BREAKING: New Safety App Triggers Concerns for Student Privacy

On Friday, March 18th, the Office of Communications sent an email to students, employees and faculty about a new feature available for members of Kenyon’s community. The message went largely unnoticed, perhaps the result of the students’ return to campus following a two-week break. The email introduced the encouraged usage of the Rave Guardian app, a software intended to amplify and maintain safety on campus.

The app allows the Kenyon community to alert Campus Safety about personal emergencies and to anonymously notify the office about suspicious or dangerous activity. It’s able to do these things effectively because it requires an individual to share their location services with the app. The app’s utility in personal emergencies and in cases of suspicious activity is not in question, but its implications for student and employee privacy should not be ignored. 

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Getting Good Sam’d: What Really Happens

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Ever wonder what happens when someone uses Kenyon’s Good Samaritan Policy on you? For anyone unfamiliar, this policy states that “those instances in which a student calls the Office of Campus Safety […] for assistance with an intoxicated or impaired student, neither the individual calling nor the student in need of assistance will be charged with violations of the College’s policies”.  The Thrill interviewed two students who have been through the process of getting Good Sam’d, getting their thoughts and reflections on the system.  Continue reading

Paul Blart: Safety Officer

Paul's always ready for any emergency, no matter how big or how smal

Paul’s always ready for any emergency, no matter how big or how small

Word has it that we might have a new addition to Campus Safety: Paul Blart. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 opened this weekend to rave reviews, and I think we can bet that there’s going to be a Paul Blart 3 coming soon. Well listen up, Hollywood, because I have an idea for you: Paul Blart at Kenyon, joining the ranks of Kenyon’s Finest. Can’t you picture Paul Blart hanging around Kenyon, doing Safety things? It’s ok if you can’t, because I did it for you.

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Unsung Heroes Week: Final Day

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February 16th-20th is Kenyon’s First Annual Unsung Heroes Week, a community project designed to appreciate the efforts of Maintenance, AVI and Campus Safety. We are proud to recognize the efforts of these employees as valuable members of the Kenyon community. The long term goal of this project is the establishment of a small scholarship fund for a child or grandchild of a Kenyon AVI, Maintenance or Campus Safety worker living in Knox County and pursuing higher education at a college or university. Please share this project with your Kenyon College friends, family members, alumni, or anyone else who you feel would be interested. Let’s give these workers the recognition they deserve!

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Michael, Danville (Left), Meagan (Center), Nick, Columbus (Right), AVI

“What’s your favorite part about working at Kenyon?”

“Michael: “When I initially started working here I had just graduated from high school. I had a few friends that were accepted here and I got to see them and work at the same time. I got to still see my friends and make money. And I moved into the position I’m in now and I just like cooking and the people I work with and it’s a very positive atmosphere here.” Continue reading

Unsung Heroes Week: Day 5

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February 16th-20th is Kenyon’s First Annual Unsung Heroes Week, a community project designed to appreciate the efforts of Maintenance, AVI and Campus Safety. We are proud to recognize the efforts of these employees as valuable members of the Kenyon community. The long term goal of this project is the establishment of a small scholarship fund for a child or grandchild of a Kenyon AVI, Maintenance or Campus Safety worker living in Knox County and pursuing higher education at a college or university. Please share this project with your Kenyon College friends, family members, alumni, or anyone else who you feel would be interested. Let’s give these workers the recognition they deserve!

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Mount Vernon, Howard, Maintenance

“What’s your favorite part about working at Kenyon?”

Dallas: “Probably my partner (Susan), honestly. We just get along. We have our conversation and everything.”

Susan: “Having a partner like Dallas.”

Both: “Just the different kind of stuff you get to do. You just don’t know what could hit you. It’s not the same, monotonous.”

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