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The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Winter Term Rules Prohibiting Compensation Disadvantage Low-Income Students
Jyothi Rao November 17, 2023

Oberlin College’s Winter Term requirements overlook the needs of students who need to work during these weeks to pay for college. It’s no secret that Oberlin, being an elite private college, comes with certain financial expectations of students, with the most transparent of them being a large bill...

Open Letter from Oberlin’s Jewish Students
Maya Miller, Olivia Wohlgemuth, Sam Llanillo, Leila Sacks, Jonas Nelson, Zoe Goldstein, and Julius Kopald November 17, 2023

We are Jewish students writing to intervene in the discourse that has taken hold of both our global and local collective political consciousness over the last month. We are the grandchildren of survivors of genocide and the descendants of people held at the hands of state-sanctioned anti-Jewish violence....

The Chronicle-Telegram faces backlash from local community members.
In the Face of Intimidation, the Work of Local Journalists Persists
Ava Miller, News Editor • November 17, 2023

I can’t imagine Lorain County, or anywhere for that matter, without a newspaper. This past election cycle would not have been the same without the work of the Chronicle Telegram and The Oberlin Review. Local journalism has provided its centrality in a time of uncertainty for Ohioans. Readers are able...

When Oberlin Had a Kosher Pakistani Restaurant
Hassan Bin Fahim, OC ’18 November 17, 2023

As an unsuspecting international student from Pakistan, landing in Oberlin was a culture shock in more ways than one. Little did I know that my culinary journey would take an unexpected turn, leading me to help cook in the kitchen of what I affectionately dubbed “Oberlin’s Kosher Pakistani Restaurant”...

How do you feel about the length of Thanksgiving Break?
Hanna Alwine and Ella Powell November 17, 2023

The sidewalks are covered in fallen leaves, and it’s getting dark at 5 p.m.  The last few weeks of the semester are just around the bend. As Oberlin students prepare for the final break of the semester,  the Opinions Editors ask one important question:  How do Obies feel about the length of Thanksgiving...

Reviving the Spirit of Unity: The Return of Kosher Halal Co-op
Letter to Editors November 17, 2023

Dear Oberlin Community, We, the alumni of the Kosher Halal Co-op, are thrilled to announce that our beloved co-op is likely to return in Winter Term 2024. This news is not just a victory for us, but for the entire Oberlin community that has always thrived on diversity, inclusivity, and mutual respect....

Conservatory Library Shelves
Navigating Contemporary Repertoire Selection
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • November 15, 2023

Musicians face a daunting task when they select music for a concert. Pulling from an ever-expanding pool of repertoire, they must whittle a musical...

Albert Herring
Stephanie Havey Explores Britten’s Only Comedy as Social Commentary in Her First Oberlin Opera
Chris Leimgruber, Distributor • November 3, 2023

From Nov. 2–4, the Oberlin Opera Theater will present Benjamin Britten’s satirical comedy Albert Herring. This production features the Oberlin...

Conservatories Continue to Struggle With Diversity, Inclusion
Marta Reyes November 3, 2023

It’s no secret that higher education is predominantly white — if you need proof, just look around Oberlin. While the College relies heavily...

Students gather for Aresty’s installation.
TIMARA Students Reimagine David Tudor’s Rainforest IV
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • October 27, 2023

In 1973, American pianist and composer David Tudor held a symposium in New Hampshire and introduced Rainforest IV. Tudor and collaborators built...

Courtney-Savali Andrews co-hosts Rhythms & Rants: Hip Hop Turns 50.
Oberlin Celebrates Hip-Hop's 50th Anniversary
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • October 6, 2023

2023 marks the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. The universal influence of the genre is undeniable, transcending music and becoming a vehicle to...

