10 o’clock list: Tinder Profiles of Kenyon Alumni

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Who knew? Rehnquist ’46 and Janney ’82? Age is but a number, friends. Ow ow!

Tinder isn’t a new topic on campus, nor is it on this blog. After many discussions of pick-up lines, weird encounters with classmates, and our general bemusement with the app, we couldn’t help but wonder what our very own alumni might have written back in the day. In fact, Tinder probably would have been quite helpful when Kenyon was heavy on the lords and light on the ladies. I mean, would I have accepted a pick-up line from Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme ’48? Of course. Just the thought of him gives me sweaty palme. Read on to discover the Tinder alter-egos of your favorite (and least favorite) alumni.

1. Rutherford B. Hayes, 1842. More like Rutherford B. Hayyy-ladiez-wassup? We can only imagine the profile of one of our least favorite alumni would go something like this: I’m the one on the right. Ohio born and raised. Civil War veteran. If you’re a Whig turned Republican, I’ll put a ring on it. I took the backdoor into the presidency, so I’d be down to go through yours too. Hmu on Snapchat: B.hayy69. Oh, and 5’9 cuz apparently that’s a thing. Two measurements btw.  Continue reading

We Downloaded Average Photos of Famous Kenyon Alumni. What Happened Next Will Astound You.

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IT A MYSTERY

Recently, I was reminded by my Thrill colleague’s timely roast of Rutherford B. Hayes that some seriously influential and somewhat baller people have graduated from Kenyon over the past hundred-odd years. With this knowledge dancing around in my brain box, I was compelled to ask: What would it be like if a bunch of successful alumni got together and had weird kids? Once that idea nugget poked its head out of the proverbial egg that is my skull, nothing could stop me from making my dream a reality. Man-man couplings that can’t produce children? Non-intersecting lifespans? WHO CARES. Let’s smash some faces together and see what we get.

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The Thrill Remembers Carl Djerassi

Djerassi in the Reveille

Djerassi in the Reveille.

 

After the death of “the father of the pill,” Carl Djerassi ’43 we decided to look in the Greenslade Special Collections and Archives to properly honor the man who gave us oral contraceptives and antihistamines. Pictured above is Djerassi’s picture in the ’43 Reveille. Listed among his activities is his membership in the Pre-Med club and the Speech Club. Read more about Djerassi after the break!

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Carl Djerassi ’43 dies at 91

via news.rutgers.edu

Carl Djerassi, a graduate of Kenyon and the inventor of the birth control pill died yesterday in San Francisco, Djerassi was 91. Djerassi emigrated to America from Austria at the age of 16. At the age of 18, Djerassi graduated with a degree in chemistry from Kenyon, having received a scholarship with help from Eleanor Roosevelt. Continue reading

Djerassi ’43 Uses Telegraph to Discuss Future of Recreational Sex

Is the German the same as the English?

About the time the Master Plan is nearing any sort of completion, Kenyon students (and the rest of us) may be entering a world of sex without consequences (child form that is, watch out for those STDs kids!). At least this is the world Carl Djerassi ’43 envisions.

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Dear Alum: Carl Djerassi ’43

Kenyon’s alumni are some of the best and brightest in the world (we happen to think). In this new feature, we’ll be celebrating some of our most beloved Kenyon alums with the highest honor any mortal can hope to achieve: notes/letters published on the Internet. Yes, that’s right, the Internet. 

"Djerassic Park." (I spent so long on this. So long. What am I doing with my life?)

“Djerassic Park.” (I spent so long on this. So long. What am I doing with my life?)

Dear Carl Djerassi,

Thank you for effectively inventing the first successful combined oral contraceptive. While I deeply appreciate your contribution to science and reproductive health, as well as the fact that I can make a weak “Djerassic Park” pun out of your name and laugh at it privately for 16 straight minutes, I do have a bit of user-generated input I’d love to throw your way. Continue reading

Do it tonight: See Carl Djerassi (the Alum Who Invented the Pill)

Come hear chemist, playwright, poet, and novelist (whew) Carl Djerassi, speak tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Cheever Room of Finn House. Djerassi studied chemistry at Kenyon, and went on to invent the birth control pill. Although he is often referred to as the father of the pill, he has said that he would “rather be called the mother of the Pill.” In tonight’s talk, “From the Pill to the Pen,” he will talk about his career as a chemist and how he has also became a poet, playwright, and novelist. Even if you’ve never heard of the pill (and I really hope you have), you should come over to Finn House tonight for this lecture and discussion by one of the most dedicated overachievers and, as the posters all around campus say, a “world-changer.”

What: Carl Djerassi, the guy who invented the first oral contraceptive pill, will be talking about the development of his career “From the Pill to the Pen.”

When: 7:30 p.m.

Where: Cheever Room, Finn House.