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The Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
College Must Provide for the Community
Aliza Weidenbaum, Letter to Editor • September 29, 2023

Walter Moak is absolutely right in his line of thinking in his Letter to the Editor of last week (“Oberlin College Shouldn’t Encourage Car Culture,” The Oberlin Review, Sept. 22, 2023). We all know better than to keep paving paradise. So, we should communicate that officially and legally, by both...

Palestine Needs Oberlin’s Jewish Voices
Zane Badawi September 29, 2023

Few people, I realize, are as deeply entrenched in the issue of Israel/Palestine as I am. It is inescapable for me — as a Palestinian; as someone living on a campus that has a large, engaged, and important Jewish population; as someone who has both an academic interest in and a love for Judaism. I...

Campus Culture Surrounding Sustainability Must Improve
Delaney Fox, Editor-in-Chief • September 29, 2023

I have always been an environmentally conscious individual, and the College’s commitment to sustainability greatly inspired my enrollment at this institution. I saw a photo of Oberlin’s solar panel field and said, “This is where I belong.” I was so excited to join a campus community that shared...

Oberlin City Hall is on South Main Street.
Students Should Consider Local Community When Voting
Maia Hochheiser September 29, 2023

Walking around Oberlin in early fall, there is one thing you are bound to see eventually — a voter registration stand. These are often run by people living in the town, with the goal of getting Oberlin students from majority democratic states, namely New York and California, to register to vote in...

Oberlin’s Sustainable Infrastructure Program is set to be finished in 2025.
Sustainable Infrastructure Program Has Changed our Perception of Environmentalism
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • September 29, 2023

As the Sustainable Infrastructure Program approaches its final year in 2025, I’ve been thinking about Oberlin’s environmental mission. The SIP is a sprawling earthwork project systematically reshaping Oberlin’s relationship to energy — most notably by gutting the old hot-water system and replacing...

Recognizing Survivors’ Stories is Important
Avery Russell September 29, 2023

Editor’s Note: This article contains mention of sexual harm. Rape culture: it’s a concept most of us have heard of and know is present in our society, but we prefer not to acknowledge it. Sexual violence is incredibly uncomfortable to speak about. It’s personal and horrendous. What’s even scarier...

Conservatory Curriculum Contributes to Undesirable Rift Between Divisions
Lyric Anderson, Conservatory Editor • September 29, 2023

I’m a double-degree third-year Jazz Piano major, and I suck at sight reading. I never really noticed how much of a weakness sight reading had...

Secondary Lessons are available to all students.
Secondary Lessons Bridge Gap between College, Conservatory
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • September 22, 2023

The Oberlin Conservatory boasts numerous resources, from the vast music library to the wide range of stages. Historically, these resources have...

The Emerson Quartet.
Emerson String Quartet Performs at Oberlin in Farewell Tour
Lyric Anderson, Conservatory Editor • September 22, 2023

Few chamber music groups are as big of a household name as the Emerson String Quartet, even among non-musicians. With nine GRAMMYs and countless...

The Oberlin Civic Winds play at their evening rehearsal.
Director of Bands at Oberlin City Schools Establishes Oberlin Civic Winds
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • September 15, 2023

The Oberlin Civic Winds, a new concert band in the City of Oberlin, held its first meeting Sept. 6. Director of Bands at Oberlin City Schools...

Oberlin Conservatory experiences new construction in Central hall.
Conservatory Renovations to Visually Connect Kohl and Bibbins, Foster Community
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • September 8, 2023

The new semester heralds a reinvigoration for the Conservatory as new and returning students chat by the koi pond or lounge in Bibbins Hall....

The City of Oberlin held public input sessions last weekend on the new Comprehensive Plan.
Public Input Sessions Held on New Comprehensive Plan
Yasu Shinozaki, News Editor • September 29, 2023

The City of Oberlin held public input sessions last weekend on the new Comprehensive Plan, which is currently in development. The sessions occurred Sept. 22 and 23 at Oberlin Enrichment and Activity Center, formerly Prospect Elementary School, and the next day at the Farmers Market. The Comprehensive...

