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The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Oberlin School Spirit Complicated by Communal Faults, Uplifted by Intentional Celebration of Success
Editorial Board March 10, 2023

Attending Oberlin often means emphasizing everything that is wrong with the world. Our student body is a socially conscientious group of people, which is as much a feature of our generation as it is of Oberlin’s long standing tradition of progressiveness. While our communal strength helps us better...

Oberlin Financial Aid Must Cover Course-Specific Student Expenses
Cecily Miles, Columnist • March 10, 2023

On its website, Oberlin College promises that it “meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for every student.” The College advertises the “expansive” nature of its academic program on its website and encourages students to “explore [their] interests and discover new ones.” However, many courses...

Bags gather maple sap in Tappan Square.
Maple Crew Gives Students Seasonal Opportunity To Engage with Land, Community
Hanna Alwine, Opinions Editor • March 10, 2023

Since coming to college, I have found it harder and harder to spend time outside. My days are packed. I run from activity to activity with barely enough time to do my laundry or eat breakfast, much less think about making time to take a walk or sit in the sun. It doesn’t help that college life is not...

Oversharing, Excessive Openness About Mental Health Can Cause Stigmatization
Oversharing, Excessive Openness About Mental Health Can Cause Stigmatization
Selena Frantz, Columnist • March 10, 2023

A few weeks ago, I had an interesting discussion with my parents, both of whom grew up during the 1980s and ’90s. I was telling them about a conversation I had with some people at a party around what kind of mental health medications we were on. When I told my parents this, they were shocked. They...

Time Limits for Minors on TikTok Insufficient in Curbing Social Media Addiction
Sahil Novetzke, Columnist • March 10, 2023

Since its creation roughly two decades ago, social media usage has proliferated at a rapid pace. This has prompted concerns about its negative health effects on minors. Studies have linked excessive use of social media to feelings of isolation, hopelessness, and depression. In the past several years,...

Opinions Editors Decide Everything
Emily Vaughan and Hanna Alwine March 10, 2023

We’re back with another installment of “Opinions Editors Decide Everything!” This time, we’re talking about everything centering spring break — from sun protection to pet photos, we’re leaving no stone unturned.  Should I wear sunscreen even though it’s literally March?  Emily:...

The cast of Candide travels the world in Hall Auditorium. 
Bernstein’s Candide Satirizes Narratives of Hope and Optimism
Kayla Kim, Sports Editor • March 10, 2023

Editors’ Note: This article contains mentions of murder and transphobia. It also features spoilers. Associate Professor of Opera Theater...

Jazz students rehearse in a Kohl Building ensemble room.
Rehearsal Culture in Jazz Department Presents Challenges
Lyric Anderson March 10, 2023

Fresh out of two back-to-back rehearsals for a friend’s upcoming junior recital, Conservatory second-year double-degree Jazz Studies majors...

Students attend a panel discussion on improvisation with guest artists and faculty as part of Oberlin Improv Fest.
Student Interest Drives Creation of First Oberlin Improv Fest
Delaney Fox, Conservatory Editor • March 3, 2023

This weekend, Oberlin hosts the Conservatory’s first-ever Improv Fest, a three-day event filled with masterclasses, workshops, and performances...

Musical Union rehearses in Finney Chapel.
Musical Union Fosters College and Community Collaboration
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • March 3, 2023

Founded almost 200 years ago, the Oberlin Musical Union is one of the largest and oldest choirs in the country and continues to uphold and practice...

The Kenny Endo Contemporary Music Ensemble featured a koto player at their concert in Finney Chapel last spring.
Students Perform Traditional Music in Conservatory Despite Lack of Resources
Delaney Fox, Conservatory Editor • February 24, 2023

Within the Conservatory, students are limited in study and access to a specific set of musical instruments that draw mainly from the Western...

