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The Oberlin Review

In The Locker Room with Professor and Columnist Kevin Blackistone

In The Locker Room with Professor and Columnist Kevin Blackistone

October 6, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Kevin Blackistone, ESPN and NPR commentator, Washington Post columnist, and University of Maryland journalism professor. Blackistone has enjoyed a journalism career that has spanned more than 30 years, and while he mainly writes about sports, he also covers politics, news, business, and economics. He also makes frequent appearances on ESPN’s Around the Horn, a sports debating show that covers current topics of contention in sports. This interview has been ...

In The Locker Room with Delta Lodge Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos

In The Locker Room with Delta Lodge Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos

September 29, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Delta Lodge Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos. A former Division III basketball player at Baldwin Wallace University, the Ohio native is entering her sixth year as Oberlin’s Athletic Director. She discussed her journey to Oberlin, her views on the Oberlin Athletics Department, and the role sports plays in social justice and reform. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you end up working here at Oberlin? I was a college athlete. I got t...

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...

In the Locker Room with Yago Colás, Professor of English

In the Locker Room with Yago Colás, Professor of English

September 8, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Associate Professor of English Santiago (Yago) Colás, who enters his first year teaching at Oberlin. After a 25-year career at the University of Michigan, Colás decided to make the switch to Oberlin, where he can be closer to his family and offer his unique view on sports culture and society to students. His new book, Ball Don’t Lie, breaks down basketball’s various intersections with other parts of society, and his class, 13 Ways of Looking At Sports, tac...

In the Locker Room with Women’s Cross Country

In the Locker Room with Women’s Cross Country

September 1, 2017

This week the Review sat down with juniors Rosie Kerwin and Abby Bellows and sophomores Joy Castro-Wehr and Julia Denlinger, members of the Yeowomen cross country leadership council, the team’s newly developed alternative to captains. They discussed the role the council plays in addition to the team’s expectations emerging from a historic 2016–2017 season for women’s track and field, during which they took home their first outright North Coast Athletic Conference indoor and first ever outdoor ...

In the Locker Room with Men’s Tennis

In the Locker Room with Men’s Tennis

April 14, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with the Gittings brothers to discuss men’s tennis’ 5–0 spring trip to South Carolina, the remaining regular season matchups and their preparations for the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament. Hailing from Larchmont, NY, Robert, a junior, and Mattie, a sophomore, grew up playing together and have taken their chemistry to the Oberlin courts for multiple seasons now. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What is it like playing with your ...

In the Locker Room with Maureen Coffey and Julia Birenbaum

In the Locker Room with Maureen Coffey and Julia Birenbaum

October 7, 2016

This week, the Review sat down with senior field hockey players Maureen Coffey and Julia Birenbaum to discuss their recent protest of the national anthem, their understanding of patriotism and activism in athletics. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Why did you decide to start kneeling during the national anthem before games?  Julia Birenbaum: I’m from San Francisco and read about Colin Kaepernick kneeling. Some people have had really adverse reactions to it. I t...

In the Locker Room with Michael Leshchyshyn and Zach Taylor

September 16, 2016

This week, the Review sat down with first-year quarterback Zach Taylor and first-year kicker Michael Leshchyshyn to discuss their transitions from high school to college football, their excitement for their first home game and what it means to be a part of Yeomen football. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: What has been the toughest part about the transition from high school to college football?  Zach Taylor: The toughest part is probably playing against a bigg...

In the Locker Room with Caleb Anderson and Felipe Ferreira

In the Locker Room with Caleb Anderson and Felipe Ferreira

September 2, 2016

This week, the Review sat down with Beginner Fencing ExCo Instructor junior Caleb Anderson and Badminton ExCo Instructor sophomore Felipe Ferreira to talk about the growth of these unique campus sports groups over time, their favorite memories as Oberlin sports instructors and how fellow students can get involved. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did your groups form? Caleb Anderson: Fencing is actually the oldest club sport at Oberlin, so it’s been around for...

In the Locker Room with Vera Peterson and Joe Bennett

In the Locker Room with Vera Peterson and Joe Bennett

September 25, 2015

This week, the Review sat down with Philips gym employees Vera Pe­terson and Joe Bennett to discuss their favorite parts of the facility, their fa­vorite sport and how Oberlin and its student body have changed over the years. How long have you worked at Philips? Vera Peterson: 35 years. I started in 1980, before you were even born! Joe Bennett: Three years, but I used to work at Stevenson [Dining Hall] for CDS. How has the Philips fitness center changed since you started work­ing there?...

In the Locker Room with Koryn Kraemer and Trenton Bulucea

In the Locker Room with Koryn Kraemer and Trenton Bulucea

September 11, 2015

This week, the Review sat down with men’s soccer first-years Koryn Kraemer and Trenton Bulucea to discuss the Yeomen’s California ad­venture, their goals for the upcoming season and how it feels to start their careers as varsity athletes. How was your recent trip to California? Koryn Kraemer: California was really sunny! It was wonderful to spend quality time with the team — on and off the field — in an interest­ing and rich part of the country. Trenton Bulucea: The trip to Cal­ifornia ...

In The Locker Room with Tiffany Saunders and Sara Schoenhoft

In The Locker Room with Tiffany Saunders and Sara Schoenhoft

September 4, 2015

This week, the Review sat down with field hockey Head Coach Tiffany Saunders and Softball Head Coach Sara Schoenhoft to discuss their first year coaching at Oberlin College. Where are you from originally? TS: I’m from Virginia Beach, VA. SS: I grew up in Cincinnati, where my family still lives. What is your athletic/coaching background? TS: I went to Radford Univer­sity with an athletic scholarship and played field hockey there for four years. Then I returned to my alma mater, w...

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