The Oberlin Review

Pro Athletes Destigmatize Mental Illness

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

April 20, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Editor’s Note: This article contains mentions of mental illness and suicide. Shooting hoops in the driveway and kicking around a soccer ball in the backyard as a kid, I never thought that being an athlete at a high level could be so taxing. My sports heroes had glamorous lifestyles, driving expensive cars and gracing the covers of Sports Illustrated. It never occurred to me that the biggest and strongest opponent that many collegiate and professional athletes ever face is mental illness. According to Daniel Eisenberg, an associate professor of health management and policy at the University of Michigan, 33 percent of college students experience symptoms of mental illness. Although 30 percent of those students get help, ...

Track and Field Teams Dominate at All-Ohio

Track and Field Teams Dominate at All-Ohio

April 20, 2018

Under Head Coach Ray Appenheimer, Oberlin’s track and field athletes have consistently broken school records and earned personal bests by avoiding complacency and encouraging each other to be the best possible athletes, teammates, and leaders every single meet. On Saturday, the No. 12 Yeowomen continued their dominance by placing first at the All-Ohio Championships with a grand total of 124 points. Seniors Lilah Drafts-Johnson and Monique Newton highlighted the day, combining for 48 team poin...

In The Locker Room with Mike Mancini, Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications

In The Locker Room with Mike Mancini, Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications

April 20, 2018

Mike Mancini came to Oberlin College after being appointed as the Sports Information Director on Dec. 31, 2007. Now, as Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications, he keeps statistics and publishes previews and recaps for all 21 varsity teams at Oberlin on GoYeo, the Athletic Department’s website. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you end up at Oberlin? What do you do? I’ve been here for 10 years now. I graduated from the University of Akron and then was wo...

First NCAC Win Gives Baseball Confidence, Momentum

First NCAC Win Gives Baseball Confidence, Momentum

April 13, 2018

After losing their first five conference games of the season, the Oberlin baseball team earned a 6–1 victory in the second half of their doubleheader against the DePauw University Tigers Saturday. Although the team currently holds an 8–16 record, the Yeomen are confident in their chances of making it to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament for the fourth time in six years. In the first game of the twin bill, junior starter Zach Steer kept his team in the game by giving up four hits,...

Philanthropy Lifts Athletics to Next Level

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

April 6, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

The men’s and women’s tennis teams and softball team were welcomed to Amway Center two weeks ago to catch an Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers game and meet fellow Obie Jeff Weltman, OC ’87, president of basketball operations for Orlando. As the former Oberlin basketball player reminisced about sitting in Wilder Bowl with his buddies in the springtime, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for the opportunities our athletics department continuously provides its student-athletes. Just two days before the game, Eastern Michigan University announced it will cut four sports at the conclusion of the semester: men’s swimming and diving, wrestling, women’s tennis, and softball. The reduction will affect 58 ma...

In The Locker Room with Tom Reid, Bowling Coach, Mentor

In The Locker Room with Tom Reid, Bowling Coach, Mentor

April 6, 2018

Tom Reid, OC ’80, came to Oberlin College in 1976 from the small city of Wilkes-Barre, PA — but that wasn’t his first choice, as his plan was to bowl professionally. Fortunately for Reid, half of his dream ended up coming true when he discovered the Oberlin College Lanes. After 45 years of participating in the sport and 84 consecutive semesters at the College, Reid has coached the bowling team that he founded shortly after he graduated and instructs the Bowling I and II classes. The team averages...

Hughes, McDermott Highlight Successful Spring Break Trip

Hughes, McDermott Highlight Successful Spring Break Trip

March 30, 2018

The women’s tennis team doesn’t pay much attention to their record or national ranking, despite boasting an impressive 10–5 record. The plan is the same every year: gain a competitive advantage over North Coast Athletic Conference opponents by scheduling tough opponents before conference play begins. The Yeowomen collected three hard-earned wins during their spring break trip to Orlando, FL, which should give them a boost of confidence and some momentum as they look to build on their six-matc...

Shaquem Griffin Deserves Serious Chance to Play in NFL

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

March 9, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

A couple hundred of college football’s most talented players travel to Indianapolis each offseason to dazzle scouts and spectators with their athleticism and skills at the NFL Scouting Combine. This year, future franchise quarterbacks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen, former Heisman winners Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson, and Penn State standout Saquon Barkley — recently touted as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson — all impressed, but none of them were the focus of attention. Instead, University of Central Florida linebacker Shaquem Griffin dominated the headlines. The 6-foot-1-inch, 227-pound 22-year-old, who was a late invite to the combine, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds Sunday, the bes...

Yeomen Dominate Adrian College Bulldogs in Season Opener

Yeomen Dominate Adrian College Bulldogs in Season Opener

March 2, 2018

In a 19–3 season-opening victory over the Adrian College Bulldogs Saturday, the men’s lacrosse team displayed the offensive weapons, impenetrable defense, and depth necessary to turn a good team into a great one. Last spring, the team went 6–9 overall and 2–6 in North Coast Athletic Conference play, but expectations have risen. College senior and captain Steve Kelleher said he believes this might be a special year. “I think we have a great chance to make it to the conference tournament th...

In The Locker Room with Sean Kiley and Milo Sklar, Baseball Team Captains

Alex McNicoll and Alexis Dill, Sports Editors

March 2, 2018

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS

College seniors and baseball captains Sean Kiley and Milo Sklar have each had an illustrious collegiate career thus far, helping the program win its first North Coast Athletic Conference title as first-years and helping the team break both the total wins and conference wins records last year as juniors. Both Kiley and Sklar earned All-NCAC Second Team honors last spring. Kiley, the Yeomen’s ace, posted a 3.67 ERA, the lowest among the team’s starters. Sklar, a sidearm reliever and utility player, hit .323 and broke the program’s single-season saves record with seven. The duo is looking to lead the “Mules” to the NCAC Tournament for the fourth time in six years this spring. This interview has been edited for length and cla...

James, Athletes Have Right to Discuss Political Issues

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

February 23, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Imagine being one of the most awe-inspiring and charitable basketball players to ever hit the hardwood, winning three NBA championships, earning 14 straight All-Star nods, and donating over $40 million to send more than 1,100 students to college tuition-free — just to be told to stick to sports because you expressed your political views. Fox News Host Laura Ingraham disparaged LeBron James last Thursday after taking offense to an UNINTERRUPTED video featuring James, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant, and SportsCenter anchor Cari Champion. In it, James commented, “The number-one job in America, the appointed person, is someone who don’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f**k about the people....

Chief Wahoo Logo Overhaul Long Overdue, Despite Fan Disappointment

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

February 9, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred announced Jan. 29 that Cleveland baseball will stop sporting the Chief Wahoo logo on uniforms after the 2018 season. The cartoon caricature, first featured on players’ caps and jersey sleeves in 1948, has sparked controversy since the 1970s. The statement, which read, “the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball,” appeared to have split baseball fans and others into two categories: “racists” bummed by the news and “soft liberals” offended by the fact that the logo ever existed in the first place. Neither side is more correct than the other, and being able to understand and appreciate both sides of an argument is a skill that most of us need...

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