Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

The Review publishes every Friday.

Activism on Campus Must Be Revitalized
Editorial Board September 23, 2022

Oberlin has a national and historical reputation for its politically active student body and campus that is constantly abuzz with activism and protests. We have noticed, however, that besides a few gatherings in Tappan Square with chanting and posters, there have been few, if any, sustained protests...

Professor Mahallati Should Condemn ’88 Iran Massacres
Dr. Mansour Farhang, Professor of Politics at Bennington College • September 23, 2022

Editor’s note: Segments of this piece are reprinted from the author’s book review, “Nasser Mohajer, Voices of a Massacre: Untold Stories of Life and Death in Iran, 1988,” published on Oct. 27, 2020 in the Center for Human Rights in Iran. The author served as the Islamic Republic of Iran’s...

College Seemingly Abandons COVID Mitigation Efforts
Oliver Niehaus September 23, 2022

I started school at Oberlin last fall when there were signs all over campus that said, “masks required outdoors.” I was initially surprised because this was above and beyond CDC guidance at that time — in general, outdoor mask wearing was not necessary. Now, I’ll admit I was a bit annoyed by...

Students Should Give Mobile ID Cards Time
Henry Larson, Columnist • September 23, 2022

When I got my Mobile ObieID on my first day at Oberlin, I was thrilled with the convenience of the new technology. The ability to get into my dorm, order meals, and check out books just by tapping my phone against a card reader sounded incredibly convenient. No keeping track of a thin little piece of...

Co-op Dining Enhanced My Oberlin Experience
Zoey Birdsong, Columnist • September 23, 2022

I’ve noticed that the narrative around the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association is often dominated by its most veteran, involved, and enthusiastic members. I’m well on my way to becoming one of those people, but I think it’s important that I share my perspective as someone who was an outsider...

Administrator-Student Communication Needs Improvement
Aurora Hegarty September 23, 2022

As it stands, there is no clear, easily accessible avenue through which students can relay their grievances to the administration in a manner that encourages constructive change. Conversely, it seems like the administration often doesn’t communicate its decisions to students in a timely or entirely...

Students Self Promote Performances Outside Conservatory
Nikki Keating, News Editor • September 23, 2022

The Oberlin Conservatory, with over 540 students and 42 private areas of study has trained many notable alumni. With over 500 performances a...

Robert Nathaniel Dett
Conservatory Performances to Honor Nathaniel Dett
Ginger Deppman, Staff Writer • September 16, 2022

In 1908, Robert Nathaniel Dett (1882–1943) graduated from Oberlin College and Conservatory with a double major in Piano Performance and Composition....

Artist Recital Series Brings Star Power to Conservatory Stage
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • September 9, 2022

After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the Conservatory Artist Recital Series will return with three concerts spread across the 2022–23 academic...

Breezeway Between Kohl Building and Robertson Building
Chinese Students Remain on Campus Amid Covid Restrictions
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • September 9, 2022

Since the beginning of the pandemic, China’s strict COVID-19 policies have been recognized for their lengthy quarantine times, lockdowns, restrictions,...

Food bowls line the windowsill of Robertson Hall Practice Room
Fingernails, Food Bowls, and Fries: Students Trash the Robertson Practice Rooms
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • May 20, 2022

Picture this: toenails on piano keys, wads of gum underneath the piano keybed, rotten food festering in discarded food bowls, coffee stains on...

Mobile Senior Center Continues Operations in First Church, Expands to LaGrange
Sofia Tomasic, Senior Staff Writer • September 23, 2022

The Oberlin Senior Center closed permanently in March 2020 due to financial hardship. In September 2021, The Neighborhood Alliance, a nonprofit organization that provides family support services to the Oberlin community, launched a test replacement program called the Mobile Senior Center in collaboration...

Presence, a software implemented by the College this semester, tracks student event attendee data.
Presence Data Collection Altered Following Student Concerns
Alexa Stevens, News Editor • September 23, 2022

At the start of this semester, the College began using Presence, a software program designed to organize campus events and track attendee data. Recently, students have expressed concerns over Presence’s data-tracking habits. Presence describes its services as supporting colleges and universities in...

