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The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

The Review publishes every Friday.

Accommodations Process Complicated, Inaccessible
Elle Giannandrea, Columnist • May 13, 2022

With the semester coming to a close and final assignments ramping up, I’ve started reflecting on what will now be my first full year of college-level work. As someone who struggles with learning difficulties, I’ll concede that a lot of what I turned in this year was done predictably close to the...

Creative Writing Majors Should Be Taken Seriously
Zoey Birdsong, Columnist • May 13, 2022

When I tell people that I’m a Creative Writing major, I’m often met with skepticism. People, especially older people, often ask how I plan to find a successful career with a Creative Writing degree. My instinct is to answer this question in a way that will put these people in their place. However,...

Leaked SCOTUS Draft Highlights Dangers of Voter Abstention
Leaked SCOTUS Draft Highlights Dangers of Voter Abstention
Oliver Niehaus May 13, 2022

In the 98-page initial draft of the Supreme Court opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade, leaked by POLITICO May 2, Justice Samuel Alito writes, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision.”...

ResEd Housing Crisis Adds Stress to Student Lives
Bridget Heinzerling May 13, 2022

Honestly, I expected this past week to suck from the beginning. Housing selection Wednesday, class registration Thursday, group project due Saturday; just one stressful thing after the other. But — quite like the cat that keeps dragging in dead birds — this week was a gift that kept on giving. This...

Understanding of English Language Must be More Inclusive
Kenean Yemane Kejela May 13, 2022

I have always been curious about the usage of the term “Standard English,” which has recently been one of the most hotly debated issues in the academic world. Some scholars refer to it as White Mainstream English and ascribe “brokenness” to other variations of English. On the other side are people...

Division, Social Isolation To Blame for Lack of Campus Political Activity
Myranda Montoye May 13, 2022

To the editors, Recently, The Oberlin Review published an article titled “Lack of Local Political Opportunity May Disenchant Prospective Students,” which discussed the political atmosphere of Oberlin and the surrounding area. The author also wrote about the difficulties they faced in finding opportunities...

Radu Lupu
Radu Lupu Leaves Legacy of Mystical Perfectionism
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • May 6, 2022

Upon hearing of the death of Radu Lupu, the legendary pianist whom I knew better by name than by sound, I decided to discover what made him so...

Quintessence players perform
Tiny Ref Desk Concerts Roars Back to Life
Megan McLaughlin, Senior Staff Writer • May 6, 2022

The Tiny Ref Desk Concert series made its long-awaited return earlier this year. The concert series is modeled after NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts,...

College Musicians Flourish as Musical Studies Major Evolves
Megan McLaughlin, Senior Staff Writer • April 29, 2022

The Musical Studies major — an option for non-Conservatory students to pursue music at a college level — has been steadily increasing in...

Cellists Perform in an Ensemble at First United Methodist Church as part of the Collectives First Concert.
Art and Myth Meld in Musikos Collective
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • April 29, 2022

The Musikos Collective, a new student-run group, burst onto the College and Conservatory arts scene with a debut performance at First United...

Oberlin Ensemble Rehearsing
Fridays at Finney Forays Into Unfamiliar
Megan McLaughlin and Walter Thomas-Patterson April 23, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has created lasting changes in the structure of the Conservatory’s large ensemble program, which most instrumental performance...

In fall 2021, Oberlin hosted a delayed Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2020. This year will mark the return of several in-person Commencement traditions.
Class of 2022 Anticipates Commencement
Sofia Tomasic, Senior Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

This year’s Commencement and Reunion Weekend will occur Sunday, June 5, the day after final exams end. While the ceremony promises the return of several beloved Commencement traditions that were paused due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the lack of a Commencement Week and apprehension about the...

This summer, the College will begin renovating Wilder Hall.
College Set to Renovate Wilder Hall This Summer
Juliana Gaspar, Senior Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

This summer, the College will start renovating the west side of Wilder Hall to upgrade the building’s furniture, functionality, and infrastructure. To accommodate the renovations, some organizations will temporarily move from their office locations in Wilder Hall. The College completed the...

Students often visit the Allen Memorial Art Museum to augment their learning in the classroom by viewing artwork relevant to the curriculum.
Oberlin to Offer Five New Academic Programs
Emma Benardete, Opinions Editor • May 13, 2022

Oberlin has approved five new academic programs for the 2022–23 academic year: integrative concentrations in Public Humanities and Data Sciences, a minor in Spanish, and Conservatory minors in African-American Music and Improvisation. All three of the new Arts and Sciences programs will require...

OSCA Adapts to Global Economic Challenges, Increases Co-op Food Budgets to Meet Need
Ella Moxley, News Editor • May 13, 2022

Last week, the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association raised the food budgets for all dining co-ops to account for inflation in food and gas prices resulting from global economic trends. The change comes after food buyers at various co-ops have spent the semester adopting creative strategies...

