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The Oberlin Review

Scensibles dispensers are found in many restrooms.
Scensibles Bags Not So Sensible
Celeste Wicks, Columnist • February 16, 2024

Most people who menstruate are familiar with the small metal waste receptacles attached to stall walls in most public restrooms in America. Until coming to Oberlin, I took for granted the convenience and privacy of being able to dispose of used period products without leaving the stall. Instead of in-stall...

February 16, 2024

In “Indifference to Palestine Exposes False Progressiveness at Oberlin” The Oberlin Review, Feb. 9, 2024 by Zane Badawi, the article includes a quote by Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stating, “Gaza won’t return to what it was before. We will eliminate everything.” The quote was unintentionally...

Review Article on Israel-Gaza War Contains Numerous Misrepresentations
Karen Bekker February 16, 2024

Editor’s Note: This article contains discussion of sexual harm. In his Feb. 9 article in the Review, Zane Badawi laments what he sees as President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s failure to condemn “genocide” (“Indifference to Palestine Exposes False Progressiveness at Oberlin,” The Oberlin Review,...

Barred From Old Barrows: Exclusivity in Housing
Rory Gielty, Opinions Editor • February 16, 2024

Housing is one of the most daunting tasks for incoming college students. However, for transgender students, this anxiety could escalate to a safety concern or cause discomfort on a uniquely intimate level. Even on a liberal and “queer” campus such as Oberlin, trans students may feel uncomfortable...

Audre Lorde.
Alumni Statement to the President
February 16, 2024

Dear President Carmen Twillie Ambar and Board of Trustees,  Audre Lorde advised the Oberlin College 1989 graduating class in her commencement address: “We are citizens of the most powerful country on earth — we are also citizens of a country that stands upon the wrong side of every liberation...

On Lethal Injection in Ohio
LJ Katch February 16, 2024

At a press conference Jan. 30, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and State Representatives Phil Plummer and Brian Stewart, all Republican, introduced a bill that would make nitrogen gas a legal form of execution. This comes after the execution of Kenneth Smith in Alabama, which was the first-ever case...

Students inside a Funkhaus studio.
TIMARA: Exploring Electronic Music in Berlin
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • February 9, 2024

This past January, a group of students under the TIMARA department flew to Berlin to explore electronic music at the Catalyst Institute for Creative...

Matilda Goldie poses with her violin.
Bach Competition Invites String Students to Shine
Travis O'Daniel, Production Editor • February 9, 2024

Renowned for his intricate counterpoint, ingenious harmonies, and unparalleled emotive abilities, Johannes Sebastian Bach’s compositions transcend...

Oberlin Continues Performance Tradition of Handel’s Messiah
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • December 8, 2023

In 1837, seven Oberlin students petitioned faculty on behalf of sacred music and created Oberlin’s Musical Union, one if the first choirs composed...

Students in Djembe Orchestra rehearse a piece for their upcoming performance on Dec. 5.
Oberlin’s Djembe Orchestra Breaks Musical Boundaries
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • December 1, 2023

The Oberlin Djembe Orchestra, created by Visiting Instructor of West African Drumming Weedie Braimah in the fall of last year, asks students...

Cleveland Jazz Scene Serves Unique Purpose For Oberlin
Lyric Anderson, Conservatory Editor • December 1, 2023

As of 2023, the jazz scene in northeast Ohio could be described as small but mighty. There are a few venues in the region solely dedicated to...

Student Health and Wellbeing now offers free remote therapy through UWill.
Student Health Partners with UWill to Provide Free Teletherapy to Students
Yendi Kai Foo February 16, 2024

On Feb. 1, Oberlin College officially launched its new partnership with UWill. The confidential teletherapy service is now offered through the Office of Counseling and Psychological Services. The online platform comes as a major structural adjustment to the accessibility and availability of professional,...

