The Oberlin Review

Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic, OCSA Program Seeks to Promote Open Dialogue

Jaimie Yue, Arts & Culture Editor

March 13, 2020

As novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, continues to spread worldwide, global populations have responded with fear, anger, and despair. However, amid these emotional reactions, it is easy to forget the need for open communication, especially on campus. Oberlin’s Chinese Student Association seeks to change that with their program “CSA @ AMAM: Culture, Life, and Family Bonding in the Context of Coronavirus” at the Allen Memorial Art Museum today. Event attendees pre-registered for the program, which is capped at 40 people. Today’s program is not the first College event related to COVID-19. On Feb. 13, OCSA hosted a candlelight vigil at Asia House to commemorate those who have died from the virus and pray for Wuh...

Canceled Productions: Art in a Time of COVID-19

Aly Fogel, Arts & Culture Editor

March 13, 2020

The night before Così fan tutte was scheduled to open this past Wednesday, the entire cast, crew, orchestra, creative team, and every voice faculty member gathered on the stage of Hall Auditorium as Dean of the Conservatory William Quillen officially announced that the opera would be closed to the general public. The show must go on — even if the audience is banned from attending. Aside from the two tickets that every cast member is allowed to give friends and family, Hall Auditorium will be empty as the show is performed. The audience, instead, will be watching the show from computers or TV screens as it is livestreamed tonight at 8 p.m. In the age of COVID-19, the question we are all forced to ask is a new version o...

Margarita Nights: An Old Student Tradition Meets a New Location

Margarita Nights: An Old Student Tradition Meets a New Location

March 13, 2020

Editor’s Note: All students quoted in this article are of legal drinking age. Do you prefer your margaritas frozen or on the rocks? Is your favorite flavor the original lime, or an option like peach, watermelon, or mango? These are the questions I asked the crowded tables at Lupitas Mexican Restaurant, a downtown Oberlin joint known for its lacquered booth murals, reasonably priced enchilada platters, and, most of all, Marg Night. A staple among College students, Marg Nights are every Tuesday ...

Comic

Comic

March 13, 2020

Amer Hasan, Third-year Conservatory Clarinetist

Amer Hasan, Third-year Conservatory Clarinetist

March 13, 2020

Conservatory third-year Amer Hasan is now the clarinet finalist for the 2020 Yamaha Young Performing Artists Competition. Hasan’s mentor is Oberlin Professor of Clarinet Richard Hawkins, who received the same award in 1990. Hasan now serves as the principal clarinetist for the Akron Symphony Orchestra, teaches clarinet at the Grafton Center of Musical Arts, and has already performed and taught in multiple countries. On good days, Hasan says, he plays the clarinet like it’s a part of his body...

Crossword Answers

Crossword Answers

March 13, 2020

Twin Sister Duo KING Brings Warm Vibes to the Cat

Twin Sister Duo KING Brings Warm Vibes to the Cat

March 13, 2020

Minneapolis-born twin sisters Paris and Amber Strother performed as the duo KING in the Cat in the Cream this past Saturday, March 7. Now based in Los Angeles, the twins call their self-produced electronic sound “eclectic.” Their self-titled first album received a Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album of the Year in 2016. On Saturday, KING lit up the cozy space of the Cat, with Amber on high, fluid vocals and Paris on three different synthesizers and a laptop. They used an effect...

Poetry Event “Afterwords” Reflects on Allen Exhibition

Poetry Event “Afterwords” Reflects on Allen Exhibition

March 6, 2020

Students, faculty, and community members gathered at the Allen Memorial Art Museum for “Afterwords: An Evening of Poetry at the AMAM” this past Tuesday. The event was in tandem with the “Afterlives of the Black Atlantic” exhibition, also at the AMAM. “Afterwords’’ featured spoken word poetry by nine students who not only responded to the exhibition, but added to the art and left the audience with more to reflect upon.  The event was co-organized by members of OSLAM and the Oberlin Creati...

Behind the Scenes: “Cosi Fan Tutte” Opens This Wednesday

Casey Troost, Staff Writer

March 6, 2020

Beginning Wednesday at 8 p.m., the Oberlin Opera Theater will continue to uphold a tradition that’s at least four decades old: producing Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte once every 10 years.  First performed in 1790, Cosi Fan Tutte is set in Naples and centered around a scheme between three military officers and a maid, Despina, to test the fidelity of two of the officers’ lovers. The eldest officer, Don Alfonso, bets against the younger Ferrando and Guglielmo that, by the end of the day, he will prove that their sweethearts, Dorabella and Fiordiligi, aren’t eternally loyal to them.  “It can be a harsh and bitter comedy,” said Costume Designer Chris Flaharty. “At the beginning of its life, it was taken as a...

TIMARA Recital Showcases Combination of Coding and Music

TIMARA Recital Showcases Combination of Coding and Music

March 6, 2020

At the end of double-degree fourth-year Max Addae’s junior recital, audience members danced on stage as the Technology in Music and Related Arts and Computer Science major coded live beats. The recital, which was performed in Fairchild Chapel last Sunday, was aptly titled Algorhythm, a phrase that refers to the combination of computer algorithms and music used throughout the show. In this performance, Addae used his coding skills in multiple creative ways, capitalizing on the intersection of his...

Anne Trubek, OC ’88, Founder of Belt Magazine, Belt Publishing

Anne Trubek, OC ’88, Founder of Belt Magazine, Belt Publishing

March 6, 2020

Anne Trubek, OC ’88, is the founder of Belt Magazine and Belt Publishing. After graduating, Trubek returned to teach at Oberlin as a rhetoric professor from 1997–2015 before becoming a full-time freelance journalist, publicist, and entrepreneur. In addition to authoring a number of books, Trubek’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Wired, and many other publications. At Oberlin’s journalism symposium last Saturday, entitled “A Disrupted Media Landscape: Skills, Pers...

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