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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From the Collegian Archives: John Anderson

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John Anderson, via Wikipedia

I first heard of John Anderson while reading old Doonesbury cartoons. Trudeau, a vocal liberal, shilled for the moderate Republican-turned-independent John Anderson during his bid for the presidency in 1980. Though Anderson was unsuccessful, his moderate policies and third party candidacy attracted many college students to his cause. Check out this piece from the October 9th, 1980 Collegian which advocates for Anderson as a third party candidate; it smartly represents how an interesting piece of American history was experienced on this campus.

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From the Collegian Archives: Statue in the Squad

When I first toured Kenyon, as a sophomore in high school tagging along behind my sister, I was told by the tour guide that the giant statue in the Squad was supposed to evoke some kind of cell (neuron? particle?) structure, but students often compared it to a profile of Elvis with a spike stuck through it. Three and a half years later, I’m a sophomore at Kenyon and I’ve never heard it compared to Elvis and I have learned it has nothing to do with any kind of scientific structure.

I know the statue is on loan from Graham Gund, but other than that I knew very little about the statue, as aside from the name (Large Spindle Piece) until I discovered this Collegian article from October 24, 2002, which was written at the time the loan was announced. Read on for more info on Large Spindle Piece than you may care to know (unless you really like sculptures, then maybe its not enough). Continue reading

From the Collegian archives: Oh The Life of a Postman


On a completely unrelated note, Kenyon used to have a polo team! via the December 10, 1935 issue

From time to time, the Collegian will write about those Gambier residents who are not affiliated with the college, but interact with students and faculty every day. Let me take you back to 1963, with this profile of then Gambier Postmaster Dell Hathaway. This profile is an honest, and at times humorous, look into the job of a faithful public servant who served students and faculty daily. The piece is from the March 1, 1963 edition of the Collegian, read the whole issue here and read on for the profile. Continue reading

From the Archives: Having a Bit of Fun


December 9, 1982

Today, rather than present one article, we would like to present a collection of short, but interesting, snippets from the Collegian throughout the years. Included below are news briefs ranging in topic from a visit by General Westmoreland to a student injured while cleaning a gun.


General William Westmoreland will speak in Rosse Hall on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 7:30pm. General Westmoreland was the Supreme Commander of the U.S. Forces during the Vietnam War. More recently, he was in the public eye when he sued CBS for libel concerning an hour news segment which accused him of lying to former President Lyndon Johnson. The lecture is co-sponsored by Faculty and Student Lectureships.
November 21, 1985

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From the Collegian Archives: Ghosts


We’ve all heard the rumours and stories about ghosts at Kenyon. From the Gates of Hell to the perils of Caples, we are a (supposedly) haunted school. In honor of Halloween, today I present a ghostly opinions piece from a 1996 issue of the Collegian. Now turn your attention to the writings of Mr. Tim Mutrie and his thoughts on ghosts at Kenyon. Continue reading

From the Collegian Archives: The birth of television


Today we feature a piece that reminds just how far technology has come in the past 50 years. Published in February 2nd, 1954, this brief article is about the acquisition of Kenyon’s first television set. Located in Peirce Hall, the set was a mere 21 inches but was a source of fascination for many Kenyon students. The students who experienced television coming to campus are now in their 60s and 70s. In the past 50 years they have seen that television transition from a single item on campus, to a five inch device that almost every Kenyon student has on them at all times.

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