The Oberlin Review

America’s Pastime Will Never Forget Sept. 11

September 16, 2016

It was 15 years ago last Sunday that New York City experienced an event so horrific it realized the impossible — it stopped time in the city that never sleeps. When two commercial airplanes, hijacked by terrorists, were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center’s iconic towers, New York City, as we know it, vanished. A city notorious for high-speed living, hustle and bustle and a seemingly endless supply of human energy became eerily quiet in the days following Sept. 11. Wall Street’s opening bell didn’t toll. Subways didn’t run. Streets normally crowded by millions occupied by the push and shove of daily urban life became unrecognizably empty. And over ten long and painful days, no professional sports...

Saying Farewell to Scully

September 2, 2016

Baseball fans first heard the soothing sound of sportscaster Vin Scully’s voice reverberating over the airwaves during the summer of 1950. That year, the United States’ population was less than half of what it is now. Hawaii and Alaska weren’t states. Television was black and white. And the Dodgers played their games at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY, not among the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. Scully was just 22 years old. Just three years later, he would go on to broadcast the 1953 World Series. Over 66 seasons, Scully called some of the greatest games in history. He had a front row seat to Dodger greats like Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw. At age 88, however, Scully has decided that when the Dodgers...

Cool or Drool: Space Jam II

Dan Bisno, Columnist

May 6, 2016

Film sequels are often met with criticism, because how can the sequel be any better than the original? Critics call rare, improved sequels such as The Godfather: Part II or The Dark Knight anomalies. Despite the knowledge that a Space Jam sequel can almost certainly not hold up to the original, it has been one of the most anticipated sports films of the last two decades. For those of you who forgot about Space Jam, it is a 1996 film starring basketball legend Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes characters. Jordan saves the characters from being kidnapped by aliens who want to hold them captive at an amusement park on the aliens’ home planet. Over the years, Space Jam has become an icon of sports entertainment, immo...

The Beginner’s Guide to Surviving Commencement

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

April 29, 2016

As the year comes to a close, we are now officially entering the “final stretch.” It’s a glorious time during which long-harbored inhibi­tions are lowered, and we collectively indulge in a little debauchery. However, enjoying this well-deserved revelry does not necessarily have to take a noxious toll on your physical health. Below are some tips to ensure that the party lifestyle you may adopt before and after reading period doesn’t get the better of you. One classic hallmark of springtime on college campuses is an in­flux of day drinking. Consuming alcohol in the morning is a tough game, and although it may seem like a super great idea at the time, it invariably leads to crankiness and a late afternoon nap...

Cool or Drool: And Now, a Message from Our Sponsors

Dan Bisno, Columnist

April 22, 2016

Every year the NBA seemingly becomes more and more popular. With Kobe Bryant’s recent retirement and the Golden State Warriors breaking Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls’ 72–10 single-season win record, the U.S.’s attention has largely been consumed by basketball this spring. Either way, since the organization’s conception, the NBA’s most popular product among fans has been jerseys. After all, who wouldn’t want to sport the same jersey as an NBA All-Star? League officials undoubtedly picked up on this trend, as the NBA recently announced that, starting in the 2017–2018 season, jerseys will feature commercial advertisements. Before you waste your savings on an advertisement-free jersey to get one of...

When You Lift, Ditch the Myths

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

April 15, 2016

Various types of newfangled, high-tech exercises make head­lines every day for their fresh and innovative take on fitness. Many folks don’t hesitate to dive into fads they read about online or see on television, yet these same people harbor some uncertainty about the oldest technique in the book: weight training. While weight-lifting regimens are usually marketed toward male-bodied individuals, folks with other body types are often left with false information about what types of training they should engage in. These structural problems are exacerbated by widespread myths about weight training. Much of our everyday under­standing of fitness comes from self-proclaimed “gurus” who spread their personal gospel...

