Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

The Review publishes every Friday.

Criticism of Oberlin Testament to Care for Community
Anisa Curry Vietze, Kushagra Kar, Gigi Ewing, and Arman Luczkow October 22, 2021

There's a lot of conversation, both on campus and off, about the ways in which Oberlin falls short. From the outside, people claim that Oberlin indoctrinates young students in an ultra-liberal ideology so detached from the "real world" that students emerge too sensitive to function in normal society.  Even...

Oberlin Must Find a Way to Help Grieving Students
Aniella Day, Columnist • October 22, 2021

In spring 2021, Oberlin students and community members engaged in debate after a troop of Girl Scouts painted a rock in Tappan Square, covering a memorial for two College students who had recently passed away. One of the names on the rock was that of my brother, Aiden Day. I joined the discourse, writing...

College Failure to Recycle Shows Carelessness
Eric Schank, Production Editor & Senior Staff Writer • October 22, 2021

Rollbacks on recycling during COVID-19 have presented the College with an enormously difficult task: absolving itself of liability for increased pollution while maintaining the appearance of sustainability. The fact that the College is making a remarkable stride toward carbon neutrality via ground-source...

I Endorse Farah Emeka for Oberlin City Schools Board of Education
Ray English, Oberlin College Director of Libraries Emeritus • October 22, 2021

I enthusiastically endorse Farah Emeka, OC '97, for one of the three contested seats on the Oberlin City Schools Board of Education. As a current member of the board, Ms. Emeka understands the board's policies and the issues facing the schools. As a parent with two sons in the school system, she understands...

Whiteness Remains Pervasive in Writing
Elizabeth Aduwo, Layout Editor • October 22, 2021

In recent years, a debate has emerged on whether white authors should write characters of color. Some answer with a hard and fast "no" when asked this question, while others say "yes" in certain circumstances. However, what has not been discussed nearly enough is why this is an issue in the first place.  "I...

This semester, students have reported that fridges in DeCafé are frequently empty.
Dining Is Struggling, But Students Can Help
Boo Elliott and Remy Gajewski October 22, 2021

We can all tell that the dining halls are packed and the staff is overwhelmed. It is time for students to take more responsibility for supporting Campus Dining Services in the face of the administration's shortcomings. Curious about the long lines, empty fridges, and exhausted workers, we set out to...

Grieving Students Need Support
Anisa Curry Vietze, Kushagra Kar, Gigi Ewing, and Arman Luczkow October 15, 2021

On Jan. 18, College first-year Helen Hastings was killed in Texas in a gun accident. Hastings' friends — many of whom were first-years themselves — were left to cope with their loss entirely on their own, working to keep up with schoolwork while processing the tragedy.  "The school did nothing...

Why Must International Students Assimilate?
Aishwarya Krishnaswamy October 15, 2021

I remember flying into Cleveland from Mumbai two years ago, excited at how drastically my life was about to change and how lucky I was to be able to live my dreams. Three months into my stay at Oberlin, as my giddy excitement began to wane, I realized that while most of my identities were accepted and...

Delayed Pay for Review Editors Unacceptable
Reginald Goudeau, Columnist • October 15, 2021

Editor's note: The concerns raised in this article were addressed between the initial writing of the piece and publication. All Special Issue staffers have been compensated for their work.  I could say that I didn’t want things to come to this, but deep down, I knew this article would be necessary...

Standardized Testing Should Remain Optional
Emma Benardete, Contributing Opinions Editor • October 15, 2021

Last year, the Admissions Office initiated a three-year pilot of test-optional admissions cycles in response to the difficulty of scheduling and sitting for standardized tests like the SAT during the pandemic. Given the inequitable nature of these tests, it is my hope that Oberlin will recognize the...

Transitional Housing Poor Solution to Over-Enrollment
Andréa Jones October 15, 2021

As we enter the 2021–22 school year, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic seems more manageable than it did last year. While I now have some hope for a normal college experience, the start of the semester has hardly been smooth, with many students unable to receive the housing they wanted. Some students have...

