From the Collegian Archives: Harry Potter Review

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This week in From the Collegian Archives, we’re not going too far back — just 14 years, to Nov. 4, 1999. But it might as well have been a lifetime ago, because this was before Pottermania had begun. (The book had, however, been released in the U.S. in Sept. 1998, meaning the Collegian was not exactly on the ball with this review.) Luckily, the review is a positive one — “quality stuff,” “fast pace, engaging characters and … fantasy-ridden plot,” “attracting people of all ages” — as the Collegian would probably never recover from panning the most beloved book of our generation. Still, the paper couldn’t resist throwing in the requisite sophisticated-liberal-arts-student-who’s-too-good-for-this barbs. “If you do no other pleasure reading over Thanksgiving break, read Harry Potter. In between, of course, chapters of Moby Dick.

After the jump, a special bonus photo of Kenyon’s own favorite boy wizard!

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Who Is Responsible for This?

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Who is this “Scrocial Board” and why have they been distributing these helpful fun facts about Kenyon throughout Peirce? While we applaud helping first years get acquainted to Kenyon, we have a suspicion that a few of these “facts” may not be true. Is the Henry Moore sculpture in the Science Quad actually the seal to S. Georgia Nugent’s crypt? Was P.F. Kluge once a Filipino pirate? Should I really be collecting MIddle Path pebbles to win a free T-shirt?

But actually, the last fact hits kind of close to home. Too real, guys.

10 o’clock list: Top Five Computers at Kenyon

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This post brought to you by Apple. (Designed in Gambier, manufactured in China.)

At Kenyon, every student needs his or her own computer. This is undeniable. I mean, it’s not like the College has gone to significant lengths to install public computer labs all over the place — no, each of us needs to spend $1,000 on a cool Netflix machine! Anyway, here are the most common computers at Kenyon: the results might surprise you! (But probably not.)

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From the Collegian Archives: Ill-Fated Magazine Experiment

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Welcome to another year of “From the Collegian Archives,” in which we explore the strangest and most historic events from the Collegian‘s past, brought to us with the help of our friends in the library archives. Today, we’re heading back to 1973, when the paper decided to try a different format. The difference between volume CI and CII is visible above. “The COLLEGIAN is no longer a newspaper,” reads the front-page editorial in the first issue for the 1973-1974 school year. “It is a feature journal which concerns itself with previews, reviews, and the opinions of its readers.”

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Do it today: First-Year Sing

The 2011 First-Year Sing.

The 2011 First-Year Sing.

Unlike Life on the Hill, Real World: Gambier and all those other Orientation events where we claim to impart vital knowledge about how to live in our strange, miniature hilltop society, the First-Year Sing is optional. You don’t have to do it. However, I believe this is the single most important Orientation event, and if you skip it, everything else will have been for nothing. The Sing is your final step into being a full member of the Kenyon community, and no matter what you may have heard, it’s guaranteed that by “Kokosing Farewell” the shouting will have stopped and everyone will be singing together. If you take a nap this afternoon instead of joining your peers on the steps of Rosse, not only will you bitterly regret it at the Senior Sing 3.75 years from now, but you also won’t ever be able to look Doc Locke in the eye. And you should, because he’s really nice.

As for the upperclassmen: everyone take a break from moving in and buying textbooks this afternoon, and let’s give the class of 2017 a welcome to remember.

  • What: First-Year Sing
  • Where: Rosse Hall (rehearsal), front steps of Rosse (Sing)
  • When: 5:00 p.m. (rehearsal), 5:30 p.m. (Sing)

Decatur Invokes Laws of Thermodynamics at First Convocation

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Trustee Deborah Johnson Reeder ’85 leads President Sean Decatur and Dean of Students Hank Toutain down Middle Path. (Photo by David Hoyt)

At 1:30 p.m. today, the chapel bells began to peal and the class of 2017 began their walk down Middle Path through the gauntlet of professors. The Thrill was present for the beginning of the 190th academic year to bring you these photos and highlights.

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