Delahunty Suggests College Matching System

Jennifer Delahunty, via

Critiquing the college admissions game in a piece for the New York Times, former Dean of admissions and current associate dean of West Coast admissions Jennifer Delahunty finds fault with the multi-billion dollar industry that has sprung up to help kids get into college.

From test prep to private college counselors and guidebooks, Delahunty proposes that this may not be the best way to go about the college admissions game. she even suggests that the money colleges spend on advertising is getting out of hand. Drawing on examples of how this system fails, such as the demise of Sweet Briar, Delahunty suggests a college matching system which, like programs that match medical students to appropriate residencies, would allow students to list their top schools and then the schools themselves would match students to the ideal program for their interests and abilities. This would replace the urge for students to just apply (and accept application at) the schools with the best rankings.

The piece can be read here.

BREAKING: Josh Radnor ’96 Revels in the “Good Ol’ Days,” Passes it Off as Congratulatory Video

The end game of Radnor's education in the finer aspects of dramatics was always going to be spirit fingers. (via YouTube)

The end game of Radnor’s education in the finer aspects of dramatics was always going to be spirit fingers. (via YouTube)

Hey! You! Stop watching that video compilation of X Factor audition fails! Put down that jumbo sized box of Cheez-Its! JOSH RADNOR HAS ACKNOWLEDGED US YET AGAIN!

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10 o’clock list: 5 Items Undoubtedly Lurking in My Admissions File


Why hello, my gentle brethren and sistren. If you’re currently enrolled at Kenyon, or have been in the past, you no doubt have memories of the arduous, misery-inducing application process. Nothing in my life has brought me more existential dread than sitting at my childhood kitchen counter, tearing my little hairs out strand by strand and trying to decide what “I would sculpt, given a block of clay,” or what “laid outside the borders of my map.” I found myself tossing and turning more vigorously in my bed at night. The never-ending screaming echoing inside my ears intensified. “What reason would they have to select a foolish sad sack such as myself?” I would think, over and over. Somehow I made it in, but to this day I wonder how I managed to slip through the cracks. Some like-minded Stanford students clearly felt the same way, and being unable to live another day pretending to feel normal decided to take matters into their own hands. No doubt they breathe a bit easier knowing that the judgements passed upon them are no longer so secret. Please humor me while I try to settle myself down by playing a bit of make-believe regarding my own file.

1. This applicant is clearly not interested in the correct fields of study, he’s neither planning to pursue courses in sculpture or cartography: If admissions were seeking candidates with those particular talents they should have just gone right out and told prospective students so, instead of espousing a desire to fill Kenyon’s hallowed halls with “individuals” and “free thinkers.” I guess the decision to eliminate this portion of the application does suggest that the process is becoming a bit more open minded.

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You Will (Likely Become an Unstable Curmudgeon)

This post was co-authored by Staff Writers Gracie Potter ’17 and Emma Brown ’17.

The trees are bare. The sky is grey. The grass is dead. Those brochures peddled lies. Get over it.

The trees are bare. The sky is grey. The grass is dead. Those brochures peddled lies. Get over it.

Hey, lurking accepted students and parents! Sick of your mailbox getting bombarded with picturesque postcards of beautiful trees and smiling students? Curious about what Kenyon is actually like? The Thrill‘s here to make your dreams come true! Thanks to the photography skills of the talented Emma Brown ’17, we’ve created a photographic guide to what’s what on our little hill. Hop aboard the Truth Train – it’s about to get real up in here.

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