Welcome, Class of 2017!

Hi there! Welcome to The Thrill. We know you’re busy right now with moving in, dealing with your anxious parents and maybe even dealing with a little anxiety of your own, but allow us to introduce ourselves.

The Thrill serves as one of the primary online resources for the Kenyon community, and our goal is to produce content that informs and entertains all of campus. Our name and our motto (“it unifies, it never dies”) are both derived from Kenyon’s official Alma Mater, which you’ll learn to sing soon enough. We were founded in September 2011 as the blog division of Kenyon’s newspaper, The Kenyon Collegian, but The Thrill quickly developed a life of its own. Today, we cover just about everything: you’ll find breaking news updates, frivolous entertainments to distract you from studying and even original videos featuring the best of Kenyon’s music scene and some of our rockstar professors. We’d be remiss not to mention Kenyon’s other great publications, links to which can be found at the bottom of the right sidebar. (They’re kind of our frenemies.)

The Thrill still shares some staff and resources with the Collegian, and we’re dedicated to providing Kenyon with up-to-the-minute news coverage that the newspaper’s weekly printing schedule simply can’t accommodate. (You’ll often find more in-depth reporting in the next issue of the Collegian after The Thrill breaks news initially.) We always keep our ears to the ground for news, but just as importantly, we work hard to keep our finger on the pulse of Kenyon’s ever-changing culture. (Yeah, that’s a mixed metaphor, but deal with it, English department.)

We’ll provide several posts per day during Orientation, but the pace should really pick up once the semester starts and the rest of our staff returns to Gambier. All of us here at The Thrill hope you’ll all become dedicated readers, and we’ll do our best to earn your obsessive page-refreshing (and when you get bored of that, you can follow and like us, too). If you decide you like us enough to become one of us (which is something you should definitely think twice about), look out for our recruitment notices later in the semester. Everyone is invited to apply for The Thrill — all it takes is a passion for covering all things Kenyon, some creative thinking and a strong sense of snarky humor.

Above all else, we want you all to have a great time as you transition to Kenyon, and we sincerely hope you’ll grow to love this place as much as we do (despite the occasional giant pumpkin attackswild animal attacks and blackouts). Welcome to The Thrill, and welcome to Kenyon.

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