The Oberlin Review

BoJack Horseman: Accountability, Pain, and the Ability to Change

Nico Vickers

February 14, 2020

This article contains spoilers for BoJack Horseman, up to the final eight episodes. Throughout its run, BoJack Horseman has focused on cycles of pain; the ways in which a person who has experienced trauma often ends up hurting other people. The show gave us multiple glimpses into the titular character’s t...

Oberlin Students for Gender Inclusivity in Music Presents Phlox

Students in the Phlox Ensemble sit with their instruments.

Jaimie Yue and Nina Liloia

February 7, 2020

Can you think of a famous female, transgender, or nonbinary classical music composer? The average person would likely know the name Beethoven or Bach, but might struggle to recall a composer who’s not a cisgender man. The Phlox Ensembles, an intensive two-week Winter Term orchestra and choir, aim ...

Neo-Futurist Member Teaches Obies Non-Illusory Performance

Jaimie Yue, Arts & Culture Editor

February 7, 2020

A scathing monologue about the zodiac signs. A somber mathematical proof about the square root of two and the mysteries of human behavior. A carefree dance to “Shark Smile” by Big Thief. An unabashed cover of “Somebody to Love” by Queen, but performed in a pitch-black room. All these and m...

“The Wild Beast of the Bungalow” Premiered at Warner Hall

College fourth-year Steven Mentzer’s artwork for

Alice Koeninger, Senior Staff Writer

February 7, 2020

The Winter Term Opera The Wild Beast of the Bungalow premiered this past weekend in a whirl of pink décor, human-sized prairie dogs, and singing chickenpox. Composer Rachel J. Peters describes her work as both “opera that sounds like musical theater” and “musical theater that sounds like opera....

Seyquan Mack and Gabriela Linares on Bomba and Plena

Gabriela Linares and Seyquan Mack.

Lyala Khan

February 7, 2020

Double-degree fourth-year Seyquan Mack is the Chair of the Oberlin College Black Musicians Guild, and Conservatory fourth-year Gabriela Linares is the founder and president of the Oberlin College Latinx Music Union. In honor of Black History Month the Latinx Music Union, the Black Musicians Guild, and the O...

Feve Co-Owners Open New Restaurant, ThiNi Thai

Jaimie Yue and Rachel Fang

February 7, 2020

Oberlin’s new restaurant ThiNi Thai grabs the attention of passersby with its bright lights and painted mural. Above the front door, there is a large, arrow-shaped sign that reads, “ThiNi,” a Thai phrase that translates to “is here,” according to co-owner Matt Adelman. Brothers Matt and Ja...



Clair Wang, Staff Cartoonist

February 7, 2020

“Godot” Cancellation Inspires Provocative Queer Play

College second-year Diwe Augustin-Glave; College third-years Sofie Rejto, Lauren Elwood; Anna Aubry, and College fourth-year Clarissa Heart begin Collective Rage with larger-than-life gestures.

Aly Fogel, Arts & Culture Editor

February 7, 2020

It seems appropriate that Oberlin’s production of the queer feminist play-within-a-play Collective Rage was born of unfortunate patriarchal circumstance. About three months ago, guest director Tlaloc Rivas cast five female students in Waiting for Godot, subverting expectations for the all-male play. Howe...

In Bittersweet Move, House of the Lord Fellowship Finds New Space

From left to right, College fourth-years Jaris Owens, Griffin Woodard, and Miyah Byers. All three students are congregants of the House of Lord Fellowship.

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

December 13, 2019

When College fourth-years Miyah Byers, Jaris Owens, and Griffin Woodard were asked why they attend weekly services at the House of the Lord Fellowship despite not being regular churchgoers before starting at Oberlin, they just turned to each other and laughed. There was too much to say. “We could...

AndWhat!? Fall Show “Vulnerability is Power” Opens Tonight

The members of AndWhat!? pose for a pre-show portrait.

Lyala Khan

December 13, 2019

It is impossible to sit in on an AndWhat!? rehearsal and not be blown away by the power and energy they build. In their drive to rehearse each piece again and again until it is just right, and their ability to channel complicated and raw emotions into moving pieces, the group’s hard work, energy, and...

“Odysseans” Bond Over Unique First-Year Seminar Experience

Nathan A. Greenberg Professor of Classics and Acting Chair of Comparative Literature Kirk Ormand and former students in his “Odysseys and Identities” first-year seminar class on an apple-picking trip.

Kate Fishman, Arts & Culture Editor

December 13, 2019

While the First-Year Seminar Program, a primer for liberal arts writing composed of small classes, is described as “a singular opportunity for learning,” few students are still sincerely attached to their first-year seminar experience by the end of their college career. Not so for alumni of Nathan...

Hannah Wirta Kinney, AMAM Assistant Curator

Hannah Wirta Kinney.

Imani Badillo, Senior Staff Writer

December 13, 2019

Hannah Wirta Kinney is the assistant curator of academic programs at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. One of the new curators this semester, Kinney started her position at the AMAM in September. Prior to working at Oberlin, she taught college classes on Renaissance and Baroque art, and has worked at th...

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