Male Workers Allowed Into Baldwin, Unsettling Residents
Peter Fray-Witzer October 15, 2021

On Oct. 7, residents of Baldwin Cottage received an email from Josh Matos, the area coordinator for Multicultural and Identity-Based Communities. “I am reaching out to you to give you an update on the radiator project,” Matos wrote. “Starting tomorrow (Friday, 10/8) the contractors will be entering...

The Oberlin Planning Commission recently approved plans for an ALDI grocery store, which will be the first retail outlet built in the Oberlin Crossing shopping center.
New ALDI Promises More Grocery Options, Economic Growth
Ella Moxley, News Editor • October 22, 2021

On Sept. 15, the Oberlin Planning Commission approved plans to build a new ALDI grocery store in the City. Two years ago, Oberlin City Council rezoned nearly 28 acres of land at the proposed ALDI site to create a larger retail space called Oberlin Crossing. After several years of delay imposed by COVID-19,...

Departments  have worked to expand course offerings in response to a large first-year class.
Departments Adapt to Accommodate Large Number of First Years
Ella Moxley, News Editor • October 22, 2021

Last week, Oberlin completed a census of students at the College and Conservatory and found that an especially large number of students are enrolled for the 2021–2022 academic year. The rise in enrollment has required academic departments across campus to adapt, particularly to accommodate the large...

Students participating in the Sophomore Opportunities and Academic Resources reorientation
program gather for an ice cream social.
SOAR Re-orients Second-Years to Oberlin
Juanita Alabi October 22, 2021

After completing an unorthodox first year of college due to the COVID-19 pandemic, second-years are back on campus hoping to find their place at Oberlin. In order to support second-years, many of whom have spent an unprecedented four and a half months away from campus this summer, the Sophomore Opportunities...

Weekly COVID-19 Update
October 22, 2021

Oberlin College Updates On Monday, the College announced that the outdoor mask mandate and restrictions on indoor dining had been lifted after a successful first two weeks of classes. Between Sept. 27 and Oct. 17, Oberlin has had four positive cases. All students were required to receive a COVID-19...

Security Notebook
October 22, 2021

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 12:40 a.m. Campus Safety Officers were requested to assist a student ill from alcohol consumption at East Hall. Officers spoke with the student, who was able to answer all questions asked. The student stated that they would call Campus Safety if they started to feel worse. 11:18...

Activists are planning to protest the College’s decision to keep Professor Mohammad Jafar Mahallati on faculty after his alleged involvement in massacres carried out by the Iranian government in the 1980s. The protest will take place on Nov. 2 at Cox Administration Building.
College Finds No Evidence of Wrongdoing in Mahallati Investigation
Gigi Ewing , Managing Editor • October 15, 2021

The College has concluded its investigation into allegations that an Oberlin Religion professor made antisemitic and anti-Baha’i statements and aided the Iranian government in covering up the mass killing of political dissidents in the 1980s. The College’s investigation found no evidence that Nancy...

A Comprehensive Oberlin Bucket List
Ashley Xu, 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 Freshman Horde
Comic: The Freshman Horde
Clair Wang, Illustrator
Comic: Dishes Dilemma
Comic: Dishes Dilemma
Danny Valero, Illustrator
Prior to the pandemic, the ’Sco hosted artists regularly, such as the band Leggy + T-Rextasy, pictured above.
Students Disappointed in ’Sco Amid COVID-19 Changes
Sydney Rosensaft, Senior Staff Writer • October 22, 2021

As COVID-19 rates declined on campus in June, a sacred Oberlin tradition was restored: Wednesday night Splitchers at the ’Sco. While the venue is still a beloved staple of College culture, some feel that the event just isn’t the same. Some students believe that ObieSafe policies, which...

