The Oberlin Review

Secrets from Seventeen Years of Long Island Night

Secrets from Seventeen Years of Long Island Night

October 4, 2019

People often use the phrase, “If only these walls could talk,” but at The Feve, they actually can. Hidden between the small cracks in the brick walls are small pieces of paper that patrons leave with notes to future customers. Looking at these notes, I wonder about the folks who have come here before me.  The Feve is one of the few bars in town, and, subsequently, the setting for many urban legends. The night that generates the most rumors, by far, is the Long Island Night special every We...

An Obie Recommends: Finding a Place on Campus

Imani Badillo, Senior Staff Writer

September 27, 2019

 I told myself this semester that I would make an effort to find truly relaxing outdoor spaces on campus. After a summer spent in a city with few opportunities to enjoy nature, a place full of greenery was at the top of my list of prospects. I wanted somewhere to attach memories to; in my first year I had made many lasting memories with friends but had fewer significant feelings attached to physical spaces. In my experience, very few Obies have ventured into the territory of the Art Building. To most of Oberlin, the Allen Memorial Art Museum and the surrounding art-related spaces remain unvisited, meant only for the study of art. But this collection of buildings is worthy of study in their own right. The museum is...

An Obie Recommends: Walking on Your Own

Kate Fishman, Arts & Culture Editor

September 20, 2019

When we lived in the same building during our first year at Oberlin, a friend and I developed an odd, only semi-spoken rule. We would purposefully leave at different times for a mutual destination. I remember more than once noticing her backpack ahead and deliberately slowing my pace to allow her solitude. It wasn’t that we didn’t enjoy each other’s conversation; we just shared the pleasure of walking alone.  It follows that when I picture Oberlin, I don’t think of my dorm room or a favorite study haunt or even the best parties I’ve been to — I see Tappan Square. Most of the pieces of my life, and the lives of other students, faculty, staff, and residents, seem to be arrayed around this stretch of lawn ...

Seniors Strip for Final Time in OBurlesque Performance

Aly Fogel, Staff Writer

May 10, 2019

Last Wednesday, the Cat in the Cream was packed with students chatting under the venue’s familiar twinkling lights, nibbling on cookies, drinking tea, and anxiously waiting for their peers to come on stage and take off their clothes.  It might seem unconventional, but shows like these have become a celebrated tradition at Oberlin over the past four years since Oberlin’s own burlesque troupe, OBurlesque, was founded.  Burlesque is a style of performance that is broadly satirical, parodic, and theatrical in nature. The term usually refers to strip routines in which the dancer plays at sexuality through exaggerated character routines or comedic bits.  “So basically, the classic burlesque is kind of old-...

Drag Ball: A Photo Essay

Matthew Antezzo and Brian James

May 3, 2019

Professional drag queens and students took the stage at the ’Sco last Friday for the annual Drag Ball, titled Oberlin is Burning. Drag Ball is an Oberlin favorite that celebrates queer history and creative expression. The stars of the night this year included The Vixen, Miss Toto, Chi Chi DeVayne, and Shea Couleé. The following artists’ statements are from two students who documented the night. Brian James, College senior: I brought my camera to Drag Ball because I knew everyone would want their picture taken. … Obies were trying new, glamorous looks and defying gender norms. … Compliments were flying and people were feeling themselves. That energy was perfect for photographing. Almost every person I phot...

Student Organizations Shed Light on Oberlin Protest History with Powerful Projections

Student Organizations Shed Light on Oberlin Protest History with Powerful Projections

April 26, 2019

Last Thursday night, students and passersby might have noticed a series of protest messages and art projected onto Mudd Center’s East-facing wall. With the help of a 10,000-lumen projector and a generator, the library was shrouded in a spectacle of still images and moving frames depicting the history of student protest at Oberlin. The projections — a collaboration between students in the classes Creative Interventions and From Bandung to Black Panthers: The Past, Present and Future of Third...

ASA Banquet Highlight of Campus Afropolitan Week

ASA Banquet Highlight of Campus Afropolitan Week

April 26, 2019

The African Students’ Association adorned the Carnegie Building’s Root Room in purple and gold decorations last Saturday for its annual banquet. The event showcased a vibrant expression of pride in African identity, promoting it as something that is both modern and rooted in tradition. This year’s theme, Afropolitan, was a continuation of Afropolitan Week, a series that featured several other events hosted by ASA. Included in the week’s festivities were student-led panel “African in...

Oberlin’s Friendship Festival Celebrates 10th Year

Jaimie Yue

April 5, 2019

Oberlin’s annual Friendship Festival, now in its 10th year, will take place this Monday in Wilder Main Space. Featuring crafts, guest speakers, free food from Aladdin’s, and raffle prizes, the event is sponsored by the Oberlin Friendship Circle. It comes out of of 12 years of friendship studies at Oberlin and aims to celebrate friendship as the antithesis of war, prejudice, isolation, and hate.  For Mohammad Jafar Mahallati, Presidential Scholar in Islamic Studies and the Nancy Schrom Dye Chair in Middle East and North African Studies, the annual Friendship Festival is also a culmination of over three decades dedicated to studying international relations and friendship. Before coming to Oberlin, Mahallati served...

Empathy Café Facilitates Student Communication

Empathy Café Facilitates Student Communication

March 8, 2019

Empathy Café is an initiative of the Yeworkwha Belachew Center for Dialogue, designed to help students develop positive communication skills. The program was started last year, and grew out of the YBCD’s drop-in hours after staff members recognized the need for more programs that help people practice conflict resolution.  Ombudsperson Kim Jackson Davidson spoke about the inception of this program. “We felt like there was something missing as the core reason for people to walk to this...

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