It’s December of 2020. With sappiness and gloom, we review our Spotify yearly autopsies from the floors of our old bedrooms; ones that seem to be trapped in the resin of 2016. Every December is this way to an extent. But 2020, with its bleakness, its strangeness, its what-the-hell-is-normality-ness, seems especially this way. There’s a …
You don’t just casually go back to college during a plague. It takes effort and preparation; consideration for things that never before needed consideration.
If I began my Letterboxd journey, would I be a swipe left or right? And to whom: the lovers of movies or the movie-lovers, hell, cinephiles—Jesus…film bros?
Though The Arb offers a clean, fresh college-town atmosphere, vegan options, and smoothies, it does not shrug away the charm of a small-town family business. The open door and giggling children ducking in and out of it are evidence of this.
Oberlin students are Oberlin students to such a degree that it makes one wonder if it is Oberlin that attracts the Obies or the Obies that make Oberlin so stubbornly Oberlin. It would be a fun chicken-or-egg situation if the solution weren’t an obvious one: both are true.
The influence of quarantine has not just been a greater emphasis on hobbies and internet trends, but an expanse of time to be alone with our personalities.
A hometown is not merely a place one comes from, but an emotional animal one has a multifaceted relationship with. That relationship forms the basis for whether one orbits it with a forgiving sentimentality or dreams of a day when one can clamor from even the suggestion of its existence.
This year will be Ruth Aschaffenburg’s 32nd and final year owning and operating Bead Paradise in downtown Oberlin. For her daughter and fellow Oberlin College alum Silvija, it will have been 17 years. “I grew up in the small college town of Oberlin, Ohio and was exposed to music, art, and performance my entire life,” …