The Oberlin Review

NBA Struggles to Face China

Alex McNicoll

November 1, 2019

 The NBA season’s tip-off, as per usual, did not come without controversy. Heated discourse overpowered the start of the regular season after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted his support of protesters in Hong Kong. While the initial drama has faded, NBA officials, players, and fans alike are still waiting to see how the narrative will unfold throughout the season. From NBA superstars like LeBron James to the current inhabitant of the Oval Office, everyone has chimed in on how the NBA should handle its relationship with China in light of the violent Hong Kong protests. Protests in Hong Kong have been ensuing since June in reaction to a proposal to repatriate Hong Kong to mainland China. Hong Kong —...

Over Four Decades of Oberlin’s Club Aikido

Over Four Decades of Oberlin’s Club Aikido

April 12, 2019

In the basement of Hales Gymnasium, just below the basketball court, Club Aikido members can be found rolling and falling on mats for a couple of hours every weekend. While most know only of its takedowns and classic all-white uniforms, Aikido — often translated as “the way of harmonious spirit” — is a Japanese martial art centered around conflict resolution. The club has fostered a tight-knit community at Oberlin for nearly 50 years. “It tends to be a very all-inclusive marti...

Gruffs Gear-Up For Fall Tournament

Gruffs Gear-Up For Fall Tournament

November 9, 2018

The North Fields are not a pleasant place to be on an early autumn afternoon. They’re hot, sticky, and full of bugs. Somehow, this is exactly where the Gruffs — Oberlin College’s men’s club rugby team — find themselves every Tuesday and Thursday. By mid-September, most club rugby teams will be working on rucks — situations where when a tackled player goes to ground, they must release the ball immediately and each team fights for possession of the ball — advanced line-out maneuvers...

Harvey’s Rollercoaster Mets Career Comes to a Close

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

May 11, 2018

The New York Mets traded their once-star pitcher Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, signaling the end of one of the most frustrating eras in a franchise that is not averse to failure. Whether it was the injuries — he had Tommy John surgery in 2013 and was diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome in 2016 — his terrible attitude, or the unrelenting storm that is the New York media to blame, what all fans can agree on is that as amazing as he was, he was twice as maddening. When Harvey debuted in July 2012, he turned heads from the get-go, striking out 11 batters in his first appearance. The Mets had not been relevant since losing to the Cardinals in the National League Championship Series in 2006, and their fan b...

Historic Season from Rauchle Not Enough for Yeowomen

Historic Season from Rauchle Not Enough for Yeowomen

May 11, 2018

The women’s lacrosse team’s season came to a close in their matchup against the College of Wooster Fighting Scots in the North Coast Athletic Conference Semi-Finals last Wednesday. While the Yeowomen had hoped to return to the NCAC Championships after playing one of the best seasons in program history last year, they had no answer for the Fighting Scots’ relentless attack, losing 14–11. While senior midfielder and NCAC Offensive Player of the Year Natalie Rauchle — who will surely go dow...

In The Locker Room with Alex McNicoll and Alexis Dill, Sports Editors

In The Locker Room with Alex McNicoll and Alexis Dill, Sports Editors

May 11, 2018

Sophomore Alex McNicoll has spent four semesters with the Review, serving as a sports editor for three. Sophomore Alexis Dill has been a sports editor for one semester and worked as a news editor last semester. This issue is McNicoll’s last as a section editor for the Review, while Dill will return in the fall. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Alexis Dill: What were some of the most rewarding parts of your experience at the Review? Alex McNicoll: This is an easy one. I st...

Men’s Tennis Tops Battling Bishops, Finishes Third

Men’s Tennis Tops Battling Bishops, Finishes Third

May 4, 2018

The men’s tennis team clinched third place in the North Coast Athletic Conference at its annual tournament last Sunday. After beating the DePauw University Tigers 5–1 last Friday, the Yeomen dropped their semi-finals matchup to the Denison University Big Red 5–1, sending them to the matchup for third place against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops with another 5–1 win. Against the Bishops, the Yeomen won their second-straight third-place prize. To senior Michael Drougas, who pla...

Big Red Sweeps Yeomen Baseball

Big Red Sweeps Yeomen Baseball

May 4, 2018

The baseball team collected three more losses this week in what has been a disappointing season for the promising squad. After making the North Coast Athletic Conference semi-finals last season, expectations were high for the Yeomen, but now — at 10–26 overall and 2–14 in the NCAC — returning to the playoffs is out of the question. The Denison University Big Red swept the Yeomen in a two-game series Wednesday, and their game against the Heidelberg University Student Princes Monday was repr...

Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Tigers 14–13, Finishes Season on Three-Game Win Streak

Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Tigers 14–13, Finishes Season on Three-Game Win Streak

April 27, 2018

The men’s lacrosse team ended their season with a 14–13 victory against the DePauw University Tigers last Saturday. The win capped off a three-game win streak that helped them finish on a high note after an overall disappointing season, hopefully building some positive momentum going in to next season. With an 8–7 record, 3–5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference, the Yeomen will not compete in the playoffs but have enough reason to be optimistic about next spring. Senior attack John S...

Softball Sweeps Terriers, Falls to Crusaders

Softball Sweeps Terriers, Falls to Crusaders

April 27, 2018

The softball team closed their season against the Capital University Crusaders Thursday, dropping the first game 9–1 and the second game 2–1. Although they ended with an overall record of 8–26 and a 3–13 record in North Coast Athletic Conference play, they have some momentum to carry into next spring. Against the Hiram College Terriers, the Yeowomen earned their first conference sweep since 2014. Since eight of their 18 players are first-years — and over half of the first-years are starters ...

In The Locker Room with John Sutherland and Jay Messina, Club Golf Founders

In The Locker Room with John Sutherland and Jay Messina, Club Golf Founders

April 27, 2018

Just before College senior John Sutherland arrived at Oberlin College in fall 2014, the College dropped its golf program due to a lack of participation. However, when Sutherland was a sophomore, lacrosse teammate Jay Messina, then a first-year, joined him on the links. The two founded club golf and have recruited others to join in the years since. The team currently is made up of over 20 students, many of whom come from the varsity lacrosse and baseball teams — but the team is also made up of s...

Yeowomen Remain Perfect in NCAC After Beating Bishops

Yeowomen Remain Perfect in NCAC After Beating Bishops

April 20, 2018

The women’s lacrosse team defeated the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops 16–4 Tuesday, bringing them to 9–3 for the season and a perfect 5–0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play. The win followed a 20–3 victory against the DePauw University Tigers last Saturday, as the Yeowomen currently sit at number two in the conference. Head Coach Lynda McCandlish affirmed that the Yeowomen have taken this season game-by-game in their pursuit of a conference championship. “I think the g...

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