The Oberlin Review

Former Oberlin Varsity Volleyball Coach Runs for Lorain City Council

Former Oberlin Varsity Volleyball Coach Runs for Lorain City Council

May 10, 2019

The primary election for at-large seats on Lorain City Council took place Tuesday, and although candidate and former Oberlin College Head Volleyball Coach Inez James was not one of the three candidates to move on to November’s general election, she had a memorable campaign. Last Friday morning, just four days before the election, James told herself that win, lose, or draw, she’s grateful for the opportunity to have met so many people throughout her campaign. “I’ve met people ...

Caster Semenya Case Highlights Barriers Facing Intersex Athletes

Jane Agler and Olive Hwang

May 10, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Every year, there are several sporting events or stories that dominate social media platforms for a few days or, in some cases, weeks. This year, we’ve seen the internet flooded with news ranging from Tiger Woods’ Masters win and the New England Patriots’ historic Super Bowl LII title to the voices of NBA players after the death of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle. Recently, the debate surrounding South African Olympian Caster Semenya has brought track to national attention. Semenya is a middle-distance track runner born with intersex traits, and on May 1 the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled she must take hormone suppressants if she wishes to continue competing. The two-time Olympian is a massive s...

Son Heung-min Weighs in on England’s Race Debate

Jane Agler, Sports Editor

May 3, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

If you are familiar with my previous sports columns, then you are well aware that I am a huge fan of Tottenham Hotspur winger Son Heung-min — in spite of my die-hard allegiance to Arsenal FC. My affinity for Son is controversial, to say the least, but makes sense given my own South Korean identity. As a Korean-American viewer, it is exciting to watch a Korean athlete succeed on the pitch. But in some ways, his success is equally as disheartening due to the negative — and racist — attention it receives. On January 14, Tottenham launched an investigation after a fan tweeted that other Tottenham fans had acted “hideous[ly]” during a match, directing racist comments and chants toward their very own K...

Kyle Korver Calls on White Athletes to Recognize Their Privilege

Nathan Carpenter, Editor-in-Chief

April 26, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Americans have a cultural fascination with the idea that sports are a meritocracy, where the only ingredients for success are physical prowess and a burning will to win. This mythology is strong within basketball culture, as legends like Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and others have become revered for their aggression, unwavering ambition, and exceptional work ethic. What this narrative erases, however, is that athletes are people who face many of the same barriers as the rest of us — both physical and social. Athletes of color, for example, face racist people and structures, as do other people of color — a fact that is not discussed often enough at both amateur and professional levels within...

OB Jump Builds Life Skills for National-Caliber Young Athletes

OB Jump Builds Life Skills for National-Caliber Young Athletes

April 19, 2019

Three nights a week, the walls of the indoor gym at Prospect Elementary School echo with the sounds of school kids laughing, playing, shrieking, and jumping. These are the sounds of OB Jump, Oberlin’s official competitive jump rope team. OB Jump is comprised of students from both Prospect Elementary School and Eastwood Elementary, Oberlin’s two public elementary schools. The 16 members of the team practice weekly, compete nationally, and work just as hard — if not harder — than any oth...

Manti B-Team Makes Historic Run

Manti B-Team Makes Historic Run

April 19, 2019

Members of Oberlin’s women and trans ultimate Frisbee team, the Preying Manti, high-five one another on the field during a practice last week. While the Manti’s A-team are frequent Ohio Valley D-III College Regionals contenders, their B-team will be making an appearance at the competition for the first time in Oberlin women and trans ultimate Frisbee history. The B team is often a reflection of the future of the team after older members on the A-team inevitably graduate. Therefore, seein...

OCircus Welcomes Spring Season

OCircus Welcomes Spring Season

April 12, 2019

College seniors Teague Harvey and Solomon La Piana, along with College junior Marika Mortimer-Lotke and College sophomore Lydia Finkel, practice the acrobatics that make OCircus one of the most memorable clubs on campus. In light of the recent rise in temperature, OCircus has ventured outside to practice their routines in grassy areas like Wilder Bowl, Tappan Square, and Harkness Bowl. For Oberlin students, OCircus is often a signifier that spring — with its warm weather and brighter...

Fiscal Attack on Special Olympics Opens Dialogue About Impact of Sports

Jane Agler, Sports Editor

April 5, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Due to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year, the Department of Education is facing a potential 10 percent budget reduction and is looking for ways to effectively subsidize the loss. This is the third year in a row the President has prioritized the military and the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border over education, putting pressure on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to make up the difference. However, her resulting proposal was yet another ill-informed and ludicrous step in her long history of errors as education secretary. Last week, DeVos proposed a $17.6 million cut in funding for the Special Olympics, a move that has garnered widespread criticism from colleag...

SAAC Highlights Mental Health Awareness During DIII Week Programming

SAAC Highlights Mental Health Awareness During DIII Week Programming

April 5, 2019

Content Warning: This article contains mentions of suicide. When Evan Hansen, senior captain of the Wabash College football team, took his life on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, no one saw it coming. He had started for the Little Giants for nearly his entire collegiate career, and all of his teammates loved and admired him. However, Hansen was struggling behind the scenes — not unlike many student-athletes all over the country. His tragedy can hardly be seen as an isolated incident. Hans...

OC Athletics Spring Break Photo Series

Jane Agler, Sports Editor

April 5, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Oberlin athletes are known for their passion and dedication to the sports they love — and that doesn’t end when school is out of session. The Yeomen and Yeowomen traveled all over the country over spring break to compete with some of the nation’s premier teams. Check out where Oberlin’s spring teams spent their spring break this year. Men’s and women’s lacrosse flew out to California. The Yeomen found themselves in Whittier, CA, while the Yeowomen made their way to Claremont, CA, but both reconvened in Los Angeles for a Heisman Club dinner with Oberlin lacrosse alumni. Men’s and women’s tennis headed out to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Yeowomen were unable ...

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