Hsiao Bi-Khim, OC ’93, will become Vice President of Taiwan in May.
Hsiao Bi-khim OC ’93 Elected Vice President of Taiwan
Karthik Ranganadhan, Senior Staff Writer • February 16, 2024

On Jan. 13, Oberlin graduate Hsiao Bi-khim, OC ’93, was elected vice president of Taiwan. The former Taiwanese representative to the U.S. received a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College. When she takes office May 20, Hsiao will become the first biracial vice president of Taiwan.  The...

Lorain CHIP Program Receives $1.6 Million to Help Low-Income Homeowners
Jesse Gross February 16, 2024

This past December, the Ohio Department of Development granted $21.6 million to benefit housing across Ohio through the Community Housing Impact and Preservation program, which provides home repair and rehabilitation. Lorain County will receive $1.6 million of the grant, and the CHIP program, in partnership...

Oberlin Avoids Financial Aid Setback Caused by FAFSA Delay
Yasu Shinozaki, News Editor • February 16, 2024

In December, the U.S. Department of Education released the new Free Application for Federal Student Aid form with updates designed to simplify and expedite the financial aid application process. However, glitches and confusion surrounding the new form caused the Department of Education to delay releasing...

Local businesses are participating in Love Local Oberlin during all of February.
Love Local Oberlin Promotion Encourages Shopping Local
Emily Vaughan, Opinions Editor • February 16, 2024

This February, the Oberlin Business Partnership ran an initiative to promote local businesses in the City of Oberlin. Running through Feb. 29, Love Local Oberlin aims to encourage shopping locally with a bingo card game. These bingo cards can be picked up at participating local businesses, and shoppers...

Oberlin Heritage Center Partners with Museums for All, Increases Accessibility
Delaney Fox, Editor-in-Chief • February 16, 2024

Jan. 16 inaugurated the official partnership between the Oberlin Heritage Center and Museums for All. The national program is dedicated to free or low-cost admission for low-income individuals who receive food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to museums across the country.  While...

World Headlines
Lily Nobel, Production Editor • February 16, 2024

Israel Strikes Evacuation Site, Netanyahu Says Ground Invasion is to Follow Israel launched airstrikes on the south Gazan city of Rafah Sunday night, killing at least 67 people. Previously, Israel ordered Gazan civilians to evacuate to the south, causing Rafah’s population to swell from 250,000 to...

Love in the Times of Oberlin: February 2024
Love in the Times of Oberlin: February 2024
Eloise Rich, The Bulletin Editor, Web Manager
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.
Oberlin Review Comic 2/9/2024
Oberlin Review Comic 2/9/2024
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
Oberlin Review Comic 12/8/2023
Oberlin Review Comic 12/8/2023
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
Love in Many Tongues: Beauty in Translation was held at Slow Train Cafe.
Love in Many Tongues: Beauty in Translation
Sydney Collinger, Senior Staff Writer • February 16, 2024

The idea of meaning getting “lost in translation” slipped the minds of those in attendance at Love in Many Tongues at Slow Train Cafe on Valentine’s Day. Each person sharing a love poem in a different language then provided a coherent and comprehensive translation into English, replacing the audience...

The cast of Ancestra performs in the Irene and Alan Wurtzel Theater.
Ancestra Showcases Skilled Acting, But Lacks Black Women’s Perspective
Lauren Moore February 16, 2024

I looked out onto the stage, excitedly chatting with my friend as I took in the first scene of Ancestra, directed by Assistant Professor of Theater Anjanette Hall. The set was intricate and beautiful, with shadows of branches in the stage lights and artificial trees that surrounded the center stage....

The Last Dinner Party Makes Stunning Debut in Prelude to Ecstasy
Lucy Curtis, Arts & Culture Editor • February 16, 2024

The first Saturday night of my first year here at Oberlin, I found myself in someone’s dorm room in Barrows Hall, sitting on the floor and listening to a vinyl of Funeral by Arcade Fire on a record player that was surely pilfered from a parent. I was a first-year in 2020, so I didn’t get a proper...

