The Oberlin Review

Leandre Glendenning, Biologist and Softball Player

Leandre Glendenning, Biologist and Softball Player

September 27, 2019

 College fourth-year Leandre Glendenning is from Concord, CA. As a varsity softball player majoring in Biology and French and minoring in Religion and Chemistry, Glendenning can be found in all corners of campus. She has conducted biological research about cells and genetics. In her spare time, she knits and crochets for various charities, including Knit-a-Square, Project Linus, and Alice’s Embrace — all of which provide blankets and knitwear to those in need around the world. When consider...

Laila Telles, Senior Club Soccer Captain

Laila Telles, Senior Club Soccer Captain

September 20, 2019

 Fourth-year Cinema Studies and English major Laila Telles has her hands full. When she isn’t attending film screenings or tearing through books, she can be found playing soccer in Oberlin’s North Fields. Telles is the captain of Oberlin’s Club Soccer team, one of the few all-gender sports collectives on campus. She has been an active member since the first week of her first year, and intends on leaving a legacy of inclusion for the remaining members after she graduates.  This interview has ...

In The Locker Room with Nichole Geist, Women’s Basketball Player

In The Locker Room with Nichole Geist, Women’s Basketball Player

November 9, 2018

When College junior women’s basketball player Nichole Geist isn’t with her team, she’s in the library making graphs, memorizing scientific terms, and studying her textbooks as a Neuroscience and Biology double-major. The Sterling Heights, MI, native also keeps herself busy by helping out with the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and playing with the cats in Ginko Gallery. This summer she organized a lung cancer fundraiser, helping raise $3,000. This interview has been edited for length and ...

In The Locker Room with Danielle Miller and Julia Thorndike, Documentarians

In The Locker Room with Danielle Miller and Julia Thorndike, Documentarians

October 27, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Burn the Ships (2017) directors Danielle Miller and Julia Thorndike. The film follows the Akron Racers, a professional softball team in the National Pro Fastpitch (the only league of its kind in America) as they compete against the other four teams in the league, while also struggling to stay afloat amidst poor player retention and low salaries. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you both get into making films, and how did you get to be ...

In The Locker Room With Timothy Williams, Men’s Soccer Captain

In The Locker Room With Timothy Williams, Men’s Soccer Captain

September 15, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with senior captain and forward Timothy Williams of the Yeomen soccer team. This season, Williams has led the charge for the current 3–1–1 record after a crushing North Coast Athletic Conference Championship loss to the Kenyon College Lords last year. His efforts this year have been recognized beyond the NCAC, as he collected the National Division III Player of the Week accolade after the first week of play.  This interview has been edited for length and clari...

In The Locker Room with Sports Editors

In The Locker Room with Sports Editors

May 5, 2017

This week, the Review’s Sports editors, Jackie McDermott and Darren Zaslau, sat down with each other to reflect on a year of covering Oberlin athletics, favorite memories of the Review and the best and most challenging parts of the job. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Darren Zaslau: What’s been the most rewarding part of being a Sports editor for The Oberlin Review? JM: I think it’s been really nice when we’ve gotten positive feedback from our stories and differ...

In The Locker Room with Jules Sawhill

In The Locker Room with Jules Sawhill

April 28, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with fifth-year double-degree student Jules Sawhill. After coincidentally walking on to the baseball team as a first-year, Sawhill ended up pitching for the Yeomen for all four years of NCAA eligibility. In his final year at Oberlin, Sawhill is now focusing on finishing his degrees in Politics and Viola Performance. Sawhill discussed the overlap between athletic and musical performance and the surprising ways he ended up doing both at Oberlin. This interview has been ed...

In The Locker Room with Softball

In The Locker Room with Softball

April 7, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with sophomore center fielder Emma Downing and senior pitcher Tori Poplaski to discuss the recent success of the softball team. The team broke the record for wins on spring break, earning six victories over the course of the week. After dropping their first two conference games to Kenyon College last Saturday, the Yeowomen split with Allegheny College on Wednesday, winning the first contest 6–1 and dropping the second 8–2. Downing currently boasts the best batting...

In The Locker Room with Women’s Track and Field

In The Locker Room with Women’s Track and Field

March 31, 2017

In The Locker Room with Lilah Drafts-Johnson and Monique Newton This week, the Review sat down with junior sprinter/jumper Lilah Drafts-Johnson and junior thrower Monique Newton to talk about the women’s team’s first outright conference championship in school history, the duo’s experiences competing at Nationals and their expectations for the outdoor season. In the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship, Newton shattered records across the board, placing first in the nation at shot put an...

In the Locker Room with Track and Field

In the Locker Room with Track and Field

March 10, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Associate Head Track & Field Coach and Recruiting Coordinator John Hepp, OC ’07, and junior thrower Ana Richardson. Women’s track and field earned its first outright conference title in program history last weekend at the North Coast Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships, where Richardson was crowned conference champion in the weight throw. Before departing for this weekend’s NCAA Indoor Championship meet in Naperville, IL, the coach-thr...

In The Locker Room with Women’s Lacrosse

In The Locker Room with Women’s Lacrosse

March 3, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with women’s lacrosse first-year midfielders Mia Battle and Eliza Amber to discuss their rookie season, offseason training and the eight-person senior class leadership. Last season, the Yeowomen finished 10–7 overall and 4­–4 in North Coast Athletic Conference competition, falling to The College of Wooster in a heartbreaking 14–13 loss to keep them out of the NCAC tournament. The squad ranked fourth in the conference’s preseason poll and earned its first wi...

In The Locker Room with Mel Xu and Katie Rigdon

In The Locker Room with Mel Xu and Katie Rigdon

February 10, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with rock climbing wall supervisors, junior Mel Xu and sophomore Katie Rigdon, to learn more about the close-knit climbing community at Oberlin, their adventures climbing all over the U.S. and how climbing boosts their fitness. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. Q: Did you climb before you got to Oberlin? Mel Xu: Only at my fourth-grade birthday party. Katie Rigdon: I started climbing a year before I got to Oberlin. I took a year off ...

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