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In The Locker Room with Jenna Gyimesi, College Senior, Varsity Athlete, Columbia School of Journalism Graduate Student

In The Locker Room with Jenna Gyimesi, College Senior, Varsity Athlete, Columbia School of Journalism Graduate Student

May 10, 2019

College senior Jenna Gyimesi can be found on every corner of the campus. At the Review office, we know her best as our hardworking News Editor, but she is also a varsity field hockey player, an equestrian team and fencing team member, vice president of the class of 2019, co-chair of the Student Honor Committee, and a triple-major in Politics, Law and Society, and Philosophy. However, Gyimesi will be directing her efforts toward a different campus in New York City after graduation. Next y...

Caster Semenya Case Highlights Barriers Facing Intersex Athletes

Jane Agler and Olive Hwang

May 10, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Every year, there are several sporting events or stories that dominate social media platforms for a few days or, in some cases, weeks. This year, we’ve seen the internet flooded with news ranging from Tiger Woods’ Masters win and the New England Patriots’ historic Super Bowl LII title to the voices of NBA players after the death of Los Angeles rapper Nipsey Hussle. Recently, the debate surrounding South African Olympian Caster Semenya has brought track to national attention. Semenya is a middle-distance track runner born with intersex traits, and on May 1 the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled she must take hormone suppressants if she wishes to continue competing. The two-time Olympian is a massive s...

Son Heung-min Weighs in on England’s Race Debate

Jane Agler, Sports Editor

May 3, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

If you are familiar with my previous sports columns, then you are well aware that I am a huge fan of Tottenham Hotspur winger Son Heung-min — in spite of my die-hard allegiance to Arsenal FC. My affinity for Son is controversial, to say the least, but makes sense given my own South Korean identity. As a Korean-American viewer, it is exciting to watch a Korean athlete succeed on the pitch. But in some ways, his success is equally as disheartening due to the negative — and racist — attention it receives. On January 14, Tottenham launched an investigation after a fan tweeted that other Tottenham fans had acted “hideous[ly]” during a match, directing racist comments and chants toward their very own K...

In The Locker Room with Sean Kuo, College Junior, Fencer, Club Sport Athlete, and Pre-Med Student

In The Locker Room with Sean Kuo, College Junior, Fencer, Club Sport Athlete, and Pre-Med Student

April 26, 2019

While “In The Locker Room” interviews often focus on members of the Oberlin community associated with varsity athletics, College junior Sean Kuo is a prime example of the flexibility and fun that can be found through participating in Oberlin’s many club sports and activities. Kuo’s friendly presence and love for exercise make regular appearances at nearly five clubs around campus; primarily the club fencing team, Club Aikido, and the Movimiento dance crew — all while he majors in Biol...

Cardinals-Reds Series Marks MLB’s Plans to Globalize

Cardinals-Reds Series Marks MLB’s Plans to Globalize

April 19, 2019

Over 130 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border in Monterrey, the St. Louis Cardinals faced off against the Cincinnati Reds in a two-game series. The Mexico series is one of several efforts made by the MLB to globalize its brand and increase popularity abroad. Last month, the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies competed at the Estadio de Béisbol Monterrey. The MLB will return to Mexico in two weeks, with another two-game series between the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros. ...

In The Locker Room with Zachary Vaughn, Junior Tennis Player, Undergraduate Research Fellow, and STEM Student

In The Locker Room with Zachary Vaughn, Junior Tennis Player, Undergraduate Research Fellow, and STEM Student

April 19, 2019

Like many Oberlin student-athletes, College junior Zachary Vaughn has his hands full. When the Chemistry major and Math minor isn’t in the lab conducting research or doing work for class, he can be found on the tennis courts competing in both doubles and singles matches. His athletic feats did not go unnoticed last year — he was an All-NCAC Honorable Mention selection and has now taken on a leadership role on the men’s tennis team, in light of the team being particularly young this y...

Manti B-Team Makes Historic Run

Manti B-Team Makes Historic Run

April 19, 2019

Members of Oberlin’s women and trans ultimate Frisbee team, the Preying Manti, high-five one another on the field during a practice last week. While the Manti’s A-team are frequent Ohio Valley D-III College Regionals contenders, their B-team will be making an appearance at the competition for the first time in Oberlin women and trans ultimate Frisbee history. The B team is often a reflection of the future of the team after older members on the A-team inevitably graduate. Therefore, seein...

In The Locker Room with Devin Wilkins, Football Player, Ordained Minister

In The Locker Room with Devin Wilkins, Football Player, Ordained Minister

April 12, 2019

West Philadelphia native Devin “Dev” Wilkins is a senior Philosophy major at Oberlin College and a defensive back on the varsity football team. However, when he’s home in Philadelphia over the summer, Wilkins works as an ordained minister who legally marries couples at Philadelphia City Hall. After being introduced to the job through his mother’s friend, Wilkins has seen people from all walks of life pass through City Hall with one thing in common: They are in love, and wish to m...

OCircus Welcomes Spring Season

OCircus Welcomes Spring Season

April 12, 2019

College seniors Teague Harvey and Solomon La Piana, along with College junior Marika Mortimer-Lotke and College sophomore Lydia Finkel, practice the acrobatics that make OCircus one of the most memorable clubs on campus. In light of the recent rise in temperature, OCircus has ventured outside to practice their routines in grassy areas like Wilder Bowl, Tappan Square, and Harkness Bowl. For Oberlin students, OCircus is often a signifier that spring — with its warm weather and brighter...

Fiscal Attack on Special Olympics Opens Dialogue About Impact of Sports

Jane Agler, Sports Editor

April 5, 2019

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

Due to President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the 2020 fiscal year, the Department of Education is facing a potential 10 percent budget reduction and is looking for ways to effectively subsidize the loss. This is the third year in a row the President has prioritized the military and the building of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border over education, putting pressure on Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to make up the difference. However, her resulting proposal was yet another ill-informed and ludicrous step in her long history of errors as education secretary. Last week, DeVos proposed a $17.6 million cut in funding for the Special Olympics, a move that has garnered widespread criticism from colleag...

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