10 o’clock list: Mixes for Kenyon

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Good vibes, man (via digitalmomblog.com)

Let’s face it: we’ve all wished at least once that our lives came with dramatic movie background music. Every moment could be spiced up a little with its own theme music. Thankfully, now that we live in the 21st century, sites like Spotify and 8tracks can give us just the right playlist for when you want to study, sleep, or party. But that doesn’t really cover the scope of what people experience, especially at a place like Kenyon–it’s time for the mixtape artists of the world to step up and start churning out tunes for all those little “only at Kenyon” experiences. Luckily, I’ve come up with a few ideas.

1. The Last Mac and Cheese Wedge – The only thing worse than ordering pity mac and cheese wedges to your dorm while stress writing an entire 10-12 essay due at 8:00 the next morning is when you realize you’re staring down at the last morsel of self-indulgence and that your “food break” is coming to an end soon. Your grief intensifies; for a moment everything feels still, and you’re suspended in the seconds between crying and laughing. You swallow that last bite around the anxious lump in your throat, and lowly in the background, a morose beat picks up. Suggested listening: Boulevard of Broken Dreams – Green Day

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Kenyon Klexicon: Q is for QR

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This could be you next year (via grist.org).

Registration is coming on fast, so it’s about time we all sit back and remind ourselves about the best part of Kenyon: it’s a liberal arts college that allows us to get a rounded education across various disciplines. But it’s also the time when everyone is rudely awakened a not-so-nice aspect of Kenyon: that it makes us get a well-rounded education across various disciplines. Thought you’d be skipping out on math and science in college because now you’re a Big Shot English Major™ who will only ever need math to count out the syllables in your iambic pentameter or estimate the massive amount of royalties you’ll earn on your first book? Think again! To prepare you for the real world, every Kenyon student it required to satisfy diversification requirements, the most difficult of these (at least for the less mathematically inclined arts, humanities, or social science major) being the .5 quantitative reasoning (QR) credit required for all students.

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Weekend Playlist: Songs to Shock Your Mom

Shame on you!!!!!!! - ur mom (via samaraspeaks.wordpress.com)

Shame on you!!!!!!! – ur mom probably (via samaraspeaks.wordpress.com)

‘Sup nerds. So unless you’ve been living in the wilds of the BFEC for the few weeks, you’ve probably heard Shock your Mom is gonna tear up campus this Saturday. And while I’m sure y’all have been painstakingly planning what clothes you’re gonna wear (or not wear) and what drinks you’re gonna slam, everyone knows that no good SYM pre-game is complete without jams that will make your mom flinch and grasp at her pearls fearfully from 5000 miles away. Luckily, the Thrill’s compiled a playlist for you. Just sit back, relax, and let these songs do the rest. (Warning: not for the faint of heart).

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10 o’clock list: Weird Shit in Crozier

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Charming enough to make an English major cringe.

Now before I get started, I just want y’all to know: I love Crozier. I really do! It’s a great space for discussing feminism, promoting intersectionality, and laughing uncomfortably at the mysterious blue dye they use in menstrual pad commercials (join us every Sunday at 7 for all this and more). But a place like Crozier can’t be around for so long without developing a, well, a certain charm shall we say. Years go by, times change, and aesthetic gets a little muddled in the process. Sometimes the posters that were so chic twenty years ago give you mild existential crises upon viewing them in 2015 at midnight while marathon writing an essay due the next day. We’ve all been there, right? No? Well buckle your seat belts, kids, because we have art that needs appreciating.

1. This weird teal-haired Colossus. 

Get it, girl.

Get it, girl.

My favorite part about this piece is there are so many games you can play with it. Like there’s the obvious game of “What does it mean? Why will the picture only hang sideways? Oh God is she staring at me??,” but other fun variants include “Huh how many felt patterns did the artist use for this collage? I’m counting nine, why would you need nine different kinds of felt?? Where would you GET nine different kinds of felt?” Play these games when sleep deprived for more creative results.

