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ODA Needs Reality Check
Emma Ledger May 10, 2024

May is Celiac Disease Awareness Month. Unfortunately, the Office for Disability and Access has demonstrated that they do not see Celiac as a serious condition that warrants housing and dining accommodations.   My doctor diagnosed me with Celiac during my first year at Oberlin. I am now a graduating...

From Kent to Palestine, Honoring Martyrs Means Taking Action
Zane Badawi May 10, 2024

This past Saturday was the 54th anniversary of the Kent State massacre. On May 4, 1970, four Kent State University students — William Knox Schroeder, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Lee Scheuer, and Allison Krause — were shot dead by the Ohio National Guard in a parking lot on the school’s campus, located...

Letter to Our Oberlin Community
May 10, 2024

The College and City of Oberlin have always been a place of change and liberation. At the center of the abolitionist movement in the 19th century, Oberlin has always excelled at being a community with a long history of activism and a reputation for being leaders and advocates for human rights. Because...

A Ukranian flag with a Star of David drawn on it flies outside the U.S. Capitol.
Separate Ukraine Aid From Israel
Avery Russell, Columnist • May 10, 2024

  On Tuesday, April 23 the U.S. Senate approved a $95.3 billion foreign aid package for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. Despite a Senate that often struggles to pass bills, the bill had large bipartisan support, passed 79 to 18 reflecting universal support from Democrats and republicans. The bill...

Response to OFI Misses Point
Ori Josell, President, Obies for Israel • May 10, 2024

On May 3, Nimala Sivakumar’s article “Student Addresses Obies for Israel Letter” was published in the Review as a response to my letter, “Zionism is De-Colonialism: Liberal Origins of Modern Israel” (April 26, 2024). She opens her letter by writing about the death toll of the current Israel–Hamas...

Professor Talise’s Africana Studies dance class.
Professors Talise, Weedie Were Vital to Oberlin. What Now?
Celeste Wicks, Columnist • May 10, 2024

  I have only taken two Dance classes here at Oberlin. The first was awful. For two years, I wrote off dance at Oberlin. Finally, this semester, I took Dances of the African Diaspora with Professor Talise Campbell, a visiting assistant professor of Africana Studies and Dance. I only wish I’d...

From left to right:  Gracie McFalls, Mark Kliesen, and Solomon Leonard.
Viola Students First Ever to Conquer Hindemith Sonatas
Travis O'Daniel, Conservatory Editor • April 26, 2024

On Tuesday, Professor of Viola Peter Slowik’s third-year students performed all seven of Paul Hindemith’s viola sonatas. The studio recital,...

Members of the Silkroad Ensemble gave a talk in Stull Recital Hall.
Artist Recital Series Features Silkroad Ensemble
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • April 26, 2024

On Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Finney Chapel, the Silkroad Ensemble will perform their new program: Uplifted Voices. Rhiannon Giddens, OC ’00, the...

Secondary Lesson Student Teachers Demand Higher Wages
Lyric Anderson April 19, 2024

Editor’s note: This letter refers only to student teachers in the Secondary Private Lessons program who are paid directly by the College. Dear...

Oberlin Contemporary Opera Tradition Must Remain
Travis O'Daniel, Conservatory Editor • April 7, 2024

Oberlin Conservatory has a longstanding tradition of premiering new operas over Winter Term. The New Opera Commissioning Program, founded by...

The TIMARA concert is advertised on screens around the Conservatory.
OCLIPSE Concert Series: TIMARA Preview
Sloane DiBari April 7, 2024

Oberlin will be in the path of totality during the solar eclipse April 8. A variety of OCLIPSE events will be held on campus that day to celebrate...

Construction on SIP will continue over the summer.
Construction on Sustainable Infrastructure Program to Continue Over the Summer
JP Liddy May 10, 2024

Oberlin’s Sustainable Infrastructure Program has entered its fourth and final stage. The College is preparing to start construction over the summer to add geothermal air conditioning to 11 buildings around campus. These buildings include Asia House, the Carnegie Building, Ward Alumni Center/Art Galleries,...

BRANCHES Fosters Community, Provides Resources for Underrepresented Communities in STEM
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • May 10, 2024

This week, the community for Bridging Resources and Access to Nurture Community through Holistic Engagement in STEM hosted two final events for the 2023–24 school year. On Wednesday, they hosted their third and final listening session of the semester, focused specifically on underrepresented genders...

The Office of Residence Life is currently reassessing its dining services.
Residence Life Proposes Changes to Housing, Dining
Yasu Shinozaki, News Editor • May 10, 2024

The Office of Residence Life is planning significant changes to housing and dining at Oberlin. The office is working on creating a Housing Master Plan which will outline plans to renovate and modernize all of Oberlin’s residential facilities over the next 13 to 15 years. Vice President and Dean of...

