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Ongoing construction is changing key campus features.
Shifts in Oberlin Campus Life Disorient Students
Celeste Wicks, Columnist • March 1, 2024

I can’t help but feel wind-whipped by a hurricane of changes to life at Oberlin over the last few years. I believe our administrators care about our quality of life. Yet after every new reform I am left with that all too familiar, bitter, metallic aftertaste of profit-first decision making.  Many...

New Communication Major Provides Practical, Interdisciplinary Skills
Avery Russell, Columnist • March 1, 2024

In the second semester of my freshman year, my Politics professor highly suggested my class attend a Writing and Communication major interest event at The ’Sco. At the time, Oberlin only offered Writing and Communication as a minor, but there was a large number of both students and faculty pushing...

American Should Reject Business-as-Usual Attitude During Wartime
Indigo Stephens March 1, 2024

The American wakes up in a bed, in a house they live in, with clean water and heating. They curse their alarm clock, the wrinkles in their clothes, and their unruly hair. A child in Gaza dies of starvation. The American curses traffic. Gazans cheer for food falling out of the sky from air drops because...

Student Reflects on White American Feminism
Nimala Sivakumar, Production Editor • March 1, 2024

My introduction to feminism started with the suffragettes, but was underlined with the history of my family. My grandmother, who I was very close with, was illiterate her entire life and  was never afforded the privilege of education. My mother and father made sure to emphasize that the opportunities...

Student Health Fails to Meet Students’ Needs
Lucas Ritchie-Shatz March 1, 2024

Throughout my three years at Oberlin, I can confidently say that I have never had a positive experience with Oberlin Student Health or Counseling & Psychological Services. In no way do I blame any Student Health or CAPS employees, who I’m sure work tirelessly to attempt to meet the demands of students...

Understanding Israel–Palestine Conflict Requires Historical Perspective
Halima Ahmed March 1, 2024

In order to understand the events that unfolded Oct. 7, it is essential to understand the history between the Palestinian people and Israeli settlers. Following Hitler’s rise to power, more than 130,000 Jews arrived in Palestine for refuge from 1933 to 1936. In 1947, when Jews made up one-third of...

An organ in Warner Concert Hall.
Oberlin Honors Tradition with Organ Collection
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • March 1, 2024

Oberlin boasts a world-renowned collection of pipe organs. Students have access to 32 instruments in the Conservatory and nearby churches, ranging...

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...

League of Women Voters Forum Discusses Proposed Oberlin Charter Amendments
Karthik Ranganadhan, Senior Staff Writer • March 1, 2024

On Wednesday, the League of Women Voters of Lorain County hosted a forum at the Oberlin Public Library to discuss the proposed amendments to Oberlin’s Charter, all of which will be on the ballot in the March 19 primary elections.  The amendments are part of the City’s 10-year Charter Review system,...

Faculty Mental Health Initiative Trains Teachers to Better Support Students
Yasu Shinozaki, News Editor • March 1, 2024

This year, Oberlin faculty can attend monthly workshops on supporting students’ mental health as part of the Faculty Mental Health Initiative. The initiative, which began last fall and will continue to the end of the 2023–24 school year, is organized by Professor of Music Theory Jan Miyake, OC ’96,...

Part of North Professor Street has been closed recently due to construction for the Sustainable Infrastructure Program.
Construction Continues on SIP, Woodland Street Dorm
Lily Nobel, Production Editor • March 1, 2024

Renovations to implement a new, eco-friendly geothermal energy system in campus buildings and construction of a new residential hall are continuing on North Campus.  The geothermal conversion project is a crucial part of the Sustainable Infrastructure Program, which seeks to replace the fossil fuel-based...

New Businesses Open in Oberlin
Rory Gielty and Sloane Dibari March 1, 2024

In recent months, several businesses have opened in Oberlin: Uptown Clothing & More, Oberlin Tobacco and Vape, Main Street Grille, and a new Dollar General. Uptown Clothing & More — which is located on College Street near The Arb at Tappan Square and Doobie’s — opened six months ago, with...

World Headlines
Yasu Shinozaki and Layla Wallerstein March 1, 2024

Thousands Attend  São Paulo Rally in Support of Bolsonaro Tens of thousands of Brazilians attended a rally Sunday in São Paulo in support of former president Jair Bolsonaro, who is under investigation for attempting to overturn the results of the 2022 Brazilian presidential election. Bolsonaro, who...

The MRC hosted the first monthly workshop to educate students on the passage of HB 68.
Oberlin Students, Administration Prepare For Enactment of House Bill 68, Other Anti-Trans Legislation
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • February 23, 2024

In a 23–9 vote Jan. 24, the Republican supermajority in the Ohio Senate voted to override Governor Mike DeWine’s Dec. 29 veto of House Bill 68, or the Enact Ohio Saving Adolescents from Experimentation Act. When the bill comes into effect on April 23, Ohio will become the 22nd state to ban gender-affirming...

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,...