Gina Pérez speaks at the opening of the Latino Veterans Story Walk.
Latino Lorain Veterans Story Walk Opens
Issac Imas, Production Manager • September 29, 2023

The Latino Lorain Veterans Story Walk, an exhibit designed to give voice to Latino veterans and shed light on their military experiences, was opened Sept. 16 in Oakwood Park. The Story Walk is the result of a collaboration between various organizations and public officials that together form the Latino...

College Adds 25  Tenure-Track Positions
College Adds 25 Tenure-Track Positions
Carlota Lorán López September 29, 2023

25 tenure-track faculty joined the College of Arts and Sciences at the start of the 2023–24 academic year. This figure represents more than double the tenure-track faculty that joined the College last year. The faculty will work across 19 departments. With a high demand for introductory classes in...

Oberlin Adopts CliftonStrengths Program
Lily Nobel September 29, 2023

Oberlin has partnered with Gallup to offer an assessment called CliftonStrengths, which is designed to help students identify and capitalize on their individual leadership qualities.  CliftonStrengths, which was launched by Gallup in 1999, starts with a 30 minute assessment where participants are asked...

Collaboration to Increase Oberlin’s Connectivity in South Asia
Nimala Sivakumar, Production Editor • September 29, 2023

On Aug. 22, the Oberlin Communications Staff officially announced their partnership with the Next Genius Foundation on their website. Established in 2014, the goal of the Next Genius Foundation is to connect talented South Asian students from Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and India to colleges in the...

COVID-19 Update
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • September 29, 2023

Oberlin College Updates At the start of the semester, Oberlin had a slight surge in COVID-19 cases. From Sept. 2–8, 31 positive rapid tests were self-reported to ObieSafe. From Sept. 16–22, this figure decreased to 10. In an Aug. 22 email, ObieSafe stated that students must have an updated COVID-19...

World Headlines
Karthik Ranganadhan, Senior Staff Writer • September 29, 2023

Canada Speaker to Resign After Nazi Soldier Praised In Parliament The speaker of  Canada’s House of Commons, Anthony Rota, said on Tuesday that he would resign as speaker after inviting Ukrainian-Canadian Yaroslav Hunka, who fought for the Nazis in World War II, to attend a speech in the Canadian...

Alumni Stories Recollect Oberlin Experience Through the Ages
Alumni Stories Recollect Oberlin Experience Through the Ages
Eloise Rich, The Bulletin 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.
Oberlin Review Comic 9/29/23
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
Oberlin Review Comic 9/22/23
Oberlin Review Comic 9/22/23
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
The Mendelsohn Synagogue site is in Cleveland Heights.
College Looks to Implement BA/BFA Program in Integrated Arts, 5th Year in Cleveland
Chloe Ko, Arts & Culture Editor • September 29, 2023

As a liberal arts college, Oberlin represents students with a diverse array of interests. To reflect this variety in passion, Professor of Studio Art Julia Christensen held an info session on a potential new five-year BA/BFA program that the College is looking to implement. The BA/BFA program would allow...

A scene from the movie Bottoms.
Bottoms is Mixed Bag: Queer Empowerment versus Harmful Stereotypes
Lucy Curtis, Arts & Culture Editor • September 29, 2023

When was the last time you went to a movie and everyone cheered when the protagonist kissed their love interest? I couldn’t remember either, until I saw Bottoms at the Apollo Theatre last Friday night. Bottoms takes everything one might think of when they imagine an “American teenager” or a “teen...

Behind “Words, Music, Memory: (Re) Presenting Voices of the Holocaust”
Sydney Collinger, Staff Writer • September 29, 2023

The idyllic soprano voice of Sheena Ramirez, OC ’06, breathes life into the words of Holocaust victims and survivors and traces the movement of the traveling exhibit, “Words, Music, Memory: (Re) Presenting Voices of the Holocaust” by Adina Langer, OC ’06. The first floor of Mudd Center will feature...

