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The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Megan Rapinoe waves at her final game playing on the U.S. national team.
How Megan Rapinoe Impacted Me as a Queer Athlete
Ryley Steggall September 29, 2023

Megan Rapinoe: professional soccer player, Olympic gold medalist for the United States Women’s National Team, two-time Women’s World Cup champion, and an outspoken advocate for social change. She is arguably best known for her iconic pink hair, her celebration after goals — now dubbed “the Rapinoe” — and last but not least, her activism. Her work as an activist has addressed numerous issues, including unequal pay for women in sports, systemic racism and the prison system, the opioid crisis and substance abuse, LGBTQ+ issues, and so much more. Rapinoe played her last game on the USWNT...

Student Athletes Start Queer Student Athlete Group
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • September 29, 2023

This year, student athletes came together to create the Queer Student Athlete Group, Oberlin’s first queer student-athlete focused group. The mission of QSAG is to create a safe space for queer athletes on campus where they will feel heard, represented, and appreciated. QSAG has been in the making for quite some time now. Its importance cannot be overstated, as it supports a group of student athletes who have been historically discriminated against in the sports world. “[QSAG] means that queer student athletes have a space for their identities, not only within the college but within their...

Overview of Kim Russell’s Comments on Transgender Athletes
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • September 29, 2023

Initial Events On March 20, 2022, former Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kim Russell reposted on her Instagram story a post that read, “Congratulations to Emma Weyant, the real woman who won the NCAA 500-yard freestyle event,” in response to Lia Thomas winning the 500-yard freestyle in the 2022 NCAA Division I Championships. She captioned the repost, “What do you believe? I can’t be quiet on this… I’ve spent my life playing sports, starting & coaching sports programs for girls & women…” Russell joined the Oberlin Athletics Department in 2018 as head coach of women’s lacrosse....

Sports Editors Decide Everything: Homecoming Edition
Sports Editors Decide Everything: Homecoming Edition
James Foster and Andrea Nguyen September 29, 2023

After a 10-month hiatus, the Sports Editors are once again here to settle any and all of your squabbles, tiffs, debates, and quarrels. We’ll give you our game predictions, answers to this year’s cuffing season, and a quick trip down memory lane with our past Sports Editors.  Game prediction: Football vs. DePauw? After the Yeomen’s win against Concordia University of Chicago, we were told to not get too excited about the next couple of weeks. DePauw currently stands at 4–0, and we think that with Oberlin’s last two blowouts, it will most likely be a loss.  Game prediction: Men’s...

Obies play cornhole at the intramural cornhole event.
Turning 20, Accepting Change within Cornhole Tournament
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • September 29, 2023

I spent last weekend doing two things: playing cornhole and turning 20. Though one seems more important, I was reminded of my childhood as I tossed a hacky sack and hoped it would go into the hole across the field. When I was a kid, my dad set up cornholes in our backyard to encourage us to go outside. My siblings and I would be forced outdoors and spend hours tossing bags into the holes and competing. For my 10th birthday, all my friends gathered around for a competition where my partner and I came in dead last — which is almost poetic, seeing as 10 years later, I ended up in the same position....

Aaron Rodgers plays against the Buffalo Bills.
NFL Teams Should Consider Changing to Grass Fields for Safety of Their Players
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • September 22, 2023

Athletes have debated whether fields should be made out of turf or grass for years. For some, playing on grass provides benefits, such as resistance against injuries. Others prefer turf for the low maintenance it requires. It remains a fundamental question that different sports leagues have come to different conclusions on. Professional soccer, golf, and rugby are still mainly played on grass, while football and field hockey are primarily on turf fields. Some teams within these sports vary their playing surface depending on their resources. The debate has recently come back in full force due to...

Oberlin celebrates their 3–0 win over Caltech at the Invitational.
Volleyball Sweeps Competition at Oberlin Invitational
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • September 22, 2023

Last weekend, Oberlin Volleyball hosted five schools in their annual Oberlin Invitational Tournament. The Yeowomen dominated all three of their matches without dropping a single set throughout the weekend. On Friday, the team picked up two sweeps against Defiance College 25–16, 25–8, 25–11, and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford 25–15, 25–23, 25–12. On Saturday, they battled to a 3–0 win over the California Institute of Technology 25–20, 25–21, 25–22.  There were many notable performances during the tournament among Oberlin’s athletes. With 95 assists over the course...

The club soccer team held one of its final practices of the season Thursday night.
Club Soccer Provides Inclusive Space for Students To Work On Skills
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • May 5, 2023

As they are in a far more casual environment than varsity teams, club and intramural sports offer students the opportunity to rekindle their love for athletics. The perfect example of this at Oberlin is the club soccer team. The focus of club soccer is not winning but rather enjoyment and fun. “As captains, we’ve heavily focused on being inclusive — we definitely prioritize everyone having a chance to get on the ball and improve their skills over playing the highest level of soccer possible,” College second-year and captain of club soccer Noah Elazar wrote in an email to the Review. “I...

The Oberlin Rock Wall offers fun and recreation.
Oberlin Rock Wall Supports Thriving Club
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • April 7, 2023

ExCo courses and club activities have been hallmarks of Oberlin, standing as prototypical examples of the College’s selection of unique educational and extracurricular opportunities. Obies have the liberty to do, learn, and teach others about practically anything we put our minds to, and nowhere is that freedom more apparent than within the rock-climbing community. Tucked discreetly into a corner of Philips gym, Oberlin’s climbing wall is high quality with a 25-foot-tall pillar and 360-square foot bouldering cave to match. “I came from a competitive climbing background, so it was really...

Oberlin Equestrian Team Competes in Hunt Seat Show
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • November 11, 2022

Before COVID-19 restrictions severely limited its activities, the Equestrian Team was one of the largest intercollegiate club sports on campus, hosting approximately 30 members. After a two-year hiatus from competing, the team is back up and galloping. Oberlin competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (Zone 6 Region 1), which includes some schools from the North Coast Athletic Conference as well as other schools in Ohio. The commitment that Oberlin riders make to their sport is extraordinary. Hunt shows take around two days, often requiring riders to commit to the whole weekend, and...

First-year Kai Kashey competed in the Intramural Doubles Pickleball League Monday night.
Yeofit and Rec Organize Intramural Doubles Pickleball
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • November 4, 2022

While the brief window of time between fall and winter sports seasons means fewer opportunities to watch the Yeowomen and Yeomen right now, there’s still a sport for avid Oberlin fans to attend that’s currently in full swing. On Mondays and Tuesdays, faculty and students alike serve, dodge, and volley against each other in friendly matches, competing as part of the Intramural Doubles Pickleball League. As previously reported in the Review, pickleball’s popularity experienced a 650-percent surge of interested players in the past six years, and especially skyrocketed during pandemic restrictions...

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