Students tabled to inform fellow Obies about the climate emergency.
Oberlin Sunrise Regroups, Plans Emergency Teach-In
Kayla Kim, Managing 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.
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Drive-Away Dolls features actors Margaret Qualley and Geraldine Viswanathan.
Drive-Away Dolls is Raunchy, Unapologetically Queer Film We All Need
Lucy Curtis, Arts & Culture Editor • March 1, 2024

I had seen no spoilers and read no reviews, but I knew one thing: Drive-Away Dolls is a lesbian road trip movie. As soon as I learned this premise, I picked up my phone and texted my girlfriend that we had to go to the movies this week. Needless to say, I was not disappointed — Drive-Away Dolls is...

Celebrating Black History Month
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • March 1, 2024

Black History Month for me has always been a time for celebration and joy. Black joy allows me and other Black students to experience and learn about all of the wonderful things Black culture and history have created. Community members, student organizations, and college departments host events this...

Just Lizzie features an asexual eighth grade girl researching a science project.
Ben Franklin & Mindfair Books Hosts Author Karen Wilfrid, OC ’09
Sydney Collinger, Senior Staff Writer, Layout Editor • March 1, 2024

Ben Franklin & MindFair Books presented an author’s talk by Karen Wilfrid, OC ’09, on her latest award-winning book, Just Lizzie, Feb. 24. Wilfrid’s grandfather, John Elder, OC ’53, introduced her to the audience of approximately 20 people, mostly from the town of Oberlin with a few College...

The Second City comedy troupe performs at the Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, OH.
Second City’s “Comedian Rhapsody” Performs Humorous Sketches, Invites Crowd Participation
Sydney Collinger, Senior Staff Writer, Layout Editor • March 1, 2024

Millennial comedians may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but they have sides to them that must be explored. The Second City is a comedy troupe that was founded in Chicago in 1959 and has since graced cities as big as New York. On Wednesday, the troupe of comedians visited Finney Chapel to invite audience...

Haiku for Divestment
Jonas Nelson March 1, 2024

Oberlin Divest Boycott Israel   Jonas Nelson is a College fourth-year from San Francisco who is double majoring in Politics and History. He was inspired to write this piece after signing the poll calling on Oberlin to divest from the Israeli occupation, which other Oberlin...

Weekly Crossword
Weekly Crossword
Kate Martin, Crossword Staff Writer • March 1, 2024

ACROSS 1. Skeleton part 5. Change to fit one’s surroundings 10. Metric syst. variant 13. Dress __ __ (impersonate) 14. With 19-down, first name of pop star who recently debuted a new haircut 15. ___ Grande 16. January project for an Oberlin student (reversed) 18. There are six of them in an...

Crossword Answers 2/23
Crossword Answers 2/23
Lucy Curtis and Amelia Sterling-Angus March 1, 2024

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...

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...

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...

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...

Laura Carlson-Tarantowski
On the Record with Laura Carlson-Tarantowski: Scenic Designer, Lecturer in Theater
Calvin Ray Shawler, Staff Writer • March 1, 2024

Laura Carlson-Tarantowski is a renowned scenic director and is a scenic designer and lecturer in Theater at Oberlin. She is in the midst of construction for the upcoming production of L’Orfeo, and talks about process, journey, and collaboration.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What...

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...

In the Locker Room with Jill Rondini, Director of Sports Medicine
In the Locker Room with Jill Rondini, Director of Sports Medicine
James Foster, Sports Editor • March 1, 2024

Jill Rondini is entering her 20th year as an athletic trainer for Oberlin College. As a trainer for the Sports Medicine department, Rondini only treats varsity athletes. After spending 20 years as an athletic trainer at Oberlin College, Jill Rondini knows a thing or two about helping collegiate athletes. Rondini...

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,...

Women’s Lacrosse Make Colonels Salute to Yeobie
Women’s Lacrosse Make Colonels Salute to Yeobie
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • March 1, 2024

Last Saturday, the Yeowomen faced the Centre College Colonels in Danville, KY, delivering an impressive performance in a 20–6 win. This is their second consecutive win after their home opener, which was the Morgan’s Message Dedication Game against John Carroll University.  Against Centre, three...

Sports Weekly Updates: Week of 3/1
Walter Moak, Staff Writer • March 1, 2024

Collegiate Sprinter Dashes To World Best Christopher Morales Williams dipped below the world record in the indoor 400-meter dash at the Southeastern Conference indoor track and field championships in Fayetteville, AR. The University of Georgia second-year won the final in 44.49 seconds, lowering his...

Logan Sargeant competed in the Formula 1 racing competition.
American Breaks Barriers in European Dominated Sport
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • March 1, 2024

The Formula 1 season is about to start with its first race this Saturday, March 2, on Bahrain’s International Circuit. This past week was preseason testing, which is an opportunity for teams to put their cars on the track before the first race of the season; teams race one car per day for the three...

Oberlin Track & Field Competes at NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • March 1, 2024

The Oberlin men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in the NCAC Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday. The men’s team finished in third place while the women’s team finished in seventh place. At the end of the meet, third-year Kambi Obioha was also named the NCAC Sprint/Hurdles...

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,...

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