The Oberlin Review

The Most Intense Club Sport You Probably Have Never Heard Of: Oberlin Cycling

Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor

September 13, 2019

It is common to see students cycling casually around campus, but there are also some students who take this traditionally-viewed leisure activity one step further. The Oberlin Cycling Club has built a strong intramural presence over the past four years, introducing Obies of all skill levels to the world of collegiate bike racing. While the Oberlin Cycling Club has existed for many years, it was College fourth-years Eamonn Schnell and Adam Fulcher, who serve as the club treasurer and president, respectively, who revamped the team. “[The club] was a little bit more disorganized in the past,” said Schnell. “Adam [and I], our [first] year — I guess we’re pretty big racers, [so we] got together and started up a...

Preying Manti Win National Title

Preying Manti Win National Title

May 24, 2019

The Preying Manti, Oberlin’s women and trans Ultimate Frisbee team, won the 2019 national championship title in College Station, TX, with a 13–7 win over the No. 1-seeded Bates College on May 18. Oberlin overcame the odds, as they entered the game as the sixth overall seed. They returned to campus to a surprise celebration organized by the Flying Horsecows — the men’s team — and the Preying Manti’s B team. “The Preying Manti symbolize Oberlin’s mission of learning and l...

IM Softball Builds Community and Competitive Spirit

IM Softball Builds Community and Competitive Spirit

May 3, 2019

Every year shortly after spring break, students emerge from their dorm rooms and fill Wilder Bowl, Tappan Square, and the Arb with hammocks, frisbees, and picnic blankets. However, for intramural softball enthusiasts from all corners of campus, the surest sign that spring has sprung is the crack of a bat and loud cheers coming from North Fields, where the intramural league plays its games. The league, which kicks its season off at the start of spring second module, brings together varsity...

Over Four Decades of Oberlin’s Club Aikido

Over Four Decades of Oberlin’s Club Aikido

April 12, 2019

In the basement of Hales Gymnasium, just below the basketball court, Club Aikido members can be found rolling and falling on mats for a couple of hours every weekend. While most know only of its takedowns and classic all-white uniforms, Aikido — often translated as “the way of harmonious spirit” — is a Japanese martial art centered around conflict resolution. The club has fostered a tight-knit community at Oberlin for nearly 50 years. “It tends to be a very all-inclusive marti...

Gruffs Gear-Up For Fall Tournament

Gruffs Gear-Up For Fall Tournament

November 9, 2018

The North Fields are not a pleasant place to be on an early autumn afternoon. They’re hot, sticky, and full of bugs. Somehow, this is exactly where the Gruffs — Oberlin College’s men’s club rugby team — find themselves every Tuesday and Thursday. By mid-September, most club rugby teams will be working on rucks — situations where when a tackled player goes to ground, they must release the ball immediately and each team fights for possession of the ball — advanced line-out maneuvers...

From Varsity to Club: A Tale in Three Tees

From Varsity to Club: A Tale in Three Tees

September 21, 2018

Three years ago, two guys with a little too much free time and a passion for golf had an idea. In fall 2016, Jay Messina — College senior and varsity men’s lacrosse player — and John Sutherland, OC ’18, started Oberlin’s co-ed club golf team. Many of the founding members were teammates from the men’s lacrosse team, but as word spread throughout campus, others joined as well. What began with two students is now at over 20, with six new players coming in this year. While the te...

In the Locker Room with Tess Jewell and Emma Schechter, OCET, OCDT Captains

In the Locker Room with Tess Jewell and Emma Schechter, OCET, OCDT Captains

November 17, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with seniors Tess Jewell and Emma Schechter, captains of Oberlin’s Dressage and Equestrian teams, respectively. As they near the end of their four-year careers, they reflected on how the program has flourished in their time here, as well as the hectic schedule that comes with riding at Oberlin. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you end up joining the Dressage and Equestrian teams? Tess Jewell: I’m the captain of the Dressage team, b...

Club Hockey Skates Again

Club Hockey Skates Again

November 17, 2017

The Plague, Oberlin’s club hockey team, will play its second and final game this semester against The Chiefs, a team of Hockey North America, a recreational no-checking hockey league, tomorrow. While school funding is low and games are few and far between, the 18 members of The Plague represent a rich culture of hockey at Oberlin that has existed for more than 50 years. Chemistry and Biochemistry Instructor and Lab Manager Cortland Hill, OC ’77, who joined the team after returning to Oberlin...

IM Softball Draws from All Corners of Campus

IM Softball Draws from All Corners of Campus

April 21, 2017

Passing by North Fields on a Wednesday afternoon, echoes of teammates calling for a pop-fly or the crack of a ball popping off a bat can be heard from over a hundred yards away. This isn’t a varsity team warming up for its next game; it’s intramural softball, where students from all corners of campus take the chance to exercise and compete. But with team names like Jose Queervo and Spicy Pork Bowl, it’s clear that intramural softball is largely about having fun. Rules are made or bent so t...

Club Bowling Revives Women’s Squad

Club Bowling Revives Women’s Squad

March 3, 2017

For the first time in a decade, OC Thunder, Oberlin’s intercollegiate bowling team, fielded a women’s team. The group is brimming with enthusiasm and happy to be reviving an old Oberlin tradition. “It was incredible to compete for the first OC Thunder women's bowling team since 2007,” first-year Sophie Maffie said in an email to the Review. “Our team is full of enthusiasm, support, and generosity ... I am glad that we finally got out on the lanes and made our debut. I cannot wait to ...

In The Locker Room with Ultimate Frisbee

In The Locker Room with Ultimate Frisbee

February 24, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with senior Maya Gillett, sophomore Faith Shaeffer and junior Caroline Beshers, members of the Preying Manti women’s ultimate Frisbee team, to discuss the camaraderie that is characteristic of the sport and the future of ultimate at Oberlin. This weekend, the team will travel to a US Association of Ultimate tournament in Martinsville, VA, to take on teams from Division I and Division III schools. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: Ho...

In The Locker Room with Mel Xu and Katie Rigdon

In The Locker Room with Mel Xu and Katie Rigdon

February 10, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with rock climbing wall supervisors, junior Mel Xu and sophomore Katie Rigdon, to learn more about the close-knit climbing community at Oberlin, their adventures climbing all over the U.S. and how climbing boosts their fitness. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: Did you climb before you got to Oberlin? Mel Xu: Only at my fourth-grade birthday party. Katie Rigdon: I started climbing a year before I got to Oberlin. I took a year off ...

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