This Week in Photos: Creativity and Strength

November 13, 2020
Yvonne Gay
A girl draws with chalk on a sidewalk.
Students bring their kuumba to the pathways in Wilder Bowl with a chalk walk day during Kuumba Week. Kuumba is Swahili for creativity. Photo credit: Jack Lichtenstien '23

Inspirational words and chalk drawn images on the sidewalks of Wilder Bowl greeted those passing by this past week. This chalk walk exercise resulted in several standout images featured in this week’s photo series.

In this week’s photo series we chalk the walkways of Wilder Bowl, record an audio play in Hall Annex, muster up strength to flip a large tire on Dick Bailey Field, relax with some street jazz in downtown Oberlin, escape to the tropics with OSteel, and make leaf angels in Tappan Square.


A girl reaches out towards another student.
Students make an audio play of The Misanthrope under the direction of Associate Professor of Theater Chris Flaharty. Photo credit: Jack Lichtenstein '23
A woman tries to flip over a truck tire on a football field.
President Carmen Twillie Ambar flips a tire on Dick Bailey Field 18 times during the Presidential Tire Flip Challenge. Of the 123 contestants, those who recorded the most flips were Connor Hibbard ’21 with 31 flips and Abby Cannon ’24 and Kathryn Beeman ’23 with 22 flips each. Photo by Jack Lichtenstein '23
Student musicians play jazz on the sidewalk at night.
Jazz students entertain passers-by with a night of improvisation in downtown Oberlin. Photo credit: Dale Preston '83
A person places street drums on a stage.
Oberlin's student steel drum band gives a livestream performance in Finney Chapel. Photo credit: Jack Lichtenstein '23
Fall leaves cover a park at sunset.
Fallen leaves in Tappan Square. Photo credit: Jack Lichtenstein ’23 

This Week in Photos is a selection of images and is not meant to represent a weekly timeline. Images highlight campus, community, people, and events related to Oberlin College.

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