The Oberlin Review

Disabled Student-Athletes Must Have Accessibility Needs Met

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

May 3, 2019

 In light of the Academic and Administrative Program Review and financial stress at Oberlin College, there has been a lot of student concern surrounding physical accessibility. We know that there will be absolutely necessary cuts in order to secure the financial longevity of the institution. However, one thing that cannot be sacrificed is accessibility for disabled students.  The resources for disabled students are already slim. Despite the genuine effort, care, and concern that Disability Resources staff provides, the department is drastically under-resourced. Some academic buildings and dormitories are not up to code, and others are entirely inaccessible to those with physical disabilities. Work orders are often ...

New Building Promises Better Access to Wellness in Academic Year

New Building Promises Better Access to Wellness in Academic Year

September 7, 2018

Delta Lodge Director of Athletics and Physical Education Natalie Winkelfoos beamed with pride last Tuesday as students and coaches gathered to celebrate the opening of the Pat ’63 & Merrill ’61 Shanks Health and Wellness Center. Perhaps she could hear the turning of wheels and Men’s Basketball Head Coach Isaiah Cavaco’s music blasting through the speakers in the new spinning room, or maybe it was the thought of Associate Director of Leadership Annual Giving Lisa Thuer recitin...

Sexism in Sports Extends Beyond Olympics Coverage

Maureen Coffey, Business Manager

September 2, 2016

This summer, like many of you, I watched the Rio Olympics. As the games wore on, I was happy to see many of my Oberlin peers enraged by the blatantly sexist remarks by reporters and the subpar treatment of female athletes. It is terrible to watch Katinka Hosszú have her successes attributed to her male coach and husband, as suggested by NBC commentator Dan Hicks. It’s equally enraging to hear Rowdy Gaines, also of NBC, say that Katie Ledecky is good at swimming because “she swims like a man.” Hearing announcers say that the best gymnastics team in the world looked like they should be in a shopping mall because of their excited chatter should upset most viewers. I know just how real what Katie Ledecky, Simone...

OBIE Awards to Honor College Athletes

Grace Barlow

May 9, 2014

As the semester winds down, student-athletes will trade in their uniforms for dress clothes as the athletic department hosts the third annual OBIE awards. The OBIEs are a way to look back at the 2013–2014 athletic seasons and recognize the successes of student-athletes who play on Oberlin’s 21 varsity teams. “It serves as a moment to create community while igniting enthusiasm and love for Oberlin Athletics,” said Delta Lodge Director of Athletics and Physical Education Natalie Winkelfoos. “It is our night as a department to thank our student-athletes for sharing their talents and intelligence with the College.” The OBIEs showcase student-athletes with nominations across different categories, such as...

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