The Oberlin Review

Real Life Rudy Visits Oberlin

Ian Adomeit

September 12, 2012

Filed under Football, SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

His message was clear: Never give up on your dreams. Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger encouraged this point throughout his motivational speech to Oberlin students and faculty Wednesday night in West Lecture Hall. Ruettiger is most famous for the movie Rudy, which follows the story of his journey to achieve his dream of playing football for the University of Notre Dame. Ruettiger also recently published Rudy: My Story, an autobiography about his story. Wearing a Notre Dame windbreaker, Ruettiger shared stories of challenges he faced throughout his early life and what he learned from them. He highlighted his struggles in school, including an undiagnosed case of dyslexia among various other challenges. Ruettiger emphasized one pa...

Judaism in Jeopardy

Phoebe Hammer, Sports Editor

September 12, 2012

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

I have never really thought much about being a Jewish student-athlete. In fact, I’ve never really thought much about being Jewish at Oberlin. I will admit, I am far from religious. I have been to Shabbat services twice in three years, ignored every Hillel email I’ve ever received, and barely celebrated the holidays. On the other hand, I consider myself a devoted member of the women’s lacrosse team. I’ve never missed a game or practice and have often had to put sports above other extracurricular activities or even studying. As varsity athletes, we know what we’ve signed up for, and we know it’s a huge time commitment. But no matter how religious we are, we should never have to choose between athletics...

Editorial: The Conscience of a Student-Athlete

Quinn Hull, Sports Editor

May 4, 2012

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Oberlin varsity athletes, “Student-Athlete Week” is almost upon us! Truth is, I don’t quite know how to feel about the Week, which comes on the heels of similar NCAA-wide celebrations, like “National Student-Athlete Day” on April 6 and, from April 9–15, “National Division III Week.” Those events came and went with little notice on our campus, but this Week — perhaps because it is exclusively ours, planned and administered by Oberlin’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee — carries a different, more audible timbre. The upcoming festivities — like the student-athlete “date auction,” an inter-varsity dodgeball tournament and the year-ending “OBIE” awards — carry the hollow ring of a...

Get Paid to Play: A Look at the NCAA and its Athletes

Samantha Dudzinski, Staff Writer

May 4, 2012

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

When I started looking for colleges in high school, I knew I had worked hard enough in the classroom to go to almost anywhere I wanted. Despite this, my focus lingered on those few schools whose softball programs would fit me best. I looked mostly at nearby National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools and a few state NCAA Division I schools, all of which offered athletic scholarships. Most coaches and players were very honest and told me about how athletics took over in that kind of environment: I’d be practicing/lifting/conditioning two to three times per day and missing a lot of classes because of travel, no excuses and no exceptions. At Eastern Illinois University, I was told that even after...

Phelps for Thought

Madeline O'Meara, Sports Editor

April 27, 2012

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Many people have heard of the Westboro Baptist Church. Though they have recently gained notoriety for protesting soldier’s funerals, picketing with signs that say things like “God Kills Fags” and “Thank God for AIDS,” this small, inbred independent and unrecognized “church” (read: hate group) led by Fred Phelps has actually been around since the 1950s. So why do I bring them up in the Sports section? In May 2000, the Westboro Baptist Church graced Tappan Square with their presence to protest the Oberlin College Athletics Department. More specifically, its decision to hire Mike Muska, the first openly gay athletics director in the United States. In a fax (oh, the ’90s) to Oberlin College, Fred Phelps...

Bye Bye Blanco

Quinn Hull, Sports Editor

April 20, 2012

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Caballo Blanco is dead. Yes, the legend, otherwise known as Micah True, who is indirectly responsible for all you runners and walkers that wear those five-finger footie things, is gone. He was found in the vast Gila National Forest in New Mexico a few weeks ago. Fittingly he died doing what he’d always done best — running. If you haven’t heard of True, it’s probably because you don’t run, or haven’t read Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run, an ultra-running cult classic that chronicles why we shouldn’t wear Nike and Adidas and the story of the Tarahumara. The Tarahumara is a tiny, reclusive indigenous tribe that for centuries has hidden from the perils of modernity (and drugs) in Mexico’s Copper...

