Do it Today: Free STD Clinic @ Health Center

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The Health Center will be offering free testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia from 3 to 6 pm today. A limited number of HIV tests will also be available, though the number may increase based on demand. The process is confidential, stress-free and there will be self-collection (i.e. no physical exam), so whether you think you need to or not, head down to the Health Center this afternoon to take charge of your sexual health! No appointment necessary. Oh, and say hi to Kim Cullers, because she is the queen.

  • What – Free STD testing for gonorrhea, chlamydia and HIV
  • Where – The Cox Health & Counseling Center, 101 West Scott Lane (past the Post Office)
  • When – 3 to 6 pm today, Monday, Feb. 23rd
  • Why – Because it’s never a bad idea to check up on your sexual health in a professional and respectful environment. (Especially when it’s free.)

Kenyon Lifehack: DIY Wine Fridge

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Those flowers were picked in early September, and are even more gross than they look.

Even for a lifehack, this one is pretty simple (and, perhaps, pretty hack-y.) All you’ll need to get started is — a) a bottle of wine, b) a window (preferably in an NCA or New Apt., but you can covertly make this work in a dorm setting as well), and c) a brutal Ohio winter. Ready?

  • Step 1 — Select your wine. I went with “$3.83 Kroger bottle of unknown vintage.”

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Made in Peirce: Health Plate

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If you’re like me, you want to eke the maximum amount of Bobby-Flay-level flavor out of your Peirce dinner without sacrificing nutrition.

“But how am I supposed to do that?”, you moan ghoulishly, staggering out of the servery with your greasy paws clamped around a napkinful of mac-and-cheese sandwiches.

Don’t worry, friends. I, your health and fitness guru, am here to save the day with HealthPlate™. (Not to brag, but as of press time, I’ve completed slightly over 1 crunch. And not to digress further, but I think there’s a classic comedy joke to be made here about crunches versus Crunch Bars that I’d be remiss not to note.)

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The Great Cam’Ron Shutdown Poll

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Well, Cam’ron is playing at Kenyon in approx. 15 minutes, against all odds. Yeah, Jay-Z’s former rival is performing in Kenyon’s own Horn Gallery, in what may well be Cam’ron’s first “rural music barn” performance, and we predict Kenyon fans will flood the place pretty quick. Even our roughly 1,700 enrollment might prove to be too much — insert your D.I.Y. Purple Haze joke here.

Weigh in, friends — How long can this beautiful miracle last until Campus Safety shows up?

  • Start time: 9:30-ish
  • End Time
  • A) 9:45
  • B) 10:01
  • C: 10:13
  • D) ALL NIGHT LONG

Leave your predictions in the comments, and get ready for Opera Steve.

UPDATE — As of 9:59 pm, there have been reported Killa Cam sightings, reported Safety shutdowns and everyone’s standing outside the  Horn, smoking and plotting.

UPDATE — 10:00 pm — Some guy just said “He’s here.”

UPDATE — 10:02 pm — He’s not here.

UPDATE — 10:12 pm — It’s cold out here.

UPDATE — 12:17 am — Cam’ron performed at roughly 10:35 pm. It was cool.

Do it Tonight: Community Vigil in Mount Vernon City Square

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Knox County domestic violence shelter New Directions is holding an open community vigil tonight in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The vigil will commemorate victims, celebrate survivors and focus on healthy relationships. If you want to show your support, stop by the Mount Vernon City Square (right in the center of town) — all are welcome to attend!

  • What : Community Vigil
  • Where : Mount Vernon City Square
  • When : Tonight, Tuesday, October 21st, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

We’re #1! We’re #1! ( At Landscaping, Apparently)

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Well, folks, the day has finally come — Lawnstarter, a lil’ startup dedicated to “making lawn care easy, affordable and reliable”, has named Kenyon #1 in its list of “The Top 10 Best Landscaped Colleges in the Midwest.” Yes, this may feel like a hilariously specific category, but our campus pride should burst forth nonetheless. Especially when you consider the fact that, in the words of my esteemed overlord Kate Lindsay, “Someone LITERALLY took a shit on our campus landscape two weeks ago.”

Interview with Matt Hellman, Executive Director for New Directions Shelter

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Earlier this week, the Thrill had the privilege of speaking to Matt Hellman, executive director for New Directions, the domestic abuse shelter of Knox County (and husband of Housing and ResLife director Jill Engel-Hellman). Our discussion with Matt is featured in honor of Take Back the Night Week, in order to shed light on resources for survivors of assault and abuse in and around Knox County.
Can you explain the mission of New Directions, and give a short overview of what you do?
  • The mission of New Directions is to work with the Knox County community to promote healthy and loving relationships.  New Directions offers safe housing to persons escaping domestic violence, a 24-hour hotline, legal advocacy, sexual assault services and community education.  More information is available at newdirectionsshelter.org.  The hotline number is (740) 397-4357.
How long have you served as director of New Directions?
  • New Directions’ first and only executive director, Mary Hendrickson, passed away unexpectedly on June 7, 2014.  I was hired by New Directions’ Board of Directors and started six weeks ago on August 19th.

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