Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Established 1874.

The Oberlin Review

Manchester City won the Champions League last season.
Champions League Brings Best of World Soccer
Rodrigo Llaguno, Senior Staff Writer • November 10, 2023

Every year, the Union of European Football Associations hosts the most prestigious club soccer competition: the UEFA Champions League. The Champions League, which started in 1955, consists of 32 teams from 55 different European countries. For teams in some countries, qualification for the Champions League comes automatically as long as they finish in the top positions of their national leagues. For example, in England, the teams who finish in the top four spots in the Premier League automatically go to the Champions League group stage. For smaller European countries, teams have to go through qualifying...

Coach Jim Harbaugh tosses the ball to quarterback J.J. McCarthy.
Unpacking University of Michigan Football Scandal
Andrea Nguyen and Micah Rodriguez November 3, 2023

On Oct. 17, top National Collegiate Athletic Association officials were given documents and videos from an outside investigative firm about the University of Michigan football program utilizing sign stealing, which consists of various methods — in this case, illegal methods defined by the NCAA — to decrypt signals coaches on the opposing team use to communicate to their members about play calls. The firm claimed to have acquired them from computer drives that were maintained and accessed by several University of Michigan coaches. Soon after, the Big Ten opened a sign-stealing investigation...

Seniors on the women’s volleyball, women’s soccer, and men’s soccer teams celebrate.
Veteran Fourth-Year Celebrated on Senior Night
James Foster, Sports Editor • October 27, 2023

Each year, every team at Oberlin has a “Senior Night,” a home game with a ceremony that highlights its seniors who have dedicated their time, energy, and passion to their sport for most of their time at Oberlin. This past week, three teams held their Senior Nights and celebrated the collegiate careers of the graduating class. When asked how it felt to be nearing the end of their careers, soccer player Brynn Adams, volleyball player Lauren Sands, and soccer player Nasim Amer all described it as “bittersweet.” “It’s definitely bittersweet,” Adams said. “I think that’s what every...

Oberlin Cross Country, Track and Field: One Big Family
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • October 27, 2023

This weekend, Oberlin cross country will travel to Granville, Ohio for the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship. Despite being a couple of hours from home, the team will not be alone. Members from the Oberlin track and field team plan to travel to Granville to show support for cross country during their conference meet.  This meet will not be the first time that track and field athletes have hit the road to lend support to the cross country team. Because most cross country athletes are also part of the track and field team in the spring, the two teams are very closely tied. According...

Increasing Space for Women Coaches in Oberlin Football
Adrienne Sato, Senior Staff Writer • October 6, 2023

Of the approximately 85 total football coaches in the North Coast Athletic Conference, only two are female, and both of them coach at Oberlin. Director of Football Operations and Running Backs Coach Roseanna Smith and Offensive Line Coach Ashley Cornwell are the only two female coaches of exclusively male sports teams at Oberlin. Cross country, swim and dive, and track and field all have a men’s and women’s team that share the same coaches.  Both Smith and Cornwell played football growing up, despite the lack of women’s teams available to them.  “Starting in middle school, I told everyone...

Damian Lillard dribbles the ball.
What Lies Ahead for Portland Basketball?
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • October 6, 2023

Growing up, Portland Trail Blazers games were memorable outings with my dad and my brother; every once in a while, we would go to see them at the Moda Center. Right before the game started, I would go to the top floor because they had the best food. A lot of the food in the Moda was also local rather than from fast food chains. My go-to order was always popcorn, a hot dog, and a big cup of lemonade.  My favorite part of the game was getting free boom sticks that I could cheer with and then, later, annoy my brother with. I have a dozen or so packs of them lying around my room that still haven’t...

Black Student Athlete Group, Club Soccer, YeoFit Host Soccer Tournament
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • November 10, 2023

This past Saturday, the Black Student Athlete Group, along with Oberlin Club Soccer and YeoFit, hosted a soccer tournament on Bailey Field. The matchup consisted of 9–10 players on each team and eight teams total, which included Koby’s BFFs, Him, Tacha’s Team, Nut Jacks, Amandla, Tinta’s Warriors, Flying Delta, and The Captains. The first and second round games were played with mini goals and no goalkeepers. However, for the third and final round, teams played with regular soccer goals and goalkeepers. Each game was around 30–45 minutes long. The referees for the tournament were third-year...

The club soccer team held one of its final practices of the season Thursday night.
Club Soccer Provides Inclusive Space for Students To Work On Skills
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • May 5, 2023

As they are in a far more casual environment than varsity teams, club and intramural sports offer students the opportunity to rekindle their love for athletics. The perfect example of this at Oberlin is the club soccer team. The focus of club soccer is not winning but rather enjoyment and fun. “As captains, we’ve heavily focused on being inclusive — we definitely prioritize everyone having a chance to get on the ball and improve their skills over playing the highest level of soccer possible,” College second-year and captain of club soccer Noah Elazar wrote in an email to the Review. “I...

The Oberlin Rock Wall offers fun and recreation.
Oberlin Rock Wall Supports Thriving Club
Chris Stoneman, Senior Staff Writer • April 7, 2023

ExCo courses and club activities have been hallmarks of Oberlin, standing as prototypical examples of the College’s selection of unique educational and extracurricular opportunities. Obies have the liberty to do, learn, and teach others about practically anything we put our minds to, and nowhere is that freedom more apparent than within the rock-climbing community. Tucked discreetly into a corner of Philips gym, Oberlin’s climbing wall is high quality with a 25-foot-tall pillar and 360-square foot bouldering cave to match. “I came from a competitive climbing background, so it was really...

Oberlin Equestrian Team Competes in Hunt Seat Show
Andrea Nguyen, Sports Editor • November 11, 2022

Before COVID-19 restrictions severely limited its activities, the Equestrian Team was one of the largest intercollegiate club sports on campus, hosting approximately 30 members. After a two-year hiatus from competing, the team is back up and galloping. Oberlin competes in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (Zone 6 Region 1), which includes some schools from the North Coast Athletic Conference as well as other schools in Ohio. The commitment that Oberlin riders make to their sport is extraordinary. Hunt shows take around two days, often requiring riders to commit to the whole weekend, and...

First-year Kai Kashey competed in the Intramural Doubles Pickleball League Monday night.
Yeofit and Rec Organize Intramural Doubles Pickleball
Kayla Kim, Managing Editor • November 4, 2022

While the brief window of time between fall and winter sports seasons means fewer opportunities to watch the Yeowomen and Yeomen right now, there’s still a sport for avid Oberlin fans to attend that’s currently in full swing. On Mondays and Tuesdays, faculty and students alike serve, dodge, and volley against each other in friendly matches, competing as part of the Intramural Doubles Pickleball League. As previously reported in the Review, pickleball’s popularity experienced a 650-percent surge of interested players in the past six years, and especially skyrocketed during pandemic restrictions...

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