City Government Engages in Community Discussion on Equity in Oberlin
Isaac Imas and Nikki Keating March 10, 2023

On Tuesday, March 7, members of the Oberlin community gathered to discuss social equity in Oberlin. Facilitated by the City of Oberlin and the Center for Community Solutions, a non-partisan think tank based in Northeast Ohio, the discussion centered on the question “Is Oberlin a great place for people...

GSFS Reproductive Justice Symposium to Showcase Student Work
Dlisah Lapidus, Arts & Culture Editor • March 10, 2023

Today and tomorrow, the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Department is hosting Oberlin’s first Reproductive Justice Symposium, an exhibition of student research and creative projects related to reproductive justice. Many of the students presenting their work took Lecturer Scott Branson’s “Abortion...

World Headlines
Gregory Amenta March 10, 2023

French Strikers Renew Pressure on Macron to Axe Pension Plan On International Women’s Day in Paris, tens of thousands of people marched in protest of the French Parliament’s proposal to raise the retirement age from 62 to 64, as reported by the Associated Press. Activists say that the law will...

$50,000 will be distributed to POWER to help improve homes of those impacted
by COVID-19.
City Council Plans to Use ARPA Funding to Improve Housing
Ava Miller, Senior Staff Writer • March 10, 2023

On Feb. 6, Oberlin City Council authorized the allocation of $50,000 from the 2021 American Rescue Plan Act to Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly, a grassroots environmental justice organization. These funds will provide financial assistance for Oberlin residents to weatherize their homes....

Construction on Burton Hall was completed in 1947. It then served as a men’s
ResEd To Implement Changes to Cohort System in Fall 2023
Yendi Kai Foo March 10, 2023

The Office of Residential Education is implementing several changes to reinforce the sense of community and modernize housing, many of which will take effect this fall. From Burton Hall’s conversion to a first year dorm to the combination of the Identity and Language- Based Communities and Theme living...

Security Report
March 10, 2023

Friday, March 3, 2023 A Campus Safety officer on patrol of the Allen Memorial Art Museum observed black marks on the exterior north wall near the main entrance. Officers were requested to transport an injured student from Philips gym to Mercy Health - Allen Hospital. Saturday, March 4, 2023 Officers...

Upcoming Events
March 10, 2023

Saturday, March 11 12–2 p.m.: Nowruz Persian New Year Celebration in Wilder Hall room 212 As the conclusion for the weeklong Nowruz Persian New Year Celebration, the Multicultural Resource Commons and the Office of Spirituality & Dialogue will offer attendees a catered lunch in Wilder Hall...

Volunteers look at the destruction after the earthquake together.
Aftermath of Earthquake in Türkiye, Syria Humanitarian Concern, Not Political
Eloise Rich, 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: An Ode to Stevie Grilled Cheese
COMIC: An Ode to Stevie Grilled Cheese
COMIC: The End of the World is 65°
COMIC: The End of the World is 65°
Molly Chapin, Layout Editor
Black History 101 Mobile Museum Exhibit Comes to Oberlin Elementary School
Black History 101 Mobile Museum Exhibit Comes to Oberlin Elementary School
Alexa Stevens, News Editor • March 10, 2023

As part of a national tour, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum was on display at the Oberlin Elementary School gymnasium March 6 and 7. The exhibit includes, per the museum website, “non-traditional museum spaces such as classrooms, conference rooms, libraries, galleries, and even living rooms.” The...

Renaissance Scholars, Alice Dailey, Jennifer Nelson, and Adhaar Noor Desai presented their ideas at a symposium that took place in the Hallock Auditorium in the Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies on Wednesday evening.
Panelists Bring Innovative Perspective to European Renaissance at Symposium
Ava Cantlon, Staff Writer • March 10, 2023

Over the last week, the English department of Oberlin College hosted three scholars exploring innovative new ways to understand the European Renaissance.  Alice Dailey, professor of English at Villanova University;  Jennifer Nelson, assistant professor of early modern art at the University of Wisconsin–Madison;...

