When I first came to Kenyon I wasn’t sure whether or not I would like it. Four years later, my love for this place has never wavered. My parents always told me though that I should be focusing on the classroom and not to let it out of my sight. That’s all well and good, but some of the best lessons I learned, I learned on the fly, outside the classroom.
We all know that the body needs a pick-me-up every once in a while. Drinking every night of the week, coupled with the fact that some of us are deep in the throes of comps does not bode well for being the picture of health that every Kenyon student strives for. This is why we have decided to compose the complete rejuvenating system: The Executive’s Workout™. To complete the The Executive’s Workout™, one must engage in vigorous exercise, vigorous cleansing and slightly less vigorous drinking.
I’m not going to say that I’m a trendsetter, but, you know. At the very least, I’m the man behind the man (generally this woman, though). It is for this reason that I am declaring myself a Kenyon Tastemaker, and the taste of this week is ditching Facebook. This aging tech giant is about to be a thing of the past. As I stand on the precipice of a new age in social media, I have an unprecedented view of the future in front of me. I see six letters … M-O-O-D-L-E. Moodle. The sleeping giant in Kenyon’s technological arena.
When I first heard about Kenyon, I did what any child of the millennial generation would do–I Googled it. There it was, the shiny college on a hill that I decided that it would indeed attend. However, just below the top search results for Kenyon was a Kenyon of a different sort. Sherrilyn Kenyon, an urban fantasy author (yes, I had to look up what “urban fantasy” was, although, based on the cover art for the books, I’d say it’s a little closer to urban high fantasy erotica*). After doing quite a bit of research, I have discovered some striking similarities between Ms. Kenyon’s work, and Kenyon College.
This is the first post in a series on Kenyon Whimsy, what we think Admissions actually means when the say “Kenyon quirky.” Kenyon Whimsy is crunchy but not organic–it would wear polyester if it came in a strongly hued paisley. Kenyon Whimsy is artistic but not tortured–it does not believe in suffering for the sake of vision. Love it or hate it (and we’re pretty sure we like it), Kenyon Whimsy is about the earnest enjoyment of art, music, friends and, above all, Kenyon.
This week we looked into Gin and Jams, one of the folksiest, and frankly most fun looking events we’ve heard of on campus. This felt like the right choice for our first in this series of Kenyon quirks. Check out our conversation with Elise Economy ’14 after the jump.