How Kenyon History Predicted the Fall of the Olin Wall

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The Wall. Our humble and benevolent Olin Wall that provided us with security and safety from the reality that was asbestos and demolition. Beyond the rumble and bustle that we heard from the great beyond, the Wall was simply just a wall. But then, tragedy struck. We all saw the snapchats of that fateful October evening as the wind gusts blew over our beloved while we sat shivering in our damp dorm rooms, waiting for the apocalypse to begin, as it surely must when such a wall is reduced to nothing. For when our wall came crashing down, so did our inhibitions and the notion that we were in fact safe from the horrors that lay beyond. But is it really such a surprise that such a monument came crashing down upon us? I think not. Slap on your conspiracy theory caps, because after careful digging and consideration, I’ve somehow attempted at trying to understand why this day, why October 28th , 2018?  Here are some of my attempts at making sense of this tragedy.

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I’m just gonna go right out there and say it…. I miss Olin. Yes. I miss that ugly looking, depressing, cinder block palace and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Walking past the wall, ash falling from the sky, I think back to a time when I had a finite location to procrastinate, bother people in periodicals, and draw on whiteboards I never needed to be touching at all. It’s a sad fact that the mods just don’t do it for me like good old Olin. Olin was sexier, cooler, more low key. I have desperately attempted to find my “spot” for this year’s studying. I tested the waters of multiple locations and yet somehow most all of them failed me.

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Kenyon Statues with Big Dick Energy

“La Montagne” by Aristide Maillol

“La Montagne” by Aristide Maillol

Open up the Kenyon College instagram. What do you see? Interspersed between photos of grinning first-years and intensely saturated flowers are Kenyon’s unofficial mascots: the campus statues. They see us when we’re sleeping, they know when we’re awake, and they know when we take cups from Peirce so stop for goodness sake! But which statues have the power, the drive, the big dick energy to command our attention by emitting mind-controlling vibrations? 

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Jack Halberstam at Kenyon!



Tonight at 7:30, gender and queer theorist Jack Halberstam will be giving a talk in the Community Foundation Theater in Gund Gallery! The lecture’s called “Trans* Bodies, Hapticality and Popular Culture.” It’s always interesting to learn about queer theory and gender, so if you have time, you should go!

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Gund Gallery Art Loan Program Lottery Extended to Sunday

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Four of the 38 pieces available for loan, via Gund Gallery.

Yesterday, Gund Gallery officially launched the brand-new Gund Gallery Art Loan Program. Any Kenyon student can enter the lottery-based system (similar to the housing lottery) for a chance to select one of 38 pieces specifically set aside for this opportunity to get students more comfortable interacting with art. Similar programs have been operating at schools like Oberlin, Williams, and Harvard for decades and have proven to be an exciting way to make art accessible, familiar, and a part of a student’s personal living space.

Initially students had yesterday and today to enter their names into the lottery, but due to popular demand the exhibition has been extended to Sunday, February 7th at 5 pm. Winning students will now pick up works during common hour on Tuesday, February 9th.

The pieces up for loan are currently on exhibition in the Buchwald-Wright Gallery (found in the far back corner of the upstairs gallery space). The gallery operates on these hours:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 1-7PM
  • Thursday 1-10PM
  • Saturday & Sunday 1-5PM