Kenyon Side Projects: Joe Barden ’15

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So, as it turns out Kenyon students are pretty weird. The Thrill has decided to showcase the endearing oddities of our student body with a new features entitled “Kenyon Side Projects.” In this new feature, we will spotlight a Kenyon student with a side project that we find particularly intriguing. Up first is Joe Barden ’15, political science major from Seattle. Barden unabashedly and quite expertly if I may say so, collects VHS copies of Jerry Maguire.

So Joe, tell us about the origin of your Kenyon side project.

The collection started with the website, which is the world’s only psychedelic comedic found footage website. The website had a contest for any fledgling VHS person (someone who understands the process of collecting tapes) to send in the largest collection of Jerry Maguire tapes. My friend and I started collecting tapes to make it onto the contest board. In the midst of this competition there came a tipping point and we realized what we really should be trying to do is create the largest private collection of Jerry Maguire VHS tapes, or “Jerrys,” as they are affectionately called.   Continue reading

Do it Tonight: State Department Information Session

Dear run of the mill Kenyon student,

If you have ever stop and thought to yourself, man, I would love a career with the Department of State, then we have the info session for you! Jim Ellickson-Brown will be returning to campus to discuss the myriad internships and fellowship opportunities that the Department of State currently offers. If you are a little unsure you can go to their website and see what area of the department is made for you. You don’t want to miss this.

  • What: The Department of State Information Session
  • When: Monday, September 8th (Tonight) at 6:00pm
  • Where: Olin Auditorium

Abroad Blog: My Trip to the Science Quad


As a current junior set to go abroad in just a few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with travel as a way to prepare myself for what I am positive will be an eye-opening, enlightening, and life changing abroad experience. By travel, I mainly mean I have been going around to parts of Kenyon I don’t usually go to and narrating my explorations like I’m writing an abroad blog. That is what going abroad is all about right…the blogging experience? This past Sunday, a daring friend and I decided to study in the science quad. Now, as a Psychology major I should probably be more familiar with the science quad and its many joys, but let’s face it, I’m just not. I know my way around all the secret and luxurious corners of Sam Mather and that is where my knowledge stops. Our foray into the depths of the science quad was at times invigorating, surprisingly aesthetically pleasing, straight up confusing, and a little bit frightening.  Continue reading

Fall Dance Concert in Review


Last night was the first performance of the Fall Dance Concert. I was blown away by the diversity and energy of the show. The first piece of the concert was entitled “Coefficients of Friction” and it was choreographed by visiting choreographer Ellie Escosa Carter. The piece was a lovely start to the concert because it eased the audience into the dancer’s state of mind. I found the piece extremely athletic and animalistic in nature.  Continue reading