The Oberlin Review

College Must Protect Academic Freedom

Anh Lê, Parent of an Oberlin alumnus

November 4, 2016

To the Editors: I recently learned of Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Composition Joy Karega being put on leave of absence. Oberlin is renowned for its tradition of intellectual inquiry, free thought, rigorous debate and exchange of ideas. I call on Oberlin College to protect the College’s adherence and commitment to the values of academic freedom, free speech and intellectual inquiry. I urge Oberlin to deliberate this matter with rational discourse, integrity and fairness. One doesn’t have to necessarily agree or disagree with some of the Facebook contents that Professor Karega posted. Discussions of different social and political issues are vital to the Oberlin College community, including topics such as divestment ...

Seniors Maureen Coffey (left) and Julia Birenbaum

In the Locker Room with Maureen Coffey and Julia Birenbaum

October 7, 2016

This week, the Review sat down with senior field hockey players Maureen Coffey and Julia Birenbaum to discuss their recent protest of the national anthem, their understanding of patriotism and activism in athletics. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Why did you decide to start kneeling during the national anthem before games?  Julia Birenbaum: I’m from San Francisco and read about Colin Kaepernick kneeling. Some people have had really adverse reactions to it. I t...

Periods Still Taboo in Sports

Jackie McDermott, Sports editor

September 30, 2016

People who get their periods know the drill. Strategically hide tampons inside pocket of gym bag. Don’t wear white shorts. Chalk poor performance up to a stomach ache if a coach asks, but later confess the real reason to teammates. Or, don’t mention it at all. The menstrual cycle is often referred to as sports’ last taboo. Athletes compete while menstruating at some of the biggest competitions of their careers but shy away from any discussion of the impact their cycles have on athletic performance. Anyone who hosts a monthly visitor can attest to the fatigue, cramping, bloating, weakness, mood swings, tearfulness and anger it can bring. While severity varies from person to person, for many menstruating athletes,...

Four new black-and-white photos will be added to the newly updated Heisman Club Hall of Fame display in Philips Gym when alumnus Don Hunsinger, Thomas B. Geiger Jr., Toju Omatete and Shannon Houlihan are officially inducted today.

Heisman Club Inducts Hall of Famers

September 23, 2016

The recently revamped Heisman Club Hall of Fame will add four new members this weekend, inducting a legendary coach and administrator, an All-American swimmer and two of the most decorated track and field athletes in school history. Don Hunsinger, Thomas B. Geiger Jr., OC '76, Shannon Houlihan, OC '94 and Toju Omatete, OC '90, will be honored at the Hall of Fame induction dinner on Friday, Sept. 23 to kick off Homecoming weekend. Don Hunsinger For 32 years, Hunsinger served as director of a...

Senior E.J. Douglass glides past an opponent from Ohio Northern University at the Wooster Invitational Sept. 1. Douglass tied for first in the four mile with sophomore Grant Sheely. Both finished in 21:42.1.

Cross Country Dominates Wooster Meet

September 9, 2016

The men’s and women’s cross country teams returned home laden with medals after outstanding showings at the Wooster Invitational in Wooster, Ohio, last Thursday. The invitational, a non-scoring annual meet, featured runners from The College of Wooster, Oberlin and Baldwin Wallace University. While this is a contest that Oberlin regularly dominates, Head Coach Ray Appenheimer said he believes this year’s success was the “best team performance” at Wooster he had seen in years, referencing...

Caleb Anderson (left) and Felipe Ferriera

In the Locker Room with Caleb Anderson and Felipe Ferreira

September 2, 2016

This week, the Review sat down with Beginner Fencing ExCo Instructor junior Caleb Anderson and Badminton ExCo Instructor sophomore Felipe Ferreira to talk about the growth of these unique campus sports groups over time, their favorite memories as Oberlin sports instructors and how fellow students can get involved. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did your groups form? Caleb Anderson: Fencing is actually the oldest club sport at Oberlin, so it’s been around for...

