Student Activities Director Haas to Leave Kenyon (Updated)

Christina Haas (via Directory, Kenyon.edu)

Christina Haas (via Directory, Kenyon.edu)

Christina Haas, Director of Student Activities and Greek Life, will depart from her position in April, according to Dean of Students Hank Toutain. In a statement, Toutain said that she was leaving to pursue another professional opportunity.

In her role, Haas has directed the Student Activities Office — which provides services to and oversees all of Kenyon’s student organizations. Under her leadership, Greek Life at Kenyon has grown as well: a new fraternity and sorority were created during her tenure. She also introduced a new series of standards for Greek organizations.

The Thrill has reached out to Haas — who until last year went by her maiden name, Mastrangelo — for comment.

42 responses

    • Ah, how easy it is to post nasty things anonymously.
      While you are entitled to your opinion, I can say that in my experience, Christina was a fantastic Director of Student Activities. She has always been there to help break down organizational requirements and is always ALWAYS there to help students in a bind. She has really done amazing things over the course of her time at Kenyon and will be missed!

      • christina was helpful to about five students; to the rest of us she was unprofessional, obtrusive, or even hostile.

      • ALWAYS there to help students in a bind?!! She never helped us – in fact she purposely made the bind worse and did it was a smug smirk. None of the organization leaders I knew said she was anything but counterproductive.

  1. This is really sad. I can’t think of anyone who could do Christina’s job better than her. But I’m also happy that she’s moving up in her career. Thank you for everything you’ve done, Christina! You make everything so much less stressful, and you are fucking hilarious.

    • Yes it was far too easy being a student and having extracurricular activities. I’m glad someone was there to throw rocks in our path and disrupt basic club functions for no reason – taught us a good life lesson. Surely she will be applying her talents to a career in Congress.

      • ah, kenyon. home of progressive thought and a place where everyone is welcome.

        unless, you know, you dare to have an opinion that clashes with what “progressive” students should think. then you’re an ignorant bigot who has no right to freedom of expression or, apparently, association.

  2. Props to Toutain for finally firing the only Student Activities Director who actually tried to destroy all student activities.

    • uh, no.

      anybody who thinks Christina was some kind of authoritarian anomaly of Kenyon (as far as her stance on Greek life) should read Kluge’s “Alma Mater” for a much-due history lesson. 20 years ago the administration was actually trying to ban fraternities from campus wholesale – today’s grumbling and micromanaging about pledging, suspensions, etc. are really nothing compared to how hostile this school used to be towards frats.

      • she didn’t just hurt greek life– she was a massive obstacle for any organization trying to do anything. every time i dealt with her (or tried to) she either avoided me, was so slow to respond that she made what i was trying to do impossible, or actively screwed me over in a way that only the grossly incompetent can.

        i can’t say i’m unhappy she’s leaving.

      • Yeah this went way beyond the Greek system. Her completely unprofessional and hostile attitude towards student organization leaders was unacceptable. She mocked our organization and treated its members like convicts for simply wanting an operating budget. Our calls for reason and civility were laughed off.

      • True, there was a nationwide trend at small liberal arts schools to push out Greek during the 80s and 90s, but that dust has settled. Read Kluge’s Kamp Kenyon if you want to really understand the problems still relevant to Kenyon. Christina was the face of “Kamp Kenyon,” the bureaucratic side of the university that prays to the holy trinity of safety, organization and comfort.

        When the dust of the 90s cleared, schools that were unable or uninterested in getting rid of fraternities pivoted to policies of risk-management and “declawing” of those groups. Kenyon’s party policy, and the other iterations seen at peer institutions, is a result of this shift. Why do we need someone to tell us how many kegs can be on campus or how late our parties can go? Why the regulations against hard liquor? These are all choices that adults should be able to make for themselves. If individuals or organizations make poor, or illegal, choices, Kenyon should reserve the right to punish them as they see fit, yet Kenyon’s administration is becoming increasingly invasive and interested in managing students outside the classroom.

        Christina was a bellwether of this ideology and her departure is great news for anyone who shared Kluge’s disturbance over what the university is becoming/has become.

      • Kenyon never “fires” people – employees always leave suddenly and mysteriously to “pursue other career goals.” The same happened to Dugas recently. Maybe President Decatur is cleaning house.

        Hopefully she doesn’t go to another college and crush students’ spirit like she did at Kenyon.

      • the only people that will miss her are the people who spent all their time sucking up to her and are upset that they’ll have to start that process over again.

    • No you’re totally right – Christina hated greeks – that’s why she brought in a new fraternity and a new sorority in her time here at Kenyon. Cause that makes sense…I hate Greeks so I’m going to bring more to campus

  3. I led a number of organizations — not all of them particularly well-liked by the administration — during my time at Kenyon, and worked with three different student activities directors. Christina was hands-down the best administrator to work with.

  4. Kenyon really needed a different director of student activities. Especially for such a small school, it was odd just how obstructive and useless Christina was to any student organization.

  5. All- before Dr. Toutain arrived, the atmosphere was much, much worse for Greeks and other organizations. Let’s give some credit to the turn around and the direction things are moving in. Let’s also remember that other schools are losing greek life/organizations at an alarming rate due to stupidity and law violations… not just school rules and regulations. Christina likely did her best, but as you’ll all discover, you cannot make everyone happy… definitley not all the time! Focus on the future, give input on her replacement, and work TOGETHER to ensure a common goal.

    • I’ve never heard a bad word about Toutain. He is fair and willing to let students handle their own issues. Very fair, thoughtful and willing to give young people the opportunity to suceed/make mistakes rather than telling them what to do (unlike Christina).

      • Agreed, I have a lot of respect for Dead Toutain. He is very understanding and has been willing to go above and beyond to help moderate issues and work with student groups. He listens to students and doesn’t act like he’s above them.

        Christina did her best to destroy any chance of civilized dialogue between student groups and the administration. She just hated people and groups for no reason. There was no reasoning with someone so set in their own opinions (none of which were based on facts). You want someone who wants to help and work with student groups, not someone who thinks they are supposed to “reign in” those groups.

  6. That’s my original point, Dr. Toutain has a plan, and as you see people come and go, you’ll realize he’s structuring Kenyon to be above a person or a process, to be an ideal for the students, admins and faculty. Things like this… culture changes… take time and resources. You can’t change time… but you can change resources. Work with him, be a voice, don’t be a blog. Share what you’d like to see in the next person in the S.A.D. position. Be proactive!

  7. my time as horn gallery co-manager coincided with her first year at the SAO and we had nothing but positive constructive experiences. She was on the ball from day one. It seemed like half the school functioned thanks to her and Jody Vance.

  8. She was really nice and she gave a lot of effort to her job, but you could tell that she was incompetent. Her ability to manage student organizations varied from over-bearing to non-existent. Consistency was her biggest issue, it’s not as if she ruined Kenyon (no one person can), but I hope the next SAO director can improve that area of Kenyon. Her treatment of both greek life and non-greek organizations was consistent (surprisingly), but you could tell who her favorites were.

    • treat others the way you want to be treated – if you treated Christina with respect she would treat you with respect

    • Incompetent?!?! That’s the funniest thing I’ve ever heard! Christina was OVER-QUALIFIED for her job here and she did nothing but make student activities and greek life at Kenyon better!

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