“White-Tailed Deer (America’s Most Dangerous Animal)” by Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, OC ’94.
Lessons in Letting Go with Art Rental Artist Zoё Sheehan Saldaña, OC ’94
Kathleen Kelleher, Senior Staff Writer • September 29, 2023

This past Saturday morning, I queued up outside the Allen Memorial Art Museum, much as I have for the last three years. When I arrived at the front of the line, I noticed what would become my painting, for a semester at least: Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, OC ’94’s “White-Tailed Deer (America’s Most...

My Coat
Charlie Forster September 29, 2023

I. Takeoff My coat is on a different hanger now. The closets shuffle lives within their doors. The newer ones, they often disavow, because they’re partial to their former tours. And since I want to leave my current place, the exploration itches to begin. I’m slower than I think, but still...

Weekly Crossword
Weekly Crossword
Lyric Anderson and Max Kassoy September 22, 2023

ACROSS 1. ___ Sutra 5. European crow 9. Nine-member band 14. “It is ___less, tasteless, dissolves instantly in liquid, and is among the more deadly poisons known to man” 15. Potent prefix 16. Mexican street corn 17. Figs. 18. Texan’s preferred second-person pronoun 19. Tim ___, director...

Oberlin Community Mural Project works on new mural in town.
New Mural Painted in Oberlin Town Center
Kathleen Kelleher, Senior Staff Writer • September 22, 2023

Oberlin welcomed a new mural to town this week as artist Jared Mitchell put the finishing touches on the Oberlin Community Mural Project’s new vintage postcard-inspired wall. The mural sits on the south side of Mill on Main, at the intersection of West Vine and Main Streets.  This is the second mural...

Student organizations use social media to advertise.
Exploring Student Organizations in Digital Age
Sadie Howard, Staff Writer • September 22, 2023

Social media, particularly Instagram, has become a crucial part of many student organizations’ outreach.  “If a club or a group has Instagram, it feels so much more professional and real,” College second-year Sage Reddish, former manager of @oberlin_sosha, said.  Survivors of Sexual Harm &...

“Girl With Black Hair”
Art Seized From Allen Memorial Art Museum
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • September 22, 2023

On September 13, New York investigators seized pieces by Egon Schiele from three out-of-state museums. The pieces were “Russian War Prisoner" from the Art Institute of Chicago, “Portrait of a Man” from the Carnegie Museum of Art, and “Girl With Black Hair” from the Allen Memorial Art Museum....

Mindful Meditation aims to look at mental health through art.
Mindful Meditation Led by Libni López at AMAM
Calvin Ray Shawler, Staff Writer • September 22, 2023

As fall begins, Libni López, a therapist with Authentically You Therapy, is partnering with Curator Jill Greenwood and Curatorial Assistant Ellis Lane at the Allen Memorial Art Museum to begin the third year of their collaborative series Mindful Meditation. This four-part series will combine art analysis...

Steven Bloom
Steven Bloom, OC ’83: American Council on Education Assistant Vice President of Government Relations
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • September 29, 2023

Steven Bloom, OC ’83, is the assistant vice president of Government Relations for the American Council on Education. Bloom previously worked as a litigator focused on civil rights, employment law, and more. This week he will be speaking to Oberlin’s Board of Trustees about the ramifications of the...

David Gutherz worked on the NPR podcast Invisibilia.
David Gutherz, OC ’09: Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Communication
Cal Ransom, News Editor • September 22, 2023

Visiting Assistant Professor David Gutherz, OC ’09, studied post-fascist Italy at the University of Chicago and worked on the NPR podcast Invisibilia before returning to Oberlin to teach in the Writing and Communication department. He is currently co-teaching a StudiOC course with Professor of Computer...

