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The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

The Review publishes every Friday.

East Asian Studies Program Needs Reform
Kayla Kim, Production Editor • May 20, 2022

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is underway, and I’ve taken some time to reflect on what it means to be Asian-American at Oberlin. There have been some wonderful events on campus, such as the Japanese Student Association’s banquet and Asian Night Market, but academically, I realized...

Looking Back at Oberlin Students’ Campus Activism One Year Later
Julian Mitchell-Israel, OC '21 • May 20, 2022

It has been almost one year since I graduated from Oberlin. The Memorial Arch in Tappan Square still looms in my mind, as do the words of many of my professors. The Oberlin mindset of aspirational compassion and a commitment to challenging the status quo, as well as our institution’s quixotic failures,...

Failure to Release Title IX Survey Results Silences Survivors
Catherine Lee May 20, 2022

An article titled “Oberlin Completes 2022 Campus Climate Survey” published in the Review on April 22 reports on the recent completion of Oberlin’s fourth Higher Education Data Sharing Sexual Assault Campus Climate Survey. This survey is an important tool for the Office of Equity, Diversity, and...

Reflections From a Mildly Terrified First-Year
Emma Benardete, Opinions Editor • May 20, 2022

When we think about the end of the year, we often think about the graduating seniors. We think about how they will have their last class, last exam, last party, last walk in Tappan Square, and last DeCafé snack run. We anticipate their walk across a stage where they’ll be handed a diploma and then...

Accommodations Process Complicated, Inaccessible
Elle Giannandrea, Columnist • May 13, 2022

With the semester coming to a close and final assignments ramping up, I’ve started reflecting on what will now be my first full year of college-level work. As someone who struggles with learning difficulties, I’ll concede that a lot of what I turned in this year was done predictably close to the...

Creative Writing Majors Should Be Taken Seriously
Zoey Birdsong, Columnist • May 13, 2022

When I tell people that I’m a Creative Writing major, I’m often met with skepticism. People, especially older people, often ask how I plan to find a successful career with a Creative Writing degree. My instinct is to answer this question in a way that will put these people in their place. However,...

Food bowls line the windowsill of Robertson Hall Practice Room
Fingernails, Food Bowls, and Fries: Students Trash the Robertson Practice Rooms
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • May 20, 2022

Picture this: toenails on piano keys, wads of gum underneath the piano keybed, rotten food festering in discarded food bowls, coffee stains on...

Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble Plays Final Concert
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • May 20, 2022

The Sonny Rollins Jazz Ensemble, the premier Conservatory Jazz ensemble, played its final concert of the year at the Allen Memorial Art Museum...

Conservatory Meets Class of 2026 Enrollment Goals Despite COVID Challenges
Megan McLaughlin, Senior Staff Writer • May 20, 2022

In spite of the ongoing challenges posed by COVID-19, the Conservatory nearly met its enrollment goals for the class of 2026. The overall target...

Radu Lupu
Radu Lupu Leaves Legacy of Mystical Perfectionism
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • May 6, 2022

Upon hearing of the death of Radu Lupu, the legendary pianist whom I knew better by name than by sound, I decided to discover what made him so...

Quintessence players perform
Tiny Ref Desk Concerts Roars Back to Life
Megan McLaughlin, Senior Staff Writer • May 6, 2022

The Tiny Ref Desk Concert series made its long-awaited return earlier this year. The concert series is modeled after NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts,...

Alliance Against Islamic Regime of Iran Apologists protests against Professor of Religion Mohammad Jafar Mahallati at the law offices of ​​Greenberg Traurig in Berlin.
Activists to Protest Mahallati at Commencement
Gigi Ewing, Managing Editor • May 20, 2022

After a series of international protests, the Alliance Against Islamic Regime of Iran Apologists will return to Oberlin to protest at the class of 2022 Commencement on June 5. The protest will mark the third time that activists have protested the employment of Professor of Religion Mohammad Jafar Mahallati...