City Council Update for April 6
Emily Vaughan, Opinions Editor • May 10, 2024

Oberlin City Council convened Monday for a regular meeting. Council President Eboni Johnson, OC ’97, presided over the meeting. All Councilmembers were present. Council Hears Proposal for Bicycle and Pedestrian Path Along SR58 Public Works Director Jeff Baumann and City Engineer Randall Roberts provided...

World Headlines
Karthik Ranganadhan, Senior Staff Writer • May 10, 2024

Tens of Thousands Flee as Israel Bombs Rafah; Biden Announces Pause to Weapons Shipments On Thursday, the United Nations said that tens of thousands of people have fled Rafah in response to an Israeli call to evacuate part of the southern Gazan city. Israel has been bombarding the city. According to...

The “People’s College” encampment in Wilder Bowl held over 30 tents and around 200 students on Monday.
Encampment, Teach-Ins, Fundraisers Held to Support Palestine
Layla Wallerstein and Yasu Shinozaki May 3, 2024

On Monday, Oberlin College became the latest in a wave of colleges and universities across the country to set up an encampment in protest of Israel’s war in Gaza, named the People’s College for the Liberation of Palestine. On Tuesday, the organizers announced that they were restructuring the demonstration,...

Climate Action Steering Committee to Decide Next Steps for Oberlin Climate Plan
Karthik Ranganadhan, Senior Staff Writer • May 3, 2024

At the April 15 City Council meeting, Councilmembers unanimously approved an ordinance creating a Steering Committee for the City of Oberlin’s Climate Action Plan.  The Steering Committee is tasked with reviewing and recommending updates to the plan, which will guide policy in Oberlin over the...

BSAG, ABUSUA Block Party Connects College, Community
BSAG, ABUSUA Block Party Connects College, Community
Sydney Collinger, Senior Staff Writer, Layout 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 4/5/2024
Oberlin Review Comic 4/5/2024
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
Oberlin Review Comic 3/15/2024
Oberlin Review Comic 3/15/2024
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
Zendaya poses at the Met Gala.
“The Garden of Time” Met Gala Theme Results in Manifold Interpretations
Eloise Rich, The Bulletin Editor, Web Manager • May 10, 2024

This year’s Met Gala proved to be a bit of a doozy: for some, looks were interpreted within the theme of this year’s exhibit, “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion,” vague in and of itself. For others, the theme of the Gala, “The Garden of Time,” became the main point of reference. Anna...

Challengers features actors Zendaya, Josh O’Connor, and Mike Faist.
Challengers Actors Showcase Incredible Chemistry, Intense Scenes
Jasper Swartz, Production Editor • May 10, 2024

Luca Guadagnino gave us queer coming-of-age in Call Me By Your Name. He gave us lonesome cannibals and the great American rural expanse in Bones and All. Now, he picks up from his usual tempo of slow yearning amid breath-taking scenery and turns his attention to the fast-paced world of professional tennis...

Love Letter to Arts Journalism: Farewell from Arts Editor
Lucy Curtis, Arts & Culture Editor • May 10, 2024

Oh, how beautiful it is to have something to miss.  First and foremost, I wanted to say thank you to anyone who has ever read any of my stories in the Review and enjoyed them. If you’re reading this now, you are one of the reasons why I write. If you’re just now getting acquainted with me through...

Poets gather to honor the Underground Railroad.
Poetry Reading Calls Upon the History of Activism, Abolition in Oberlin
Chloe Boccara, Staff Writer • May 10, 2024

On Saturday, an audience gathered underneath the Oberlin Gasholder Building’s dome to participate in the Ohio Underground Railroad Whistle-Stop Poetry Tour. With passionate voices, area poets Atlas, Jeremy Jusek, Raja Belle Freeman, and Associate Professor and Chair of Creative Writing Chanda Feldman...

Students procrastinating in the Conservatory.
Art of Procrastination: Obie Edition
Chloe Ko, Arts & Culture Editor • May 10, 2024

As the end of the semester approaches, the Oberlin student population comes to a divide: those who procrastinate… and those who are too afraid to admit it. From the tiny discussion post to the 14-page paper, nothing is off limits to the inevitable “I’ll do it later.” Throughout our complex journeys,...

Kendrick Lamar, Drake Perpetuate Long-Standing Rap Beef
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • May 10, 2024

Editor’s note: While I am excited to write this piece, as it is a topic that has taken up a small part of my brain, I urge readers to remember — All eyes on Rafah. Israel is beginning its ground invasion of Rafah, and we must not get distracted from fighting for every single Palestinian who is in...

Tanka for Divestment
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • May 10, 2024

Parents help divest Trustee board will vote in June Alumni sign on Oberlin stop funding war   Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor, is a College fourth-year from Portland, OR. Her parents and grandparents were displaced from a U.S.-funded war, an experience they believe no one...