Dan Stinebring
Dan Stinebring: Professor, Physicist, NANOGrav Founder
Susannah Poese September 15, 2023

Professor Emeritus of Physics Dan Stinebring is a founding member of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves, which is an international collaboration. The NANOGrav research team, on which Stinebring is a senior researcher, published their findings on the use of radio telescopes...

Maíra Vianna in a Bibbins Hall classroom.
Dominique Arciero and Maíra Vianna: Singer-Songwriters, Producers, and Audio Engineers
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • September 29, 2023

Dominique Arciero is a singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles. After performing with her two sisters in a band called the Lunabelles, Arciero turned to writing and recording her own music. She has created award-winning records and collaborated with many prolific musicians.  Originally from...

Sammy Gardner
Sammy Gardner: Music Theorist, Researcher in Music Cognition
Lyric Anderson, Conservatory Editor • September 15, 2023

Sammy Gardner is a visiting assistant professor of Music Theory. Gardner has done extensive research in music cognition and psychology and brings this research into the classroom at the Conservatory. Gardner is teaching Aural Skills III and Large Forms this semester, as well as the relatively new Music...

Edwin Huizinga
Edwin Huizinga, OC ’06: Visiting Assistant Professor of Baroque Violin, Instructor of Fiddle Ensemble
Lyric Anderson, Conservatory Editor • May 5, 2023

Edwin Huizinga, OC ’06, is the visiting assistant professor of baroque violin. In addition to teaching private lessons, historical improvisation, and directing the Baroque Orchestra, Huizinga is offering a brand-new course, Fiddle Ensemble, in the fall 2023 semester. This ensemble will merge improvisation...

Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine
On The Record With Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine: Professor and Author
Ava Miller, News Editor • September 29, 2023

Ghassan Abou-Zeineddine was recently hired as an assistant professor in the Creative Writing department. He is a fiction writer specializing in Arab-American narratives. This month, Abou-Zeineddine released his debut collection of short stories titled Dearborn, published by Tin House. The book depicts...

Annie Zaleski
On The Record With Annie Zaleski: Oberlin Alumni Magazine Editor, Journalist, Author
Delaney Fox, Editor-in-Chief • September 22, 2023

Annie Zaleski recently joined the Oberlin Office of Communications as the Oberlin Alumni Magazine editor last spring. Zaleski’s byline has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, NPR Music, and Time Magazine. The Cleveland-based and award-winning writer specializes in music journalism...

Amanda Hodes
On The Record With Amanda Hodes: Lecturer, Author, Sound Artist
Lucy Curtis, Arts & Culture Editor • September 8, 2023

Amanda Hodes is a lecturer in Creative Writing with a specialty in teaching poetry. Her written work has been published in multiple poetry publications and her multimedia installations have been displayed in various museums and at festivals. Hodes details her art and background, creative process, and...

Drew Nye smiles for media day.
In The Locker Room with Drew Nye, Football’s Star Quarterback, NCAC Athlete of the Week
James Foster, Sports Editor • September 22, 2023

Drew Nye is a College second-year from Clinton, CT. He is a prospective Law and Society major with a Business concentration and is the starting quarterback for Oberlin football. Outside of football, Nye is not only heavily focused on his studies, but was also the champion of an intramural basketball...

Blevins poses for media day.
In The Locker Room with Maya Blevins, Dual-Sport Athlete and Adventurer
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • September 15, 2023

Maya Blevins is a fourth-year majoring in Psychology and Environmental Studies. She is working in two labs this semester, one for each major, with Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies Cindy Frantz and Assistant Professor of Psychology Christine S. Wu. Blevins is also a Peer Advising Leader,...

John Elrod reminiscing about the Review.
In the Locker Room with John Elrod, Sports Editor
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • May 19, 2023

Since 2021, John Elrod has worked as a Contributing Sports editor and Sports editor at the Review. His coverage has been dedicated to local sports — including his tribute to National Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell, a narrative about LeBron James’s journey from the perspective of a Northeast Ohio...