Student Finance Committee to Return to Pre-COVID Funding Practices
Lauren Krainess, News Editor • May 20, 2022

The Student Finance Committee was able to fund student organizations in excess through the 2021–22 academic year. SFC manages and distributes the student activity fund, and for the past two years had access to a surplus of funds in the absence of in-person events and organization activities....

Student organizations and alumni are asking the College to match its commitment to the Sustainable Infrastructure Program with a commitment to divest the endowment from fossil fuels.
Student Groups Demand Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Sofia Tomasic, Senior Staff Writer • May 20, 2022

Students for Energy Justice, Sunrise Movement, the Green Edge Fund, and a group of alumni have written a letter to the Board of Trustees requesting a pledge to divest Oberlin’s endowment from fossil fuels by 2025, the same year that Oberlin plans to achieve carbon neutrality on campus through...

Students held a vigil Sunday for the 74th anniversary of the Nakba on Tappan Square.
Students for a Free Palestine Hosts Nakba Vigil
Ella Moxley, News Editor • May 20, 2022

On Sunday, Students for a Free Palestine commemorated the 74th anniversary of the Nakba with a vigil on Tappan Square. The Nakba marks the day in 1948 when over 700,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes by Israeli forces. The Oberlin vigil featured a number of student speakers and a...

Co-ops Navigate COVID-19 Cases
Ella Moxley, News Editor • May 20, 2022

COVID-19 cases have increased on campus over the last week. Between May 13–19, Oberlin recorded 63 positive COVID cases. As a result, co-ops in the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association have worked to adapt to the increased number of sick students. Earlier this week, Pyle Inn sent out...

Last week, City Councilmember Ray English was censured for a breach in confidentiality that occurred during an email exchange.
City Council Censures Ray English, Welcomes New Member
Juliana Gaspar, Senior Staff Writer • May 20, 2022

At last Monday’s City Council meeting, Councilmember Ray English read a statement in response to his recent censuring. The censure, the first time City Council has taken this action in 15 years, was a response to an alleged breach in confidentiality during an email exchange between English...

Security Report
May 20, 2022

Friday, May 13, 2022 5:41 a.m. A resident of Langston Hall reported a centipede in their room. A campus safety officer responded and the centipede was removed. A work order was filed for a room inspection. 8:22 a.m. A faculty member reported that an unknown person had entered their office...

Senior Memories
Senior Memories
Wiley Smith, 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: Rainy Day Traffic
Comic: Rainy Day Traffic
Holly Yelton, Illustrator
Commencement Weekend Blues
Commencement Weekend Blues
Clair Wang, Illustrator
OMTA's Chicago Reflects on Production's Past, Packs House
Sierra Colbert, Senior Staff Writer • May 20, 2022

Last weekend saw the full run of the Oberlin Musical Theater Association’s final musical of the 2021–22 academic year, Chicago. The show ran from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15 in Wilder Main Space, and was met with extreme enthusiasm from the student body, illustrated by the unprecedented turnout. Director...

College third-years and Big Parade Coordinators Mayu Evans and Audrey Burkey hold up one of their Big Parade floats, a chicken on a silver platter.
Big Parade Returns to Oberlin After Two-Year Hiatus
Lilyanna D'Amato, Arts & Culture Editor • May 20, 2022

Last Saturday, students and community members gathered in and around Tappan Square to celebrate one of Oberlin’s most beloved traditions: Big Parade. For the first time in two years, crowds oohed and aahed as passersby donned festive face paint, sequined costumes, and the parade’s signature outlandish...

On May 20 and 21, Oberlin’s Dance, Theater, and TIMARA departments will collaborate on Somewhere Good with English for Speakers of Other Languages students of the Conservatory and residents of Kendal at Oberlin.
Oberlin Dance Company Performs Somewhere Good
Milo Ono May 20, 2022

Bright, colorful artworks were on display in the lobby windows of the Irene and Alan Wurtzel Theater this past week, marking the first part of Assistant Professor of Dance Al Evangelista’s multidisciplinary project Somewhere Good. The project is a collaboration between Oberlin’s Dance, Theater, and...