AVI Foodsystems recently launched several changes to campus dining, including the implementation of kiosk ordering stations.
AVI Implements Dining Changes, Students Respond
Ava Miller, Senior Staff Writer • September 23, 2022

AVI Foodsystems has made changes to dining services, such as implementing reusable “eco boxes” for students to take food to-go and kiosks to speed up the food ordering process at certain locations.  Reusable eco boxes can be initially purchased from Stevenson Dining Hall, Heritage Kosher Kitchen,...

Over the summer, the College assisted the Green EDGE Fund in creating a solar-powered charging and Wi-Fi station.
Green EDGE Fund Installs Solar-Powered Outdoor Workstation
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • September 23, 2022

This summer, after more than a year of planning, the College’s Green EDGE Fund installed a solar-powered outdoor working station complete with charging ports, LED lights, and Wi-Fi connection that is now available to students, faculty, and community members.  Located outside the northern entrance...

Security Notebook
September 23, 2022

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2022 Staff reported graffiti on the door of a practice room in Robertson Hall. Officers responded to an accident in the Talcott Hall parking lot. There were no injuries. A student reported their laptop missing from a charging unit on the second floor of Mudd Center. The laptop...

Students protest outside of Gibson’s Bakery in late 2016.
Oberlin College v. Gibsons Bros., Inc.
Kushagra Kar, Emma Benardete, Ava Miller, and Walter Thomas-Patterson September 16, 2022

The Original Incident On Nov. 9, 2016, three Oberlin College students — Elijah Aladin, Enida Lawrence, and Cecelia Whettstone — were taken into custody by the Oberlin Police Department on charges of shoplifting and assault. Aladin, Lawrence, and Whettstone were Black students at Oberlin. The incident...

Oberlin Community, College Reflect on Town-Gown Relationships Post Gibson’s Litigation
Kushagra Kar, Editor-in-Chief • September 16, 2022

Last week, Oberlin College announced it would pay Gibson’s Bakery the sum of $36.59 million in damages and attorney’s fees. With litigation now concluded, members of the community are reflecting on the circumstances of the original incident and the culmination of five years of litigation. Karen...

How do I Register to Vote?
Cal Ransom, This Week Editor
Latest Episode
This week's show is a special episode about Juneteenth, made up of segments by The Weekly team: Nina Auslander-Padgham, Eric Schank, and Casey Troost. First, Nina and Eric present a segment on the Oberlin Juneteenth festival, how it is different this year, and address potential town and gown tensions as more students participate in the parade. Afterwards, Nina Auslander-Padgham interviews Annessa Wyman, an Administrative Assistant at the College, about her personal involvement in planning Juneteenth festivities for the last decade. Finally, Casey Troost's segment is on the history and meaning of Juneteenth with interviews with African American locals: Ms. Margaret Christian, honoary Juneteenth board member and local historian; featured poet LaTonya Fenderson Warren; Valerie Lawson, chairperson of the Juneteenth executive board; Adenike Sharpley, professor of Dance at Oberlin; and Shelley Shepard. This episode originally aired on WOBC Oberlin, 91.5 FM, Oberlin College and Community radio at 3:00 pm EST on August 2nd, 2021.
Comic: The Longest Week
Comic: The Longest Week
Holly Yelton, Illustrator
Comic: Rainy Day Traffic
Comic: Rainy Day Traffic
Holly Yelton, Illustrator
The FireFish sculpture goes up in flames.
Students Revel in Absurdity of Annual FireFish Festival
Leela Miller, Senior Staff Writer • September 23, 2022

The annual Lorain FireFish Festival took place in Downtown Lorain last Saturday. The festival is a lively celebration of art, culture, and community that culminates in the ceremonial burning of a giant fish sculpture. Programming included glassblowing demonstrations, a New Orleans-style jazz band, stilt...

History of Oppression: Dressing for Rich White Majority
Malcolm Bamba, Arts & Culture Editor • September 23, 2022

Dressing for success goes beyond colloquialism — it’s a term of deep cultural significance. Watershed moments for students historically underrepresented in academic institutions are underscored by the legacy of knowing that success is how you choose to show up.  Oberlin’s relationship with...

