Okay, I know every college student since the beginning of higher education likes to complain about their dormitory, but here’s the thing: Watson dorm is unlike any other dorm experience you can or will have on Kenyon’s campus. I have lived here since August (with the added bonus of moving in early, as a Peer Counselor for training) and I have compiled such a wide and vast collection of experiences in this place that it feels like I’ve lived seven separate lives, all of which have been marked by some absolutely batshit occurrences. Nothing you will read on this or any website will be able to convey to you the full experience, but come with me, won’t you? Come with me on this journey.
Hey everyone, I’ll level with you: I have not been on the ball recently. I’ve been shirking some responsibilities and losing sleep and just generally been fucking up in small, concurrent ways for about a week now. And yeah, this is nothing new, and yeah, I’ll definitely get out of this one (fingers crossed, knock on wood, god I hope this isn’t jinxing anything) but still, the past handful of days have been a little rocky. Mostly this manifests itself in me, smack dab in the middle of a conversation or a Lisa omelette, suddenly, crushingly realizing that there’s something else I’m supposed to be doing.
My name is Nathan Scott Winer and I was never meant to attend an all-campus party. I am unable to dance without feeling like a dunce (fun wordplay for you), I am always upset by sticky floors and walls (@ the AD lounge), and I don’t like most of the music played at any large gathering. That being said, any time I’ve gone out on a weekend night there has always been at least one moment of complete euphoria, just complete and utter joy. I feel like my soul is ready to leave my body to mingle with the souls of the rest of this campus whenever I hear the first few notes of what I genuinely think is one of the best songs written and released in the last several decades. I’m talking, of course, about The Killer’s seminal number one hit, “Mr. Brightside.”
Welcome back all you baby birds to the sweet nest of Kenyon College. You got a chance to spread your wings and soar over break, and those drafty winds probably blew you towards all different sorts of culinary experiences. You went to good restaurants. Your parents cooked the meatballs you love so much, with the secret ingredient (paprika probably.) But now here we are, our wings tired from all that flapping, and we’re back in the sweet embrace of Mama Bird Peirce, which will chew up her meals and spit them into our dumb, gaping mouths just like she always has. Continue reading
Alright, I’ll be upfront with everyone: I am not a fan of germs. I get wigged out if people around me are feeling sick, and my hands are cracked like an old terrible vase from how often I wash them in this frigid flu season we’re all going through. So I’m aware that, sometimes, I’m a little more bothered than most about things that might get you sick.
The Thrill regularly spotlights a Sexual Misconduct Advisor to raise awareness about the resources available to survivors of sexual assault. Remember, the SMAs are subordinate to the Counseling Center, so anything you tell them is kept confidential. They also have an anonymous hotline you can call if you need assistance: 740-358-1544. Today, we’re featuring Talia Light Rake! Stay safe, and know that there is always someone you can talk to if you need help.
Talia Light Rake, ’20, Sociology and Drama Double Major
What’s your ultimate Peirce meal?
I once had that Panko Rice dish with an egg, but then I never saw it again. It was pretty yummy though.
If you had to be on type of vegetable, what would you be, and why?
I think I could be the Amish pickled onions. Just cause.
What were your favorite and least favorite things about your first year dorm?
I lived in Norton last year and had a great roommate, but we lived in 101 so we were kind far from the bathroom.
Cats or dogs or salamanders? Why?
Dogs. Why? Cause look how cute my dog Bailey is! Bailey, cute dog
What’s your zodiac sign, and do you vibe with it?
I’m a Gemini, and for better or worse I think that it’s a perfect fit. For some reason Geminis get a lot of hate, but I think we’re really great.
What’s your current favorite class, and why?
I am currently in a Sociology of Sexuality class with Professor Austin Johnson, and it’s fantastic. It is really redefining how I have viewed sexuality. I think it’s a class that everyone should be required to take.
Why did you want to become an SMA?
Sex and hook-up culture during college, and at Kenyon especially, have the ability to be extremely confusing and uncomfortable. While the hook-up culture is something that almost everyone is a part of, there is very little discussion around it. I wanted to become an SMA so I could be a knowledgeable supporter for my peers, and to create further discussion on campus.