Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

The Review publishes every Friday.

Returning to Music, Despite Hectic Schedules
Sydney Rosensaft, Columnist • July 30, 2021

Although Oberlin is well-known for the Conservatory’s music, the musicality of College students is sometimes overlooked. The majority of people I have met at Oberlin play an instrument — with varying levels of skill and frequency, of course. Some students are more serious and have bands, whereas...

Finding Masculinities That Work For Me
Desmond Hearne Morrey, Columnist • July 30, 2021

I was a sophomore in high school the year that former President Donald Trump was elected. In retrospect, it’s clear that a lot of the boys that I hung out with were struggling with depression. They spent our lunch hour playing video games and telling me why they supported Trump. Most of us dressed...

Quit Your Job
Editorial Board July 23, 2021

You should quit your job. Or at least consider it. If not your job, then maybe a club or co-curricular activity, or take that one awful class pass/no entry. Seriously — you’re probably doing a lot of work right now, and that can get overwhelming. It’s hot, you’re in school during the summer,...

Return to Normal Endangers Lives of Disabled Students
Miranda Harris July 23, 2021

“They’re gonna breathe on me!” My mother chuckled as I wailed to her about the lifting of COVID-19 guidelines on campus. I had just finished my most successful semester at Oberlin, primarily completed from my off-campus apartment. Any time I spent on campus was controlled and limited, and I only...

Learning from Oberlin’s Survivors of Sexual Violence: A Reflection on Take Back the Night
Emma Hart July 2, 2021

In March 2020, I began conversations with the Nord Center and the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion about founding a student organization called Survivors of Sexual Harm & Allies. At the time, I noticed an absence of authentic conversation about sexual violence on campus. This became incredibly...

Summer Term is Extending COVID-19 Burnout
Editorial Board July 2, 2021

As the pandemic subsides across the country, most college students are home for summer break. Some are taking the opportunity to spend time with family, others are traveling or beginning in-person internships. Professors exhausted from asynchronous classes are transitioning into research, and administrators...

College Neglects Disabled Students As Mold Problem Goes Unaddressed
Zoë Luh July 2, 2021

“Oh, honey,” I hear from the other end of the phone, “your lungs are just covered in scar tissue.” I laugh and then wince as my newly fractured rib sends shooting pain up my side. It’s simultaneously hilarious and deeply frustrating that my first broken bone is from coughing.  Two weekends...

Rising Second-Years Encounter Isolation and Academic Regression Over Long Summer Break
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Senior Staff Writer • July 2, 2021

The summer break for rising second-year students is long — almost five months in fact. Stretching from the middle of May to the beginning of October, the break provides an unprecedented opportunity for these students to develop academically and further their budding sense of independence or — just...

I Did My Best to Enjoy Juneteenth, But It Was An Uphill Battle
Reginald Goudeau, Columnist • July 2, 2021

As usual, I’m a prophet of sorts when predicting things going wrong at this institution. Recently, I’ve been reflecting on the first article I ever wrote for the Review, which focused on Oberlin’s shortcomings on student mental health back in Oct. 2020. In part, I wrote about the fortitude needed...

Why Everyone Should Meet With an Executive Functioning Tutor
Sydney Rosensaft, Columnist • July 2, 2021

With the sun beaming down on Ohio’s flat landscape and in-person events ramping up, everyone wants to enjoy the summer weather to the fullest. Unfortunately for students, it’s also midterms, and we have to set aside time to work. Luckily, Oberlin College offers the Executive Functioning Program,...

Club Sports Are Imperative to Community-Building, But Need More Support
Brandon Lopez Toro June 25, 2021

Club sports are an essential part of a positive college experience. They provide people with social activities, friend groups, and opportunities to take on leadership roles and acquire skills that will continue to benefit them after college. Although students do most of the work organizing club sports,...

Cultivating a Healthy Social Media Diet
Desmond Hearne Morrey, Columnist • June 25, 2021

I’ve spent most of my time as an Obie off social media. The platform that I used to use the most — Instagram — I now rarely touch. I’ve flirted with TikTok, Snapchat, and Reddit as well, but each of them were short-lived.  I want to be against using social media in general. I read a lot about...

The College has made the decision to remove all but one healthcare plan offered to faculty and non-unionized staff. Next January, these groups will only have the option of a high deductible health plan, which will reduce premiums but increase out-of-pocket expenditure
College Moves to Consumer Driven Healthcare Plan Despite Faculty Concerns
Kushagra Kar, Editor-in-Chief • July 30, 2021

All non-unionized College employees will shift to a Consumer Driven Healthcare Plan and Health Savings Account starting Jan. 1, 2022, ending the option to continue on a Traditional Preferred Provider Organization plan. Switching faculty and non-unionized staff to CDHP-HSA is expected to save the College...

