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 kenyon.edu

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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Valentines for your Kenyon Honeys

LOVE IS IN THE AIR U GUYS

LOVE IS IN THE AIR U GUYS

You heard it here first, kids – this Saturday is Valentine’s Day! Though I’m sure most of you are hard at work making handmade cards and devotional poems for your significant others, I’m equally sure that some of you completely forgot what the hell was happening this weekend. Fear not, ill-prepared youths! If you need a lil somethin’ somethin’ to slip underneath your lover’s door come Saturday, I’ve got you covered. I contacted several Kenyon alumni* who graciously provided me with a few Valentines of their own creation.* Enjoy their handiwork! Use it to your own advantage! Cackle in Hallmark’s face! By using these images, you’ll surely establish yourself as an incredibly thoughtful lover.

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Professors Who Went Here: Nancy Powers ’83

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 Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science Nancy Powers ’83. 

Professor Nancy Powers ’83

How has Kenyon changed since your undergraduate years?

Kenyon’s student body is more diverse in many ways. When I was here in the early 1980s, most students were from the Midwest, New York and New Jersey, or New England–you could count on one hand the number of students from California at that time. Nearly everyone was white (my class had two African American students). Only a handful of students were from other countries, almost no one was open about coming from modest socioeconomic backgrounds, and no one was openly gay or transsexual. Continue reading

Laura Hillenbrand’s “Unbroken”–As Told By Seabiscuit

“Leaving good literary review in the dust since always.”

The Thrill is pleased to introduce a new, one-of-equine occasional contributor: Seabiscuit. Standing at about 15 hands tall (approximately 5 feet at the shoulder), Da biscuit, as some refer to him, was a notable Thoroughbred racehorse who helped America to “horse around” during the years of the Great Depression. Laura Hillenbrand ’89 wrote a book entitled Seabiscuit: An American Legend about the valiant stallion who was, in fact, not owned by an Italian. 

Hey, you, hey, yep, scratch my ass please. Yep right above the tail. No left. Down. Right. THAT is my butt hole, please move. Oh we’re on? We’re on. Got it.  Continue reading

Alumnus or Steve Buscemi? You Decide!

…And he’s in Sunset Cottage too.

After having one class every Tuesday and Thursday of this semester in the Sunset Cottage Seminar Room, I came to a somewhat disturbing realization one day as I surveyed the photos on the wall. Forget French poetry man, Steve Buscemi was literally right behind me in a 10×12. Upon closer examination, I found a caption claiming that the man in the photo was actually an alumnus. Psh. Unlikely. What’s more likely is that Sunset Cottage not only houses a framed picture of Steve Buscemi, but also the remaining members of the Illuminati. This could be some National Treasure level shit, bro–but that’s just me. You decide below.  Continue reading