Julie Benko stepped into the role of Fanny Brice before Lea Michele joined the production.
Funny Girl on Broadway to Conclude After Controversial Run
James Foster, Production Editor • March 10, 2023

Last week, Funny Girl released a statement announcing the closing of its run at the August Wilson Theatre. The run has been tumultuous to say the least. In February 2022, it was announced that Funny Girl, the life story of famed Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, would be revived on Broadway later...

Relationship Between Music and Identity is Reductive
Nikki Keating, News Editor • March 10, 2023

“You haven’t seen [insert popular media here]???” I think it’s time we deconstruct the problem with this question. Whether it’s the film buff who’s cornered me at a party or a friend I’m grabbing lunch with, the question seems to sneak its way into any conversation. It’s often...

“Legacies to Live and Die For”
Andy Roshal March 10, 2023

After “The Blue Terrace” by Terrance Hayes I come from a long line of tiny Ukrainian women, Their eyes sharp and blue, their hands calloused and yellow. I once told my grandmother her hands were soft but she winced and told me stories about how hard her hands used to work when she was young; the...

Crossword: “The Birds and the Bees”
Crossword: “The Birds and the Bees”
March 10, 2023

Editors’ Note: This crossword is meant to encourage conversation on sex positivity and double entendres in writing about sex. We hope that this dialogue will spotlight how we talk about sex, the language and rhetoric we emphasize in these conversations, and how we grapple with any latent discomfort...

Crossword Answers 3/3
Crossword Answers 3/3
Emma Benardete, Editor-in-Chief • March 10, 2023

WOBC-FM DJs sit in the new studio spaces at Wilder Hall.
WOBC Hosts and DJs Get Creative Amid Lack of Online Streaming Capability
Tate van der Poel, Staff Writer • March 3, 2023

Radio is a unique medium in its ability to be simultaneously solitary and intimate while reaching a broad, live audience. Through a variety of talk- and music-based shows ranging in genre from news and radio theater to hiphop and folk, Oberlin’s radio station, WOBC-FM, provides students and community...

Students Highlight Style and Interests With Sticker-Clad Laptops
Students Highlight Style and Interests With Sticker-Clad Laptops
Dlisah Lapidus, Arts & Culture Editor • March 3, 2023

Club meetings, college tours, tattoo shops, coding conventions, and Etsy packages are just a few of the places where people pick up stickers, but where do they put them? Many students use their laptops as displays for their ever- expanding sticker collections. These sticker-covered computers help express...

Media Trends, Viewing Habits Reflect Childhood Nostalgia
Emily Vaughan, Opinions Editor • March 3, 2023

2022’s Minions: The Rise of Gru was the third-most popular movie on Netflix as of Feb. 28. This movie comes as the latest addition to a franchise which is now almost 13 years old. The first Despicable Me movie was released in 2010, when current undergraduate students were the age of its target audience....

Ari Henry
OTC: College Third-year, Mellon Mays Fellow Ari Henry
Cal Ransom, News Editor • March 10, 2023

Ari Henry is a third-year History major and Mellon Mays fellow studying misogynoir, a term coined by Moya Bailey describing the dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against Black women. He focuses on misogynoir across social media platforms with Professor Meredith Gadsby. Henry created the...

Mahmoud Meslat
Mahmoud Meslat: Visiting Instructor of Arabic and Human Rights Activists
Kushagra Kar, Editor-in-Chief • March 3, 2023

Mahmoud Meslat, visiting instructor of Arabic, has taught at Oberlin for the last 12 years. In response to the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria Feb. 6, Meslat — who is Syrian-American — as well as his family, friends, and colleagues have worked to provide aid to people impacted by the disaster....

Shanta Devarajan
Shanta Devarajan: Former Chief Economist of World Bank
Alexa Stevens, News Editor • February 24, 2023

Today at 7:30 p.m., former Chief Economist for the World Bank and Chair of the Georgetown University International Development concentration Shanta Devarajan, in conversation with College professors, will give a talk titled “Economies in Economic Crisis” in Craig Auditorium. This talk will feature...

