The Oberlin Review

College sophomore Katie Kim passes out boba outside of Warner Concert Hall. Kim runs a small business Bobalin which she started last year after getting an honorable mention and $2,000 in the LaunchU competition.

Boba Businesses Open Debate on Campus

November 30, 2018

Bobalin and Yeoba are two student-led boba businesses now in operation at Oberlin. Organizers for both businesses found that selling boba raises many questions about appropriation and ownership. Boba — also referred to as bubble tea — originated in Taiwan in the 1980s; nowadays, it forms an integral part of Asian American culture in the U.S. and other areas within the Asian diaspora. There are many types of boba, although the drink is typically made of flavored tea, milk, and chewy ...

Draylen Mason was accepted to Oberlin’s Conservatory of Music shortly before his murder. Following the official news of his acceptance, alumni began circulating a petition to award Mason a posthumous Bachelor of Music degree.

Oberlin Pays Tribute to Austin Bombing Victim Draylen Mason

April 6, 2018

The murder of 17-year-old Draylen Mason by the Austin, TX, serial mail bomber has received attention from communities nationwide, but particularly at Oberlin College and Conservatory, the latter of which had accepted Mason around the time of his death. The College, now grappling with how to honor Draylen’s memory, has encouraged community members to donate to two funds associated with his family and life. The College released a statement announcing its support for Mason titled “Honoring Drayle...

“God the Mother” Followers Aim to Proselytize Students

Andrea Wang

February 23, 2018

In recent weeks, dozens of Oberlin students have been stopped on campus by religious proselytizers claiming to be theology students in order to engage them in conversation about “God the Mother.” These missionaries are affiliated with a group called the World Mission Society Church of God, a fringe sect of Christianity that has been falsely rumored to have ties with human trafficking — often referred to as a cult by former members. Safety and Security is aware of the visitors and has encouraged all students to notify officers if they encounter the missionaries, as they are unauthorized to be on campus. “Anybody who wants to talk to students needs to be sponsored,” Campus Security Officer Tyrone Wicks said. “If ...

Police Catch Peeping Tom with Footage of Students

Louis Krauss and Andrea Wang

February 24, 2017

Police arrested a man in Erie County after finding videos on his phone containing footage of women, mostly Oberlin students, undressing in their off-campus houses. David Schindley, 45, from Huron, Ohio, filmed the videos while standing outside students’ houses between Jan. 12 and Feb. 5. According to Detective Robert Rieger from the Erie County Sher­iff’s Office, around 90 percent of the 54 recovered videos were shot in Oberlin. So far, four of the five people iden­tified in the videos have been Oberlin students, but two more people have yet to be identified. One of the students whose house was filmed is College se­nior Gracie Freeman-Lifschutz, who received a visit from Rieger last week explaining that their...

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