The Oberlin Review

College second-year cross country and track and field athlete Lilly Crook.

We Keep Yeoing: The Curious Case of the Virtual 5K

October 9, 2020

In the shadow of Cleveland, Ohio, tucked away in the cornfields, lies a small town and one of the nation’s premier academic institutions, Oberlin College. But you already knew that. What you didn’t know was that the cross country and track and field teams at this small liberal arts college refused to let a pandemic stop them. Like many, they saw their plans for 2020 crumble before their eyes. But instead of wallowing, they started working. Working out, working on themselves, but above all else,...

No Bubble, More Problems: Why the NFL Season Is Now In Jeopardy

Zach Bayfield

October 9, 2020

After the National Football League successfully completed three weeks of competition without incident amid the COVID-19 pandemic, this past week brought some bad news for the league. Last Tuesday, the NFL experienced a wave of positive COVID-19 tests. Three players and five personnel for the Tennessee Titans tested positive, forcing the team and their most recent opponent, the Minnesota Vikings, to shut down football operations for the week. As a result, Tennessee’s week four game against the Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed. In addition, New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton tested positive on Saturday, forcing the league to postpone the Patriots-Chiefs matchup as well.  In stark contrast, the National Basketball A...

WNBA's Washington Mystics kneeling and wearing T-shirts printed with seven bullet holes to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake.  Courtesy of Slate.com.

The WNBA Won’t Be Ignored

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 hou...

Football games will no longer be held at the Dick Bailey Field following the suspension of fall athletic competitions.

Athletics Community Reacts to the Cancellation of Fall Sports

September 4, 2020

Without competitions to prepare for, coaches have had to adjust their plans for this season. Oberlin College came to the difficult decision to cancel all fall athletics on June 22, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A month later, the North Coast Athletic Conference overall announced that they would make the same decision.  After seeing the previous spring season meet the same fate, fall athletes are now living through the same shock and pain their peers experienced months prior.  Del...

College second-year and baseball player Nick Rosa-Palermo leads a yoga session. Photo Courtesy of Nick Rosa Palermo

Off-Campus Athletes Stay Connected During COVID-19

September 4, 2020

With the sudden cancelation of the 2020 spring season, followed by the cancelation of fall sports, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Oberlin Athletics has been staggering. Most third-year athletes are off-campus this semester, making it difficult for teams to try and stay connected during the pandemic. However, Oberlin coaches and athletes alike are taking the adversity in stride and coming up with unique and creative solutions to maintain their community. Oberlin football’s coaching s...

Hype Music You Can Wash Your Hands To

Khalid McCalla, Sports Editor

March 13, 2020

Life is chaotic right now, and everyone is handling the turmoil in their own way. For many athletes, chaos comes with the territory of competition. Whether it’s psyching themselves up for an early morning practice or getting themselves ready for a big game, athletes across all sports consistently find ways to navigate chaos and manage stress. One of the most common ways to do this is through music. Hype music, as it is typically referred to, is an integral part of many athletes’ preparation for competition. More recently, music is being championed as a way to teach people how to wash their hands in this trying time. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most classic hype songs, according to me, your friendl...

Recruitment Brings a Variety of Athletes to Campus

Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor

March 6, 2020

For many high school students around the nation, applying to college is a tedious process that often begins their junior year. However, for student-athletes, the college search process can begin years in advance, with some students contacting coaches as early as middle school. Oberlin coaches typically begin looking at the performance of high school students in their sophomore or junior season. They search for individuals who will not only fit their program, but also thrive at Oberlin both socially and academically. For Head Women’s Volleyball Coach Erica Rau, the character of the individual is at the forefront when she is evaluating potential recruits. She believes that skills can be improved, but the character ...

Oberlin Should Support Women’s and Men’s Athletics Equally

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

February 28, 2020

After attending both women’s basketball and men’s basketball games several times this year, I have begun to notice a disturbing pattern. The women’s basketball team has been playing the earlier game slot this season, while the men’s basketball team plays the later game slot. This has been the case the whole season — with the exception of last Wednesday. The women’s basketball games consistently have lower attendance than the men’s basketball games, and I chalked this up at least partly to the convenience of the time slots. I gave people the benefit of the doubt. However, after last Wednesday, I know that this is not the case. After the men’s game, which took place at 6 p.m., almost the entire stadium...

Former NBA player Dwyane Wade and daughter Zaya Wade.

The Wade Family’s Positive Influence

February 21, 2020

 NBA star Dwyane Wade recently announced that his daughter, Zaya, is transgender. This announcement was immediately met with support from those who saw Wade’s acceptance of his daughter’s gender identity as evidence of a shifting norm; and criticism from those without a full understanding of what this announcement means, both for the Wade family and for society as a whole.  At Oberlin, the separation between the LGBTQ+ community and others, like the Black and athletic communities, is not as s...

The Oberlin College varsity football team.

Current and Former Football Players Express Concern About Team Culture

February 21, 2020

 Founded in 1891, Oberlin’s football team has provided a community to both athletes and spectators, alike, for generations. Despite this history, the team has seen significant turnover over the past few years; this past season alone, seven players left the team. This upcoming season, the team will have seven rising fourth-years on a 29-person roster. In previous seasons, this number was higher; in 2017, the roster included 16 fourth-years.  At the end of the past season, Head Football Coach Jay Anderson announced that he was st...

College fourth-years Jasmine Sorrells and Cheyenne Arthur.

New Dynamic Duo Steps in to Lead Yeowoman Basketball

February 21, 2020

 In all college sport programs, filling leadership roles after star players depart is a source of stress. The Oberlin College women’s basketball team faced this issue after captains and star basketball players Alex Stipano, and Liv Canning, both OC ’19, graduated last year Stipano, a guard, finished last season averaging 11.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists per game, and earned All-North Coast Athletic Conference her third and fourth years. Canning ended her final season averaging 1...

College fourth-year Christian Foretti.

Christian Fioretti: Men’s Basketball’s Selfless Leader

February 7, 2020

 As a first-year, Christian Fioretti, now a fourth-year guard on the men’s basketball team, started in only three of 25 games. That modest start to his college career has led him to become an incredible team leader, and — in his final season — Fioretti has started in 72 straight games for the Yeomen. “When [Christian] got to Oberlin, I think he felt a lack of security with what his role was and would ultimately become,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Isaiah Cavaco. “Having played smal...

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