Illinoise: a New Kind of Musical premiered in the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.
Illinoise: A New Kind of Musical Succeeds in Every Sense
Travis O’Daniel, Conservatory Editor • February 16, 2024

Editor’s Note: This piece contains mentions of suicide.  When I heard Illinois by Sufjan Stevens was being turned into a musical, I was skeptical. As a lover of musical theater, I have grown fatigued by the jukebox musicals that have dominated the scene in recent years. As a devoted fan of Sufjan...

The Music of Mudd: What Oberlin Students Listen to While Studying
Sadie Howard, Staff Writer • February 16, 2024

Routines are settling into place with the start of a new semester, and there seems to be one study habit shared among Obies: music. Do you listen to ambient music to create a sense of calm? Or can you work with heavy metal at full volume in your headphones? As classes are beginning to get more serious...

Weekly Crossword
Weekly Crossword
Kate Martin, Crossword Staff Writer • February 16, 2024

ACROSS 1. Happy __ __ clam 4. High school student metric 11. High school student metric 14. Chaney of old horror 15. Be less critical of 16. 2003 film starring Will Ferrell 17. Glorifies 20. Feb. 14 celebration 21. Religious speeches, abbr.  22. Type of music heard on a night out 23. Blind...

Crossword Answers 2/9
Crossword Answers 2/9
Eli Kopp February 16, 2024

Falling Westward was performed in Kander Theater.
Falling Westward Illustrates Christian Myth Through Queer, Liberal Lens
Sydney Collinger, Senior Staff Writer • February 9, 2024

In a black box in Kander Theater, a blue-and-white painted cloud with a tire swing hanging from the ceiling at the center surrounded the stage and set the scene for Falling Westward, presented Feb. 3–6. All parts of the play, including the set, reflect the care that College fourth-year Graciela Fernandez...

2024 Grammys Showcase Groundbreaking Women-Led Bands
Lucy Curtis, Arts & Culture Editor • February 9, 2024

The Grammy Awards are perhaps the most exciting and most controversial event in music every year. I grew up watching them — getting thrilled when Taylor Swift won, discovering new artists, and feeling disappointed when other favorites lost awards I felt they deserved. As the years have passed, the...

Scenes from Saltburn.
Saltburn Portrays Beautiful Cinematography, But Plot Falls Short
Chloe Boccara, Staff Writer • February 9, 2024

I first watched Saltburn in my friend’s dorm room as a prelude to the night’s Saltburn-themed party. We projected the movie onto a white sheet pinned to their wardrobe, which gave the film a wrinkled, cotton texture. All I knew going into the viewing was that Saltburn was about college students...

Janet Haar
Janet Haar: Former Director of Oberlin Business Partnership
Karthik Ranganadhan, Senior Staff Writer • February 16, 2024

Janet Haar is the former executive director of the Oberlin Business Partnership, a post she held from 2012 until her retirement on Dec. 31, 2023. During her time there, she worked with businesses in Oberlin to improve their operations and attract new businesses to open in the town. She is also a current...

Ron Cheung
Ron Cheung: Economics Professor and Jeopardy! Contestant
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • February 9, 2024

Chair of Economics Ron Cheung was recently invited to compete in the Jeopardy! Season 39 Champions Wildcard. After cementing his champion status in December 2022, Cheung participated in the two-week Tournament of Champions that had 26 other former champions compete for the spot. This interview has...

Heidi Freas
Heidi Freas: Nursing Home Owner, Rotarian, Youth Mentor
Ava Miller, News Editor • December 8, 2023

Heidi Freas was born and raised in Oberlin. She is a third-generation owner and operator of Welcome Nursing Home along with her sister Jill. Freas graduated from Oberlin High School in 1993 and is an alumn of Wittenberg University and Washington University School of Medicine. She has a clinical background...

