The Oberlin Review

In The Locker Room with Jabari and Malachi Clemons, teammates and brothers

In The Locker Room with Jabari and Malachi Clemons, teammates and brothers

September 14, 2018

Growing up, brothers Jabari and Malachi Clemons did everything together, from playing video games in the bedroom to running around the track while their dad timed them. Despite their closeness, neither one expected to be on the same college campus, let alone the same college football team. Jabari, a College senior, is the starting wide receiver after missing his entire junior season due to an ACL injury. Malachi, a second-year, was voted Male Newcomer of the Year by his peers at the 2018 Obie...

Underlying Racism Affects Lamar Jackson’s Draft Stock

Jason Hewitt, Staff Writer

April 13, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

Louisville Cardinals quarterback Lamar Jackson should easily be one of the top three quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft. He won the 2016 Heisman Trophy and arguably had a better season this year. So it’s quite confusing why Jackson has received widespread criticism by NFL scouts and draft analysts and is projected as a late draft in the first round. Jackson is a Black athlete, and the unfortunate root of the criticism he receives is racism. The premier quarterbacks in this year’s draft include Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen, and Josh Rosen. The common denominator between these four men is that they are all white with big arms. However, if you watch Lamar Jackson’s film and Pro Day tape, his arm ...

Eagles Stun the League, Take Down the Patriots

Jason Hewitt, Columnist

February 9, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

If you’re a Philadelphia Eagles fan, you’d probably agree with me on this statement: It’s about time. All those years of suffering without a Super Bowl ring have finally resulted in triumph. Allow me to give you some perspective. The Philadelphia Eagles have existed since 1933, long before the Super Bowl began. The Eagles’ last championship run occurred in 1960. That’s right — it has been 58 years since they’ve been crowned as champions. There will be no more “ringless” jokes for Eagles fans to hear, now that they have a Lombardi trophy. Feb. 4, 2018 is a day that Eagles fans all over the world will remember for the rest of their lives. How did they do it? How did they overcome all the odds and defeat...

Football Earns Decisive Win During Parents Weekend

Football Earns Decisive Win During Parents Weekend

November 10, 2017

The Yeomen won their first game in nearly two months last Saturday, as they defeated the Hiram College Terriers 27–14, holding control for practically the entire game. The win, the Yeomen’s third at home this season, also put an end to their six-game losing streak. “It was great to execute consistently,” sophomore linebacker Von Wooding said. “We always find better energy when we play at home in front of our fans.” The game took place during parents weekend and featured an impressive...

Yeomen Drop Final Road Game of Year to Bishops

Yeomen Drop Final Road Game of Year to Bishops

November 3, 2017

Despite cutting a 21-point deficit to eight in their final road game of the season, the Yeomen’s comeback attempt was too little, too late as they fell to the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops 34–26 on Saturday. After starting the season 2–0, the Yeomen are now 2–6, sitting second to last in the North Coast Athletic Conference. “We struggled early in the first quarter on both sides of the ball, but to everyone’s credit, nobody quit,” senior wide receiver Trace McConnell said. ...

NCAC Athlete Death Shocks Colleges

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

September 22, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

The College of Wooster’s Clayton Geib, a senior Chemistry major, All-Conference lineman, and two-time North Coast Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll member, passed away this past Monday. The 21-yearold native of London, Ohio, walked off the field during Saturday’s football game against Ohio Wesleyan University claiming he did not feel well. According to 10TV.com, he started cramping and hyperventilating in the locker room before being rushed to the hospital — by Sunday, he had no brain activity. An official cause of death has not been reported at this time. In wake of the tragedy, The College of Wooster will put “72,” Geib’s number, in the end zone for him and has set up a support center for his te...

In the Locker Room with Anthony Allen and Avery McThompson, Football Captains

In the Locker Room with Anthony Allen and Avery McThompson, Football Captains

September 22, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with senior football captains Anthony Allen and Avery McThompson to discuss the team’s performance so far, as well as the state of football as a sport. The Yeomen are currently sixth in the North Coast Athletic Conference with a conference record of 1–1 and an overall record of 2–1. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. The team started out the season 2–0 this year for the first time since 1989. Why do you think the team was able to come out...

Perspective: D3 Sports Emphasizes Community

Yago Colás, Professor of English

September 15, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

What I really wanted was the t-shirt. At least, that is what I told myself. After all, I’m not a football fan. I haven’t been to a game in person in over a decade, and I could count the number of games I’ve watched on TV in the same period on one hand. I don’t hate the sport. It’s just not my aesthetic cup of tea; I prefer more fluid sports. Then there’s the whole concussion thing — it’s hard to watch intelligent young men do something I’m persuaded is likely to cause long-term harm to their brains. I say this having spent 25 years teaching at the University of Michigan, where football games are quasi-religious events drawing over 100,000 supporters together under the bright blue skies of crisp,...

Football Advances to 2–0

Football Advances to 2–0

September 15, 2017

The Yeomen followed up a strong start to the season with a dominating 31–10 victory in their homecoming game against the Kenyon College Lords. Oberlin now commands their first 2–0 start since 1989 following the defeat of their rivals. While their previous 24–6 win over the Kalamazoo College Hornets broke their 13-game losing streak that spanned over two seasons, this win solidly indicates a transformed Yeomen team. “We had a mission at the beginning of the season,” new offensive coordinator...

Football Faces CTE Epidemic

Julie Schreiber, Sports Editor

September 8, 2017

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

A concussion crisis is consuming the game of football at every level, from pop-warner to professional nationwide. Football has suffered a major loss of support over the past few years, as disturbing information about the sport’s long-term traumatic effects on the brain has come to light. This decline in support, however, is not due to a drop in fans of professional football. The true threat to the future of football is the loss in youth participation, with parents becoming increasingly eager to pull their children out of the game. Participation in youth football is decreasing across the nation at exponential rates. In the past five years, Michigan has lost 57 high school football teams, California, 28, and Missouri, 2...

Football Looks to Bounce Back in New Season

Football Looks to Bounce Back in New Season

September 1, 2017

After a season in which Yeomen football failed to record a single win, the 53 members of the team have put everything else aside to focus on their sport. Nearly every morning from Aug. 11 to the start of classes, the sizable squad has been obsessed. During preseason hey woke up each morning for team practices, weightlifts, position meetings, coaching meetings, and film sessions, only breaking for meals. Each evening, they went to sleep only to do it all again the next morning. “From 7 a.m. to 9:...

Government Regulation Allows Capitalism to Succeed

Bob Gross, Oberlin visitor

May 5, 2017

Filed under Letters to the Editors, OPINIONS

To the Editors: In regard to the columns that have appeared in the Review debating libertarian capitalism: While I am a proponent of capitalism, I believe libertarian capitalism would be a disaster. It would be far too easy for the wealthy and powerful to exploit markets in a system of libertarian capitalism. The production of goods and services would be governed by monopolies. An easy illustration for how this would transpire can be seen in the way professional football evolved into a monopoly. At one time there were two separate professional football leagues: the American Football League and the National Football League. The two leagues bid for the services of prospects coming out of college, res...

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