Megan Rapinoe waves at her final game playing on the U.S. national team.
How Megan Rapinoe Impacted Me as a Queer Athlete
Ryley Steggall September 29, 2023

Megan Rapinoe: professional soccer player, Olympic gold medalist for the United States Women’s National Team, two-time Women’s World Cup champion, and an outspoken advocate for social change. She is arguably best known for her iconic pink hair, her celebration after goals — now dubbed “the Rapinoe”...

Student Athletes Start Queer Student Athlete Group
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • September 29, 2023

This year, student athletes came together to create the Queer Student Athlete Group, Oberlin’s first queer student-athlete focused group. The mission of QSAG is to create a safe space for queer athletes on campus where they will feel heard, represented, and appreciated. QSAG has been in the making...

Overview of Kim Russell’s Comments on Transgender Athletes
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • September 29, 2023

Initial Events On March 20, 2022, former Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Kim Russell reposted on her Instagram story a post that read, “Congratulations to Emma Weyant, the real woman who won the NCAA 500-yard freestyle event,” in response to Lia Thomas winning the 500-yard freestyle in the 2022 NCAA...

Sports Editors Decide Everything: Homecoming Edition
Sports Editors Decide Everything: Homecoming Edition
James Foster and Andrea Nguyen September 29, 2023

After a 10-month hiatus, the Sports Editors are once again here to settle any and all of your squabbles, tiffs, debates, and quarrels. We’ll give you our game predictions, answers to this year’s cuffing season, and a quick trip down memory lane with our past Sports Editors.  Game prediction: Football...

Tigst Assefa wins the 2023 Berlin Marathon.
Sports Weekly Updates: Week of 9/29
James Foster and Andrea Nguyen September 29, 2023

Records Shattered in Berlin Marathon  Tigst Assefa, a former Olympian, broke the women’s world marathon record Sunday at the Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany. Assefa finished first place in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 53 seconds, averaging a 5:02 mile. She also finished first last year with a time of...

Obies play cornhole at the intramural cornhole event.
Turning 20, Accepting Change within Cornhole Tournament
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • September 29, 2023

I spent last weekend doing two things: playing cornhole and turning 20. Though one seems more important, I was reminded of my childhood as I tossed a hacky sack and hoped it would go into the hole across the field. When I was a kid, my dad set up cornholes in our backyard to encourage us to go outside....

Oberlin celebrates their 3–0 win over Caltech at the Invitational.
Volleyball Sweeps Competition at Oberlin Invitational
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • September 22, 2023

Last weekend, Oberlin Volleyball hosted five schools in their annual Oberlin Invitational Tournament. The Yeowomen dominated all three of their matches without dropping a single set throughout the weekend. On Friday, the team picked up two sweeps against Defiance College 25–16, 25–8, 25–11, and...

Nate Thompson dribbles the ball.
Men’s Soccer Match Ends in Draw
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • September 22, 2023

Oberlin men’s soccer secured a draw last Saturday night with a last-second goal against the visiting Defiance College Yellow Jackets.  The Yeomen went into halftime down 1–0 after the Yellow Jackets scored at the 14th minute. However, they rebounded nicely, scoring just eight minutes into the second...

Aaron Rodgers plays against the Buffalo Bills.
NFL Teams Should Consider Changing to Grass Fields for Safety of Their Players
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • September 22, 2023

Athletes have debated whether fields should be made out of turf or grass for years. For some, playing on grass provides benefits, such as resistance against injuries. Others prefer turf for the low maintenance it requires. It remains a fundamental question that different sports leagues have come to different...

Gudaf Tsegay runs in Eugene, OR.
Sports Weekly Updates, Week of 9/22
Micah Rodriguez September 22, 2023

Colorado vs. Colorado State: The Buffaloes get Tested in Double Overtime by the Rams In a game featuring star University of Colorado Boulder Buffaloes — second-year wide receiver and defensive back phenom Travis Hunter and third-year quarterback Sheduer Sanders — the spotlight was, surprisingly,...

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