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This Week in Photos: Returns and Openings

October 26, 2021

Yvonne Gay

The back of a student who is facing a well lit stage,
A photographer’s view of the stage in Finney Chapel.
Photo credit: Jonathan Clark '25

Silhouettes and attentive audience members facing a bright glow is one photographer’s artistic interpretation of the energy during a concert inside Finney Chapel. The photo also serves as inspiration for this week’s photo series.


As fall semester moves past the half-way point and the campus settles back into the rhythm of a regular school year, many of Oberlin’s traditions have reemerged. 

In this week’s photo tour, we take a seat in Finney Chapel as Oberlin’s large ensembles return to the stage; attend an opening art exhibit at the Richard D. Baron ’64 Art Gallery; sway to a live concert on the patio of Spanish House; marvel at the spoken word in the Cat in the Cream; receive a warm fall welcome with food and music inside the tent in Wilder Bowl; connect with student and community organizations near the Science Center; attend an athletics and conservatory symposium in Stull Hall; dash over to a ribbon cutting in Philips Gym; rent a beautiful print from the Allen Memorial Art Museum; and clap wildly as members from the Class of 2020 walk across the stage in Tappan Square.

A girl playing the cello at a concert.
Oberlin’s large ensemble returns to the stage with performances by the Oberlin Orchestra, conducted by Raphael Jiménez, and the Contemporary Music Ensemble, conducted by Timothy Weiss. Photo credit: Jonathan Clark ’25
A night photo of an art gallery.
An opening reception was held for an exhibition by studio art professors Kat Burdine and Sophie Isaak. Photo credit: Rebecca Devereaux
A woman sings into a microphone.
A live concert was held on the patio of Spanish House in honor of Latinx Heritage Month. Photo credit: Jonathan Clark ’25
A man stands in front of a microphone with his arms out stretched.
Oslam, the college’s student poetry group, gave a back-to-school performance at the Cat and the Cream Coffeehouse. Photo credit: Jack Lichtenstein ’23
Three people stand in front of large drums.
Oberlin’s Taiko group performs at the Asian and Pacific Islander fall welcome event. Photo credit: Christy Chen ’22
A college student holds a camera in front of another student.
Representatives from student and community organizations and campus departments answered questions about their programs at the fall Connections Fair. Photo credit: Jonathan Clark ’25
A male student looks at a large projector and man at a podium.
Music, sports, and the enduring influence of ancient Greece are discussed in Stull Hall. Photo credit: Jonathan Clark ’25
Four people cut a ribbon.
During Homecoming weekend, a small ribbon cutting ceremony was held in front of the equipment room in the Jesse Philips Physical Education Center for the naming of the Ramey, Peterson, and Covalt Equipment Room. The space was dedicated to Larry Ramey, Vera Peterson, and Virginia Covalt who served more than a combined 100 years as equipment room attendants at the gym. Photo credit: Erik Andrews
A long line of students in front of a museum.
A long line stretched from the Allen Memorial Art Museum courtyard and onto the sidewalk as students gathered for the first Art Rental of the academic year. By the end of the day, 379 pieces of artwork were rented for the semester. Photo credit: Jonathan Clark ’25
A graduation day.
Nearly 200 members from the Class of 2020 returned to Oberlin for an all-day celebration event that included a champagne toast, party in Wilder Bowl, and graduation ceremony in Tappan Square. Photo credit: Mike Crupi

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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