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The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Academia Must Adjust to Post-Pandemic Landscape
Editorial Board December 2, 2022

In April of this year, The New York Times published an article on the rise of the “chronically absent student” post-COVID-19, reporting on a crisis of education occurring in American public high schools. Likewise, Times Higher Education, a British magazine, conducted a survey in June which found...

Gibson’s Trial Should Not Harm Alumni Willingness to Give
Richard Lempert December 2, 2022

In response to "Open Letter to President Ambar Regrarding Gibsons' Suit," The Oberlin Review,  Nov. 18, 2022 Dear Mr. Krass, I read your open letter to President Carmen Twillie Ambar in the Review, and feel that as an alum like you, I may be in a better position than even President Ambar to answer...

Oberlin Title IX Unable to Provide Adequate Support to Students
Jackie Brick and Emily Amenda December 2, 2022

Many of us have heard the horrific statistic that one in five women on college campuses has been sexually assaulted. While many claim this number is inflated, it has since been corroborated by The National Library of Medicine as a “reasonably accurate average.” This means that, assuming Oberlin is...

College Students Lack Formal Music Opportunities
Sahil Novetzke, Columnist • December 2, 2022

Since the Conservatory’s integration into the College in the mid-1800s, music has been an integral part of Oberlin. Students come from all over the world to engage in a liberal arts education and dabble in musical studies, while others come to hone their craft in the Conservatory. Sometimes, those...

Opinions Editors (finally) Decide Everything: Finals!
Elle Giannandrea and Emily Vaughan December 2, 2022

Welcome to Opinions Editors Decide Everything. There are lots of things in this world, and as Opinions Editors, we have opinions on them. Without further ado, we proudly present the answers to all of your most pressing questions as the semester draws to a close.  Best caffeine source for late nights: Emily:...

Right-Wing Rhetoric Harms LGBTQ+ Community
Neva Tayler, Columnist • December 2, 2022

On Saturday, Nov. 19, five people were murdered and 13 injured in a shooting at a Colorado Springs LGBTQ+ nightclub. Anderson Lee Aldrich, 22, has been identified as the shooter by officials and is currently facing charges. Unfortunately, this isn’t the first shooting or hate crime of its kind against...

Sending Gratitude to McGregor Skybar
Sending Gratitude to McGregor Skybar
Delaney Fox, Production 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...

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...

Piano Technicians: The Unseen Artists of the Conservatory
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • November 4, 2022

In the early hours of the morning, before the music-making of the day begins, piano technicians are hard at work tuning pianos. There are...

Review: Rhiannon Giddens and Co. Perform at Finney
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • October 7, 2022

Italian Opera met American Jazz this past Tuesday with the return of Rhiannon Giddens, OC ’00, as part of Oberlin Conservatory’s Artist Recital...

Orchestra, Choir to Perform at Carnegie Hall this December
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • October 7, 2022

The Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra, along with a number of Oberlin choirs, will be heading to New York City’s Carnegie Hall twice in the upcoming...

Updated SOAR Program Now Open to Second-Years
Karthik Ranganadhan December 2, 2022

On Nov. 22, registration opened for the Sophomore Opportunities and Academic Resources Program. The program, which has taken place since 2019, is open to students who have completed exactly two semesters at the time of registration. “The program has always sought to equip students with the skills...

New Oberlin Career Center platform offers more features and increased student accessibility.
Oberlin Plans to Integrate New Career Platform PeopleGrove
Alexa Stevens, News Editor • December 2, 2022

The Career Center plans to completely shift from Wisr to PeopleGrove by mid-December. According to Executive Director of Career Exploration and Development Anthony Pernell-McGee, Wisr will still be available to students during the shift but will be fully phased out by the mid-December deadline. “PeopleGrove...

