Wang, Illustrator
Comic: Dishes Dilemma
Comic: Dishes Dilemma
Danny Valero, Illustrator
The Cat in the Cream hosted OSLAM’s first indoor, in-person performance since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
First Indoor OSLAM Performance Since 2020 Revives Community
Lilyanna D'Amato, Arts & Culture Editor • October 15, 2021

In its first in-person performance at the Cat in the Cream in over two years, OSLAM, the College’s slam poetry team, returned to the venue on Saturday, Oct. 9 for its back-to-school performance. Primarily featuring first- and second-year members — most of whom had not yet had the opportunity to perform...

Oberlin College, Conservatory, and Athletics department collaborated on a two-day symposium last weekend.
Music, Athletics in Conversation at Opening Faculty Concert
Zach Bayfield October 15, 2021

This past weekend, the Oberlin Conservatory, College, and Athletics Departments came together for a two-day symposium titled Music, Sports, and the Enduring Influence of Ancient Greece. The program drew from diverse resources across campus and included Conservatory musicians, College and Conservatory...

Sammie Westelman, OC ’19, performing a standup audition in 2019.
“Hang On Tightly, Let Go Loosely”: Protecting Oberlin’s Comedy Scene
Katie Kunka, Production Manager • October 15, 2021

During my first week at Oberlin I mustered up the courage to attend an improv comedy showcase completely by myself. Applying to colleges in my senior year of high school, I prioritized schools with a prevalent comedy culture. When I decided on Oberlin, I was worried that I would lose my ties to improv...

Ma Rainey: Starring a combination of Oberlin students and Cleveland actors, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, directed by Oberlin Associate Professor of Theater and Africana Studies Justin Emeka, OC ’95, opened on Oct. 8 at Karamu House.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom Opens at Cleveland’s Karamu House
Maeve Woltring, Arts & Culture Editor • October 15, 2021

Cleveland’s Karamu House — the oldest Black theater in the country — kickstarted its 2021–22 season with August Wilson’s 1982 play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom on Oct. 8. The production, which will run through Oct. 31, is directed by Oberlin alumnus and Associate Professor of Theater and Africana...

Located just east of campus, Tank returns to co-op life in full swing.
OSCA Reopens, Hoping to Preserve Institutional Memory
Lilyanna D'Amato, Arts & Culture Editor • October 8, 2021

After temporarily closing its doors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association has resumed its housing and dining operations. OSCA is a student-owned and run nonprofit organization that offers housing and dining services to almost a quarter of students on campus. While...

Netflix’s The Chair Depicts College Campus in Turmoil
Netflix’s The Chair Depicts College Campus in Turmoil
Kush Bulmer, News Editor • October 8, 2021

In the Netflix comedy series The Chair, creators Amanda Peet and Annie Julia Wyman tackle college cancel culture, intergenerational changes within academia, political complacency, and the value of studying literature in the midst of global catastrophe. The show opens with an impromptu and...

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...

On the Record with ThiNi Thai Chef Aon Krittathiranon
On the Record with ThiNi Thai Chef Aon Krittathiranon
Sander Ferrazza July 23, 2021

Aon Krittathiranon is the chef at ThiNi Thai, a Thai restaurant located at 18 Carpenter Court, right behind the Feve. Krittathiranon moved from his hometown of Chiang Mai after befriending Feve owners Matt and Jason Adelman by coincidence on their trip to Thailand. Krittathiranon and the Adelmans hit...

Aniella Day
Off the Cuff with Aniella Day, Abortion Doula
October 8, 2021

College fourth-year Aniella Day is part of the Leadership Circle of the Oberlin Doula Collective. The Collective started in 2017 as a volunteer organization where students support people receiving abortions. While much of the group’s work has been on pause for the last year due to COVID-19,...

Vice President and Dean of Students Karen C. Goff will begin her tenure at Oberlin on Sept. 20, 2021.
Off the Cuff with Monique Burgdorf, Assistant Dean of Students
August 6, 2021

Assistant Dean of Students Monique Burgdorf wears many hats. Currently, she serves in the Center for Student Success as a liaison primarily to low-income and first-generation College students. She also works as an advisor for the Student Help And Resource Exchange program. Burgdorf’s work has become...