Wu Man plays the pipa, a traditional Chinese instrument.
Wu Man: Pipa Player, Musician Extraordinaire
Gracie McFalls, Senior Staff Writer • February 24, 2023

Wu Man is regarded as one of the world’s leading pipa performers and educators. The pipa is a 2,000-year-old, lute-like instrument that likely arrived in China by way of Central Asia. She will give a masterclass for students in the Performance and Improvisation Ensemble Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and will...

Inayah Raheem: Classical Vocalist, President of the Oberlin College Black Musicians Guild
Inayah Raheem: Classical Vocalist, President of the Oberlin College Black Musicians' Guild
Nikki Keating, News Editor • February 17, 2023

Inayah Raheem is a double-degree third-year majoring in Classical Voice and Africana Studies. She is the president of the Oberlin College Black Musicians Guild, a student-led organization for Black musicians in the Conservatory. The organization will be performing at the Black History Month “Woven,...

Music theorist Philip Ewell
Philip Ewell: Guest Lecturer, Professor of Music Theory
Walter Thomas-Patterson, Conservatory Editor • February 10, 2023

Philip Ewell is a professor of music theory at Hunter College of the City University of New York whose research focuses on race studies in music theory. He notably penned the 2019 piece “Music Theory and the White Racial Frame,” in Music Theory Spectrum which helped catalyze the movement to substantially...

Jennifer Blaylock
On the Record with Jennifer Blaylock, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow
Maeve Woltring, Senior Staff Writer • March 10, 2023

Jennifer Blaylock is a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and visiting assistant professor of Cinema Studies. Her academic work and research span the fields of media technology, audio-visual archives, postcolonial and decolonial theory, and African studies. She has published a wide array of articles in...

Associate Professor of Percussion Ross Karre
On the Record with Ross Karre
Maeve Woltring, Senior Staff Writer • March 3, 2023

Ross Karre is an Associate Professor of Percussion at the Conservatory. Before working at Oberlin, he spent 11 years working with the International Contemporary Ensemble, where he took on a series of professional roles spanning from performer to production director. On Monday, Feb. 27, Karre gave a talk...

Assistant Professor Michael Roman
On the Record with Michael Boyd Roman; Assistant Professor of Design and Black Visual Culture
Nikki Keating, News Editor • February 24, 2023

Michael Boyd Roman is an assistant professor of design and Black visual culture in the Studio Art and Africana Studies departments. He focuses on exploring the concepts of beauty and divinity within the Black community. Recently, he facilitated a collage workshop titled, “Collaging and Storytelling...

Nora Holder just completed her second season on the Swimming and Diving team.
In the Locker Room with Nora Holder, Swimmer, Author of “Happy as Her”
Kayla Kim, Sports Editor • March 10, 2023

Second-year Nora Holder is a fly and breaststroke swimmer who is working on an article series called “Happy as Her.” Through this, she hopes to share her life as a trans person. Her first article focuses on her experience as a trans athlete and is expected to be released on her personal website March...

Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Amanda Phillips
In the Locker Room with Amanda Phillips, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications
James Foster, Production Editor • March 3, 2023

If you’ve ever read a gameday recap, scrolled past media day flicks of Oberlin athletes on Instagram, or even just looked at some of the photos in the Sports section of the Review, you may have Amanda Phillips to thank. A former lacrosse midfielder at the University of the Cumberlands, she has served...

Alyson Jefferson competes in a game against Kenyon College.
In the Locker Room with Alyson Jefferson, Women’s Basketball Captain, BSAG Co-Chair
Emma Benardete, Editor-in-Chief • February 24, 2023

Third-year Alyson Jefferson is one of the captains of the women’s basketball team. She is currently the highest scoring player on the team this season and the sixth highest scoring player in the entire North Coast Athletic Conference. In the quarterfinal game against Denison University, Jefferson scored...

