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The Oberlin Review

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The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Oberlin’s New Ranking Shouldn’t Define Students’ Education
James Foster, Sports Editor • September 22, 2023

When I first committed to Oberlin, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride. I knew I was fortunate enough to be attending not only one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country, but also a school that had been a pioneer in social justice. As a gay student, Oberlin felt like the perfect place for...

Oberlin Needs to Improve Economic Diversity
Editorial Board September 22, 2023

In a recent article from the Education Issue of The New York Times Magazine, “The Top U.S. Colleges With the Greatest Economic Diversity,” Oberlin College places second to last on the College Access Index, which ranks “the country’s most selective colleges in order of economic diversity,” measured...

Gen Z isn’t Soley Responsible for Generational Struggles
Hanna Alwine, Opinions Editor • September 22, 2023

For much of my adolescence, I wholeheartedly believed that I could save the world. You could call it a misguided savior complex or some sort of larger misunderstanding of how slowly bureaucratic wheels turned. Even if those were factors, I’m more inclined to attribute this belief to a larger narrative...

Construction on Woodland Street.
Oberlin College Shouldn’t Encourage Car Culture
Walter Moak, Letters to Editor • September 22, 2023

Last week, the Review reported on the construction of Oberlin’s new residence hall on Woodland Street. (“Construction Begins on Woodland Street; Off-Campus Housing to be Phased Out,” The Oberlin Review, Sept. 8, 2023). One troubling aspect of this project is the creation of 201 new off-street parking...

It’s Okay if College Feels Like Work
Cecily Miles, Columnist • September 22, 2023

A recent op-ed in The New York Times asserts that college is not a job. The confusion from college students about their relationship with education and labor stems from the view of college as a means to an end — for a particularly “good” or high-paying job. The result, the author warns, is that...

Oberlin’s Pell Grant Ranking Merits Concern
Steven Volk , Letters to Editors • September 22, 2023

As someone who has a deep affection for Oberlin, having taught here for more than 30 years, I find it profoundly disheartening to read the many negative articles about the College that have recently appeared in the national press. Some, no doubt, are the product of the right wing’s feverish devotion...

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....

Conservatory Students Find Perspective In Unique Summer Experiences
Lyric Anderson, Conservatory Editor • September 8, 2023

Practicing can be a great source of anxiety among Conservatory musicians. Many let in doubts like, what happens if I don’t practice? Or, how...

U.S. News Ranks Oberlin 51st Among National Liberal Arts Colleges
Delaney Fox, Editor-in-Chief • September 22, 2023

On Monday, Sept. 18, the U.S. News and World Report released its 2024 ranking of National Liberal Arts Colleges. Oberlin placed 51st out of 204 liberal arts colleges, dropping 12 positions since last year’s edition. This year’s ranking came with notable changes in methodology meant to accurately...

The Women and NonBinary Finance and Economics Club founders.
College Students Start Women & NonBinary Finance Club
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • September 22, 2023

Students in the Women and Nonbinary Finance and Economics club recently started meeting. The club provides opportunities for women and nonbinary students interested in careers in finance and economics to develop their skills and knowledge. “The reason why the club originated is because we realized...

Citizens Share Concerns About EDL Plant At City Council Meeting; Unrelated Resolutions Passed
Yasu Shinozaki, News Editor • September 22, 2023

Local government officials and citizens expressed concerns over the new EDL plant at the Oberlin City Council meeting Monday. City Council also passed several unrelated resolutions approving development along State Route 58, and renewing Oberlin’s partnership with Lorain County Community College. Over...

Insurance Companies Respond To Lawsuit
Ava Miller, News Editor • September 22, 2023

Lexington Insurance Company and United Educators Insurance have responded to a lawsuit filed by Oberlin College April 17, 2023. The suit claims that Lexington and United Educators have not reimbursed any portion of the $36.59 million Oberlin paid towards damages and prejudgment interest in the Gibson’s...

World Headlines
Greg Amenta September 22, 2023

Azerbaijan Halts Karabakh Offensive After Ceasefire Deal with Armenian Separatists Azerbaijan launched an “anti-terror” operation against the majority Armenian Nagorno-Karabakh province Tuesday, Sept. 19. Home to 120,000 Armenians, Karabakh has been the focal point of two wars and countless border...

Artificial Intelligence Added as Honor Code Violation
Karthik Ranganadhan, Senior Staff Writer • September 22, 2023

On May 17, Oberlin changed the school’s Honor Code Charter to include the use of artificial intelligence as a punishable offense under the cheating section of the Code. The Honor Code Charter is reviewed by the Honor Committee every three years. The amended Charter prohibits the use of “artificial...

The EDL landill gas facility on Hill Creek Drive
Commissioning Process Begins at EDL Facility
Ava Miller, News Editor • September 15, 2023

The commissioning process began on the $80 million landfill gas processing plant, constructed by the energy company EDL. This process entails the facility running tests on equipment to make sure it is working as designed, before it can fully supply natural gas to vehicles and homes. This period, which...

The ’Sco: Intersections of Past and Future
The ’Sco: Intersections of Past and Future
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 9/22/23
Oberlin Review Comic 9/22/23
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
Gaydar Can Promote Harmful Stereotypes
Gaydar Can Promote Harmful Stereotypes
Eliza Greenbaum
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...

The walk home
Micah Gresl-Turner September 22, 2023

The sidewalk shadows are beautiful at noon this time of year: they are flourishing sun contrasts, perfect vacant silhouettes. The air stings here but is not unbearable. My shirt hangs heavy with sweat; hair grasps my neck tearfully like a failing, exhausted lover.   The sun has blithely...