Come to Our Open Pitch Session On Nov. 21 At Oberlin Public Library
November 17, 2023

Issue 1, Issue 2 Pass in Ohio, Draw High Voter Turnout
Ava Miller and Yasu Shinozaki November 17, 2023

Outcome & Implications Shortly after 9 p.m. Nov. 7, the Associated Press called the election over Issue 1: the amendment passed with 56.6 percent, meaning nearly 2.2 million voters out of over 3.8 million had voted in favor.  While the result is still unofficial, a majority of Ohioans voted to...

Events celebrating international students were held throughout the week.
International Education Week Highlights Cultural Diversity In International Student Community
Yoyo Ji November 17, 2023

Oberlin’s International Student and Scholar Services office scheduled events to celebrate International Education Week Nov. 13–17. These events aimed to celebrate the international community of Oberlin and acknowledge our cultural diversity.  Activities included tabling for international students...

Students visit Blue Rock Station Sustainability Center.
Students Learn About Sustainable Farming, Clean Energy At Blue Rock Station Sustainability Center
Lily Nobel, Staff Writer • November 17, 2023

From Nov. 10–12, 11 Oberlin students visited Blue Rock Station, a sustainability center in Philo, to learn about sustainable farming and clean energy. Since 2004, 34,000 people have come to Blue Rock Station for various events. Annie and Jay Warmke, who run Blue Rock Station, teach classes in animal...

World Headlines
Lily Nobel, Staff Writer • November 17, 2023

Israeli Military Invades Al-Shifa Hospital On Nov. 15, the Israeli military invaded Al-Shifa Hospital, which it claims is a major stronghold for Hamas in Gaza. In recent weeks, the hospital has served as a shelter for displaced Palestinians. Israel has claimed that Hamas used the hospital for military...

Nonprofits Finish Three-Part Workshop Series on Stigma of Addiction
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • November 17, 2023

On Wednesday, Student Health Promotion and Prevention Services hosted a workshop called “Brain and Disease of Addiction” in partnership with The LCADA Way, the Rural Response Network, and Overdose Lifeline. The workshop focused on the science behind addiction, as well as the importance of using the...

Students protest on the steps in Cox Administration Building.
Students for Free Palestine Organizes Die-In, Demands Corporate Divestment
Kayla Kim and Ava Miller November 10, 2023

On Nov. 9th, leaders of Students for a Free Palestine led a walkout at 1:45 p.m. Earlier that day, Oberlin’s SFP chapter, along with chapters at Denison University, Kenyon College, and The College of Wooster, released a joint statement and a petition with five demands in response to their colleges’...

StudiOC: Interdisciplinary Learning, Collaboration
StudiOC: Interdisciplinary Learning, Collaboration
Eloise Rich, The Bulletin Editor, Web Manager
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 11/17/2023
Oberlin Review Comic 11/17/2023
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
Oberlin Review Comic 11/10/2023
Oberlin Review Comic 11/10/2023
Molly Chapin, Layout Manager and Illustrator
Sally Bowles and Ernst Ludwig Played by Julia Maskin and Conrad Branch.
Willkommen, Bienvenue: Cabaret Delights Students in Six Sold Out Performances
Delaney Fox and Kayla Kim November 17, 2023

The Theater Lab Series will present six sold-out shows of Cabaret from Nov. 16–19, under the direction of College fourth-year Anna Cohen and with choreography by College fourth-year Julia Hubbard for their senior capstone projects. The show is held in the Kander Theater, dedicated in 2018 to John Kander,...

Adam Mansbach reads from his book.
Adam Mansbach Delivers Impassioned Reading at Cat in the Cream
Chloe Boccara, Staff Writer • November 17, 2023

Editor’s note: this piece contains mentions of suicide.  On Monday at the Cat in the Cream, author Adam Mansbach delivered an immersive reading of his book I Had a Brother Once with musical accompaniment led by his nephew, double-degree second-year Max Kassoy. Mansbach’s memoir-poem depicts his...

