According to an Office of Public Affairs news bulletin, Provost Nayef Samhat has been selected as the 11th president of Wofford College, a liberal arts college of similar size to Kenyon located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Samhat has served as Kenyon’s provost for four years, and assumes him new position on July 1, the same day that Sean Decatur becomes Kenyon’s 19th president. Associate Provost and Professor of Political Science Joseph Klesner will become acting provost. Read Wofford’s announcement here.
It’s the end of Kenyon’s 189th year, and the Thrill’s second. Thanks for reading as we’ve spent another year making inside jokes, talking about some mediocre TV show that only lasted
three four seasons, and comiting embarasing spellign erors. Thanks to your relentless commenting, we are aware of our flaws, but occasionally we’ve also done some good stuff, which we really hope you’ve enjoyed.
We’d like to take this time to announce that next year, the Thrill will be headed up by David Hoyt ’14 and Spencer Kaye ’14. There are so many things that have changed over the last two years and things will continue to grow and change as we settle in. We’d like to thank you all for sticking with us for these two years and we look forward to the times that lie ahead. We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming in August, with more of what you love, less of what you don’t, and maybe a few surprises. Until then, be safe, have fun, enjoy the summer — and polish those blogging skills in case you want to join our team in the fall.
David Hoyt ’14 and Spencer Kaye ’14, and the rest of the Thrill team.
It’s commencement time again, which means people are getting in the graduation speech spirit, gossiping about who’s speaking where (President Obama went to OSU again, since it’s not like he practically lived there last fall) and reminiscing about the commencement addresses of yore. With that in mind, watch this hot new adaptation of David Foster Wallace’s hit 2005 Kenyon address, “This is Water” — now with pretty moving colors for those of you who can’t sit through a brief speech without getting bored and taking a Tumblr break, or something. It’s a great way to end another beautiful year on the Hill, or for the seniors, to get extra emotional about your own upcoming commencement.
Gentle folk of Kenyon, an anonymous source has leaked the following link to the Thrill for your listening pleasure. Those of you who don’t know who James Plunkett ’13 is, I suggest you click play and get introduced.
Or perhaps you may already have been introduced to James through the Stairwells, or the Cornerstones, or perhaps a while back in our Thrill Session with Townships. If not, the man has been making bad-ass music throughout his Kenyon career, and although he may be leaving us next year for the Big Sky Country, he’s left behind a wonderful EP of four solo acoustic jams. Check it out!
Oh, you’re headed home? Thrilling. Before you spout off about your plans to do everything, let’s take a minute to talk about heading home. You may encounter those things called parents and siblings. Shit. Don’t panic, as per usual we have your back. Some tips for pulling yourself together before you bounce:
My first thought (okay, prayer) when I saw this email entitled “Campus Weed Control” was that Kenyon was checking up on our herbal consumption, but in a “cool, fun way” that would “really relate to the kids these days, with their drugs.” I desperately wanted this email to be from Guidance Counselor Jeff Rosso, reminding us that it’s okay to experiment.
Unfortunately, it was just an email about lawn care.
Now that we’re getting to the end of finals week, we all are inevitably filled with anxiety, because this last test or two are the ones that you put off studying for. Here are a few hints about what to do when you’re staring at your blue book with complete and utter dread*. Read more…