Sounding Off: North Campus Architecture



The construction of the NCAs and the new Health Center on campus marks a new period in Kenyon’s architectural history. Moving away from the gothic style that marks much of south campus, the new construction on north campus is characterized by a uniformity that verges on the cookie-cutter style of suburbia. Is the college losing its character, or is this change for the better? Tell us how you feel in the comments!

Claire: So I kind of like the new, suburban-style housing on North campus. It’s kind of like when you move from South to North, you’re moving in time from Kenyon’s beginning up to the 21st century. Continue reading


Where Was It Said: The Health Center Or In Bed?


Hello folks, back again with another installment of the ever-popular entendre-filled “Where Was It Said” series. Innuendo? More like inyourendo, amirite? This week we apply our euphemismagic to the Kenyon Health Center. Read on!

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The Health Center by the Numbers

Photo by Brian K (via Wikimedia Commons)

Although many Kenyon students have less than pleasant things to say about our beloved Health Center, Health Center Director Kim Cullers has glowing things to say about Kenyon students. She is particularly impressed by students who arrive at the Health Center seemingly knowing exactly what their ailments signify. Apparently, eight out of 10 students who visit the Health Center go only for confirmation and medication. Maybe Web M.D. should be getting a cut of our tuition bill?

More Health Center numbers after the jump.

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Former Kenyon Physician Appointed to Knox Co. Health Board

Dr. Tracy Schermer, Kenyon’s resident physician until 2009, will now sit on the nine-member Knox County Board of Health, reports the Mount Vernon News. Schermer served Kenyon for 28 years before retiring suddenly during the winter break of the 2008-09 school year, according to the Collegian. His retirement coincided with significant changes to the structure of the Health Center’s operations in accordance with national higher-education trends.

While the Collegian’s lengthy article about his retirement is mostly positive, it mentions that Schermer was controversial due to his perceived inability to work with one of the health center’s nurse practitioners and because of comments he made that, according to one former student, “pushed the limits of what was normal and [her] made me uncomfortable.” Another student, who visited Schermer to request cold medicine, complained that the doctor asked inappropriate and invasive questions about the student’s family’s history with alcohol.

The Board of Health, which must by law include at least one physician, will hold its next meeting tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. in the offices of the Knox County Health Department. All meetings are open to the public.

10 o’clock list: Top Five Not-So-Medical Reasons to Visit the Health Center

Tonight’s list comes to us once again from Thea Goodrich, guest contributor extraordinaire.

Unless you live in the ‘burbs, the Bexleys or Caples, the Health Center probably seems really far away. Unless you only get sick/crash your bike/need an Ace bandage on Mondays through Fridays, it also probably seems frustratingly unavailable. (Fun fact: like the Registrar’s office, the Health Center used to be closed from noon to 1:00 p.m. I know, right?!) But as we get closer and closer to the Months of Doom where the Krud reigns supreme, you should probably begin to familiarize yourself with what the Center has to offer. Unfortunately, if you contract swine flu you will simply have to inconvenience your roommate rather than being snugly quarantined up north in Sparrow House. (Second fun fact: That is the building’s official name. The website tells me so.)

The Health Center can, however, take your temperature, give you flu shots, wrap your arm in a puffable cuff, test you for all manner of various diseases, sign off on your physicals, assure you that allergies do not constitute the plague, provide permission to catch up on sleep, affirm that you haven’t grown an inch taller since ninth grade, provide pharmacy prescriptions, dress your Art Barn wounds, request a special “I’m on crutches”-type parking pass, alleviate your seasonal maladies and suggest that if you are coughing up a lung, it would be wise to skip the next rager.

If you don’t think you are in need of those services just yet, here are five other compelling reasons to make the trek up north (which, if you do it rapidly enough, may constitute one-third of the recommended daily amount of exercise).

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