Ask A Junior Who Just Came Back From Abroad

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Dear Junior Who Just Came Back From Abroad,

The rape scene in the most recent episode of Game of Thrones really gets my goat. As an avid reader of the original George R. R. Martin books, I know that the scene depicted was not canon. While in the original text, Cersei is at first cautious but then very enthusiastically consents, on screen she is resiliently against Jaime’s advances the whole way through. Not only does this open up a bigger issue about the withdrawal and validity of consent, but also how victims are portrayed in the media. Is this incident going to be brushed away simply because Cersei is a “baddie”? (Although, who among us can really say who is bad and good in this world? All the characters have valid motivations for their actions, even if they do end up conflicting — oh, I’m getting away from the point).

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The Monday Catchup

Boston Marathon

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: A year after the Boston marathon bombing, many survivors are trying to make meaning of their experience without being defined by it. The New York Times talks to a pair of brothers whose lives were transformed by the event and details the challenges they’ve endured since the attack.

After The Jump: SNL mocks CNN, Afghanistan contemplates a runoff, the Masters has a new winner, dumb things on Twitter, a tragic shooting in Kansas City, and a media take on Game of Thrones.

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Treat Yo’ Self: Post-Housing Lottery

Effie Trinket, ResLife’s newest star employee.

Well, after experiencing my first official Kenyon Housing Lottery I can tell you one thing — it sucked. It was a long, boring, anxiety-inducing stretch of afternoon spent sitting around on uncomfortable bleachers watching my friends stress-eat large amounts of candy. I got the housing I wanted, thankfully, but I’m still a little shaken up by the entire process in general. If you didn’t get what you wanted, or have ever felt personally victimized by the Housing Lottery, then here are a few tips for treatin’ yo self.

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The Monday Catchup

Tensions have risen in eastern Ukraine since Russia's annexation of Crimea.

Tensions have risen in eastern Ukraine since Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

Good morning! Here’s what you missed over the weekend:

The Lead Story: Hundreds of pro-Russian demonstrators in eastern Ukraine have called on President Vladimir Putin to send in troops (as peacekeepers, so NBD) and seek a referendum to join parts of Ukraine with Russia. These latest developments have EU leaders (like Germany’s Angela Merkel) pretty worried.

After The Jump: DII Athletics Week, Malaysia Airlines Update, A Film Legend Passes Away, Captain American storms the box office, KFC launches a new restaurant, and a Game of Thrones name generator

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Living Your Private Life in Public: TV at Kenyon

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There’s a reason college students love television — On the micro level, TV shows are easy to squeeze  in between classes. On the macro level, they offer the same emotional attachment as a movie, but often to a deeper and more personal extent. But in our little world on the hill, where can we watch our shows? It’s a little embarrassing to ugly-cry in front of your roommate because of what happened in the Legend of Korra Book 2 finale episode, but then again, it’s also pretty embarrassing to do it alone in Lower Dempsey. Continue reading

10 o’clock list: Ways the First-Year Housing Lottery Resembles Game of Thrones

“Housing is coming.”

As a first-year, nothing on the horizon seems so terribly daunting as the forthcoming Housing Lottery. Every other day I’ve received emails from Res Life basically telling me to get my shit together, which I obviously have not. I’ve seen friendships made and broken and lives put on the line (not really) already, all in the name of a Caples Suite. The only way I can think of to describe it is Westeros. The politics and violence of the lottery are so bad, we’re beginning to look like something George R. R. Martin wrote.

  1. NCAs are King’s Landing. It’s like the Iron Throne is seated inside one of the comfortable, suburban little houses. Rumor is that if you have a first-year number between one and five, you and your friends can enjoy the luxury of an NCA*. But rather than take the chance that you have any number after five, some first-years are willing to do just about anything to get their hands on one of these beauties. Sure, they have a stove, but is it really worth trying to convince Res Life that Lumberjack-themed housing is an actual reason to give one to you and your friends? Continue reading