Bistro Bella Luna, located on East College Street, opened yesterday. The new restaurant is moving into the location formerly home to Dave’s Cosmic Subs.
New Restaurant, Bistro Bella Luna, Hopes to Attract College Clientele
Emily Rosenberg and Ella Moxley July 30, 2021

Bistro Bella Luna, a new restaurant with Italian-inspired cuisine, hosted its grand opening yesterday afternoon in the space formerly occupied by Dave’s Cosmic Subs. The restaurant will emphasize fresh and local produce, allowing the ingredients available to them to shape the menu as the seasons change.  Chef...

Security Notebook
July 30, 2021

Saturday, July 24, 2021 6:13 p.m. A resident of Kahn Hall reported a possible recluse spider in their room. Facilities Operations were contacted and the student was moved to a different room until their room could be checked for spiders. Monday, July 26, 2021 5:00 p.m. A student reported their...

College Administers Student Life Assessment Amid Division’s Leadership Losses
Gigi Ewing and Kushagra Kar July 23, 2021

The College is conducting an assessment to evaluate the structure of the Division of Student Life, which oversees 12 departments including the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Residential Education and Dining Services, Campus Safety, and Student Activities. The Student Life Assessment began...

City residents met on July 14 to discuss how to use the facilities which once held Prospect Elementary. Students will be moved to a new elementary school near the high school next fall.
City Seeks to Use Former Prospect School Building for Community Space
Casey Troost July 23, 2021

On July 14, City officials met with faculty members, parents, and recreation department staff to envision how the newly decommissioned Prospect Elementary School building might be turned into a multi-purpose community center. Ideas for the project include turning the space into a dog park, a senior center,...

Kendal at Oberlin reduced its COVID-19 health restrictions at the beginning of July amid widespread vaccination at the facility.
Kendal Lifts COVID-19 Restrictions Amid Low Cases
Nina Auslander-Padgham, Writer • July 23, 2021

After weeks of declining cases countywide, residents of Kendal at Oberlin relaxed most of their COVID-19 restrictions on July 2. Residents can now move around the main building without masks, vaccinated guests can visit residents in their living area without masks, and residents are allowed to leave...

Sophie Aaron’s “Love in the Time of Corona” Research
Sophie Aaron’s “Love in the Time of Corona” Research
Sophie Aaron
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In the first episode of the summer semester, The Weekly's hosts Owen Anderson '23 and Jaimie Yue '22 feature an audiojournalism project from Casey Troost ‘22. Casey interviewed three Oberlin alumni for her final project in Rhetoric 402: Tutoring Lab. Casey’s interviews focus on the alumni’s post-Oberlin lives and how their jobs as Writing and Speaking Associates benefitted them after graduating.
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The Allen Memorial Art Museum’s curators selected three works for the Art Rental Purchase Party that are currently on view in the museum.
Art Rental Purchase Party Promotes Student Involvement in Allen’s Collection
Maeve Woltring, Arts & Culture Editor • July 30, 2021

For 80 years, Oberlin students have enjoyed a unique opportunity to bring a piece of the Allen Memorial Art Museum home with them each semester through the Art Rental program. This year, a novel event called the Art Rental Purchase Party will allow for students to help shape the body of work available...

Oberlin Churches Adapt to Changes in the Pandemic
Oberlin Churches Adapt to Changes in the Pandemic
Lauren Tannenbaum July 30, 2021

Many religious communities across the country have had to alter their means of congregation in order to maintain safety during the COVID-19 pandemic — and Oberlin churches are no exception. Now, with vaccinations widely available and COVID-19 mandates largely relaxed in the state of Ohio, many churches...

Keagan Tan’s fake art installation featured five crayon drawings with corresponding captions and a fictional artist biography accompanying a random internet portrait photo.
College First-Year Stages Art Installation Prank
Jaimie Yue, Arts Editor • July 30, 2021

Several weeks ago in Wilder Hall, five framed drawings with individual captions were carefully arranged on the wall. The exhibition was titled A Soul in Repose: Chen Minhui and the Fight Against Modernity. The page-long description explained that Minhui, the artist, was a musical prodigy in the guqin,...

Solarity and Drag Ball Merge into One ‘Solstice’ Event
Solarity and Drag Ball Merge into One ‘Solstice’ Event
Kush Bulmer, Production Editor • July 23, 2021

A consolidation of two of the College’s biggest social events, Solarity and Drag Ball, will take place at Heisman Club Field House next Saturday, July 31. The event — named Solstice —  marks Oberlin’s first opportunity to host a supersized and safety-sanctioned crowd since the social isolation...

FAVA: Revitalizing the Arts in Oberlin
FAVA: Revitalizing the Arts in Oberlin
Greer Hobbs July 23, 2021

Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, an independent non-profit organization nestled in brick and foliage along South Main Street, opened its doors for two days this past weekend to premier its first in-person exhibition since the pandemic started. The exhibition, Oh To Be (Alone), featured a collection...

