The Oberlin Review

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...

Yeowomen Edged Out of First Place in NCAC Indoor Championships

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...

The Wade Family’s Positive Influence

The Wade Family’s Positive Influence

February 21, 2020

 NBA star Dwyane Wade recently announced that his daughter, Zaya, is transgender. This announcement was immediately met with support from those who saw Wade’s acceptance of his daughter’s gender identity as evidence of a shifting norm; and criticism from those without a full understanding of what this announcement means, both for the Wade family and for society as a whole.  At Oberlin, the separation between the LGBTQ+ community and others, like the Black and athletic communities, is not as s...

Adriano Atallah, Third-Year Track Athlete

Adriano Atallah, Third-Year Track Athlete

February 21, 2020

College third-year Adriano Atallah is a force on the track. Currently a captain of the men’s track and field team, Atallah spent his first few years on campus setting Oberlin’s record book ablaze. His most notable accolades include winning the North Coast Athletic Conference outdoor decathlon last year and competing as a member of the relay team that secured first place in the indoor 4x200-meter relay and the outdoor 4x400-meter relay. Outside of track, Atallah is a Biochemistry major and a ...

Blackletes Find Spaces at Largely-White Institution

Khalid McCalla, Sports Editor

February 14, 2020

At Oberlin, Black students make up only 5.29 percent of the student body. For prospective students, this number can be viewed as a red flag. The fear of not finding a group with which you identify can be intimidating, but many Black students at Oberlin find a community, either through the numerous clubs and programs that promote Blackness and everything within the diaspora, or through athletics. Although diversity didn’t factor heavily into her college decision, College first-year and volleyball player Lindsey Felton appreciates the diversity she sees within the athletics department at Oberlin. “I would say that the athletic community is more diverse than most colleges in the Ohio area and in the [North Coast Athletic...

Christian Fioretti: Men’s Basketball’s Selfless Leader

Christian Fioretti: Men’s Basketball’s Selfless Leader

February 7, 2020

 As a first-year, Christian Fioretti, now a fourth-year guard on the men’s basketball team, started in only three of 25 games. That modest start to his college career has led him to become an incredible team leader, and — in his final season — Fioretti has started in 72 straight games for the Yeomen. “When [Christian] got to Oberlin, I think he felt a lack of security with what his role was and would ultimately become,” said Head Men’s Basketball Coach Isaiah Cavaco. “Having played smal...

Ruminations on Kobe Bryant and What He Left Us

Ruminations on Kobe Bryant and What He Left Us

February 7, 2020

 Every now and then, an event occurs that makes the world stand still. These “where were you when” moments can define a year, a decade, and, at times, a generation. The death of basketball player Kobe Bryant, who passed away with eight others, including his daughter Gianna, in a tragic helicopter accident on Jan. 26, 2020, was one of these moments. For millions across the planet, Kobe was their first exposure to greatness. He was untouchable on the court and, as a result of his immense tale...

Fourth-Year Josh Friedkin Joins Oberlin’s 1,000 Club

Fourth-Year Josh Friedkin Joins Oberlin’s 1,000 Club

December 13, 2019

Reaching 1,000 career points is one of the most exclusive milestones a college basketball player can achieve. Over the course of Oberlin men’s basketball history, only 26 players have accomplished this impressive feat. Last year, Eli Silverman-Lloyd, OC ’19, became the 25th player to hit 1,000 career points. College fourth- year Dre Campbell is looking to be the 27th player to reach this mark. His teammate, College fourth-year Josh Friedkin, became the 26th member of this exclusive club las...

Inspired By Myles Garrett, Athletes Join Aggression Debate

Khalid McCalla, Contributing Sports Editor

December 6, 2019

Over the course of the last month, several high profile sports leagues and the NCAA have seen suspensions handed out due to fighting. In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl- Anthony Towns got into a fistfight during a game in October, leading to both players missing key time. This past Saturday, University of Georgia wide receiver, George Pickens, was ejected after fighting Georgia Tech defensive back Tre Swilling. These incidents bookended an all-out brawl that occurred between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 14, which culminated in Browns defensive end Myles Garrett hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with Rudolph...

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