Content warning: This post is in response to the suicide prevention installation on Peirce Lawn today, Sept. 25 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Scroll to the last paragraph for information on alternative routes to avoid Peirce Lawn and mental health resources available on campus.
Hey Kenyon Community,
If you’ll allow for a small break from our usual goofs and gags, some of the editors here at the Thrill wanted to talk to you for a quick moment about the installation on Peirce Lawn.
Although a notice of the installation was sent out to the Kenyon community via email, the subject line and content of the email were vague, and we feel that they did not accurately convey the sensitive nature of this event. As a result, many Kenyon students were surprised to come across a large-scale display of upsetting imagery and themes on their way to Peirce at some point today. It is inconsiderate to have an event of this nature in a hard-to-avoid public space, but it is particularly inappropriate to do so without adequate warning to those forced to interact with it. In the future, we would ask that the Counseling Center take more caution in consulting and warning students prior to such a public and possibly overwhelming display.
For these reasons, we would encourage Kenyon students who would like to avoid Peirce Lawn today to use the North side door of Peirce or to use the patio entrance for the Alumni Dining Room. Please know that counselors will be available on-site from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the event. Please take care of yourself today.
Students can also be connected with ProtoCall counselors by contacting Campus Safety at 740-427-5555.
The Editors of the Kenyon Thrill
The Thrill is currently accepting guest posts to be included in a forthcoming compilation post of community responses to this event. Please send contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org and specify if you would like to be kept anonymous.