10 o’clock list: Mixes for Kenyon


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


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


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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