The Oberlin Review

From Curses to Recluses: World Series Features Captivating Characters

Jack Brewster, Columnist

October 28, 2016

Editor’s Note: The Oberlin Review’s policy is to avoid calling the Cleveland baseball team by its name due to its derogatory nature and racist caricature. Towards the end of the beloved baseball movie Field of Dreams, Terence Mann, played by actor James Earl Jones, delivers a poignant soliloquy on the game’s enduring appeal. “The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball,” intones Jones in his signature baritone. “America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past, Ray.” Baseball fans everywhere recite this quote the way literature scholar...

City’s School Board to Consider Consolidation

City’s School Board to Consider Consolidation

September 30, 2016

The City’s public schools are all over 50-years old and in substantial need of repair, forcing the Oberlin Public School board to consider a multitude of plans to revamp the run-down buildings, including even tearing down a few schools. In the coming months, the board will put together a committee tasked with finding the best way to update the aging infrastructure. “Something has to be done to the buildings to upgrade them and get them up to par,” Superintendent Dr. David Hall sai...

Clinton Campaign Volunteers Flock to Oberlin Office

Clinton Campaign Volunteers Flock to Oberlin Office

September 16, 2016

Oberlin became the new home for one of Hillary Clinton's campaign offices Thursday, thrusting the town into the forefront of a heated battle for president in the waning days before the general election. On Thursday, Clinton’s Ohio team hosted a party to inaugurate the opening of its Oberlin office, which is located on South Main Street in the basement of the FirstMerit Bank Building. “We are opening our 54th office in Ohio this week,” Hillary for America Ohio Communications ...

America’s Pastime Will Never Forget Sept. 11

September 16, 2016

It was 15 years ago last Sunday that New York City experienced an event so horrific it realized the impossible — it stopped time in the city that never sleeps. When two commercial airplanes, hijacked by terrorists, were deliberately crashed into the World Trade Center’s iconic towers, New York City, as we know it, vanished. A city notorious for high-speed living, hustle and bustle and a seemingly endless supply of human energy became eerily quiet in the days following Sept. 11. Wall Street’s opening bell didn’t toll. Subways didn’t run. Streets normally crowded by millions occupied by the push and shove of daily urban life became unrecognizably empty. And over ten long and painful days, no professional sports...

Saying Farewell to Scully

September 2, 2016

Baseball fans first heard the soothing sound of sportscaster Vin Scully’s voice reverberating over the airwaves during the summer of 1950. That year, the United States’ population was less than half of what it is now. Hawaii and Alaska weren’t states. Television was black and white. And the Dodgers played their games at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, NY, not among the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles. Scully was just 22 years old. Just three years later, he would go on to broadcast the 1953 World Series. Over 66 seasons, Scully called some of the greatest games in history. He had a front row seat to Dodger greats like Sandy Koufax and Clayton Kershaw. At age 88, however, Scully has decided that when the Dodgers...

Stalemate Results in Extended City Manager Search

September 2, 2016

An Oberlin City Council meeting that promised to conclude the nine-month search for a permanent city manager resulted in a stalemate Aug. 15. The process has dragged on since former City Manager Eric Norenberg stepped down last December, leaving Interim City Manager Sal Talarico to serve as both city manager and finance director. “It’s not the ideal situation I would anticipate could be done on a permanent basis,” Talarico said. “It requires quite a bit more time on everybody’s part. I don’t think this is something that can be sustained over a long period of time. We’re already almost eight full months into it, and hopefully council can develop a process for continuing the search and address it quickly.” At...

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