College Experience Inspires Student Produced Music
Emma Benardete, Editor-in-Chief • September 23, 2022

It’s no secret that Oberlin is a very musical place. Between the Conservatory, the Arts and Sciences Orchestra, and various a capella groups, there are always plenty of music performances on campus. However, there is another side of the Oberlin musical scene that doesn’t get nearly as much attention:...

Kurt Rosenwinkel and his band play at the Cat in the Cream.
Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet Performs at Cat in the Cream
Maeve Woltring, Arts & Culture Editor • September 23, 2022

This past Tuesday, a brigade of College students, Jazz Studies department members, and Oberlin community members could be found grooving in the dimly lit confines of the jam-packed Cat in the Cream. Thanks to the efforts of the Oberlin Jazz Society, the Cat’s stage was host to the iconic Kurt Rosenwinkel...

Basement of Hales Home to Third-Year Studio Art Majors
Leela Miller and Juliana Gaspar September 23, 2022

Studio Art majors enrolled in Oberlin’s Advanced 2D Projects course are excited to have art-making spaces all to themselves in the basement of Hales Gymnasium. College third-years Clea Gunn and Martina Taylor show off the original work on their walls and the beautiful clutter that blankets their...

Shawn Lisann, ready to perform a card-trick.
Magic Fosters Community, Encourages Creativity
Shawn Lisann September 23, 2022

Throughout its nearly 200-year history, Oberlin College and Conservatory has been a mainstage for world-class musicians, comedians, dancers, studio artists, and more. However, there is one artistic tradition that has yet to find its time in the Oberlin spotlight: magic. Magic was the cause of some truly...

The cast of Don’t Worry Darling on the red carpet.
Olivia Wilde’s Second Directorial Feature Receives Lukewarm Reviews Ahead of Theatrical Opening
Leela Miller , Senior Staff Writer • September 16, 2022

Olivia Wilde’s second-ever directorial project, Don’t Worry Darling, is scheduled to be released in theaters later this month. However, Don’t Worry Darling’s recent press coverage has had little to do with the film itself and much more to do with the ever-escalating conflict among the production...

Allen Memorial Art Museum Hosts Bakunin’s Barricade
Dlisah Lapidus September 16, 2022

FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is a contemporary art exhibition connecting local, national, and international artists with institutions across northeast Ohio. The 2022 edition, Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, presents art as a possible catalyst for healing. As a part of...

Oberlin Students Tell Their Stories Through Tattoos
Juliana Gaspar , Arts & Culture Editor • September 16, 2022

When walking through campus in the warmer months, students can be seen showing off their tattoos. Tattoos are often meaningful; they may give insight into a person’s hobbies, interests, and experiences. They may also just look cool. Either way, many students on campus have stories to tell through...

Irma Vep Offers Sincere Exploration of Film Making
Malcolm Bamba, Arts & Culture Editor • September 9, 2022

HBO’s Irma Vep is able to shine beyond its languid pacing in an unflinching yet humorous depiction of modern filmmaking. The series follows Mira (Alicia Vikander), a disillusioned actress navigating the foreign territory of French cinema, as she stars as black-suit specter vampiress Irma Vep...

Allegra Kirkland
Allegra Kirkland, OC ’12, Teen Vogue Politics Director Talks Journalism
Alexa Stevens, News Editor • September 23, 2022

Allegra Kirkland, OC ’12, is the politics director at Teen Vogue. During her time at Oberlin, Kirkland served as a News Editor and Editor-in-Chief of the Review. Before joining the Teen Vogue staff, Kirkland worked as a reporter and Senior Editor for Talking Points Memo, an independent news organization...

Kathryn Gin Lum
Kathryn Gin Lum, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History at Stanford University
Nikki Keating, News Editor • September 16, 2022

Kathryn Gin Lum is an associate professor visiting from Stanford University with a focus in Religious Studies and History. This Wednesday, as a part of the College’s Race and Religion Lecture Series, Gin Lum gave a presentation to Oberlin students on her book, Heathen: Religion and Race in American...