Oberlin dining co-op staple violates health inspection urging students to rethink food safety protocols.
LCPH Inspections Cite OSCA “Tasty Things” As Critical Violation
Emma Benardete, Editor-in-Chief • December 2, 2022

Lorain County Public Health’s routine health inspections of Oberlin’s dining co-ops, conducted Nov. 15, cited food left out in the open — specifically granola, bread, and cookies — as a food safety hazard. This was cited as a critical violation in the Pyle Inn report, while it was just mentioned...

Counseling Center Records Trainee Sessions
Sofia Tomasic, Senior Staff Writer • December 2, 2022

The Oberlin College Counseling Center operates both as a student support space and a teaching program that trains graduate students on how to provide quality counseling. There are currently three trainees working in the Counseling Center. As part of their training, trainees sometimes record sessions...

Signs placed on West Lorain Street points to the illegal crossing warning students of traffic laws.
Oberlin Campus Safety Installs Signs Warning students Against Jaywalking on West Lorain Street
Nikki Keating, News Editor • December 2, 2022

In late November, Oberlin College placed signs between the Science Center and Wilder Bowl on West Lorain Street. The signs warn that this section of the road is not a designated crosswalk. Students are advised to walk down the sidewalk to the sanctioned crosswalk rather than endanger themselves by jaywalking...

A recent Lorain County Public Health inspection found three health code violations in the Rathskeller kitchen.
Lorain County Public Health Reports Health Code Violations in Rathskeller
Alexa Stevens, News Editor • November 18, 2022

On Oct. 1, an anonymous complaint was submitted to Lorain County Public Health alleging that several individuals had fallen ill with food poisoning as a result of dining in the Rathskeller. On Oct. 6, LCPH moved up its routine biannual inspection of the facility to follow up on this complaint and found...

ASA Invited to Yale African Innovation Symposium
ASA Invited to Yale African Innovation Symposium
Nikki Keating, News Editor • November 18, 2022

The Oberlin African Student Association was recently invited to participate in the Yale Africa Innovation Symposium held Nov. 11–12. This two-day conference aimed to deconstruct traditional views of issues affecting Africa and produce actionable resolutions pertaining to various African industries. This...

Alice Tumbles Down The Rabbit Hole, Up the Silks in OCircus’ Alice in Wonderland
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: Jingle Bell Stop!
Comic: Jingle Bell Stop!
Holly Yelton, Illustrator
Turkey Gives Thanks
Turkey Gives Thanks
Holly Yelton, Illustrator
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...

Oberlin Co-ops Take Part in Annual Iron Chef Cook-Off: A Photo Essay
Dlisah Lapidus, Arts & Culture Editor • November 18, 2022

Last Sunday, the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association hosted its annual Iron Chef competition. Named after the television cooking contest, the event invites all of Oberlin’s dining co-ops to compete against one another and invent a meal that must include a particular secret ingredient. This year’s...

Allen Memorial Art Museum community day visitors constructed miniature barricades.
Families Create Art in AMAM Community Day Event
Dlisah Lapidus, Arts & Culture Editor • November 18, 2022

On Saturday, the Allen Memorial Art Museum hosted its semiannual community day event. The program aims to provide an educational and artistic introduction to the museum to families in Oberlin and beyond.  “The community day event, prior to COVID and now that we’re relaunching it, happens twice...

AMAM Discusses Process of Repatriating Benin Bronze Pieces
Leela Miller, Senior Staff Writer • November 18, 2022

With the recent launch of the Digital Benin archive and the repatriation of 31 Benin Bronzes by multiple American museums, the treatment of “Uhunmwun-Ekhue” — the bronze currently housed in the Allen Memorial Art Museum — deserves particular scrutiny. At this point, it remains to be seen where...

Rocky Horror Shows Revived with Love, Laughter, Latex
Eloise Rich November 18, 2022

The Rocky Horror Picture Show has been tradition at Oberlin for nearly as long as audiences have participated in bringing the film to life. The production, which is more of an event than a show, is perfect for Oberlin, a community not afraid to go all the way and participate in song, dance, dress-up,...

