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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Kenyon Mad Libs: A Short Biography of Phil Chase

Kenyon Mad Libs: A Short Biography of Phil Chase

Heyo! It’s staff baby Tyler “Mayonnaise on the Side” Raso ’19 here, bringing you a Kenyon College Mad Lib!

What is a Mad Lib?

A) “A phrasal template word game where one player prompts others for a list of words to substitute for blanks in a story” (Wikipedia) (((that’s an MLA citation)))

B) My Sad Childhood

C) Not the sequel to Mad Max which catalogs the dystopic adventures of Max’s long-estranged twin sister, Lib

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The Friday Ketchup


Are you still defrosting from being a human popsicle all week? Or did you fall down the stairs like I did and no one helped you so you just laid there for a few days, waiting until your strength returned? We’ve all been there and we understand. That’s why we do the Friday Ketchup to get you up to speed. Here it is- the Friday Ketchup. Continue reading

Do it tonight: Luci Tapahonso

Luci Tapahonso, the first and current Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation.

Luci Tapahonso, the first and current Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation.

To open Kenyon’s first Native American Heritage Month, the Poet Laureate of the Navajo Nation, Luci Tapahonso, will read her poetry tonight. Luci Tapahonso, an acclaimed Diné poet, has written five books of poetry and stories and one children’s book. This event is sponsored by INK (Indigenous Nations at Kenyon), the Hubbard Chair in Poetry, the History Department, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Kenyon Review. Continue reading

A Journey Through Time with the Kenyon Reveille


In a corner of Ransom Hall, beside the glossy pamphlets and shiny hardcover books by Kenyon authors, lie two shelves full of Kenyon history. Should nervous prospies and their parents opt for alternative reading material while waiting for their tours, they are perfectly free to peruse the Kenyon Reveille — our yearbook — copies of which stretch (unchecked) back to 1904 (as far as I can find). I went looking there for some some throwback gems.

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Project for Open Voices: History, His Story

The Thrill is proud to feature personal narratives courtesy of the Project for Open Voices. Today’s essay is titled “History, His Story,” and was authored anonymously. POV is always accepting new submissions, so if you want to share your story, email If you would like to remain anonymous you can send us your response by signing into a second email (password: kenyoncollege).



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Kenyon Students: Spitting Mad Game Since 1862

It's not quite the Cove, but you take what you can get...

And they say Kenyon students aren’t romantic. According to the Newark Advocate, recently uncovered papers show that that wasn’t always true. Back in the day, Kenyon graduate Homer Thrall courted his love Emma Boudinot while he was serving as an officer in the Civil War. He wrote:

Emma, every day but increases my love for you and I come to consider you as near and dear to me as though you were my wife and not merely my betrothed. And I never have a doubt but that you and I will not long hence be united in holy wedlock.

It’s cute, but I’m not sure that would fly on the Old Kenyon dance floor. If Homer were to attend, say, the DKE beach party, it would probably go down something like this:

Homer: I never have a doubt but that you and I will not long hence be united in holy wedlock.

Girl: Ew.

Homer and Emma married the next year and had three children. He went on to first join the ministry and then publish a newspaper.

We’d bet Josh Radnor has already optioned this guy’s life rights.