Scott Hwang, Senior Assistant Dean and Director of the Multicultural Resource Commons
Scott Hwang, Senior Assistant Dean and Director of the Multicultural Resource Commons
Ava Miller, Senior Staff Writer • September 9, 2022

In early June, Scott Hwang was named Senior Assistant Dean and Director of the Multicultural Resource Commons. Hwang holds a bachelor’s degree from Gordon College and a master’s in higher education from Geneva College, and he is currently pursuing a doctorate in education from the University of Pittsburgh....

Solomon Leonard by Conservatory Pond
Solomon Leonard, Jazz and Hip-Hop Violist
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • September 23, 2022

Hailing from Los Angeles, CA, second-year Viola Performance major Solomon Leonard engages with a variety of musical genres inside and outside of the Conservatory. Leonard studies and performs in both the Classical and Jazz divisions at Oberlin, and participates in one of the Performance and Improvisation...

Courtney-Savali Andrews
Q&A with Courtney-Savali Andrews, Professor of Ethnomusicology
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • September 16, 2022

Courtney-Savali Andrews, OC ’06, is the newly appointed assistant professor of African American and African Diasporic Musics in the Conservatory. This semester, her courses include Introduction to African American Music, an interdisciplinary course that blends music history, ethnomusicology, and Africana...

Gabi Allemana, right, Marley Howard, left
The Crimson Collective Centers New Voices
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • April 23, 2022

The Crimson Collective, known formally as the Oberlin Femininity and Black American Music Collective, is the creative brainchild of double-degree  second-year Jazz Vocalist Marley Howard and  double-degree first-year Jazz Vocalist Gabi Allemana. The Collective seeks to center the artistic voices and...

Hannah Belmont, College Third-Year and Comedian
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • September 16, 2022

College third-year Hannah Belmont is a Theater major from Chicago. She has been performing stand-up comedy for a little over a year, and in that time she has hosted and performed in countless shows and events around Ohio. Last semester, she led a stand-up comedy ExCo and formed the Stand Up Comedy Coalition,...

Lily and Kathleen unintentionally matched outfits this Wednesday.
Lilyanna D'Amato, Review Arts and Culture Editor
Kathleen Kelleher, Arts & Culture Editor • May 20, 2022

In 16 days, my beloved co-editor, College fourth-year Lilyanna D’Amato, will be graduating with a degree in Comparative American Studies. She laughs at my feeblest jokes and says “slay” when I say “slay.” Sometimes we match our outfits by accident. She wrote her thesis on One Direction and...

Patti Harrison at Finney Chapel on May 4.
Comedian, Actress Patti Harrison Thinks You Should Focus On What Makes You Laugh
Jane Hobson and Lilyanna D'Amato May 6, 2022

Comedian and actress Patti Harrison is most known for her work on the Netflix series I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson and Big Mouth. In addition, she recently wrapped production for the third season of Hulu’s Shrill, in which she plays comedian Aidy Bryant’s coworker. According to Rolling...

Jon Schafer dribbles a ball at a men’s soccer game against Grove City College.
In the Locker Room with Jon Schafer, Soccer Captain and Musician
Andrea Nguyen, Kayla Kim, and Zoe Kuzbari September 23, 2022

After missing multiple seasons due to injuries and the COVID-19 pandemic, fourth-year midfielder Jon Schafer is finally playing his first full season of soccer, leading as one of the team captains alongside fourth-year Zack Butter and second-year Anthony Pacewicz. Off the field, Schafer is a Politics...

Miguel Siwady in Lane 7 swimming at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.
In the Locker Room with Miguel Siwady, World Junior Swimming Championships Competitor
Kayla Kim, Contributing Sports Editor • September 16, 2022

While most first-years were adjusting to classes and attending meetings with their Peer Advising Leaders at the beginning of the school year, Miguel Siwady was swimming at the 2022 FINA World Junior Championships in Lima, Peru where he placed 22nd in the 1,500-meter finals. He represented Honduras, where...

Elly Scheer runs on the field during the game against Nazareth.
In the Locker Room with Elly Scheer, Field Hockey's Rising Star
Zoe Kuzbari, Contributing Sports Editor • September 9, 2022

Last Saturday, first-year Elly Scheer scored the field hockey team’s first goal of the season, helping it win an overtime game against Nazareth College on Oberlin’s very own Bailey Field. While she generally plays defense, her offensive goal brings hope for more victories this season. Scheer has...

