The Oberlin Review

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...

Athletics Department Must Address Accessibility Concerns

Editorial Board

March 11, 2016

Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

In an announcement to the student body on March 3, Director of Athletics and Physical Education Natalie Winkelfoos introduced “The Zen Zone” pilot program to Philips gym. From the hours of 9–11 a.m. and 1–3 p.m. every weekday, The Zen Zone will prohibit music filtered through speakers — only personal devices with headphones attached will be allowed. Additionally, no varsity team practices will occur during quiet hours. Winkelfoos explained that the changes to the gym’s schedule were intended to increase accessibility for patrons: “We are hopeful these piloted hours will offer a ‘zen-like zone’ for those who desire a quieter space as they seize their wellness aspirations,” she said. Having a quiete...

Sports Budgets Should Address Women’s Disadvantages

Sami Mericle, Production Editor

February 26, 2016

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

While reading two Review articles regarding the College’s failure to create a women and trans hour in Philips gym, I was faced with another instance of gender inequality within the realm of athletics at Oberlin. These articles (“Women, Trans, Non-Binary Gym Hour Cancelled” and “Gaining Accessibility: Weight Room Causes Anxiety for Many,” Feb. 19, 2016) refer to the sexism that women experience in the gym, and as a member of the Oberlin College softball team I can attest that these inequalities extend beyond the weight room and into athletics at Oberlin and Division III as a whole. I should begin by saying that I love being a female athlete at Oberlin. For the most part, I feel entirely supported by the coach...

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