The Oberlin Review

College fourth-year and Quidditch Team Captain Haley Gee.

Quidditch Captains Share Their Love for the Sport

March 13, 2020

For many kids of our generation, growing up, the Harry Potter series was one of the first they had the chance to follow from its first book to its final film. Of all the interesting aspects of the series, one of the most fascinating is the sport of Quidditch. While we Muggles can only dream of soaring through the sky on a broomstick, College fourth-year Haley Gee and her fellow Quidditch captains, College first-year Elian Rubin and College second-year Harper Ross, are not like the rest of us. Wh...

David Kris

Off the Cuff with David Kris, Security & Surveillance Expert

March 6, 2020

David Kris held a session titled “Surveillance and Hate” in Hallock Auditorium this past Tuesday. Kris is the founder of Culper Partners, LLC. He was the Head of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division under the Obama administration. He has also served as senior advisor to the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, and he worked as a federal prosecutor for eight years. Since 2011, he has worked as the general counsel of Intellectual Ventures and later became the deput...

Melissa Floyd, OC ’91

Melissa Floyd, OC ’91, NASA Astrobiologist

February 28, 2020

Melissa Floyd is currently a NASA research biologist who specializes in environmental microbiology, microbial ecology, microbial biogeochemistry, and astrobiology. After graduating from Oberlin with a Russian major in 1991, Floyd decided to pursue an M.S. in Environmental Science at George Mason University. Floyd will speak as a member of the “Transitioning to Globally Engaged Careers” panel at Norman C. Craig Lecture Hall Friday, March 6 at 12 p.m.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity. ...

Innovation, Inspiration Nestled in Rajasthani Village

Kushagra Kar, Production Editor

February 7, 2020

 Imagine living in a village in the Amazon, three days by canoe from the closest city. Imagine a group of people, foreign in looks, speech, clothes, and ideas, turning up on your shores and asking you to travel with them. Travel – which for you would likely be the first time you’ve seen your capital city, been in a car, heard this alien language of English – to a completely different country to be trained in solar engineering. Stepping out of your door would require some serious courage. At the same time, the people asking you to do this would have to be either really brave or just naively optimistic. They would need to have real guts to ask you to take that risk, and be so certain of their ability to deli...

Mathisson’s Course Registration Criticisms Lack Appreciation for Liberal Arts Education Benefits

Kushagra Kar, Production Editor

November 15, 2019

 I am both a first-year and an international student, which means that I am constantly wondering about the value of my Oberlin education. The value to my personal development, academic goals, co-curricular interests, and — most importantly — to my parents’ wallets. Course selection is, therefore, of the utmost importance, because the first metric in my understanding of the benefit I gain from attending Oberlin is my satisfaction with the classes I attend.  Last week, Student Senator and College second-year David Mathisson wrote about his “multifaceted policy package to fix course selection,” in an article titled “Course Registration Issues Remain Unaddressed” (The Oberlin Review, Nov. 8, 2019) and I co...

Diwali: A Photo Essay

Kushagra Kar, Production Editor

November 15, 2019

Living thousands of kilometers away from family, the food you’re familiar with, and the language you’re used to– everything can be just slightly overwhelming. The part that is most difficult though, is missing all the traditional holidays that you’ve experienced for years and have always taken for granted. So when Diwali came to Oberlin last Friday, South Asians dressed in their salwars and kurtas and gathered in Shansi House. In Hindu mythology, Diwali marks the day that Lord Rama returned to his kingdom of Ayodhya after 14 years in exile, culminating in a war against the 10-headed Ravana. Today, we celebrate the occasion with fireworks, food, and family festivities, sparing no expense in mak...

Colonial Hangover, Right-Wing Populism Define Indian Democracy

Kushagra Kar, Production Editor

November 1, 2019

 History testifies that the single most influential construct in the postmodern world is imperialism. The remnants of colonial structures still loom over integral aspects of society in what we know today as ‘the third world’. India, for example, is still reeling from the consequences of the blind partition of the country that birthed modern-day Pakistan. Caught in the crosshairs of the newly-formed nations was the Kingdom of Kashmir. After a brief and bloody guerilla struggle between India and Pakistan, India absorbed the Kingdom on the condition that it be granted regional autonomy, provisional under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.  The partition began a 72-year-long tussle between India and Pakistan that — even after ...

“Joker” Brings Controversy, Brutality to Box Office

Kushagra Kar, Production Editor

October 11, 2019

Be warned, Joker is no laughing matter. The brutally honest truth of the matter is that I am horrified. Through every moment of the film and each subsequent second since I walked out of the Apollo Theatre, a deep discomfort has pervaded my mind.  To say that Todd Phillips’ 2019 psychological thriller Joker is a departure from conventional comic book movies would be an understatement. I’ve felt this shock before, with James Mangold’s 2017 Logan, which was a breath of fresh, unnervingly profane air. The film was rich in great character moments to supplement the enjoyable superhero beats. Yet, Joker does something far more impressive — blurring the conventional lines that define the genre of comic book films. J...

Religious Beliefs Exploited for Personal Agendas

Kushagra Kar, Production Editor

October 4, 2019

 Religion is the oldest form of control. From the implicit consequences of pre-colonial missionary efforts to the tangible control over rhetoric shaped by King James’ Bible, the pervasiveness of religious institutions throughout history cannot be ignored. By placing themselves in positions of religious authority, individuals enable themselves to construct generalized structures of life that actively define community. Even today at Oberlin, we find organized religion influencing the periphery of our lives, both personally and over intangible distances. Faith is meant to be positive, both within individualistic moral contexts and in broader social implications. Corruption and informed cruelty manifest when bigoted...

“Hamlet” Adapted for One-Woman Show Running this Weekend

September 27, 2019

But Never Doubt I Love is a one-woman show compiled by double-degree fifth-year Marina Wright, pictured above, who has performed in various campus productions and has wanted to direct a show of her own since her second year. Her years of experience are truly brought to the fore with this phenomenal 30-minute act that adapts Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Wright successfully brings the entire project together with a compelling and enjoyable performance, especially highlighted by the liveliness of the show...

Grown-up Losers Club Confronts Evil Clown in “IT: Chapter Two”

Kushagra Kar, Production Editor

September 13, 2019

Clowns can be fun. They prance around in their absurdly large shoes, make balloon animals, and usually have no qualms about cracking the occasional slapstick joke. However, popular culture has not been kind to this wholesome community, often depicting clowns as the kind of monster that will hide under our beds. If IT Chapter Two can teach us anything, it’s that clowns have feelings too, and all they really want to is to make friends. It (2017) and its recent sequel follow the story of seven teenagers (known as “The Losers Club”) as they face down Pennywise the Dancing Clown. Played by Bill Skarsgård, Pennywise is a monster shrouded in mystery, inevitably leading to endless exposition that slowly unveils his o...

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