The Oberlin Review

Disabled Student-Athletes Must Have Accessibility Needs Met

Jackie Brant, Opinions Editor

May 3, 2019

 In light of the Academic and Administrative Program Review and financial stress at Oberlin College, there has been a lot of student concern surrounding physical accessibility. We know that there will be absolutely necessary cuts in order to secure the financial longevity of the institution. However, one thing that cannot be sacrificed is accessibility for disabled students.  The resources for disabled students are already slim. Despite the genuine effort, care, and concern that Disability Resources staff provides, the department is drastically under-resourced. Some academic buildings and dormitories are not up to code, and others are entirely inaccessible to those with physical disabilities. Work orders are often ...

Women athletes gathered together Sunday morning to listen to a power-packed panel of OC women alumnae to cap off of Homecoming Weekend. After a brief breakfast, the participants engaged in an intense discussion about personal impact of OC athletics in Oberlin and beyond.

Power Panel Celebrates Women Success

October 12, 2018

In a powerful conclusion to homecoming weekend, nearly 100 athletes from women’s sports teams gathered in the Knowlton Social Space on Sunday morning for a panel featuring three former Yeowomen. Organized by the John W. Heisman Club, the panel was designed to showcase how athletics and their Oberlin educations have impacted their lives post-graduation. The necessity of a panel like this at the start of the school year, when so many women student-athletes at Oberlin are evaluating t...

Student-Athletes Should Not Skip Vital Gender Inclusivity Training

Katie Lucey, Production Editor

March 9, 2018

Recently, there has been a lot of debate surrounding the athlete/non-athlete divide at Oberlin. I believe that one of the most preeminent ways students can bridge this so-called “divide” is by challenging themselves to enter new and possibly uncomfortable spaces. We should all be willing to put in the work to support other students’ interests and identities — whether this means going to a featured concert, attending a sports game, or taking a workshop on privilege and oppression. Bridging this so-called divide is contingent on how much each individual is willing to step outside of their own social circles and learn about others. This past week, the Athletics department required all student-athletes to attend ...

College Athletes Must Lead by Example

Machmud Makhmudov, Columnist

September 26, 2014

In my experience, varsity athletes at Oberlin integrate well into the broader campus community. While some may disagree, I’d bet that most would safely acknowledge that we’re not the dominant cultural force on campus, as is the case at many larger state schools. At the very least, I can speak for the baseball team here. Under some circumstances, however, the privileges that many athletes enjoy on college campuses manifest themselves in the form of blatant disregard for the purpose of collegiate athletics. Nowhere is this more evident than in the case of Jameis Winston, last year’s winner of the Heisman Award and the quarterback at Florida State University. Winston was barred from playing in Saturday’s game...

College to Implement Bystander Training

Emma Paul

September 12, 2014

In an attempt to develop a campus- wide approach to prevent sexual assault, a coalition of students and administrators is currently in the process of developing a program that will train students to be effective bystanders. According to College senior Jolie De Feis, who is involved in writing the curriculum for Oberlin’s bystander training, an effective bystander is one who is observant of their surroundings, but who does not go so far as to physically intervene. “Basically [it’s] being an active participant and onlooker, and being able to notice and be aware of things that are possibly not consensual, or turning into violent situation,” De Feis said. “It’s all about being an attentive, active c...

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