I’m sure many of us are familiar with the motto “treat others how you would like to be treated.” Yes, the golden rule of elementary school. Simple yet effective, it’s a real catch-all for reprehensible behavior ranging from throwing grass at another child to accidentally biting someone because you’re six and you don’t know what behavior is and isn’t appropriate. While it feels a little juvenile to say to a bunch of almost-adults considering many of the examples I’ve just listed, I think it’s worth repeating – especially in light of the way many of you have been treating our beautiful friend, Winter.
I’m a firm believer in being critical of the things you love. It’s okay to accept something for all that it is, good and bad, and celebrate its strengths. But I think it’s important to acknowledge its shortcomings both for your sake and the sake of the thing you love. That said, in my six full semesters as a Kenyon student I’ve seen some ish. Some of it was very good ish. Some of it was very, very bad ish. As we hurl unrelentingly towards the new year and semester, let’s take some of our biggest criticisms and turn them into points of personal growth by making them cause for new year resolutions! Yay personal growth!
- Take the Campus Rage About 2016 Sendoff and put it towards something productive. My sophomore year, the administration tried to change the date of Sendoff and did not involve students in the decision. Needless to say, Sendoff-goers were freakin pissed. The whole campus mobilized and eventually we got the date changed back. I’ve never seen this campus as united as it was over Sendoff before or after the fact, so I think in this next year it’d be cool to put our collective energies towards something productive. Productive how, you ask? That’s for you to decide.
- Return the third floor of the library to its former glory and just be quiet. Back in the day, people would actually glare at you if you held an extended conversation on the third floor. These days, the entire third floor is just Second Floor Chalmers Lite. I’ve heard people have 5-10 minute conversations and others speak in their regular indoor voice as if this isn’t the designated quiet study space on campus. Whispering still makes noise. In this new year, if you’re gonna talk on the third floor just don’t.
- More dogs on campus. I’m not really sure how to achieve this, but I think it’d be awesome if we all tried. We are all better when we are around dogs. If we can’t bring the dogs to us, maybe we can bring ourselves to the dogs by volunteering at the Knox County Humane Society. Seems like a win-win to me.
- Try to complain a little less. There are approximately five things to do on this campus, of which complaining is one. It’s easy, it’s relatable, and it’s something to say to that person in your class who you don’t know very well but still know well enough to talk to while in the Comfort line. But the fact of the matter is that Peirce is pretty good, and your professors are good at their jobs. This year, let’s try to play a little nicer and complain a little less.
- Maybe just uhhh return your Peirce cups? Seriously. It’s not that hard and it’s stupid expensive for the school to keep replacing these cups. Next year, let’s hold ourselves and our peers accountable and resolve to always return our cups. Hooray, personal accountability!
Picture this: August, 2014, fresh from Outdoors Pre-O, but not yet through the weird-but-friendly social hellscape that is First Year Orientation. So many new people in a relatively new place. Just as David Foster Wallace once professed, “this is water” as a call to clarity in the face of oppressing banality, I was strikingly aware of the voice in the back of my head that said “these are going to be your friends for the next four years, make a good impression or be left by the wayside.” Continue reading
Listen up, pals! The Peeps and Unity Halloween Party is this weekend and you’re gonna look like a chump if you don’t have an amazing costume. But it’s Wednesday, you cry like a fool without a calendar, I won’t be able to find something in only 72 hours! Have no fear, you sweet and innocent child. I’ve compiled a list of costumes inspired by our very own campus that are not only super easy to put together, but also a hoot and a holler. Continue reading
As we all know, Kenyon is a special place. This Hill sometimes feels like a world of its own, with a set of its very own social codes and happenings exclusive to Gambier, OH. I’ve taken the time to compile some of the most common Kenyon phenomenons so that the next time you see it happen, you can slap a name on it. Continue reading