The Oberlin Review

The U.S. Women’s National Team Deserves Your Undivided Attention

The U.S. Women’s National Team Deserves Your Undivided Attention

February 14, 2020

This Winter Term, while watching the United States Women’s National Soccer Team game, we became simultaneously filled with pride for our team and couldn’t wait to don a USWNT jersey — printed with the name of any one of those fabulous players — and flaunt it front row at a primetime televised game. We allowed ourselves to be swept up in the frenzy of support for the future of women’s sports. The USWNT ultimately won the game against Costa Rica, as part of the Olympic qualifying tourname...

Christian Fioretti: Men’s Basketball’s Selfless Leader

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...

Ruminations on Kobe Bryant and What He Left Us

Ruminations on Kobe Bryant and What He Left Us

February 7, 2020

 Every now and then, an event occurs that makes the world stand still. These “where were you when” moments can define a year, a decade, and, at times, a generation. The death of basketball player Kobe Bryant, who passed away with eight others, including his daughter Gianna, in a tragic helicopter accident on Jan. 26, 2020, was one of these moments. For millions across the planet, Kobe was their first exposure to greatness. He was untouchable on the court and, as a result of his immense tale...

The Review’s Sports Editors Went Pole Dancing, and It Was Difficult

Jane Agler and Khalid McCalla

November 22, 2019

This week, the Review’s sports editors decided to attempt an athletic endeavor known for its test of strength and agility, as well as its controversial recent popularization as a fitness practice: pole dancing. The Cleveland area has a number of locations that offer pole dancing classes as a form of exercise, and after extensive research, we settled on Expressions Fitness’ Beginner Level 1 & 2 class in Berea, OH. As sports editors and recreational athletes, we felt confident going into the class. But even Khalid McCalla, our contributing sports editor and a former Division-III varsity football player, was breaking a sweat just ten minutes into the class. We were very naive. Pole dancing is physically d...

Women’s Cross Country Win Rumble: An Annual Tradition of Determination

Women’s Cross Country Win Rumble: An Annual Tradition of Determination

November 1, 2019

 On the morning of the Inter-Regional Rumble, members of the Oberlin women’s cross country team prepared by putting on glitter and writing words of encouragement on each other with colorful pens. Coaches, friends, Oberlin alumni, and family were on the sidelines cheering for their teams as athletes lined up at the starting line, a sea of multicultural uniforms. When the gun went off, the sound of pounding feet filled the air as hundreds of cross country athletes raced around the 6- and 8-kilomet...

Cross Country and Track & Field Teams Work at Community Service Site

Cross Country and Track & Field Teams Work at Community Service Site

September 20, 2019

The mens’ and womens’ Cross Country and Track and Field teams volunteered at various Oberlin and Lorain County establishments on their Day of Service last Sunday. A group of 76 athletes and five coaches helped workers at the Oberlin Heritage Center, Family Promise of Lorain County, Kendal at Oberlin, Prairie of Western Reserve Conservancy, Oberlin Community Services, and the Legion Field Community Garden complete various site-specific tasks throughout the day. This event was the Cross Country...

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