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Ukraine Should Not be Forgotten
Zachary Stout February 23, 2024

The war in Ukraine continues and should not be forgotten as other world events decrease international focus on it. It seems to have lost focus, attention, and support from government leadership, international organizations, and many around the world as other world events have garnered the world’s focus....

Review Reflects on Truth, Facts in Journalism
Editorial Board February 23, 2024

The Oberlin Review, more than anything, is dedicated to publishing information and ideas that are relevant, accessible, and most importantly, factual. We are a newspaper — we seek to publish the truth, to get to the bottom of issues on campus and in the community, and to inform our readers of Oberlin’s...

Entrance to the Financial Aid Office.
Despite New FAFSA, College Must Factor Siblings into Aid
Selena Frantz, Columnist • February 23, 2024

Over the past two years, the start of my winters have been marked not by snow or low temperatures, but rather by a new signifier: the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Every October through January since my senior year of high school has been spent thinking about and filling out this document....

Vote “No” on Issue Nine in Oberlin Primaries
Kevin Weidenbaum February 23, 2024

For those of you planning to vote in Oberlin in the primary election in March, be aware that the Oberlin City Council has put seven charter amendments on the ballot. While it would be reasonable if you decided to skip voting on these, it would NOT be reasonable simply to vote yes for all seven unless...

A mural dedicated to Palestine.
A Letter Regarding Israel-Palestine
Richard Sherman February 23, 2024

Established as a trust for the indigenous population of the area, to be terminated when that population was ready for self-government. It was set up under a different article of the League Covenant as a trust for the Jewish people, in recognition of their historic connection with the land, on condition...

A full parking lot in one of Oberlin’s student parking locations.
Have a Car at Oberlin? Good Luck Finding Parking
Ariel Papas, Columnist • February 23, 2024

One of the most important things about Oberlin is how environmentally conscious it is, as demonstrated by its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025 and the walkable campus. These two aspects reflect the College’s awareness of sustainability and their commitment to it. However, students have cars, and those...

Review Editor Details Experience Leaving Con
Travis O'Daniel, Conservatory Editor • February 23, 2024

I began classical voice lessons in seventh grade. What started as a means to get into my local performing arts high school for musical theater...

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, Conservatory 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...

City Council voted to approve the Comprehensive Plan at Tuesdays meeting.
Comprehensive Plan Passes, Provides Specific Steps to Meet City-Wide Goals
Yasu Shinozaki, News Editor • February 23, 2024

On Tuesday, the Oberlin City Council approved the new Comprehensive Plan by a unanimous vote. The plan, which serves as a framework for policy and development in the City, was created in an almost yearlong process by the Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, composed of Councilmembers and local residents,...

Gayters Family Skating Rink was a Black owned business and community center from the 1890s to 1951.
Heritage Center Showcases Stories of Oberlin’s Black Business Owners
LJ Katch February 23, 2024

On Tuesday, the Oberlin Heritage Center hosted its Black Business Owners and Entrepreneurship Program at the Oberlin Public Library. The event’s purpose was to tell the stories of historical Black business owners in Oberlin through the archival material at the Heritage Center. In a 50-minute presentation,...

Academic Departments Host Journalists to Educate on Israel–Palestine Conflict
Layla Wallerstein, News Editor • February 23, 2024

On Friday, Feb. 16 and Tuesday, Feb. 20, the first two webinars of a four-part series titled “Covering the Israel–Hamas War and its U.S. Impacts” took place over Zoom. The webinars are organized by the Middle East and North Africa Studies and Jewish Studies departments, and sponsored by the Politics...

City Council Update February 20
Karthik Ranganadhan, Senior Staff Writer • February 23, 2024

Oberlin’s City Council held its regular meeting on Tuesday. The meeting would have been held on Monday but was moved due to the observance of President’s Day. Proclamation Honors Connie Ponder for Outstanding Services  The Oberlin City Council issued a proclamation to honor Connie Ellington-Ponder...

World Headlines
Lily Nobel, Production Editor • February 23, 2024

United States Vetoes Ceasefire Resolution On Tuesday, the United States vetoed a ceasefire resolution in the U.N. Security Council. The resolution would have called for fighting to end in Gaza. The U.S. maintains that the ceasefire would jeopardize Israel’s continued hostage negotiations to free the...

City Council voted Feb. 5 to form a Social Equity Plan Steering Committee to create a Social Equity Plan for the City of Oberlin.
Social Equity Plan Steering Committee Formed to Address Inequities in Oberlin Community
Layla Wallerstein, News Editor • February 16, 2024

In January, the Oberlin City Council approved an ordinance to establish a Social Equity Plan Steering Committee that will develop the City’s first social equity plan.  The committee is composed of 11 people, including two members of City Council. According to Steering Committee Vice Chair and Oberlin...

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,...