Langston Middle School facilitates Writers in the Schools program.
Writers In The Schools Program Transitions Leadership
Kathleen Kelleher, Senior Staff Writer • November 17, 2023

The Writers in the Schools program wrapped up Nov. 9, as Oberlin students finished up two weeks of classes teaching poetry and providing writing prompts to sixth graders at Langston Middle School.  “Writers in the Schools, it’s this teaching artists’ residency, wherein eight students from Oberlin...

The film concluded with an Q&A with alumni and current students.
Boxes Will Be Provided Premieres at Apollo Theatre
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • November 17, 2023

Last week, Oberlin students gathered to watch the premiere of the film Boxes Will Be Provided at the Apollo Theatre. As part of Kuumba Week, an Afrikan Heritage House event celebrating kuumba — the Swahili word for creativity — the film was created at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak by since-graduated...

you, my
Alifair Durand McDonnell November 17, 2023

my best friend’s father taught me how to ride a bike and i remember my own parents being vaguely disappointed, i remember the summer before junior year and i remember licking salt off my solstice arms, submerged and writhing, two years, i remember my mouth tasting like elk and lip balm and lube, trailing...

Weekly Crossword
Weekly Crossword
Eli Kopp, Virginia Groce November 17, 2023

Across 1. Key left of sc lk 5. Self-care? 10. Gets older 14. Former Sony competitor 15. Albert Herring, for example 16. Iranian currency 17. It turns into a different story 20. Successor to tamper-proof pkg. 21. Actor Billy ___ Williams 22. Gathered 23. Poplars 25. Sat, as for a painting 26....

Crossword Answers 9/8–11/10
November 17, 2023

Helen Morales delivers a lecture on art and activism in Craig Hall.
Helen Morales Delivers 2023 Martin Lectures on “Art, Activism, and Ancient Fiction”
Emma Benardete, Editor-in-Chief • November 10, 2023

Editor’s Note: This article contains mention of sexual harm. Last week, the Classics Department hosted the Charles Beebe Martin Classical Lectures, presented by Argyropoulos Chair of Hellenic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara Helen Morales under the title “Art, Activism, and...

College fourth-year Liz Hawk and other students dance in “Patient 6183.”
Senior Capstone in Fall Forward Provides Account of Chronic Condition
Loie Schiller November 10, 2023

On Friday, Nov. 3, I walked into Warner Main and sat down on the crowded mats in front of the bleachers. I was there to see Fall Forward, the annual performance put on by the Oberlin College Dance department. Before I walked into the show, one of my friends told me that there was a controversy about...

Land Acknowledgement At Oberlin Is Collective Duty for Community
Isabel Handa November 10, 2023

Land acknowledgment is not just an issue for Indigenous people; it is the responsibility of Oberlin. In order to pay respect and promote visibility for the Indigenous people who came before others, land acknowledgment is a necessary duty for current residents. Members of the Oberlin community standing...

Libni López speaks at the Community Candidates Night at the First Church in Oberlin.
Libni López: City Council Member- Elect, Community Organizer, Therapist
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • November 17, 2023

Libni López is a therapist who focuses on bilingual therapy and helping trans individuals with gender-affirming care. From 2017 to 2023, he worked with the College as a program fellow for the Multicultural Resource Commons and a bilingual therapist at the Counseling Center. He now owns his own private...

Lilly Baeza-Rangel
Lily Baeza-Rangel: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellow, First Generation Student
Ava Miller, News Editor • November 10, 2023

Lily Baeza-Rangel is a third-year Comparative American Studies and Hispanic Studies major with a minor in Writing and Communication. She was born in Guanajuato, México but grew up in the southern part of the U.S. for most of her life. On campus she conducts academic research, serves on the board of...

Hal Sundt
Hal Sundt: Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Communication
Karthik Ranganadhan, Senior Staff Writer • November 3, 2023

Hal Sundt, OC ’12, is a visiting assistant professor of Writing and Communication. He received his MFA from Columbia University. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Ringer, The American Scholar, and other publications. His article “Pythons of the Everglades” was recognized...