Security Report
May 13, 2022

Thursday, May 5, 2022 6:17 p.m. A student reported a panhandler on the sidewalk in front of Burton Hall. They were asking for money and when the student refused, the individual began using offensive language. Campus Safety officers and Oberlin Police Department members responded and located...

Students can seek mental health support at the Counseling Center located in the Student Health Center.
New Mental Health Initiatives Encouraged By JED Program
Gigi Ewing and Anisa Curry Vietze May 6, 2022

Following a four-year partnership with the JED Campus program and a series of staffing changes in the Office of Student Life, the College has started to reenvision mental health resources on campus. Notably, the College has been utilizing funding from Rise and Thrive — an emergency relief fund...

ResEd has suffered multiple software issues in the past couple of months.
ResEd Software Crashes During Housing Selection
Lauren Krainess, News Editor • May 6, 2022

Recently, the Office of Residential Education suffered a software error that led to miscalculated housing lottery times followed by a housing selection software crash. To address these errors, ResEd moved students’ housing selection times, removed students from their selected housing, and paused...

Students painted a rock in Tappan Square with the slogan “Protect Roe v. Wade” after the Supreme Court leak.
How to Get Involved with Reproductive Justice on Campus
Wiley Smith, 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.
Commencement Weekend Blues
Commencement Weekend Blues
Clair Wang, Illustrator
Comic: Wearing Many Hats
Comic: Wearing Many Hats
Clair Wang, Illustrator
Madison Cunningham exuded optimism in her recent Folk Fest performance in Finney Chapel.
Madison Cunningham at Folk Fest Cathartic, Energetic
Kenji Anderson May 13, 2022

The sounds of bass, drums, guitar, and vocals filled Finney Chapel last Saturday night as singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham closed out this year’s Folk Fest. The festival, organized by the Oberlin Folk Music Club, took place May 6 and 7. While last year’s Folk Fest featured only student acts,...

OSCA Bans Pranks Over Pyle Incident
Sequoia Jacobson May 13, 2022

On Sunday, all members of the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association were emailed and asked not to participate in any pranks for the rest of the semester. The email was sent following a prank that the OSCA Board said could jeopardize the organization. For years, a friendly prank war has raged between...

Arabic Department Severely Underfunded, Overlooked
Sierra Colbert, Senior Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

In the last decade, students seeking to learn Arabic at Oberlin have been met with a disorganized program that, at various points, has offered and then retracted intermediate courses, shifted online, and generally suffered from a lack of funding. In 2019, Oberlin changed the Arabic course offerings for...

Contra Dance Club Returns With Event at Carnegie
Contra Dance Club Returns With Event at Carnegie
Maeve Woltring, Arts & Culture Editor • May 13, 2022

This past Thursday, the Root Room in Carnegie Building was the site of an open band and a menagerie of spirited folk dancers. After its hiatus due to COVID-19, the Contra Dance Club welcomed the community to its first dance of the year. Contra dance, often referred to as New England folk dance, is easy...

Impact of Africana Studies Department, Professors
Nikki Keating, Contributing News Editor • May 13, 2022

The College established its Africana Studies department over 50 years ago with the aim of highlighting the Black experience and increasing discussion of African history. Since its creation, its professors have supported students both inside and outside of the classroom.  “Bonding and supporting students...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted the annual Met Gala on May 2.
Met Gala Screams “Let Them Eat Cake!”
Lilyanna D'Amato and Jocelyn Blockinger May 6, 2022

On the first Monday in May each year, the rich and famous ascend the grand steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art to attend Vogue’s annual Met Gala, an exclusive, themed event in support of the Costume Institute’s yearly new exhibit. As guests arrived this past Monday, dressed in accordance with...

The revived SWAP Book co-op finds its new home in the basement of Tank Hall.
SWAP Book Co-op Reopens After Two-Year Hiatus, Provides Accessible Textbooks to Oberlin Community
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • May 6, 2022

Prior to the pandemic, the SWAP book co-op, a cozy little library tucked away in the basement of Harkness House, provided textbooks to students in exchange for their old books or labor. Students could walk into the co-op at any time during its working hours to peruse the student-made shelves of books...

Muslim Students Association’s Eid al-Fitr Banquet Felt Like Home
Muslim Students Association’s Eid al-Fitr Banquet Felt Like Home
Ada Ates, Social Media & Web Manager • May 6, 2022

When I was little, I spent the first few months of the year patiently awaiting the candy-filled Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr, a festival that crowns Eid, the monthlong fasting period. The fast purposefully tests endurance in an effort to draw attention to one’s nafs, which translates to “self” or...