Can I Take Your Mask Off? Obies Explore Post-Pandemic Boundaries
Can I Take Your Mask Off? Obies Explore Post-Pandemic Boundaries
Maeve Woltring, Arts & Culture Editor • July 2, 2021

For the past 15 months, all of our physical interactions had to first pass a rigorous checklist: Is the person you’re seeing living with people at high-risk from COVID-19? Do you have friends or family in your own bubble you need to protect? If you are seeing a partner, are untimely discussions around...

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...

Anna Farber, OC
Anna Farber, OC '21, Arts & Culture Editor
L. Joshua Jackson, Arts and Culture Editor • May 15, 2021

Anna Farber worked as the Art & Culture Editor of the Review from fall 2020 to spring 2021. Farber graduated with high honors in Art History for her thesis on Mary Magdalene and the Neapolitan Angevin Dynasty. She leaves Oberlin for a summer internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York...

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...

Donica Thomas Varner
Off the Cuff with Donica Thomas Varner, Former Vice President, General Counsel, & Secretary
July 2, 2021

Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary Donica Thomas Varner has worked at Oberlin for four years managing a variety of the College’s legal needs. Varner has helped the Board of Trustees and senior staff navigate issues around minimizing legal risk during the pandemic, Title IX compliance, navigating...

Sahgar Gupta
Off the Cuff With Sahgar Gupta, Chair of the Oberlin College Student Progressive Project
June 25, 2021

College second-year Sahgar Gupta is the co-chair of the Oberlin College Student Progressive Project. Gupta sat down with us to discuss why the organization changed its name — it was previously called the Oberlin College Democrats —, what the group does, and former President Donald Trump’s upcoming...

College third-year Lea Watkins-Chow.
In The Locker Room With Lea Watkins-Chow, Co-oper, Field Hockey Extraordinaire
Zoë Martin del Campo, Sports Editor • July 30, 2021

College third-year Lea Watkins-Chow has played field hockey since high school. On campus, she is involved in a variety of communities: She is a dedicated member and student administrative assistant of Oberlin Student Cooperative Association and officer of the Multiracial Students Association. She applies...

College third-year V Dagnino.
In The Locker Room with V Dagnino, Powerhouse Behind the Plate
Zoë Martin del Campo, Sports Editor • July 23, 2021

College third-year on the softball team V Dagnino has worked hard their entire life to achieve their goals, setting high standards for those around them. At age 13 they played on the Peruvian national softball team, traveling across the world playing the sport they love. A self-described hustler, they...

Debra Herzog, Executive Assistant, personal trainer, and movie star.
In The Locker Room with Debra Herzog, Executive Assistant, Personal Trainer
Anisa Curry Vietze, Editor-in-Chief • June 25, 2021

Debra Herzog balances her dual roles on campus as the executive assistant to the vice president and dean of students and one of President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s personal trainers . She started at Oberlin first as a personal trainer for President Ambar in 2018 and quickly moved to adding a role consulting...

Student-Athletes Prepare For Fall Season
Zoe Kuzbari, Senior Staff Writer • July 30, 2021

With the summer semester coming to an end, fall sports teams are looking to start amping up their practices for preseason and gearing up for the fall 2021 season. It’s been over a year since fall sports teams have played an in-season game and coaches and student-athletes alike are ready to get back...

Sha’Carri Richardson winning the 100m at the US Olympic trials.
Sha’Carri Richardson Ban Is Unfair
Zoe Kuzbari, Senior Staff Writer • July 23, 2021

Earlier this month, track star Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for marijuana, leading to a one-month suspension from the Tokyo Olympics. Richardson was the favorite for a gold medal in the 100-meter dash. The 21-year-old tested positive in the state of Oregon — where marijuana is legal —...

Male Student-Athletes Call for More Accountability from Fellow Athletes
Zoë Martin del Campo, Sports Editor • July 2, 2021

Oberlin has multiple programs for students and student-athletes alike to learn about the importance of informed consent. It is crucial that men are part of these conversations. Sports teams are a community where male student-athletes can hold each other accountable to create a safe environment for all...

Oberlin Athletics Organizes Pride Month 5K
Zoe Kuzbari, Senior Staff Writer • July 2, 2021

Last Saturday, Oberlin’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee organized their 2021 Pride Month 5K to celebrate and empower the LGBTQ+ community. With a $10 registration fee, they were able to raise a little under $500, with all the proceeds donated to The Trevor Project.  The Trevor Project is an...

 College second-year, captain of the field hockey team, and lacrosse player Mary Post
What Pride Means To Student-Athletes
Zoë Martin del Campo, Sports Editor • June 25, 2021

Pride Month has always been a space where I could celebrate my queerness freely with the love and support of my friends, family, and strangers. This Pride will look different: I will be on campus running the Pride 5k with my teammates instead of celebrating at home in New York City — but there is no...

The Return of Club Sports
Zoe Kuzbari, Senior Staff Writer • June 18, 2021

This past year, Oberlin’s club sports faced many of the same challenges that varsity sports teams had to conquer but with even fewer resources at their disposal. Recruiting new members, finding a safe way to practice, and working with a smaller roster were issues that all sports teams had to face but...

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