Zoe and Téa Kuzbari smile for a photo taken by their mom at the Haverford vs. Oberlin game.
Sisters Compete Against Each Other
Zoe Kuzbari, Contributing Sports Editor • September 23, 2022

This past weekend, the volleyball team hosted the Oberlin Invitational Tournament in Philips gym. The teams participating included John Carroll University, Chatham University, and Haverford College — where my younger sister Téa attends and also plays volleyball. The Oberlin vs. Haverford game marked...

MiLB Unionizes, Joins MLBPA
MiLB Unionizes, Joins MLBPA
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • September 23, 2022

Minor League Baseball joined the Major League Baseball Players Association after the MLB voluntarily accepted its union earlier this month. While the formal unionization took less than a month, players have put forth efforts to increase pay and improve working conditions for decades. Since its inception...

Cross country athletes compete in last year’s Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational.
Cross Country Team Competes in Rochester Invitational
Kayla Kim, Contributing Sports Editor • September 23, 2022

Last Saturday, the cross country team participated in the Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational, hosted by the University of Rochester. Both the men’s and women’s teams placed 14 out of 25 in their respective categories. Oberlin’s fastest finishers in the 6-kilometer race were second-year Sage Reddish,...

Magnus Carlsen competes in a chess tournament.
Chess World Unpacks Carlsen, Niemann Scandal
Andrea Nguyen and Zach Marshall September 23, 2022

Imagine Naomi Osaka hitting the ball once and walking off the court, or Tom Brady throwing a football to a teammate and leaving with no explanation. This is exactly what happened in the chess world recently, creating its largest scandal in years. On Sept. 5, 31-year-old Chess Grandmaster Magnus Carlsen...

DeShaun Watson prepares to throw a football.
NFL Fails to Hold Star Players Accountable to Their Actions
Zoe Kuzbari and Walter Thomas-Patterson September 16, 2022

A new football season has arrived and with that, an acknowledgement that athletes face considerable scrutiny nowadays. Football, baseball, soccer, basketball — these sports and many others put their players on a pedestal, only for them to be torn down by millions of fans if they fail to match the hype. This...

Britney Griner reacts during a game.
Biden Administration Negotiates Britney Griner Release
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • September 16, 2022

Last February, WNBA player Brittney Griner was detained in Russia for possession of marijuana. She had flown into Russia to play for the UMMC Ekaterinburg, the overseas women’s basketball team she plays for during her offseason. While going through customs, officials found a vape pen with less than...

The men’s soccer team and staff pose on Fred Shults Field.
Men’s Soccer Season Kicks Into Action
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • September 16, 2022

Men’s soccer had a tough road laid out for them last weekend. Facing Grove City College, Chatham University, and Bethany College all in rapid succession, the table was set for a massive triple-header for the Yeomen. Coming off of an initial two-game losing streak, everyone was wondering if the team...

Pickleball is played using a paddle and ball.
Pickleball Fandom Grows 40 Percent During Pandemic
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • September 16, 2022

Invented in 1965, pickleball is a relatively young sport. For most of its 57 years of existence it was rather niche, but its popularity has recently skyrocketed. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of players has grown by over 40 percent, and within the last six years, there has...

Serena Williams competes at the National Bank Open tennis tournament in 2022.
Saying Goodbye to Serena: Reflecting on Williams' Legacy
Kayla Kim, Contributing Sports Editor • September 9, 2022

On Sept. 2, Serena Williams' 27-year tennis career most likely came to a close in a loss to Ajla Tomljanović at the third round of the US Open in the most watched tennis match in ESPN's history. Williams, who announced her "evolution" from tennis in an essay for Vogue, did not give a specific date for...

The women’s soccer team and staff pose on Fred Shults Field.
Women’s Soccer Wins Two Games Over Weekend
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • September 9, 2022

The women’s soccer team had a jam-packed schedule this past weekend with a home game against Bluffton University last Thursday followed by an away match against Wilmington College. With the hire of new Head Coach Taylor Houck, all eyes were on the team in their first two games of the season. The pressure...

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