A Call for Systemic Change: Prevention Programming, Alcohol, and College Culture

Content Warning: This article discusses sexual assault. 

This is an opinion piece, all views expressed within it are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of The Thrill.

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This week’s Title IX discussion has largely focused on the deficiencies of both Kenyon’s sexual misconduct policy and the legislation itself. While we’re making important strides in these conversations, we need to focus more efforts on the area where we, the students, can affect perhaps the most significant change: prevention programming.  Continue reading

Breaking: College Issues Safety Alert After Report of Sexual Assault

At 1:52 a.m. Kenyon issued a safety alert to its students via email, text, and phone. The email reads,

The Campus Safety Office received a report indicating that a female resident of Mather Hall was the victim of sexual misconduct in her residence hall room between 8-8:45 pm on Saturday, April 31, 2016.

The suspect, whose identity is unknown, is described as 6 feet tall, with a thin build, blonde hair and wearing khaki pants, a navy v-neck shirt and New Balance sneakers.

You are advised to remain aware of your surroundings at all times, lock your residence hall room door, report any suspicious activity or individuals to Campus Safety immediately, and trust your instincts.

If you have any information whatsoever about this incident, please contact Campus Safety at 740-427-5555.  You may also provide anonymous information on the Rave Guardian app.

Support for students is available through campus resources including the Counseling Center, Sexual Misconduct Advisers, Peer Counselors, Residence Hall staff members, the Dean of Students Office, campus chaplains  and the Civil Rights/Title IX Office.

We are issuing this Timely Warning in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

**Timely warnings are triggered when the campus determines that a Clery related crime presents a serious and/or continuing threat to students and employees, such as a murder, sex offense or robbery. This determination would be made by officials who should be pre-identified in the annual Clery Act report.

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In Case You Missed It: What You Need to Know About the Title IX Forum

cw: This article discusses sexual assault.

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Thursday at 4:15 p.m. counselor Nicki Keller, Title IX Coordinator Andrea Goldblum, Deputy Title IX Coordinator Linda Smolak, next year’s Interim Title IX Coordinator Sam Hughes, and the Sexual Misconduct Advisors facilitated a somewhat tense Title IX forum in Gund Gallery’s Community Theater.

Keller kicked off the conversation by outlining the objectives for the discussion:  Continue reading

Alum Speculates on Kenyon Civility During CSAD, Is Wrong

Hey, that’s what we’re doing! “Social Justice Kittens” by liartownusa.tumblr.com

Yesterday, American Thinker, a conservative online daily publication run by Thomas Lifson and Richard Baehr, both ’69, published an article titled, “When the Social Justice Warrior Dogs Didn’t Bark.” Following the lead of other publications, Lifson, who authored the article, sought to praise Kenyon for its civility to James Comey P’16 who spoke during the CSAD conference on April 7th. The central argument of the article is that Kenyon has “a strong culture of engagement in serious discussion of ideas.” We agree, but we take issue with Lifson’s subsequent argument that Kenyon has this culture because it has not succumbed to the ‘trendy’ “leftist domination”of academia. According to Lifson, “this malign current must be resisted. Kenyon, although not explicitly conservative like Hillsdale College, has stuck to this goal resolutely.”

We have a few things to say about the article, namely that, um hey, do you even go here? Click through to come on this journey with us as we let our social justice warrior dogs give the article a good shred, paragraph by paragraph.

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First Year Reflections on Shock Your Mom

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Shock Your Mom is the party you brag about to friends from other schools. Everyone remembers their first SYM at Kenyon (or distinctly don’t remember it).  We asked our First-Year writers for their thoughts on the party. Here’s what they had to say about their first encounter with Kenyon’s most scandalous tradition:  Continue reading