Kenyon Doppelgangers: Houlder Hudgins ’18 and Austin Barrett ’18

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Whoa!!! Twins!!!

Here at Kenyon we value individuality of mind and uniqueness of spirit. We strive to accept that everyone here is different, which is what makes us so special. However, by some strange cosmic accident (or perhaps a twist of fate), a pair of individuals will occasionally arise to make us realize that deep down, we are all human beans trying to make it in this world. Houlder Hudgins ’18 and Austin Barrett ’18 could have easily been twins separated at birth, but despite what you may think, they are not related by blood. Instead, they are what we at The Thrill like to call Kenyon Doppelgangers.


Look at the picture. Now close your eyes. Now open them and look at the picture again. Uncanny, isn’t it? Whether it’s by supernatural design or by the sheer randomness of science, there’s no denying the similarities you see here. But who are Houlder and Austin? Do the similarities extend beyond their physical appearances? I’m so very glad you asked. Thanks to their kindness and patience in agreeing to this project, we are about to find out!


Austin Barrett ’18 is a film major, so naturally he enjoys watching movies for fun. Houlder Hudgins ’18, on the other hand, is on the other end of the spectrum. He’s a physics major with an English minor! Wow! As for extracurriculars, Houlder likes to stay on the active side of things with Swim Club, being a Firefighter, and being a member of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Austin’s pretty chill. He’s president of the Kenyon Filmmakers and he enjoys hanging out with his friends. When he found out he had a Kenyon Doppelganger, he said, “I had to talk to my mom to make sure there wasn’t anything she wanted to tell me, but it’s pretty normal.” Houlder, on the other hand, went about life the same way he did before he had a doppelganger. I guess the two of them aren’t twins separated at birth! According to Austin, being the ‘good twin’ or the ‘bad twin’ is all about perspective and “if you consider robbing a bank a bad thing.” Sounds like a morally confused twin to me! Houlder goes right in for the kill as the evil twin because “that sounds like more fun.” Sounds like a Houlder-Austin doppelganger team-up would be a force to be reckoned with.


Thanks again to both Houlder and Austin for cooperating with The Thrill’s antics. We appreciate your contribution!

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