(Left to right) Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett, and Danai Gurira pose in character for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Tackles Colonialism, Expands on Complicated Historical Narratives
Nikki Keating, News Editor • November 18, 2022

It has been four years since Black Panther first appeared on the big screen. The week it came out, I remember going multiple times, and each time, I would stay until the last credits rolled. Black Panther gave me a sense of pride that I didn’t know could exist. Even today, I carry it with me, from...

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...

Dr. Jessica Kirzane
Dr. Jessica Kirzane, Translator and Professor of Yiddish at the University of Chicago
Jeramie Robinson November 4, 2022

Last Friday, Dr. Jessica Kirzane, a translator and professor of Yiddish at the University of Chicago and editor-in-chief of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies, delivered a talk titled “Translating Yiddish Feminism at Oberlin College.” Dr. Kirzane discussed her translations of Miriam Karpilove’s...

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...

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...

Olive Klug, Singer-Songwriter, TikTok Sensation
Juliana Gaspar, Arts & Culture Editor • October 7, 2022

Olive Klug, a contemporary folk singer-songwriter, performed at the Cat in the Cream last Sunday. Klug played some new, unreleased songs as well as fan favorites. Klug released singles in the spring and summer of 2021 after their TikTok videos singing the songs gained positive attention. Since then,...

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...

Fourth-year cross country runner Niels Vanderloo posing at the NCAC Cross Country Championships
In the Locker room with Niels Vanderloo, Runner and Track Star
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • November 11, 2022

Fourth-year Math and Physics major Niels Vanderloo is a runner on the cross country and track and field teams. During this October’s NCAC Championship, he finished sixth, first out of Oberlin runners, to help men’s cross country win its first championship in program history. When he’s not preparing...

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...

Jim Fixx goes on a run.
Oberlin Alum Jim Fixx OC ’57: Forgotten Father Of Running
Kayla Kim, Contributing Sports Editor • November 18, 2022

On Nov. 6, the world watched over 40,000 runners compete in the prestigious New York City Marathon, an event that exemplifies the impact running has had on American culture from the sheer number of participants to the crowd of enthusiastic supporters holding up creative signs of encouragement. What few...

Oberlin Athletes Grow Their Public Image
Zoe Kuzbari, Contributing Sports Editor • November 18, 2022

Student-athletes at schools like the University of Alabama, Clemson University, and Duke University often find themselves idolized by younger sports fanatics thanks to massive brand deals, especially thanks to the new Name, Image, and Likeness regulations passed by the NCAA. Although they often do not...

Sports Editors Decide Everything: Thanksgiving Edition
Sports Editors Decide Everything: Thanksgiving Edition
Andrea Nguyen, Kayla Kim, and Zoe Kuzbari November 18, 2022

The Sports Editors are back again, and we’re here to decide any questions you have related or unrelated to the Thanksgiving season. Whether you’re flying home to see 29 family members whom you haven’t seen in over 10 years or you’re staying on campus preparing to scavenge for food like a hungry...

Avery Ghose, Arman Krakirian, Harrison Fink, Henry Newquist, and Oliver Smith perform as members of the Oberlin Jazz Band
Pep Band Builds Hype at Men’s Basketball Home Game
Andrea Nguyen and Delaney Fox November 18, 2022

The men’s basketball team started its season swingin’, making a notable first impression at its home game last Tuesday against Ohio Northern University with the support of a pep band, consisting of eight musicians from the Conservatory Jazz department who played popular tunes throughout the game. The...

NBA star Kyrie Irving dribbles the ball on the court.
Jewish Athletes Discuss Antisemitism in Sports After Kyrie Irving Suspension
Zoe Kuzbari, Contributing Sports Editor • November 11, 2022

Last week, NBA star Kyrie Irving was suspended indefinitely by the Brooklyn Nets for promoting an antisemitic film on his Twitter account then refusing to condemn antisemitism and declining to apologize. As a result, some have criticized the Nets for taking nearly a week to act. Despite the NBA’s continual...

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