Friends, we are now so fully enmeshed in the world of texting that we barely remember how to use our iPhones to make phone calls, let alone how to use a … landline. My eyes opened to this the other day, when a friend of mine expressed confusion about an RSVP number on a College invitation. “x5491? How do I call x5491?”* For those of you who don’t know, all Kenyon phone numbers begin with (740) 427-, and the x**** represents the last four of the number. When calling from a campus phone, simply dial the four-digit extension; when dialing from an off campus or cell phone, dial those four digits preceded by, again, (740) 427-.
- If your campus phone rings with a regular, even ring, the call is coming from another campus telephone.
- If it rings with a “short, long” pattern, the call is coming from an outside line. (In my experience, generally from robot voices trying to sell you Caribbean cruises.)
- If it rings even when disconnected from the wall, the call is coming from the Caples Ghost.
Finally, one more piece of advice: after memorizing (740) 427-, also memorize 43022. How do some of you not know your own zip code? It’s helpfully printed above the Post Office entrance.
*This extension belongs to the lovely Vicki Miller in the Academic Advising Office.