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College second-year cross country and track and field athlete Lilly Crook.

We Keep Yeoing: The Curious Case of the Virtual 5K

October 9, 2020

In the shadow of Cleveland, Ohio, tucked away in the cornfields, lies a small town and one of the nation’s premier academic institutions, Oberlin College. But you already knew that. What you didn’t know was that the cross country and track and field teams at this small liberal arts college refused to let a pandemic stop them. Like many, they saw their plans for 2020 crumble before their eyes. But instead of wallowing, they started working. Working out, working on themselves, but above all else,...

Khalid and Zoë Decide Everything: The Great Tendie Debate

Zoë Martin del Campo and Khalid McCalla

October 9, 2020

These opinions do not reflect the views of  The Oberlin Review staff. However, we are amazing and knowledgeable about many things, so we’re glad that you trust us to settle these debates.    Question: If you had to fight a shark in the ocean, a lion in the savannah, or an alligator in a swamp which one u fightin? [sic] Woah. Starting off with a bang.  An issue with all of these scenarios is that the animal has home field advantage. With that knowledge, fighting a shark in the ocean was easily eliminated. Humans are not aquatic creatures, so not only would you be fighting a shark, but you would have to tread water at the same time. Even if you drop Michael Phelps in the middle of the ocean, he is n...

Khalid and Zoë Decide Everything

Khalid McCalla and Zoë Martin del Campo

October 2, 2020

Have you and a friend or relative ever gotten into a silly argument? Well, do I have good news for you! Starting next week, your favorite Sports Editors will also become the deciders of any and all of your squabbles, tiffs, debates, and quarrels.   Disney vs. Nickelodeon vs. Cartoon Network? We’ll settle the debate. Do you put water on the toothbrush or are you a dry brusher? There is one correct answer. Does frosting make a muffin a cupcake? A question that has puzzled mankind for centuries. A day at the Arb or a day at Crocker Park? We know which one is best for boredom.   If you’re interested in submitting to the column, please fill out this google form. Disclaimer: Our decisio...

Backyard Games at Bailey Field.

Backyard Games at Bailey Field

September 23, 2020

The Athletics Department and the Student Union have teamed up to create Backyard Games at Bailey Field, which debuted last Wednesday. The event boasts lawn bowling, spike ball, racket sports, mini soccer, oversized croquet, and kickball.  Assistant Director of Operations and Communications Brice Wilson has adapted these games for COVID-19. “I modified traditional yard games to ensure social distancing and help participants of all skill and experience levels play in either a competitive or re...

Men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams have worked hard to stay connected during the pandemic. Photo courtesy of GoYeo.

We Keep Yeoing: Track & Field, Cross Country Continue The Race

September 18, 2020

In the shadow of Cleveland, Ohio, tucked away in the cornfields, lies a small town and one of the nation’s premier academic institutions, Oberlin College. But you already knew that. What you didn’t know was that this small liberal arts college, known more for its progressive history than its athletic history, is where some of the best athletic teams in the North Coast Athletic Conference train and compete. Among them are the Yeomen and Yeowomen of the cross country and track and field teams....

College students are required to wear masks while working out in Philips gym.

Students Adjust to Changes at Philips Gym

September 11, 2020

To operate during the COVID-19 pandemic, Philips, like most gyms, has instituted significant changes. Individuals and teams alike have had to adjust their habits to meet the new restrictions.  Philips opened on Aug. 17, debuting the precautions taken by the College. The gym has canceled its community membership program, which means access is restricted to Oberlin College students and personnel. Other notable changes include — but are not limited to — reduced hours of operation, lowered max...

Chadwick Boseman smiles during an interview.

Chadwick Boseman and Becoming a Hero

September 4, 2020

The recent death of Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman adds more pain to a year already marked by the collective grief of Black people. Just months ago, I wrote about the unexpected death of Kobe Bryant. Since then, the Black community has been rocked by the deaths of civil rights leaders, actors, musicians, and civilians from causes ranging from illness, such as COVID-19, to police violence.  It surprised me that Boseman’s death hurt me as much as it did, but it makes sense. Despite us never havi...

Football games will no longer be held at the Dick Bailey Field following the suspension of fall athletic competitions.

Athletics Community Reacts to the Cancellation of Fall Sports

September 4, 2020

Without competitions to prepare for, coaches have had to adjust their plans for this season. Oberlin College came to the difficult decision to cancel all fall athletics on June 22, 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A month later, the North Coast Athletic Conference overall announced that they would make the same decision.  After seeing the previous spring season meet the same fate, fall athletes are now living through the same shock and pain their peers experienced months prior.  Del...

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...

Hype Music You Can Wash Your Hands To

Khalid McCalla, Sports Editor

March 13, 2020

Life is chaotic right now, and everyone is handling the turmoil in their own way. For many athletes, chaos comes with the territory of competition. Whether it’s psyching themselves up for an early morning practice or getting themselves ready for a big game, athletes across all sports consistently find ways to navigate chaos and manage stress. One of the most common ways to do this is through music. Hype music, as it is typically referred to, is an integral part of many athletes’ preparation for competition. More recently, music is being championed as a way to teach people how to wash their hands in this trying time. Below are some of the best, most unique, and most classic hype songs, according to me, your friendl...

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...

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