Of Mice and Cactus


Honestly I googled “mouse with cactus” and I cannot believe this exists.

Last Semester, I had the wonderful privilege of not only living on first floor Caples, but also to have an unwanted mouse as a part of my living space. There was nothing more refreshing and exciting than trying to go to sleep at midnight and hearing the tiny scratches of little disease ridden mouse feet. Also it ate my four dollar bag of unopened Milano cookies which I don’t even let my friends eat. I was very sad.

After Christmas, I thought I got away from it. There was no way this mouse had made it through the cold weather, and Caples was unheated over break. I figured it had died.

But boy was I wrong.

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Murals at Kenyon

So we all know that there’s a mural on almost every hall of Mather and McBride, but unless we live on that hall, or have good friends that live on that hall, we never actually see them.

For example, just last week I was doing my laundry in McBride and I decided to walk through first floor short side for the first time, when I saw this:


It’s a beautiful sunset mural on short side that no one ever sees because NO ONE goes to first floor short side unless they live there. But it’s a shame, because in the words of a long side resident “it makes me feel like I’m in the Lion King!” So I wondered, what other treasures our lovely residences could be hiding.

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Blog Off: Lindsay vs. Nesbat

We like to stay pretty competitive here at The Thrill, and a Blog Off is one way we can definitively prove that one of us is objectively a better blogger (dare we say, a better person).  So we leave it to you, the reader, to decide in a blind taste test who is really better as we square off on various topics.

This time we’re featuring two ~new writers~ we hired this semester, the impeccable Julia Lindsay ’18, and the infallible Yasmin Nesbat ’18. The topic- First-Year Real Estate. Let’s see which one of our newbies has more curb appeal!

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10 o’clock list: Asian Beetle Eradication


Obviously staged, they aren’t ever found outside of Kenyon dorm rooms

When you first got to Kenyon, you overall knew what to expect.  You’d done some research, decided on tentative clubs to join, and scoped out how much of a BAMF your roommate was gonna be.  You thought you were prepared, but nobody told you about the beetles.  They seem to be everywhere at once, Harmonia axyridis, an invasive beetle seeming deceptively like a ladybug but distinctly different looking in no way at all.  They were brought into America from Asia, being introduced to control the aphid pest population, but you don’t care about that because they’re gross and they stink and I hate’em.  There’s nothing worse than waking up to those black dots crawling across your ceiling and knowing that you are powerless to stop them.  But wait! You have me, the self-appointed Thrill pest control  expert!  And with my dastardly good looks and out of the box thinking, I’ll soon have you on your way to beetle independence.

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