Cool or Drool: Don’t Kiss and Film

Dan Bisno, Columnist

April 8, 2016

The Los Angeles Lakers may play basketball in Hollywood, but few fans expected that the end of their season to be riddled with the type of drama and media scrutiny the showbiz city is known for. Granted, with perennial superstar Kobe Bryant set to retire this April, there was a certain expectation that the final weeks of the Lakers’ season would be the subject of a lot of attention. But this attention would have been solely to see the future hall of famer and his squad play basketball, not to observe the unraveling team chemistry of an already struggling Lakers squad. Last week, Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell garnered media attention for leaking a video he filmed of teammate Nick Young. In the video, Young appe...

Orange You Glad You Skipped That Juice Cleanse?

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

April 1, 2016

Chances are that juice has been on your radar since it came in little cardboard boxes at snack time or in reinflatable Ca­pri Sun pouches during recess. Sweet and tangy fruit juice is a staple in most kid-friendly diets, but the depths of the rest of the juice world are still waiting to be plumbed. Beyond the straight blends that are fruit and sugar cocktail marketed to kids, there lie “green” and “macrobiotic” juices, chock full of vegetables and often containing other health boosters like gin­ger or ginseng. Why would an otherwise rational person opt to drink their kale rather than eat it? Green juice provides all of the delightful nutrients lurking in veggies but removes most of the insoluble fiber. Many...

Cool or Drool: Sharapova’s Failed Drug Test

Dan Bisno, Columnist

March 11, 2016

Every professional sport has an age at which players can no longer compete with their younger counterparts. In football, we see a noticeable decline for running backs in their late 20s and quarterbacks in their mid 30s. In baseball, pitchers tend to last longer than shortstops, and centers in basketball generally last longer than guards. Tennis is no exception to this rule. There are hundreds of male and female players, yet only a handful are selected to compete in the few prestigious tournaments held every year. More often than not, singles players move to doubles when their athleticsm begins to decline, as the cardio demand is less and the signs of their inevitable retirement can be disguised. Therefore, when 28...

Sugar’s Sweet Consequences

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

March 4, 2016

Nearly everyone you know is likely a caffeine addict, craving it as soon as they wake up in the morning and rarely letting a day go by without a cup of coffee or tea to satisfy their addiction. Disturbingly enough, they are largely unapologetic, blissfully enjoying a substance that in reality is their captor. However, most adults have another dietary monkey on their backs: sugar. Sugar addiction has recently come squarely into the public eye. Americans were once led to believe that fat was the most abominable nutrient enemy, but the hegemonic health powers have since wised up and begun to seriously scrutinize sugar’s severe side-effects. The Ameri­can Heart Association recommends eating no more than six teaspoons...

Cool or Drool: Prejudiced Comments Cost Pacquaio

Dan Bisno, Columnist

February 26, 2016

Every decade has its share of Michael Jordans — iconic athletes who stand out in their generation. Jordan certainly stands out more than most, but there are always two or three athletes per sport who fans will remember for decades to come. In boxing, the last decade has been claimed by Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao, yet the pair has been as criticized for their public statements and domestic violence as they have been lauded for their athleticism. While they displayed their unquestionable dominance in the boxing ring time and time again, they each suffered their own socio-political shortcomings. The end result has been intensive media scrutiny and public perception of them as self-centered, multi-millionaire...

New Fitness Hashtag Distorts Body Image

Isabel Hulkower, Columnist

February 19, 2016

The internet is a cesspool of aspira­tional rigamarole. You can enjoy looking at your dream kitchen, the perfect trip to a tiny European village, or every piece of designer clothing you desire, all with­out leaving the safety of the blogosphere. However, the most pervasive brand of on­line drivel goes by the name of “fitspo.” The word is short for fitness inspiration, but whether you’re familiar with the term or not, it has undoubtedly wormed its way into your newsfeed at some point or another. Fitspo is an umbrella term that gener­ally encompasses three types of content: nice photos of fresh, low-calorie food, iPhone gym selfies and stock photos of athletic women with inspirational phras­es Photoshopped...

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