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Oberlin Celebrates Homecoming Weekend

Oberlin Celebrates Homecoming Weekend

October 11, 2019

The campus seemed to be abuzz with energy from students and non-students alike when Homecoming Weekend approached. Homecoming Weekend is always a time for members of the Oberlin College and community to come together. Whether it is families coming to Oberlin to watch their student-athlete perform on the field or alumni visiting old friends, there is always something that draws people to Oberlin’s campus. The festivities began Friday with the Heisman Club’s annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony...

Women’s Soccer Starts New Preseason Tradition: Race and LGBTQ+ Workshops

Jane Agler, Sports Editor

October 11, 2019

This past summer, the Oberlin varsity women’s soccer team looked to foster an inclusive space for all members, new and old, through workshops addressing LGBTQ+, gender, and racial identities. Rather than solely adhering to the preseason strategies that have been implemented for many years, the team started this new tradition. Each workshop was organized and headed by team members of those respective communities. “A major goal of [the workshops] was to begin normalizing these kinds of conversations in team spaces and help our teammates realize that they have a very tangible connection to [these] issue[s],” said College third-year and workshop facilitator Louise Metz. The workshops were conducted through panels comprised...

All Talk: Varsity Athletes Go In On Trash Talk

Khalid McCalla, Contributing Sports Editor

October 11, 2019

College athletics are highly competitive and every athlete is unique in how they respond to and handle the tense moments that arise during competition. One method is a favorite among many: trash talk. While from the outside, players who trash-talk may appear to be letting the moment overwhelm them, for many, it can be a way athletes ground themselves and, at times, gain a competitive advantage. The reason a player trash-talks is just as varied as how a player trash talks, with different players preferring different approaches. “I usually try to refrain from trash-talking during lacrosse games because, [personally], I find it distracting to have verbal altercations with an opposing player,” said Josephine An, a C...

Women’s Volleyball Takes Home First NCAC Win Of the Season

Women’s Volleyball Takes Home First NCAC Win Of the Season

October 4, 2019

The women’s volleyball team picked up their first NCAC win of the season at Philips gym last Wednesday night. It was a collective effort with the defense and offense putting forth their best game. College second-year Natasha Radic cited team dynamics as a key factor contributing to their win against Allegheny College. “We’re a really close team, and when all of us can connect we’re a team that’s hard to stop,” Radic said. “It felt great to feel like we were all playing to...

Oberlin Welcomes Trustee-Student 5k Fun Run Tradition

Maranda Phillips

October 4, 2019

This weekend, Obie alum will make their way back to campus for Homecoming weekend, a tradition centered around the Oberlin community com- ing together to celebrate varsity sports. With the arrival of alumni from various class years, Oberlin students have the opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new connections. Additionally, the Board of Trustees gathered this week for one of their four annual meetings. Currently, the board comprises 30 members with different professions and skills. However, they are not only meeting to discuss the future and welfare of Oberlin — on Friday morning, students had the opportunity to participate in a jog with two trustees: David E. Shipley, OC ’72, and Sea...

Varsity Athletes Find Teammates and Friends in Former Competitors

Varsity Athletes Find Teammates and Friends in Former Competitors

October 4, 2019

Oberlin students come from 39 different states in the U.S. and more than 30 countries around the world. This diversity is reflected in the athletics department, where athletes from all over the world compete for the College. Despite these circumstances, several athletes have had encounters with and even competed against their current teammates during their high school careers. These encounters, while not necessarily significant in the moment, can be a unique experience that later develops in...

Community of Athletes in OSCA Continues to Grow

Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor

September 27, 2019

For many at Oberlin, being a member of the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association is a central part of their college experience. OSCA provides a quirky and affordable community, leadership opportunities, and environmentally-wise and healthy food options for nearly one-quarter of the student body. Because of the nature of these completely student-run dining and housing facilities, being a member is a time commitment that consists of cooking and crew shifts or other managerial duties, which can conflict with athletic practices and games. However, for a small group of students, being a varsity athlete and a part of OSCA are not seen as mutually exclusive activities, providing unique communities and responsibilities.  ...

Former Varsity Athletes Find That, After Athletics, Life Goes On

Khalid McCalla, Contributing Sports Editor

September 27, 2019

Athletics play a significant role in many Obies’ college experience. Roughly 350 students — over ten percent of the student body — are part of the 21 varsity sports teams offered by the College. Club and intramural sports provide a fun way for students to stay active and compete with one another without the time commitment of a varsity sport. These athletes’ reasons for participating can range from finally trying a sport they have watched for years to the fulfillment of a lifelong dream of participating in college athletics. Most athletes assume that their career will last all four years. However, for many Oberlin athletes, this isn’t the case. Whether it be the result of injuries, or overcommitti...

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...

The Last Ohio Team to Beat OSU? Oberlin

The Last Ohio Team to Beat OSU? Oberlin

September 20, 2019

One of the four announcers on ESPN’s Sept. 7 College Gameday segment held up a crisp hundred dollar bill and posed the question, “Who is the last team from Ohio to beat Ohio State?”  He was met with silence. One announcer answered, “Miami?” The other announcers laughed, and all agreed that no Ohio team had ever beaten the football powerhouse. The Buckeyes are a legend in American football and have amassed eight national championships since their establishment in 1890. The universit...

Bonner Scholar Athletes Contribute To Oberlin, Both On And Off The Field

Bonner Scholar Athletes Contribute To Oberlin, Both On And Off The Field

September 20, 2019

 When imagining the typical college experience, volunteering for night shifts in churches to help care for individuals in need is not the first thing that comes to mind for most. But for College fourth-year Nae McClain, this was part of a normal day during her first two years as a Bonner Scholar at Oberlin. She balanced not only her academic and athletic responsibilities, but also dedicated 140 hours per semester to community service. Working in the church until 6:30 a.m., she would return to her r...

Competition, Athleticism, or Something Else Entirely: What Makes A Sport?

Khalid McCalla, Contributing Sports Editor

September 20, 2019

 Across the globe, people are playing, watching, and interacting with sports on a daily basis. Most children are put on a sports team from an early age and, for some, that initial love of sports never fades. However, despite the fact that sports as a concept is an integral part of society, both at Oberlin and in the world, there is still no general consensus about what a sport really is. There is the mainstream list that includes football, basketball, soccer, baseball, and a few others that are legitimized as sports by the presence of high-profile major leagues and million-dollar television deals at the collegiate and professional levels.  However, a larger portion of potential “sports” exist on the outskirts of the conversation...

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