As the days of the campaign trickle into the single-digits, it has been announced that Tim Kaine is coming to speak at Kenyon this Thursday. Doors at the KAC are set to open at 3 pm, and the event is slated to begin at 5 pm. So Thursday is the day to use your one unexcused absence (although this is fully excusable in the name of democracy) for that 2:40. Now you’ll finally have something to talk about with your distant aunt that always thinks you go to school in Iowa for some reason (I always get the two mixed up she’ll say). See you there, your mom wants you to go.
We all did this as kids, but when did you last see regular objects and think “building materials?” For this writer, it was tonight. I started small — one man, one beanbag chair, and a dream.
This post was guest-authored by Rosa Shipley ’17.
I am disappointed at the implementation of the program “Think About It” as mandatory for class registration at Kenyon. I take no issue with the time that it takes to complete, nor, really, the fact that we have an online program implemented to educate us on the college atmosphere. I take issue, as many have, with this: The program engages a rhetoric of gender stereotyping and social construction that has potential to do more harm than good.
First, I would like to acknowledge the positive aspects of this program. They highlight well, particularly at the final portions, the opaque aspects of social and sexual conflicts in a college setting. The program also does a wonderful job of explaining alcohol’s measurements. I particularly appreciate the self-calculator as an informative and specialized tool for determining alcohol’s effects even before they occur.
However, as a student (and a young woman), I take issue with the alarmist nature and student-shaming implications the program promotes. It is important to contextualize that the program was made with Campus Clarity by the University of San Francisco, a religious-affiliated university whose mission is to “promote learning in the Jesuit Catholic tradition”. As Kenyon is supposed to be a secular institution, we can already see a disconnect in values; our institution should have no affiliation, nor promote affiliated values.
T-minus seven days until Halloween, ya weenies, so get some good rest and some good work done this week. I know most of you were formal-ed out by the end of this weekend. Let’s see. We had DKE, AD, International, AND Leaf Peepers formal. Oh. You didn’t hear about Leaf Peepers formal? Well, you missed out! It was Tuesday afternoon and people were all-dolled up, standing outside in the fall foliage. They had professional photographers at this formal, too. They kept saying to me, “Hey, this is a photo shoot. Could you please get out of the shot?” I was all like, “Sure, let’s do a round of shots!” You can guess how the rest of that situation played out (apparently “open containers” aren’t allowed by the “sheriff” or something). Anyway, it sounds like your weekend was better…
I started a game of frisbee at a formal with a pizza box.
At Kenyon, we live a life where the longest amount of time it will take us to get anywhere is about 15 minutes, and that’s if you’re walking slowly. Because of this, time is precious. Every minute counts. Who wants to go through life floundering around, unsure of how long things will take or how long they might have to wait for something? Certainly not me, which is why I’ve come up with some equations that are essential to your temporal success at Kenyon.
1. An equation for how long it will take you to get your lunch from Peirce, where s= the number of stations that have actually edible food that you are willing to put in your mouth and h= the amount of hours before or after the 12 o’clock rush. The 20 is just an added 20 minutes for the amount of time you will spend in Peirce over the course of your entire meal.