Elizabeth Hanje: Winner of Top Prize in Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera
Elizabeth Hanje: Winner of Top Prize in Eleanor McCollum Competition at Houston Grand Opera
Delaney Fox, Editor-in-Chief • February 16, 2024

Elizabeth Hanje is a fourth-year Vocal Performance major from Alabama. This February, the Tanzanian-American soprano won first place after performing in the 36th annual Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers Concert of Arias at Houston Grand Opera and received a $10,000 cash prize. Hanje is a...

Jeff Scott: Horn Professor, 2024 Grammy Winner
Jeff Scott: Horn Professor, 2024 Grammy Winner
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • February 16, 2024

Jeff Scott, an associate professor of French Horn at Oberlin Conservatory, performed with the Imani Winds for over 20 years. His composition Passion for Bach and Coltrane, which features the Imani Winds, poetry by A.B. Spellman, the Harlem Quartet, and the jazz trio Alex Brown, Edward Perez, and Neal...

From left to right: Jasper de Boor, Sarah Ying Ma, Max Ball, and Drew Dansby at the Fischoff Competition in May 2023.
Poiesis Quartet: Fischoff Grand Prize Winners
Emir Efe November 15, 2023

Quoted as an “emerging young ensemble to watch” by the Hyde Park Herald, the Poiesis Quartet was formed at Oberlin College and Conservatory during the fall semester of 2022. The members of the quartet are Conservatory fourth-year violinist Sarah Ying Ma, Conservatory fourth-year violinist Max Ball,...

Preston Crowder
On The Record With Preston Crowder: Director, Playwright, Professor
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • February 9, 2024

Preston Crowder, OC ’16, is a visiting assistant professor of Theater and Africana Studies at Oberlin. Recently, he directed At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen at Dobama Theatre and, for the show, will put on and direct his original play My Dead Boyfriend is a Robot at Oberlin. His work focuses on exploring...

Kari Barclay
On The Record With Kari Barclay: Assistant Professor of Theater, Intimacy Choreography Scholar
Calvin Ray Shawler, Staff Writer • December 1, 2023

Kari Barclay is a director, playwright, and assistant professor of Theater at Oberlin College. Barclay wrote and directed Stonewallin’, which was performed at Oberlin in spring 2023. Barclay has studied the rise of intimacy choreography for around seven years, and shares their thoughts and experiences...

Anna Aubry
On The Record With Anna Aubry, OC '21: NYC-Based Actor, Writer, Comedian
Lucy Curtis and Chloe Ko November 17, 2023

Anna Aubry, OC ’21, graduated with a degree in Theater, receiving Highest Honors and the Nash Drama Award. She is currently a cast member on Brooklyn Comedy Collective’s What Made You Laugh and will soon join Upright Citizens Brigade’s Lloyd Night. Aubry recently performed Doom Tank, a one-woman...

Meet the Record-Breaking Men’s 4x4 Team
Meet the Record-Breaking Men’s 4x4 Team
James Foster, Sports Editor • February 16, 2024

On Feb. 2, the Oberlin track and field team hosted several other colleges in their first home meet of the season. The athletes performed well across the board, but only the men’s 4x4 relay team broke a school record… again. The team is made up of first-year Armand Andry and third-years Sam Fechner,...

Ryley Steggall poses for media day.
In The Locker Room with Ryley Steggall, Track Sprinter, Dual Event Champion
James Foster, Sports Editor • December 8, 2023

Second-year Ryley Steggall has always been fast. Since she was little, every coach she had found ways to showcase her speed, whether it was stealing bases on the softball field, streaking past defenders on the soccer pitch, or sprinting past her competition on the track.  In her first year at Oberlin...

Steadman-Shockley practices racquetball.
In The Locker Room with Homer Steadman-Shockley, Ohio’s Top Collegiate Racquetball Player
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • November 17, 2023

Homer Steadman-Shockley is a third-year College student who is the top college racquetball player for the region including Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. His record currently stands at 25–5. Steadman-Shockley has been playing racquetball on and off ever since he was 8 years old. For 11 years, before...

