It Happened to Me: I Broke the Bookstore Window and The Thrill Staff Made Me Write About It


A guest post by Ethan Fuirst–senior, libra, window breaker

There’s a table in the bookstore that I’ve been particularly fond of for a few years now. It’s a little round ditty for two next to the window. It’s a perfect location– isolated enough to share private sagas of heartbreak and friendship, but it is also snug up against the window so passersby can see how many friends I have. At that very table, I’ve had some of the best conversations of the past few years.  More importantly, I’ve heard (and spilled) really juicy gossip at that table (using a volume just quiet enough so that the bookstore customers can’t hear what I’m saying, but just loud enough so that they know they’re missing something good). One could say I became a man at that table. At the very least, I’ve eaten thousands of over-priced chocolate-covered almonds there.

Like many other weekday nights throughout my college career, I was sitting at that Very Special Table on a Monday in February. The windows were painted with cute scenes of innocent kittens playing with balls of yarn. My friend Andrew Perelman (whose name I use in full so that if any future employers google him, they know about his involvement) walked by on the sidewalk outside and saw me at the table. He came up to the window and waved.

It should be noted that I startle easily.

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10 o’clock list: Most Sensual Bookstore Chocolates


the gift of a lifetime

Valentine’s Day may be over and done with, but romance is still alive and kicking at Kenyon’s very own bookstore. While the array of chocolate draws acclaim from students and faculty alike for its variety in flavor (and cost), the candy section is most well-known for one thing:  sex appeal. The turns of phrase employed on many chocolate bar wrappers are enough to make any self-respecting collegiate go weak at the knees. If you’re looking to be seduced by 1.55 oz of sugar and cocoa bean, read on to discover The Thrill’s rundown on the sexist bars of  sugary nonsense ever found in this neck of the woods.

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Battle Royale: Coffee on the Hill

Dec. 7, 2013, Atlantic City,New Jersey --- Saturday, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. --- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank (no other credit allowed) copyright 2013

Who will win????

Ok picture this. It’s a weekday morning, and you’re trying to decide where to get the sweet sweet life-water other people refer to as coffee. You think to yourself–Wiggin? Bookstore? Peirce? Deli? You’ll hear tons of contradictory opinions from friends and enemies alike. The truth is brand loyalty and the debilitating addiction to caffeine doesn’t mix. With an array of options available to the average Kenyon student, I’m here to take these claims to the test. I conducted a blind taste test of the various coffee sources all over campus, desperate to find the truth.


“Tastes the least like anything”


“Bland, watery, gentle”

“The caress of a familiar friend”

“Terrible water”


“Almost tastes like tea” (not necessarily a good thing)

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A Day in the Life: Jim Huang, Bookstore Manager

In this feature, The Thrill will showcase a typical day of a member of the Kenyon Community: student, faculty, or staff. If you have nominations for people to be showcased, please share them in the comments or email us at


The Bookstore. It’s a part of our campus that we accept as our provider of textbooks, snack needs, and even the occasional Shakespearean finger puppet. But how do these finger puppets and other treasures get to our town of Gambier? Meet Jim Huang, Bookstore Manager. It’s through him that all these things we take for granted on campus happen, such as online textbook ordering, events, and bringing all the best new books to Gambier. If you want to learn how the magic happens, read on as Jim takes us through his day!

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Getting Freaky, Volume XI: Let’s Get Literary



Whether you’ve just begun your journey into freakitude or you began it long ago, The Thrill is here to help you improve your safe, consensual sexy sex times by answering your most burning questions. Have a question about x-rated materials? Send us an e-mail at with the subject line Sex Q and we’ll answer it in our next edition. Feeling embarrassed? Not to worry– we’ve set up a Gmail account to allow for anonymous questions. The username is “gettingfreakythrill” and the password is “thethrill”. Log in and shoot us an email, and your question may be featured on the blog!

The semester’s picking up, and pleasure reading is a luxury on par with taking a private jet to a vineyard in the south of France. The cold season calls for fewer carefree evenings spent reading Gone Girl and sipping white wine; rather, we’re expected to read more and more Beowulf while softly sobbing into a cold tray of microwavable mac and cheese. What’s a kid to do, right?

If you’re looking for a teeny tiny literary pick-me-up that won’t eat up the hours you’re forced to devote to big boy college work, have no fear! Our very own Kenyon bookstore carries many, many titles pertinent to the two special topics we students love to hate: sex and relationships. Through seriously limited internet research (you think I read these things? I forgot to eat today), I’ve attempted to capture the essence of each of these books with my brilliant wit. Kick back and enjoy!

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