A Conversation wtih William Roth

Shahab Raza

April 13, 2012

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS, SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

I can think of few people in our community who would be more compelling subjects of an interview than William Roth. I have felt that way ever since my first interaction with the new athletic director, which was already one more than the sum of my interactions with the previous AD, Joe Karlgaard. It was during soccer preseason training this fall, and William Roth introduced himself to us by pointing out the intensity of the task we were collectively undertaking, and among other things, reminding us in a friendly way that we were representing more than just ourselves when wearing his Oberlin College shirts. His shirts. That struck me as odd, and somewhat discomforting. But these choice words were, over the course of...

To Nationals And Back: With Chris McLauchlan

Molly Bloom, Staff Writer

April 13, 2012

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features, Swimming and Diving, Varsity Winter

First-year diving phenom Chris McLauchlan blew away his competition at the Division III NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis from March 21–23. McLauchlan notched not one but two All-American spots by finishing seventh in both the 3-meter and 1-meter dives, adding to the College’s impressive swimming and diving pedigree by becoming its 23rd All-American. The Review sat down to talk with the dynamic first-year about making a splash on the D-III scene, dance and his teammates. How did College nationals rank as a diving experience? I competed in age-group nationals when I was 14, so I have had some experience with it before, but this is college so it is a lot more interesting. It was the Olympic tr...

Birth Controlling?

Madeline O'Meara, Sports Editor

April 13, 2012

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

When I first heard a rumor that members of the Northwestern University women’s lacrosse team — last year’s NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Champions — are required to be on birth control, I was infuriated and confused. How could a university mandate that its players be on birth control, a medication that represents such a personal choice? What purpose does this have? Is it to prevent the players, a huge “investment” for Northwestern, from getting pregnant? Is it so that coaches can know where players are in their menstrual cycles? What possible reason could there be for coaches to have that much control over their athletes’ lives, and, more alarmingly, their sex lives and reproductive choices? Some proponents...

Perfect Pitchers: Knight and King

Quinn Hull, Sports Editor

April 6, 2012

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

It was quiet up there on the mound, lonely. No one said a thing. The drama could’ve been found on film, maybe, or in a real major league baseball stadium. Sure, the stakes were a little lower, the crowd not quite so large as those of the MLB. But on March 18 in Avon, Ohio when junior Eric Knight fired his final pitch – the one that struck out D’Youville College’s last batter and cemented the first no-hitter from an Oberlin College pitcher in over half a decade ¬– the size of the audience (or lack thereof) didn’t bother him. Not at all. “That last out I just realized, ‘Wow I actually did it,’” Knight reflected. “My teammates stampeded the mound. It was a great feeling.” But down the road...

88bikes founder Advocates for ‘Joy-Based Philanthropy’

Quinn Hull, Sports Editor

April 6, 2012

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

In addition to True Fans, you recently published a book called The Road Trip Pilgrim’s Guide. What did “pilgrimage” mean to you on your cross-country bike trips, and what does it mean to what you do today? The idea of meaningful travel or going on a journey that kind of impacts you is huge for me. They have a spiritual component to them. You definitely return a different person than the one that left. And all the trips we’ve gone on that have been really impactful have had this really whimsical nature to them. I mean we took our first trip to a bar — that was our first long journey, and I think sometimes that’s lost when you talk about religion. It’s seen as something that has to be done, has t...

Spring Update: Slew of Successes

Quinn Hull and Madeline O'Meara

April 6, 2012

Filed under Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features, Tennis, Track and Field, Varsity Spring

Women’s Lacrosse The Yeowomen set the bar high as they began their spring season with the best start in program history, setting off an eight-game winning streak before losing to last year’s North Coast Athletic Conference champion, Denison University. First-year phenom Kate Hanick was named NCAC Player of the Week and leads the team in scoring with 29 goals. The team has already doubled their wins from last season and needs only one more win to have a .500 record. Head Coach Jacqueline McDevitt looks forward to the rest of conference play. “We have built a solid foundation over the past two months, and I am excited and energized to put into play all of the things we’ve learned,” McDevitt said. Men’s...

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