Madison Cunningham exuded optimism in her recent Folk Fest performance in Finney Chapel.
Madison Cunningham at Folk Fest Cathartic, Energetic
Kenji Anderson May 13, 2022

The sounds of bass, drums, guitar, and vocals filled Finney Chapel last Saturday night as singer-songwriter Madison Cunningham closed out this year’s Folk Fest. The festival, organized by the Oberlin Folk Music Club, took place May 6 and 7. While last year’s Folk Fest featured only student acts,...

OSCA Bans Pranks Over Pyle Incident
Sequoia Jacobson May 13, 2022

On Sunday, all members of the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association were emailed and asked not to participate in any pranks for the rest of the semester. The email was sent following a prank that the OSCA Board said could jeopardize the organization. For years, a friendly prank war has raged between...

Arabic Department Severely Underfunded, Overlooked
Sierra Colbert, Senior Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

In the last decade, students seeking to learn Arabic at Oberlin have been met with a disorganized program that, at various points, has offered and then retracted intermediate courses, shifted online, and generally suffered from a lack of funding. In 2019, Oberlin changed the Arabic course offerings for...

Contra Dance Club Returns With Event at Carnegie
Contra Dance Club Returns With Event at Carnegie
Maeve Woltring, Arts & Culture Editor • May 13, 2022

This past Thursday, the Root Room in Carnegie Building was the site of an open band and a menagerie of spirited folk dancers. After its hiatus due to COVID-19, the Contra Dance Club welcomed the community to its first dance of the year. Contra dance, often referred to as New England folk dance, is easy...

Impact of Africana Studies Department, Professors
Nikki Keating, Contributing News Editor • May 13, 2022

The College established its Africana Studies department over 50 years ago with the aim of highlighting the Black experience and increasing discussion of African history. Since its creation, its professors have supported students both inside and outside of the classroom.  “Bonding and supporting students...

This Johnson House paint-by-number appeared in the Nov. 13, 1980 issue of the Oberlin Observer.
Among the Ghosts, Geese, Bats, and Ladybugs: Love Letter to J-House
Anisa Curry Vietze, Editor-in-Chief • May 13, 2022

When I moved into Johnson House, it was freezing outside. It was February 2021, an isolating, pre-vax semester when everyone lived alone on a “de-densified” campus. Despite the chilly temperatures, I moved into a room infested with ladybugs. Their dead carcasses decorated the huge wooden window sills,...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art hosted the annual Met Gala on May 2.
Met Gala Screams “Let Them Eat Cake!”
Lilyanna D'Amato and Jocelyn Blockinger May 6, 2022

On the first Monday in May each year, the rich and famous ascend the grand steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art to attend Vogue’s annual Met Gala, an exclusive, themed event in support of the Costume Institute’s yearly new exhibit. As guests arrived this past Monday, dressed in accordance with...

Ella Fahl Moxley
Ella Fahl Moxley, Review News Editor Extraordinaire
Lauren Krainess, News Editor • May 20, 2022

Ella Fahl Moxley, OC ’22, has been involved with the Review since her first semester at Oberlin and has worked as a News Editor for six semesters. She has contributed to notable coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic, racism in STEM, and community news. When she is not editing the News section, she can...

Anisa and Gigi, with a special feature from Ella’s finger, as they reported live from the Trump rally in Wellington,OH in June 2021.
Anisa Curry Vietze and Gigi Ewing, Senior Staff
Kushagra Kar, Editor-in-Chief • May 20, 2022

In 2018, two brilliant and immensely powerful women stepped into an unassuming Oberlin campus. In week one, Anisa Curry Vietze shook the Oberlin journalism scene with her first article: “"Lorain, Ohio Misses Deadline on Medical Marijuana Program." From then, Anisa went on to report on everything from...

Iesha-LaShay Phillips
Iesha-LaShay Phillips: Fourth-Year, Truman Scholar, Community Organizer, Future Yale Law Student
Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor • May 13, 2022

Iesha-LaShay Phillips is a graduating fourth-year majoring in Law and Society and minoring in Rhetoric and Composition. Phillips came to Oberlin as a QuestBridge recipient and is committed to building relationships to uplift and support Black Indigenous communities with a focus on advocacy for...

