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The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

The Oberlin softball team poses for a team photo on Culhane Field at Dolcemaschio Stadium.
Oberlin Softball Players Face Racism from Rose-Hulman
Zoe Kuzbari, Sports Editor • May 20, 2022

On April 3, during a double-header against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN, members of Oberlin’s softball team were confronted with racial slurs from the opposing team. In the wake of the incident, Oberlin will no longer play against Rose-Hulman in non-conference competitions. Still, the students who faced the racial abuse say they have felt unsupported by the College. In the course of the double-header, fourth-year V Dagnino, third-year Lalli Lopez, and second-year Mia Brito, all athletes of color, were referred to as “monkeys” by Rose-Hulman players, who also...

“Play Like A Girl” Inspires Next Generation of Athletes
Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor • May 20, 2022

With hopes of facilitating a love of sports among girls, Oberlin College Athletics held the eighth annual “Play Like A Girl” event May 15. The event, which was held virtually for the past two years, brings together coaches and players from women’s teams to mentor girls aged 5–12.  Director of Football Operations and Running Backs Coach Roseanna Smith participated in this year’s in-person “Play Like A Girl” event alongside members of the women’s basketball, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field, cross country, softball, volleyball, and field hockey teams. “I...

Fourth-Year Athletes Write to their First-Year Selves
Alex Caceres and Francesca Kern May 20, 2022

Dear first-year Alex,  Looking back on my time as a student-athlete, here are five pieces of advice I would give to you as you enter college. Enjoy the ride while it lasts. Live in the moment. As I look back on my collegiate, academic, and athletic career, I always felt the need to stress about my future. I believe that part of that stress stemmed from the fact that I am a first-generation Asian and Latino student. I continuously asked myself: What am I doing right now that will contribute to my career post grad? While it’s important to take the necessary steps to achieve the goals you...

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 “three true outcomes:” a walk, a strikeout, or a home run. This leads to players focusing less on putting the ball in play and focusing more on all-or-nothing swings, knowing that striking out in today’s game is not as frowned upon as it once was.  Even Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly...

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 staff members as they read and edit the pieces we produce. To gain a better understanding of the Review staff’s level of sports knowledge, the Sports Section carried out a survey of 10 multiple choice questions regarding eight different sports. The survey garnered 29 responses, roughly 75 percent...

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 waiting for the moment when they’ll get a chance to compete. These athletes, sometimes referred to as bench players, almost never get called up to the field. Instead, game after game, they wait in the most dreaded space in athletics: the sideline.  “Every match, I have to be mentally prepared...

Graduating Athletes Speak on Life After College Sports
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • May 20, 2022

With the spring sports teams having wrapped up their seasons earlier this month, all Oberlin athletes set to graduate in June have completed their athletic careers. Some of them feel the pressure being lifted and an appreciation for their newfound free time. Still, many look back on their time on an Oberlin sports team nostalgically and want to stay connected to their sport.  Fourth-year jumper on the women’s track and field team Aesha Mokashi went through an array of emotions after completing her college athletics career two weeks ago.  “I remember going back to my parents’ Airbnb,...

Sk8Co poses for a group photo on Lake Erie.
Test Your Athletic Abilities with Excos
Matt Rudella, Senior Staff Writer • April 22, 2022

For many Oberlin students, getting involved in athletics can be intimidating and time consuming. ExCo's, however, can be a great opportunity for people to get involved and test out athletic activities they’re interested in trying. They can also be a great avenue for those who participate in activities at home, but haven’t yet done so at Oberlin. These student-led courses are a great way to immerse yourself with people who share the same interests while creating a safe space for all skill levels to enjoy some fantastic athletic opportunities. One of the ExCos on the Spring 2022 catalog...

Oberlins club fencing team.
The Return of Club Sports
Zoe Kuzbari, Sports Editor • 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 the club soccer team, ultimate Frisbee team, and fencing team have all managed to handle the issues COVID-19 brought on.  Conservatory rising fourth-year Oved Rico joined the club soccer team his first year at Oberlin and has been playing since he was eight years old.  “My experience has...

The Preying Manti, Oberlin’s women and trans ultimate Frisbee team.
Lacking Support, Club Sports Adapt to the Pandemic
Arman Luczkow, Opinions Editor • October 2, 2020

While many of Oberlin’s varsity teams began new COVID-safe practices during the first week of classes, club sports have struggled to create new routines. Oberlin is now five weeks into classes, but many club sports have yet to begin practicing as a result of pandemic-related challenges. Club sports requiring person-to-person contact, as well as those that practice off-campus, have been cancelled. “There are some club sports whose activities were deemed to be too high risk to operate in our current campus predicament,” Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach David Wilson wrote in an email to the...

WNBAs Washington Mystics kneeling and wearing T-shirts printed with seven bullet holes to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake.  Courtesy of
The WNBA Won't Be Ignored
Zoë Martin del Campo and Zoe Kuzbari September 4, 2020

When the Washington Mystics came to their Aug. 26 game each wearing shirts with seven bullet holes in the back, viewers were reminded that the Black Lives Matter Movement is not something that can be ignored or forgotten, even on the basketball court. The Mystics announced they would not be playing that day in honor of Jacob Blake, the Wisconsin Black man who was shot seven times by police.  By this point, social media was abuzz as the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks said they were striking, just hours before the Mystics’ protest. Soon after, the NBA bubble games were halted for three days across...

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