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WNBA's Washington Mystics kneeling and wearing T-shirts printed with seven bullet holes to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake.  Courtesy of Slate.com.

The WNBA Won’t Be Ignored

September 4, 2020

When the Washington Mystics came to their Aug. 26 game each wearing shirts with seven bullet holes in the back, viewers were reminded that the Black Lives Matter Movement is not something that can be ignored or forgotten, even on the basketball court. The Mystics announced they would not be playing that day in honor of Jacob Blake, the Wisconsin Black man who was shot seven times by police.  By this point, social media was abuzz as the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks said they were striking, just hou...

College fourth-year and Sports Editor Jane Agler.

Sports: A Year In “Review”

May 25, 2020

Editor’s note: This article appears as part of a series where the Review’s graduating editors reflect on how their sections have evolved, the biggest stories of the year, and their time at the paper as a whole. The rest of this series can be found here.  The Review’s Sports section has seen a lot of change in College fourth-year Jane Agler’s time as writer and editor. The coverage has shifted from competition recaps to articles that center student perspectives — exploring the stories bey...

College fourth-year Maya English.

Yeowomen Edged Out of First Place in NCAC Indoor Championships

March 6, 2020

This past weekend, the Ohio Wesleyan Bishops put an end to the Yeowomen’s three-year dynasty at this year’s North Coast Athletic Conference Track & Field Indoor Championships. Ohio Wesleyan and Oberlin have been neck-and-neck for the past several years, with Oberlin clinching the first-place spot for the past three years. However, it was the Bishops that knocked the Yeowomen off their pedestal by just eight points, finishing 175–167 respectively. “We have a lot to be proud of,” said C...

College second-year Bette Imhoff.

Women’s Lacrosse Opening Nailbiter Sets High Bar for Upcoming Season

February 28, 2020

Third-year varsity women’s lacrosse player Ali Wessel looked forward to returning to the field this spring after being sidelined the previous season due to an ACL tear. She did not expect, however, to return and play in some of the most memorable games of her lacrosse career. “I think it was the most exciting game I’ve ever played in — ever,” she said of the Yeowomen’s season opener last Saturday. The Yeowomen trailed behind their opponents for the majority of the game. Wessel sparked the ...

Belle Ursa, OC ‘17, and her co-founder John Hall.

Belle Ursa, OC ’17, Founder of Amplio Fitness

February 14, 2020

Belle Ursa, OC ’17, can be found in Rocky River, Ohio, just a 30-minute drive from Oberlin’s campus. The former Psychology major went on to become an American Council of Exercise-certified coach and founded Amplio Fitness, a fitness and wellness center that provides a safe exercise space for people of marginalized communities. While the center offers a variety of fitness programs, one of its unique features is an exercise program that seeks to affirm the gender identities of transgender and ...

Chilly Wallace. Photo by Jane Agler

Chilly Wallace, First-Year Track & Field Record Breaker

December 13, 2019

Hailing from New Jersey, College first-year Chilly Wallace has already made a massive impact on Oberlin’s athletics record books. At the very first meet of her college career, the varsity hurdler broke the school’s record for the 60-meter hurdles by 0.1 seconds, crossing the finish line with 9.60 seconds on the clock. In addition to track, Wallace has also been exploring all that Oberlin’s campus has to offer: she is currently on the pre-med track and looking to major in a science-r...

College fourth-year Charlie Rinehart-Jones in the middle of a Magic: The Gathering Pro Tour Competition. Photo Courtesy of Charlie Reinhart-Jones

Oberlin’s Magic: The Gathering Team Ranked Within U.S. Top 10

December 6, 2019

One of Oberlin College’s most successful sports teams does not practice at the gymnasium. They do not need sneakers, cleats, or any special attire to compete. Their sport does not require physical contact with anything inanimate or living, except with a deck of cards or a computer. Oberlin’s unofficial Magic: The Gathering team was recently ranked the fourth-best collegiate Magic team out of over 70 colleges or universities competing in the Collegiate StarLeague’s first ever Magic ...

The Review’s Sports Editors Went Pole Dancing, and It Was Difficult

Jane Agler and Khalid McCalla

November 22, 2019

This week, the Review’s sports editors decided to attempt an athletic endeavor known for its test of strength and agility, as well as its controversial recent popularization as a fitness practice: pole dancing. The Cleveland area has a number of locations that offer pole dancing classes as a form of exercise, and after extensive research, we settled on Expressions Fitness’ Beginner Level 1 & 2 class in Berea, OH. As sports editors and recreational athletes, we felt confident going into the class. But even Khalid McCalla, our contributing sports editor and a former Division-III varsity football player, was breaking a sweat just ten minutes into the class. We were very naive. Pole dancing is physically d...

Grace Burns

Grace Burns, Varsity Soccer and Basketball Player

November 22, 2019

 Hailing from Boston, College first-year Grace Burns has entered Oberlin as a member of not one, but two varsity athletic teams. Most athletes compete for sports that are separated by a winter off-season. Burns, however, is a member of both the women’s soccer and basketball teams, which overlap as fall and winter sports. While many have told her that she is being overly ambitious, Burns insists that she loves the sports enough to muster the energy to pursue them full-time.  This interview...

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