Gabi Allemana, right, Marley Howard, left
The Crimson Collective Centers New Voices
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • April 23, 2022

The Crimson Collective, known formally as the Oberlin Femininity and Black American Music Collective, is the creative brainchild of double-degree  second-year Jazz Vocalist Marley Howard and  double-degree first-year Jazz Vocalist Gabi Allemana. The Collective seeks to center the artistic voices and...

Walter interviews Koi (not photoshopped)
Talking with the Conservatory Koi about Radical Acceptance
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • April 1, 2022

Could you talk a little bit about your first memories? You know it’s funny, in my spare time, I’ve been reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and my first weeks on Earth were similar to the experience of human embryos in that book. You know how those embryos went on this conveyor belt to be...

Benhur Ghezehey sitting at Piano in Stull Recital Hall.
Benhur Ghezehey, Eritrean Operatist, Vocalist
Walter Thomas-Patterson and Ella Bernstein March 25, 2022

Benhur Ghezehey is a Conservatory second-year Classical Voice major from Eritrea. He is starring in Oberlin’s production of Domenico Cimarosa’s Il Matrimonio Segreto at Hall Auditorium at 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, and 2 p.m. this Sunday. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Could...

Lily and Kathleen unintentionally matched outfits this Wednesday.
Lilyanna D'Amato, Review Arts and Culture Editor
Kathleen Kelleher, Arts & Culture Editor • May 20, 2022

In 16 days, my beloved co-editor, College fourth-year Lilyanna D’Amato, will be graduating with a degree in Comparative American Studies. She laughs at my feeblest jokes and says “slay” when I say “slay.” Sometimes we match our outfits by accident. She wrote her thesis on One Direction and...

Patti Harrison at Finney Chapel on May 4.
Comedian, Actress Patti Harrison Thinks You Should Focus On What Makes You Laugh
Jane Hobson and Lilyanna D'Amato May 6, 2022

Comedian and actress Patti Harrison is most known for her work on the Netflix series I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson and Big Mouth. In addition, she recently wrapped production for the third season of Hulu’s Shrill, in which she plays comedian Aidy Bryant’s coworker. According to Rolling...

Leon Foster Thomas
Steelpan Virtuoso Leon Foster Thomas
Lilyanna D'Amato, Arts & Culture Editor • April 22, 2022

Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, Leon Foster Thomas is an internationally renowned jazz musician and steelpan virtuoso. He was the winner of the World Steelband Music Festival’s Soloist and Duet competitions in 2002 and 2004, and has been featured at world stages such as New York’s Jazz at Lincoln...

In the Locker Room: John Elrod, Zoe Kuzbari, and Zoë Martin del Campo, Review Sports Editors
Kayla Kim, Production Editor • May 20, 2022

College fourth-year Zoë Martin del Campo and College third-years John Elrod and Zoe Kuzbari are the current sports editors for the Review. I sat down with them in the Review’s production room (not the locker room) to reflect on their work and time together. While their time as a trio is coming to...

Long stick midfielder and defender Matthew Huang runs on Bailey Field all geared up for a home game.
In the Locker Room with Matt Huang, Lacrosse Player, Student-Researcher, YeoFit Trainer
Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor • May 13, 2022

College fourth-year and defender Matt Huang has been playing lacrosse for 16 years. At Oberlin, he was part of the squad that made it to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals against Denison University. Throughout his four years at Oberlin, Huang has been involved in many activities,...

Francesca Kern competing during a recent singles tennis match
In the Locker Room: Fourth-Year, Tennis Champion Francesca Kern
Andrea Nguyen, Staff Writer • May 6, 2022

Francesca Kern, College fourth-year and captain of the women’s tennis team, has been on a streak of incredible wins this season. Kern received the title of North Coast Atlantic Conference Athlete of the Week during their first year, and despite not having a regular season since, was awarded the title...