From left to right: Jasper de Boor, Sarah Ying Ma, Max Ball, and Drew Dansby at the Fischoff Competition in May 2023.
Poiesis Quartet: Fischoff Grand Prize Winners
Emir Efe November 15, 2023

Quoted as an “emerging young ensemble to watch” by the Hyde Park Herald, the Poiesis Quartet was formed at Oberlin College and Conservatory during the fall semester of 2022. The members of the quartet are Conservatory fourth-year violinist Sarah Ying Ma, Conservatory fourth-year violinist Max Ball,...

Susie Ibarra plays Kulintang Gongs
Susie Ibarra: Composer, Percussionist, Interdisciplinary Sound Artist
Lyric Anderson, Conservatory Editor • October 27, 2023

Susie Ibarra is a Filipinx composer, percussionist, and sound artist. Many of Ibarra’s projects focus on both cultural and environmental preservation around the world, such as glacial sound mapping in Greenland, and effects of desertification as told by underrepresented female voices in Morocco. From...

Maíra Vianna in a Bibbins Hall classroom.
Dominique Arciero and Maíra Vianna: Singer-Songwriters, Producers, and Audio Engineers
Nicolas Stebbins, Senior Staff Writer • September 29, 2023

Dominique Arciero is a singer-songwriter currently based in Los Angeles. After performing with her two sisters in a band called the Lunabelles, Arciero turned to writing and recording her own music. She has created award-winning records and collaborated with many prolific musicians.  Originally from...

Anna Aubry
On The Record With Anna Aubry, OC '21: NYC-Based Actor, Writer, Comedian
Lucy Curtis, Chloe Ko, Arts & Culture Editors • 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...

Julius Bailey
On The Record With Julius Bailey: Author of Philosophy Behind Modern Hip-Hop
Nikki Keating, Editor-in-Chief • November 10, 2023

Julius Bailey is chair of the department of Philosophy and Religion at Wittenberg University, as well as director of both the African & Diaspora Studies and the Justice, Law & Public Policy programs. Bailey, a cultural critic and theorist, presented his lecture, “Hip Hop and Bad Faith Democracy,...

Anjanette Hall
On The Record With Anjanette Hall, Actors' Process, Crossing Thresholds
Chloe Ko, Arts & Culture Editor • November 3, 2023

Anjanette Hall is an assistant professor of Theater who has performed in various productions in Northeast Ohio. Her most recent role was as adult Addie in the second half of Make Believe, a play by Tony nominee Bess Wohl about how the ghosts of childhood can haunt us as adults. Make Believe was selected...

Steadman-Shockley practices racquetball.
In The Locker Room with Homer Steadman-Shockley, Ohio’s Top Collegiate Racquetball Player
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • November 17, 2023

Homer Steadman-Shockley is a third-year College student who is the top college racquetball player for the region including Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. His record currently stands at 25–5. Steadman-Shockley has been playing racquetball on and off ever since he was 8 years old. For 11 years, before...

Audrey Weber
In the Locker Room with Emily Ferrari and Audrey Weber, Co-Captains of Women’s Swim and Dive
Daisha Bouknight November 10, 2023

Emily Ferrari and Audrey Weber are both fourth-years and captains of the women’s swim and dive team. Weber is from the Cayman Islands, majoring in Anthropology, Hispanic Studies, and Latin American Studies and Ferrari is from Cooperstown, NY, majoring in Environmental Studies and Biology. Throughout...

Alex Cranmer talks about his career in Phillips Gym.
In The Locker Room with Alex Cranmer, Collegiate Rugby Player and T3 Athletic Trainer
James Foster, Sports Editor • November 3, 2023

Alex Cranmer is a former collegiate rugby player for the Bowling Green State University Falcons and currently works with Oberlin’s athletic teams as a T3 trainer. He was a five-time Mid-American Rugby Conference championship winner with the Falcons — who have been conference champions for 40 consecutive...