Student Burnout
Student Burnout
Danny Valero, Illustrator • October 22, 2021

Is Hotel Life All We Ever Imagined?
Anisa Curry Vietze, Editor-in-Chief • October 22, 2021

Any kid growing up in the early 2000’s knew the dream. We saw movies like Eloise at The Plaza, in which a six-year-old lives a lavish life, ordering room service every day at The Plaza Hotel in New York City;  we saw it in TV shows like The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, in which two twins live in...

Squid Game Comparisons Overlook Cultural Nuance
Kushagra Kar, Editor-in-Chief • October 22, 2021

For the last three weeks, Squid Game has been buzzing on social media. Netflix is proud to boast the show’s record-breaking ratings, and Western audiences are lapping it up with the same awe and intrigue as Parasite two years ago. Before I’d seen the show myself, I asked someone to describe...

The Cat in the Cream hosted OSLAM’s first indoor, in-person performance since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
First Indoor OSLAM Performance Since 2020 Revives Community
Lilyanna D'Amato, Arts & Culture Editor • October 15, 2021

In its first in-person performance at the Cat in the Cream in over two years, OSLAM, the College’s slam poetry team, returned to the venue on Saturday, Oct. 9 for its back-to-school performance. Primarily featuring first- and second-year members — most of whom had not yet had the opportunity to perform...

Oberlin College, Conservatory, and Athletics department collaborated on a two-day symposium last weekend.
Music, Athletics in Conversation at Opening Faculty Concert
Zach Bayfield October 15, 2021

This past weekend, the Oberlin Conservatory, College, and Athletics Departments came together for a two-day symposium titled Music, Sports, and the Enduring Influence of Ancient Greece. The program drew from diverse resources across campus and included Conservatory musicians, College and Conservatory...

On July 31, the performer credited with revitalizing Northeast Ohio’s Burlesque scene lit up the Solstice stage — Oberlin students will not be soon forgetting the name Bella Sin.
On The Record with Bella Sin, Burlesque Superstar
Maeve Woltring, Arts & Culture Editor • August 6, 2021

This past Saturday, Burlesque superstar Bella Sin graced the Solstice stage in Oberlin’s Heisman Club Field House. Sin is an on icon of Burlesque, a type of variety show that involves elaborate dance and intricate and erotic costumes. Sin was declared one of “Cleveland’s Most Interesting People”...

On the Record with Deesha Philyaw, Author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
On the Record with Deesha Philyaw, Author of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies
Nico Vickers, Managing Editor • July 30, 2021

Author and columnist Deesha Philyaw came to campus on Monday to discuss her new collection of short stories, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Since its publication in September  2020, the collection has won the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the 2020 Story Prize for Fiction, and the 2020 Los...

On the Record with ThiNi Thai Chef Aon Krittathiranon
On the Record with ThiNi Thai Chef Aon Krittathiranon
Sander Ferrazza July 23, 2021

Aon Krittathiranon is the chef at ThiNi Thai, a Thai restaurant located at 18 Carpenter Court, right behind the Feve. Krittathiranon moved from his hometown of Chiang Mai after befriending Feve owners Matt and Jason Adelman by coincidence on their trip to Thailand. Krittathiranon and the Adelmans hit...

Kurt Russell (left) recieves his award from
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Mr. Paolo DeMaria
Off the Cuff with Ohio Teacher of the Year Kurt Russell
October 22, 2021

Kurt Russell is a social studies teacher at Oberlin High School and the 2022 Ohio Teacher of the Year. Russell has been an educator for the last 25 years. After listening to feedback from students about how whitewashed history curricula in the U.S. was, Russell started teaching an African-Amerian History...

Aniella Day
Off the Cuff with Aniella Day, Abortion Doula
October 8, 2021

College fourth-year Aniella Day is part of the Leadership Circle of the Oberlin Doula Collective. The Collective started in 2017 as a volunteer organization where students support people receiving abortions. While much of the group’s work has been on pause for the last year due to COVID-19,...