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States of Mind: Reflecting on Our Home States

Don't forget that Ohio is for lovers (via static.boredpandas.com)

Don’t forget that Ohio is for lovers (via static.boredpandas.com)

With spring break coming on fast at the end of this week, we are all holding out collective breaths, scrambling through midterms, and thinking eagerly of packing up and heading off for a week of relaxation. Some of us may be sticking around campus, befriending the deer and (I assume) building a snow castle on Ransom lawn, while some of us will be heading out to exciting vacation destinations (I know someone out there has to be going to Disney Land, and I am consistently low-level bitter about it). A lot of us, however, are heading back home, to the places that had to see us through some pretty unflattering childhoods, and I for one couldn’t be happier. And maybe a lot of that is due the intense Netflix marathons I am looking forward to, but I’m also just jazzed to be back in my home state of South Dakota, the land of chislic and the world-famous Corn Palace.

You know your state better than anyone else–and that can become especially apparent at Kenyon, where we’re from all over the country (and beyond). At some point or another, you’re going to meet people who’ve never been to Nebraska, or have weird ideas about New Orleans, or just don’t  understand what it’s like to be from Wisconsin. Knowing this, the Thrill solicited the student body this last week, asking for one thing: tell us about your home state. And the responses poured in:

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The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did: Ate an Entire Goddamn Plate of Sugar Pasta

And now for our feature The Dumbest Thing I Ever Did, where Thrill staffers remember their fondest (and dumbest) memories. Click here for more in this series.

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Not nearly as appetizing as Buddy the Elf makes it look (via eatmedaily.com).

Sophomores have just turned in their abroad applications for next year, so I’ve heard a lot of buzz from underclassmen recently about their hopes and dreams for their semester out in the big bad world. In a lot of ways, I’m pumped for you kiddos–my time abroad last semester was amazing, and I came away with a lot of new ideas, new friends, and new pictures to use for my Facebook header whenever I feel like it’s been the same for too long (oh yeah that is a picture of me in a castle–I’m just soooo well-travelled). But I also kind of want to sit y’all down and make sure you know that you’re just as likely (if not more so) to have awkward and embarrassing experiences in another country as you are on your home turf.

Going abroad is a mixed bag: sometimes you have a phenomenal experience taking tequila shots with strangers at a Dutch queer party, and sometimes you accidentally put sugar in your pasta at a fancy restaurant and end up eating an entire goddamn plate of sugar pasta.

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10 o’clock list: Coffee Drinks For Your Major

Your studying style is definitely this picturesque (via tokyotimes.com)

Your studying style is definitely this picturesque (via tokyotimes.com)

So you learn quite a few things about people when you start working at a coffee shop (yes, I work at Wiggin Street—you can refer to me as your hero, your queen, your goddess of caffeine–and hey, feel free to throw some appreciation in the tip jar–mac and cheese wedges ain’t cheap). One of the first lessons you learn on the job is that you can tell a lot about someone based on what they order for their early morning pick-me-up. And when you work on a college campus? It’s not hard to start seeing patterns across certain groups. Specifically—the ways people’s majors affect their coffee choices. In case you’ve ever been curious while eyeing up a hottie at Wiggle Ground, here’s a little cheat sheet I’ve prepared to help you pick out people’s majors based on their coffee orders. It should give you some idea of what to chat about while you’re both at the counter putting raw sugar in your drinks.

1. English: Black coffee. I’ve got your number, kid—you want coffee as black as the human condition, don’t you? You want to be reminded of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness during the bleak hours of the early morning, when you’re staring into your cup hoping it might hold the mysteries of the universe. Or maybe you like black coffee because it reminds you of your ideal writing style—no frills, no fuss, straight to the point, but also like, refined, y’know? Whatever the reason is, it’s probably loaded with religious symbolism. I mean, what isn’t?

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