The Monday Catchup

Digging through the rubble in Nepal. via

Good morning folks! Here’s what you missed while you were sending-off, extending-off and neverending-off:

The lead story: A massive earthquake struck Nepal over the weekend. The quake, which struck on Saturday and measured a 7.9 on thr Richter Scale, was centered in the Nepali capital of Kathmandu, but was felt in many small villages in the countryside as well. The quake also triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest. So far over 2,700 people are reported dead and rescue workers have been working nonstop, though they must work in fear of the aftershocks that have continued after the main quake struck.

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Tweets on Tweets on Tweets: Volume III


Do you know why this girl is smiling? Because she knows who to follow on Twitter, that’s why.

Yes, many Kenyon students have great Twitter presences. But also “the administration” (or whatever) runs some great Twitter accounts. After scouring my Twitter feed, I’ve found the best vaguely adult Kenyon related Twitter accounts. These Twitters might not make you laugh, but they will keep you informed, give you something to talk to your grownup friends about and help you talk up Kenyon while you’re home for break.

First, we have @kenyoninthenews. As its name suggests, this College run account highlights the achievements of Kenyon students, past and present. Kenyon In the News is probably the easiest way to find articles about Kenyon alumni as well as big events on campus (e.g. Michelle Obama).

Sample Tweet:


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Seeking Gastrointestinal Disaster? Look No Further

Josh Bloom '13, right, fought mightily against the burritos, and for his efforts won $60. (Sam Colt for The Thrill.)

As many of you sat down for dinner this evening, a select group of adventurous students also sat down together for dinner — but with a competitive twist. Hosted by Gund Gameroom, this year’s annual eating competition featured 12 students and 50 (that’s fifty) Chipotle burritos. The rules were as follows:

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Liveblog: Chipotle Grand Opening


The Bible predicted this day would come. The Messiah would descend from the heavens and send some of us to Paradise and some of us to the underworld. Or something.

Well, the Second Coming has arrived, and the Messiah is holding court in the shopping plaza with the Kroger.

If you haven’t figured it out, the Messiah is the Chipotle. Join us as we go there for the first time.

11:49: And we’re out. If you want to come here on a study break, they’re open until 10:00 p.m.

11:45: Bill, the general manager, just told us that two Kenyon students were the Chipotle’s FIRST EVER CUSTOMERS! We’re number 1! We’re number 1!

11:33: Some Kenyon students were apparently the first people to order quesadillas at this Chipotle location. So tour guides, add that to your list of notable thing Kenyon students and alumni have done, right above becoming President of the United States.

11:23: Hanna just pronounced this: “Better than Disney World.”

11:19: We just harassed Taylor Hartwell ’14 for a quote. He was not amused.

11:15: We have now tasted the forbidden fruit. Prediction: We are going to gain a lot of weight this semester.

11:08: Your liveblogger is getting a burrito with carnitas on it. My companion Hanna is getting a vegetarian burrito.

11:04: Fun fact: One of the first Chipotles not in Colorado was in Columbus, OH.

11:00: We’re here! They are still touching up the paint job on the outside. Like how the Gund Gallery isn’t even finished yet.

10 o’clock list: Struggle-Fest

As we head into finals week, five of the biggest struggles on campus, brought to us by Thrill contributor Lily Rosenthal.

  1. Choosing where to study – The library? It closes at 3:00 a.m. MiddleGround? There are too many tempting goodies and other distractions. Gund Commons? The terrible lighting drains energy and motivation and it gets so loud, especially when people start practicing ballroom dancing or fencing.
  2. Finding a seat — Once you’ve figured out where to study, the next even more difficult step is finding a seat. Trying to find a carrel in the library can be like trying to find a parking spot in New York City. You keep circling around and around waiting for someone to get up while trying to beat out the other 10 people who are doing the same thing.
  3. Deciding what to work on first — After choosing a place to study and finding a seat, you are still not ready to study. Now it’s time to decide which one of your five assignments due in the next three days is the most important. The cumulative biology exam or the 10-page sociology paper? Is it better to do some of each so that you’ve at least started everything, or to do one thing at a time so that you can cross assignments off your list?
  4. Eating — Do I even have time to eat? Is Peirce still open? Is there food in the vending machine? Is it too cold to walk all the way to Nite Bites or the Market? Is it obnoxious to order Papa John’s to the library? (Ed.: LBIS, does, in fact, ask that you not.)
  5. Prioritizing other important activities — Do I have time to go the KAC?  Or, more importantly, do I have time to go to Chipotle when it opens in Mount Vernon on Tuesday?!

This is the Dawning of the Age of Chipotle

You’re looking at a (blurry, we know) photo of Chipotle in Mount Vernon. With people in it. Not construction workers or state inspectors, but genuine we-can-sell-you-a-burrito Chipotle employees in genuine Chipotle uniforms. This event appeared to be some sort of training session, though we scurried away pretty quickly because our AP Stylebook doesn’t say anything about the ethics of snooping on fast food restaurants.

An email from Assistant Director of Residential Life Lisa Train last week indicated that the restaurant will be opening on Tuesday. The Thrill will provide live coverage of the opening, which is a very big deal for at least one person.