GUTS by Olivia Rodrigo was released on Sept. 8.
Olivia Rodrigo’s GUTS Captures Essence of Teen Years, Features Powerful Vocals
Lucy Curtis, Arts & Culture Editor • September 15, 2023

Lately, I’ve been feeling like an “all-american bitch,” and I would argue that most women would agree with me. To be “light as a feather, stiff as a board,” to be “built like a mother and a total machine,” and most importantly, to be “grateful all the time” — these are the expectations...

Oberlin Buddhist Fellowship will lose their mentor after next week.
Buddhist Fellowship Prepares for Mentor Jacques Rutzky’s Departure
Kathleen Kelleher, Senior Staff Writer • September 15, 2023

Jacques Rutzky, Oberlin Buddhist Fellowship’s longtime mentor and guide, will leave the group at the end of September as he and his wife relocate to Evanston, IL. OBF has long offered students a space for regular meditation and student-led discussions around Buddhist ideas.  Rutzky hosts weekly Sunday...

Lucy Curtis, Arts & Culture Editor • September 15, 2023

it’s june: i am where i’m from — 8 dead cats later, buried in the yard of a house i drive by whenever i can bear it & my sweet dog  doesn’t follow me through the woods  unless heaven is real.  they left me & i left  myself splattered on the pavement, spilling over the...

Students gather to hear Professor Burgos speak.
Tuesday Tea Talk Series Explores History of Witchcraft During Spanish Inquisition
Lucy Curtis, Arts & Culture Editor • September 15, 2023

On Tuesday, the Allen Memorial Art Museum hosted a talk titled “Witchcraft and Power in European and American Art” as part of their Tuesday Tea series. Attendees filled the space, occupying every pre-set chair, perching on extra stools, and standing around the periphery of the room. Clearly, 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...

Johnnetta B. Cole, OC ’57, was the first female African-American president of Spelman College.
Johnnetta Cole: National Humanities Medal Recipient, OC ’57
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • September 8, 2023

Johnnetta B. Cole, OC ’57, is an anthropologist and educator who received the 2021 National Humanities Medal earlier this year. After graduating from Oberlin, where she earned a degree in Sociology, she became the first female African-American president of Spelman College and co-founded the Black Studies...

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...

Marley Howard sings in David H. Stull Recital Hall.
Marley Howard: Jazz Vocalist, Artist, Activist
Delaney Fox, Editor-in-Chief • April 28, 2023

Marley Howard is a third-year Conservatory student majoring in Jazz Voice and minoring in  Studio Art. She incorporates protest and activism into her art. Her mediums include singing, poetry, printmaking, charcoal, ceramics, and paint.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  How...

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...

Novelist Richard Powers was selected to be the Commencement 2023 speaker.
On the Record with Richard Powers: Novelist, Advocate, Commencement 2023 Speaker
Emma Benardete, Editor-in-Chief • May 19, 2023

Richard Powers is a novelist with a background in environmental and computer science whose work focuses on the relationship between humanity and the natural world. He has won numerous awards, including the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction for his novel The Overstory. Powers will give the Commencement address...

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...

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,...

Jamykle Benison runs the ball.
Football Ends Four-Year Drought, Wins at Home
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • September 15, 2023

The football team won in what was nothing but a sensational game after a two year losing streak. The victory marked  the first win at home on Bailey Field in nearly four years. The team beat the Concordia Chicago Cougars 37–35 on Saturday with stellar performances all around the field. The Yeomen...

Eliza Medearis hustles to a second-place finish.
XC Excels at NCAC Preview Meet
Micah Rodriguez September 15, 2023

This past Saturday, Oberlin cross country teams traveled to Denison University to face off against their league rivals and regional opponents in the North Coast Athletic Conference Preview Meet.  The women’s team, led by fourth-year Eliza Medearis and third-year Sage Reddish, finished in second place...

Protesters chant during a U.S. Open semifinal.
Climate Change Protesters Continue To Interrupt Tennis Matches
James Foster, Sports Editor • September 15, 2023

During her run to becoming champion of the U.S. Open, 19-year-old Coco Gauff encountered multiple hurdles, including weather delays and oppressive heat. However, no interruption was stranger than the protest that occurred during her semifinal match Sept. 7 against Karolína Muchová.  At 6–4, 1–0,...

Coco Gauff smiles after winning her match.
Sports Current Events
Nimala Sivakumar, Production Editor • September 15, 2023

France Defeats New Zealand in 2023 Rugby World Cup At the Stade de France, the host team won the opening game of the 2023 Rugby World Cup 27–13 against three-time champion New Zealand. Though France started off down 5–0 against the All Blacks, Les Bleus’ defense kicked in toward the end of the...

Noah Lyles runs the anchor leg of the 4 x 100 relay in 2019.
Western Athletes Fail to Acknowledge International Sports
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • September 8, 2023

The World Athletics Championships for track and field took place from Aug. 19–27 in Budapest, Hungary, where many athletes representing the United States gave incredible performances. Sha’Carri Richardson, 23, ran the women’s 100-meter race and set a championship record with a time of 10.65 seconds. Another...

Current Events
Micah Rodriguez September 8, 2023

International Basketball Federation Men’s Basketball World Cup: The FIBA Men’s Basketball World Cup features 32 different countries, ranging from Australia to South Sudan. Players come from the NBA, G League, and international leagues to represent their home countries. For many players, the World...

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