Life After Kenyon: A Message from the D.C. Alumni Association

To help ease the transition and break the ice between you and the alumni association in your future hometown, The Thrill presents this occasional feature in which we highlight a different alumni association for your reading pleasure. This month, The Thrill has chosen to highlight Washington D.C.’s alumni association. Today’s message is brought to you by the D.C. Chapter themselves. 


Worried about life after Kenyon? Scared of meeting people who went to school with more than one dining hall? Interested in meeting and working with Kenyon grads around the country? Continue reading

E.L. Doctorow ’52 Dies at 84

E.L. Doctorow ’52. Via

E.L. Doctorow, a member of the class of 1952 died in Manhattan today as a result of complications from lung cancer. He was 84. Though a philosophy major, Doctorow also studied with the founder of the New Criticism school, John Crowe Ransom, during his time at Kenyon. Continue reading

10 o’clock list: 5 Kenyon-Specific Drunk Alter Egos


Really? Because I thought I was Dean Toutain. Hmph–via

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in college, it’s that everybody has a little something hidden inside of them. For some, it might just be a testicle that never quite dropped. For others, it might be a bag of cocaine right around the corner from the good ol’ large intestine. But more commonly than drugs and uni-balls, people have alter egos lurking deep below the surface, waiting for a drop of alcohol to bring them to life. I mean, sometimes I tell people I’m Jesus because he turned water into wine and I can turn wine into pee. Seems pretty legit to me. You know–hot toddy, potty–potato, potahto. You feel me. Anyways, here are 5 Kenyon-specific drunk alter egos.

1. The church bell tollers. What’s obviously drunk and produces loud noises vaguely resembling the Harry Potter theme song? Your alter ego! But in broad daylight, it’s probably just those damn bell tollers. You know, do doo da do do do do, do da doo doo do DUDE! What is up? Cove o’clock? Cove o’clock.  Continue reading

Professors Who Went Here: Jonathan Tazewell ’84

The Thrill is pleased to introduce a new occasional feature: “Professors Who Went Here,” which features current Kenyon professors who also completed their undergraduate education on the Hill. This week we talked to Thomas S. Turgeon Professor of Drama, Jonathan Tazewell ’84. 

Professor Tazewell ’84. Via

How has Kenyon changed since your undergraduate years?

I came to Kenyon as a first-year student in the fall of 1980. I was a legacy kid because my uncle had graduated from Kenyon in 1961. My parish priest had also gone to seminary at Bexley Hall when it was a part of Kenyon.
Kenyon has changed in many ways since I was a student, but what is most significant to me is that it is a more diverse and more liberal place than it was in the early ’80s. The population of students of color was less than 3%, and there were few non-white faculty members and no African American faculty. The families of students that I knew were mostly moderate to conservative in their political views, and that political point of view dominated the the campus.

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