The Oberlin Review

New Albino Squirrel Mascot Unveiled

New Albino Squirrel Mascot Unveiled

September 6, 2019

This albino squirrel suit recently debuted as Oberlin’s new mascot. With its beady, red eyes and signature Birkenstocks, the mascot has been described as an embodiment of the Oberlin College community. No longer will the squirrel only be seen printed on school apparel — students can anticipate seeing the creature in the fur at various sporting events and around campus. Jim Ward of Collegiate Branding created the albino squirrel logo back in 2010, revamping a concept originally introduced...

Manfred, MLB Must Rid Baseball of Discrimination

Julie Schreiber, Sports Editor

November 10, 2017

During game three of the 2017 World Series, Houston Astros’ first baseman Yuli Gurriel made a racist gesture in the dugout after hitting a homerun off of Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Yu Darvish, a native of Japan. The camera displayed Gurriel pulling his eyes back and mouthing the term “chinito” to a teammate, a slang term for “little Chinese boy.” Gurriel — who later apologized and tipped his helmet to Darvish in game seven of the series — didn’t face immediate punishment from the MLB, but eventually was suspended for the first five games of the 2018 baseball season and will have to undergo mandatory sensitivity training before playing again. While Gurriel should have been reprimanded more severely, the...

Intent of Racial Slur Can Be Changed

Bob Gross

October 10, 2014

To the Editors: I think the word “redskins” has been rehabilitated and no longer can be considered a racial slur. When used as a mascot name, it presents Native Americans in a positive way. Look at the Washington, D.C. professional football team: Native Americans are not depicted scalping white settlers, and the cheerleaders are not represented as squaws. Instead, a noble image of Native Americans is portrayed by the Washington pro football team. A reasonable person might even come to the conclusion that the use of the term “redskins” by the Washington pro football team is something that should be looked on as admirable. The connotations associated with a word can change over time — for example, the...

Journalists Must Remove Racial Slurs from Lexicon

Editorial Board

September 26, 2014

A student newspaper at a high school in Pennsylvania this week found itself at the epicenter of an issue that has for decades posed challenges for journalistic outlets nationwide: what to do about the fact that a popular and profitable athletic mascot is widely regarded as a racial slur. Sports teams at Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, PA, share the controversial mascot that serves as the official name of the NFL team from Washington, D.C. For over a year, the Neshaminy Playwickian has attempted to distance itself from the epithet by refusing to print it, despite forceful opposition from the school’s administration. Last week, these tensions came to a head as school officials suspended the publication’s studen...

Athletics Hops on Albino Squirrel Bandwagon 

Athletics Hops on Albino Squirrel Bandwagon 

March 7, 2014

On New Year’s Day, the Athletics department unleashed a new mascot: a hyper-muscular, blood-thirsty, red-eyed albino squirrel. The furry fellow has slowly made its way onto the apparel and equipment of Oberlin’s various sports teams, including basketball warm-up jerseys, golf balls and men’s lacrosse shirts and helmets. “Everyone was already using it,” said Senior Associate Director of Athletics Creg Jantz, referring to the squirrel’s presence in the Admissions Office and around the...

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