The Oberlin Review

Danielle Miller (left) and Julia Thorndike, directors of Burn The Ships, a documentary
about the Akron Racers that screened at the Apollo Theatre Wednesday.

In The Locker Room with Danielle Miller and Julia Thorndike, Documentarians

October 27, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Burn the Ships (2017) directors Danielle Miller and Julia Thorndike. The film follows the Akron Racers, a professional softball team in the National Pro Fastpitch (the only league of its kind in America) as they compete against the other four teams in the league, while also struggling to stay afloat amidst poor player retention and low salaries. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you both get into making films, and how did you get to be ...

Kevin Blackistone, sports journalist and professor at the Philip Merrill College
of Journalism at the University of Maryland.

In The Locker Room with Professor and Columnist Kevin Blackistone

October 6, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Kevin Blackistone, ESPN and NPR commentator, Washington Post columnist, and University of Maryland journalism professor. Blackistone has enjoyed a journalism career that has spanned more than 30 years, and while he mainly writes about sports, he also covers politics, news, business, and economics. He also makes frequent appearances on ESPN’s Around the Horn, a sports debating show that covers current topics of contention in sports. This interview has been ...

First-year midfielder Sydnie Savarese fights for the ball in the Yeowomen’s face-off against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops Sept. 23. The Yeowomen will take the field tomorrow night against the Hiram College Terriers in Hiram, Ohio.

Yeowomen Suffer First Loss of Season to Tigers

October 6, 2017

The Yeowomen endured a crushing 3–0 loss in a match against the Wittenberg University Tigers last Saturday, ending an 11-win streak that stretched back to last season. While the team entered North Coast Athletic Conference play at 6–0–1, they are now 7–1–2 on the season. Head Coach Dan Palmer, who is in his fifth season with the Yeowomen, was not discouraged by the final score, and dispelled any notions that the team might have been playing poorly. “We played well last game,” Palmer...

Senior Jackie McDermott focuses on her match against University of Findlay last Saturday, Sept. 30. McDermott and the rest of the Yeowomen will cap off their fall 2017 season tomorrow in Pittsburgh.

Tennis Continues Strong Season with ITA Performances

October 6, 2017

The men’s and women’s tennis teams both demonstrated strength and skill entering the second half of their fall seasons. The Yeomen shined bright at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regionals at Kalamazoo College last weekend with domination in doubles play, led by seniors Manickam Manickam and Robert Gittings, who beat Westminster College 8–2 in the first round. The Yeowomen followed up a commanding ITA Central Regionals win in Oberlin with a 7–2 victory over the University of...

Cross Country Shines at Meets

Sam Harris, Staff Writer

October 6, 2017

The Oberlin men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in their fifth race of the season last Friday at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Cedarville University, and at the Paul Short Invitational, hosted by Lehigh University. At All-Ohio, the women’s team finished 25th of 38 teams in their race. They finished 11th of 18 Division III schools in the race, and holding their own against schools such as Ohio University, University of Cincinnati, and the University of Akron. At the Paul Short, the women were 9th of 20 teams. Among the top finishers for the Yeowomen at the Paul Short Invitational were junior Oona Jung-Beeman, sophomore Shannon Wargo, and first-year Corrie Purcell. Jung-Beeman led the pack, finis...

Athletics 101 Opens Athlete Divide Conversation

Julie Schreiber, Sports Editor

September 29, 2017

English Professor Yago Colás led the first installment of a three-part workshop called “Athletics 101” in Wilder Hall Monday, Sept. 25. The workshop was designed to encourage an open conversation about the role of athletics and presence of the athletic community at the College. Colás has spent much of his first month at Oberlin concentrating on the integration of athletics and academics on campus. A former professor of Comparative Literature within multiple disciplines at University of Michigan, Colás teaches a course on sports culture and philosophy. He will also serve as an assistant to the Yeomen basketball team for the upcoming 2017–2018 season. The dialogue that “Athletics 101” attempted to foster is n...