The Oberlin College Improv Conference hosted amateur and professional troupes fora. weekend of performances and workshops.
Oberlin Comedy Scene Giggles Through Improv Conference
Sierra Colbert, Senior Staff Writer • May 6, 2022

The Oberlin College Improv Conference — one of Oberlin’s largest annual comedy events — made its long-awaited return to campus last weekend. The conference was organized by students in Oberlin troupes, Sunshine Scouts and Kid Business, and hosted a number of amateur and professional troupes including...

College fourth-year Katie Homer-Drummond directs a gaffing team from outside their window while shooting for their film project, Wolf Girl.
Cinema Studies Seniors Collaborate on Final Films
Kathleen Kelleher, Arts & Culture Editor • May 6, 2022

After a six-year absence of capstone opportunities for seniors, 12 students in the Cinema Studies department will debut films through the Advanced Film Making Projects course to culminate their film careers at Oberlin. These films define a college career of making and learning for these students and...

Iesha-LaShay Phillips
Iesha-LaShay Phillips: Fourth-Year, Truman Scholar, Community Organizer, Future Yale Law Student
Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor • May 13, 2022

Iesha-LaShay Phillips is a graduating fourth-year majoring in Law and Society and minoring in Rhetoric and Composition. Phillips came to Oberlin as a QuestBridge recipient and is committed to building relationships to uplift and support Black Indigenous communities with a focus on advocacy for...

Sundance
OSCA Business Director Sundance Discusses His Role in OSCA, Oberlin Indigenous History
Kush Bulmer, News Editor • April 29, 2022

Sundance, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) people, is the executive director of the Cleveland American Indian Movement and the business coordinator for the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association. On April 14, he was a panelist for a talk at the Allen Memorial Art Museum titled “Acknowledging the Land”...

Julian Mitchell-Israel
Julian Mitchell-Israel, OC ’21, Talks Organizing Amazon Labor Union and Post-Oberlin Life
Emily Vaughan, Opinions Editor • April 22, 2022

Julian Mitchell-Israel, OC ’21, is the field director for the Amazon Labor Union, an independent union that recently won the first Amazon union election in the United States. He studied at Oberlin and worked as an organizer on several campaigns before getting involved with the ALU after reading about...

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...

Walter interviews Koi (not photoshopped)
Talking with the Conservatory Koi about Radical Acceptance
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • April 1, 2022

Could you talk a little bit about your first memories? You know it’s funny, in my spare time, I’ve been reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and my first weeks on Earth were similar to the experience of human embryos in that book. You know how those embryos went on this conveyor belt to be...

Benhur Ghezehey sitting at Piano in Stull Recital Hall.
Benhur Ghezehey, Eritrean Operatist, Vocalist
Walter Thomas-Patterson and Ella Bernstein March 25, 2022

Benhur Ghezehey is a Conservatory second-year Classical Voice major from Eritrea. He is starring in Oberlin’s production of Domenico Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto at Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and 2 p.m. this Sunday. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Could...

Patti Harrison at Finney Chapel on May 4.
Comedian, Actress Patti Harrison Thinks You Should Focus On What Makes You Laugh
Jane Hobson and Lilyanna D'Amato May 6, 2022

Comedian and actress Patti Harrison is most known for her work on the Netflix series I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson and Big Mouth. In addition, she recently wrapped production for the third season of Hulu’s Shrill, in which she plays comedian Aidy Bryant’s coworker. According to Rolling...

Leon Foster Thomas
Steelpan Virtuoso Leon Foster Thomas
Lilyanna D'Amato, Arts & Culture Editor • April 22, 2022

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Leon Foster Thomas is an internationally renowned jazz musician and steelpan virtuoso. He was the winner of the World Steelband Music Festival’s Soloist and Duet competitions in 2002 and 2004, and has been featured at world stages such as New York’s Jazz at Lincoln...

Artist in Focus: Eva Sturm-Gross’ Creatures and Tables
Artist in Focus: Eva Sturm-Gross’ Creatures and Tables
Kathleen Kelleher, Arts & Culture Editor • March 18, 2022

This past Wednesday, I chatted with College fourth-year Eva Sturm-Gross, a Studio Art and Religion major with a special interest in Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism. Eva is a talented multimedia artist; their works feature strange animal-like creatures and domestic scenes of breadmaking and shabbos tables....

Long stick midfielder and defender Matthew Huang runs on Bailey Field all geared up for a home game.
In the Locker Room with Matt Huang, Lacrosse Player, Student-Researcher, YeoFit Trainer
Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor • May 13, 2022

College fourth-year and defender Matt Huang has been playing lacrosse for 16 years. At Oberlin, he was part of the squad that made it to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals against Denison University. Throughout his four years at Oberlin, Huang has been involved in many activities,...

