The Oberlin Review

In The Locker Room with Olivia Canning, Senior Basketball Center

In The Locker Room with Olivia Canning, Senior Basketball Center

March 15, 2019

College senior Olivia Canning has her hands full. As a starter on the Oberlin women’s basketball team, a Psychology and Sociology major and Anthropology minor, and an active member of various Oberlin College and community organizations, Canning seems to be doing everything at once. While she has garnered accolades as a powerhouse center on the basketball court, including NCAC Defensive Player of the Year and All-NCAC First Team in the 2017–18 season, Canning has also shown academic pro...

Former Men’s Soccer Players Take Up Horseback Riding

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

March 15, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

As a child, College senior and former men’s soccer player Daniel Tuzzolino wanted to be a cowboy. In his last semester at Oberlin, he convinced his housemate and then-teammate Trenton Bulucea — also a College senior — to register with him for ATHL 147, a first-module horseback riding course worth half a credit. Bulucea had ridden horses at summer camps throughout his childhood, but for the most part, the class has been a completely new experience for both of them. The class — which consists of 12 students — meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:45–6 p.m. at Equine Differences, located just north of the College on Leavitt Road. Instructing the class is the stable’s owner, Ric Weitzel. Weitzel ha...

Walk-Ons Are Crucial to Varsity Athletic Success

Walk-Ons Are Crucial to Varsity Athletic Success

March 8, 2019

As she runs out to Bailey Field, ready for that day’s practice, College senior and women’s lacrosse player Sabrina Deleonibus exudes the confidence of a veteran, but on the inside she’s filled with gratitude as she wonders, “How did I get here?” All of Deleonibus’ childhood friends played lacrosse. What football is to boys in Ohio and Texas, and what baseball and softball mean to kids in states that are warm year-round, lacrosse is to states on the East Coast like Maryland, ...

In The Locker Room with Emily and Izzy Berner, Student-Athletes and Sisters

In The Locker Room with Emily and Izzy Berner, Student-Athletes and Sisters

March 1, 2019

Sisters Emily Berner, College junior, and Izzy Berner, College first-year, grew up in an athletic family of seven in Reisterstown, MD. Although a majority of the Berner siblings played baseball and softball, Emily picked up lacrosse in fourth grade and has flourished in the sport ever since. She was an All-North Coast Athletic Conference Second Team selection for the Yeowomen in 2017 and a First Team selection in 2018. Izzy chose Oberlin for its reputation in academics, but was encouraged ...

Breaking Down Barriers Through Basketball

Breaking Down Barriers Through Basketball

February 22, 2019

The son of a Presbyterian minister, Randy Miller arrived at Oberlin College in 1966 as a broad-shouldered, long-limbed first-year with a gentle demeanor and keen interest in music and art — as well as a knack for shooting baskets. His roommate and teammate, Al Wellington, was a hard-nosed kid with tremendous athletic ability who grew up in a low-income family of eight from a racially segregated community. According to the book they co-wrote, Oberlin Fever, A Championship Spirit in Black and...

New Year, New Record for Men’s Basketball

New Year, New Record for Men’s Basketball

February 15, 2019

With 2.3 seconds left on the clock and the basketball in his hands, College junior and point guard Josh Friedkin didn’t miss a beat, swishing an off-balance jumper to secure a triple-overtime victory over the Allegheny College Gators last Wednesday. Three days later, Friedkin posted his first career double-double — 15 points and 10 assists — against the Hiram College Terriers, helping the Yeomen set a new program record for the most North Coast Athletic Conference wins in a season. Fri...

For National Girls & Women in Sports Day, Oberlin’s Female Athletes Share Their Stories

For National Girls & Women in Sports Day, Oberlin’s Female Athletes Share Their Stories

February 8, 2019

When Michigan State narrowly beat Ohio State in a highly-anticipated football game during my senior year of high school, my dad poked fun at what I thought was going to be my future school and told me I should look into his alma mater, Oberlin, instead. The football team might not be as fun to watch, he said, but the academics are better, and you’ll meet some of the most interesting and talented people in the world. “There’s no way in hell I’m going there,” I told him. I loved playing softball bu...

In The Locker Room with Daniel Mukasa and Jahkeem Wheatley, Senior Pole Vaulters and Best Friends

In The Locker Room with Daniel Mukasa and Jahkeem Wheatley, Senior Pole Vaulters and Best Friends

February 8, 2019

College seniors and pole vaulters Daniel Mukasa and Jahkeem Wheatley were each other’s first friend at Oberlin. Now, in their final year of collegiate track and field, the two hope to see each other on the podium at the Indoor and Outdoor North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. Mukasa, a Physics major from Riverside, CA, has a pole vault personal record of 14’1.25” and hopes to either receive a Fulbright Fellowship in Uganda or work toward his Ph.D. in material science after graduati...

Women’s Basketball Gets New Bling

Women’s Basketball Gets New Bling

December 7, 2018

Members of the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship women’s basketball team were honored with a ring ceremony during intermission of the men’s basketball game Wednesday, which followed the Yeowomen’s first conference victory of the season. They beat the Kenyon College Ladies 51–47. The Yeowomen had an exceptional season last year, earning a 21–8 record overall and a 13–3 record in conference play. The team’s two most productive players, senior captains Ale...

Howard Scandal Exposes Homophobia

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

November 30, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Two weeks after the 2012–13 NBA regular season wrapped up, Jason Collins — at the time, a free agent — sat in front of his TV and took a deep breath, waiting to see himself all over the news. He couldn’t hold it in any longer, and had already told 20 of his family members and closest friends. Now it was time for everyone else to know. Journalist Franz Lidz helped Collins articulate his thoughts and emotions in a first-person story that was minutes away from being published on Sports Illustrated’s website. On that day, April 29, 2013, Collins told the world that he is gay. A year later, after being overlooked by some teams because of all the attention surrounding his announcement, Collins was ...

VAs Host Dodgeball Throwdown

VAs Host Dodgeball Throwdown

November 30, 2018

College seniors Ify Ezimora and Hannah Rasmussen and College junior Nae McClain — all Village Assistants — hosted the second annual dodgeball tournament for their residents Saturday. McClain organized the tournament last year after receiving input from her Barrows Hall residents that they wanted more events to bring people together and allow them to be active and have fun. Over 50 people attended this year’s event. College junior and Quidditch team member Haley Gee said she appr...

Student-Athletes Shine at Sharing Stages

Student-Athletes Shine at Sharing Stages

November 16, 2018

Saturday night in the William and Helen Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space, I realized what I love most about Oberlin: its tendency to foster creativity and collaboration, and the way people can express their diverse backgrounds, interests, and talents. I am regularly in awe of and inspired by the bright and energetic students on campus. Last weekend, students of the College and the Conservatory, athletes and non-athletes, parents, and administrators came together to celebrate som...

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