Weekly Crossword
Weekly Crossword
Kate Martin, Crossword Staff Writer • May 10, 2024

ACROSS 1. Who you might thank in May, informally 5. A hoot and ___ ___ 10. It’s 33 for most LPs 13. Transcript figs. 14. Speed reader? 15. Andrews Sisters “___ Mir Bist Du Schön” 16. What the heart really wants 18. Part of MIT, abbr.  20. Precipitation 21. Gave a thumbs up 23. To the...

Crossword Answers 5/3
Crossword Answers 5/3
Lucy Curtis, Arts & Culture Editor • May 10, 2024

From Concept to Publication: Panel of Oberlin Alumni Authors Share Process of Developing Books
Chloe Ko, Arts & Culture Editor • May 3, 2024

A panel of Oberlin alumni who have written award-winning fiction and nonfiction met over Zoom April 24 to answer questions relevant to aspiring writers and curious attendees. Sarah Lariviere, OC ’97; spoke as the moderator with panelists Benjamin Weber, OC ’07; Paolo Bacigalupi, OC ’94; Sonia Shah,...

Les Leopold
Les Leopold: Author and Labor Advocate
Layla Wallerstein, News Editor • May 10, 2024

Les Leopold, OC ’69, is an author and the executive director of the Labor Institute and is on the steering committee for the Alumni for Oberlin Values. His recent book, Wall Street’s War on Workers: How Mass Layoffs and Greed Are Destroying the Working Class and What to Do About It was inspired by...

Justin Nobel
Justin Nobel: Environmental Journalist, Author of Petroleum-238
Delaney Fox, Editor-in-Chief • May 3, 2024

Justin Nobel is an award-winning journalist who reports on issues of environmental justice. His book Petroleum-238: Big Oil’s Dangerous Secret and the Grassroots Fight to Stop It was published this month. Nobel lectured today in Wilder Hall on his decade of research for the book. The book talk was...

Michael Kimmage
Michael Kimmage: OC ’95, Author, Former State Department Official
Layla Wallerstein, News Editor • April 26, 2024

On Thursday, Michael Kimmage, OC ’95, came to Oberlin to speak about his new book Collisions: The Origins of the War in Ukraine and the New Global Instability. Kimmage is a professor of History and chair of the department at the Catholic University of America and a non-resident senior associate at...

Malcolm Bamba: Consent in the Conservatory
Malcolm Bamba: Consent in the Conservatory
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • April 19, 2024

Every April, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion collaborates with the Peer Support Center and Survivors of Sexual Harm and Allies to offer resources and education aimed at promoting consent and preventing sexual harm. Consent Month consists of a series of workshops and lectures, covering...

Hathaway, left, and Telin, right, give students a lecture on their work.
Mike Telin, OC '87, and Daniel Hathaway: Cleveland Classical Founders, Professors of Music Journalism
Travis O'Daniel, Conservatory Editor • March 1, 2024

Mike Telin, OC ’87, and Daniel Hathaway are visiting teachers of Music Journalism who have been reporting on the classical music scene in northeast Ohio since 2008. Their website, Cleveland Classical, has become one of the most respected digital publications in the region. They began teaching in 2011...

Davin Youngs, OC '03: Sound Healing Artist, Singer and Voice Coach
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • February 23, 2024

Could you share a bit about your background as a singer and a voice coach? I’m a graduate of the [Oberlin] Conservatory, 2003, just over 20 years ago, which is crazy. I grew up in a small town in Michigan, and at a young age I happened across a teacher who introduced me to classical singing. I studied...

Holly Handman-Lopez
On the Record with Holly Handman-Lopez: Professor, Choreographer
Chloe Boccara, Staff Writer • April 26, 2024

Holly Handman-Lopez is an assistant professor of Dance at Oberlin College and has choreographed numerous works, including her three most recent engagements: Ancestra, L’Orfeo, and Oberlin Dance Company. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Recently, you choreographed three mainstage...

Tali Hinkis discusses the importance of sound in her art.
Tali Hinkis: Experimental Video, Sound Artist, LoVid Member
Sadie Howard, Staff Writer • April 19, 2024

Tali Hinkis is a member of the artist duo LoVid. On Wednesday, she came to the Clarence Ward Art Library to give an Artist Talk on her unconventional practice. This article has been edited for length and clarity.  Sound and engaging with one’s sense of hearing is a major component in many of your...

Ruth Ozeki
On the Record with Ruth Ozeki: Novelist, Zen Buddhist Priest
Elena Rabin and Josephine Rosman March 15, 2024

Ruth Ozeki is a novelist, documentary filmmaker, teacher, and Zen Buddhist priest. She will be visiting campus Tuesday, March 19 to give a talk on Zen and the Art of Realizing Fiction in Dye Lecture Hall from 6–8 p.m.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  JR: How does being a...