Nikki Keating
Ease On Down The Road: BHM Fashion Show
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief
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 2/23/2024
Oberlin Review Comic 2/23/2024
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
Oberlin Review Comic 2/9/2024
Oberlin Review Comic 2/9/2024
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
Tokusatsu was written and directed by College second-year Carrie Shevitz.
Tokusatsu Contemplates Destruction, Revival of Dreams in World of Film
Chloe Ko, Arts & Culture Editor • February 23, 2024

With no preparation but a vague plot synopsis and a green poster visual boasting the words “FROG GOES HERE,” I took a seat at the Cat in the Cream on Feb. 18 for the singular, ticket-free showing of Tokusatsu, written and directed by College second-year Carrie Shevitz. On the humble stage stood a...

The Black River Cafe hosted drag performers.
Local Drag Performers Take Stage at Black River Wine Shop
Emily Vaughan, Opinions Editor • February 23, 2024

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Black River Wine Shop and Bar hosted a Valentine’s Day drag show, featuring performances from three Oberlin-based drag artists. This event was the second drag show hosted by the venue, following the success of their first, which occurred in November 2023. The show featured performances...

On the Record with Mia Knox and Divine McAllister: Head Designers for Black History Month Fashion Show
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • February 23, 2024

College second-year Mia Knox and College fourth-year Divine McAllister are head designers for this year’s Black History Month Fashion Show. The two were tasked with designing and creating the majority of costumes that more than 30 students wore and walked in during the performance, and were also responsible...

ᏓᏗᏬᏂᏏ was directed by Schon Duncan and Michael Mcdermit.
Cherokee Nations Fight For Preservation of Indigenous Language in ᏓᏗᏬᏂᏏ
Lauren Moore February 23, 2024

When I entered Apollo Theatre, there was one thing that caught my eye: a crowd of people chatting right outside the door. Upon closer investigation, I realized that this crowd was amassed around the film’s directors, Schon Duncan and Michael McDermit. They were talking about the film and taking questions...

Frogs
Loie Schiller February 23, 2024

There’s something special about frogs. Squishy tadpoles frantically escaping the fingers of a small child too young to realize  they’re afraid of her. mystical mutants with arms and legs askew. But then they change  from tiny blobs in a greenish pond to creatures that can capture the sky in...

Weekly Crossword
Weekly Crossword
Lucy Curtis and Amelia Sterling-Angus February 23, 2024

ACROSS 1. Type of irrigation system 4. Peach State, abbr. 6. __ to riches 10. Where the Review is based, abbr. 11. Buckeye State 13. Small cut 15. Where Dreamworks Animation’s Shrek lives 16. A common nightshade fruit 18. Et __ 20. To cut grass 21. Word that can follow “garlic” or “light” 23....

Crossword Answers 2/16
Crossword Answers 2/16
Kate Martin February 23, 2024

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, Layout Editor • 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...

Andrew Oni
Andrew Oni: Director of Student Health and Wellbeing
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • February 23, 2024

Andrew Oni is the executive director of Student Health and Wellbeing and recently celebrated his second anniversary in this position at Oberlin. Oni provides leadership and guidance to Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, Student Support and Outreach, and Student Health Promotion...

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...

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...

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...

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...

In The Locker Room with Allison Lupatkin and Sumner Wallace, Frisbee Practice Planners
In The Locker Room with Allison Lupatkin and Sumner Wallace, Frisbee Practice Planners
Andrea Nguyen and James Foster February 23, 2024

Fourth-years Allison Lupatkin and Sumner Wallace both joined the Preying Manti, the women’s and trans ultimate frisbee team on campus, their first year and have been heavily involved since. As they get ready for their first spring tournament in two weeks, they reflect on their last four years with...

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...

Sports Weekly Updates: Week of 2/23
Dorothy Knutson, Staff Writer • February 23, 2024

Stephen Curry, Sabrina Ionescu Compete in 3-point Contest Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty went head-to-head with the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry this weekend in the 2024 NBA All-Star Weekend three-point contest. Ionescu, who began her professional career as the first pick in the...

Effects of Climate Change on Skiing, Winter Sports
Effects of Climate Change on Skiing, Winter Sports
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • February 23, 2024

I’ve been an avid skier for most of my life. Arguably, a good portion of kids in the Portland, OR metro area probably know how to ski or snowboard because of the convenience of living so close to Mt. Hood. While the ocean might be too chilly for surfing, the nearest mountain an hour east is the perfect...

Men’s Lacrosse Rolls Chatham in Season Opener
Men’s Lacrosse Rolls Chatham in Season Opener
James Foster, Sports Editor • February 23, 2024

For the third consecutive season, the men’s lacrosse team took down Chatham University in its season opener. The team traveled to Pittsburgh last Saturday to try and start their season off with a win. Competing in dismal weather, the Yeomen were not playing up to their abilities for the first three...

Swim Competes in NCAC Championships
Swim Competes in NCAC Championships
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • February 23, 2024

The swim team finished their season after competing in the NCAC Championships last week from Feb. 14–17 at Denison University. After four days of competition, both teams finished in fifth place; the Yeowomen had 819 points and the Yeomen 1,058.  The last day of the meet saw achievements across...

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...

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