Francesca Kern competing during a recent singles tennis match
In the Locker Room: Fourth-Year, Tennis Champion Francesca Kern
Andrea Nguyen, Staff Writer • May 6, 2022

Francesca Kern, College fourth-year and captain of the women’s tennis team, has been on a streak of incredible wins this season. Kern received the title of North Coast Atlantic Conference Athlete of the Week during their first year, and despite not having a regular season since, was awarded the title...

Lucas Draper takes a breath during a swim race at Robert Carr Pool.
In the Locker Room with Lucas Draper, Diver Making a Name For Himself
Kayla Kim , Production Editor • April 29, 2022

  College third-year Lucas Draper is a diver on the men’s swimming and diving team. Although he originally competed as a swimmer on the women’s team, Lucas started to compete for the men’s team after he broke his hand in 2020, and he began transitioning as a male athlete. Out of the pool,...

A lone family sits in the otherwise empty stadium stands.
The MLB: Big Changes Necessary for Game to Stay Alive
Matt Rudella, Senior Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

The story has been circulating in the sports world recently that baseball is dying. The people saying that are not wrong — baseball has become much more difficult to watch in recent years due to changes in how the game is played. Baseball in the modern era is driven by analytics, which emphasizes the...

How Much Does the Review Staff Actually Know About Sports?
How Much Does the Review Staff Actually Know About Sports?
John Elrod and Zoë Martin del Campo May 13, 2022

  Editor’s note: The following quiz was administered entirely in multiple choice form and our editors are certain that multiple correct answers were obtained by guessing.   As a sports editor, a constant theme within the Review office is having to explain sports terminology to fellow...

Oberlin women’s soccer stands in a team huddle on Fred Shults Field during a game in the 2021 season.
Bench players face unique challenges in opportunity and reward
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

Oberlin athletes put an immense amount of time and dedication into their sport, but not every player has an equal chance to reap the benefits. Across every athletic team at Oberlin, there are players who train and travel with their teammates only to stand on the sidelines, cheering on their team and...

Oberlin Track and Field Dominates NCAC Outdoor Championships
Oberlin Track and Field Dominates NCAC Outdoor Championships
Andrea Nguyen, Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

Despite unrelenting rain, Oberlin’s Track and Field team competed in the North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships at the Kahn Track and Fred Schultz Field this past weekend. After winning first place in the indoor championship earlier this year, the women's team won first again with 187...

Gregory Rousseau, a football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills, played college football at the University of Miami.
NFL Draft Sparks Conversations Around NCAA Sports Betting Rule
Zoe Kuzbari, Sports Editor • May 6, 2022

American football fans have a better understanding of what the upcoming football season will look like for their teams now that the NFL draft has been finalized. The draft, which draws in millions of viewers annually, is one of the most anticipated events for NFL fans, not only because of their love...

Oberlin Athletics Talks Peculiar Pre-Game Superstitions
Oberlin Athletics Talks Peculiar Pre-Game Superstitions
Matt Rudella, Senior Staff Writer • May 6, 2022

Everybody does something to get in the zone. When there’s a big game or test coming up, most people tend to have a ritual to mentally prepare themselves. Personally, I like to listen to aggressive rap music before any big game to get into the right mindset. Other classics include wearing a particular...

Men’s lacrosse 2021–22 team and coaching staff stand on Bailey Field.
Men’s Lacrosse Eliminated by Denison in Postseason
Kayla Kim, Production Editor • May 6, 2022

For the first time since its induction into the North Coast Athletic Conference, men’s lacrosse played a postseason game against Denison University in the semifinal of the tournament on Wednesday, losing 19–9. Oberlin’s loss came right off a 16–12 victory against The College of Wooster in the...

Photo by Rosie Schwarz
Outdoor Drinking Games Call for Athletic Excellence
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • May 6, 2022

As we inch closer to summer, outdoor yard games become a central part of American life. To many, these games are seen as a way to kill time with friends or an excuse to day drink, but they also shed light on complex athletic and cultural dynamics.  Fourth-year Yanni Sarrimanolis thinks his football...

Kurt Russell smiles in front of Oberlin High School’s Phoenix backdrop.
Mr. Kurt Russell, More Than Just a History Teacher
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • April 29, 2022

As a sports writer, it is not surprising that I have a love for sports and stories. Much of this love was cultivated at Oberlin High School in 2022 National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell’s classroom. All throughout the past week, his work as a history teacher has been deservedly praised. I took...

Shiva Senthil draws up a play for his previous basketball team at SUNY Canton.
Coach Senthil Looks to Shake Things up with Men's Basketball
Matt Rudella, Senior Staff Writer • April 29, 2022

Last week, Oberlin hired former SUNY Canton Head Coach Shiva Senthil to lay the groundwork for the men’s basketball team. In his two years of coaching at SUNY Canton, the Roos gained a conference championship in 2020 and a 22–10 conference record. Before his time in Canton, he had many stops as an...

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