Shiva Senthil is the men’s basketball head coach.
Oberlin Coaches Earn Prestigious Accolades
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • November 17, 2023

In team sports, a head coach plays one of the most important roles. Leading a team through good times, bad times, or even in the offseason, it’s a head coach’s job to make the team successful  and push athletes to the best of their abilities. The Oberlin Athletics Department recruits coaches who...

Gotham wins the NWSL Final.
NWSL Playoffs Filled with Tension, Drama
Ryley Steggall November 17, 2023

This year, two of the NWSL’s most iconic lesbians played their final game against each other. The OL Reign’s Megan Rapinoe and NJ/NY Gotham FC’s Ali Krieger both played in an incredible, action-packed game that ended with Gotham winning their first NWSL Championship. A bittersweet ending, of course,...

Women’s basketball wins the Judges Invitational in Boston.
Oberlin Women’s Basketball Opens Season with Win in Massachusetts
James Foster, Sports Editor • November 17, 2023

The Yeowomen, coming off a successful season that saw them reach the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship finals, opened their season in Waltham, MA in the Judges Invitational. After taking a flight from Cleveland to Boston, the team got dinner together and readied themselves for their season...

Weekly Updates: Week of 11/17
James Foster and Micah Rodriguez November 17, 2023

Świątek Wins WTA Year-End Finals, Regains World #1 Ranking Heading into the Women’s Tennis Association Year-End Finals, Iga Świątek was #2 in the world after being overtaken by Aryna Sabalenka at the U.S. Open in September. In order to take back the top spot, Świątek had to win at least two...

Black Student Athlete Group, Club Soccer, YeoFit Host Soccer Tournament
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • November 10, 2023

This past Saturday, the Black Student Athlete Group, along with Oberlin Club Soccer and YeoFit, hosted a soccer tournament on Bailey Field. The matchup consisted of 9–10 players on each team and eight teams total, which included Koby’s BFFs, Him, Tacha’s Team, Nut Jacks, Amandla, Tinta’s Warriors,...

Andréa Jones, Lauren Sands, Taylor Gwynne
Thank You Letter to Oberlin Volleyball
Taylor Gwynne, Andréa Jones, and Lauren Sands November 10, 2023

This has been a historic season. We just completed the first winning season in 43 years and hosted the first ever playoff game in Oberlin Volleyball history. As three seniors who just played our last game, this is really challenging to write. We don’t want our journeys to end, but we couldn’t imagine...

NWSL SD Wave defender Naomi Girma chases an OL Reign player.
Sports Weekly Updates: Week of 11/10
Micah Rodriguez, Staff Writer • November 10, 2023

National Women’s Soccer League Championships Tomorrow, Gotham FC and OL Reign will square off in the 2023 National Women’s Soccer League Championship game on Bashor Field at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego. A new champion will be crowned this season; Gotham hadn’t won a playoff game since 2013...

Manchester City won the Champions League last season.
Champions League Brings Best of World Soccer
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • November 10, 2023

Every year, the Union of European Football Associations hosts the most prestigious club soccer competition: the UEFA Champions League. The Champions League, which started in 1955, consists of 32 teams from 55 different European countries. For teams in some countries, qualification for the Champions League...

Oberlin’s field hockey seniors pose during Senior Night.
Cross Country, Football, Field Hockey Celebrate Senior Night
Daisha Bouknight November 3, 2023

This past week, three varsity teams hosted their annual Senior Night, a ceremony to honor the graduating class. The seniors were celebrated for their continued dedication and hard work, as well as their accomplishments in their respective teams throughout their time at Oberlin.  For the first time,...

Coach Jim Harbaugh tosses the ball to quarterback J.J. McCarthy.
Unpacking University of Michigan Football Scandal
Andrea Nguyen and Micah Rodriguez November 3, 2023

On Oct. 17, top National Collegiate Athletic Association officials were given documents and videos from an outside investigative firm about the University of Michigan football program utilizing sign stealing, which consists of various methods — in this case, illegal methods defined by the NCAA —...

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