Sports Weekly Updates: Week of 2/16
Sports Weekly Updates: Week of 2/16
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • February 16, 2024

Stephen Curry Wins With Three-Pointer Against The Phoenix Suns During the Golden State Warriors’ home game against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, the Warriors were down 112–110 with 2.5 seconds remaining on the clock when Brandin Podziemski passed the ball to Curry in motion. Curry sank the shot...

Fans Should Put Caitlin Clark’s Career Into Perspective
Fans Should Put Caitlin Clark’s Career Into Perspective
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • February 16, 2024

It’s safe to say that the word “greatness” cannot fully describe Caitlin Clark’s career. Yesterday, thanks to one of her iconic three-point  baskets that she shot from the logo, the Iowa point guard broke the all-time NCAA women’s scoring record just three minutes into a game against Michigan,...

Winter Sports Celebrate Senior Day
Winter Sports Celebrate Senior Day
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • February 16, 2024

Last week, several Oberlin teams celebrated Senior Day, where graduating seniors are honored by their coaches and teams.  On Jan. 20, the Oberlin swim and dive team celebrated their seniors. Due to poor weather conditions, the meet against Allegheny College was moved to a virtual meet where the two...

How Sports Editors Spent Super Bowl Sunday
How Sports Editors Spent Super Bowl Sunday
Andrea Nguyen and James Foster February 16, 2024

Super Bowl LVIII, the first to take place in Las Vegas, was an instant classic. The back-and-forth game had impassioned fans and casual viewers alike on the edge of their seats for all of the second half and overtime. The Kansas City Chiefs’ 25–22 overtime win over the San Francisco 49ers capped...

How My Perspective on College Tennis Has Changed
James Foster, Sports Editor • February 9, 2024

For many high school athletes, earning a spot on a college team is the main goal of their entire careers. Collegiate athletics are of- ten seen as a pinnacle of success for serious young athletes and can be a focal point in their self-motivation. However, for some athletes like myself, the reality of...

Sports Weekly Updates: Week of 2/9
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • February 9, 2024

Athletes Shine at X Games Aspen The X Games Aspen 2024 featured historic performances and featured many of the stars from the 2022 Beijing Olympics. Chloe Kim made history as she became the first woman to land a 1260, or three and a half rotations, in the snowboard halfpipe. The 23-year- old’s run...

Oberlin Athletics Compete over Winter Term
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • February 9, 2024

While most of us were away for Winter Term, many athletes and teams — such as the indoor track, swim, and basketball teams — had to stay on campus to continue their seasons. Indoor Track and Field The indoor track team had four events: two at The College of Wooster, one at Baldwin Wallace University,...

Off to Racing: Indoor Track and Field Season Underway
Off to Racing: Indoor Track and Field Season Underway
Micah Rodriguez, Staff Writer • December 8, 2023

On Dec. 2, the track and field teams began their seasons at Case Western Reserve University for the 10th Annual Spartan Holiday Classic. The spotlight was on the sprint and field teams at this event, with many members of the distance teams still recovering from the cross country season.  Starting with...

“Night of Champions” poster is displayed.
Mega Championship Wrestling, Local Professional Indie Circuit
Ella Erdahl, Production Editor • December 8, 2023

World Wrestling Entertainment and All Elite Wrestling are the powerhouse companies of the wrestling world. However, they are not the only places where you can get a fill of professional grappling. Independent circuits around the country put on countless shows that have the same action-packed bouts, often...

The Huskies beat the Ducks for a spot in the College Football Playoffs.
Sports Weekly Updates, Week of 12/8
Rodrigo Llaguno and Micah Rodriguez December 8, 2023

College Football Playoff Committee Makes Selections, Garners Controversy After each conference finishes its regular season, the College Football Playoff Committee comes together to decide which teams performed the best in their respective leagues. Those selected go on to a four-team playoff to determine...

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