Review Security Notebook

May 6, 2016

Thursday, April 28
 1:29 p.m. Officers were requested to assist a student who fell and injured their knee at Stevenson Dining Hall. The student was given an ice pack and transported to their Village Housing unit at their request. 2:13 p.m. Facilities staff reported a bagged smoke detector in a Union Street Housing Complex unit. Officers responded, photographed the bagged detector and removed the rubber swim cap that served as the obstruction. Friday, April 29
 7:39 a.m. An officer on patrol observed a stop sign wedged in the handrail of the front entrance of Fairchild House. The Oberlin Police Department was notified. 3:06 p.m. An officer on patrol observed gray spray paint covering the text of the C...

Local News Bulletin

May 6, 2016

SB 310 to Fund Budgets State Representative Dan Ramos announced the passage of the 2017 capital budget, Senate Bill 310, Wednesday. The budget will provide state funding for two community projects in Lorain County: the Lorain Palace Theater and Civic Center will be allotted $150,000 for building repairs and improvements, and $175,000 will be granted to the Boys & Girls Club of Lorain County Food Kitchen Program to make the program more accessible to children in need. SB 310 also allocates funding for Public Works Commission programs to provide grants and loans to local governments for infrastructure projects throughout the state. NEXUS Opponents Remobilize Opposition to the NEXUS pipeline strengthened i...

Office Manager Michele Spiroff talks to a student at the Counseling Center. Student Senate is gathering signatures for a petition to move Student Health Services and the Counseling
Center to a more central location on campus.

Petition Proposing Student Health Relocation Circulates Campus

April 29, 2016

In what could be the culmination of a year-long effort, student senators are attempting to rally support for their petition to move Student Health Services and the Counseling Center to a more central location on campus. Student Senate’s Student Health Working Group issued the petition April 18 via Facebook and email. It states that the current location of Student Health Services and the Counseling Center “prevents these resources from effectively serving students.” At press time, 530 students...

Sister Outsider Celebrates Femininity Through Slam Poetry

Daniella Brito

April 29, 2016

Editor's Note: This article discusses sexual assault. Stepping onto the stage at the Cat in the Cream, Dominique Christina and Denice Frohman, who perform as poetry duo Sister Outsider, were greeted by fervent applause last Friday night. The Women of the World Poetry Slam Champions brought their powerful, socially conscious poetry to Oberlin as a part of a national tour during which they’ve performed at over 90 universities, colleges, conferences, schools and community spaces. Together, Christina and Frohman use art to defy the status quo by telling the stories of marginalized people such as LGBTQ individuals, women and people of color. Frohman and Christina prefaced their performance with a request for the...

Review Security Notebook

April 29, 2016

Thursday, April 21 12 p.m. Facilities staff reported graffiti in the men’s restroom of the Service Building. The drawing was a figure done in marker. A work order was filed for cleanup. 6:44 p.m. A student reported a strong odor of marijuana on the first floor of Barrows Hall. Officers responded and traced the odor to a room. Though nothing was found burning, officers confiscated and disposed of alcohol that was in plain view. 10:11 p.m. Officers and members of the Oberlin Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at Firelands Apartments. Smoke from burned oil caused the alarm, which was reset. Saturday, April 23
 12:23 a.m. Officers responded to a report of loud music and a strong odor of burnt marijuana at Firelands Apartment...

Local News Bulletin

April 22, 2016

City to Design Stormwater Plan In order to abide by the regulations outlined in the Environmental Protection Agency’s federal Clean Water Act, Oberlin will improve infrastructure to prevent and reduce flooding and water pollution. The city is trying to determine how much property owners will have to pay for these improvements. The improvements, which would include upgrades to culverts, ditches and pipes, could cost the city an estimated $938,000 annually for the next five years. Lorain County Health Clinic Opens Lorain County Health and Dentistry opened April 5 with the goal of being as accessible as possible. The $3.2 million clinic, which benefits from the Affordable Care Act, claims to treat around 12,00...

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