Off the Cuff with Amanda Bloom, DrugsCo Instructor
July 30, 2021

In preparation for Solstice, the joint Solarity and Drag Ball event happening on Saturday, Oberlin Students for Sensible Drug Policy hosted a trip-sitting workshop to train students on how to support individuals using recreational drugs. College third-year Amanda Bloom, co-chair of Oberlin SSDP, is co-teaching...

Field hockey captain Bonnie Wileman looking fierce.
In the Locker Room with Bonnie Wileman, Field Hockey Captain
Kushagra Kar, Editor-in-Chief • October 15, 2021

College fourth-year Bonnie Wileman has been playing field hockey for the last 10 years, and has been a starting player since her first year at Oberlin. This will be her last season at the College, but it is also her first as team captain and midfielder. While she has created many memories on the field,...

College third-year and field hockey defender Eli Modahl.
In The Locker Room with Eli Modahl, Field Hockey Captain and Intern for the Office of Environmental Sustainability
John Elrod , Contributing Sports Editor • August 20, 2021

College third-year and field hockey defender Eli Modahl is looking forward to intercollegiate competition in field hockey for the first time in two years. To stay connected with her team, Modahl has participated in team activities on campus and even trained for a half marathon while away from Oberlin...

College third-year and thrower on the track and field team Zac Ntia.
In The Locker Room with Thrower and Bonner Scholar Zac Ntia
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • August 13, 2021

College third-year and thrower on the track and field team Zac Ntia has not been able to compete since students were sent home from campus in March 2020 due to COVID-19. Recently, he has had to adjust to Oberlin’s three-semester plan and all the changes of the summer semester. Still, he is highly motivated...

John Heisman poses in his iconic stance back in the day.
Flashback to the John Heisman Era
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • October 15, 2021

Without the contributions of professional and college football programs in Ohio, the game would look much different than it does today. Around the turn of the 20th century, Oberlin College football helped shape the sport into what it is now, and its innovative role was sparked by one of the game’s...

The Oberlin women’s soccer team.
Fall Athletes Face Burnout Spurred by Three-Semester Plan
Zoe Kuzbari, Sports Editor • October 15, 2021

With classes amping up in intensity as students enter the second week of the fall semester, some student-athletes who have been on campus for a month and a half already say they feel burnt out. Fall athletes were required to stay on campus to practice during the September break between summer and fall...

Yeobie stands before the crowd on Bailey Field celebrating with students at Homecoming in 2019.
Your Guide to Homecoming 2021
Zoe Kuzbari, Sports Editor • October 15, 2021

Friday, Oct. 15 Heisman Club Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 6–8 p.m. in Knowlton Athletics Complex; capacity 120, (registration required) The Oberlin Heisman Club will officially enshrine four new members: Teresa Collins, OC ’05 track and field; Young Kim, OC ’85 swimming; Matt Filner,...

First-Year Athletes Find Team Support Despite Lack of Proper Preseason
River Schiff, Senior Staff Writer • October 15, 2021

This year, first-year athletes who arrived in September were thrown into a situation where, without classes or Orientation to keep them busy, sports were all they had to connect with campus. For these students, the already difficult transition from high school to college was accentuated by the extended...

Oberlin College football team competing on home turf.
Oberlin Sports: Are Teams Actually That Bad?
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • October 8, 2021

Most Oberlin students would tell you that the sports teams are terrible. The College is a Division III school, and its student-athletes do not receive athletic scholarships or perform on national television like athletes at larger state schools. Even within Division III, Oberlin sports teams are often...

The Oberlin College volleyball team competed against Kenyon College on September 23.
Volleyball Ready to Take on the Rest of the Season
Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor • October 8, 2021

After a hiatus due to COVID-19, the volleyball team has returned to a North Coast Athletic Conference that is very different from 2019, winning and losing to new teams. The team won 3–1 in its first conference matchup with Kenyon College, marking the first time in six years that the Yeowomen have won...

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