Junior midfielder Trenton Bulucea takes the ball upfield against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops in their 4–1 defeat on Satuday. The Yeomen are 4–4–1 this season, and 0–1 in conference play.

Men’s Soccer Cools Off, Drops Two Straight Matches

September 29, 2017

The Yeomen struggled this week as they opened North Coast Athletic Conference play with a 4–1 loss against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops Saturday, then dropped Wednesday’s match against the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders 2–1. Head Coach Blake New, whose team’s offense has faltered in finding the net recently despite outscoring opponents 17–5 in their first four games, is confident the Yeomen can rebound to their winning ways as conference play picks up. “W...

Natalie Winkelfoos, Delta Lodge Athletics Director

In The Locker Room with Delta Lodge Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos

September 29, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with Delta Lodge Athletics Director Natalie Winkelfoos. A former Division III basketball player at Baldwin Wallace University, the Ohio native is entering her sixth year as Oberlin’s Athletic Director. She discussed her journey to Oberlin, her views on the Oberlin Athletics Department, and the role sports plays in social justice and reform. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. How did you end up working here at Oberlin? I was a college athlete. I got t...

As More Players Kneel, NFL Protest Loses Sight of Original Purpose

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

September 29, 2017

Before the start of the San Francisco 49ers’ first preseason game of 2016 against the Houston Texans, second-string quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to stay on the bench. Most people did not notice, as he was far enough down in the depth-chart that he did not even suit up for the game. However, it was the start of his now-infamous national anthem protest that has the whole league kneeling, and somehow, the more people that partake, the further away the protest gets from its original goal. It was not until his third preseason game last year, on Aug. 26, that people began to notice that he was sitting for the anthem. When asked about it after the game, he said he sat because of police brutality and the oppression of...

Sophomore middle hitter Jaya Flynn-Young spikes over the net as junior setter Sara Chang supports in the Yeowomen’s victory over John Carroll University Wednesday.

Volleyball Crushes Competition

September 22, 2017

The Yeowomen carried their scorching start to the season into Wednesday night’s game against the John Carroll University Blue Streaks, as they dropped just one set in the win. With a 9–3 record, Oberlin heads into its first North Coast Athletic Conference game riding a four-game win streak. The first set was a closely-fought, back and forth battle with the Blue Streaks. The Yeowomen were able to pull away behind the efforts of sophomore outside hitter Lexi Mitchell, whose kill gave Oberlin the win...

NCAC Athlete Death Shocks Colleges

Alex McNicoll, Sports Editor

September 22, 2017

The College of Wooster’s Clayton Geib, a senior Chemistry major, All-Conference lineman, and two-time North Coast Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll member, passed away this past Monday. The 21-yearold native of London, Ohio, walked off the field during Saturday’s football game against Ohio Wesleyan University claiming he did not feel well. According to, he started cramping and hyperventilating in the locker room before being rushed to the hospital — by Sunday, he had no brain activity. An official cause of death has not been reported at this time. In wake of the tragedy, The College of Wooster will put “72,” Geib’s number, in the end zone for him and has set up a support center for his te...

Senior defender Lauren Koval rifles the ball past the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Panthers’ defense in their 4–0 win Sept. 1. The Yeowomen, who are 6–0–1, start conference play against Ohio Wesleyan University tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Fred Shults Field.

Yeowomen Finish Non-Conference Stretch Undefeated

September 22, 2017

The Yeowomen’s electric start came to a halt when they were handed their first non-victory at the hands of the Heidelberg University Student Princes Wednesday. While the 0–0 draw may have ended their win streak, the team still has plenty to be excited about as senior forward and United Soccer Coaches National Player of the Week Gwennie Gardiner has led their offense to outscore opponents 32–2 through their first seven games. Anticipating the team’s first North Coast Athletic Conference match...

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