The Oberlin Review

Senior Student-Athletes Must Balance Athletics, Academics, Impending Graduation

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

November 9, 2018

At the conclusion of her junior year, College senior and softball player Emma Downing was unsure if she should apply to the Honors Program in History. She didn’t think she would get in — only seven students were accepted this year — and even if she did, she didn’t know if her schedule would allow for it. Nevertheless, she decided to take the plunge. “There weren’t any other classes I wanted to take, and I wanted to push myself academically and see what I could accomplish,” Downing said. “I knew that coming up with a question and researching it all year to write a 60-page paper would be the hardest thing I’ve ever done academically.” The History and Russian & East European Studies double-major ...

Power Panel Celebrates Women Success

Power Panel Celebrates Women Success

October 12, 2018

In a powerful conclusion to homecoming weekend, nearly 100 athletes from women’s sports teams gathered in the Knowlton Social Space on Sunday morning for a panel featuring three former Yeowomen. Organized by the John W. Heisman Club, the panel was designed to showcase how athletics and their Oberlin educations have impacted their lives post-graduation. The necessity of a panel like this at the start of the school year, when so many women student-athletes at Oberlin are evaluating t...

Remembering an Oberlin Legend: Joe Johnson

October 12, 2018

Oberlin alumni crowded the Knowlton Athletics Complex Saturday for the homecoming tailgate and football matchup between the Yeomen and the DePauw University Tigers. At halftime, the Heisman Club celebrated its 40th anniversary by honoring select teams and athletes of the past, including all football alumni. I hadn’t been at the game for more than five minutes when one of the former football players — a man I didn’t recognize — approached me. Rich Johnson, OC ’88, saw the l...

Softball Celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving

Softball Celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving

October 12, 2018

The softball team hosted its first Canadian Thanksgiving Monday night in support of its two Canadian players, first-year outfielder Caley Dunlop and senior first baseman Kat Ladouceur. Coaches Sara Schoenhoft and Sally Snover bought turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans, mac and cheese, and pies for the players and began the dinner with a toast. Ladouceur, who is from Nova Scotia, said she was touched by the gesture. “I don’t get to go home much throughout the school year, so it was...

LeBron’s ‘Student Athlete’ Exposes NCAA Hypocrisy

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

October 5, 2018

Shamar Graves sat in the home bleachers of the Woodbridge High School football stadium with a wistful expression on his face, overlooking the field he sprinted up and down over a decade ago as a star wide receiver. The sky was the limit back then. Graves was offered more athletic scholarships than he could keep track of, and making it to the NFL seemed like a feasible dream. After playing four seasons as tight end for the Scarlet Knights, Graves got his degree from Rutgers University. But his post-graduation options were limited. A shoulder injury derailed his chances of trying out for an NFL team, and he didn’t have a plan B. Graves woke every morning at 4 a.m. for his shift at Old Navy. Then he taught at a ...

Happy Homecoming for Former Baseball Standout

Happy Homecoming for Former Baseball Standout

October 5, 2018

Phil Brua, head baseball coach of the Hiram College Terriers, interacts with the Oberlin dugout during the teams’ exhibition doubleheader Sunday, Sept. 30. Brua, who was a star pitcher for the Yeomen from 2008–11, holds the program record for pitching appearances (65) and ranks second in career wins (15). His No. 6 jersey was retired after he graduated. In 2013, Brua returned to Oberlin to serve as the pitching coach, recruiting coordinator, and associate head coach over three years...

In Defense of Sports Journalism

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

September 28, 2018

When Sports Illustrated published senior writer Chris Ballard’s remarkable feature on former New Orleans Pelicans Head Coach Monty Williams a year and a half ago, I was a first-year sitting in the very back of my Intro to Psychology class. The article was titled “‘You Can’t Give In’: Monty Williams On Life After Tragedy.” I read it from beginning to end without lifting my eyes from my laptop screen a single time. I couldn’t. Then I read it again. I’ve never really been one to pay attention during lectures. While other students charted the differences between classical and operant conditioning in their notebooks, I sank down in my chair, awestruck. Susannah Donaldson was under the in...

From Varsity to Club: A Tale in Three Tees

From Varsity to Club: A Tale in Three Tees

September 21, 2018

Three years ago, two guys with a little too much free time and a passion for golf had an idea. In fall 2016, Jay Messina — College senior and varsity men’s lacrosse player — and John Sutherland, OC ’18, started Oberlin’s co-ed club golf team. Many of the founding members were teammates from the men’s lacrosse team, but as word spread throughout campus, others joined as well. What began with two students is now at over 20, with six new players coming in this year. While the te...

Swimming and Diving to the Beat of a New Pool

Swimming and Diving to the Beat of a New Pool

September 21, 2018

After nearly two years of construction, the newly-renovated Carr Pool opened Wednesday, Sept. 19. The new space covers 15,315 square feet and offers 10 swimming lanes, a pair of one-meter and three-meter springboards, a giant television screen/scoreboard, a wet classroom, a meet-management area, and a hot tub. The Oberlin College swimming and diving team — which practiced at the Splash Zone Aquatic Center during the 2017-2018 season — is relieved to have the familiarity and convenienc...

Swooshes Up in Ashes, Nike Up in Shares

Ify Ezimora, Sports Editor

September 14, 2018

Nike’s close-up image of Colin Kaepernick’s face reads: “Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.” At the bottom: the classic swoosh followed by Nike’s slogan, “Just do it.” The ad, which first surfaced in tandem with the opening game of the 2018 National Football League regular season, references Kaepernick’s now-infamous decision to sit and then kneel during the National Anthem at an NFL preseason game. Kaepernick, who has not played a game since that moment two years ago, originally sat to peacefully protest racial injustices in the United States, but then decided kneeling would show more respect for veterans. Nike’s ad, similar to Kaepernick’s original act...

Good Recruiting Leads to Great Success for Cross Country, Track and Field

Good Recruiting Leads to Great Success for Cross Country, Track and Field

September 14, 2018

It was four months ago that Lilah Drafts-Johnson, OC ’18, clutched her first-place trophy while being mobbed by teammates and coaches. She had just run the 10th fastest 400-meter hurdle time in the event’s history at the NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and could finally call herself a national champion — a promise she made to herself three years earlier. Two days later, it was her Oberlin College diploma that she held with pride. After four year...

YeoFit Knocks Out Grand Opening

YeoFit Knocks Out Grand Opening

September 14, 2018

College senior Olivia Shin brought a friend to a cardio boxing class taught by Head Softball Coach and Wellness Coordinator Sara Schoenhoft Thursday evening. Shortly after the Pat ’63 and Merrill ’61 Shanks Health and Wellness Center opened in late August, an initiative called YeoFit kicked off. YeoFit offers an assortment of free drop-in classes to students, faculty, and staff. In the first two weeks of the academic year, the center has been bustling with eager students looking to...

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