“Together We Rise” jersey signify DEI work within the athletic department.
Teams Use Warm Up Shirts to Raise Awareness for Social Causes
Celia Perks, Senior Staff Writer • March 10, 2023

Editors’ note: This article contains mention of gun violence. Many high school, college, and major league sports teams have utilized shirts and other items to show support for certain causes. Whether this is a representative color or an article of clothing with a meaningful message, teams can help...

OHS Should Plan to Build Home Stadium Amid Broader Infrastructural Developments
John Elrod, Sports Editor • March 10, 2023

In 2021, I reported on the lack of an outdoor stadium for Oberlin High School’s athletics teams. A year and a half later, there are still no plans to build one. Given that Oberlin City Schools are working on amassing funds for a 6–12 school, it’s understandable if a stadium is not necessarily at...

The softball team gained experience in weekend trip to North Carolina.
Despite Early Losses, Softball Optimistic for Season
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • March 10, 2023

This past weekend, Oberlin softball took a road trip to Raleigh, NC to compete in the Grand Slam Triangle Classic. The Yeowomen played four games against Greensboro College, Shenandoah University, William Peace University, and Ferrum College over two days. Despite losing all of these games, there were...

Favorites, Underdogs to Back in March Madness
John Elrod and Kayla Kim March 10, 2023

John’s Picks Favorites: Men: Kansas Kansas is a certified blue-blood men’s college basketball program. It might not be the most creative move to pick the Jayhawks to have tournament success in the year after they won March Madness, but they are poised for another run. Led by forward Jalen Wilson...

Track and field cheers on basketball during the semifinal round against Wittenberg University.
Track and Field, Women’s Basketball Cheer Each Other On During NCAC Championships in Indiana
Kayla Kim, Sports Editor • March 3, 2023

Last Friday, 333 miles away at DePauw University in Greencastle, IN, the women’s basketball team and the men’s and women’s track and field teams competed in their respective North Coast Athletic Conference Championships events. Each team took time to fully support each other; when Oberlin athletes...

Last Chance U: Basketball focuses on basketball players at East Los Angeles College
New Last Chance U: Basketball Season Highlights Personal Stories
John Elrod, Sports Editor • March 3, 2023

It’s March — the biggest basketball month of the year — which means that the top Division I basketball players will be featured throughout their journey to the championships. But what happened to those who weren’t able to make it to that level? The series Last Chance U does an incredible job...

WWE continues to entertain and bring people together.
WWE Entertains Fanbase With Unique Characters
Nora McIntyre March 3, 2023

In October, I drove to Toledo to attend a taping of WWE’s Friday Night Smackdown. Armed with a homemade sign that read “Pride Fighter” with a rainbow through the center, I made my way to the Huntington Center excited to see my favorite superstars in person for the first time. I went alone, but...

Gendered “Yeo” Team Names Not Representative of Oberlin
John Elrod, Sports Editor • February 24, 2023

I don’t think I would be wrong in saying that small, non-sectarian, liberal arts colleges like Oberlin are often at the forefront of progressive dialogue. So at a school that takes pride in being inclusive to transgender and non-binary students — a number of whom are on sports teams — it doesn’t...

Alyson Jefferson dribbles in a game against Denison University for the NCAC quarterfinals.
Basketball Teams Compete in NCAC Quarterfinals
James Foster, Production Editor • February 24, 2023

The men’s and women’s basketball teams competed in the quarterfinals of the 2023 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship Tuesday. The eighth-seed Yeomen took on the College of Wooster Fighting Scots, which were the top seed, on its home court, while the fourth-seed Yeowomen competed against...

Oberlin competed against Chatham University Saturday.
Men’s Lacrosse Wins Season Opener Behind Experienced Players
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • February 24, 2023

This past weekend, Oberlin men’s lacrosse opened its season in spectacular fashion, taking on Chatham University in a home game. The Yeomen obliterated the Cougars, outscoring them by 10 goals for a final score of 17–7 and setting the tone for the season to come. Oberlin’s talent was felt across...

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