Vice President and Dean of Students Karen C. Goff will begin her tenure at Oberlin on Sept. 20, 2021.
Off the Cuff with Monique Burgdorf, Assistant Dean of Students
August 6, 2021

Assistant Dean of Students Monique Burgdorf wears many hats. Currently, she serves in the Center for Student Success as a liaison primarily to low-income and first-generation College students. She also works as an advisor for the Student Help And Resource Exchange program. Burgdorf’s work has become...

Field hockey captain Bonnie Wileman looking fierce.
In the Locker Room with Bonnie Wileman, Field Hockey Captain
Kushagra Kar, Editor-in-Chief • October 15, 2021

College fourth-year Bonnie Wileman has been playing field hockey for the last 10 years, and has been a starting player since her first year at Oberlin. This will be her last season at the College, but it is also her first as team captain and midfielder. While she has created many memories on the field,...

College third-year and field hockey defender Eli Modahl.
In The Locker Room with Eli Modahl, Field Hockey Captain and Intern for the Office of Environmental Sustainability
John Elrod , Contributing Sports Editor • August 20, 2021

College third-year and field hockey defender Eli Modahl is looking forward to intercollegiate competition in field hockey for the first time in two years. To stay connected with her team, Modahl has participated in team activities on campus and even trained for a half marathon while away from Oberlin...

College third-year and thrower on the track and field team Zac Ntia.
In The Locker Room with Thrower and Bonner Scholar Zac Ntia
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • August 13, 2021

College third-year and thrower on the track and field team Zac Ntia has not been able to compete since students were sent home from campus in March 2020 due to COVID-19. Recently, he has had to adjust to Oberlin’s three-semester plan and all the changes of the summer semester. Still, he is highly motivated...

Homecoming: Oberlin football competing against The College of Wooster in 2019.
Oberlin Hosts Successful Homecoming Weekend for First Time in Two Years
Zoe Kuzbari, Sports Editor • October 22, 2021

Last weekend, the class of 2020 was welcomed back to campus for a delayed commencement after they were sent home in their final semester of college. Many athletes never got to say goodbye to their teammates, so the graduation celebration also served as a long-awaited reunion. For student-athletes...

Oberlin Black Student Athlete Group.
Athletics Department Partakes in NCAA Diversity and Inclusion Social Media Campaign
Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor • October 22, 2021

This week is the NCAA’s Diversity and Inclusion Social Media Campaign, with colleges all across the country using social media as a platform to reflect on what diversity and representation means in athletics. At Oberlin, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee worked alongside the Black Student-Athlete...

As Astros Compete for Spot in World Series, 2017 Sign Stealing Scandal Still Looms
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • October 22, 2021

In January 2020, the MLB confirmed that the Houston Astros had engaged in an illegal form of sign stealing during the 2017 season — the postseason in which they secured a World Series championship — and portions of the 2018 season. The team was found to have used outfield cameras in their home ballpark...

Oberlin volleyball team, 2021.
Oberlin Volleyball Makes Program History After Beating DePauw on Homecoming
River Schiff, Senior Staff Writer • October 22, 2021

Despite the disappointment Oberlin volleyball has faced in conference in recent years, the team has proven this year that it is a force to be reckoned with. After beating their rival Kenyon College on Sept. 23 for the first time since 2015, the Yeowomen have entered conference games with a new ferocity....

The Puke Patrol” at last weekends annual Inter-Regional Rumble.
Cross Country Receives Finish Line Support from Track Team’s Puke Patrol
Gigi Ewing, Managing Editor • October 22, 2021

This past weekend, members of the track and field team supported their teammates by working what they affectionately nicknamed “the Puke Patrol” — a group of track athletes who donned ponchos and gloves to protect themselves from the bodily fluids exhausted runners can emit when they finish a race....

John Heisman poses in his iconic stance back in the day.
Flashback to the John Heisman Era
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • October 15, 2021

Without the contributions of professional and college football programs in Ohio, the game would look much different than it does today. Around the turn of the 20th century, Oberlin College football helped shape the sport into what it is now, and its innovative role was sparked by one of the game’s...

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