In the Locker Room with Lauren Mills
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • April 5, 2024

Lauren Mills is a third-year midfielder on the women’s lacrosse team. A double major in Neuroscience and Biology on the pre-medical track, she is constantly on the run. When Mills isn’t on the field, she can be seen working at the gym desks or preparing samples for other Biology class labs in the...

In the Locker Room with Abby Cannon
In the Locker Room with Abby Cannon
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • March 15, 2024

For student-athletes, finding a space that can support both their academic and athletic goals is hard enough. But the student-athlete experience is at its best when they are supported equally. College fourth-year and Bloomington, Indiana native Abby Cannon found that in Oberlin, a school that could support...

In the Locker Room with Colvin Iorio and Neva Tayler
In the Locker Room with Colvin Iorio and Neva Tayler
James Foster, Sports Editor • March 8, 2024

For graduating seniors who play sports in high school, a major factor in their college decision can center around sports. Whether someone is looking to play a varsity sport in college or keep their passion for their sport alive with club or intramural sports, having their sport offered can be the difference...

Weekly Updates: Week of 5/10
Weekly Updates: Week of 5/10
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • May 10, 2024

Champions League Final  The final of the Champions League, which will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, is now set. Borussia Dortmund will face Real Madrid. Dortmund managed to beat Paris Saint Germain in Paris after winning the first leg 1–0. The second leg saw Dortmund win 1–0 again...

Another Winless Year for Miami GP Pole-Sitter, Another Cursed Circuit in Formula 1?
Erin Koo, Photo Editor and Layout Manager • May 10, 2024

Formula 1 held the first of its three Grand Prix in the United States this season last Sunday, May 5, at the Miami International Autodrome. The circuit was added to the Formula 1 calendar in 2022 and received criticism for being yet another race in the U.S., which is the country to host the most Grand...

Senior Celebrations, Last Competitions for Baseball, Softball, Track
Amelia Ocampo, Staff Writer • May 10, 2024

This past weekend, Oberlin’s baseball and softball teams finished their seasons with Senior Day festivities, reflecting on the hard work and resilience their graduating seniors brought to the teams. Both displays of appreciation were filled with emotion as teammates celebrated both personal and teamwide...

Sports Editor Advises Everything One Last Time
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • May 10, 2024

Ever since I was little, I’ve always been told communication is the most important skill to have. As someone who didn’t start learning till I was five years old, and now only mediocrely know three languages, communication has always been one of the things I’ve struggled with the most.  My second...

Travis ODaniel at the Derby.
Review Editor Revisits Kentucky Derby Roots
Travis O'Daniel, Conservatory Editor • May 10, 2024

The sports journalist Hunter S. Thompson once described the Kentucky Derby as “decadent and depraved,” and any native Louisvillian will tell you that the sentiment absolutely still rings true. Since 1875, the Derby has been bringing in crowds from far and wide to Louisville, KY, all eager to see...

Weekly Updates: Week of 5/3
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • May 3, 2024

NBA Playoffs The NBA playoffs have begun and this week we started to see the first round of teams to be eliminated. The Minnesota Timberwolves swept the Phoenix Suns 4–0. This comes as a surprise due to the Suns’ roster, which includes three of the best players in the league: Kevin Durant, Devin...

Review's Sports Editors Went Mini Golfing, It Was Difficult
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • May 3, 2024

Pre-pandemic, the Sports Editors had a tradition of trying out sports that aren’t available within the limits of Oberlin. The previous Review Sports Editors most notably attempted a much more athletic endeavor known for its test of strength and agility: pole dancing. Though logistics got in the way...

Flying Horsecows Secure Spot to Nationals
Flying Horsecows Secure Spot to Nationals
Amelia Ocampo May 3, 2024

In a display of unyielding determination, the Oberlin men’s open Ultimate Frisbee team soared to victory at the Division III Ohio Valley Regional Championships, earning a spot in the National Championship.  The journey to this moment was paved with countless hours of sweat, sacrifice, and unwavering...

Men’s Tennis Upsets DePauw 5–3 in NCAC Playoffs
Shea Laursen, Production Editor • May 3, 2024

Last Friday, the men’s tennis team beat DePauw University in the NCAC Quarterfinals 5–3. Their win marked the first time in 20 years that a no. 6 seed has beaten a no. 3 seed in the NCAC Tournament, and additionally, Oberlin has not defeated DePauw in tennis in the last five years. However, these...

Softball Beats Yellow Jackets, Looks Ahead to Senior Day
James Foster, Sports Editor • May 3, 2024

Right after losing their first game of the day last Sunday 1–0 to Baldwin Wallace University, the Oberlin softball team knew that the second game of their double header was winnable, but they’d have to raise their level. Led by fourth-years Alaina Di Dio and Katie Austin, the team stormed back...

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