The Oberlin softball team poses for a team photo on Culhane Field at Dolcemaschio Stadium.
Oberlin Softball Players Face Racism from Rose-Hulman
Zoe Kuzbari, Sports Editor • May 20, 2022

On April 3, during a double-header against the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN, members of Oberlin’s softball team were confronted with racial slurs from the opposing team. In the wake of the incident, Oberlin will no longer play against Rose-Hulman in non-conference competitions....

Graduating Athletes Speak on Life After College Sports
John Elrod, Contributing Sports Editor • May 20, 2022

With the spring sports teams having wrapped up their seasons earlier this month, all Oberlin athletes set to graduate in June have completed their athletic careers. Some of them feel the pressure being lifted and an appreciation for their newfound free time. Still, many look back on their time on an...

“Play Like A Girl” Inspires Next Generation of Athletes
Zoë Martin del Campo, Contributing Sports Editor • May 20, 2022

With hopes of facilitating a love of sports among girls, Oberlin College Athletics held the eighth annual “Play Like A Girl” event May 15. The event, which was held virtually for the past two years, brings together coaches and players from women’s teams to mentor girls aged 5–12.  Director...

Fourth-Year Athletes Write to their First-Year Selves
Alex Caceres and Francesca Kern May 20, 2022

Dear first-year Alex,  Looking back on my time as a student-athlete, here are five pieces of advice I would give to you as you enter college. Enjoy the ride while it lasts. Live in the moment. As I look back on my collegiate, academic, and athletic career, I always felt the need to stress about...

A lone family sits in the otherwise empty stadium stands.
The MLB: Big Changes Necessary for Game to Stay Alive
Matt Rudella, Senior Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

The story has been circulating in the sports world recently that baseball is dying. The people saying that are not wrong — baseball has become much more difficult to watch in recent years due to changes in how the game is played. Baseball in the modern era is driven by analytics, which emphasizes the...

How Much Does the Review Staff Actually Know About Sports?
How Much Does the Review Staff Actually Know About Sports?
John Elrod and Zoë Martin del Campo May 13, 2022

  Editor’s note: The following quiz was administered entirely in multiple choice form and our editors are certain that multiple correct answers were obtained by guessing.   As a sports editor, a constant theme within the Review office is having to explain sports terminology to fellow...

Oberlin women’s soccer stands in a team huddle on Fred Shults Field during a game in the 2021 season.
Bench players face unique challenges in opportunity and reward
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

Oberlin athletes put an immense amount of time and dedication into their sport, but not every player has an equal chance to reap the benefits. Across every athletic team at Oberlin, there are players who train and travel with their teammates only to stand on the sidelines, cheering on their team and...

Oberlin Track and Field Dominates NCAC Outdoor Championships
Oberlin Track and Field Dominates NCAC Outdoor Championships
Andrea Nguyen, Staff Writer • May 13, 2022

Despite unrelenting rain, Oberlin’s Track and Field team competed in the North Coast Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships at the Kahn Track and Fred Schultz Field this past weekend. After winning first place in the indoor championship earlier this year, the women's team won first again with 187...

Gregory Rousseau, a football defensive end for the Buffalo Bills, played college football at the University of Miami.
NFL Draft Sparks Conversations Around NCAA Sports Betting Rule
Zoe Kuzbari, Sports Editor • May 6, 2022

American football fans have a better understanding of what the upcoming football season will look like for their teams now that the NFL draft has been finalized. The draft, which draws in millions of viewers annually, is one of the most anticipated events for NFL fans, not only because of their love...

Oberlin Athletics Talks Peculiar Pre-Game Superstitions
Oberlin Athletics Talks Peculiar Pre-Game Superstitions
Matt Rudella, Senior Staff Writer • May 6, 2022

Everybody does something to get in the zone. When there’s a big game or test coming up, most people tend to have a ritual to mentally prepare themselves. Personally, I like to listen to aggressive rap music before any big game to get into the right mindset. Other classics include wearing a particular...

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