The Oberlin Review

In The Locker Room with Matt Sarro, Brian Cabral, and Sam Paul, Gruffs Rugby Captains

In The Locker Room with Matt Sarro, Brian Cabral, and Sam Paul, Gruffs Rugby Captains

February 23, 2018

College seniors Matt Sarro and Brian Cabral and junior Sam Paul all came to Oberlin without any experience playing rugby, but the trio has found a love for the sport and formed a brotherhood after joining Oberlin’s club team. The team — which has no coach — schedules its own games and practices. They play six games in the fall and compete against teams of their choice in the spring. Their first open practice is Monday at 4:30 p.m. on North Quad, weather permitting. Anyone interested is wel...

In The Locker Room with Lilah Drafts-Johnson, All-American Hurdler

In The Locker Room with Lilah Drafts-Johnson, All-American Hurdler

February 16, 2018

College senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson is a two-time All-American and was the NCAC Indoor and Outdoor Sprints/Hurdle Athlete of the Year as a junior. Drafts-Johnson does more than just dominate on the track; she plays music, teaches Spanish, and looks for ways to bring the female athlete community together, as well as decreasing the athlete/non-athlete divide. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Last Sunday you helped put together an event called “Stronger Together,” the first of...

In The Locker Room with Sandra Kibble, SAAC Co-Chair

In The Locker Room with Sandra Kibble, SAAC Co-Chair

February 9, 2018

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.   What is SAAC? What do you do as co-chair? SAAC is the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and it basically works as a liaison between the varsity sports teams on campus and the athletic administration. As co-chair, I lead meetings, help plan different events that we have on campus, delegate a lot of the work to the different officers, have to be on a conference call once a month with the full SAAC conference — which includes t...

In The Locker Room with Julie and Jay Schreiber, Sports Editors

In The Locker Room with Julie and Jay Schreiber, Sports Editors

December 8, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Julie and Jay Schreiber. The father-daughter tandem has spanned the sports journalism world, with Julie as Sports Editor for the Review itself and Jay working at The New York Times for 26 years, serving as the Deputy Sports Editor for the last four. As Julie prepares to spend a semester in Cuba next spring and Jay prepares for retirement, the two took some time to reflect on their careers thus far. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you...

In The Locker Room with Eliza Poor and Tristan Clonch, Club Soccer Captains

In The Locker Room with Eliza Poor and Tristan Clonch, Club Soccer Captains

December 1, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with club soccer captains and college seniors Eliza Poor and Tristan Clonch, both of whom have been members of the team for their entire Oberlin careers. We discussed the team’s culture, sense of community, and overall inclination towards prioritizing a fun experience for all its members. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How and when did you get involved with the club soccer team? Eliza Poor: We both got started on the team during our fres...

In the Locker Room with Tess Jewell and Emma Schechter, OCET, OCDT Captains

In the Locker Room with Tess Jewell and Emma Schechter, OCET, OCDT Captains

November 17, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with seniors Tess Jewell and Emma Schechter, captains of Oberlin’s Dressage and Equestrian teams, respectively. As they near the end of their four-year careers, they reflected on how the program has flourished in their time here, as well as the hectic schedule that comes with riding at Oberlin. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you end up joining the Dressage and Equestrian teams? Tess Jewell: I’m the captain of the Dressage team, b...

In The Locker Room with Strength and Conditioning Coach Grant Butler

In The Locker Room with Strength and Conditioning Coach Grant Butler

November 10, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Strength and Conditioning Coach Grant Butler, who is in his third year of employment at the College. Since his last interview with the Review two years ago, he has strived to improve his redesign of Oberlin’s strength and conditioning program by shifting his focus to athlete’s mental toughness. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What is your role on campus and in the athletic department at Oberlin? My role on campus is primarily to wo...

In The Locker Room with Noam Fisherman and Emma March, Ultimate Frisbee Captains

In The Locker Room with Noam Fisherman and Emma March, Ultimate Frisbee Captains

November 3, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with junior Noam Fisherman and senior Emma March, two captains of the Oberlin Ultimate Frisbee Teams. Fisherman is a co-captain of Oberlin’s men’s team, the Flying Horsecows, while March co-captains the women and trans team, the Preying Manti. The Horsecows and the Manti will host their annual home tournament, Force Freedom, tomorrow and Sunday on the North Fields. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How long have you each been the captains of Oberlin’s fri...

In The Locker Room with Danielle Miller and Julia Thorndike, Documentarians

In The Locker Room with Danielle Miller and Julia Thorndike, Documentarians

October 27, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Burn the Ships (2017) directors Danielle Miller and Julia Thorndike. The film follows the Akron Racers, a professional softball team in the National Pro Fastpitch (the only league of its kind in America) as they compete against the other four teams in the league, while also struggling to stay afloat amidst poor player retention and low salaries. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you both get into making films, and how did you get to be ...

In The Locker Room with Professor and Columnist Kevin Blackistone

In The Locker Room with Professor and Columnist Kevin Blackistone

October 6, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Kevin Blackistone, ESPN and NPR commentator, Washington Post columnist, and University of Maryland journalism professor. Blackistone has enjoyed a journalism career that has spanned more than 30 years, and while he mainly writes about sports, he also covers politics, news, business, and economics. He also makes frequent appearances on ESPN’s Around the Horn, a sports debating show that covers current topics of contention in sports. This interview has been ...

In The Locker Room with Delta Lodge Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos

In The Locker Room with Delta Lodge Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos

September 29, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Delta Lodge Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos. A former Division III basketball player at Baldwin Wallace University, the Ohio native is entering her sixth year as Oberlin’s Athletic Director. She discussed her journey to Oberlin, her views on the Oberlin Athletics Department, and the role sports plays in social justice and reform. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you end up working here at Oberlin? I was a college athlete. I got t...

In the Locker Room with Anthony Allen and Avery McThompson, Football Captains

In the Locker Room with Anthony Allen and Avery McThompson, Football Captains

September 22, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with senior football captains Anthony Allen and Avery McThompson to discuss the team’s performance so far, as well as the state of football as a sport. The Yeomen are currently sixth in the North Coast Athletic Conference with a conference record of 1–1 and an overall record of 2–1. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. The team started out the season 2–0 this year for the first time since 1989. Why do you think the team was able to come out...

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