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The Oberlin Review

Drag Ball Goes to Hell and Back with New Theme, RuPaul Performances

Julia Peterson, Production editor
March 31, 2017
Filed under ARTS, Dance, Features, Theater & Film

Drag Ball has been one of Oberlin’s most iconic annual events since the 1980s. A celebration of the queer community and drag performance and culture, Drag Ball will take over the basement of Wilder Hall — encompassing the ’Sco, the Rathskellar and DeCafé — on April 22. This year, Drag Ball...

Drag Ball Reaches High in Second Year Below Ground

Alice Shockley, Staff Writer
April 13, 2012
Filed under ARTS

Drag Ball is back to life and the ’Sco is getting hotter. It’s been two years since the Drag Ball-less spring of 2010, but on Saturday April 7, the event came back for its second season at its new home, the ’Sco. Famous drag performance artists, DJs and queens with wild costumes were brought...

Drag Ball Revamp Deviates from Tone of Event’s Past

The Editorial Board
April 6, 2012
Filed under Editorials, OPINIONS

By the way, Drag Ball is this weekend. You might have missed the Facebook reminders (because there really were none), the posters (also few and far between), and most unfortunately, if you just arrived on campus this September, you might not know the Ball is a thing at all. As seniors who remember...

Off the Cuff: Andre Patton, Drag Ball Committee president

Alex Howard, News Editor
April 6, 2012
Filed under Campus News, NEWS, Off the Cuff

What is the difference between drag, cross-dressing and transgender? I am going to tackle transgender first. It is a process that a lot of people aren’t as well aware of and it’s one that a lot of people think is just this person who may be transitioning or they feel that they just woke up one...

Drag Ball: The Show Went On

Drag Ball: The Show Went On

John Light, Editor-In-Chief
April 15, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Campus News, NEWS

Early on Friday, April 8, President of the Drag Ball Committee and College senior Hunter O’Neill received an e-mail from City of Oberlin Fire Marshal Dennis Kirin informing him that he had limited Drag Ball attendance to 280 people: 100 in the ’Sco and 180 in DeCafé. “The minute I saw this information,...

Drag Ball: A Manifesto in Two Parts

Hunter O'Neill
April 6, 2011
Filed under ARTS, Features

Hunter O'Neill President, Drag Ball Committee The term “drag ball” is thrown around on campus as if it were an Oberlin-specific phenomenon, but this could not be further from the truth: drag balls find their roots in Harlem at the turn of the 20th century. Though initially organized by white ga...

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