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The Oberlin Review

Claims About Athletics Perpetuate Community Divisions

Gwennie Gardiner, Production Editor

November 3, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

In order to produce tangible resolutions to discourse surrounding the athlete/non-athlete divide on campus arising from the “Athletics 101/Hate Sports?” panels, it is important that multiple perspectives are represented and that people on all sides of the issue are willing to really listen and hear one another. Though College fifth-year Marissa Maxfield made some valid points in her article, “Athletics Encourage Toxic Belief Systems,” the thinking behind some of her ideas contributes strongly to misconceptions about athletes (Oct. 27, 2017, The Oberlin Review.) One of the key points Maxfield makes at the end of her article is that she wants to believe in the “Athletics 101/Hate Sports?” conversations aime...

Athletics Encourages Toxic Belief Systems

Marissa Maxfield, Contributing Writer

October 27, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Editors’ Note: This article contains mention of unwilling ingestion of consciousness-altering drugs. I am a former athlete who played lacrosse at Oberlin for three years. From my first to fifth years here, my identity, perspective, and culture — specifically in relation to my sport — have significantly shifted. I have seen the best and worst of what athletics can encompass and witnessed its polarizing effects. Like many former student-athletes, I have undergone a sharp transition away from sports-centric culture, rejecting the structures — like aggression is ability and pack mentality is power — that once governed my belief system. As a result of this awareness, I am a traitor to teams but an outsider to ...

Census More than Identity Title

Marissa Maxfield, Contributing Writer

April 7, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

The U.S. Census Bureau released a version of its plans for the 2020 census last week, and for the first time, it proposed tallying gender identity and sexual orientation. Shortly after, Census Bureau Director John Thomson announced that the question was a mistake that was never meant to be included. While same-sex couples have been counted in the census since 1990, this is the first indication that gender identity and sexual orientation would be considered, despite years of LGBTQ advocacy groups pushing on this issue. The bureau’s continual refusal to tally LGBTQ people is an attempt to erase us from government consideration and deny us resources. The census is more than just a tally of people. It is a determinant...

Administration Neglects Mental Health Needs

Marissa Maxfield, Contributing Writer

February 17, 2017

Filed under Commentary, OPINIONS

Psychiatric and counseling services on college campuses typically receive inadequate attention compared to other areas of health care, and Oberlin is no exception. While past disparities can be attributed to the invisibility of mental conditions and suppressive social influence, ignorance is not a viable excuse. It’s time for the institution to stop putting mental health on the backburner. In a Feb. 6 article published by STAT News, Megan Thielking reported a lack of mental health resources on campuses nationwide. From small colleges to major universities, “Students often have to wait weeks just for an initial intake exam to review their symptoms,” Thielking wrote. “The wait to see a psychiatrist who can pre...

Yeomen Take Second in Record Season

Yeomen Take Second in Record Season

November 11, 2016

Appearing in its inaugural North Coast Athletic Conference Championship game, men’s soccer dropped a heartbreaker to the top-seeded Kenyon College Lords 2–1 in double overtime. “We expected to win. The guys were excited and confident and ready to prove that we belonged,” said Head Coach Blake New. “We thought we matched up well with them and we thought this was our time.” The Yeomen offense found a rhythm when senior winger Sam Weiss branded the scorecard less than four minutes...

Nationally Ranked Yeomen Prepare for Postseason

Marissa Maxfield

October 28, 2016

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

It only took two goals to seal the deal. With a 2–0 win over the Hiram College Terriers Tuesday, the No. 25 Oberlin College Yeomen earned their place in the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament for the third time in four years — capping off a season that has brought 13 wins and the highest national ranking in program history. “It took a lot of patience to score the first goal, but we kept a positive mentality,” senior forward Dan Lev said. “Our defense held them to no shots on goal which bodes very well going into the postseason.” The Yeomen seemed to be in a lull for nearly the first 70 minutes of the game, until junior midfielder Jonah Blume-Kemkes got them going. The Santa Monica, CA, native...

Yeowomen Continue to Make Strides

Yeowomen Continue to Make Strides

October 7, 2016

Just two and a half minutes into Saturday’s game versus The College of Wooster, junior midfielder Hannah Cook sent a sweeping cross to junior forward Gwennie Gardiner. Gardiner found the back of the net for the seventh time this season, putting the team ahead 1­–0. Though The College of Wooster would eventually tie the score in the final minutes of the game, the 1–1 draw is the best result the Yeowomen have had against the Fighting Scots since 2005. “It's obviously never fun to settle...

Field Hockey Joins Anthem Protest

Field Hockey Joins Anthem Protest

September 30, 2016

National anthem protests in athletics draw a range of reactions from scorn to admiration. That national debate came to Knowlton Athletics Complex when the field hockey team kneeled during the Star Spangled Banner last Friday. “[We want] to express to fellow students, community members and people everywhere that we will not accept racial violence and police brutality as a part of our country,” said senior captain Maureen Coffey. Coffey said the team was inspired to protest police violence...

Yeomen Riding Five-Game Win Streak

Yeomen Riding Five-Game Win Streak

September 23, 2016

The Yeomen propelled themselves to a five-game win streak with dominant defense and an aggressive offense after going 1–1 in their opening matches. The team’s most recent victories show the Yeomen are finding their stride as they prepare for their first North Coast Athletic Conference Game Saturday. The Yeomen defeated the Grove City College Wolverines for their fourth win of the season on Sept. 14. Grove City’s Stephen Betteridge claimed the first goal on a breakaway just 17 minutes into...

Rugby Rolls Out at Ashland

Marissa Maxfield

September 16, 2016

Filed under Club & Intramural Sports, SPORTS

The men’s rugby team is ready to rumble in its first game of the 2016 season at Ashland University tomorrow. The team, nicknamed the Gruffs, is stacked with young athletes drawn to the camaraderie and competition of club rugby. Gruffs president and College junior Jimmy Fleming explains that a handful of the team’s core members are varsity athletes. Also, Fleming cited senior varsity cross-country runner Steve Meyer, sophomore varsity swimmer Jacques Forbes and junior former varsity football player Dylan Mehri as contributors to the team’s athleticism. Leading the Gruffs are two experienced senior captains, forwards captain Joey Velez and junior backs captain Matthew Sarro. Velez has played rugby for eight...

Men’s Soccer Splits Opening Games

Men’s Soccer Splits Opening Games

September 9, 2016

Men’s soccer split its season openers against the Heidelberg University Student Princes and the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears last week. The Yeomen pulled away with 3–1 victory against the Princes last Saturday at home, but fell short on the road just two days later with a 4–0 loss to the Polar Bears. In Saturday’s contest against Heidelberg, the Yeomen’s early momentum set the Student Princes back for most of the game. “After a rough patch in the very beginning, we got in...

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