You know how whenever you return to Kenyon at the summer, there’s all sorts of changes and it’s just like ugh why didn’t I know about this. Life is gonna be so different now even if it is just removing the carpeting from Caples? Well fret no more! We are here to end all conspiracies! We’ve compiled a short list of some of the goings-on on campus:
The Gambier Grill (aka the Cove):
[Update 9:40p.m.]: The Lopez family’s request for the International Red Cross to visit and assess the health of Leopoldo Lopez ’93 and his fellow hunger strikers remains pending. The family encourages the signing and sharing of this petition in hopes that Leo and the others may receive the proper care needed to recover from the aftereffects of the hunger strike.
With the Venezuelan government’s announcement of its decision to hold parliamentary elections, Leopoldo Lopez ’93 has ended his 30 day hunger strike. In a message to the Venezuelan people released earlier this week, Lopez writes, Read more…
According to MTV News, John Green officially launched a bidding process yesterday that gives fans a chance to have a character of their name in his next novel. The proceeds of the bidding go to the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. In the spirit of this charitable endeavor, Green has been generous enough to guarantee that the winner’s namesake will not tragically die in the novel. Read more…
Adriana López Vermut, sister of Leopoldo López ’93, has created a Change.org petition asking the General Secretary of the Union of South American Nations to intercede, and allow the International Committee of the Red Cross to visit the prison where López is being held.
Leopoldo López has been a prisoner in Venezuela since February 2014, and has been on a hunger strike since May 22, 2015. Begun by López and fellow political prisoner Daniel Ceballos, former mayor of San Cristóbal, the hunger strike now includes more than thirty-four individuals. López Vermut is concerned for their health and well-being, and says the Venezuelan Government has ignored her efforts to reach out. She also states in an email circulated to the Kenyon student body by Professor of Sociology George McCarthy that she hopes the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) will enter the prison where López and the other political prisoners are kept to make sure that their treatment is humane.
To see and sign the petition in English, click here.
For the petition in Spanish, click here.