The Kenyon Twilight Zone

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 “There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to Professor Kluge. It is a dimension as vast as a Peircegiving line and as timeless as that sweater you like. It is the middle ground Wiggins Street between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears, and the summit of Ascension. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call … The Kenyon Twilight Zone.”- Adapted from Rod Sterling’s Introduction to “The Twilight Zone”

There exists at Kenyon certain times, certain situations, which fall outside the realm of undergraduate understanding. These events are not confined to one place on campus, though they have been known to frequently occur at the Cove. Time ceases to move, either forward or backward, and the normal social mores of Kenyon are broken, ripped asunder and left behind like so many printed jstor articles. You may see acts of great animalistic intent, or you may see nothing at all, your only companion the eerie florescent hum of the hallway lights of the Farr Apartments.

Many will find themselves occupants of this fantastic and terrifying paradigm, but only a select few will ever return as whole as they once were. An experience with the phantasmagoric will render even the heartiest of souls weak and confused. The stories you tell will be derided, laughed at, but you will know what you saw, and that what you saw was that kid from you Art History course dancing a naked waltz with himself inside Gund Commons one early Wednesday morning.

So fear not if you have been doubted, for I know what you have experienced. We are always one step away from entering the Kenyon Twilight Zone.

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